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Having representation is critical when it comes to mainstream media. Marvel is doing a good job with this after expanding their superhero roster to Asia and, by extension, the Philippines.

The Marvel superheroes are a big part of pop culture, and to have a superhero from the Philippines is one many Filipinos were waiting for. The comics began introducing more asians into their universe and the latest addition is Wave. Her popularity skyrocketed, and after introducing her in "War of The Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1" she will be getting her own origin comic.

A Filipina's Heritage

No one is a better choice apart from Asian-American award-winning fiction writer Alyssa Wong to write the standalone comic. According to Wong, she was honored to write the origin story and was Greg Pak's choice for the project. Pak created Wave, and personally tapped Wong to co-write after reading her works like "Olivia's Table" and "The Fisher Queen."

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Wong, who has a Filipina mother and a Chinese father, gushed in a Marvel Entertainment Interview, "I never got to see Filipino characters when I was growing up, so it's so, so cool to Write Wave now!"

Who Is Marvel's Wave

The Filipina heroine Wave, is the newest addition to the Marvel's roster of Asian superhumans. Her features are distinctly Filipino with her jet black hair, morena or tanned skin, and almond shaped eyes. The character was initially introduced as a Cebuana, from the Cebu Island in the Visayas Region, with the alter ego of Pearl Pangan.

Wave was designed and co-created by Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu. She is dressed in teal and black, and is covered in gold armor with glowing twin blades and wings. She has an affinity to water with her psychic ability to control and manipulate water.

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Thanks to Marvel's dedication to detail, the story of the superhero Wave is one to look out for. 

You can always feel like you're back home in the Philippines when you watch a good Filipino flick. The great news is that there are a number of them already available on Netflix for you to watch with family and friends. 

Coming home after a stressful day at work doesn't mean you have to hit the sack right away. Your Pinoy heart is missing a bit of home once in a while and its worth a couple of hours to watch some films to reconnect. Apart from hearing Tagalog, and putting it into practice, you get to see how "life" is like on the other side of the world. 

In the past decade, the local film industry in the Philippines has improved so much. Not only are the mainstream films gaining critical acclaim, but so are the indie gems from up and coming directors. It's no surprise that Netflix picked up a few of the local titles for their streaming service. 

Here are 7 Filipino movies worth watching on Netflix. 

Seven Sundays


What if you only had a certain amount of time to live? How would you live that life? Seven Sundays tells the story of a dying father who has only seven weeks left to live. His dying wish is to have his busy, grown children spend these last few weeks with him. By doing this practice, the family is forced to confront their issues and solve their differences once and for all. It is a comedy drama by Cathy Garcia-Molina, and stars Ronaldo Valdez, Aga Muhlach, DingDong Dantes, Enrique Gil, and Cristine Reyes.



Miss Granny

There is so much fun in romantic comedies, and Miss Granny is a story to tickle the heartstrings. This is an adapted film from the original South Korean Film of the same name. Singer Sarah Geronimo portrays a widowed women who magically turns 20 years younger after getting a magical photo taken. This miraculous occurrence is the catalyst for laughs, dramas, and realizations for her and those around her.


Aurora

Pinoys love their horror films and the local culture and folklore have otherworldly beings ever present. This is why it is even more so chilling to watch a local horror flick. The story of Aurora follows an island innkeeper and her young sister when a fatal shipwreck happens nearby. All is well until the dead come knocking at their door to shelter themselves.

This film is directed by Yam Laranas and stars Anne Curtis, Phoebe Villamor, and Andrea Del Rosario among others.


Buy Bust

This 2018 cinematic gem got the attention of many audiences as it focused on the brutal drug cartels in the mazes of the Manila Slum. Many commended actress Anne Curtis on her portrayal of the special agent Nina Manigan and the direction of Erik Matti. It was a refreshing and very raw way of showing how much crime runs rampant in the city and who are behind keeping the law & order.


Kita Kita

When a tour guide in Sapporo, Japan goes blind after seeing her  Japanese fiance's infidelity, she finds a fellow Pinoy who helps her find the light once again. This Sigrid Bernardo directed romatic comedy stars Empoy Marquez and Alessandra De Rossi. The film was released in the Osaka Asian Film Festival before getting release in the Philippines. Surprisingly, it made a worldwide gross of over P 320 million which was a hundred times more than its modest P 10 million budget.


Goyo: The Boy General

Period films are made with interpretation but true to history plots. Gregorio Del Pilar, also known as Goyo, is one of the youngest and most charismatic leaders in Philippine History. Following the success of Heneral Luna,  Director Jerrold Tarog wanted to make a historical epic film on one of the youngest generals.


Heneral Luna

This is was the film of 2015 and the first historical epic of Director Jerrold Tarog. Set in the 1890s, the film follows General Antonio Luna in his fight for the independence form the United States during the Philippine-American War. A period piece that was very relevant up to Goyo: The Boy General as this was the prequel.  The film was so popular that actor John Arcilla reprised his role as the Gen. Luna in numerous shows and ads.



If you're chilling for the weekend, why not get in touch with your Pinoy self and indulge in some Filipino films. You'll be surprised how much cinema has changed over the years!