Ai-ai wants to be film fest’s Best Actress

Actress Ai-ai delas Alas, considered as the country’s “Comedy Concert Queen,” wants to become the Best Actress in the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.

This was reported by showbiz editor and columnist Crispina Martinez Belen who said that in some occasions, Ai-ai has expressed her desire to win an acting award for her latest movie, “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na ‘To!).”

When she guested on “The Buzz,” Ai-ai she even knelt down as she pleaded “panalunin niyo naman ako, anyway magaling naman ako dito sa pelikulang ito,” according to the columnist.

Star Cinema, one of the leaders in film production in the country today, wants to end the year with a big bang so it decided to give moviegoers laughter to the max via “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na ‘To!)” directed anew by Wenn Deramas from a screenplay by Mel Mendoza del Rosario.

This is the third and last part of the most successful comedy franchise in the history of Star Cinema, the movie that made Ai Ai a household name, according to Crispina Belen. The first “Tanging Ina” was such a huge hit that Star Cinema decided to follow it up with “Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat,” which turned out to be another big hit, that required a follow-up entitled “Tanging Pamilya.”

“Tanging Pamilya” became the comeback movie  of former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada who played Ai-ai’s husband. The third “Tanging Ina” comedy flick is one of Star Cinema’s three entries to this year’s December film festival.

“Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na ‘To)!” reunites Ai-Ai with her “children” – Marvin Agustin, Nikki Valdez, Carlo Aquino, Alwyn Uytingco, Marc Acueza, Shaina Magdayao, Serena Dalrymple, Jiro Manio, Yuki Kadooka, twins Janelle and Bianca Calma. Also joining the cast is child superstar Xyriel “Momay” Manabat, along with Owie Boy Gapuz. In the cast too are Kaye Abad, Rafael Rosell, Jon Avila, Empoy Marquez, Dennis Padilla, Tonton Gutierrez, and Jestoni Alarcon.

This final installment of the “Tanging Ina Mo” franchise also brings back the tandem of Ai Ai and “Comedy Empress” Eugene Domingo who plays Ina’s (Ai Ai’s character) best friend. In the story, Ina has 12 children and she overcame all the trials and tributations in her life.

Ina has chosen to go back to simple living even though she has already attained worldwide celebrity status when she was president.

Until one day, she was diagnosed to have a terminal illness and she may have only six to eight months to live!

“In this last franchise of ‘Ang Tanging Ina Mo,’ Ina faces the biggest challenge in her life, ang pinakamalaking problema sa buhay niya. May sakit siya at may taning na ang buhay niya,” Wenn said.

The realization that she is dying made Ina exert extra effort to make her children and loved ones happy, according to Crispina Belen. She tries to be with them most of the time and eventually learns about their problems.

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