MANILA, Philippines— The 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) kicked off Tuesday afternoon with the annual “Parade of Stars” drawing thousands of spectators in Manila.

Not even the oppressive afternoon heat could deter fans from staying out on the streets to catch a glimpse and take photos of their favorite movie stars atop fancy floats during the parade that opened the annual film festival.

This year’s 40th MMFF edition has eight official entries including historical drama “Bonifacio: ‘Ang Unang Pangulo,’” romance-comedy “English Only Please,” action-fantasy “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2,” action film “Magnum Muslim .357,” comedy films “My Big Bossing’s Adventures” and “Praybeyt Benjamin 2,” and horror films “Feng Shui 2” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll XV.”

At around 1:30 p.m., Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino formally opened the parade, which started at Bradco Avenue in Parañaque City and ended at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, where the event’s culminating program was held.

Tolentino said more than 500 MMDA personnel were deployed along the parade’s 7-km route to regulate traffic, especially on Roxas Boulevard’s southbound lane, where the floats spent the most time.

Fans, who arrived with umbrellas and cameras, cheered and shrieked as the stars—smiles plastered on their faces and hands tirelessly waving—rode past them… see more

source: inquirer