When people tell me they wish they were able to watch more Filipino movies, I can’t help but scratch my head. The staple reasons spew out of their mouths, like clockwork. Among these are issues of proximity, availability, and pricing, all of which are very real issues.
Some excuses are just downright hilarious—”I have time for only one movie per week,” points my colleague, who is obviously spending his one-movie-per-week allotment on top-dollar blockbusters Hollywood keeps churning. What’s worse is that this is the same person who keeps telling me he wants to watch more of our own movies. What gives?
O.K., look. The culture of moviegoing and programming in the Philippines has quite some ways away from being decent. But what few fail to address is that things are changing and efforts are being made.
Now more than ever, Filipinos are given multiple options as to how they want to consume movies. There are micro-theaters who program a lot of local independent movies, and there are streaming services like Netflix, iflix, Mubi, and the like which allow you to watch Filipino movies online.
This list of Filipino movies that anyone can (legally) stream for free hopes to add to that list. In this post, I’ve compiled all the full-length films that you can stream online.
Check out the full list below.
A documentary filmmaker from Manila sets out to cover the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, but gets in over his head when he meets a retired, corrupt politician who is ready to tell all. // Drama, Thriller
A young girl develops an unknown infection that causes her to evolve into a horrifying monster. // Drama, Horror
Direction: Richard Somes Screenplay: Richard Somes, Dwight Gaston Stars: Ronnie Lazaro, Tetchie Agbayani, Joel Torre, Aleera Montalla
“That Thing Called Tadhana” (2014)
A story about a broken-hearted girl who meets a boy in a not so normal way. Together, they go to places and find out “where do broken hearts go?”. // Drama, Comedy, Romance
Direction: Antoinette Jadaone Screenplay: Antoinette Jadaone Stars: Angelica Panganiban, JM De Guzman, Joem Bascon
“Himala Ngayon” (2012)
A docu on what went on behind the making of the iconic Ishmael Bernal film “Himala,” one of the main features in 1982’s Metro Manila Film Festival.// Documentary
Direction: Sari Dalena, Keith Sicat
“Ganito Kami Muli”
A journey through a masterpiece and an exploration of the Filipino identity…“Ganito Kami Muli”, a documentary on Eddie Romero’s classic film, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon!” //Documentary
“Rome & Juliet” (2006)
Juliet, a conservative pre-school teacher, is meant to wed Marc, a young politician. She hires Rome as her wedding planner, with whom she develops a deep friendship.// Drama, Romance
Direction: Connie Macatuno Screenplay: Connie Macatuno, Chris Violago Stars: Andrea Del Rosario, Mylene Dizon, Rafael Rosell
Things go out of hand when a high-schooler scrambles to prepare for a college exam.// Drama
Direction: Roman Carlo Olivarez Screenplay: Alfred Reyes, Inna Miren Salazar Stars: Felix Roco, Joseph Roble, Hiyasmin Neri
“Sa North Diversion Road” (2008)
Five pairs of characters, played by two character actors, take a journey to self-discovery along the North Diversion Road.// Drama
Direction: Dennis Marasigan Screenplay: Dennis Marasigan Stars: Irma Adlawan, John Arcilla
“Ang Anak Ni Brocka” (2008)
What if Lino Brocka had an illegitimate son? A group of TV reporters dig into the great Filipino director’s life, visiting the places where he spent his childhood, trying to find the answer to this question.// Comedy, Mockumentary
It’s worth noting that I’m not 100% certain about the legality of the upload, but being that Mike De Leon is a co-founder of the film company (with Lino Brocka), I’d say it’s safe to assume that we’re in the clear by sharing these movies with you.
Though iWant is a premium streaming service, it also lets you watch movies and television series for free. You’ll have to scour through its library of content, though. And if you find a movie that doesn’t say “premium” in it, you’ll be able to watch it with free (we assume with ads).
Check out iWant’s omnibus trailer for its free movie offerings.