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An Honest Review Of '100 Tula Para Kay Stella' By A Fan Of Unconventional Love Stories

This film is not an ordinary love story.
PHOTO: 100 Tula Para Kay Stella/ Viva Films

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Stella (Bela Padilla) is your quintessential cool girl. She sings in a band, has an easy way about her, and can charm just about anyone. One of the people she charms is Fidel (JC Santos) who is the opposite of cool. He is shy and awkward, and he stutters.

Stella develops a fondness for Fidel, and soon they are inseparable. Fidel falls for Stella, but can't seem to actually blurt it out. So, he uses poetry to express how he feels.

The Short, Honest Plot

100 Tula Para Kay Stella is a sinceresometimes heartbreakingstory about beginnings, endings, and everything else in between. 

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Bela Padilla as Stella

This talented actress was last seen in the movie Luck At First Sight (She wrote the screenplay for it!) and the teleserye My Dear Heart.

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JC Santos as Fidel

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This theater actor-turned-TV star was last seen in the celebrity game show I Can Do That, and in the Cinemalaya film Nabubulok.

Prince Stefan as Chuck

The former Starstruck runner-up was last seen in the 2016 comedy film Working Beks and is a regular in the primetime teleserye A Love to Last.

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Mayton Eugenio as Danica

This commercial model and actress was last seen in the GMA teleserye D'Originals.

Did You Know?

1.This movie is one of 12 films selected for the first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a partnership between the Film Development Council of the Philippine (FDCP) and commercial theaters to exclusively screen Filipino films nationwide on August 16-22 in honor of Buwan ng Wika. The 12 films were selected by a panel of noteworthy members of the film industry composed of Lee Briones, Iza Calzado, Oggs Cruz, Manet Dayrit, Ricky Lee, Erik Matti, and Jose Javier Reyes.

2. Jason Paul Laxamana, who wrote and directed this film, was also at the helm of movies like The Third Party starring Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby, and Ang Taba Ko Kasi starring Cai Cortez. He also wrote the screenplay for the Cinema One Originals movie 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten starring Khalil Ramos and Jameson Blake.

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3. The movie is set in the mid-2000s, so you will see a lot of things you probably don't see a lot of nowadays—like cassette tapes, Walkmans, and non-smartphones.

4. The soundtrack of 100 Tula Para Kay Stella features a couple of old-school Rivermaya songs like "Balisong" and "241."

5. Try to make it to the movie theater a few minutes early so you don't miss a Sine Kabataan short film called Pahimakas (Farewell). Sine Kabataan is a short film competition which was opened to filmmakers 18 to 24 years old. The winners will be showcased along with their full-feature counterparts during Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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What I Think:

Out of all the films lined up for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, I was most excited about this one. I had seen the trailer and it looked like a lighthearted love story—the perfect first film to watch for this festival.

It begins with the two lead characters meeting for the first time at the start of their college life. There's an innocence and wonder about how their friendship begins.

Bela Padilla was refreshing as Stella. She effectively brought to life the many nuances of Stella's character. I found myself loving her, getting confused by her, coming close to hating her, but in the end, I just had to embrace Stella as she was.

JC Santos was a revelation as Fidel. He, too, was effective in showing the progression of Fidel's character. You will see him bloom from being a shy, awkward guy to someone more confident. Bonus: You will also hear JC sing in this movie!

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The film has the ability to move your heart if you will allow it. It shows how powerful love, kindness, friendship, and acceptance can be in someone's life.

What my friend thinks:

I didn't expect to be so touched by this movie. I found myself in tears at some points in the story. It was funny and also heartbreaking at times. Definitely a good movie to watch to cap a stressful work week! - Rizza

I would recommend it to:

Anyone who's ever experienced unrequited love, and anyone who wants to watch a quality Pinoy film during the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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