Netflix is definitely one of our best home buddies during the ongoing month-long quarantine on Luzon or even on more “normal” days whenever or wherever we feel like watching movies and television series.
Movie-watching can be a way of having a family-bonding time or just to catch up on films you missed seeing when you were too busy with work, chores, or studies before the island-wide community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease was declared on March 16, 2020.
Good News Pilipinas asked Filipino subscribers why they love watching Netflix. Some liked the unique stories; others just really liked watching movies, TV series, and KDramas; and some liked the way minor to major issues are mirrored in the videos.
More importantly, Netflix brings people together on one platform while following the prescription for physical distancing to stop COVID-19.
Netflix, one of the most popular streaming and media service providers with over 167 million subscribers worldwide, has been streaming more and more Filipino movies, including many critically-acclaimed and romance-comedy movies.
Here is Good News Pilipinas’ list of Filipino Movies to Watch on Netflix during the quarantine:
1. Heneral Luna
Heneral Luna is a critically-acclaimed biopic film released in 2015 and directed by Jerrold Tarog with John Arcilla in the leading role.
Heneral Luna depicts the life and death of General Antonio Luna, a commander of the Filipino revolutionary army who battled with both Spanish and United States of America forces until his assassination.
The film which runs for 1 hour and 58 minutes dominated the 34th Luna Awards, winning Best Actor, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor for Nonie Buencamino, and Best Director. It became the Philippines bet at the Oscars in 2015.
Goyo: The Boy General is a Philippine historical epic film released in 2018. The film is a sequel to Tarog’s Heneral Luna.
Goyo follows the events in the Philippine revolution after General Antonio Luna was killed in an assassination.
The film starring Paulo Avelino in the title role has won major awards at the FAMAS Awards, FAP Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, and Star Awards for Movies in 2019.
Award-winning director Jun Robles Lana’s Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi started streaming on Netflix on August 21, 2019.
The film revolves around the story of a teenage girl who develops an allergy to Wi-Fi, and is forced to live in a remote province, pushing her to reevaluate her relationships and the boy she believes is her one true love.
The movie stars Sue Ramirez, Markus Peterson, and Jameson Blake.
This anniversary film of the phenomenal hit “AlDub” screen partners Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards was made available on Netflix in 2019.
Imagine You and Me tackles the story of Gara (Maine Mendoza), an overseas worker in Italy who yearns for romance and crosses paths with a pragmatic and heartbroken medical student Andrew (Alden Richards). Their meeting changes their views on love.
The Aldub starrer movie is a 2016 Philippine romantic comedy film directed by Mike Tuviera. The AlDub tandem started on the Philippine noontime variety show, Eat Bulaga.
The famous streaming site made the Jowable film starring reel and real-life couple Jerald Napoles and Kim Molina available on February 14, 2020, as Netflix’s Valentine’s treat.
Jowable tells the story of Elsa, a young woman yearning for a mature relationship.
The film successfully made it to the top 10 highest Filipino grossing films with sales totaling Php 105 Million.
6. Dead Kids
Mikhail Red’s Dead Kids also had its worldwide premiere on Netflix before the year 2019 ended.
The Filipino thriller film is about a socially awkward teen who bonds with a group of misfits who plot to abduct the school’s arrogant rich kids – until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly.
The film is Red’s first Netflix original film that was written, shot, and produced with an all-Filipino cast.
“It has always been my dream as a filmmaker to bring Filipino cinema to a global audience. I am so glad and honored for Dead Kids to be a Netflix Film, which is a testament to the world-class talent here in the Philippines. Netflix is the perfect platform for the film to gain international spotlight, and we wouldn’t be here without the hard work and determination of our cast, crew, and of course, Globe Studios. I hope people around the world will appreciate Dead Kids, and I hope this also helps open doors for more Filipino filmmakers,” Director Mikhail Red said.
Apart from these movies, the American-based media service provider, also started streaming other Filipino movies:
- Kita Kita
- It Takes A Man And A Woman
- My Ex & Whys
- Praybeyt Benjamin
- Seven Sundays
- Starting Over Again
- That Thing Called Tadhana
- The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin
- The Breakup Playlist
- The Mistress
- Vince & Kath & James
- You Changed My Life
- Hating Kapatid,
- Secret Afffair
- Never Not Love You
- Petrang Kabayo
- The Gifted
- Ang Pambansang Third Wheel
- Squad Goals
TELL US in the comments below what movie or TV series are you watching on Netflix during the quarantine?
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