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Duterte: As MMFF goes online, may it be a beacon hope for PH cinema’s growth — 4.12.2020


The Metro Manila Film Festival logo. Image: Facebook/Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is wishing that the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF will be a beacon of hope for the progress of Philippine cinema even as this year’s entries will only be shown online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year, festival entries will be shown online so that you can see them with your families at the safety of our homes,” Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech aired Friday over MMFF’s official Facebook page.

“May the festival continues to be a beacon of hope for the advancement of Philippine cinema and for the growth as a nation,” he added.

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