100 Best Filipino Films Directed by Women, Individual Ballots

Nestor Abrogena, Jr. (Writer/Director, Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa)

  1. Muro Ami- Marilou Diaz Abaya
  2. Transit- Hannah Espia
  3. Oda Sa Wala- Dwein Baltazar
  4. Never Not Love You- Antoinette Jadaone
  5. Nervous Translation- Shireen Seno
  6. Sana Maulit Muli- Olivia Lamasan
  7. Shift- Siege Ledesma
  8. Lorna- Sigrid Bernardo
  9. Anak- Rory Quintos
  10. Booba- Joyce Bernal

Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Writer/Director, Kalayaan)

  1. Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  2. Moral  (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  3. Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  4. Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  5. Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  6. Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  7. Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen)
  8. Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  9. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  10. Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan)

Joselito Altarejos (Writer/Director, Kasal)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara), 1976
  2. Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus (Dwein Baltazar), 2018
  3. Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama), 2016
  4. Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya), 1982
  5. Bunso (Ditsi Carolino), 2005
  6. Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  7. Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan), 2011
  8. Jazz in Love (Baby Ruth Villarama), 2013
  9. Booba (Joyce Bernal), 2001
  10. Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen), 2000

Shéryl Rose Andes (Writer/Director, Pandanggo)

  • Motherland
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • War Is a Tender Thing
  • Pan de Salawal
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita
  • Never Not Love You
  • Moral
  • Madrasta

Roberto Reyes Ang (Faculty Member, UP Film Institute)

  • Imelda
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Ka Oryang
  • Oda sa Wala
  • Dahling Nick
  • The Guerrilla Is a Poet
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Moral
  • Brutal
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo

Adjani Arumpac (Director, War Is a Tender Thing)

  • Red Saga (Kiri Dalena, STEX, 2004)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino, 2005)
  • Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan, 2011)
  • Shift (Siege Ledesma, 2011)
  • Yanan (Mae Caralde, 2014)
  • Marciano (Ivy Universe Baldoza, 2014)
  • Jazz in Love (Baby Ruth Villarama, 2014)
  • Spring by the Sea (Aleia Garcia, 2017)
  • All Grown Up (Wena Sanchez, 2018)
  • Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala (Hiyas Bagabaldo, 2018)

     Special mention: Porferia (Pam Miras, 2014)

Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo (Director, Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala)

  1. War is a Tender Thing (2013) – Adjani Arumpac
  2. Bunso (2005) – Ditsi Carolino
  3. Muro-ami (1999) – Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  4. Nick and Chai – Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez
  5. Walang Rape sa Bontok – Carla Samantha Pulido
  6. Motherland (2017) – Ramona Diaz
  7. Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang – Jewel Maranan
  8. Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) – Babyruth Villarama
  9. All Grown Up – Wena Sanchez
  10. Mga Kababaihan ng Malolos – Kiri and Sari Dalena

Daph Bajas (Reviewer, Letterboxd)

  • Magandang Gabi sa Inyong Lahat (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1976)
  • Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen, 1983)
  • Sensual (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1986)
  • Kapag Langit ang Humatol (Laurice Guillen, 1990)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz, 2003)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno, 2011)
  • The Mistress (Olivia Lamasan, 2012)
  • Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury, 2015)
  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2017)
  • Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story (Irene Emma Villamor, 2018)

Ivy Universe Baldoza (Writer/Director, Marciano)

  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Boystown (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  • Riles (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno)
  • Ka Oryang (Sari Lluch Dalena)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan)
  • Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)

Linda Bansil (Writer/Director, Bohe: Sons of the Waves)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino Kashiwahara)
  • Alyas Baby Tsina (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bagong Buwan (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)  
  • Memories of a Forgotten War (Sari Dalena)  
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)  
  • Miss Granny (Joyce Bernal)
  • Haunted: A Last Visit to the Red House (Phyllis Grande)  
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama)  
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)   
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen

Nadjoua Bansil (Writer/Director, Bohe: Sons of the Waves)

  1. Kadakilaan (Consuelo Osorio)
  2. Probinsyana (Susana de Guzman)
  3. Coreccional (Susana de Guzman)
  4. Bulalakaw (Consuelo Osorio)
  5. Sarung Banggi (Susana de Guzman)
  6. Pagdating sa Takip-silim (Rosa Mia)
  7. Octavia (Rosa Mia)
  8. Ang Class Reunion (Rosa Mia)
  9. Plaza Miranda Massacre (Bibsy Carballo)
  10. Kasal? (Laurice Guillen)

Romulo Baquiran Jr. (Faculty Member, UP Diliman Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas)

  1. Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara – Minsa’y Isang Gamugamo
  2. Laurice Guillen – Salome
  3. Marilou Diaz-Abaya – Karnal
  4. Rory Quintos – Mangarap Ka
  5. Olivia Lamasan – Sana Maulit Muli
  6. Ditsi Carolino – Bunso
  7. Joyce Bernal – Kimmy Dora
  8. Hannah Espia – Transit
  9. Babyruth Villarama – Sunday Beauty Queen
  10. Antoinette Jadaone – Never Not Love You

Lualhati Bautista (Writer; Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamugamo—Lupita Kashiwahara
  • Boses—Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata—Ditsi Carolino
  • Bunso—Ditsi Carolino
  • Brutal—Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Tanging Yaman—Laurice
  • Mangarap Ka—Rory Quintos
  • Init sa Magdamag—Laurice Guillen
  • Milan—Olive Lamasan
  • ICU Bed #7—Rica Arevalo

John Bedia (Writer, The Chanters)

  • Brutal
  • Riles
  • Karnal
  • Mangarap Ka
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Anak
  • Booba
  • A Very Special Love
  • Sid and Aya
  • Love You to the Stars and Back

Theodore Boborol (Director, Vince and Kath and James)

  • Brutal
  • Moral
  • Karnal
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Tanging Yaman
  • Kailangan Kita
  • Booba
  • One More Chance
  • That Thing Called Tadhana
  • Sunday Beauty Queen

Rofel Brion (Professor, ADMU Department of Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • Brutal
  • Moral
  • Sakaling Hindi Makarating
  • Salome
  • Alyas Baby Tsina
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • Masikip sa Dibdib
  • Gulong
  • Transit
  • Sunday Beauty Queen

Lee Briones (Cinematographer, Baler)

  1. Brutal
  2. Anak
  3. Tanging Yaman
  4. Imelda
  5. Kano
  6. Maskara
  7. Sunday Beauty Queen
  8. Salome
  9. Mamang
  10. Sensual

Armi Rae Cacanindin (Producer; I’m Drunk, I Love You)

  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Till There Was You (Joyce Bernal)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Monster Jimenez)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  • Ang Nawawala (Marie Jamora)
  • Sid & Aya (Irene Villamor)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Four Sisters and a Wedding (Cathy Garcia Molina)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Gerald Cajayon (Reviewer, Letterboxd)

