There is nothing quite like a Filipino romantic comedy. Gone are the Pinoy romcoms of old where the token habulan scene by the seashore means the characters are falling in love. Or at least, should we sit through another one, it is either tongue-in-cheek or done masterfully. The genre has evolved so much through the years and has undoubtedly become a huge part of local pop culture.
Since romantic comedies have proven to be blockbuster hits in the Philippines, it has become the go-to genre of many local film studios. Thankfully, a lot of these are now available to watch on Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming sites. In this article, we will take you through the 10 best that are worth a watch with your date or even solo.
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From Kathniel to DonBelle, Filipinos always go crazy for their favorite love team. Whether you admit it or not, there is a pairing that tugs closely at your heartstrings. This genre is nothing without the on-screen chemistry of the leads.
Take the love team into consideration in choosing your movie. More often than not, the story is tailor-fit to the acting capabilities of the leads. It's quite common in the Philippines for the studio to choose the actors first, and the story comes second.
If you’re not into love teams, perhaps you have a favorite Filipino actor who does a lot of rom-coms. For example, actors like Bea Alonzo, Sarah Geronimo, John Lloyd Cruz, and Piolo Pascual are often paired with different on-screen partners, but the chemistry is still great.
Clichés don’t feel tired if executed properly. The predictability of romantic comedies is the reason why we can’t get enough of this genre. It's always comforting to know that the guy will get the girl and that it'll surely end with a happy ending. What are the tropes that are usually seen in Pinoy rom-coms? We've listed them down below.
The classic ‘Langit ka, lupa ako’ never grows old in this genre. Even if times have evolved and social classes are not as strict as they used to be, an iteration of this cliché always finds its way back into rom-coms.
It can be the poor working girl falling for the rich CEO or the son of the house help falling for a politician’s daughter. This dynamic always works well in creating romantic tension between the leads.
This makes a recipe for a toxic relationship - that is, if it happens in real life. In the world of rom-coms, however, bad boys somehow turn into the sweetest boyfriends with the right girl. This is our version of the tsundere, where the unexpected sweetness from the initially cold guy sends us gushing to the ends of the earth.
When the leads do nothing but bicker whenever they see each other, it’s a sure sign that they’ll end up together by the end of the film. Their friends will tease them for bickering all the time, and it'll make them feel awkward, so they stop. Once the bickering stops, the realization that they love the person they supposedly hate dawns on them.
Can men and women really be friends - and just remain friends? It's one of those age-old debates that have yet to be resolved. But in the world of rom-coms, the answer is straightforward - it's a resounding no. Your best friend who's also been your neighbor since kindergarten? The new girl who you're suddenly vibing with? Get ready to find your way out of the friendzone and into their heart.
A long drive with an often hesitant passenger would always mean a love story in the works. Whatever circumstance forced the two of you to be in the same car for hours on end, expect that falling in love would happen along the way. Stolen glances from the rearview mirror, singing along loudly to the song on the radio, accidentally brushing the back of each other's hands - who wouldn't fall in love?
Are you about to watch a movie that just recently competed in an international film festival? Is this movie just gonna be a waste of my two hours? Best to check reviews and trailers online, whether it's on IMDb or YouTube, to know what you are getting into before watching the movie. You do it for your online shopping, best do it for your online viewing, too.
Some streaming sites also provide a list of the most viewed movies where you can easily spot which films are currently trending. For example, Netflix has a "Popular on Netflix" page where you can scroll through different titles that have been getting some watch time.
Rom-coms are generally light and easy to watch, so choosing a rom-com can seem pretty harmless for family movie night. Filipinos, after all, are generally conservative, and getting physical with your partner is still mostly frowned upon. There are some films where the leads don’t even kiss on the lips.
However, directors have since been more daring and rom-coms now include depictions of sex. Make sure that you check the maturity rating of the film you're about to watch to know if it's age-appropriate.
