MMDA chief, Mother Lily patch rift

Posted at 01/03/12 2:51 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - Regal Films matriach Mother Lily Monteverde has finally patched things up with Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee chairman Francis Tolentino, who's also the chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The two patched up their differences over the disqualification in four major categories of Regal's MMMF entry "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" for deviating from its original script and casting.

At a luncheon held on January 2 by Mother Lily for Tolentino's birthday, she assured the MMDA chief of Regal's continued support for the 2012 filmfest.

She said her disappointment from "Yesterday's" disqualification was all forgotten.

"The Chairman and I are one in our commitment to work for the upgrade of the Philippine movie industry, and for its workers as well," Monteverde said in a statement released by the MMDA on Tuesday.

For his part, Tolentino thanked Mother Lily for her continued support of the MMFF.

"I thank Mother Lily for her gracious and continued support for the upcoming Filmfest, and for the plight of movie workers," said Tolentino. "Mother Lily is a pillar of the movie industry."