Our modern and unsung heroes, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), have some of the most heart-wrenching stories we’ve ever known.
As we celebrate the 100 years of Philippine cinemas, let's all look back at the films that opened our eyes to their real-life stories:
1. "Sana Maulit Muli" (1995)
"Sana Maulit Muli" marked Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga's second movie together. It told the story of two lovers whose relationship was put to test when one of them had to fly to the U.S. to be able to provide to their family.
2. "Anak" (2000)
Perhaps one of the most iconic films of all time, "Anak" perfectly depicted the sacrifices of a parent working abroad in order to give her children the life they deserved. Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto's very realistic portrayal of parent-child conflict moved everyone into tears, making this OFW story truly one for the books.
3. "Milan" (2004)
The Claudine Barretto and Piolo Pascual starrer had the perfect balance of romance and drama, as it also tackled the struggles of Filipinos living in foreign land. "Milan" also brought Claudine and Piolo FAMAS Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their roles.
4. "Dubai" (2005)
Aga gave us yet another crushing and inspiring OFW movie with John Lloyd Cruz in "Dubai". The film told the story of two brothers, orphans who had to make sacrifice after sacrifice just to achieve their dreams.
5. "Caregiver" (2008)
Based on real-life stories of caregivers abroad, Megastar Sharon Cuneta realistically portrayed the role of a domestic helper. While shooting, she had firsthand experience of taking care of patients in London.
6. "In My Life" (2009)
This family story gave us the iconic trio of Vilma Santos, John Lloyd, and Luis Manzano. "In My Life" gave us a unique take on the OFW plot, as it focused on resolving personal issues amidst the struggles of adjusting to the norms in the United States.
7. "A Mother's Story" (2011)
"A Mother's Story" showed us how selfless mothers can be for their family. They can survive everything, and endure the worst in the hands of other people, just to provide.
8. "Barcelona: A Love Untold" (2016)
This is the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla film that will make you realize that working in a beautiful and progressive country like Spain doesn't guarantee you the life you’ve always dreamed of.
9. "Hello, Love, Goodbye" (2019)
The highest grossing Filipino film to date, "Hello, Love, Goodbye" gave us a more millennial take on an the OFW story, as it showed us what it took for two young dreamers to navigate becoming the breadwinner of their families at a young age.
Which among these 9 films is your favorite? Share it with us in the comments section!
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