Celebrate Independence Day from the comfort of your very own couch!
The 12th of June is just a few days away and there’s no better way to celebrate than with Netflix Independence Day films in the Philippines! Showcase your Filipino pride by settling in with some movies about the history and culture of the country. Whether you’re looking for something light or an adrenaline-pumping thriller, we have a versatile list for you.
What films can be watched to celebrate Independence Day on Netflix?
Philippine Cinema has so much to offer – quality produced films, talented filmmakers, up-and-coming actors, and excellent storytelling. Thankfully, Netflix makes it easier for you to binge with your loved ones. So, what are you waiting for? Gather your family around and settle in with some popcorn, your favorite snacks, and some staple self-care items to enhance your movie-watching experience. Here is the list of new and well-known local films you can stream on Netflix to help you celebrate Independence Day.
Heneral Luna (2015)
Haven’t seen Heneral Luna yet? Now is the perfect time to watch it on your very own LG TV! Heneral Luna, directed by Jerrold Tarog, immediately made its name after its theatrical release last September 9, 2015. In fact, it is one of the most expensive and highest-grossing Filipino films of all-time.
Its story is set during the Philippine-American war and follows the life of General Antonio Luna, the Philippines’ most brilliant soldier. It’s definitely a modern take on this era of Philippine history. The film is bold, entertaining, and informative. Want to find a hidden Easter egg? Don’t miss the tribute to Juan Luna’s famous painting “The Spoliarium” in one of the film’s key scenes.
Goyo: Ang Batang General (2018)
3 years after Heneral Luna was released, Jerrold Tarog premiered yet another blockbuster that pushed Filipino cinema to new heights. In the film Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, Paulo Avelino made his fans swoon over his role as Gregorio Del Pilar. The story revolves around one of the youngest generals of the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. The film tells the story of his experiences in battle and a reenactment of the historic Battle of Tirad Pass.
In addition, the production design and cinematography are breathtaking! To get a clearer understanding of the film, we suggest watching Heneral Luna first. And, since you’re going to have a movie marathon, why not have a Filipino dish while you’re at it? Locavore Kitchen & Drinks offers a modern and creative rendition of Filipino food, much like these two films. Try their best sellers: Boneless Lechon Belly and Sizzling Sinigang!
Pinoy Sunday (2009)
Everyone’s been waiting for the release of Pinoy Sunday on Netflix and it’s finally here! This Taiwanese comedy-drama film from 2009 features a story about two OFWs. Dado (played by Bayani Agbayani) and Manuel (Epy Quizon) are two Filipinos employed in Taiwan. Eventually, they both go on an adventure all over Taipei after discovering an abandoned and discarded red couch.
It may be a light and easy watch, however, along the way you will find that the film captures the value of passions, dreams, family, and friendship. Also, this film will surely make you want to save up for your future trip to Taiwan. Looking to save money? Consider starting up your own BDO Savings Account!
Lola Igna (2019)
Good news: Eduardo Roy Jr.’s award-winning comedy film, Lola Igna, will begin streaming on Netflix on June 18! It tells the story of Lola Igna, a 118-year old grandmother who is eager to pass away. However, her village is engrossed in her winning the World Record for becoming the oldest living grandmother. In the midst of all of that, she comes across her great-great-grandson Tim who gives her a completely new perspective about life.
Despite its comedic stance, Lola Igna is a must-watch for everyone. It tackles scenes and concerns that everyone can relate to. It also ponders over the values of family, forgiveness, gratitude, and perspective. You might want to give your parents and grandparents a hug afterward! Treasure all the memories you can and capture moments with your Instax Square SQ6 from Fujifilm.
Dead Kids (2019)
You’ve surely seen Dead Kids all over your feed and timeline last December. Now’s a great chance to watch it for the first time or gather your friends along for a movie night. This Netflix Filipino Thriller film by Mikhail Red is a story of a group of teenagers (starring Kelvin Miranda, Vance Larena, Khalil Ramos, and Jan Silverio) who plan to kidnap their school’s rich bully.
The film starts out as light and comedic. Then, it transitions to be thrilling, intense, and dramatic. See for yourself the message it portrays in the end! Who knows, you might want to grab yourself your very own raw sienna bag from Charles & Keith afterward.
Gather around with your friends and family and indulge in these Netflix Independence Day films in the Philippines! In honor of the holiday, SM Supermalls will be open to providing you with everything you need for the best movie experience at home. This June 12th, let us commemorate the sacrifices of our heroes, introduce nationalism for present and coming generations, acknowledge sovereignty, and rekindle our roots and heritage.
Happy Independence Day, Philippines!
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