That Thing Called Tadhana follows Mace (Angelica Panganiban) and Anthony (JM de Guzman), who encounter each other at an airport in Italy. Both hung up on their exes, they decide to go on a road trip to Baguio and Sagada in an effort to move on.
Here, 5 reasons why this movie with such a cliche plot basically removed all traces of our eye makeup. And yes, we're watching it again.
1. The hugot is real.
From the numerous quotable laslas quotes to the anguish and bitterness in Mace’s voice in almost every scene, it’s clear who this film is for: heartbroken souls. How can you not shed a tear when your boyfriend of eight years (EIGHT YEARS!) breaks up with you using only seven words, right? Lucky for Mace, she had equally brokenhearted Anthony to tag along in her journey to recovery. Misery really does love company.
2. It’s super relatable.
This flick will remind you that you are not alone. It may feel like you’re the only one suffering, but you’re really not. Sometimes the only way to snap out of it is to hear the cold, harsh truth from others, even strangers (or this movie). Mace may have lashed out at Anthony for pointing out the obvious (“Ex mo nga…na iniwan ka, pinagpalit ka, at hindi ka na mahal,” to which Mace replies, “T*ngina, close ba tayo? Ang sakit mo magsalita.”), but you know what, that’s life. The truth really does hurt, but it’s also what you need to set you free. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can move on.
3. You’ll get a fair share of laughter and tears.
The banter of the two leads will have you laughing one minute and blotting your eyes with tissue the next. Case in point: the karaoke scene where Mace belts out “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston while sobbing. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but also quite entertaining, especially when Anthony jumps in and finishes the song for her when she is no longer able to sing.
In case you're not familiar with the song, this is it. All together now...
4. Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman have amazing on-screen chemistry.
Who knew these two would make such a great pair? JM’s boy-next-door good looks and personality perfectly match Angelica’s sweet yet mataray demeanor. They make an odd duo of lost souls who somehow jive well with each other.
5. It's damn therapeutic.
Heartbreak is universal. We’re all going to experience it at some point in our lives, and it will really hurt like a bitch. Just like Mace, you're going to wonder if you are ever going to recover from it, because sometimes the pain is overwhelming. But you know what? You will. Time heals all wounds. And just like what Anthony points out: it doesn’t matter how long it will take for you to move on and forget; the important thing is that it will happen. So hang in there, CGs. Things will get better.
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