We’ve come a long way from Pinoy romance films named after song titles (thank goodness). The Pinoy film industry is booming, with talented directors, actors, and actresses and most importantly creative writers who come up with fresh plots that are in an entirely different stratosphere from your typical Pinoy teleserye. If you haven’t seen these romance films, add these on your watch list ASAP!
Sid and Aya (Not a Love Story) by Irene Villamor
Starring: Anne Curtis, Dingdong Dantes, Gabby Eigenmann
Sid is a successful stockbroker who suffers from insomnia and throughout his many lonely and listless nights, he meets Aya. Sid, charmed by Aya, hires her to keep him company during his long sleepless nights.
Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus by Dwaine Baltazar
Starring: Iana Bernardez, Nicco Manalo, Anthony Falcon
In Avenida, an ukay-ukay salesman, a widower, a college student, and a mute ex-convict each finds a mysterious woman named Aileen as the object of their fantasies and desires.
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi by Jun Lana
Starring: Sue Ramirez, Jameson Blake, Markus Paterson
Norma is a teen obsessed to social media who finds out she has electromagnetic hypersensitivity, an illness that meant she can’t be around gadgets and signals. She lives internet-less with her relatives on a house 3 hours away from the city. Her boyfriend, Leo soon becomes distant but his brother, Aries, Norma’s close friend, sticks around and helps her.
Siargao by Paul Soriano
Starring: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis
Set in the beautiful island of Siargao, the story follows burned-out musician Diego who befriends vlogger Laura. The two open up about why they’re both headed to the island: Diego is coming back to woo his hometown sweetheart Abi, and Laura is reflecting on her boyfriend’s marriage proposal which she rejected. Throughout the course of their stay, they discover the beauty of second chances.
Never Not Love You by Antoinette Jadaone
Starring: James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yayo Aguila
Joanne, an aspiring marketing associate, meets Gio, a carefree artist, one night while doing her errands at a tattoo parlor he works for. Despite being wary of Gio, the two hit it off and quickly fall in love. But they will soon find out that love is not all rainbows, butterflies, and kilig. When Gio is given an opportunity to work abroad, the couple must choose between their love and career.
Love You to the Stars and Back by Antoinette Jadaone
Starring: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Cherry Pie Picache
Mika’s mother was a firm believer of aliens so when she passed away, Mika, now a young woman, embarks on a road trip to search for the aliens herself. Along the way she meets Caloy, a good-humored boy she finds out is suffering from cancer. Together they go on a road trip filled with adventure and possible romance that will change their lives forever.
Meet Me in St. Gallen by Irene Villamor
Starring: Carlo Aquino, Bella Padilla
Celeste, an aspiring artist, meets Jesse, a frustrated musician, one fateful night at a coffee shop. They strike a conversation and become instant friends. Their connection is electric and chemistry-filled, no mistaking they aren’t meant to be together but after that night, they go their separate ways. A few years later, they get to reunite as two different people.
I’m Drunk, I Love You by J.P. Habac
Starring: Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino, Dominic Roco
Carson and Dio are two college best friends set to graduate in two days. They embark on a spontaneous road trip where Carson comes to terms with her seven-year-long unrequited love for Dio.
Which of these have you watched? Share them with us below!