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Manny Pacquiao filed a bill seeking to change the name of MMFF

Senator Manny Pacquiao wants to change the name of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) to Philippine Film Festival (PFF).

The annual tradition of featuring movies during the holiday season in the Philippines has started in 1975. It was called before as Metropolitan Film Festival. Prior to this, in 1966, then-Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas founded the Manila Film Festival.

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It was in 1977 when it was changed to Metro Manila Film Festival. Based on the article by entertainment columnist Salve Asis, Senator Manny Pacquiao has filed a bill seeking to change the name of MMFF.

The lawmaker pointed out that the “Metro Manila” “conveys exclusiveness of the illustrious tradition and celebration of local film production to the country’s capital.”

In his explanatory note, the boxer-politician also said that in order for the goal of the local movie industry to extend a nationwide effort, it is more suitable to call it the Philippine Film Festival.

Reportedly, this bill that Manny Pacquiao filed was already received by the Senate on January 25.


With this, the entertainment columnist asked if this will bill be passed into law, does this mean that it will undergo some adjustments? It could mean that this will not be exclusively for Metro Manila mayors only and the scope will be extended in the whole country.

Another question that Salve Asis asked was if MMFF will no longer be under the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) once it will be changed to Philippine Film Festival.

Previously, Manny Pacquiao also filed a bill seeking the standard salary for barangay officials.

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