1977 Metro Manila Film Festival

The 3rd Metro Manila Film Festival was held in the year 1977. Previously known as the Metropolitan Film Festival and Filipino Film Festival, it was changed to Metro Manila Film Festival. A total of nine movies directed by the Philippines' great filmmakers participated in the 1977 Metro Manila Film Festival.

1977 Metro Manila Film Festival
DateDecember 24, 1977 (1977-12-24) to January 2, 1978 (1978-01-02)
Best PictureBurlesk Queen
Most awardsBurlesk Queen (7)

In this year, only two films were awarded. Ian Film Productions' Burlesk Queen, the top grosser of the 10-day festival, romped away with most of the awards. It won seven major awards including the Best Film, Best Actress for Vilma Santos, Best Actor for Rolly Quizon, and more. Pera Films' Mga Bilanggong Birhen won two awards: Best Cinematography for Romy Vitug and Best Art Direction for Laida Lim-Perez.[1]


Title Starring Studio Director
Babae... Ngayon at Kailanman Charito Solis, Gloria Diaz, Chanda Romero, Vivian Velez Melros Productions Joey Gosiengfiao
Bakya Mo Neneng Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Gloria Sevilla, Angelo Castro, Jr., Ramon D' Salva, Angelo Ventura JE Productions Augusto Buenaventura
Banta ng Kahapon Vic Vargas, Rafael Roco Jr., Roland Dantes, Chanda Romero Hemisphere Films Eddie Romero
Mga Bilanggong Birhen Alma Moreno, Trixia Gomez, Rez Cortez, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Monang Carvajal, Leroy Salvador Pera Films Mario O'Hara & Romy Suzara
Burlesk Queen Vilma Santos, Rolly Quizon, Rosemarie Gil, Joonee Gamboa, Leopoldo Salcedo, Roldan Aquino, Chito Ponce Enrile, Dexter Doria, Yolanda Luna Ian Film Productions Celso Ad. Castillo
Inay Dindo Fernando, Chanda Romero, Orestes Ojeda, Laurice Guillen, Ace Vergel, Dexter Doria, Alicia Vergel Lotus Films Lino Brocka
Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel LVN Pictures Mike de Leon
Sa Piling ng mga Sugapa Mat Ranillo III, Bembol Roco, Chanda Romero Sining Silangan Gil Portes
Walang Katapusang Tag-araw Charito Solis, Mat Ranillo III, Eddie Garcia Lea Productions Ishmael Bernal


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2][3]

Best Film Best Director
  • Burlesk Queen – Ian Film Productions
  • Celso Ad Castillo  – Burlesk Queen
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Best Cinematography
  • Romeo Vitug – Mga Bilanggong Birhen
Best Art Direction
  • Laida Lim-Perez – Mga Bilanggong Birhen

Multiple awardsEdit

Awards Film
7 Burlesk Queen
2 Mga Bilanggong Birhen

Ceremony InformationEdit


Director Lino Brocka walked out of the awarding ceremonies at the Metropolitan Theater when Celso Ad. Castillo's Burlesk Queen starring Vilma Santos won eight of the ten awards including the Best Picture award. Mr. Brocka reportedly threw invectives at Rolando Tinio, who was the chairman of the panel of judges of the festival. It was also reported that organizers asked the winners to return their medals (the MMFF handed out medals that year) due to the controversy.[4][5] However, this turned out to be just a malicious rumor as all winners still have their awards to this day.


  2. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:1977". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  3. ^ "The new bucolic life of Celso Ad. Castillo". Yahoo. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  4. ^ "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  5. ^ "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2014-04-19.

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Preceded by Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by