The Best Pinoy Pride Movies You Should Have Already Watched
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With just a slight bias, we can easily say that Filipinos are known the world over for our creativity and passion. It’s in everything we do and produce, like music, dance, literature and even film. And while we do like our shallow rom-coms and hilarious comedies—don’t deny—it doesn’t mean that we don’t know how, or when, to be serious.
Honor Thy Father
Despite its rather controversial storytelling, the gripping plot of Honor Thy Father just can’t be denied. It was nominated for Best Picture at the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival and won for the award for Best Director (Erik Matti).
Honor Thy Father tells the story of a family’s hardships, heightened by their involvement in a Ponzi scheme. When everything hits rock bottom, Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz) is forced to dig into his roots and be the man he left long ago. It’s a masterpiece of epic proportions.
A bit of a cheat because this a film series, but let’s just talk about the first Mano Po movie, which was released way back in 2002. It won a total of 12 MMFF Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ara Mina), Best Actor (Eddie Garcia) and Best Director (Joel Lamangan).
It tells the story of a Filipino-Chinese family and the struggles of meshing together their two cultures in an increasingly difficult environment. It’s a tale that we can all relate to, in one way or another.
Never was a historical movie portrayed in the same way that Heneral Luna was. It pitted heroes against heroes and raised a red flag on some of our most known figures. It opened our eyes to so much more than we ever learned from the books we grew up reading.
The film took us back to the presidency of Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado), with Apolinario Mabini (Epi Quizon) as his Prime Minister. Antonio Luna (John Arcilla) was opposed American presence and fought for complete Philippine independence.
Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit
There are only a few Filipino names that have spanned decades and generations in the entertainment industry, and Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III are two of them.
In this Filipino drama, Noli (Aunor) is an intelligent but poor farm girl with big ambitions. She falls in love with Anselmo (Cruz), whose family disapproves of their relationship. When Noli finds out she is pregnant, she marries Arturo instead. Things become more complicated years after when Noli’s daughter falls in love with Anselmo’s son.
Miss You Like Crazy
Of course, what is a Pinoy list without a classic romantic comedy? Miss You Like Crazy, however, is not all feel-good and butterflies. It’s genuine and raw in its realness. No matter your situation, you’ll be able to see yourself in one of the characters.
The story follows Alan Alvarez (John Lloyd Cruz), who is on his way up the company that is owned by his girlfriend’s father. He is comfortable and set for life, but is oftentimes too serious. Things change when he meets Mia Samonte (Bea Alonzo), who opens his life to fun, adventure and fate.
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