By Leonel Abasola

From 2023 MMFF Facebook page

MANILA – Senator Robin Padilla has said the PHP800-million gross profit of the local film “Rewind” in the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival is an indication that the Philippine movie industry is recovering from the pandemic.

“This achievement is a testament to the return of a vibrant and flourishing Philippine film industry – attributed to the hard work and commitment of artists, writers, directors, and all members of the production teams,” Padilla said in Senate Resolution 909 he filed on Monday.

Padilla lauded the victory of “Rewind,” directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar.

He also congratulated the artists, producers, directors, writers, and all behind the movie starring real-life couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera-Dantes.

Padilla said Dingdong and Marian remain an inspiration not just in reel but in real life, promoting “family values, entrepreneurship and philanthropic deeds

He noted how the pandemic forced the film industry to grind to a halt-prompting “indefinite delays in film production, closure of movie theaters, and imposition of social distancing restrictions to the general public.”

Padilla also said he is happy that the MMFF 2023 was the “highest-grossing edition of all time” due in large part to the hard work of the artists, writers, directors and production teams. (PNA)