Most of us associate the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) to horror movies, family dramas, and whether we like it or not, Enteng Kabisote films. Still, the festival also has plenty to offer fans of romantic movies every year. Below, we list some of the best romance movies that the MMFF has to offer, perfect for every softie and hopeless romantic in the Christmas season!
Blue Moon (2006)
Featuring an all-star cast that includes some of the biggest veteran names in Pinoy showbiz, this 2006 movie from Regal Films spans decades and revolves around an elderly man, Manuel (Eddie Garcia), on his deathbed. After learning that he only has six months to live, he asks his family to search for his greatest love, a mysterious woman named Corazon.
The plot twist? The elusive "Corazon" could be one of two people from Manuel's life: Azon (Pauleen Luna), the woman he initially falls in love with; and Cora (Jennylyn Mercado), the woman who has always been secretly in love with him.
Set in 1898, this movie centers around the forbidden romance between a mestizo soldier (Jericho Rosales) assigned to defend Baler against Filipino revolutionary soldiers and a native Filipina (Anne Curtis).
One More Try (2012)
Despite being in a relationship with her supportive boyfriend, Tristan (Zanjoe Marudo), a single mother named Grace (Angel Locsin) is forced to reconnect with her dying son's biological father, Edward (Dingdong Dantes) in the hopes that he could help save their son's life. Their reunion then causes a strain between Edward and his jealous wife, Jacqueline (Angelica Panganiban).
The romance-drama was such a hit upon its release in 2012 that it was the second top-grosser at the festival, and even took home the coveted Best Picture award!
English Only, Please (2014)
Starring: Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado
Easily one of the best local rom-coms to hit cinemas, English Only, Please won over Pinoy audiences with the leads' onscreen chemistry and clever scriptwriting. It stars Derek Ramsay as Julian, a Fil-Am who hires Tere (Jennylyn Mercado), a Filipino-English tutor to write a Filipino translation of his angry letter to the ex-girlfriend (Isabel Oli) that broke his heart.
Vince And Kath And James (2016)
After winning her school's beauty pageant, Kath (Julia Barretto) earns plenty of attention from her classmates, including two cousins: Vince (Joshua Garcia), who has long harbored a secret crush on her; and James (Ronnie Alonte), the school's beloved varsity player who only notices her because of her sudden popularity. What makes this teen rom-com especially adorable is that most of the love story plays out via text messages.
Set in scenic Siargao, director Paul Soriano tells the story of Diego (Jericho Rosales), a burned-out musician who flies back to his surfing hometown to escape his problems in the city. There, he meets the charming Laura (Erich Gonzales), who is in Siargao to rediscover herself after a failed relationship. But things get complicated when Diego also encounters Abi (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), the small-town girl that he has always had feelings for but could never go after.
The Girl In The Orange Dress (2018)
Starring: Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola
Coming to the MMFF this year is this intriguing romantic movie about an everyday girl named Anne (Jessy Mendiola), who somehow wakes up in the hotel room of a celebrity heartthrob (Jericho Rosales) with no memory of what happened the night before. The movie is directed by Jay Abello, who also previously helmed another popular romance movie set in La Union called Flotsam.
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