MMFF 2013: A-Grade ‘Boy Golden’ loses to B-Grade Kris Aquino film ‘My Little Bossings’

Controversy has erupted over what is perceived to be politically-motivated selection of the honour roll of awardees in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Only two films were rated “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board in the 2013 MMFF — Shoot To Kill: Boy Golden of Scenema Concept and Viva Films which stars Governor ER Ejercito of Laguna and KC Cocepcion, and Viva Films’ 10,000 Hours which stars Robin Padilla and Mylene Dizon. Yet not a single distinction was reportedly awarded to Boy Golden.

Political right stuff: the cast of 'My Little Bossings'
Political right stuff: the cast of ‘My Little Bossings’
10,000 Hours is based on the life of Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, who is currently the “Rehab Czar” appointed by no less than President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III to oversee the recovery and rebuilding of the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda). While 10,000 Hours won big at the awarding ceremony last Friday night attracting 14 awards including Best Film, the awards for Second and Third Best Films were given to B-Grade movies Girl Boy Bakla and My Little Bossings respectively.

My Little Bossings, also the top-grossing film in this year’s MMFF which stars Vic Sotto (the film’s co-producer and brother of Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto) presidential sister Kris Aquino and her son James ‘Bimby’ Aquino-Yap is widely-derided as an incoherent, vacuous, product-placement-laced unabashedly commercial product that owes its place under the sun to its popular cast. Some reviewers have outright called it an insult to the intelligence and one seemingly produced with contempt for the audience clearly in mind.

Chito Roño, director of Boy Golden reportedly walked out in disgust before the announcement of the Best Director during the awarding ceremonies and accused the MMFF of deliberately disrespecting the effort that went into the production of his film, noting that the MMFF, being under the Office of the President is under the president’s direct influence and, as such, likely to have been a party to politically-motivated manipulation.

“Pati dito sa MMFF ay pinasok na nila ng kabalbalan. Paano nila ipapaliwanag na ang isang graded A movie ng CEB ay walang nakuhang award sa festival? Ang Best Float naman ay merong ibang sets of judges naman siguro, hindi naman sa technical and acting awards sila involved.

“Akala nga namin ay maglalaban-laban sa padamihan ng awards ang ‘Boy Golden’ at ‘10,000 Hours’, tapos binokya nila ang movie ni ER. Mga bastos sila!” mahabang sintir ng isang kaibigang reporter na nakasama namin right after the awards night.

“We should fight on. We have rave reviews. We can make tonight just a hiccup,” ani direk Chito Roño na hindi na tinapos ang announcement ng Best Director award dahil naramdaman na niyang walang mangyayari sa “Boy Golden” dahil sa trending ng bigayan ng trophies.

Halatado kasing pilit na ibinagsak ang pelikula ni Gov. ER. “I’m still proud of our film. I’m sorry, we were shut out of the film festival awards,” dagdag pa ni Direk Chito.

“Kitang-kita talaga, maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw. Imagine, pati ba naman Best Production Design ay ibinigay pa nila sa ‘10,000 Hours’ samantalang ‘yung kanila ay puro existing while ang sa ‘Boy Golden’ ay talagang binihisan ang mga location para maging consistent sa pagka-period nu’ng panahon ni Arturo Porcuna.

“Sa Best in Cinematography, kitang-kita naman kung gaano kalayo ang ganda ng ‘Boy Golden’ compared ulit sa ‘10,000 Hours’. Pero wala talaga eh. […]”

Boy Golden which recounts the story of 1960s gangster Arturo Porcuna attracted favourable reviews and was expected to “easily win numerous awards”. To be fair, however, the MMMFF is ultimately “really a competition of commercial movies” according to entertainment writer Roel Villacorta. Villacorta added that for “quality films”, the public should instead look to other fetes such as those offered by indie-focused Cinemalaya.


