IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2018 Gabi ng Parangal

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 Gabi ng Parangal took place on Thursday, December 27 at the Theater in Solaire, with Rainbow's Sunset winning the top awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Joel Lamangan, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Tony Mabesa and Aiko Melendez. (FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2018 Gabi ng Parangal)

This year's awards night also saw Dennis Trillo bag the the Best Actor for his role in One Great Love. His manager Popoy Caritativo accepted on his behalf as he was sick.

Actress Gloria Romero was clearly surprised by her win as Best Actress, telling the audience that at 85, she could not believe she would still win an award.

In their acceptance speeches, director Joel Lamangan and Rainbow's Sunset producer Harlene Bautista appealed to viewers to continue watching and for movie theaters to continue screening the movie.

Joel hoped that movie theaters would follow an existing agreement for the duration of the festival – for MMFF movies to be allocated slots in theaters.

Aside from winning the top awards, Rainbow's Sunset also awarded two Special Jury Prizes for actress Max Collins and Eddie Garcia.

UNEXPECTED. Actress Max Collins

UNEXPECTED.

Actress Max Collins

 

SPECIAL AWARD. Actor Eddie Garcia

SPECIAL AWARD.

Actor Eddie Garcia

 

Mark Bautista, Nina Dolino, and Janno Gibbs hosted the awards night.

 

OPENING. Ppop Generation

OPENING.

Ppop Generation

 

EMCEES. Janno Gibbs, Nina Dolino, and Mark Bautista

EMCEES.

Janno Gibbs, Nina Dolino, and Mark Bautista

 

MMDA chairman Danny Lim

 

CHILD PERFORMER. Upcoming actress Phoebe Vilamor.

CHILD PERFORMER. Upcoming actress Phoebe Vilamor.

NEW GENERATION. The young stars of the horror movie 'Otlum.'

NEW GENERATION. The young stars of the horror movie Otlum.

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MAYWARD. Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata

MAYWARD.

Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata

STARS OF THE NIGHT. Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales

STARS OF THE NIGHT.

Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales

SPECIAL PRIZE. Harlene Bautista accepts the Gat Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award for 'Rainbow's Sunset.'

SPECIAL PRIZE. Harlene Bautista accepts the Gat Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award for Rainbows Sunset.

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SUPPORTING ACTOR. Tony Mabesa

SUPPORTING ACTOR.

Tony Mabesa

COMEBACK. Aiko Melendez holds her Best Supporting Actress trophy

COMEBACK.

Aiko Melendez holds her Best Supporting Actress trophy

BEST DIRECTOR. Joel Lamangan

BEST DIRECTOR.

Joel Lamangan

SURPRISE. Popoy Caritativo accepts the Best Actor award for Dennis Trillo.

SURPRISE. Popoy Caritativo accepts the Best Actor award for Dennis Trillo.

STILL GLOWING. Gloria Romero accepts her Best Actress trophy.

STILL GLOWING. Gloria Romero accepts her Best Actress trophy.

BEST PICTURE. The cast of 'Rainbow's Sunset' celebrates their big win.

BEST PICTURE. The cast of 'Rainbow's Sunset' celebrates their big win.

– Rappler.com