The Filipino culture tells the Philippines ' journey through the centuries. Filipino customs reflect the people's faith, their oneness with others, their affinity with nature, and their celebration of life. The Filipino's charm lies in their smiles, in the numerous religious festivals that venerate nature, their cycles of life, and in their virtue of pakikipag-kapwa tao that treasures relationships, with family, loved ones, friends, and strangers alike. In times of calamities and catastrophes, Filipinos always manage to rise above the challenge. There is a lot more to learn about the Filipino culture, and the best way to experience and learn about it is through watching Filipino movies. In this guide, we will introduce the 10 best Filipino movies of all time, then show you how to download them.
Part 1: Ten best Filipino movie all the time
The following are the best Filipino movies of all time that you can watch right now:
1. Metro Manila
This is probably the best Filipino movie of all time. It depicts a family’s decision to leave their rice farm, something they had been used to for a very long time in search for a better life in the city of Manila. However, things do not go as planned, as they get entangled with Manila’s murky side.
2. Norte, the End of History
If you are looking for some drama, then this Filipino movie is probably the best in this genre. A law student violently murders two people, and unfairly pins it on an innocent man. When the man is imprisoned, his wife tries as hard as she can to show the true killer and prove her husband’s innocence.
Elsa, a Filipina villager seems to have gained special healing powers, after she claims she has been visited by the Virgin Mary. Elsa’s ‘power’ only causes hysteria within her village.
4. This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now?
Yes, it does have a long name but that does not mean it's bad. In fact, it is one of the top-rated Filipino romantic movies. It is set during the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards and later against the American colonists. It tells the story of an idealistic peasant and his journey to discover the Pinoy identity.
5. Cuddle Weather
Another romantic Filipino movie that has a high rating is Cuddle Weather. The story is about Adela and Ram, two sex workers who become friends and form a mentor-mentee relationship (after they realize that prostitutes miss out on the true intimacy that comes with sex). They decide to be intimate, and they all end up wanting more.
6. Four Sisters and a Wedding
If you are looking for some comedy Filipino movie, then this is the best in this genre. The movie tells a story about a Filipino family consisting of four sisters and a brother, who announces his marriage plans. However, things do not go according to plan, and his sisters decide to plan to talk him out of it.
7. She’s Dating the Gangster
Kenji, a high school gangster and heartthrob is played tricks by Athena, who pretends to be his girlfriend in order to make his ex jealous. She soon ends up falling for him in the process.
This is a Filipino crime thriller, which tells us the story of Marlon Villar. He is the personal driver for a corrupt politician. On one of the occasions, while driving the politician’s daughter, she gets kidnapped. He tries to get her back from the kidnappers.
The story is about Sarah Gonzales, an English teacher who is working overseas as a caregiver to make money in order to support her husband and family back in the Philippines. This movie is clearly shows what Filipinos go through as they work abroad to support their families back home.
10. One More Chance
The film tells the story of Basha and Popoy, a young couple deeply in love who spend all of their time together. However, clashing ambitions and tensions come into play which makes them split.
Part 2: Five websites to watch/download Filipino movie
If you want to get right to watching the best Filipino movies we recommend above, then here are the five best websites to watch Filipino movies online:
Yep, YouTube has Filipino movies that you can watch, free of charge. The biggest advantage of watching movies on YouTube is the fact that it is accessible in almost all parts of the world. It is also available in multiple languages. You can also watch the movies with captions if needed.
For all Asian content, iFlix will itch that scratch for you. It has a collection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and of course Filipino movies. It is free for use, but for approximately $2 a month, you can have VIP privileges which will allow you to skip ads, as well as getting access to more content.
This is a Philippine over-the-top content platform and production company owned and operated by ABS-CBN. Just like iFlix, it is free of charge, but it requires a subscription for premium content. You can find almost any Filipino movie or TV show on this website.
Cignal is a cable provider in the Philippines, and they recently launched a streaming service for their customers and the rest of the world. You can stream live channels, or watch on-demand content. It is free for use, and it has a premium tier which is very affordable.
Another free website to watch the best Filipino movies online is Filmdoo. It is updated weekly, and it has lots of Filipino as well as other Asian content, free of charge.
If you prefer premium options, you can also watch Filipino movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Subscribing to Netflix currently has two plans, which are Standard and Premier respectively. The Standard plan costs $7.99 a month, and the Premier plan costs $11.99 a month. Amazon Prime Video costs $12.99 a month as a standalone service.
Part 3: How to download Filipino movie from YouTube for free
As compared to the other movie industries like Hollywood, British Cinema, Japanese Cinema, etc., it is easier to find Filipino movies for free directly on YouTube. It is probably because the media laws in the Philippines are more relaxed, along with other possible reasons. However, downloading from YouTube is only possible indirectly, since YouTube does not give this privilege for free. The same is for the other websites we mentioned, and therefore we will recommend Leawo Video Downloader for all your video downloading needs. Please follow the steps below to download YouTube Filipino movies or from another website:
Step 1: Leawo Video Downloader is integrated in Leawo Prof. Media, so launch the program and click “Video Downloader” from the available 8 modules.
Step 2: Visit the YouTube website. Leawo Video Downloader has an integrated web browser from where you can visit any site, (by default it open YouTube first). If the corresponding videos are not on YouTube, enter the address in the search bar to open it. If you have a link to the video saved somewhere, you can also paste the link in the search bar.
Step 3: Download the video. When you open the video link, a sidebar will popup which will show you the linked videos. Click the download icon, and it will immediately start downloading. You can see the progress on the “Downloading” tab.
Step 4: Open your videos. After the video finishes downloading, go to the “Downloaded” section. From there, you can play the video(s), and you can also find it in its downloaded location if you click “File Location”.
Watching movies online has its own benefits, for instance you do not have to worry about running out of storage on your device (we all know movies consume a lot of storage space). Generally, it is the future of media consumption, since access to the internet is getting cheaper and more accessible in all parts of the world. However, the internet is still expensive in some parts of the world, and not to mention that it is not as fast in the other parts of the world. When you have a slow internet connection, you probably know that streaming videos on the internet is not a good experience.
For this reason, we introduced Leawo Video Downloader, an advanced video downloader that should take care of all your downloading needs. Leawo Video Downloader will go hand in hand with Leawo Free Blu-ray Player, another advanced software from Leawo Software, for all media playback need. It has many features which you can learn about from the product page.