Just In Time For Love Month, You Can Catch These Pinoy Romantic Films For Free At Sine Sinta

'Kaibigan mo lang ako!'

From a heartbreaking KathNiel film to an iconic feel-good 90s rom-com, FDCP’s Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula will help you get in the mood for love.

If you’re like Bianca Gonzalez, then you’ve probably been aching for January to finally end after what feels like a year already. Thankfully, we’re just a small stretch away from the end of this year’s first month and we’re more than ready (hopefully) to take on February. And as you hopeless romantics know, this month is especially exciting as it is of course, the season of romance.

Whether or not you have found “the one,” are still searching for love, or are on the verge of giving up (don’t!), you deserve to start the month on a heart fluttering note. Good thing that the Film Development Council of the Philippines has concocted just the right love potion for you: the Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula showcase. Nothing beats a classic date at the movies and Sine Sinta has got the classic and iconic Pinoy romantic movies that will let you begin the love season just right.

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Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula is part of the fresh batch of projects by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) slated for 2023. And as the event’s name suggests, Sine Sinta offers the power of love in one cinematic showcase. With a curated lineup of romantic Filipino films that transcends generations and still works its magic today, the program aims to welcome the love month and to encourage cinema lovers to go back to the cinemas and appreciate the communal experience that it gives.

Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula poster

Included in this romantic presentation are renowned local films that will break and heal your marupok hearts simultaneously. Are you currently facing some challenges in your long-term relationship? You’ll surely relate to Cathy Garcia-Molina’s record-breaking and award-winning romantic drama The Hows of Us starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Joel Lamangan’s Metro Manila Film Festival-winning Rainbow’s Sunset, which centers on an elderly gay couple and stars the late Eddie Garcia and Tony Mabesa, is also part of the Sine Sinta lineup.

Restored and remastered versions of classic Pinoy romantic films will also be presented, thanks to ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project, also known as Sagip Pelikula. These include Jerry Lopez Sineneng’s Labs Kita…Okey Ka Lang (1998), which was written by National Artist Ricky Lee and starred Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin. It follows best friends Bujoy and Ned who have to deal with their special feelings for each other.

An Olivia Lamasan double bill will also be shown at Sine Sinta: Sana Maulit Muli (1995) with Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga and Got 2 Believe (2002) top-billed by Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan. Garcia-Molina’s John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo-starring A Very Special Love (2008) and Carlos Siguon-Reyna’s Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (1991), which features Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez, complete the list of kilig-inducing titles.

You’ll get to enjoy all of these with your special someone for free as FDCP holds public screenings in Trinoma Cinema 3, in all of its Cinematheque Centers across the country, and for some plein-air watching experience, at the Rizal Open Air Auditorium. Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula kicks off on February 3, 2023 at the Rizal Open Air Auditorium with host Mr. Fu and  special performances by Bugoy Drilon and Jona. It will run from February 3-5 and from February 8-10. You can book through this link if you’re planning to attend the screening at the Cinematheque Centres, and this link for the cinema and open-air screenings. 

Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula is organized by the FDCP in partnership with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and the Department Of Tourism (DOT) and with the support of ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula, Trinoma, JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel, and Cinematheque Centres. 

Head over to FDCP’s social media page to know more about this romantic event.

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