1st Metro Manila Film Festival

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Known then as the 1975 Metropolitan Film Festival, the first Metro Manila filmfest was held in September 21, 1975, to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. JE’s "Dilingin mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa" won the Best Picture award. Joseph Estrada (for Diligin) and Charito Solis (for Araw-Araw, Gabi-gabi) won the Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Nora Aunor's entry, NV Productions’ Batu-Bato sa Langit (directed by Luciano B. Carlos), was a hit and won as 3rd Best Picture. Vilma Santos, on the other hand, gave a notable performance in Roma Films' Karugtong ang Kahapon.

That time, Nora and Vilma were in their peak, their career and the movies they made were being followed closely, compared, watched, praised, scrutinized both by fans and critics. Their storied and fierce rivalry dominated our movie industry for years. In fact, one could argue that even to this day, a Filipino movie fan is either a Noranian or a Vilmanian.


  • Alat!
    • Produced by: Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
    • Cast: Tonny Ferrer, George Estregan, Chanda Romero, Suzanne Gonzales
    • Directed by: Pierre Salas

  • Araw-Araw Gabi-Gabi
    • Produced by: Premiere Productions
    • Cast: Charito Solis, Tony Santos Sr., Rosanna Ortiz, Dindo Fernando
    • Directed by: Danilo Cabreira

  • Batu Bato sa Langit (Ang tamaa'y huwag magagalit...)
    • Produced by: N.V. Productions
    • Cast: Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon
    • Directed by: Luciano B. Carlos

  • Diligin mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa
    • Produced by: JE Productions
    • Cast: Joseph Estrada, Gloria Diaz
    • Directed by: Augusto Buenaventura
    • Festival Best Picture

  • Kapitan Kulas
    • Produced by: Lea Productions
    • Cast: Ramon Revilla, Elizabeth Oropesa, Helen Gamboa, Walter Navarro
    • Directed by: Romy Suzara

  • Karugtong Ang Kahapon
    • Produced by: Roma Films
    • Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez
    • Directed by: Fely Crisostomo

  • Postcards from China
    • Produced by: Lyra Ventures
    • Cast: Dante Rivero, Boots Anson Roa, Pilar Pilapil
    • Directed by: Cesar Gallardo

  • Siya'y Umalis, Siya'y Dumating
    • Produced by: Mirick Films
    • Cast: Marlene Dauden, Nestor de Villa
    • Directed by: Mitos Villarreal