2002 Metro Manila Film Festival

The 28th Metro Manila Film Festival was held in Manila, Philippines from December 25, 2002 to January 10, 2003.

2002 Metro Manila Film Festival
DateDecember 25, 2002 (2002-12-25) to January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10)
Best PictureMano Po
Most awardsMano Po (12)

Regal Films' Mano Po was the big winner in the 2002 Metro Manila Film Festival. The film receives a total of twelve awards including the major awards such as Best Picture, Best Actor for Eddie Garcia, Best Actress for Ara Mina, Best Supporting Actress for Kris Aquino, and Best Director for Joel Lamangan among others. The film is also the recipient of the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards.[1]


There are two batches of films in competition, the first batch was shown from December 25, while the second batch was shown on January 1, 2003.

Title Starring Studio Director
First batch
Ang Agimat: Anting-Anting ni Lolo Ramon Revilla Sr., Ramon "Jolo" Revilla, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Mylene Dizon, Carlos Morales, Shaina Magdayao, Nancy Castiglione, Jaime Fabregas, Pen Medina, Goyong, Karylle Padilla & Gina Alajar Imus Productions Augusto Salvador
Ang Alamat ng Lawin Fernando Poe, Jr., Ina Raymundo, Cathy Vilar, Ryan Yamazaki, Franklin Cristobal, Khen Kurillo, Romy Diaz, Augusto Victa, Alex Cunanan, William Romero FPJ Productions Ronwaldo Reyes
Dekada '70 Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, John Wayne Sace Star Cinema Chito Rono
Home Along da Riber Dolphy, Jolina Magdangal, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vandolph, Eddie Gutierrez, Long Mejia, James Blanco, Boy2 Quizon, Michelle Quizon, Palito RVQ Productions Enrico Quizon
Hula Mo...Huli Ko Rudy Fernandez and Rufa Mae Quinto Reflection Films Edgardo 'Boy' Vinarao
Lapu-Lapu Lito Lapid, Joyce Jimenez, Jeric Raval, Mark Lapid, Roi Vinzon, Jess Lapid Jr., Vic Vargas, Gloria Sevilla, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ian Veneracion, Julio Diaz, Bob Soler, Conrad Poe, Robert Rivera, Dinah Dominguez, Clod Robinson & Dante Rivero Calinauan Cineworks William G. Mayo
Mano Po Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Kris Aquino, Ara Mina, Eddie Garcia, Gina Alajar, Boots Anson-Roa, Amy Austria, Tirso Cruz III, Cogie Domingo, Maxene Magalona, Jay Manalo, Eric Quizon Regal Films Joel Lamangan
Second batch
Lastikman Vic Sotto, Donita Rose, Jeffrey Quizon, Michael V., Michelle Bayle, Ryan Eigenmann, Anne Curtis & Oyo Boy Sotto Octoarts Films and M-Zet Productions Tony Y. Reyes
Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Spencer Reyes, Danilo Barrios, Chris Cruz, Gloria Romero, Jaime Fabregas MAQ Productions and Roadrunner Network, Inc. Chito Rono

Winners and nomineesEdit


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

Piolo Pascual, Best Supporting Actor winner
Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Production Design
Best Child Performer Best Editing
Best Original Story Best Screenplay
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
  • ("Nasaan Ka Man") - Home Alone Da Riber
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up Artist
Best Sound Recording Best Float
  • Nestor Mutya - Hula Mo...Huli Ko
  • Ang Agimat: Anting-Anting ni Lolo - Imus Productions
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

Multiple awardsEdit

Awards Film
12 Mano Po
3 Dekada '70
Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut

Ceremony InformationEdit

During the "Gabi ng Parangal" held in PICC on December 27, there were some controversies:[3][4]

Walking out of Dekada '70 castEdit

The cast of the film Dekada '70 walked out of the award ceremonies after Lualhati Bautista failed to win the Best Story and Best Screenplay awards. Even more controversial was the decision of the judges to name the first-timer Ara Mina the Best Actress for her role in Mano Po, beating multi-awarded Vilma Santos, who was in Dekada '70.

Inclusion of two filmsEdit

The producers of the films Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut and Lastikman protested the non-inclusion of the two films as official entries, prompting the Metro Manila Film Festival committee to extend the annual event. Consequently, the committee extended the film screenings to seven days to accommodate two more films which did not make it to the entries.

Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut issuesEdit

Speaking of the films, Chito Rono, director of Second Best Picture Dekada '70, was curious as to why was Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut named the Third Best Picture award if the officials disqualify it as an official entry. In the same way, the production team of Ang Agimat: Anting-Anting ni Lolo was also appalled to the decision of the jurors to give the Best Visual Effects award to Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut if they only use "mono", beating their use of the more advanced "Dolby Digital System".[5]

Box Office grossEdit

Final figures as of January 10, 2003.[6][7]

Entry Gross Ticket Sales
Mano Po ₱67,220,645.40*
Lastikman ₱59,107,245.90
Ang Agimat: Anting-Anting ni Lolo ₱46,528,274.28
Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut ₱39,941,856.68
Dekada '70 ₱37,945,673.25
Home Along da Riber ₱28,143,340.90
Ang Alamat ng Lawin ₱20,453,252.95
Hula Mo...Huli Ko ₱10,334,808.45
Lapu-Lapu ₱5,686,715.90
TOTAL ₱315,361,813.71


  1. ^ "THE 2002 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: "MANO PO" BEST PICTURE". Video 48. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  2. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 2002". Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  4. ^ "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  5. ^ Lo, Ricky. "Filmfest: The night of the young blood". The Philippine Star. December 29, 2002. Newspaper Print.
  6. ^ Marinel R. Cruz (January 14, 2003). "2002 MMFF: Most successful in box office returns". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "'Mano Po,' 'Lastikman' top MMFF final tally". Filipino Reporter. January 23, 2003. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2001 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2003 Metro Manila Film Festival