Rina Navarro, producer of the film “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo“, took to Facebook to share her sentiments and slam the results of the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival Award at the PICC Plenary Hall on Saturday, December 27.
“Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” won the Best Picture Award however lost in the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Award.
“Hanggang ngayon si Andres Bonifacio ay dinadaya pa rin. Salamat sa awards. Nakakapagtaka lang na ang best picture hindi nanalo ng best actor and actress and director. And it is really painful to say that despite this success there are real traitors in this country who will slap you in the face, celebrate victory with your competitors to hurt other people. Tejeros convention 2014! And how is that na si Robin Padilla pa ang pinag announce nila ng best actress?! am RINA NAVARRO and I am not afraid of the truth. ROBIN and DIREK ENZO ang aking pagbibigay respeto sa galing niyo. Alam ng tao ang totoo at lalabas ito. Roy and Josel hands up to the design. To the press, please reveal the truth. This status is my own decision. GOD BLESS US ALL.”
In another post, she added: “Si robin padilla for best actor direk enzo for best director, production design and wardrobe, vina sa daming luha niyang iniyak, ang mga nanonood ay naiyak, sangkap ng isang pelikula na tinatawag na BEST picture.”
Aside from the Best Picture Award, “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” also received Best Sound, Best Musical Score, Best Original Theme Song, Best Cinematography, Best Float, Guillermo Award, Youth Choice, Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award. Lead actor Robin Padilla received the FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence.
Despite winning the most number of awards, the film has yet to win in the box office. With a budget of P100 million, it has only earned P10 million according to Robin Padilla’s speech during the MMFF Awards Night.
‘Bonifacio’ may not have the ‘commercial value’ as those movies emerging as blockbusters in the present and even the previous MMFF. But I believe this is the kind of movie that we should encourage our youth to see. A film that will let them appreciate the lessons from our past and inspire them to be good leaders of the future.