Maricel Soriano, who was named Best Actress, and the rest of the cast of Regal Entertainment's Yesterday Today Tomorrow didn't show up at the recently held 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night.
The no-show was in support of Regal matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde who was saddened by the disqualification of the movie in four award categories at the 2011 MMFF Awards.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) disqualified Yesterday Today Tomorrow from Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award categories. The action was done because Regal changed the script and the cast of the movie from what was submitted to the MMDA.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that the MMFF entries were approved based on the script that was given to them earlier this year.
In Yesterday Today Tomorrow, though, what came out on theaters was different from the script that was approved. Even the actors were different, and that only the title was retained.
Regal, though, denied it in an official statement released on the evening of December 28. According to the statement, there was no major changes in the storyline. "While the script was slightly modified, this was done primarily to suit changes in the cast of which MMFF had prior notice as per REGAL’s letter dated 23 November 2011," the statement said.