  1. Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang
  2. Moral
  3. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  4. Ka Oryang
  5. Oda sa Wala
  6. Sunday Beauty Queen
  7. Motherland
  8. Karnal
  9. Tundong Magiliw
  10. Sid & Aya

Hector Barretto Calma (Director, Ang mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa)

  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)
  • Meet Me in St. Gallen (Irene Emma Villamor)
  • Never Not Love You (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Ulan (Irene Emma Villamor)

Patrick Campos (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  • Karnal
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Riles
  • Memories of a Forgotten War
  • War Is a Tender Thing
  • Tundong Magiliw
  • Transit
  • Nick and Chai
  • Never Not Love You
  • Sid & Aya

Libay Linsangan Cantor (Reviewer, Leaflens Takilya)

  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Babae (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • In My Life (Olivia Lamasan)
  • 10,000 Hours (Joyce Bernal)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)

Mae Urtal Caralde (Director, Yanan)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  • Daughters of Cordillera (Ilang-Ilang Quijano)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala (Hiyas Bagabaldo)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan)
  • Bagong Buwan (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • Spring by the Sea (Aleia Garcia)

Maricel Cariaga (Writer/Director, Pitong Kabang Palay)

  1. Anak
  2. Sunday Beauty Queen
  3. High Tide
  4. Pitong Kabang Palay
  5. A Second Chance
  6. Starting Over Again
  7. One More Chance
  8. Milan
  9. Sana Maulit Muli
  10. Got 2 Believe

Ditsi Carolino (Writer/Director, Bunso)

  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Bernardo)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Riles (Ditsi Carolino)

Jade Castro (Writer/Director, Endo)

  1. pascalina
  2. bunso
  3. booba
  4. moral
  5. minsa’y isang gamu-gamo
  6. anak
  7. pitong kabang palay
  8. billie and emma
  9. gusto kita with all my hypothalamus
  10. 24k

Leilani Chavez (Writer, TODA One I Love)

  • Moral
  • Magkano ang Iyong Dangal?
  • Brutal
  • Mga Pusang Gala
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • Imelda
  • Pascalina
  • K’na the dreamweaver
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Oda sa Wala

Carlo Antonio Cielo (Reviewer, Squeeze)

  1. Pan de Salawal (Che Espiritu, 2018)
  2. Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  3. Transit (Hannah Espia)
  4. Memories of a Forgotten War (Sari Dalena)
  5. Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  6. Dahling Nick (Sari Dalena)
  7. Shift (Siege Ledesma)
  8. Melodrama Negra (Maria Isabel Legarda)
  9. 10,000 Hours (Joyce Bernal)
  10. Bagong Buwan (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Kristian Sendon Cordero (Writer/Director, Hinulid)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo, Lupita Aquino Kashiwara
  2. Karnal, Marilou Diaz Abaya
  3. Salome, Laurice Guillen
  4. Sana Maulit Muli, Olivia Lamasan
  5. Kailangan Kita, Rory Quintos
  6. History of the Underground, Sari Dalena
  7. Sunday Beauty Queen, Babyruth Villarama
  8. Imelda, Ramona Diaz
  9. War is A Tender Thing, Adjani Arumpac
  10. Ulan, Irene Villamor

David Corpuz (Director, Kusina)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo by Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
  2. Moral by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  3. Riles by Ditsi Carolino
  4. Milagros by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  5. Salome by Laurice Guillen
  6. Transit by Hannah Espia
  7. Sunday Beauty Queen by Baby Ruth Villarama
  8. Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay by Antoinette Jadaone
  9. Memories of a Forgotten War by Sari Dalena
  10. Anak by Rory Quintos

Ina Avellana Cosio (University Researcher, UP Film Institute)

  • Brutal: Marilou Diaz Abaya
  • Moral: Marilou Diaz Abaya
  • American Adobo: Laurice Guillen
  • Santa Santita: Laurice Guillen
  • Pusang Gala: Ellen Ongkeko Marfil
  • Rome & Juliet: Connie Macatuno
  • Ishma: Sari Dalena & Keith Sicat
  • The Guerilla is a Poet: Sari Dalena & Kiri Dalena
  • Sunday Beauty Queen : Babyruth Villarama
  • Nervous Translation: Shireen Seno

Oggs Cruz (Reviewer, Rappler)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen)
  • Riles (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Kano: An American and his Harem (Monster Jimenez)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Pascalina (Pam Miras)
  • Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan Isinisilang Siyang Mahirap (Jewel Maranan)

Prime Cruz (Writer/Director, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B)

  1. Shift- siege ledesma
  2. Lorna- sigrid bernardo
  3. Sid and aya- irene villamor
    Never not love you- tonette jadaone
    Nervous translation- shireen seno
    Miss bulalacao- ara chawdhury
    Anak- rory quintos
    Milan- olivia lamasan
    She’s dating the gangster- cathy garcia molina
    Rizal- marilou diaz abaya

Sari Dalena (Writer/Director, Ka Oryang)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1976)
  • Brutal, Moral, Karnal (Trilogy) (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1980-83)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen, 1981)
  • Riles / Bunso (Ditsi Carolino, 2003, 2005)
  • Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat (Ivy Universe Baldoza, 2011)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia, 2013)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama, 2016)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz, 2017)
  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno, 2017)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan, 2018)

     Runners-up:

    Game-changer films

  • Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Bernardo, 2013)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone, 2014)
  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Bernardo, 2017)

    Short films

  • Nailed (Angel Velasco Shaw, 1992)
  • Doon sa Kabila ng Buwan (Ellen Ramos, 1997)
  • Reyna ng Kadiliman (Pam Miras, 1999)
  • Red Saga (Kiri Dalena, 2004)
  • Gikan sa Ngitngit nga Kinailadman (Kiri Dalena, 2017)
  • Tembong (Shaira Advincula, 2018)

Joel David (Professor, Cultural Studies, Inha University)

  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1980)
  • Kasal? (Laurice Guillen, 1980)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen, 1981)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (Laurice Guillen, 1984)
  • Sensual (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1986)
  • Rosenda (Laurice Guillen, 1989)
  • Ipagpatawad Mo (Laurice Guillen, 1990)
  • Tayong Dalawa (Laurice Guillen, 1992)
  • May Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo (Marilou Diaz -Abaya, 1996)
  • Milagros (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1997)
  • Minsan, Minahal Kita (Olivia Lamasan, 2000)
  • Inang Yaya (Pablo Biglang-awa and Veronica Velasco, 2006)
  • Mudraks (Arah Jell Badayos and Margaret Guzman, 2006)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2007)
  • Boses (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, 2008)
  • Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme (Joyce Bernal, 2009)
  • Ang Nawawala (Marie Jamora, 2012)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2013)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia, 2013)
  • She’s Dating the Gangster (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2014)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone, 2014)
  • Meet Me in St. Gallen (Irene Emma Villamor, 2018)

Note: I had to limit my choices to movies that are still available, that I’d seen, and were (fictional) features. The most useful test I used was: which would be the movies I would list in a syllabus on introducing Pinay filmmakers to laypersons, including students?

