One of the top grossers of the two-week Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that earned 16.9 million nationwide on its first day, Ang Panday was named Best Picture in the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal on December 28, reports PEP.ph.
Ang Panday bagged six other major awards: Best Actor for Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Best Supporting Actor for Phillip Salvador, Best Child Performer for Robert "Buboy" Villar, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design and Best Theme Song.
"We have somehow perfected the use of special effects… We want to show the whole world that Filipinos can make films like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings," Revilla, who said only one Hollywood movie per month should be screened in the Philippines, told Manila Bulletin.
Iza Calzado, who played the movie hero Flavio's (Revilla) damsel in distress, said on Twitter that she's "so happy!!!" with Ang Panday's success.
Regal Entertainment's Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love, took home four awards: Best Director for Joel Lamangan, Best Actress for Sharon Cuneta, Best Supporting Actress for Heart Evangelista and the Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award. Evangelista tweeted, "I can't sleep!!:)I'm so happy!:)I wish I can super reply all of you:)thank you sooo much!:)forgot to take a pic!:(I was on cloud9:)"
I Love You, Goodbye won 2nd Best Picture and Ang Darling Kong Aswang 3rd Best Picture. The winners were chosen based on artistic merit and box-office success.