Sinag Maynila 2017 continued its opening festivities with an intimate afternoon gala at the Sky Park of SM Aura Premier in Taguig. In attendance were representatives of the nominated films, executives from Solar Entertainment Corporation, and members of the Japan Foundation.
The event was hosted by reporter and former beauty queen Patricia Fernandez and featured a breathtaking vocal performance by France’s Got Talent finalist Alienette Coldfire. The directors of each nominated film were then called onstage and were presented according to category.
The event culminated with Solar Entertainment Corporation CEO Wilson Tieng providing a brief inspirational speech, with Direk Brillante Mendoza spearheading the gong ceremony. After which, they were joined by the directors of the 5 nominated feature films (Arbi Barbarona, Jason Orfalas, Ricky Carranza, HF Yambao, and Joel Lambangan), Ms. Millie Dizon of SVP-Marketing of SM Supermalls, and a representative from the Japan Foundation for a quick celebratory toast.
However, the evening was far from over. Soon, all the guests relocated to the cinemas to watch this year’s opening film, Reflections.