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Four Sisters and a Wedding｜2013
A Timeless Tale That Explores Sibling and Family Relationships
A Very Special Love｜2008
Experimental Pairing That Led to a Trilogy
Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
Slow-Burn Romance Set in a Foreign Country
An Inconvenient Love｜2022
Showcases Complex Young Love Between Two Opposite Teenagers
She's Dating the Gangster｜2014
Clichés Made Fresh by Talented Leads
I'm Drunk, I Love You｜2017
Drunk on Alcohol, Intoxicated With Love
Diary ng Panget
A Combination of the Enemies-to-Lovers and Rich Boy-Simple Girl Trope
Love You to the Stars and Back｜2017
A Road Trip to Find Something Bigger Than Love
Jose Javier Reyes
Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo｜2006
The Classic Langit-Lupa Trope Brought to Life by Award-Winning Actors
That Thing Called Tadhana｜2014
Enjoy Witty Dialogue and Lots of Hugot Lines
Who could ever forget the memorable lines and meme-able scenes from this movie? Four Sisters and a Wedding tells the story of the Salazar sisters, who forge an alliance to stop their brother from marrying. It dates back to 2013, yet it remains one of the most relatable films for every Filipino.
Aside from the heartfelt performances of a powerhouse cast, the strength of this film lies in its screenplay. It explores sisterhood and familial ties, topics that almost everyone would find engaging. For some, watching the movie feels like looking in the mirror because of the nuanced performances and culturally relevant themes.
In the first installment of the trilogy, Sarah Geronimo plays Laida, a lovestruck editorial assistant who's working for her longtime crush, Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz). Miggy is your typical snobbish boss, who most people in the office loathe. However, he eventually falls for Laida's funny antics and warms up to her.
This movie feels like a much-needed 'powerhug' in the middle of tough times. And even if it was their first project together, John Lloyd and Sarah's chemistry is off the charts! Watch Laida and Miggy's love story unfold in this blockbuster hit!
An anti-rom-com, this film follows the story of two best friends as they figure out their feelings for each other. They do it in the most typical college fashion—on a weekend road trip with friends. Beach, beer, and best friends—who will not fall in love in this setting? As the film takes you through the hazy maze of the last few days of college, you feel both the innocence and joy of youth as well as the pain of your first heartbreak.
Maja Salvador's role as Carson is relatable, while Paulo Avelino's Dio is dreamy. Jasmin Curtis' Pathy is just downright hard to hate. The film perfectly captures that limbo between student life and setting out in the real world. It's that time when you just drink your nights and days away and blame all your life decisions on the alcohol.
The rom-com road trip is one of those old reliable tropes in the genre. Nothing forces two people to get closer faster than putting them inside a moving vehicle for the next few hours or so. As our leads fall for each other, we, as viewers, can't help but swoon over the two lovebirds! Julia Barretto dazzles as Mika, a confused teenager who's running away from home.
Playing opposite her is Joshua Garcia, who stuns as Caloy. He brings an astounding depth and understanding to his otherwise easy-going and cheerful character. Come for the kilig of Joshlia, but stay for all the quirks and introspection. You'll find that something deeper lurks beneath the cutesy facade of this film.
That Thing Called Tadhana is about two strangers, Mace and Anthony, who meet in an airport in Rome on their way home to the Philippines. The unlikely pair strike up a conversation on their flight and end up forming a friendship.
The movie, which stars local talents Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman, is a story of heartbreak and healing and answers the question, where do broken hearts go? That Thing Called Tadhana features plenty of witty dialogue and relatable hugot lines that are thoughtful and cleverly spaced. It's one of those movies that you'd want to rewatch a couple of times!
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No. 1: Cathy Garcia-Molina｜Four Sisters and a Wedding｜2013
No. 2: Cathy Garcia-Molina｜A Very Special Love｜2008
No. 3: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo｜Kita Kita｜2017
No. 4: Petersen Vargas｜An Inconvenient Love｜2022
No. 5: Cathy Garcia-Molina｜She's Dating the Gangster｜2014
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