Filipinos are hopeless romantics. In a world where real-life problems exist everyday, Filipinos flawlessly wander through life hoping that their one true love would either a.) glance at them straight through the eyes, and correspond the greeting with a smile, b.) catch them from tripping down an uneven walkway (books fall over, Behold! An opportunity taken for love), or c.) save them from either a catastrophic mishap or a miserably enjoyed party. Many romantic movies have proven these circumstances as a possible case, and no doubt that anyone who extremely fancies this idea of romance and love has succumbed to believing that these circumstances and those of the like will happen to them at some point in their lives.
This time I’m looking into the beautifully fantastical lives of some leading women in some of the cutest, most heart-fluttering movies made in the Philippines.
First Day High (2006)
A light, and might I say good tween movie that deals with school stereotypes - it forms quite a resemblance to the Breakfast Club and Disney’s High School Musical. Basically, the story revolves around the solving of a controversial school case wherein someone (and I wont tell who, so watch the movie) contaminated the water of their school’s athletes. The five main characters, which are Indy (the brainy girl), MJ2 (the school jock, MVP), Gael (the rebel), Nathan (the boy next door), and Pre (the sossy, cool girl), were being investigated throughout the movie since they more or less had ties to the whole incident. If there is one lesson to be learned in this movie is that people aren’t usually what they seem, and that one’s clique cannot be the best basis for judging one person. STICK TO THE STATUS QUO? NO!!!!!!!!
Now we head on over to its leading ladies: Brainy Indy and Sossy Pre:
Brainy Indy wears a lot of yellow, and her fashion sense is a downplay of Cher Horowitz’ from Clueless. She’s into A-line skirts, sweaters, and yellow polos of sorts. On the other hand, Sossy Pre (actually pronounced as prey), is at best sossy and at worst fashionable. Her wardrobe is purple-splashed and somehow Destiny’s Child inspired.
**Sidenote: to all our foreign friends out there, "sossy" is a Filipino slang word that describes someone of aristocratic character; someone who can afford expensive clothing, food, etc. **
One More Chance (2007)
One More Chance has got to be the best John Llyod Cruz and Bea Alonzo movie out there! I distinctly remember watching this back as a 7th grader, a time when the idea of having a boyfriend is something treasured and deeply wanted; alas this seemed to have been mythical to me. Nevertheless, this is a story of two super close friends, one of which thought they’d end up together. But the other one wasn’t convinced. They eventually decided to spend time away from each other to find and understand themselves.
This movie had really emotionally moving moments and lines. Popoy and Basha is still an esteemed love team in Filipino pop culture today and many have cried over their story time and time again. As the trailer says at the end, “[There] comes a story, about how true love waits for, hopes, and needs One More Chance.” Definitely a must-see “for anyone who has ever loved, and lost”
Leading Lady: Basha
Basha seems to dress up as the typical casual Filipino, with a wadrobe full of comfortable clothing. Jeans, and sweaters cover mostly of what Basha wears. Wide headbands and large hoop earrings also make quite an appearance!
MY AMNESIA GIRL (2010)
"Sabi sa census may 11 milyon na tao sa Metro Manila. Pano mo malalaman na nahanap mo na yung taong para sayo? Maaring nakita mo na siya pero yumuko ka para magsintas. Maaring nakatabi mo na siya pero lumingon ka para tingnan ang traffic lights. Maaring nakasalubong mo na siya pero humarang yung pedicab. May mga maswerteng tao na nahanap na yung taong para sa kanila. May mga taong patuloy na naghahanap at may iba na sumuko na. Pero yung pinakamasaklap, e yung na sayo na pinakawalan mo pa.”
My Amnesia Girl stars Toni Gonzaga as Irene, the former girlfriend of Apollo (played by John Llyod Cruz) who was left by him at the altar. Irene sees Apollo a few years after this unfortunate incident; however having remembered the most awful things gets “Amnesia”. Appollo pursues Irene the second time around by reminding her of the things they wonderfully, and romantically shared in the past. This was the first Filipino movie I saw in the big screen, and it was actually a good decision because I was able to absorb the story at a detailed level. My Amnesia Girl, for me, probably has the best opening scene, and it really makes you wonder if you’ve ever brushed up glances with the person you’re meant to be with in the past - when both of you are still mere strangers to one another. Also watch out for ingeniously made pick-up lines. Caution: USE THOSE WISELY!!!
Leading Lady: Irene
Again, casual wear serves as a huge part of Irene’s life. However, despite Irene’s liking for the typical jeans and tank, she sometimes upgrades her play with cute dresses.
Suddenly its Magic (2012)
Having first watched this a few days ago, I had sudden surges of epiphanies. One of which included what I think is the formula for a good [FILIPINO] romantic comedy. That is: two people of immensely different backgrounds + one unexpected circumstance that would involve the two of them (and then of course one of them would immensely hate the other, but secretly has a soft spot for that person anyways) + Goes on a date + Family meets boy/girl + Family Hates boy/girl + Love conquers all so they still end up together = Happy Happy Filipino Love story. Quite frankly, this sums up Suddenly its Magic. Despite its very cliché story, I’ve yielded to and appreciated the immensely cheesy love antics brought by its characters. In simpler terms, Suddenly its Magic is a story about Marcus (played by Thai actor Mario Maurer) who felt unsatisfied with his acting career. He then decided to take time off and fly to the Philippines, feeling convinced that it would take his mind off things. He met Joey, a cupcake baker along the way. Fit this movie in the equation if you will and you’ll understand why it is a movie appreciated by Filipinos.
Leading Lady: Joey
Dresses and skirts are Joey’s staple wadrobe choices. Opt to get those in pink, floral, or pastel-colored. Don’t forget to pair it with strappy sandals.