Eduardo Dayao (Writer/Director, Violator)

  • Audio Perpetua (Universe Baldosa)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Monster Jimenez)
  • Mamay Umeng (Dwein Baltazar)
  • Pascalina (Pam Miras)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Masikip sa Dibdib (Joyce Bernal)

Archie del Mundo (Writer/Director, Taksikab)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu Gamo (Lupita Concio)
  2. Init Sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen)
  3. Aparisyon (Isabel Sandoval)
  4. Moral (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  5. Kasal? (Laurice Guillen)
  6. Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  7. Karnal (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  8. Asong Simbahan (Sari Dalena)
  9. Milagros (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  10. Ka Oryang (Sari Dalena)

Ida Anita del Mundo (Director, K’na, the Dreamweaver)

  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Gulong (Sockie Fernandez)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco)
  • Ang Nawawala (Marie Jamora)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (Ramona Diaz)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Bernardo)
  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno)
  • Dahling Nick (Sari Dalena)

Hannah Espia (Writer/Director, Transit)

  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan, 1995)
  • Madrasta (Olivia Lamasan, 1996)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1998)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos, 2000)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz, 2003)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2007)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco, 2009)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2013)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama, 2016)

Dennis Evangelista (Producer, Rainbow’s Sunset)

  1. SALOME Laurice Guillen
  2. MORAL Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  3. TANGING YAMAN Laurice Guillen
  4. BRUTAL Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  5. INIT SA MAGDAMAG Laurice Guillen
  6. JOSE RIZAL Marilou Diaz Abaya
  7. BOSES Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
  8. THAT THING CALLED TADHANA Antoinette Jadaone
  9. MADRASTA Olivia Lamasan
  10. DOLZURA CORTEZ STORY Laurice Guiĺlen

Lauren Sanchez Faustino (Director, Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok)

  • Motherland
  • Nick & Chai
  • All Grown Up
  • War is a Tender Thing
  • Ka Oryang
  • Tundong Magiliw
  • Bunso
  • Muro-Ami
  • Last Supper No.3

Sockie Fernandez (Writer/Director, Gulong)

  • Moral
  • Salome
  • Bunso
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • One More Chance
  • Kita Kita
  • Anak
  • That Thing Called Tadhana
  • Kimmy Dora

Patrick Flores (Professor, UP Diliman Department of Art Studies)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Ibalik Mo ang Araw sa Mundong Makasalanan (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Kasal? (Laurice Guillen)
  • Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (Laurice Guillen)
  • Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan (Laurice Guillen)
  • Sensual (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Señorita (Isabel Sandoval)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Marciano (Ivy Universe Baldoza)
  • Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)

Jag Garcia (Faculty Member, College of St. Benilde Digital Filmmaking Program)

  • Jazz in Love – Babyruth Villarama
  • Sunday Beauty Queen – Babyruth Villarama
  • That Thing Called Tadhana – Antoinette Jadaone
  • Tundong Magiliw – Jewel Maranan
  • Muro-ami – Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo – Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
  • Moral – Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • History of the Underground – Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat
  • K’na the Dreamweaver –  Ida del Mundo
  • Lupang Hinarang – Ditsi Carolino

    Notes:

  1. Jazz in Love because it was a surprise breakthrough docu that looked into not just gay relationships but those made online and across international borders; it also looked into the challenges faced by Filipinos in applying for visas to western countries. Surprise because it was a workshop film
  2. SBQ because, hello, SBQ… first docu at MMFF, best picture, world-changing documentary
  3. Tadhana – not because it’s a particularly fantastic film, but more importantly it brought a whole new perspective to Filipino filmmaking… the “hugot” film has now become a trend thanks to tadhana… is it a good or bad thing? Neither. But we Filipinos love our lechon manok and sari sari stores which leads us to open a shitload of them up right beside each other until only the best one remains (congrats Baliwag and Andoks)
  4. Tundong Magiliw – have you watched it? Fcuking brilliant docu
  5. Muro-ami – I’m a fan of MDA, and I think Muro-ami was one of those films where she pushed not so much storytelling and formula, but more importantly film production. Shooting on the water, on location, with a seemingly bottomless budget… why can’t we make films like this anymore?
  6. Gamu-gamo – hello. Nuff said.
  7. Moral – again MDA… but I love this for its non-traditional screenplay and narrative structure, especially considering it was produced in the middle of the shift to hyper-commercialized film production in the country
  8. Underground – I think Sari Dalena is highly underrated as a director and storyteller; her socialist ideals bring a very fresh perspective to Filipino filmmaking while remaining anchored in the capitalist and hegemonic realities of cinema in the country
  9. K’na – I actually really like this one… save the cheesy ending with bad CGI… but otherwise I really really really liked K’na
  10. Hinarang – I think Ditsi is one of the most important Filipina filmmakers in contemporary cinema… not simply for the courage inherent in her documentaries but her overall drive to capture and portray what is potentially dangerous and controversial… as asians we’re inherently non-confrontative… even our militant films are sometimes passive-aggressive… it’s important to note some of the few who have the balls (pun intended) to really fight the system

Kriz Gazmen (Creative Producer, Alone/Together)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Kashiwahara)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Booba (Joyce Bernal)
  • Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin? (Olivia Lamasan)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Oda sa Wala (Dwein Baltazar)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone)

Charliebebs Gohetia (Writer/Director, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness)

  1. Minsan, Minahal kita – Olivia Lamasan
  2. Moral – Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  3. War Is a Tender Thing – Adjani Arumpac
  4. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo – Lupita Aquino – Kashiwahara
  5. Riles – Ditsi Carolino
  6. Super B – Joyce Bernal
  7. Nick and Chai – Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez
  8. Marciano – Ivy Universe Baldoza
  9. Sana Maulit Muli – Olivia Lamasan
  10. Aparisyon – Isabel Sandoval

Christopher Gozum (Writer/Director, Anacbanua)

  • Asong Simbahan (Sari Dalena)
  • Medusae (Pam Miras)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Jerry Gracio (Writer, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness)

  1. Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  2. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1976)
  3. Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen, 2000)
  4. Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino, 1996)
  5. Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan, 1995)
  6. Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982)
  7. Alyas Baby Tsina (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1984)
  8. Sunday Beauty Queen, Babyruth Villarama, 2016)
  9. Booba (Joyce Bernal, 2001)
  10. That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone, 2014)

Paul Grant (Professor, University of San Carlos Department of Fine Arts)

  • Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Memories of a Forgotten War (Sari Dalena)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • The Life and Death of Dr. Jose Rizal (Titay Molina/Edward Meyer Gross)
  • Dahling Nick (Sari Dalena)
  • She’s Dating the Gangster (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)

