If you’re stuck with work or school, these Filipino films are your next best thing to a roadtrip.
I can still recall the first time I watched ‘I’m Drunk I Love You.’ It was a chill evening with friends, but before we even realized, we were loading up the trunk and we’re heading North to La Union. Talk about spontaneity (and dumb decisions) early in the morning—the same moments that create core memories and make you feel free.
Fast forward to adulting; we’re working, some are starting families, and the idea of traveling takes a backseat. If you’re caught up with work or school, what’s the next best thing? Why escaping into movies, of course, that feature iconic cross-country travels. From Sagada to Siargao, these locally made movies will ignite your wanderlust even if you can’t leave the room. Go grab your favorite snack; we will take you out on a roadtrip across the country.
I’m Drunk I Love You (2017)
I’m Drunk, I Love You is a heartwarming (and heartbreaking) Filipino film that captures a scenic road trip to La Union. Starring Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador, there’s a whole lot of drinking, as the title suggests. Then, there was an adventure, talks about friendship, and moving toward the realities of adulthood. Beyond being a romantic comedy on unrequited love, the 2017 film felt like a metaphor for life itself—sometimes messy, sometimes uncertain, but always worth the ride.
Lakbay2Love combines two of our greatest pleasures: cycling and traveling. Through captivating storytelling and picturesque cinematography, the 2016 film dives deep into adventure and self-discovery. While cycling across the countryside, Dennis Trillo and Solenn Heussaff work through the meaning of love and purpose in a coming-of-age film that will make everyone fall in love again.
Mr. & Mrs. Cruz (2018)
The travel scenes in Mr. & Mrs. Cruz are not just settings; Palawan was a character in itself. The 2018 film features JC Santos and Ryza Cenon, who find themselves taking off for Palawan to escape the not-so-great realities of their current lives. This travel narrative with touching themes of love, chance encounters, and the complexities of human emotions, reflects the transformative power of a new place—not only leading to one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, but a journey toward self-discovery and confronting personal demons.
Patay Na Si Hesus (2016)
Patay Na Si Hesus hosts a dysfunctional family on a hilarious journey to fulfill their mother’s deathbed wish. The 2016 dark comedy is not your typical trip from Dumaguete to Cebu. Instead, it’s a rollercoaster ride of banters while working towards grief, forgiveness, and acceptance— all while keeping the audience laughing.
Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)
Sakaling Hindi Makarating takes the audience on a stunning trip to Zamboanga, Siquijor, and Batanes—places rarely captured in local cinema. Fun fact: the beauty of Regatta de Zamboanga, an iconic travel scene in the movie, had never been featured in a Filipino film before.
In the 2016 film starring Alessandra de Rossi, the main character follows a series of mysterious postcards in search of the anonymous admirer. As she travels, she encounters a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique stories, perspectives, and purpose. Through these chance encounters, the protagonist unravels the meaning of the postcards and dives deep into loss, healing and emotional growth.
That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)
That Thing Called Tadhana is a romantic comedy that tells a heartfelt love story, and also serves as a love letter to the breathtaking landscapes of northern Philippines, particularly Baguio and Sagada. Starring JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban, the 2014 film is all about finding yourself (and a new love) after a heartbreak, as well as a gentle reminder to trust tadhana.
Unforgettable revolves around Jasmine and her cute companion, Happy. They take on an adventure to the rocky roads of Baguio, believing that Happy’s presence could heal her sick grandmother. Starring Sarah Geronimo, the 2019 film reminds people of the profound connection between humans and their furry friends. Along this touching story and travel narrative, we witness the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative impact of kindness.
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