- Regal matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde spoke about her disappointment regarding the line-up for the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)
- 'Enteng Kabisote' actor Vic Sotto spoke up that we should respect Mother Lily's comments instead of cussing her in public
- His response implies the gutsy comment indie actress Mercedes Cabral posted on her Facebook page in response to Mother Lily's statement
The buzz surrounding the new line-up of this year's MMFF has not died down yet, as its (former) regular Vic Sotto finally spoke up on the issue.
The 'Enteng Kabisote' actor shared during his film's blogger conference that he agrees with Mother Lily Monteverde's sentiments regarding the new line-up, but also implied someone else in his comment.
Mother Lily, known as one of the country's prominent film producers, was disappointed that her film 'Mano Po 7: Chinoy' did not make the cut at this year's festival.
She also said that there is a proper time for mainstream and indie films, since the latter has dominated the list for this year instead of an equal division of four mainstream and four indie films.
The Regal matriarch added the Christmas season, which is the start of the MMFF, is for the lower-class families and children who save up to watch the comedic films of TVJ (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon) and Vice Ganda.
This has irked indie actress Mercedes Cabral, who slammed Mother Lily on her Facebook page and even called her an idiot.
Vic Sotto hinted at Mercedes' catty response in his statement, stating that what Mother Lily said was true regarding the line-up for this year's festival.
"Totoo naman ang sinasabi ni Mother. Kung may magmumura kay mother, hindi naman tama 'yun," he said.
(What Mother Lily is saying is correct. If there is someone who is going to curse her for it, it's not right.)
He added that respect is still fundamental in every issue, and that there is no need to throw cuss words for someone to get his or her point.
"I go back to respect. Kahit anong sabihin nu'n respetuhin mo. You may disagree with her opinion pero sabihin mo bakit ka nagdi-disagree, hindi 'yung magmumura ka."
(I go back to respect. Whatever she says, you respect that. You may disagree with her opinion but you have to say you why you disagree with her, not cuss her out.)
Bossing, as Vic is popularly called, also shared his opinion regarding the 'division' in the film industry in the country today - where indie films start to make waves more than the mainstream ones.
"I don't see any division. Pare-pareho naman kaming nasa same industry. Ako, personally wala akong iniisip na iba sila, iba kami. Kanya-kanyang taste lang 'yan. Kanya-kanyang paniniwala, kanya-kanyang pananaw. But isa lang ang hinihiling ko, magrespetuhan kami. Respeto lang."
(I don't see any division. We're all in the same industry. Personally, I don't think that they're different, we're different. It just depends on one's tastes, one's beliefs, and one's point of view. But I only request of one thing, and that is respect for each other. Just respect.)
Vic's latest 'Enteng Kabisote' film, which is already his 10th, will be released at a much earlier date - November 30, just like Vice Ganda's film with Coco Martin that also did not make the cut.
'Enteng 10 and the Abangers' was initially to be released on December 7 but the veteran actor clarified that they will be showing the film earlier after talking with theater owners.
Now that one of the festival's regulars has already spoken his mind, can we now move on and be happy that their films are going to be released soon?
On another lighter note, one of the most popular love teams in the country will also be making an appearance in Bossing's film - Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards! We can't wait to see what they'll be doing in the fantasy-comedy movie.