JP Habac (Writer/Director; I’m Drunk, I Love You)

  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco)
  • Lupang Hinarang (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Muro-ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)

Timmy Harn (Writer/Director, Dog Days)

  1. Anak
  2. Big Boy
  3. Mangarap ka
  4. Moral
  5. Bunso
  6. Alyas Baby Tsina
  7. War Is a Tender Thing
  8. Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
  9. Kano
  10. One More Chance

Cesar Hernando (Production Designer, Kisapmata)

  • Himala ng Birhen, 1947
  • Camelia, 1949
  • Sonny Boy, 1955
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo, 1976
  • Brutal, 1980
  • Salome, 1981
  • Moral, 1982
  • Tundong Magiliw, 2011
  • Nanay Mameng, 2012
  • Sunday Beauty Queen, 2017

Rolando Inocencio (Actor, Thy Womb)

  • Si Marita at ang Pitong Duwende – Susana de Guzman
  • Alkitrang Dugo, Magandang Gabi sa Inyong Lahat, Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo – Lupita Kashiwahara
  • Brutal, Karnal – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  • Kung Akoy Iiwan Mo, Init sa Magdamag – Laurice Guillen
  • Kimmy Dora Kambal sa Kiyeme, Miss Granny – Joyce Bernal
  • Ka Oryang, Dahling Nick, Himala Ngayon, Ishma – Sari Dalena
  • Six Degrees of Separation, Never Not Love You – Antoinette Jadaone
  • Pascalina – Pam Miras
  • Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita – Sigrid Bernardo
  • Nick & Chai – Cha Escala & Wena Sanchez
  • Meet Me in St Gallen, Sid & Aya – Irene Villamayor

Jaya Jacobo (Faculty Member, ADMU Kagawaran ng Filipino)

  1. Senorita
  2. Minsa’y May Isang Gamugamo  
  3. Kasal?
  4. Karnal
  5. Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap
  6. Last Supper No. 3
  7. Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita
  8. Nick and Chai
  9. Miss Bulalacao
  10. Tayong Dalawa

Roehl Jamon (Faculty Member, UP Film Institute)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1976)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1980)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Sumayaw Ka Salome (Laurice Guillen, 1992)
  • Madrasta (Olivia Lamasan, 1996)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1998)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos, 2000)
  • Buhay Kamao (Joyce Bernal, 2001)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco, 2009)
  • My Amnesia Girl (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2010)
  • 10,000 Hours (Joyce Bernal, 2013)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia, 2013)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez, 2014)

Don Jaucian (Reviewer, CNN Philippines)

  • Moral (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Kashiwara)
  • Muro Ami (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Booba (Joyce Bernal)
  • Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  • Never Not Love You (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)

Malay Javier (Writer/Director, Every Room Is a Planet)

  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Ganap na Babae: Kamote (Ellen Ramos)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Pascalina (Pam Miras)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)

    (SPECIAL MENTION)

  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Hey Babe! (Joyce Bernal)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)
  • Ang Nawawala (Marie Jamora)
  • Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story (Irene Emma Villamor)

Ralston Jover (Writer/Director, Da Dog Show)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  2. Brutal
  3. Kasal?
  4. Moral
  5. Milagros
  6. Bunso & Brutus
  7. Imelda
  8. Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
  9. Oda Sa Wala

Kristine Kintana (Production Manager, Ang Babaeng Humayo)

  • Ulan (Irene Emma Villamor)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Milan (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Booba (Joyce Bernal)
  • Gulong (Sockie Fernandez)
  • A Very Special Love (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)

Lutgardo Labad (Musical Scorer, Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon?)

  • Pagdating sa Takip-silim (Rosa Mia, 1956)
  • Alkitrang Dugo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1975)
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1976)
  • Ibalik Mo ang Araw sa Mundong Makasalanan (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1978)
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1980)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1998)
  • Muro-ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1999)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen, 2000)
  • Pusang Gala (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, 2005)
  • Boses (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, 2008)
  • Lakbay2Love (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, 2016)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama, 2016)

Joseph Israel Laban (Director, Baconaua)

  1. Minsan Lang Sila Bata, Ditsi Carolino
  2. Moral, Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  3. Motherland, Ramona Diaz
  4. Minsa’y Isang Gamu Gamo, Lupita Kashiwahara
  5. Bunso, Ditsi Carolino
  6. War is a Tender Thing, Adjani Arumpac
  7. Tanging Yaman, Laurice Guillen
  8. Imelda, Ramona Diaz
  9. Nick and Chai, Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez
  10. Transit, Hannah Espia

Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Concio, 1976)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen, 2000)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz, 2003)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino, 2005)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez, 2010)
  • Pascalina (Pamela Miras, 2012)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia, 2013)
  • Marciano (Ivy Universe Baldoza, 2014)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan, 2018)

Nicol Latayan (Reviewer, Tit for Tat)

  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan, 1995)
  • Babae (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, 1997)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen, 2000)
  • Booba (Joyce Bernal, 2001)
  • My Only U (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2009)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone, 2011)
  • Lorna (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2014)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez, 2016)
  • Oda sa Wala (Dwein Baltazar, 2018)

    Note: I limited it to one film per director.

Nonoy Lauzon (Programmer, UP Film Institute)

  • Kasal by Laurice Guillen
  • Salome by Laurice Guillen
  • Karnal by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Sensual by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo by Lupita Concio
  • Siya’y Umalis, Siya’y dumating by Mitos Villareal
  • Susan Kelly Edad 20 by Maria Saret
  • Sonny Boy by Susan de Guzman
  • Camelia by Susana de Guzman
  • Bunso by Ditsi Carolino

Jon Lazam (Director, Pantomina sa mga Anyong Ikinubli ng Alon)

  • Marciano – Ivy Universe Baldoza
  • Motherland – Ramona Diaz
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo – Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
  • Memories of a Forgotten War – Sari Dalena
  • Tundong Magiliw – Jewel Maranan
  • Mamay Umeng – Dwein Baltazar
  • Lorna – Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
  • Pascalina – Pam Miras
  • Nervous Translation – Shireen Seno
  • Moral – Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Abigail Lazaro (Assistant Director, 100 Tula para kay Stella)

  • All Grown Up (Wena Sanchez)
  • Shift (Siege Ledesma)
  • Madrasta
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Boses (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)
  • Got 2 Believe (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Milan (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Camp Sawi (Irene Villamor)

Siege Ledesma (Writer/Director, Shift)

  • Imelda
  • Ilusyon
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Ang Nawawala
  • Pascalina
  • The Guerrilla is a Poet
  • Kita Kita
  • Transit
  • Oda sa Wala
  • Ulan

Maribel Legarda (Writer/Director, Melodrama Negra)

  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • Lorna (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (BabyRuth Villarama)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Kano: An American Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Boses (Ellen Ongkeko)
  • One More Chance (Cathy Garcia Molina)
  • Inang Yaya (Veronica Velasco)

Richard Legaspi (Writer/Director, Paano Ko Sasabihin?)

  • Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • May Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan)
  • Sa Pusod ng Dagat (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Mudraks (Arah Jell Badayos and Margaret Guzman)

Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez (Faculty Member, UP Diliman Department of Art Studies)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  • Salome
  • Moral
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • Memories of a Forgotten War
  • Inang Yaya
  • Brutus
  • War is a Tender Thing
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala

Gerard Lico (Faculty Member, UP Diliman Department of Architecture)

  • Camelya
  • Correcional
  • Alkitrang Dugo
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamo gamo
  • Moral
  • Karnal
  • Kapag Langit ang Humatol
  • Madrasta
  • Imelda
  • Sunday Beauty Queen

Avid Liongoren (Writer/Director, Saving Sally)

  1. Karnal (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  2. Six Degrees Of Lilia Cuntapay (Tonette Jadaone)
  3. Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama)
  4. That Thing Called Tadhana (Tonette Jadaone)
  5. One More Chance (Cathy Garcia Molina)

Randolph Longjas (Director, Star na si Van Damme Stallone)

  • Ulan
  • Oda Sa Wala
  • That Thing Called Tadhana
  • Sundalong Kanin
  • Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita
  • Four Sisters And A Wedding
  • Transit
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Muro-ami
  • Moral

Ricardo Espino Lopez (Reviewer, The Knee-Jerk Critic)

  • Alkitrang Dugo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara) 1975
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara) 1976
  • Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 1980
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen) 1981
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 1982
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 1982
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)  1998
  • Sa Pusod ng Dagat (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 1998
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone) 2011
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone) 2014

Ian Loreños (Writer/Director, Alagwa)

  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno, 2017)
  • Medusae (Pam Miras, 2017)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama, 2016)
  • Pascalina (Pam Miras, 2014)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino, 2005)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen, 2000)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1998)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino, 1996)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen, 1983)

Macky Macarayan (Reviewer, The Death of Traditional Cinema)

  • Karnal- marilou diaz abaya
  • Dahling nick- sari dalena
  • Boses –  ellen ongkeko marfil
  • Lorna- sigrid andrea bernardo
  • Last supper no 3- veronica velasco
  • Big boy- shireen seno
  • Transit- hannah espia
  • Sunday beauty queen- baby ruth villarama
  • Imelda- Ramona Diaz
  • Delia and Sammy- Therese Cayaba

Concepcion Macatuno (Writer/Director, Rome and Juliet)

  • Glorious
  • Rome & Juliet
  • Mama’s Girl
  • Anak
  • Unofficially Yours
  • Beauty in a Bottle
  • Kimmy Dora
  • Madrasta
  • Muro-ami
  • American Adobo

Shaira Mella MacKenzie (Writer, Sana Maulit Muli)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo
  • Brutal
  • Salome
  • Moral
  • Init sa Magdamag
  • Karnal
  • Madrasta
  • Tanging Yaman
  • Anak
  • Muro-ami

Krisma Maclang-Fajardo (Producer, Imbisibol)

  • Sid and Aya
  • Starting Over Again
  • One More Chance
  • Don’t Give Up on Us
  • Tanging Yaman
  • Anak
  • Madrasta
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Muro Ami
  • Sunday Beauty Queen

Gutierrez Mangansakan II (Writer/Director, Limbunan)

  • Karnal
  • Nervous Translation
  • Guerilla is A Poet
  • Salome
  • Moral
  • Pascalina
  • War Is A Tender Thing
  • Bunso

Dennis Marasigan (Writer/Director, Sa North Diversion Road)

  • Alkitrang Dugo (1975) – Lupita Concio (Aquino-Kashiwahara).  Minsa’y Isang Gamo-Gamo (1976) could also be in this list.  Her Magandang Gabi sa Inyong Lahat (1976) is a charming suspense movie.
  • Brutal (1980) – Marilou Diaz Abaya.  Karnal (1983)  could also be in this list.
  • Salome (1981) – Laurice Guillen.  I also like Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap (1984).
  • Mangarap Ka (1995) – Rory Quintos
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (1996) – Ditsi Carolino; Riles (2003) – Ditsi Carolino
  • Milan (2004) – Olivia Lamasan
  • One More Chance (2007) – Cathy Garcia Molina; Also A Very Special Love (2008).
  • Boses (2008)  – Ellen Ongkeko Marfil
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) – Antoinette Jadaone
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) – Baby Ruth Villarama

My list is in chronological order based on the film’s year of release.  I only listed one film per director, but also mention other films that could also be in the list.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to watch a number of recent films, as well as those before the 70s, and so they are not in the list not because they should not be but simply because I have no basis for including them.

Chris Martinez (Writer/Director, Here Comes the Bride)

  1. Karnal
  2. Salome
  3. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  4. Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  5. Kimmy Dora, Kambal sa Kiyeme 😁
  6. Tanging Yaman
  7. Moral
  8. Anak
  9. Brutal
  10. Got 2 Believe

    Runners-up:

  • Transit
  • Camp Sawi
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Anna Isabelle Matutina (Writer/Director, Magdalena)

  • Karnal
  • Moral
  • Bunso
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Jazz In Love
  • War Is A Tender Thing
  • Transit
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita
  • Motherland
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang

James Robin Mayo (Director, The Chanters)

  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • One More Chance by (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Oda sa Wala (Dwein Baltazar)
  • Pangako Ikaw Lang (Joyce Bernal)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  • Pan de Salawal by (Che Espiritu)
  • Muro-ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Mark Meily (Writer/Director, Crying Ladies)

  • Brutal
  • Moral
  • Karnal
  • Salome
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo
  • That Thing called Tadhana
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Kita-Kita
  • Kano

Pamela Miras (Writer/Director, Pascalina)

  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata, Ditsi Carolino
  • Moral, Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Motherland, Ramona Diaz
  • Nervous Translation, Shireen Seno
  • Oda sa Wala, Dwein Baltazar
  • Salome, Laurice Guillen
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, Antoinette Jadaone
  • Transit, Hannah Espia
  • Tundong Magiliw, Jewel Maranan
  • War Is a Tender Thing, Adjani Arumpac

Carla Pulido Ocampo (Writer/Editor, Walang Rape sa Bontok)

  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Adjani Arumpac)
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Kashiwahara)
  • Memories of a Forgotten War (Sari Dalena, Camilla Griggers)
  • All Grown Up (Wena Sanchez)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  • Lupang Hinarang (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Audio Perpetua (Ivy Baldoza)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)

Kip Oebanda (Director, Liway)

  • Magandang Gabi sa Inyong Lahat (1976)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (1995)
  • Booba (2001)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (1996)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (2010)
  • Big Boy (2011)
  • Moral (1982)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)
  • Motherland (2017)
  • Anak (2000)

