What do Pinoys prefer to watch on Netflix? Which are the most popular local movies they adore?

When you hear about the Philippines, you imagine the beautiful country and the sweet Filipinos residing there. With a wonderful culture and history, the country outshines even the popular cities in the world. Pinoy is a term used when any Filipino reference comes up. It is also a commonly used synonym for the word ‘Filipino.’

We all are aware of how Netflix has become one of the biggest streaming giants. They have come up with various movies and shows in different languages. Each country has regional or local movies that are either produced by Netflix or released by them.

Netflix and the Philippines: A cinematic connection

Did you know that Netflix arrived in the Philippines in the year 2016? The streaming platform has expanded over the globe and made a lot of local movies. Though the Philippines might not be known for their movies, you must watch some of their cinematic wonders.

The Pinoys (locals of the Philippines) surely enjoy the local movies. So let us start with the Filipino movie Mania. The list can be unending, looking at how popular the local movies are within the Pinoys. Here we are with three Filipino movies available on Netflix.

  • Heneral Luna (2015)
    • Genre: Action, Historical biopic
    • Cast: John Arcilla, Paulo Avelino, Mon Confiado, Arron Villaflor, Epy Quizon, Mylene Dizon, Alvin Anson, and Leo Martinez.
    • The word ‘heneral’ is used in the Philippines to describe a leader. This 2015 film is a biopic of General Antonio Luna. The film is set during the Philippine-American war where General Luna (John Arcilla), a short-tempered patriot, faces betrayal from his countrymen.
    • ‘Heneral Luna’ received a lot of positive feedback. This historical Filipino movie was able to impress the local and international audience. The concept and storyline keep the audience engaged throughout the film’s duration.
    • Interesting fact: The film ‘Heneral Luna’ was the official Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards (Oscars). But unfortunately, I did not make it to the main nominations.
  • Four Sisters And A Wedding (2013)
    • Genre: Comedy Drama
    • Cast: Enchong Dee, Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, and Shaina Magdayao.
    • Comedy movies, which include sibling love, are adorable. With such a similar concept, this fun-filled film highlights how wonderful Filipino cinema can be.
    • ‘Four Sisters and A Wedding’ is not a Netflix Original, though it is streamed on it. But this local movie has been a favorite of many Pinoys.
    • This 2013 film takes us on an adventure with five siblings of the Salazar family. The youngest brother (Enchong Dee) is about to get married, and his four elder sisters are set to stop the wedding. The journey starts on this note, but further events might take a turn.
    • This fun drama falls in the comedy category as well as in the romantic comedy section. It has a heart-warming comedy. With good ratings and genuine reviews, this local film is an all-time favorite among Filipinos.
  • Dead Kids (2019)
    • Genre: Thriller
    • Cast: Kelvin Miranda, Markus Paterson, Gabby Padilla, Vance Larena, Sue Ramirez, Jan Silverio, and Khalil Ramos.
    • Directed by Mikhail Red, this thriller leaves a deep impact on the audience. The film has a deep meaning and may not be understood by all. The situations, scenes, and concept are thoughtful.
    • It focuses on how a group of misfits kidnaps some privileged school kids who are also bullies. The whole plot of the movie revolves around social classes and differences. The system, culture, and youth society is the main focus of the whole film.
    • Interesting fact: This film is the first Filipino Netflix Original film. So, it has a crucial role in the history of Netflix, Philippines.

These hand-picked movies are not just critically acclaimed but also quite popular. The locals love to watch movies from all genres. Romantic movies, action thrillers, and comedy sagas are some of the Philippines’ most common genres.

Here are some honorable mentions:

  • Birdshot (2017)
  • Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap (2018)
  • Goyo: The Boy General (2018)
  • Kita Kita (2017)
  • Through Night and Day- (2018)
  • Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi – (2018)
  • Imagine you and me (2016)

All the movies, as mentioned earlier, are popular in the Philippines and are easily available on Netflix.

An Inference

With amazing movies and series, Netflix Philippines has recognition worldwide. Till now, the Philippines had not been that much into the entertainment sector.

Since 2016, there was increasing enthusiasm in the local audience. The Pinoys got exposure to international series and movies. Also, they started making their concepts and weaving them into beautiful movies.

The Filipino movies are underrated, and Netflix gave them a wide platform. So, use that opportunity and enjoy the engaging series and movies.

See the exquisite culture of the Philippines through their Netflix originals. Every culture is unique, and its specialty is portrayed beautifully via such entertainment portals.

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