Laguna Governor and MMFF 2011 Best Supporting Actor ER Ejercito was dismayed over the result of the Best Performing Actor category during the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards Night.
His award-winning MMFF entry "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" bagged 11 trophies during the awards night. He said he was hopeful to win the Best Actor award.
He quoted, "Sumablay yung isa eh. Sabi kasi ni Kris Aquino eh pag wala daw si Dingdong (Dantes) at hindi siya nanalong Best Actor eh... Sa tingin ko eh merong magic," ER said.
Dingdong won the Best Actor title for Star Cinema movie "Segunda Mano", which he co-starred with Kris Aquino and Angelica Panganiban.
Gov. ER also said all their hard work paid off because the movie got almost all the technical and major awards. He added that it took them nine months and 40 shooting days to come up with this kind of film.
"Because of my busy schedule as governor of Laguna and also because of the weather, hindi rin naman nagtipid yung producers ko kaya we really made a good film," ER said.
He is looking forward to exhibit "Manila Kingpin" abroad, most especially in the United States.
ER also reacted on the Best Director title, which during the awards night was credited to a certain Gary dela Cruz, who according to ER is one of their assistant directors.
Though Tikoy Aguiluz was not named as the Best Director award, ER said, the trophy will still be given to the former.
"Kay Direk Tikoy talaga yun. Nagtampo lang yun kasi binago namin yung editing. Kasi there's a criteria na bawal baguhin yung istorya. So we have to re-edit na naayon dun sa original script namin."
ER added that he is still hoping that Aguiluz will direct his next movie "El Presidente" with Superstar Nora Aunor in February 2012