Filipinos love a good rom-com or two, what with the attractive two leads pulling you into their fairytale love story. But you’ve also got to give credit to those movies that you’ll carry with you even after the credits roll. Not all of them will make you ugly-cry, but they’re sure to leave you with something to think about or at least, make your (maybe, kind of) cold heart
Sana Dati (2013)
Directed by: Jerrold Tarog
Andrea (Lovi Poe) is about to get married to Robert (TJ Trinidad), but during her wedding ceremony, she spots Dennis (Paulo Avelino), a “videographer” who seems out of place. It turns out that Dennis is actually the brother of Andrea’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew (Benjamin Alves). As you watch the story of Andrea and Andrew through flashbacks, you start to wonder why they didn’t end up together. Meanwhile, back in real life, Dennis is trying to convince Andrea not to push through with the wedding with Robert because she doesn’t really love him.
She’s Dating the Gangster (2014)
Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Kenneth (Daniel Padilla) is trying to look for his father Kenji (Richard Gomez) who is reported missing after a plane crash. While looking for him, he runs into
That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)
Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone
Mace (Angelica Panganiban) is trying to get over the end of her eight-year relationship. After meeting Anthony (JM De Guzman) at the airport, she drunkenly invites him to go on a road trip with her to Baguio and Sagada. Throughout their trip, Mace talks about her ex-boyfriend and the difficulties of moving on, while Anthony patiently listens to her and gives her advice. In the end, both Mace and Anthony have to choose between leaving everything to fate or actually do something about it.
Starting Over Again (2014)
Directed by: Olivia M. Lamasan
What’s worse than getting dumped? Well, getting dumped without any explanation. That’s what happens to Marco (Piolo Pascual) when Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) suddenly ends their relationship without even telling him
Directed by: Dan Villegas
Rom-com scriptwriter Mia (Jennylyn Mercado) has been having a difficult time coming up with relatable and kilig-worthy films ever since she broke up with her longtime boyfriend Ethan (Jericho Rosales). Things start looking up again when Ethan re-enters her life—only to tell her that he’s leaving again, this time for good. The two exchange frustrating yet also relatable will-they-
Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)
Directed by: Ice Idanan
Cielo (Alessandra de Rossi) has been going through a rough patch—her relationship with her fiancé just ended and she’s a workaholic who is out of a job. As she moves into a smaller apartment, she starts receiving anonymous postcards from different places in the Philippines but with only one sender. She then decides to look for the sender of the postcards, going on a trip to discover all the places depicted on them. But what she finds
I’m Drunk, I Love You (2017)
Directed by: JP Habac
Carson (Maja Salvador) has been in love with her best friend Dio (Paulo Avelino) for seven years. She plans on finally confessing her feelings to him during a trip to La Union, and she brings along her close friend Jason (Dominic Roco) for moral support. But it seems like Dio already has his heart set on Pathy (Jasmine Curtis-Smith). And while Dio and Carson would do anything for each other, the ending will make you realize that sometimes, that’s not always the best thing.
Kita Kita (2017)
Directed by: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
What might first warm your heart up is how Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) hopelessly falls in love with his blind neighbor, Lea (Alessandra de Rossi). Tonyo does everything for Lea and they tour Sapporo together, slowly forming a relationship. And just as Lea finally gets a glimpse of Tonyo, she ends up realizing that there really is more to a person than meets the eye.
Mr. and Mrs. Cruz (2018)
Directed by: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Gela (Ryza Cenon) and Raffy (JC Santos) are both newly-heartbroken strangers who decide to head to Palawan for some time to be by themselves. They soon realize that they have the same last name and end up also sharing the same room because of logistical problems. They start spending more time with each other and they talk about everything there is to talk about under the sun while kayaking through crystal-clear waters, making it more than just your usual summer fling. But they differ when it comes to their view on relationships: Gela believes in marriage, while Raffy wants nothing to do with it. They try to make their self-made paradise a dream-come-true, but they realize that sometimes, paradise is meant to be just that: A dream.
Meet Me in St. Gallen (2018)
Directed by: Irene Emma Villamor
Celeste (Bela Padilla) meets Jesse (Carlo Aquino) in a coffee shop that she frequents, often using the fake name “Katy Perry” when she orders. The two eventually start a close relationship (after realizing their names are the same as the characters in the romance-drama movie Celeste and Jesse Forever) and have a one-night stand, but they part ways
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