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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!

Once in a while you crave that Pinoy flavor your taste buds know so well. If you were like every other Filipino kid on the block, you'll definitely miss eating meals from the Philippines. 

There are a lot of great eateries in the Unites States, but there are time that it just doesn't satisfy you. The Pinoy taste is very unique and restaurants in the Philippines cater to the flavor that Filipinos are after. For the longest time Pinoys overseas had to wait until they return to the Philippines to eat at their favorite local restaurants.

Thanks to the popularity of the local restaurants, the word has spread around the world. Now there are a lot of different Pinoy food brands that are made available overseas. Now Filipinos, and curious foreigners, in the United States can satisfy their food cravings when they feel like it.

Jollibee

This jolly bee was always known as the main competition of some of the biggest fast food chains in the world. It started as a small business in the streets of Manila and grew into a successful and iconic fast food franchise. The flavors are uniquely Pinoy and they even include their own twists on traditional faves. You must try their fried chicken, peach mango pie, and their burger steak too!


Image taken from Business Insider


Goldilocks


When it comes to sweet things, Goldilocks has got you covered. You may think of the fairytale character Goldilocks, but every Pinoy knows that this is the place for cakes, brownies, pastries, and polvoron. They even have more traditional ingredients like ube in their cakes.

Image taken from iFranchise Philippines


Max's Restaurant


If you want Filipino homecooked meals that warm your soul, then Max's Restaurant is the place to go. While they are well known for their chicken meals, they also have other great dishes like Adobo Ribs, Beef Salpicao, Lechon Sisig, and Kare-Kare. Don't miss out on their Mais con Yelo and Halo halo desserts!
Image taken from Max's Restaurant


Yellowcab

In a country where there are a lot of great pizza places, Yellowcab is a restaurant many Pinoy's flock to. This homegrown Filipino brand doesn't just serve delicious pizza, they have great options too. You can go for one flavor or, if you can't really decide, you can go for four! They also have the traditional Italian rolled pizza with healthy toppings.

Image taken from Dining Out Hawaii


When you get that craving for something Pinoy, you can now drive to the closest restaurant and satisfy your tastebuds!