December 25, 2016
The Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual event during the Christmas season in the Philippines.
During the week of the festival, many local movie theaters refrain from showing foreign films and instead focus on featuring the works of the Philippine film industry.
One of the controversies of the 2016 MMFF was a dog-killing and -eating scene in the movie Oro. The director has stated that no real dog was killed to make the scene realistic, although there appear to be witnesses among the film crew who say that a real dog was killed. The murder and eating of dogs has been illegal in the Philippines for a few years now due to the intrusion of Western values and mores, although the custom is native to the mountain tribes of Luzon.