Quotes of the Week: Erik Matti on the MMFF, Claudine Barretto on Rico Yan + more

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(SPOT.ph) This year's Metro Manila Film Festival was mired in controversy. Erik Matti's Honor Thy Father was disqualified from the Best Picture category due to its participation from previous film festivals. Matti and his producers cried foul over the disqualification, which reportedly happened without due process. There were also allegations of ticket swapping and movies being pulled out of cinemas too soon.




Bago pa ako i-bash ng sambayanan, mauuna na ako... Bakit ako? Pero maraming salamat po” – Maine Mendoza on winning the Best Supporting Actress award at the MMFF for her film My Bebe Love.

Congrats, Yaya Dub!




Para naman sa mga Pilipinong hindi pa rin nagsasawang manood ng mga pelikulang ginagawa namin dito, salamat po sa inyo. You deserve better.” – Director Erik Matti on his film Honor Thy Father being disqualified for the Best Movie category of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Despite this, Matti won the Best Director award but he said he was unsure if the MMFF board is even aware what best directing means.



We @tinamarieyan miss you terribly.” – Claudine Barretto on Rico Yan.

We still remember her tearful interview on The Buzz.




"Nawala talaga sa atin 'yong moment na 'yon, pero huwag na nating balikan." – Beauty Queen trainer Jonas Gaffud on Pia Wurtzbach's "non-traditional" crowning.

And now we can all move on and just enjoy the victory. 


I stand by Sen. Poe and maintain that she is qualified to run for president in the 2016 national elections. The decision of the Commission on Elections is against the spirit and intent of the provisions of the Constitution pertaining to natural-born Filipinos, inclusivity and diversity.” – Chiz Escudero on people calling him “boy laglag” and “Ahascudero” for allegedly leaving Sen. Grace Poe.

You have to give credit to whoever came up with “Ahascudero.”




We strongly condemn the loss of a life of an innocent girl. This should not have happened if only gun owners were responsible. There are many ways to celebrate the holidays and firing guns is definitely not an option.” – Department of Health spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee-Suy on the case of a nine-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet.

When will we ever learn?



"Ang ipinapakita ng lahat ng aksyon na ito ay 'yong buong determinasyon ng pamahalaan na mapahusay 'yong sistema ng transportasyon. Baka naman mas lohikal o mas makatuwiran na hindi naman maging literal 'yong interpretation natin, at unawain natin na gustong-gusto talaga ng Pangulo na mapahusay 'yong serbisyo doon." – Sec. Sonny Coloma on P-Noy's statement that he would be "ready to be run over by train" if the Light Rail Transit extension project isn't finished by the end of his term.


Thanks for clarifying! Does this mean you aren't expecting the project to be finished, Sec. Coloma?



Magsanoc’s commitment to responsible, complete and fair reporting, regardless of the risks and hazards such vow entails, cultivated higher ethical standards in the field of journalism and fostered a steadfast pursuit for the truth.” – Franklin Drilon on Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Editor-In-Chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, who passed away on December 24.

The Senate President filed a resolution honoring Magsanoc, who was an icon of press freedom during Martial Law. 




"May we all be inspired by Dr. Jose Rizal’s courage and intelligence, his sense of duty, hunger for knowledge, passion for reform, and undying love of country. Let us all be heroes in our own way." – P-Noy on Rizal Day.

The Torre de Manila also said hi during the wreath-laying ceremony.



The Holy Father was deeply saddened to learn the senseless killing of innocent people in Mindanao, and he sends condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. His Holiness prays that security and safety will be established for all people in the region, so that dialogue, tolerance and peace may enable each person to live free from fear.” – Vatican Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin on the recent killings of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Central Mindanao, which also left thousands of families displaced.

2016 na. When will this issue be resolved?




Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph, screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshow videos.

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