100 Best Filipino Films Directed by Women, 60-51

60     Got 2 Believe (Olivia Lamasan, 2002) 

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A photographer (Rico Yan) publishes a series of pictures detailing a lovelorn wedding planner’s (Claudine Barretto) many embarrassing moments as a perpetual bridesmaid.

59     Pan de Salawal (Che Espiritu, 2018)

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Aguy (Miel Espinoza), a special little homeless girl, travels about the Philippines curing the afflicted with her mysterious healing powers, until one day she befriends a sick old man, Sal (Bodjie Pascua), who for some perplexing reason she is unable to cure. The unlikely pair are drawn to each other with both of their lives forever changed by their unique friendship and magical journey together.

58     Lupang Hinarang (Ditsi Carolino, 2009) 

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A film in two parts about a fierce and deadly battle raging between farmers and landowners in the Philippines. The first part tracks the Sumilao farmers’ gruelling 1,700-kilometer journey through scorching heat, rains, fatigue, and great uncertainty to the presidential palace in Manila. After weeks of walking, the farmers reach Manila, rally at the corporate offices of San Miguel, confront the agrarian reform secretary and grapple with anti-riot police before finally meeting the President. The second part tells the story of the sugarcane workers from Negros. When the landowner’s armed guards kill one of the farmers in 2007, Chay Lindy, Chay Gamay, and Chay Biray go on a harrowing 29-day hunger strike with other farmers on the steps of the agrarian reform office in Manila. The hunger strike results in victory for the farmers until the film ends in a shocking climax.

57     Ulan (Irene Emma Villamor, 2019) 

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In this coming-of-age-film about self-love, Maya (Nadine Lustre) is a girl who has always held a pessimistic view of the rain, reminding her of failed love and other depressing things. Will the rain ever stop her in her journey to overcome past heartaches?

56     Marciano (Ivy Universe Baldoza, 2014) 

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Built around found stories of relatives, acquaintances and even strangers, this documentary paints a compelling portrait of a gay OFW who lived in Paris for 25 years and dies there alone.

55     Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus (Dwein Baltazar, 2018) 

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In Avenida, the lives of four men (Nicco Manalo, Soliman Cruz, Dylan Ray Talon, and Anthony Falcon) intertwine, searching for something. They all find what they are looking for in one woman named Aileen (Iana Bernardez).

54     Mangarap Ka (Rory Quintos, 1995) 

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Nonoy (Mark Anthony Fernandez) and Jenny (Claudine Barretto) are childhood friends who move to the city to pursue a college education. Personalities change, but will their young love be able to stand the test of time?

53     Milan (Olivia Lamasan, 2004) 

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Loving husband Lino (Piolo Pascual) is on a mission: His wife, who works as a domestic in Milan, is missing and he’s determined to find her. To do so, he enters Italy illegally and takes cover as one of the hundreds of Filipino migrant workers who make their way to Europe.

52     All Grown Up (Wena Sanchez, 2018) 

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Filmmaker Wena Sanchez closely follows her teen brother (Justin Sanchez) as he starts a new life in college. Although her brother is smart, he is a bit of an oddball and finds it hard to navigate the world like a normal teenager. However, as she monitors his progress, the filmmaker notices similar traits on her own daughter. This makes her question her ability to help the people she loves the most.

51     Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme (Joyce Bernal, 2009) 

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Kimmy and Dora Go Dong Hae (both Eugene Domingo), who are identical twin sisters, cannot be anymore different from each other. Life turns out to be even more complicated as the twins become rivals both in life and in love.

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