Star Cinema Managing Director and master of her craft Olivia M. Lamasan has been serving us with quality films for decades now, and it's high time we bow down to one of the real queens of cinema.
Today, we take a look at some of Inang's outstanding early work, all of which deserve some serious binging.
1. "Sana Maulit Muli"
Starring Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga, "Sana Maulit Muli" is a true testament to Inang's timeless vision because in spite the fact that it was first released back in 1995, it has become a cult classic in recent years.
Perhaps, this is because the film tackles a popular dilemma among millennials which is choosing between love and their careers. Or maybe it's just because everyone loves Aga and Lea, whose performances were perfectly captured by Inang's lens.
You can watch the trailer here:
Oh, who can forget the magical "Madrasta"? It's a film that shows just how much impact Inang has in cinema because of all the other projects it has since influenced (like "A Love to Last" for example).
Released in 1996 and topbilled by the one and only Megastar Sharon Cuneta (in her first ever film under Star Cinema). When it first hit cinemas, it was considered "provocative" as it challenged the very strict Filipino definition of family life and honestly, made everybody want to call our mothers.
3. "Got 2 Believe"
Oh speaking of cultural impact, here's "Got 2 Believe" which is still quoted to death to this day. It starred the legendary Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto love team in what turned out to be their last film together, as the male matinee idol died a few months after its release.
But oh does it live on in our hearts forever, a true blue early 2000's flick about a woman obsessed with getting married and a man who aspires to be an eternal bachelor. It's everything our 2004 hearts could ever ask for. 'Pag tinamaan ka, tinamaan ka talaga.
Excuse us while we relive the traumatic moment when we first watched "Milan", when we cried so hard and fell in love so fast that we left the cinemas so utterly dazed and confused.
It's a movie you definitely need to revisit, not only because it combines the star power and talent of Claudine Barretto and Piolo Pascual, it also shows us that an epic love is possible, even when it's between two very damaged people. Get ready for all the feels, bro, because mahal mo ba ako dahil kailangan mo ako, o kailangan mo ako kaya mahal mo ako?
Aside from being critical and commercial successes, these films often land in "Best Of" lists, a testament to Inang's dedication to excellent filmmaking and ability to make us all cry our pretty little hearts out.
In the supercut below, you can watch selected clips from each of the movies we mentioned above:
Of course, Inang's filmography doesn't halt at 2004. As the years go by, we were blessed with 5 more instant classics but that's a supercut for another time *wink wink*.
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