“Hari ng Tondo”, also known as “Manila King Pin: The Asiong Salonga Story”, was VIVA Film’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival in 2011. It’s a biographical film about the infamous Nicasio “Asiong” Salonga, a notorious “Kingpin”, or gang leader, in Tondo, Manila in the 1940s.
This film, produced by Scenema Concept International, is entirely produced in black-and-white. It stars Jeorge Estregan, in the lead role, with co-veteran actors like Philip Salvador and Carla Abellana. With these seasoned actors, all under the impeccable direction of Tikoy Aguiluz, and the creative cinematic approach of Carlo Mendoza, no wonder this film garnered many awards, including “Best Director” and “Best Cinematography” in the 37th Metro Manila Film Fest, the 28th PMPC Star Awards and the 60th FAMAS 2012.
Films of this caliber are usually made as entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which is set to release movies of all participants every December 25th in the Philippines. This annual event in the Philippine film and entertainment industry has brought about another Filipino holiday tradition, that is watching great movies with friends and families on Christmas day itself.
Written by Donna