A classic Olivia M. Lamasan film revolves around the glorious and gritty details of love, life, and the lessons we so generously experience through them.
There are countless times when the stories of Direk Olive, or Inang as she is fondly called in the industry, hit so close to home and made many people feel understood. On the flip side, we also wouldn’t have to endure the struggles and plot twists ourselves when we could always live vicariously through her movies. Either way, Inang has her distinct touch that makes her storytelling grab the hearts of audiences from behind the screen.
To pay tribute to the one and only Olivia Lamasan, we’ve rounded up many of her best films in the list below:
Sana Maulit Muli (1995)
Direk Olivia’s first romantic drama film and overall second directorial film stars the team-up of matinée idol Aga Muhlach and Broadway Diva Lea Salonga. The film garnered much critical acclaim, bagging multiple wins at the 19th Gawad Urian Awards and the 13th Luna Awards, among others.
Co-written with Ricky Lee, this film starring Sharon Cuneta and Christopher de Leon is what catapulted the Megastar to win a “Grand Slam” Best Actress from the Philippines’ major award-winning bodies.
Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin? (1997)
Also co-written with Ricky Lee, this 1997 classic starring Lorna Tolentino and Richard Gomez is a story on how a happily married couple works to overcome the struggles that arise with clashing ambitions.
Minsan, Minahal Kita (2000)
Another successful collaboration of Inang and Ricky Lee is this movie that chronicles the highs and lows of a love affair. Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez’s love team showed its quality in this riveting plot.
Got 2 Believe (2002)
Inang directed legendary love team Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan in what would be their last film together before the actor’s passing in March 2002. The movie proved to be a massive box office hit.
This iconic film headlined by Claudine Barretto and Piolo Pascual showed the beauty of Milan and the charm of serendipitous love. It was also Piolo who sang the movie’s theme song which is a cover of Jim Brickman’s “The Gift.”
In My Life (2009)
Set in New York, this drama film starring Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano, and John Lloyd Cruz received much critical acclaim and commercial success. Inang and the main cast bagged multiple wins at the 8th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, the Gawad Suri Awards, and 26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, among others.
In the Name of Love (2011)
Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin, and Jake Cuenca teamed up to meld romance and drama in this 18th Anniversary presentation of Star Cinema. Fun fact: this production was based on a true story and originally intended to be a dance film!
The Mistress (2012)
This romantic melodrama movie featuring the four-sided affair of John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Hilda Koronel, and Ronaldo Valdez garnered wide acclaim across award-giving bodies. It bagged numerous wins at the 31st Luna Awards and at the 44th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards.
Starting Over Again (2014)
This isn’t your classic exes-meet-again story. Earning 25 million pesos on its first day of release, Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga pack a hefty punch in this romantic-comedy about redemption and moving on.
Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
Not only is this Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla starrer a box office hit, but it also bagged the Best Picture award at the 65th FAMAS Awards in 2017!
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