Ricky Orellana (Archivist, MOWELFUND)

  1. MINSA’Y ISANG GAMU-GAMO (1976) By Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
  2. MORAL (1982) By Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  3. MINSAN LANG SILA BATA (1992) By Ditsi Carolino
  4. TANGING YAMAN (2000) By Laurice Guillen
  5. KANO: AN AMERICAN AND HIS HAREM (2010) By Coreen Jimenez
  6. THAT THING CALLED TADHANA (2011) By Antoinette Jadaone
  7. EVERYTHING ABOUT HER (2016) By Joyce Bernal
  8. SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (2016) By Baby Ruth Villarama
  9. KITA KITA (2017) By Sigrid Bernardo
  10. SEVEN SUNDAYS (2017) By Cathy Garcia-Molina

Emmanuel Quindo Palo (Writer/Director, Santa Niña)

  1. “Salome”  by Laurice Guillen   
  2. “Moral”, “Brutal” and “Karnal” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya  
  3. “Ang Nawawala” by Marie Jamora  
  4. “Transit” by Hannah Espia  
  5. “Minsan Lang Silang Bata” and “Riles” by Ditsi Carolino  
  6. “Sana Maulit Muli” by Olivia Lamasan  
  7. “Pascalina” by Pam Miras  
  8. “That Thing called Tadhana” by Antoinette Jadaone  
  9. “Huling Cha-cha ni Anita” by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo   
  10. “Last Supper No. 3” by Veronica Velasco

Cenón Obispo Palomares (Writer/Director, Kusina)

  1. Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) [1983]
  2. Imelda (Ramona Diaz) [2003]
  3. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara) [1976]
  4. Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)  [1996]
  5. Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) [1980]
  6. Salome (Laurice Guillen) [1981]
  7. Transit (Hannah Espia) [2013]
  8. Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama) [2016]
  9. Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) [1982]
  10. Anak (Rory Quintos) [2000]

Note: These are what I consider to be 10 of the most powerful films by Filipino women directors. I tried to be as varied in my choice as possible – features, documentaries, family drama, mystery, etc. [Sadly, a couple of romcoms and comedies didn’t make the final cut. Also, I didn’t include in the list those from the 60’s and earlier, not for lack of merit, but because either I haven’t seen them or I don’t remember having seen them.]

But my main criteria for this list are 1] they are still relevant years and decades after they were first released, 2] the filmmakers tackled the subject matter with passion, bravery, and clarity of purpose, and 3] storytelling prowess, and craftsmanship [in spite of their budgetary and technical limitations at the time].

Manuel Pangaruy (Reviewer, Tagailog Special Presents)

  1. Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  2. Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan)
  3. Kasal? (Laurice Guillen)
  4. Alkitrang Dugo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  5. Milagros (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  6. Imelda (Ramona Diaz)
  7. Pascalina (Pam Miras)
  8. Got 2 Believe (Olivia Lamasan)
  9. Boses (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil)
  10. Buhay Kamao (Joyce Bernal)

Carl Joseph Papa (Writer/Director, Paglisan)

  • Karnal
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Booba
  • Inang Yaya
  • Lupang Hinarang
  • Ang Panagtagbo sa Akong mga Apohan
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
  • Ang Nawawala
  • Marciano

Jim Paranal (Reviewer; Jimelikula, atbp.)

  1. BRUTAL
  2. JOSE RIZAL
  3. MURO-AMI
  4. GUSTO KITA WITH ALL MY HYPOTHALAMUS
  5. TRANSIT
  6. DAHLING NICK
  7. BOOBA
  8. BILLIE AND EMMA
  9. PAG-UKIT SA PANINIWALA
  10. MANGARAP KA

Roman Perez, Jr. (Director, Sol Searching)

  1. Lupita Kashiwahara – Minsa’y Isang Gamu gamo
  2. Marilou Diaz Abaya – Brutal / Karnal / Rizal / Moral
  3. Laurice Guillen – Salome / Tanging Yaman
  4. Olivia Lamasan – Madrasta / Milan / Minsan Minahal Kita
  5. Rory Quintos – Sa Aking mga Kamay / Dubai / Anak
  6. Joyce Bernal – Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw
  7. Ditsi Carolino – Bunso / Riles / Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  8. Marie Jamora – MV Queen / Ang Nawawala
  9. Sari Dalena – Himala Ngayon / Rigodon / Ka Oryang
  10. Sig Bernardo – Huling Chacha ni Anita

Notable: Cathy Garcia Molina – romance dramas

Nerissa Picadizo (Writer/Director, Requited)

  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Melodrama Negra (Maria Isabel Legarda)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Baka Bukas (Samantha Lee)
  • Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat (Ivy Universe Baldoza)
  • Sakaling Hindi Makarating (Ice Idanan)
  • Shift (Siege Ledesma)
  • Pan de Salawal (Che Espiritu)

Miguel Rapatan (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

  • Abaya: Jose Rizal, Milagros, Sa Pusod ng Dagat, Brutal, Moral
  • Bernardo: Kita Kita
  • Carolino: Minsan Lang Sila Bata, Bunso, Riles
  • Guillen: Salome, Tanging Yaman
  • Kashiwahara: Minsa’y Isang Gamu Gamo
  • Maranan: Tundong Magiliw
  • Villarama: Sunday Beauty Queen

Rae Red (Director, Si Chedeng at si Apple)

  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Big Boy (Shireen Seno)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia)
  • Lorna (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno)
  • All Grown Up (Wena Sanchez)
  • Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus (Dwein Baltazar)
  • Oda sa Wala (Dwein Baltazar)

Raymond Red (Writer/Director, Himpapawid)

  • Alkitrang Dugo
  • Brutal
  • Salome
  • Karnal
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  • Jose Rizal
  • Imelda
  • Kano: An American and his Harem
  • Ka Oryang
  • Sunday Beauty Queen

Jerry Respeto (Faculty Member, ADMU Kagawaran ng Filipino)

  • Salome
  • Brutal
  • Moral
  • Karnal
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo
  • Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez
  • Muro-ami
  • Jose Rizal
  • Boses
  • Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos

(Note: Sigurado ako na marami pang magandang pelikula na nasa listahan na hindi ko napanood lalo na ang mga lumang pelikula.)

