Wednesday, December 1, 2010

16 survive the Star Movies’ Movie Marathon Contest

16 movie fanatics with their shared PhP100,000 grand prize along with Fox International Channel (FIC) Territory Director Jude Turcuato (far left) and FIC Marketing Lead Rosario Espedido (far right)

A series of assassinations and killings were shown in the Star Movies' Movie Marathon Contest and the fight for the P100,000 grand prize held at the Resorts World on November 9, 2010.

After 14 hours, five epic movies provided by Magnavision, zero bathroom breaks, and no sleeping, only (sixteen) 16 out of 100 survived and emerged as true-blooded movie goers. These movie fanatics each shared the P100,000 grand prize – Abigail Bravo, Diana Melanie Roxas, Aldrin Jay Mariano, Jonathan Estomaguio, Emma Joanna Austria, Christy Florentes, Sharon Neyra, Aldrin Arquero, Alexander Alvarez, Ariel Carranza, Mark Allen Bonifacio, Adolfo Badiola, Don Lasky, Dada Lozano, Marisol Prieto, and Robertino Cruz.

I was totally amazed by these individuals who stood the difficulties of this movie marathon without sleeping, resting, stretching and going for bathroom breaks for 14 hours straight! That was unbelievable! These are part of the strict rules. Even when you stretch or rise from your seat, you're out! I cannot imagine myself not going to the restroom for very long hours after being  served with unlimited food and drinks. What was their real secret?

Upon entering the newly furbished Newport Cinema Resorts World, the contestants were each given a Star Movies jacket to battle the first wave of the chilly cinema air. Throughout the marathon, unlimited food, drinks, and ice cream were continuously served to the contestants because they cannot go out once they have stepped inside the cinema and taken their seats.

Jude Turcuato sharing to us their plans for Star World and Star Movies this 2011

For the next couple of hours, the participants were put through the longest, most grueling, and most challenging movie marathon to hit the Philippines. The classic all-time movie favorite The Godfather opened the movie marathon at 10 a.m. Most of the contestants were familiar with the mafia head of the family Don Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando.

Towards the end of The Godfather II , which stars Al Pacino as Vito Corleone’s son Michael, more than half of the contestants were still glued to their seats. But come the shooting sprees in The Godfather III, the number of viewers dwindled even as the prize money became closer to their reach.

 Jude Turcuato

After the Godfather trilogy came the adrenaline-pumped, comic-based movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which stars Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Before the stroke of midnight, the remaining contestants watched Indiana Jones’s search for the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

It was a hard-earned win that came with muscle cramps, nonstop movie viewing, and probably a bursting bladder. The Star Movies Movie Marathon raised the bar not only for movie marathons, but also for the endurance and stamina of Filipino movie fans. Only with Star Movies can you expect movie marathons to get this serious.

Congratulations to all the winners and to Star Movies for a very successful event!

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