20 Best Filipino Films of 2016

A very interesting list. I bet many Filipinos haven’t seen 3/4 of the films in the list.


Two thousand and sixteen was a banner year for the Philippine Cinema. Countless awards and recognition for Filipino films from different film festivals all over the world is something that we should celebrate.

Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) won the 73rd Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion. “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” (A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery) received the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. “The day before the end” won the Principal Prize of the Oberhausen Festival.

Our local talents were recognized internationally for their acting skills. Paolo Ballesteros won the Best Actor award at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival for the film “Die Beautiful. Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

I’m proud and happy to say that I’ve seen 732 films (local and international) this year. Here’s my pick for what…

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