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MMFF Showdown – Manila Kingpin

Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga is the only action movie in this year's MMFF. 

Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga sets itself apart from other MMFF entries for two reasons. First, it is the only action movie to join this year's film festival. Second, it is the only entry to be in black and white. 


The film biopic is based on the life of Nicasio Rodriguez Salonga, a heinous public enemy who was better known as Asiong Salonga. The film stars Laguna governor ER Ejercito, who uses his screen name Jeorge Estregan in the movie. The celebrity-politician said in an interview with PEP that the film was set in black and white to make it resemble the gangster films shown during Asiong's heydays than span after World War II and the early years of the 1950s.

Joining Estregan are Carla Abellana, Valerie Concepcion, Baron Geisler, Ping Medina, Dennis Padilla, and Philip Salvador. 

The film is directed by Tikoy Cruz and written by Roy Iglesias and Roy Ventura. 

Enjoy the full trailer here:


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