8 Must-Watch Movies And TV Shows Of Carlo Aquino

Take a trip back to the '90s and beyond with some of his best work.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa/Star Cinema, (RIGHT) Meet Me in St. Gallen/VIVA Films/Spring Films

Kids who grew up in the '90s will recognize Carlo Aquino's face from a mile away. He was a staple in many Pinoy households with his work in Ang TV, Cedie, and Kokey. As a teenager, he made girls fall in love with his roles in G-Mik, Berks, and his boy band JCS, alongside John Prats and Stefano Mori.

His long-running career from child star to modern-day leading man spans across genres, from mainstream comedies and telenovelas, gritty crime dramas, and indie romances. In the mood for a throwback marathon? Look no further than this list.

Magic Temple (1996)

Where to watch: iWant TV

A classic in the Filipino fantasy-adventure genre, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes' 1996 film is set in a mystical world called Samadhi. After their kingdom is threatened by evil forces, three teenage boys set out on a dangerous journey to the Magic Temple and save the world. The movie was one of Carlo's earliest projects, where he played a minor role as the younger version of one of the teen boys.

Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998)

Where to watch: iWant TV

One of Carlo's earliest acting milestones was this 1998 adaptation of Lualhati Bautista's novel, where he won multiple awards for his performance. The movie mainly centers on a single working mother (Vilma Santos) and criticizes Filipinos' views on women, motherhood, and women's roles in society. Carlo plays her son, Ojie, who also goes on a coming-of-age journey.

Bagong Buwan (2001)

Where to watch: iflix

Ahmad (Cesar Montano) is a Moro doctor whose peaceful life as a doctor in Manila is shattered when he learns his son in Mindanao has been killed during a village invasion. Carlo plays Rashid, Ahmad's young nephew who is being trained to fight in the conflict in Mindanao.

Mano Po III: My Love (2003)

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Where to watch: HOOQ

In the third installment of the Mano Po franchise, Vilma Santos plays Lilia, a wealthy married woman whose life is turned upside-down when she crosses path with her first love, Michael. In the film, Carlo plays the much-younger Michael during the '70s, while Angelica Panganiban plays the younger Lilia.

Always Be My Maybe (2016)

Where to watch: iWant TV

Jake (Gerald Anderson) is a rich and privileged bachelor who thinks he's ready to settle downthat is, until his long-time girlfriend rejects his proposal. Meanwhile, Tintin (Arci Munoz) is a hopeless romantic who learns that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Heartbroken, the two strangers cross paths at a resort where sparks immediately fly. Despite playing a supporting role, this would be Carlo's first project with director Dan Villegas.

The Better Half (2017)

Where to watch: TFC TV

One of Carlo's most recent leading roles is in the afternoon melodrama series, The Better Half. He plays Marco, a happily married man to Camille (Shaina Magdayao). A tragic accident causes him to lose his memory, and he is tricked to fall in love with Bianca (Denise Laurel), his childhood friend who has long held feelings for him.

Meet Me in St. Gallen (2018)

One of Carlo's biggest leading man roles is in this bittersweet indie romantic film, alongside Bela Padilla. They play two strangers who have a one-night stand, but despite their instant chemistry, and eventually, go their separate ways. They reunite several years later in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Exes Baggage (2018)

Where to watch: In cinemas very soon

One of Carlo's most promising roles to date is his on-screen reunion with his former love team partner (and ex-girlfriend), Angelica Panganiban. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but the teaser trailer is enough to have you excited. Plus, it's directed by Dan Villegas, who also helmed other romantic gems like Changing Partners, Walang Forever, and The Breakup Playlist.

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