1988 Metro Manila Film Festival

The 14th Metro Manila Film Festival was held in 1988.

1988 Metro Manila Film Festival
DateDecember 25, 1988 (1988-12-25) to January 3, 1989 (1989-01-03)
Best PicturePatrolman
Most awardsCelestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles/ Enforcer: Ativan Gang (5)

An unheralded and obscure movie, Patrolman was named the Best Picture in the 1988 Metro Manila Film Festival. The lead star, once unknown stuntman-actor Baldo Marro won the Best Actor award for his role as a dedicated policeman edging out the favored Christopher de Leon. Amy Austria won the Best Actress award for her convincing performance of a woman who led a life of crime in Bubbles: Ativan Gang. Other awardees include Best Director for Laurice Guillen, Best Supporting Actor for Dick Israel and Best Supporting Actress for Jacklyn Jose among others.

FPJ Productions' Agila ng Maynila was the festival's top grosser. Only six entries participated in the 10-day film festival.[1]


Title Starring Studio Director
Agila ng Maynila Fernando Poe, Jr., Vic Vargas, R.R. Herrera, Paquito Diaz, Charlie Davao, Encar Benedicto, Raoul Aragon, Dencio Padilla, Vic Diaz, Lito Anzures, Lucita Soriano, Mario Escudero, Nello Nayo and Max Alvarado FPJ Productions Pablo Santiago
Celestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles – Enforcer: Ativan Gang Amy Austria, Miguel Rodriguez, Jacklyn Jose, Isadora, Lola Rodriguez, Gina Pareño Golden Lion Films Carlo J. Caparas
Itanong Mo sa Buwan Mark Gil, Anjo Yllana and Jacklyn Jose Double M Films Chito Roño
Magkano ang Iyong Dangal? Christopher de Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Joel Torre, Jestoni Alarcon, Princess Punzalan, Michael Locsin Seiko Films Laurice Guillen
Patrolman Baldo Marro, Melissa Mendez, Sunshine, Raoul Aragonn, Dick Israel, Zandro Zamora, Odette Khan El Niño Films Cesar SB. Abella
Pik Pak Boom Herbert Bautista, Lea Salonga, Bing Loyzaga, Regine Velasquez, Lilet, Dingdong Avanzado, Richard Reynoso, Jayjay Salvador, Cathy Moira VIVA Films Leroy Salvador

Winners and nomineesEdit


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1][2]

Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
  • Amy Austria – Celestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles/ Enforcer: Ativan Gang
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Sound Engineering Best Musical Score
  • Ramon Reyes – Itanong Mo sa Buwan
Best Child Performer Best Editing
Best Story Best Screenplay
  • Carlo J. Caparas and Tony Mortel – Celestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles – Enforcer: Ativan Gang
  • Carlo J. Caparas and Tony Mortel – Celestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles – Enforcer: Ativan Gang

Multiple awardsEdit

Awards Film
5 Celestina Sanchez, Alyas Bubbles – Enforcer: Ativan Gang
4 Magkano ang Iyong Dangal?
3 Patrolman

Ceremony informationEdit

"Best Director" controversyEdit

During the award-giving ceremony, stuntman and character actor-turned-filmmaker Baldo Marro won the Best Actor for Patrolman film, which also won him the Best Director award. In fact, he was not known before this. He bested prizewinning director Chito Roño of Itanong Mo sa Buwan in the division, sending uproar from well-meaning critics and regular local film observers.[3][4] Nevertheless, the announced Best Director award goes to Laurice Guillen.[2]


  1. ^ a b Magsanoc, Letty (December 28, 1988). "Austria, Marro win top honors in Metro filmfest". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b "'Patrolman' is filmfest best picture". Manila Standard. Manila Standard News, Inc. December 28, 1988. p. 14. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved April 19, 2014.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1987 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
1989 Metro Manila Film Festival