- The Philippine movie industry is getting better
- Indie films are getting more and more attention in theaters
- Mainstream films are catching up in terms of storytelling
Get ready for an exciting year for Philippine cinema.
For the last few years, independent films have ignited the clamor for good stories and creative concepts among Filipino moviegoers.
Helped by social media, indie films are drawing more audience in theaters. The success of indies like "Heneral Luna" and "Kita Kita" has done the industry a great deal.
Now, mainstream films are developing out-of-template movies to break the formula.
Here are some of the upcoming Filipino movies you can look forward to in 2018.
1. Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes
Start off with a comedy starring Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban. Based on the teaser, the unlikely duo will deliver laughs as two wives who found out their husbands are gay. Directed by Jun Robles Lana, the movie is showing on January 17.
2. Buy Bust
Anne Curtis can now call herself an action star. The femme fatale movie is an action-packed martial arts thriller about police operations. Anne shows off her jaw-dropping kali skills in this trailer. No official date has been given yet for the movie's release.
3. Miss Granny
A sure-fire blockbuster hit in the making, this movie is the first pairing of superstars Sarah Geronimo and James Reid. It is an adaptation of the South Korean romantic comedy about an old woman who finds herself in the body of a 20-year-old girl. It is said to be planned for a November release date, in time for Viva Films anniversary.
Fans have been waiting for this movie since 2014 when it was first announced that Angel Locsin will once again be playing the superhero. But in the middle of filming, Angel had to back out due to health reasons. Now the new Darna will be played by Liza Soberano.
5. Never Not Love You
Get ready, JaDine fans! James Reid and Nadine Lustre will have a comeback film this 2018. In an interview with PUSH, James said the movie is about reckless love. The first set photos were released before Christmas. The movie had neon lighting similar to the popular TV show "Riverdale".
Bea Alonzo will also be expanding her roles this 2018. This year, she is set to star in a horror film directed by Mikhail Red. The movie will first be shown in Korea around July and will probably be shown in the Philippines by August. The movie also stars ABS-CBN President Charo Santos Concio.
7. Pedro Penduko
It's a busy year for James Reid. He's also set to revive the iconic role of Pedro Penduko in cinemas. Previously played by singer-comedian Janno Gibbs, it is still unclear if James will also have a comedic take on the film. What is clear though is it involves martial arts training.
8. Mr. and Mrs. Cruz
Starring Ryza Cenon and JC Santos, the movie is set in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, the same director and writer of fan-favorite "Kita Kita". The movie about two people trying to move on is showing on January 24.
Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, and Derek Ramsay star in an intertwined story about three different people whose lives collided in a single event -- a wedding.
10. Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi
This quirky teen romance explores what happens to love in the social media era when one is disconnected from the Internet. Sue Ramirez plays the lead role of a teenager who discovers she could die if she uses her gadgets or connect to wifi. The horror!
11. Born Ready
Yassi Pressman is a lean, mean, fighting machine in this martial arts film. It even features MMA fighter Erwin Tagle!
12. Meet Me in St. Gallen
Bela Padilla and Carlo Aquino star in this movie set in Switzerland. The love story is also produced by the same people behind "Kita Kita"
The story of Romeo Pogoy is just heartwarming! Selfless Brother – on KAMI YouTube channel