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Holy Week is a significant series of days solemnly observed by Filipino Catholics to commemorate the Passion of Christ. It allows the believers to reflect upon the instances when God did not leave them – especially during hardships.

Out of respect for this religious event, most companies would send their workers on leave and students are free of school—so most likely, you’re quietly spending the entire week at home with family. It’s a great opportunity to grow spiritually during these quiet times.

For an added dose of inspiration, we have a couple of movies you might want to watch in iWant.  Just download the app, and you have instant access to these heartfelt movies below. Scroll down now!

1.) THE GIFT

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The Gift, directed by Onat Diaz, tackles the story of two people with different conditions—one with Asperger’s Syndrome and the other with Mitral Valve Stenosis. The characters are portrayed by Nash Aguas and Sharlene San Pedro.

In a situation where your condition forces you to choose between your health and your chance to be free, what are you willing to let go? This movie will surely leave you in tears, but will also give a moment to rethink the times you had to choose between two good things. Absolutely, a Holy Week must-watch!

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantTheGift

2.) HIMALA

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Directed and written by veterans Ishmael Bernal and Ricky Lee respectively, Himala is probably the most watched film every Holy Week. It participated in the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival, bringing home nine awards including Best Film, Best Director, and, of course, Best Actress for Nora Aunor.

Almost every Filipino can reenact the iconic scene of Superstar Nora Aunor where she proclaimed, “Walang Himala! Ang Himala ay nasa puso ng tao, nasa puso nating lahat …” with all her dire conviction.

Himala follows the story of a girl named Elsa who becomes a faith healer in a small town after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared before her eyes.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantHimalaDigitallyRestored

3.) ANAK

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When the Overseas Filipino Worker mom Josie played by Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos said, “Sana maisip mo kung ilang pagkain ang tiniis kong hindi kainin para lang makapagpadala ako ng malaking pera dito,” we felt her pain.  

 

In the 2000 family drama Anak directed by Rory Quintos, Josie’s daughter, Carla, played by Claudine Barretto, engages into rebellious activity to show resistance to her mother whom she believes to have abandoned them for a job in Hong Kong.

 

This film will make you want to hug and kiss your parents while telling them how grateful you are to be their child. With all the lessons Anak taught us, it will always be that story we’d want to hear over and over again. Let this masterpiece be one of your companions in this time of reflection.

 

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantAnak

4.) TANGING YAMAN

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2000 could be the year of brilliant family-themed films as another religious family drama Tanging Yaman was shown to an excited audience. The siblings, portrayed by Edu Manzano, Dina Bonnevie, and Johnny Delgado fight over land left after the death of their father, while their mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The disagreement of the siblings opens old wounds and starts heated arguments.

Tanging Yaman won many awards during the 2000 Metro Manila Film Festival including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress for Johnny Delgado and Gloria Romero, and Best Director for Laurice Guillen.

The title came from the song composition of Manoling Francisco, SJ which was interpreted by Carol Banawa for the movie.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantTangingYaman

5.) STA. NINA

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It can be overwhelming that some viewers compare Sta. Nina, a 2012 drama film by Emmanuel Quindo Palo to the classic Himala directed by Ishmael Bernal, but this film quite created its own identity in retelling religion, miracles, and social beliefs.

The story unravels as Pol, portrayed by Coco Martin, miraculously finds the body of his lovechild to Madel played by Alessandra de Rossi ten years after the volcano eruption in Pampanga. Surprisingly, the body is in perfect form, and later on, is considered a healer in their province. Tables have turned when locals bring up and judge Pol of his sinful past.

A metaphorical scene in the film shows Pol participating in the Senakulo, a play depicting the Passion of Christ.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantStaNina

6.) BUNSONG KERUBIN

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Way before 100 Days to Heaven and Nathaniel is Bunsong Kerubin directed by Luciano Carlos in 1987. The super cute Matet De Leon who played the role of a young cherub named Angelita experiences human troubles when she is sent from heaven down to earth. Helen, a widow played by Susan Roces, adopts Angelita and treats her as her own precious daughter.

Challenges start to shake Angelita as the devils persuade her to join them, but since she has lost her wings, she has to find other ways to save her family and herself from these evil forces.

It’s a light, inspiring and heartwarming movie for the family, indeed!  

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantBunsongKerubin

7.) IKAW ANG PAG-IBIG

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Under the direction of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig redefines different facets of love.

The film stars Ina Feleo as Vangie, a video editor capable of being a bone marrow transplant donor to her sick priest brother played by Marvin Agustin. Because of her terrible past, Vangie develops a fear of medical procedures making her afraid to become the donor. The condition of her brother causes fights in their family while in the hopes of his physical improvement, but instead, their brokenness finds genuine healing in love, repentance, and forgiveness – things we should always keep in mind to maintain a harmonious relationship with our own family.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantIkawAngPagibig

8.) EVERYTHING ABOUT HER

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It’s hard to deal with an independent, workaholic, and impatient person, but what’s even more challenging is when that person becomes your monster boss. Everything About Her directed by Joyce Bernal tells us that even the toughest person has a soft side that needs to be cared for.

In this comedy-drama, hardworking nurse Jaica played by Angel Locsin accepts a job as a private nurse to a strict successful businesswoman with cancer played by the legendary Vilma Santos. Little did she know that the job she thought could only help her family can become an opportunity to repair a broken relationship between the boss and her son played by Xian Lim.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantEAH

9.) WAY BACK HOME

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If you’re familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son from the Bible where the older brother gets jealous of the returning son who gets all the attention, another family drama Way Back Home, directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneg in 2011, is no far from that parable.

However, in this story, Jessica portrayed by Julia Montes blames herself when she lost her younger sister Ana portrayed by Kathryn Bernardo who was adopted by a fisherwoman. Everything changes when Ana comes back to her legitimate family.

The movie was launched after the hit teleserye Mara Clara where Kathryn and Julia’s sister rivalry received acclaim from viewers. 

Way Back Home teaches the kids a lesson the same way it teaches the parents how to deal with their children. Definitely recommended!

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantWayBackHome

10.) SA'YO LAMANG

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Following the success of the Laurice Guillen film Tanging Yaman, another family drama was released ten years later under the same direction in celebration of Star Cinema’s 17th anniversary. This time, Sa’yo Lamang finds another serious conflict taking place: a father with a mistress who left his wife and children.

Heart-wrenching scenes were exchanged between Bea Alonzo’s character Dianne and Christopher de Leon’s role, Franco. Dianne’s almost perfect family turns upside down when Franco returns to the open arms of wife Amanda played by Lorna Tolentino and reunites with family.

How things get resolved will help you realize a lot of things in your own family.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/iWantSayoLamang