Four of eight floats that joined this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Parade of the Stars failed to operate after they were stuck in the mud as a result of non-stop rain.
Despite the setback, the annual parade was held on Sunday afternoon
The city of Parañaque hosted this year’s parade, which began at 1p.m., at Shopwise Sucat branch and ended on Bradco Avenue in Aseana City.
The four floats that failed to make it were “Aurora,” “Rainbow’s Sunset,” “Otlum” and “Jack En Popoy.”
“Aurora” lead actress Anne Curtis, who rode her own car, was the first to arrive at the end point at 6 p.m. She stood and peeked from the car’s sunroof to wave at the crowd.
Anne shared her thoughts on Instagram. “‘Yong feeling na hindi ka na nakasakay ng float n’yo. Sakit sa heart. We waited as long as we could, epecially since I was looking forward to returning to the MMFF parade after 10 years. Pasensya na po sa nag-antay. Hindi lang talaga nakaahon sa putik in time ang float ng ‘Aurora’ kaya we had to abandon the ship but I hope you don’t abandon the film.”
The float of “Fantastica,” led by comedian Vice Ganda, arrived shorly after. This was followed by the float of “The Girl in the Orange Dress,” with its lead stars Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mediola.
Next to arrive was the float of “One Great Love,” featuring Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC de Vera. This was followed by the float of “Mary, Marry Me,” with Sam Milby and the Gonzaga sisters Toni and Alex.
“Otlum” lead star, cager Ricci Rivero, took to Twitter to communicate with his supporters. “”Na-‘Oltum’ po ang aming float sa putik. Hoping we’ll be out next so we can see you all. #OTLUMPARADE”
Just this morning, Coco Martin, one of the main stars of “Jack En Popoy,” apologized to fans who waited for hours to see them. “Maraming salamat po kahapon sa lahat ng tao na nag-abang at nagpunta sa parade lahit hindi po tumigil ang ulan. Pasensya na po at ‘di na nagamit ang mga floats dahil lubog sa putik. Ganon pa man po, lahat ng artista nagkasundo na gawin lahat para mapasaya ang mga tao.”
“Jack En Popoy” also stars Maine Mendoza and Vic Sotto.
Due to inclement weather, some actors used their personal vehicles to meet the crowd and continue the parade. Watch the full video to see what transpired on that rainy day. (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)(Credits: Instagram pictures, MMFF2018 official IG account)