Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay are this year’s MMFF Best Actor, Best Actress

This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival showed various films of different genres, but the highly coveted Best Actor and Actress Award were from a romantic comedy film, English Only Please.
The film features Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay for the lead roles. Jennylyn’s role is a hopeless romantic who is left by his boyfriend. Derek Ramsay, a FilAm who could not speak Tagalog, also faces a love problem. The life of the two characters entangled as Derek was searching for a Tagalog tutor to get rid of his girlfriend while Jennelyn is looking for a part time job. Derek hired Jennylyn as his tutor. Being together made the two developed at par from tutor-student relationship as they learned to fall in love to each other. However, the supposed developing feelings became complicated when their past relationships hunt them again.
The film is a romantic comedy that deals with the life of a woman who searches for love but end up being left by people whom she trusted of her feelings. The truth is, Jennyln Mercado in real life scenario could relate to. Jennylyn’s portrayal to the role is undeniably exceptional. She became a very effective actress of her role. She reminded me of various MMFF Best Actress Awardees like Zsa-Zsa Padilla in one of the episodes of Mano Po, Sharon Cuneta in Crying Ladies, and Judy Ann Santos in Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo. Jennylyn’s performance is as excellent as those three award-winning actresses, so there is no reason to ask why she should be proclaimed as Best Actress in this year’s festival.
Derek Ramsay as Best Actor was really unexpected although he had done best in his role as someone who could not speak Tagalog fluently. The Amazing Race host is actually an amazing actor. It is good to know that he is now being recognized for his talent. It is about time that he should be acknowledged for his dedication to his craft. Many would have expected  that either Coco Martin or Robin Padilla could win the award. However, the jurors would have seen something new from Derek that is away from the usual role he used to play just like how he consistently deliver the Tagalog lines slang while evoking the real emotions that are needed to make his role more realistic.
This year’s festival was dominated by Bonifacio which won 1st Best Picture, Gat Puno Villegas Cultural Award, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography and Student’s Choice Award; English Only Please ,  2nd Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Editing; and lastly Kubot, 3rd Best Picture, Best Sound Effect, Best Production Design, Best Make-up, Best Supporting Actress for Lotlot De Leon and Best Supporting Actor for Joey Marquez.

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