High Five Filipino Rom Coms, in time for Valentine’s Day

by Matthew Escosia
SEA Wave - Filipino Romantic Comedies
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By: Monique Espino

A new year has come and one whole month has already swept by. You know what that means? Love is once again in the air as we enter the month of February. So if you’re in the mood for love, here are SEA Wave’s High Five Filipino Rom Coms you can watch just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“English Only, Please (dir. Dan Villegas, 2014)

Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay star in this charming romantic comedy about a financial analyst and a newfound friend he hired to help him speak Tagalog, but sparks fly as the pair grow to learn more about one another and heal their broken hearts. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dan Villegas, English Only, Please won several accolades at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2014, including Best Picture (2nd Place), Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You” (2017)

If you love music, beaches, beer and bagnet, then this film is just for you. Director JP Habac delivered a fresh take on romantic comedies through this film, which aimed to challenge and break the norms of the said genre. Join the roadtrip of the film’s protagonists, Carson (Maja Salvador) and Dio (Paulo Avelino), as the movie unfolds the true feelings of two college best friends for seven long years, just two days before their college graduation.

“A Very Special Love” (2008)

Sarah Geronimo stars alongside John Lloyd Cruz in her very first lead role, and does she deliver. This is a charming movie about a girl who applies for a job as an editorial assistant to get closer to her ideal man, only to find that he’s not what she expected. How will she deal with the grump of a man she once considered the man of her dreams? If you want a light office romcom then this is the movie for you!

“That Thing Called Tadhana” (2014)

If we’re talking about independent films that helped pave the way to gain some traction with a mainstream audience, then That Thing Called Tadhana is definitely one of them! The film being a romantic comedy may have been one of the factors for the engaging response it earned and its success. It follows the adventure of Mace (Angelica Panganiban) who just went through a breakup from a long term relationship, and Anthony (JM De Guzman) whom she meets and befriends along the way. You’ll definitely find yourself laughing along with the characters and their very relatable hugots all throughout the film.

“Kita Kita” (2017)

Many people may argue that love is blind. That is literally the case in this film as it revolves around Lea (Alessandra De Rossi) who suffers from temporary blindness after seeing her Japanese fiancé’s affair. This is where Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) comes in and lends Lea a helping hand as she adjusts to her new condition. Be ready to be charmed by Tonyo and fall in love.

That’s it for our romantic comedy lineup, so get the mood ready and start a watch party with your significant other, friends or family with these kilig films. Let us know which film was your favorite one in the comments below!

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