MANILA, Philippines -- Fans got an early Christmas treat as they saw their favorite stars waving and sharing some goodies at the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) float parade in Pasay City.
There were eight well-designed floats for the eight entries this year.
Under the scorching sun, fans patiently waited along Roxas Boulevard from the Quirino Grandstand to the SM Mall of Asia just to get a glimpse of their favorite actors.
This year, the float parade was held on December 23 instead of Christmas Eve.
"It's the last extended malling hours before the Christmas Eve, so siguro magkaka-tugma-tugma lahat iyon," Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino said.
"Thy Womb's" boat-inspired float was a head-turner, and even if it was quite dangerous, veteran actress Nora Aunor reached out just to get up close with her fans.
Director Brillante Mendoza said that even if he already won numerous international awards, he's proud to be part of the MMFF for the very first time.
"Iba kapag Filipino audience, iba kapag na sa abroad ka, syempre. At gusto ko rin maramdaman kung paano tanggapin ng mga Filipino audience 'yung film ko," Mendoza said.
Screaming fans were also excited to see "Sisterakas" stars Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas. Co-star Vice Ganda shared his excitement on his very first MMFF film.
"Ako, excited na excited pa rin ako, kasi ngayon ko lang 'to naranasan, kaya ang saya, ang sayang mamigay ng poster, ang sayang magkakaway. Nakakatuwa," he said.
"I think it's tama na Sunday [nag-parada]," Aquino said. "Nakikita mo naman eh, puro pami-pamilya talaga ang naglalabasan."
Enchong Dee, Julia Montes and JM de Guzman of the horror film "The Strangers" are also newbies at the MMFF.
"[Enjoy ako] kaya nga ako kumakanta," Dee said.
"Ang saya, ang daming tao, ang daming ngiti, ang daming kaway," said de Guzman.
Actress Janice de Belen, who has two horror entries in the MMFF, said it's both fun and a challenge to be part of "The Strangers" and "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14."
"Mahihilo ka sa kung paano ko hina-handle ang katawan ko. Para akong mananaggal, nahahati," de Belen said.
Comedian-host Vic Sotto, meanwhile, revealed how much they spent for the float of "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako."
"Talagang pinaghandaan namin ito. Float pa lang, P1 milyon na," he said.
The stars of "One More Try" Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes and Zanjoe Marudo were all smiles and tirelessly waved to their fans.
"Sobrang nakakatuwa, kasi ang tagal ko na ring hindi nagpa-parada, so ngayon lang ulit, tapos nakikita mo 'yung mga tao, nakangiti," Locsin said.
The float of "El Presidente," a biopic of hero Emilio Aguinaldo, was very nationalistic with a huge flag of the Philippines.
The eight films of the MMFF will hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, December 25.