It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda took a swipe against Atty. Ferdinand Topacio after the comedian won an award from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
During one of the episodes of the Kapamilya show, Vice, who presented the award to his fans, said that he was thankful for the recognition he received amid the 12-day suspension imposed by the Movie and Television Classification and Review Board (MTRCB) against them.
Vice said that many people criticized his movies, but it doesn’t hide the fact that it still gave joy to Filipino moviegoers.
“Maraming nagsasabi na ang papangit ng pelikula ko, ang babasura ng pelikula ko. Pero ang ipinagmamalaki ko, sa mga panahong bagsak na bagsak ang mga Pilipino, at parang nawawalan na sila ng pag-asa, at sa mga panahong malungkot na malungkot sila, masayang-masaya ako na kaya maraming nanood ng pelikula, dahil ‘yong mga pelikula ko ang ginagawang pangtakas ng napakaraming Pilipino,” said Vice.
It can be recalled that Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, who’s also a film producer criticized Vice’s movies, saying that it didn’t help the industry to improve.
“Gumastos kami ng 33 million para sa ‘Mamasapano’ ang hirap bawiin because of the climate of the local film industry. Dominated kasi ‘yung local industry ng foreign films. Yon ang number one,” said Topacio who owns Borracho films.
“Ano ba ang naitulong ng mga pelikulang iyon sa pagtaas ng antas ng pelikulang Pilipino? Wala naman e!” he added.
Topacio’s movie only earned P5-M tickets during the last Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) while Vice’s entry earned P100-M pesos.