Old School Movies That Filipinos Should Be Proud Of

Back when the golden age of Philippine cinema was still alive…
posted on: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lifestyle Geek

Honestly, I wish the Golden Era of Philippine cinema will come back.

They used to make such beautiful movies.

Nowadays, cinema goers are treated to hastily done movies, not the kind you would suggest for the future generations.

Thankfully, if you’ll open the treasure chest of Philippine cinema, there are numerous movies you can still watch.

And what are the common ground of the ten movies I have chosen for this list?

They’re all old school and award-winning! They would put some of our modern movies to shame!

Check ’em out!


1. Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon


The story revolves around Kulas Ocampo during the time when the Spanish regime was ending and  the American era was beginning in the Philippines.

2. Oro, Plata, Mata


Gold, Silver, Bad Luck tells a story about two rich families in Negros and the challenges brought about by the second World War.


3. Himala


The movie was considered to be Nora Aunor’s best performance at that time. The plot was set in a small town where a young girl allegedly began seeing an apparition of Virgin Mary. She began healing people after the apparition and soon after, influx of people came in to the small town.

Near the end of the movie, Aunor’s character Elsa uttered these famous words, “Waláng himalà! Ang himalà ay nasa puso ng tao, nasa puso nating lahat! Tayo ang gumagawâ ng mga himalà! Tayo ang gumagawâ ng mga sumpa at ng mga diyos.”

4. Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag


This is just one of Lino Brocka’s masterpieces. It is about a boy who hails from the province. He went on to live in the city only to realize the harsh realities of living the urban life.

5. Biyaya ng Lupa


Blessings of the Land is a masterpiece by director Manuel Silos.

The movie is about Maria and Jose who just began married life in the countryside and their four children.

The family was tested with life challenges, including the plot of destroying their lanzones orchard which the family endured.

6. Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit


This is another movie featuring Nora Aunor. It tells us about the love-hate relationship of the two protagonists who hail from poor and rich families. We all know what happens in the movies when the poor loves the rich, right?

7. Bayan Ko


If there’s one director who can put labor unrest and transform it into a cinematic gem, that would have to be Lino Brocka.

8. Juan Tamad Goes to Congress


This movie shows us a lazy tramp who wants to hit it big in politics. Just like any typical politician in the Philippines, he promises to put asphalt on every road.

9. Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino


If the fact that it’s an 11-hour movie isn’t epic enough for you, you’ll just have to see for yourself on how Filipino families had to live during tumultuous times.

10. Anak Dalita


This is Lamberto Avellana’s gem in 1956. It tells a story of a man who was forced to join the smuggling business during postwar Manila.

Which of these movies are you planning to watch first?