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!

Kristina Jacomina

Kristina is an ambivert who is always dabbling with words. If she isn't busy writing, she's busy creating art, costumes, and more. Make her happy and offer a milk tea.

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