By Elisha Gabrielle Estacio
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Nursing a broken heart is never easy. Those who haven't experienced real heartbreak will unendingly say "Just get over it," or "Madaming iba d'yan," but it's not as effortless as brushing it off your shoulders. You've probably done everything: eaten your way through your feelings, drowned yourself in coffee or alcohol, backpacked alone, and even soul-searched for weeks, and you're still not getting better!
For those moments when you feel hopeless and tired of trying, why not put on a film that will help your heart heal? Below are six homegrown movies that will totally make you feel like you're not alone in your heartaches, and, perhaps, there is hope in love after all.
1. Starting Over Again (2014)
"Ano'ng karapatan mong hingin ang isang bagay na ipinagdamot mong ibigay? I deserve an explanation. I deserve an acceptable reason."
How could anyone forget the in-demand Piolo-Toni movie about Marco, a professor that fell in love with his student, Ginny? They had a perfect relationship, but Ginny refused Marco's marriage proposal and left without saying a word. After several years, they meet again. Would destiny give them a second chance or a final closure instead? You have a hard heart if this wouldn't make you cry like a baby! This movie will cure the hearts of the people who didn't have the peace they deserved or those who were left by the person they loved without any reason at all.
2. One More Chance (2007)
"She loved me at worst, you had me at my best at binalewala mo lahat 'yun and you chose to break my heart."
From the classic John Lloyd-Bea pairing to the iconic hugot lines, this movie will forever be one of our favorites. In the story, Popoy and Basha were a couple in a long-term relationship. Everything was steady until Basha felt like there were too much strings attached and decided to call it quits. The rest is a heartbreaking yet beautiful story. This is for the ones who just had a breakup with a long-time partner or have decided to move on with their own lives despite the heartache they're still feeling.
3. Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
"Huwag mo akong mahalin dahil mahal kita, mahalin mo ako dahil mahal mo ako because that is what I deserve."
KathNiel isn't dubbed the biggest love team of the country without reason. This movie is about Mia who travels far away to find herself and Ely who struggles to forget a past love. Did destiny make them find one another to move on and pave a way for new beginnings or to just get their hearts broken again and again? This is for the people who want to leave what has always been holding them back and start anew.
4. She's Dating The Gangster (2014)
"Pwede bang kahit isang beses lang, huwag kang gumawa ng kung anu-anong rason. Tumaya ka lang. Kung masasaktan tayo, eh, 'di masaktan. Parte 'yun ng pagmamahal, 'di ba? Kahit isang beses lang sa buhay mo, ayaw mo bang maging matapang?"
Another KathNiel box office hit, this film is about Kenji, a bad boy, who asks Athena to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous. As time went by, the two got more and more comfortable with each other that their pseudo-relationship slowly became for reals! This teaches us to move beyond our past and take risks with someone who can be better for us. There are so many quotable lines in this one, if only we could put everything here!
5. Love Me Tomorrow (2016)
"I do, I love you, but more than anything else, ang tanong ko sa sarili ko, 'Would I be able to live my life knowing that I've been unfair to you?'"
If you want to move on from a breakup caused by you and your ex's age difference then this movie definitely suits your sitch. This is about JC, a DJ, who unexpectedly fell in love with Christy, a mature woman, while forming a connection with Janine, a younger model. Would JC pursue his love for Christy in spite of the career and age difference between them? Or whould he choose to settle with Janine who is easier to be with? This movie will give you a lot to think about: career, societal judgment, and other serious issues easily forgotten when you enter complicated relationships.
6. That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)
“Bakit ba kayong mga mapeperang mga babae, ang hilig niyong hinahanap ang sarili niyo sa Baguio? Ba’t ba Baguio? Hindi ba pwedeng sa inuman na lang?”
This modern journey through love was a huge hit among millennials. From situations like "Hindi na kita mahal, makakaalis ka na" after spending eight years in a relationship to traveling for soul-searching, we are all guilty of these scenarios. This movie starring Angelica Panganiban as Mace and JM De Guzman as Anthony is about complete strangers who mend their hearts by opening up to each other while traveling through Baguio and Sagada. Expect to find yourself reserving a bus ticket after watching this! This is truly a roadmap for the broken-hearted millennials.
Movies never fail to make anyone feel good. If you have any more recommendations for a much-needed movie therapy, help a broken-hearted friend out in the comments below!
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Banner photograph from Star Cinema.