The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (30-21)

30. Nervous Translation

Shireen Seno, 2017

Late 1988, Post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight year-old Yael (Jana Agoncillo), shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals for herself, sometimes forgetting about leftovers for dinner in the fridge. In the evenings, she cuts her mother’s white hair for 25 centavos a strand while they watch soap operas on television. Yael only knows her father through his voice through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back every now and then from Saudi Arabia. Their boombox has a problem of ‘eating tape’, but this does not stop Yael from secretly listening to Father’s voice letters. One night, she accidentally records over a voice tape meant for her Mother. 

29. Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang

Jewel Maranan, 2018

Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang explores the harsh lives led in the backstreets of the port, a world of busy working people, ships, cranes and stacks of huge containers. We follow the lives of five people exposed to the everyday violence that is poverty.

28. Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim

Arnel Mardoquio, 2012

After both his parents were killed due to a ransom kidnapping, Faisal (Irish Karl Monsanto) carries a bag filled with dollars and attempts to elude soldiers with his two new companions Amrayda and Fatima (Fe Virtudazo-Hyde and Glorypearl Dy) who are also in need of safety as violence and turmoil escalates in their area.

27. Women of the Weeping River

Sheron Dayoc, 2016

Satra (Laila Ulao), a widow is caught in an escalating blood feud stretching back generations. She initially seeks vengeance for the death of husband but finds herself being convinced to leave the land after the death of her only child. Beyond the will of her family she secretly meets up with the matriarch of the rival clan to seek possible reconciliation.

26. Never Not Love You

Antoinette Jadaone, 2018

A very in love couple (Nadine Lustre and James Reid) with different goals and aspirations face the inevitable after getting different career opportunities as they try to build a life together. What changes and sacrifices do they have to take to become the best of themselves?

25. Transit

Hannah Espia, 2013

It tells the story of Moises (Ping Medina), a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his apartment in Tel Aviv to celebrate his son Joshua’s (Marc Justine Alvarez) 4th birthday. It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors Janet (Irma Adlawan), and her daughter Yael (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers. Afraid of the new law, Moises and Janet decide to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house.

24. Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus

Dwein Baltazar, 2018

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).

23. John Denver Trending

Arden Rod Condez, 2019

A young boy’s life is upended when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate went viral.

22. Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon

Lav Diaz, 2014

The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.

21. Honor Thy Father

Erik Matti, 2015

A family is caught in a financial ruin after being involved in a ponzi scheme.

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