Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story has been graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and from the way it looks, Jeorge Estregan made the right decision of changing the editing and the musical score of the film. The Manila Kingpin film is making buzzes lately, certain issues arise as it nears the Metro Manila Film Festival.

The first issue was when Carla Abellana was not allowed to promote her MMFF 2011 movie “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” produced by Viva Films and Scenema Concept International because she has an exclusive contract with Regal which also has an entry with Carla on the billing (Yesterday Today Tomorrow). Otherwise, the young actress will allegedly have to face legal actions. Soon enough Mother Lily of Regal cleared things out that they went through series of discussions and that she has already explained to ER Ejercito why Carla cannot promote Manila Kingpin. That they never threatened the young actress but instead they’re going to protect her by setting everything right. While they once agreed that Carla still won’t be able to promote Manila Kingpin because there’ll be a conflict of interest on both sides. ER Ejercito and Mother Lily have talked and now they are allowing Carla Abellana to promote her other film.

Then came later when the director of Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, Director Tikoy Aguiluz sought for legal actions to take out his name in all of the film’s promo materials. And that is because editing and musical score was changed without his knowledge. My take on that was, why the hell would he be so mad about having the editing and musical scoring redone? He’s a director and those elements of the film are things he should not be on the look for. As a director, one must not assume it’s his film entirely. There’s division of labor and he should focus more on the directing area.

Well, things seems to be fine now. Recent reports have lead us to believe that the issue has already been resolved also.

Tondo. The Ancient Gangland. Year 1950. Gwangwars were in. Violence was the name of the game. Gangsters carried Thompson’s and grease guns in a Bayong. Police Characters were just too tough resulting in bloody encounters.All notorious hoodlums dreamt to be the King.

But one smart and slippery hoodlum rose to power and reigned as King. He was the youngest and toughest Public Enemy No. 1 (Criminal) the Tondo Underworld ever bred. He was feared, respected and loved. A legendary Robin Hood in his time Tondo will never forget. His gang called him Hitler. Tondo remembers him by another name.ASIONG SALONGA

He robbed the rich to give to the poor. He lived and died by the gun. He lived fast and died young.This is his bloody career and salvage true-to-life story.

Catch Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story in theaters December 25, 2011!