7 award-winning Filipino movies to watch on Netflix: Heaven’s Waiting, Birdshot, and more

By Ryanne Co

By Ryanne Co

May 24, 2021

Netflix is ​​a treasure trove of must-see movies, now made even more exciting with the addition of these local movies

With the highly anticipated release of Trese on Netflix we have some of the must-watch award-winning movies that you can binge on right next door! Welcome to some of these famous Filipino originals that you can add to your list today.

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Veteran Movie Stars Eddie Garcia and Gina Pareno Team Up for Heartwarming Film Titled Heaven awaits. Originally released in 2018, the film centers on two ex-lovers who cross paths again – this time in Purgatory. The film, which received rave reviews, also won the Audience Award and Best Screenplay at the QCinema International Film Festival 2018. He also took home the Golden Sarmatian Lion Award (President’s Award) of the 12th Orenburg International Film Festival in Russia.

bird shot

In 2017, Birdshot made headlines as Filipino Oscar nominee for the foreign languages ​​division. Although it didn’t win, the film and the cast still boast plenty of accolades, including Better image at the Asian Future Film Competition of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. Mary Joy Apostol, who plays the protagonist Maya, also won the award for best actress at the ASEAN Film Award.

The film, which focuses on Maya, shows her journey after she unwittingly shoots an endangered Filipino eagle. Interestingly, he was inspired by the true story of a farmer from Bukidnon who killed, cooked and ate an eagle in the wild.

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Kalal 15
Kalal 15

Kalel, 15 years old is a 2019 drama that revolves around the story of a 15-year-old Catholic schoolboy diagnosed with HIV. Although Kalel is only a child, he now has to face the harsh realities of living with his diagnosis. The film won the Gawad Urian Award for Best Screenplay last year (2020). Its director, Jun Lana, also won the Best Director Award at the Estonian Dark Nights Film Festival in 2019.

lola igna
lola igna

For something a little lighter, log on Lola Igna, a dramatic comedy that tells the story of Lola Igna, a stubborn centenarian who is lucky enough to win the title of “the oldest living grandmother in the world”. The film, which casts her with her great-great-grandson Tim, is a heartfelt and touching tale that has gone beyond the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards in 2019. It was named best film and was also awarded for best musical score and best screenplay; Angie Ferro also won the Best Actress award for her role as Lola Igna.

The harsh realities of teenage parents living in poverty are explored in the award-winning film, Ordinary people. After their child is abducted, Jane and Aries resort to desperate measures to find their child, revealing obvious and endemic systemic failures in Filipino society. This 2016 drama won an incredible number of distinctions including, but not limited to, Best Picture at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2016, and Independent Film of the Year at the Star Awards for Movies in 2017. It was also nominated as Best Picture at the Film Festival of Stockholm 2016.

The cast itself has won numerous awards at the Harlem International Film Festival, the Hanoi International Film Festival, and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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The driving force behind the film Metro Manila is Oscar Ramirez and his family. Originally a farmer, Oscar moved his family to Metro Manila to find a better quality of life. However, things change quickly when his job in an armored truck company puts his life in danger. Released in 2013, the film won an Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and a Hamburg Film Critics Award at Filmfest Hamburg. Not to mention, it was also nominated for Best Non-English Language Film at the British Academy Film Awards.

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Anne Curtis shows off her action prowess in the 2018 film, BuyBust. Sometimes seen as a social commentary, BuyBust revolves around a team formed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The group leads a failed drug theft in a Manila slum and finds themselves trapped by settlers. This action-packed thriller has been nominated multiple times for the 2019 FAMAS Awards and won Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Music at the 2019 Gawad Urian Awards.

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