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In Focus: 5 Romantic Filipino Movies That Teach Us What Love Is And What It Isn't

In Focus: 5 Romantic Filipino Movies That Teach Us What Love Is And What It Isn't


By Maan de Vera

While most of our romantic films are being dismissed as cliché, the truth is that there is a lot of hidden gems hiding from plain sight. All it takes is knowing where to look and you will definitely come across flicks that will hit your heart in all the right places.

Just in case you’re on the hunt for great romantic movies, you might want to #SupportLocal and watch these underrated movies as well.

1. Labs Kita Okey Ka Lang

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This Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin classic will surely make you feel what it’s like to transition from friends into something more than just that. The two have been inseparable since childhood, until Ned started dating which in turn made Bujoy realize that she has feelings for her best friend.

While there's a lot of films out there with the same plot, what makes this stand out is the fact that you will end up rooting for all of the characters. There are no kontrabidas; there are only teenagers who are trying to make sense of what love truly means.

2. Ang Nawawala

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Ang Nawawala tells that tale of Gibson. For some reason, Gibson decided to not talk after a traumatic childhood experience. While Gibson (Dominic Roco) has contented himself with staying quiet and isolating himself, things took a drastic change when Enid (Annicka Dolonius) came along.

Local movies are now popular because of the cheesy lines that the characters say during the climax. On the other hand, Ang Nawawala showed what it’s like to love in silence and, perhaps, to hurt in the same way.

3. Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa


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Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa is a love-triangle story told using dance, poetry, and film. It all starts with a college student named Marlon (Paulo Avelino) who develops a deep infatuation with his teacher (Jean Garcia.) In turn, Marlon takes private tutor lessons with the assistant instructor named Dennis (Rocco Nacino) who happens to have feelings for him.

Love knows no age, gender, or reason. This film is educational, but in a metaphorical sense. It will allow you to rediscover the meaning of love by demonstrating what love is not.

4. Saving Sally

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Saving Sally is a truly one-of-a-kind movie. It told a beautiful story of an aspiring comic book artist named Marty (Enzo Marcos) and a spunky inventor named Sally (Rhian Ramos.)

There is nothing here more than a typical love story if we are going to be completely honest; but it also approached what should be ordinary in a very tender way that it feels as if you’ve never seen or heard a story like this before. With a mix of beautiful animations and great performance, it was able to tackle deep issues such as physical abuse and escapism.

5. I'm Drunk, I Love You

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Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino) will definitely remind you what it feels like to love from a distance even when the person is near you. These two best friends found themselves in the process of redefining their relationship: to be more than friends or to be less than that.

I'm Drunk, I Love You has its way of making you realize that soulmates don't just come in the form of a romantic partner. Sometimes, the love of your life guises itself as a friend who loves you unconditionally. It teaches you that truly caring for someone means knowing where your place is and respecting the kind of love that the person needs from you—even if that's not exactly what you want to give.

Whether you are in love or not as of the moment, there is a certain giddy feeling that only watching romantic movies can bring. It mirrors the kind of love that we are currently experiencing, what we hope to feel, or what we wish we don’t. These movies will definitely give you different perspectives of what love is if only you look close enough.

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