4 Memorable Filipino Romantic Comedy Flicks You Should Watch

Just to give your stomach pain and butterflies.

1. A Very Special Love (2008)

Directed by: Cathy Molina
Written by: Raz dela Torre

Oldie but goodie, A Very Special Love is first of the three-part film series by Cathy Molina. The story revolves around Laida (Sarah), a free-spirited girl who fell head over heels for Miggy (John Lloyd), an egotistical, mean-spirited man who cares about nothing else other than his company.

At first glance, it looks as though the typical "girl loves boy" romantic plot that we've come to know for one can only remember. However, Molina successfully twisted the story from a tedious cliché into an amusing love affair. The story vividly portrays how one must not take the other for granted—which Miggy learned the hard way as he eventually fell in love with Laida, at the same moment she finally saw him for what he truly is.

2. That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)                                                                  

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone
Written by: Antoinette Jadaone

A story of heartaches, friendship, second chances, and trust, Antoinette Jadaone details how one can stand back up after a blinding state of love depression with the aid of thorough soul-searching—be it by yourself or accompanied by someone. The plot is not of fine humor per se, but with Angelica Panganiban's perky yet endearing portrayal and JM de Guzman's chivalrous demeanor, the two set the tone for the film, aptly living up to its romantic comedy genre.

3. English Only, Please (2014)

Directed by: Dan Villegas
Written by: Dan Villegas, Antoinette Jadaone, and Anjeli Pessumal

Never had I thought the nation would see Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado together on the big screen, not to mention portraying a charming pair. English Only, Please tells us the story of two shattered hearts, gradually nudging closer towards each other to form a whole new one. The romantic side of the story develops a tad slowly yet has been able to vividly convey its fundamental message about love—that it knows no bounds.
4. Love You to the Stars and Back (2017)

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone
Written by: Antoinette Jadaone

Another Jadaone's obra maestra, Love You to the Stars and Back surprisingly gives us a fresh look in the Philippine cinema. It's not because Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto are fuelling the passionate re-birth of Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto's perfect team up that faced a sudden death, no. The two stand up on their own with a forging and seamless chemistry that creates the perfect portrayal for the film.

Two lost souls with crippling loneliness of their own, Mica (Julia) and Caloy (Joshua) find themselves in a spontaneous adventure they didn't know would lead their fate to a bizarre turn; easing up the burden on their shoulders and learning to love themselves when they could not find it in others. Certainly, this romcom film has so much more into it than the typical teenage rebellion and love-struck theme.



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