FILM: PHP-FACine – WapakMan – Topel Lee – 2009
In 2009, I was excited to watch the entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival for this was the first time I was watching during the festival week itself. I was quite surprised to see that there were a lot of people and families who came out to watch their chosen movie. My friends were teasing that we were going watch WapakMan. I’ve seen the movie’s trailer… I don’t know if it’s the funny costume, the corny storyline or it was simply Pacquiao’s acting (or the lack of it) that couldn’t get me to watch this movie even on a dare.
When we got to Gateway Cinemas, WapakMan has been pulled out from the theater because of the dismal turnout. One of the cinema staff jokingly told us that even the ushers didn’t want to watch the movie after seeing it once. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to go through the ordeal of watching the movie at full length.
Make no doubt about it, Manny Pacquiao is a great boxer even with his last defeat to Timothy Bradley. He is a hero and an inspiration to his countrymen. An eight-division world champion with ten world titles to show for it. As the saying goes do the thing that you do best. Pacquiao has ventured into politics, television, movies, music recording… What can i say? I hope he sticks to boxing.
WapakMan was not well received by the public and landed last in the two-week 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was one of the two entries (the other was Dolphy’s Nobody Nobody but Juan) which did not win any award during the festival.