The film which is supposed-to-be the big screen comeback of the Superstar Nora Aunor entitled “Hototay” a.k.a Mano Po 7 is pulling out of the Metro Manila Film Festival. In a recent PEP report, Regal Films matriarch and producer Mother Lily Monteverde was quoted saying. .
“We are trying to let the public understand na wala naman fault si Guy,[…]Talagang na-delay kasi ayaw namin ura-urada at baka masira ang project.[Nag-pull out] dahil sa taping at dahil sa sakit niya. It is for health reasons and also hindi na aabot [for the filmfest],[…]We also have to give consideration to Ate Guy dahil may sakit siya” – Mother Lily.
Regal Films however clarified that the project will not be shelved, in fact they revealed plans that shooting for Hototay will start in 2012.
Meanwhile, another MMFF entry have also pulled out of the festival. The Robin Padilla starrer Mr. Wong, a reboot from the classic film of the same title has backed out also in the festival. Reports say that the decision was primarily to give way to Gov. ER Ejercito’s Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga and to settle issues about that his team was behind schedule, that they could not finish their entry in time and some more personal conflicts.
“Medyo sabi ko, ‘Ayaw ko ng ganito. Ayaw ko ng mga dating magkakaibigan [nag-aaway-away]. Ayaw ko ‘non kaya ako mismo nung gabing ‘yon, dumiretso na ako kay Mother [Lily Monteverde para sabihin na huwag nang ituloy],” – Robin Padilla in a Report by Abs-Cbn.
On “TV Patrol,” Oct. 20, Padilla also made a statement that would counter allegations that they could not finish Mr. Wong movie.
“Hindi magiging problema ang shooting kasi kumpleto kami eh. Si Mother Lily, si Roselle [Monteverde],[…]Sa lahat po ng staff naming, sa direktor namin, humihingi kami ng paumanhin kung nagdesisyon ako na ‘wag na lang tayo sumali. Ako ang taong ayoko ng gulo eh.Basta isauli niyo ‘yung 500,000 ko [na deposit sa filmfest], ‘yun lang ‘yun.[…]Baka ma-forfeit ‘yung pera ko diyan,Eh, governor, personal kong pera ‘yun. Kaya sana, personal mo ring pera ang ibalik mo sa akin!”
And just like Hototay, Mr. Wong will not be shelved but will be Robin Padilla’s opening film next year!
As of writing this, we are left with only “Enteng ng Ina Mo” starring Vic Sotto at Aiai de las Alas, “Panday 2” of Sen. Bong Revilla, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” by the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, “Segunda Mano” of Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes, “My Househusband” starring Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, and “Shake, Rattle and Roll 13”.