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49 Comments on "MMFF 2013: A-Grade ‘Boy Golden’ loses to B-Grade Kris Aquino film ‘My Little Bossings’"

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Rig an impeachment trial, rig surveys , rig death tolls. What’s the big deal with one more?


No wonder,,that is yhe so called Philippines now


I have yet to watch any Filipino movie in cinema. What a waste of time and money.

Cristina Aquino

B-grade movie pala ang My Little Bossings. B as in BASURA. Congrats Bossing and Kris.


you mean my little bossings still counts as B grade? really? i thought it set a new low in the film industry =/ well i guess they were somehow able to appeal to the idiot masses who arent looking for anything other than familiar celebrities or a momentary high.

watched only Pagpag and 10,000hrs but might give Golden Boy a try.


dami ngang awards, baba naman sa box office!


i saw anchorman 2
Ron Burgundy is driving his van and says: “Only
Olympic sport Filipinos are good at is eating cats and
and certainly sh!t at making movies.

Hyden Toro

They should know better. The harlot is the sister of the President. They can do what they want. Including winning any award. It is their time, as Filipino culture of Abuse of Power , has demonstrated. The harlot, Kris Aquino is a bad influence, to the young.

She is telling the young to have fornications with several men. Have children with them. Then, be successful in Show Biz. Anyway, where are the Churches, who are supposed to be Guardians of Morality. Immorality is good, as per Kris Aquino. Silence from the Churches means CONSENT…


why is Chito Rono even complaining? As a vetaran in Pinoy Showbiz he should be aware that the MMFF is nothing but a joke. It is a festival of mainly trashy films, and the awards night wherein they honor the trashiest of these films is even more of a joke. Intellectuals should just ignore this yearly tradition and let the stupid members of society who continue to support this abomination drown in all its mediocrity.


And the fact the the worst film of all these trashy entries continues to be the top grossing entry really tells a lot about Filipinos in general. No wonder people like Noynoy and Erap win by a landslide during elections. This nation is a nation of MORONS.


Watched 3 so far. 2 were chosen as to which is next to be played while the other one I requested for Boy Golden. Why you ask? Ejercito has a good team as I’ve experienced so far from his last two movies. I just hope he keep producing and less as an actor. There really is an effort there.

Peace Walker

If it helps, your article got featured for like five seconds on TV Patrol’s Jan 2 episode. In particular, this article. Special mention to Johnny Derp’s comments.

Thomas Jefferson

BS Aquino’s political influence is apparent even in the film festival. The yellow dictator has already expanded his political control horizon. Fixed awards for certain movies starring his relatives. Foul!!!


mga put@ng ina nyo english pa kayo ng english. Magtayo kayo ng sarili nyong FF.Tapos kayo ang mga director kc magagaling kayo.


Ganyan naman ang film dito sa Pinas. Mindset ata ng mga direktor “kung panget ang plot, daanin sa artista”. Sad to say, effective sa karamihan ng mga manunuod. Kawawa tuloy yung mga talagang mahuhusay. Siguro sanayan na lang yan.


I already saw this coming. There’s nothing we can do. FOR NOW.

Before, I dismissed My Little Bossings as shit. Only SHIT people will love shit. Well guess what. *shrugs*


hahaha.. what else to expect? everything now is abnormal.. why do we have to wonder? poor Philippines and poor us Filipinos.. 😉

John Dennis

I guess the Bimbo and Bimbi team does it again!


I think one of the basis for the best picture i, 2, and 3 is the box office receipts. I remember that in one of their announcements. Besides the “Boy Golden” i think, in my opinion is a repeat of the same genre of last year’s Salonga I guess it did not attract movie watchers. Fickle minded na ang movie watchers ngayon.

Jethro Valdes

Kung ako producer, di na ako gagawa nang quality movie ang trend ay comedy – kahit mababaw ang kwento ok lang basta tawa nang tawa ang tao — yung original purpose na to upgrade develop good quality films wala na – Remember Rosario film ni Jennylyn Mercado– di man lang na nominate — as usual mmff is politics/manipulation at iba pa