Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story is the entry of Scenema Concept International (released through Viva Films) to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Produced by Scenema Concept International (released through Viva Films ) and under the direction of Tikoy Aguiluz, “Manila Kingpin” stars Jeorge “E.R.” Estregan in the title role, with Carla Abellana and Phillip Salvador.
The MMFF action movie is based on the story of the notorious gang leader in Tondo named Nicasio “Asiong” Salonga, whose true-to-life accounts had been portrayed in several movie versions since 1961 (starring Joseph Estrada). It is also the the first Filipino major film produced in black-and-white in the 21st century as well as the returning action genre movie.
“Manila Kingpin” is said to be the replacement to the original projects “Mr. Wong” (starring Robin Padilla) and “Hototay” (Regal Films, starring Nora Aunor), after the latter two had backed out from the event.
Other cast-members include Baron Geisler, Yul Servo, Dennis Padilla, Ketchup Eusebio, Ping Medina, Amay Bisaya, Gerard Ejercito, and Jerico Ejercito.
“Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga” opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, December 25.