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23 Pinoy Rom Coms To Watch, According To 6 Filmmakers

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Looking for local films to explore? Aside from recent hits and Netflix trending recos, how about starting with rom coms or Pinoy romance movies from the '90s, and working your way through the aughts?

Below, the best Pinoy romantic movies to see, according to these six filmmakers:

Quark Henares

Executive Producer, Dead Kids, LSS, Kuwaresma, and more


Always Be My Maybe

Year: 2016

Directed by: Dan Villegas

Starring: Gerald Anderson, Arci Munoz

That Thing Called Tadhana

Year: 2014

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone

Starring: Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman, Joem Bascon

"Because they are amazing movies but also because I’m a fan of the real love story that is #Danette."

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(ICYDK, Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone are a real-life couple).

Antoinette Jadaone

Director, Alone/Together, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, and more


Minsan Minahal Kita

Year: 2000

Directed by: Olivia M. Lamasan

Starring: Sharon Cuneta, Richard Gomez, Edu Manzano

Mihk Vergara

Director, Patintero: Ang alamat ni Meng Patalo, Alex and Amie, and more

Billie and Emma

Year: 2018

Directed by: Samantha Lee

Starring: Gabby Padilla, Zar Donato, Beauty Gonzalez

"Sam Lee’s excellent coming of age tale falls under the Rom Com spectrum, and even if it didn’t I’d still put it on this list. Lee’s sophomore effort is an absolute joy from start to finish in no small part to Zar Donato and Gabby Padilla’s chemistry as the titular characters."


Relaks, It's Just Pag-ibig

Year: 2014

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone

Starring: Sofia Andres, Inigo Dominic Pascual, Julian Estrada

"For my money, one of Antoinette Jadaone’s lesser known efforts, and another coming of age tale. It’s a road trip this time, where, for the kids involved, the stakes and everything else are larger than life."


Year: 2019

Directed by: Joel Ferrer

Starring: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Victor Anastacio

"Joel Ferrer’s Enchong Dee led film is a rumination of the people that come in and out of our lives, and what we choose to do with those experiences. A really sweet film."

Mycko David

Director of Photography for Eerie, Dead Kids, and more


Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story

Year: 2018

Irene Emma Villamor

Anne Curtis, Dingdong Dantes, Gabby Eigenmann 

"Economy and relationships in 94 minutes"

Billie & Emma

"A '90s world escape film about two young brave souls discovering who they are."

Never Not Love You

Year: 2018

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone

Starring: James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yayo Aguila

"Two people in a contemporary, raw relationship set in Makati, Zambales and London"

Hello Love Goodbye

Year: 2019

Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Starring: Kathryn Bernardo, Alden Richards, Maymay Entrata

"My favorite Cathy Garcia-Molina film. The modern OFW dealing with different cultural backgrounds and landscapes"

Tey Clamor

Director of Photography, Isa Pa With Feelings, and more


Sana Maulit Muli

Year: 1995

Directed by: Olivia M. Lamasan

Starring: Aga Muhlach, Lea Salonga, William Martinez

"I love how they tackle the issues of a long distance relationship. Plus I'm a fan of Lea Salonga and of course inang Olive."

That Thing Called Tadhana

"I think this film is pivotal on how rom coms are made in the Philippines. No quotable quotes, no family issues and no sounding board. I think the mumblecore subgenre was popularized bec. of this film."


Year: 2015

Directed by: Prime Cruz

Starring: Glaiza de Castro, Dominic Roco, TJ Trinidad |

"Kinda biased about this because I was a part of the team who did this, but I really like the story and how this is really not a love story but a friendship and finding oneself story."

Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang?

Year: 1998

Directed by: Jerry Lopez Sineneng

Starring: Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Hilda Koronel 

"My number 1. This film is nostalgic for me. Its a classic friends falling for each other but the chemistry of Marvin and Jolina are magical."


Kailangan Kita

Year: 2002

Directed by: Rory B. Quintos

Starring: Aga Muhlach, Claudine Barretto, Johnny Delgado 

"I love the aesthetics of this film. Specially the visuals of DP Ms. Shayne Sarte. I love how food became an visual element to tell the story of the two characters."

Dan Villegas

Director, Hintayan ng Langit, Exes Baggage, The Breakup Playlist, and more


A Very Special Love

Year: 2008

Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo, Dante Rivero 

"Pound for pound, the best Filipino Romcom"

May Minamahal

Year: 1993

Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes

Starring: Aga Muhlach, Aiko Melendez, Boots Anson-Roa

"The Aiko/Aga classic is one of the gems of MMFF"

Love You to the Stars and Back

Year: 2017

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone

Starring: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Cherry Pie Picache 

"Probably Tonet’s best directed film, along with Never Not Love You"

She’s Dating the Gangster

Year: 2014

Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Starring: Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Richard Gomez 

"Putting this here not because I worked on it, but it’s one of Cathy Garcia’s best."

Got 2 Believe

Year: 2002

Directed by: Olivia M. Lamasan

Starring:  Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan, Dominic Ochoa 

"The film that started the modern Filipino romcom genre"

Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang?

“'...and I made the stupid mistake of falling in love with my best friend...' Enough said."


That Thing Called Tadhana

"Tonet’s film modernized this genre. Happy to have worked on this one as well."

Never Not Love You

"Not a rom-com per se, but this dramatic peek on dreams vs. love is Tonet’s best."

Sid & Aya: Not A Love Story

"Another non-romcom, this insomniac love story is of the best done (and shot) films of late."

Bride for Rent

Year: 2014

Directed by: Mae Czarina Cruz

Starring: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Empoy Marquez

"Mae Cruz-Alviar’s best. A quirky Kim Chiu at her cutest."

Vince & Kath & James

Year: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Boborol

Starring: Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Ronnie Alonte

"A very well executed cookie cutter teenage rom-com. Joshua and Julia shine."

Maging Sino ka Man

Year: 1991

Directed by: Eddie Rodriguez

Starring: Sharon Cuneta, Robin Padilla, Edu Manzano

"Robin and Ate Shawie just shine in this film. A classic."

Sana Maulit Muli

"Lea and Aga? Chasing each other? A must watch."


Kita Kita

Year: 2017

Directed by: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Starring: Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy Marquez

"Sigrid’s take on the love story is a unique glimpse at falling in love with out sight. Grossed over 300 million pesos, and there’s a reason for that."


Year: 2019

Directed by: Thop Nazareno

Starring: Louise Abuel, Ella Cruz, Dido de la Paz

"A coming of age romance, helmed with sensitivity, with a touch of love and a pinch of the real. One of my favorites."

Kailangan Kita

"Claudine and Aga. Super love!"


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I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.


This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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