Jose Javier Reyes (Writer/Director, Kasal Kasali Kasalo)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo / Lupita Kashiwahara (1976)
  • Karnal / Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1983)
  • Sumayaw ka, Salome / Laurice Guillen (1992)
  • Sana Maulit Muli / Olive Lamasan (1995)
  • Imelda / Ramona Diaz (2003)
  • Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme / Joyce Bernal (2009)
  • Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita / Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (2013)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen / Baby Ruth Villarama (2016)
  • Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus / Dwein Baltazar (2018)
  • Never Not Love You / Antonette Jadaone (2018)

Ronald Rios (Member, Society of Filipino Archivists for Film)

  1. MORAL (Marilou Diaz Abaya, 1982)
  2. KUNG AKO’Y IIWAN MO (Laurice Guillen, 1980)
  3. ALKITRANG DUGO (Lupita Aquino Kashiwahara, 1975)
  4. KARNAL (Marilou Diaz Abaya, 1983)
  5. MANANANGGAL VS. MANGKUKULAM (Consuelo Osorio, 1960)
  6. KUNG MAHAWI MAN ANG ULAP (Laurice Guillen, 1984)
  7. NEVER NOT LOVE YOU (Antoinette Jadaone, 2018)
  8. ODA SA WALA (Dwein Baltazar)
  9. ANG NAWAWALA (Marie Jamora, 2012)
  10. SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (Babyruth Villarama, 2016)

Worthy also: BRUTAL (Marilou Diaz Abaya, 1980); KASAL? (Laurice Guillen, 1980); THE GUERRILLA IS A POET (Sari Dalena/Kiri Dalena; PAN DE SALAWAL (Che Espiritu, 2018); MEET ME IN ST. GALLEN (Irene Villamor, 2018); LORNA (Sigrid Bernardo, 2014); SALOME (Laurice Guillen, 1981)

Chito Roño (Director, Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?)

  • My Only U (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  • Madrasta (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Cha Roque (Director, Slay)

  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz – Abaya)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz – Abaya)
  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Ilusyon (Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Ganap na Babae: Minsan May Isang Puta (Sarah Roxas)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Dahling Nick (Sari Dalena)
  • Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)
  • Billie and Emma (Samantha Lee)

Rose Roque (Faculty Member, UP Manila Department of Arts and Communication)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamugamo
  • Moral
  • Bunso
  • Boses
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Tundong Magiliw
  • Nanay Mameng
  • Himala Ngayon
  • Miss Bulalacao
  • Nervous Translation
  • Yanan

Eduardo Roy Jr. (Director, Quick Change)

  1. Moral
  2. Karnal
  3. Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story
  4. Basta’t Kasama Kita
  5. Got2Believe
  6. Minsan Lang Sila Bata
  7. Sa Pusod ng Dagat
  8. Jose Rizal
  9. Imelda
  10. Sunday Beauty Queen

Lorna Sanchez (Assistant Director, Die Beautiful)

  1. Karnal
  2. Moral
  3. Brutal
  4. Salome
  5. Oda sa Wala
  6. Lorna
  7. Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita
  8. Bunso
  9. Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus
  10. Sunday Beauty Queen

Sigfreid Barros Sanchez (Director, Tsardyer)

  1. “Bunso” (2005) Ditsi Carolino
  2. “Batas Militar” (1998) Kara Magsanoc Alikpala/ “Riles” Ditsi Carolino
  3. “Moral” (1982) Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  4. “The Guerilla Is A Poet” (2013) Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena
  5. “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo” (1976) Lupita Kashiwahara
  6. “Nanay Mameng” (2012) Adjani Arumpac
  7. “Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay” (2011) Antoinette Jadaone
  8. “Anak” (2000) Rory Quintos
  9. “Huling Biyahe” (2012) Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez
  10. “Babae” (2005) Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Mike Sandejas (Writer/Director/Producer, Tulad ng Dati)

  • Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  • Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen)
  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Muro-ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)
  • Ilusyon (Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna)
  • Ka Oryang (Sari Lluch Dalena)
  • Kita Kita (Sigrid Bernardo)

Arminda Santiago (Professor, UP Film Institute)

  • Dahil May Isang Ikaw – Joyce Bernal
  • Dahil Mahal Kita The Dolzura Cortez Story – Laurice Guillen
  • Moral – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  • Anak – Rory Quintos
  • Alkitrang Dugo – Lupita Kashiwahara
  • Madrasta – Olivia Lamasan
  • Mula Pabrika Hanggang Fukuoka – Ditsi Carolino and Nana Buxani
  • Flames of Love – Gigi Javier Alfonso
  • Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita – Sigrid Bernardo
  • Sunday Beauty Queen – Babyruth Villarama
  • Seven Sundays – Cathy Molina

Katrina Stuart Santiago (Reviewer, Radikal Chick)

  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz Abaya)
  • Madrasta (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Kailangan Kita (Rory Quintos)
  • Kano: An American and His Harem (Coreen Jimenez)
  • Ka Oryang (Sari Dalena)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Beauty In A Bottle (Antoinette Jadaone)
  • Lorna (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story (Irene Emma Villamor)

Simon Santos (Archivist, Video 48)

  1. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)/ 1976
  2. Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)/ 1983
  3. Salome (Laurice Guillen)/ 1981
  4. Himala ng Birhen (ng Antipolo) (Susana de Guzman)/1947
  5. Sarung Banggi (Susana de Guzman)/ 1947
  6. Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)/ 1995
  7. Milan (Olivia Lamasan)/ 2004
  8. Got 2 Believe (Olivia Lamasan)/2002
  9. Brutal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)/1980
  10. Anak (Rory Quintos)/2000

    Runners-up:

  1. Kapag Puso’y  Sinugatan (Fely Crisostomo)/ 1967
  2. Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)/2000
  3. Alkitrang Dugo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)/ 1975
  4. Seven Sundays (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
  5. That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone)/2014
  6. Alone/Together (Antoinette Jadaone)/2019

Keith Sicat (Director, Alimuom)

  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen, 1981)
  • Riles (Ditsi Carolino/Nana Buxani, 2003)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama, 2016)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan, 2018)
  • Transit (Hannah Espia, 2013)
  • The Guerrilla is a Poet (Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena, 2013)
  • Nervous Translation (Shireen Seno, 2017)
  • Oda sa Wala (Dwein Baltazar, 2018)
  • Motherland (Ramona Diaz, 2017)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita (2013) / Kita Kita (2016), Sigrid Bernardo
  • That Thing Called Tadhana (Antoinette Jadaone, 2014)

    Additional noteworthy films:

  • Puting Paalam (Sari Dalena, 1997) – as representative of
    experimental/short/animation and FIRST FILIPINO dance film
  • Wasteland (Ellen Ramos, 2011) – for beautifully conceptualized, completely
    animated short film
  • Red Saga (2004) / Gikan sa Ngitngit nga Kinailadman (Kiri Dalena, 2017) – for
    experimental short/poetic interpretation and use of documentary sources

Danica Sta. Lucia (Writer, Gusto Kong Lumipad)

  • Muro-ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Jose Rizal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Tanging Yaman (Laurice Guillen)
  • Saan Nagtatago si Happiness? (Florida Bautista)
  • Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco)
  • Pascalina (Pam Miras)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Got 2 Believe (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Sa Pusod ng Dagat (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Imelda (Ramona Diaz)

Katrina Ross Tan (Faculty Member, UPLB Department of Humanities)

  • Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan, 1995)
  • Muro-Ami (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1999)
  • Santa Santita (Laurice Guillen, 2004)
  • Bunso (Ditsi Carolino, 2005)
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone, 2011)
  • War Is a Tender Thing (Jaja Arumpac, 2013)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama, 2016)
  • Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez, 2014)
  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (Jewel Maranan, 2018)

Special Mention: Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala (Hiyas Bagabaldo, 2018)

Robby Tantingco (Writer, Ari: My Life with a King)

  1. MORAL by Marilou Diaz Abaya (1982)
  2. MINSA’Y ISANG GAMU-GAMO by Lupita Kashiwahara (1976)
  3. SALOME by Laurice Guillen (1981)
  4. IN MY LIFE by Olivia Lamasan (2009)
  5. THAT THING CALLED TADHANA by Antoinette Jadaone (2012)
  6. TANGING YAMAN by Laurice Guillen (2000)
  7. ANAK by Rory Quintos (2000)
  8. KARNAL by Marilou Diaz Abaya (1983)
  9. BRUTAL by Marilou Diaz Abaya (1980)
  10. KITA KITA by Sigrid Bernardo (2017)

Nicanor Tiongson (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

  • Salome
  • Moral
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo
  • Sana Maulit Muli
  • Anak
  • Last Supper No 3
  • Rome and Juliet
  • Transit
  • Ka Oryang
  • Kita Kita
  • Brutus
  • Nanay Mameng
  • Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Ang Nawawala
  • Bunso

Rolando Tolentino (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

  • Moral, Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Tundong Magiliw, Jewel Maranan
  • Imelda, Ramona Diaz
  • Sunday Beauty Queen, Baby Ruth Villarama
  • War is a Tender Thing, Adjani Arumpac
  • Transit, Hannah Espia
  • Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
  • Ka Oryang, Sari Dalena
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata, Ditsi Carolino
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo, Lupita Kashiwahara

Mauro Feria Tumbocon (Programmer, Filipino Arts & Cinema, International)

  1. MORAL, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1982
  2. SALOME, Laurice Guillen, 1981
  3. THAT THING CALLED TADHANA, Antoinette Jadaone, 2014
  4. MINSA’Y ISANG GAMUGAMO, Lupita Aquino-Concio, 1976
  5. TONDO BELOVED, Jewel Maranan, 2011
  6. PASCALINA, Pam Miras, 2012
  7. MEET ME IN ST GALLEN, Irene Villamor, 2018
  8. BULUNG-BULUNGAN, Susana C de Guzman, 1962
  9. LORNA, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2014
  10. DAHILIN NICK, Sari Dalena, 2015

Tito Valiente (Member, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)

  • Lupita Kashiwahara Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo
  • Marilou Diaz Abaya Sa Pusod ng Dagat
  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya Karnal
  • Sari Dalena Ka Oryang
  • Ellen Ongkeko Marfil Boses
  • Baby Ruth Villarama Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Susana de Guzman Sarong Banggi
  • Irene Emma Villamor Ulan
  • Laurice Guillen Santa Santita
  • Ganap na Babae

Lester Valle (Director, Walang Rape sa Bontok)

  • Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang
  • All Grown Up
  • Audio Perpetua
  • Bunso
  • War is a Tender Thing
  • Lupang Hinarang
  • Nick & Chai
  • Motherland
  • Kano: An American and His Harem
  • Imelda

Leni Velasco (Producer, Tigbao)

  1. Moral
  2. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo
  3. Bunso
  4. Anak
  5. Last Supper No. 3
  6. Madrasta
  7. Kailangan Kita
  8. Sid & Aya
  9. Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita
  10. Motherland

Noel Vera (Reviewer, Business World)

I regret not being familiar with more Filipina filmmakers, especially those who worked before the ’70s. I’m astonished for example at the career of Consuelo Osorio, who started directing in 1938, churned out out eight features in 1970 alone, and managed to direct Nora Aunor before she retired. I regret the paucity of women directing through the decades–though there may be a handful of active names, only in the past ten or so years has there been an explosion of names, styles, subject matter. I love the present diversity, though I regret being unable to see many of them–my attempt to catch the present flood of creativity and inspiration can be compared to an attempt to sip from a firehose. If women have been relatively if not totally shut out of the Filipino filmmaking industry (we do have to keep in mind that Dona Sisang was the driving force behind LVN Studios, and Lily Monteverde the driving force behind Regal Films), right now they seem to be making up for all that lost time with a vengeance.

I admit to a deliberate progression in my list: from romantic comedy (an inventive one, I submit, that grafts indie sensibility to formula work) through more creative humor (a droll odyssey through the intricacies of the Filipino legal system; a mock documentary about a real-life force in Philippine cinema) to documentaries, period and political dramas, and a poignant tribute to motherhood. My choice for top title isn’t just a perverse paean to feminism–that a woman will want what she wants, no matter how self-destructive–but easily the loveliest most erotic film I’ve ever seen, Filipino or otherwise.

10 – Kita Kita (Sigrid Bernardo) 

9 – Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica Velasco)

8 – Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone) 

7 – Imelda (Ramona Diaz) 

6 – Ka Oryang (Sari Dalena)

5 – Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)

4 – Minsay’ Isang Gamu-Gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)

3 – May Nagmamahal sa Iyo (Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 

2 – Sundalong Kanin (Janice O’Hara) 

1 – Init sa Magdamag (Laurice Guillen) 

Rodolfo Vera (Writer, Signal Rock)

  1. Milagros (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  2. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara)
  3. Boses (Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil)
  4. Sunday Beauty Queen (Babyruth Villarama)
  5. Lorna (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  6. Sakaling Hindi Makarating (Ice Idanan)
  7. One More Chance (Cathy Garcia-Molina)

Disclosure: I guess you might say may bias ako for Boses since i co-wrote it.

Alvin Yapan (Writer/Director, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa)

  • Anak (Rory Quintos)
  • Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo)
  • Gulong ng Palad (Consuelo Osorio)
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (Lupita AquinoKashiwahara)
  • Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Ditsi Carolino)
  • Moral (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
  • Salome (Laurice Guillen)
  • Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan)
  • Sunday Beauty Queen (Baby Ruth Villarama)
  • The Guerrilla Is a Poet (Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena)

Jerome Zamora (Writer, Bahay Bata)

  1. Moral – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  2. Karnal – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  3. Brutal – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  4. Salome – Laurice Guillen
  5. Sa Pusod ng Dagat – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  6. Minsan Lang Sila Bata – Ditsi Carolino
  7. Nick and Chai (Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez)
  8. Milagros – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  9. Muro-Ami – Marilou Diaz Abaya
  10. Dahling Nick (Sari Dalena)

Honorable mentions: May Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo, Aparisyon, Ishma, Transit, Sunday Beauty Queen, Oda sa Wala

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