Let’s face it: we Filipinos are a sentimental lot. So in the spirit of the month of romance and kilig, here's a list of FN's top 10 contemporary Pinoy movies full of heart-breaking, heart-stopping, and heart-warming feelings for the lovers and lovers-to-be.

1. ONE MORE CHANCE (2007)
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo



One of the highest grossing Pinoy movies of all time, One More Chance explores the relationship between Basha (Alonzo) and Popoy (Cruz), as they move from college sweethearts to lovers in the real world. After five years, Basha finally gets fed up with Popoy’s constant attention and nagging over every aspect of her life, so she decides that it’s better to go on a break. What she doesn’t expect is that Popoy will also move on with his life, and find another woman along the way. They soon find themselves working together as colleagues, which strikes the perfect opportunity for the two of them to rekindle their relationship. But will they ever fall in love with each other again? Fate seems to think so—and so does the audience.

2. IT TAKES A MAN AND A WOMAN (2013)
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Isabelle Daza



The third and final installment of the A Very Special Love series, this rom-com is the highest grossing Filipino film in 2013. Coming back from a very dramatic breakup, Laida (Geronimo) and Miggy (Cruz) are forced to work together to take on the ailing magazine business of Miggy’s family. Laida, whose experiences in the US has made her braver and spunkier, has taken control of her life, while Miggy has found love in his childhood friend, Belle (Daza). Thanks to the rapid-fire comedic dialogue courtesy of screenwriter Carmi Raymundo, this movie takes us to its inevitable happy ending with a lot of hilarious twists and turns.


3. NO OTHER WOMAN (2011)
Starring: Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes



To be fair, if you were either Charmaine (Reyes) or Kara (Curtis), you’d find yourself fighting tooth and nail over Ram (Ramsay) and his awesomely defined abs—which is on full view practically all throughout the film. Whoever was dressing the cast certainly knew what they were doing, and so was the rest of the production team. The classic love triangle between a husband, his wife, and his lover is taken to its dramatic conclusion, thanks to the direction of Ruel S. Bayani and the wickedly witty screenwriting duo of Kriz Gazmen and Ricardo Fernando III.

4. THE MISTRESS (2012)
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo



Celebrating the decade-long love team of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, this romantic film certainly has them stretching their acting chops. John Lloyd plays JD (Cruz), who courts Sari (Alonzo), and chases after her until he finds out that she’s the mistress of a much older man, Rico (played with aplomb by Ronaldo Valdez)—who also turns out to be JD’s father! This “four-sided love affair” reaches a fever pitch when Sari is forced to make a choice: the father, the son, or perhaps even none at all.


5. UNOFFICIALLY YOURS (2012)
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin



This movie delves into the crazy world of modern relationships. After all, what makes a relationship official, anyway? After seeing their chemistry on the small screen with their ABS-CBN teleserye Imortal, it’s no surprise that Unofficially Yours has reached the top of the box office when it first came out. News photographer Macky (Cruz) finds himself having a one-night stand with Ces (Locsin), after he gets dumped by his girlfriend. When he learns that Ces is also the new reporter at the newspaper he works at, he tries to woo her back.

6. TILL THERE WAS YOU (2003)
Starring: Judy Ann Santos, Piolo Pascual



The blockbuster love team of Judy Ann and Piolo gets unleashed in this (romantic) comedy of errors. When Albert (Pascual) makes up an imaginary mom for his daughter Pippa using a photo of Joanna (Santos), which she left inside a bus, he discovers that in order to keep up the ruse, he has to hire the actual Joanna to pretend that she’s actually Pippa’s mother.


7. Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006)
Starring: Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo



Real-life couple Judy Ann and Ryan finally get their own romantic comedy in this blockbuster hit. When poor girl Angie (Santos) and rich boy Jed (Agoncillo) fall in love and get engaged, neither of them expected that their families would be at each others’ throats. Amidst learning how to deal with each others’ odd habits, crazy antics, and (ahem) “human rights,” Angie and Jed learn that love isn’t all about flowers and chocolates, but it’s all about working to keep the love alive.

8. GOT 2 BELIEVE (2002)
Starring: Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan



Even before the entire sub-genre of wedding rom-coms were taken over by Hollywood, our own local film industry cranked out this little gem starring teen heartthrobs Claudine Barretto and the late Rico Yan. When perennial bridesmaid and wedding coordinator Toni (Barretto) keeps on running into wedding photographer Lorenz (Yan), it’s hate at first sight. But when Lorenz’s boss wants to add Toni in her next editorial profile, Lorenz is tapped to get to know Toni more and find the perfect date for her, all the while falling in love himself. This movie reminds us just how adorable Rico Yan was, and how different Philippine cinema could have been had he still been alive.

9. BAKIT HINDI KA CRUSH NG CRUSH MO? (2013)
Starring: Xian Lim, Kim Chiu



Based on the best-selling book of the same title by Internet action star Ramon Bautista, this belly-busting laugh trip follows Sandy (Chiu), an ugly duckling with hair the size of a small, densely forested country, and Alex (Lim) as her new boss. When Sandy gets unexpectedly laid off from her job, Alex learns that her depression is caused by her recent breakup. Knowing that she’s an asset to the office, he offers to help her transform into a super-hot mega-babe and figure out the answer to the age-old question: “Bakit hindi ka crush ng crush mo?”

10. LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME (2011)
Starring: Edgar Allan Guzman, Mercedes Cabral



This Cinemalaya film, based on Eros S. Atalia’s popular novel, follows the postmodern romance beween Intoy (Guzman) and his one-sided love affair with his best friend, Jenny (Cabral). When their friendship turns into a “friends with benefits” situation, Intoy is hard-pressed into figuring out whether he wants to confess his feelings to the free-spirited Jenny or if he can just keep their relationship at this level: fun, carefree, and all about sex.

(Promotional posters courtesy of Star Cinema Productions)

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