Time sure flies pretty fast these days, don’t you think? We vaguely remember each month turning a page and right now, we’re well on our fourth quarter of 2018. And while we know how you’ve been meaning to keep your year spotlessly drama-free for the most part, let us spice your day for just a little bit to keep the ball rolling. In no particular order, get ready to witness ten of the most legendary stare-downs, catfights, and sensational catchphrases from our local cinematic universe. Bring on the popcorn, ladies and gents!
1. Filipinas (2003)
In this domestic drama, social allegory comes in the form of the Filipinas family correlating to that of the nation’s true state. The film follows the lives of Florencia as the aging matriarch trying her best to hold the family together and her six children who are all rife with outstanding differences. There are way too many melodramatic golden confrontation scenes to count but our favorite would have to be the one that broke out on New Year’s Eve. Samuel (Richard Gomez) starts the war of words with Emman (Victor Neri) following the tragic death of their brother Narcisso (Wendell Ramos). Yolanda (Maricel Soriano) attempts to break the fight but ends up exploding in on the tension as well. Later, when the clock finally strikes twelve for the new year, Samuel and Emman’s war of words turn into a full-blown fist fight. This leads to the heartbreaking scene of Florencia trying but failing to keep the peace.
Catch-phrase gold: When Yolanda’s feisty wrath comes to an epic close with, “Hindi. Walang bagong taon!”
2. Anak (2000)
When Josie—portrayed brilliantly by Vilma Santos—is caught in a dilemma of providing a better life for her family, she makes a difficult decision to become an OFW. For several years, she becomes a nanny for a powerful family in Hong Kong. She earns way much more than she could ever have back home, and she gets to regularly send gifts to everyone from her salary. What she doesn’t know is her children’s resentment growing towards her in lieu of her absence. When Josie returns home from her nannying stint, she plans to stay for good and open up a business. The iconic standoff happens when Carla, the oldest among the siblings(excellently played by Claudine Barretto), storms inside the house upon returning from her shenanigans and openly expresses her disgust and animosity toward Josie, who she thinks has abandoned them in pursuit of wealth.
Catch-phrase gold: The pinnacle of the stand-off would have to be the scene where Carla’s rage is silenced by Josie’s hurt. Remember all the “sana” dialogues? All that and when she closes her case with these very words, “Kung di mo ako kayang maituring na isang ina. Respetuhin mo nalang ako bilang tao. Yun lang, Carla. Yun man lang!”
3. Tanging Yaman (2000)
This heart-wrenching family drama has been solidified into an institution in Philippine cinema and has indeed set the bar high. The flick revolves around ailing “Loleng” (Gloria Romero) and her grown-up children Danny (Johnny Delgado), Art (Edu Manzano), and Grace (Dina Bonnevie). Loleng slowly transcends into a downward spiral with her Alzheimer’s disease and Danny, left inside the ancestral home, takes care of their mother along with his wife and kids. The tension builds and leads to a tumultuous feud during the matriarch’s birthday party. When Loleng acts like a kid and Danny immediately comes to her aid, Art gets ticked off and voices out his pent-up frustrations. Granted, his anger is directed mostly towards Danny, revealing his bitterness towards his parents’ preference over him. Danny’s calm demeanor breaks and everyone gets surprised by his booming retaliation. And then, everyone else gets in the mix to say their piece.
Catch-phrase gold: When Danny’s wife, Celine (Hilda Coronel), gets all riled up and stirs the pot even further, “Anong akala niyo sa amin? Mukhang pera? Anong akala niyong ginagawa namin sa mama? Hinuhuthutan ng kwarta?”
4. Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)
This iconic drama-comedy effectively delivers the LOLs and lots of heart, and it’s definitely one of those movies we don’t mind playing on repeat. Four Sisters and a Wedding is true to its title as it follows the Salazar family and the lives they lead.
Though they have been leading separate lives already for years now, much of the film focuses on their reunion upon hearing the news of their younger brother CJ (Enchong Dee) marrying his girlfriend of three months, Princess Bayag. The delicious teary-eyed confrontation is kickstarted by a bridal fitting gone sour, punctuated by the Bayag’s penchant for ridiculously elaborate flair—in this case, an under the sea theme for the gowns. A play-for-it family charades game then ensues to determine if the Salazars will wear the designs or have it their way. Unbeknownst to them, the Bayags have the Salazars airing their dirty laundry against each other and point to Teddy’s (Toni Gonzaga), the eldest of the four sisters, dirty secret.
Catch-phrase gold: Where do we even begin with all the meme-gold this epic confrontation started? From Teddy’s “Ma, I’m sorry Ma!” to her “Oo Bobbie, ikaw, ikaw yung wala lang kahit anong gawin mo, ang galing galing mo.” to Bobbie’s “Pero bakit parang galit ka, pero bakit kasalanan ko?” Too good too take just one pick. Trust us, we memorize the lines in this confrontation scene by heart.
5. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (1994)
The younger Maricel Soriano had always been known for her comedic timing, most notably with the King of Philippine Comedy himself, Dolphy. But as she continued to mature into the eyes of the audiences that came with the spotlight, her silver screen persona grew more in the drama genre. One such film that solidified her Diamond Star status was her Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin stint. In the movie, she plays the role of scorned wife Terry whose whole world gets shattered into pieces when she discovers her BFF Melissa’s (Zsa Zsa Padilla) affair with her husband Dave (Gabby Concepcion).
Catch-phrase gold: The epic scene often reenacted in several pop culture references (remember Paolo Ballesteros’ winning MMFF entry, “Die Beautiful”?) has Terry confronting Melissa when she finds out about their secret rendezvous. “Wag mo kong ma-Terry Terry! Sagutin mo ang tanong ko!” spirals down further into a nasty bloodcurdling confrontation that ends bloody.
6. Madrasta (1996)
In this award-winning family drama flick, Sharon Cuneta plays the role of Mariel, a kind soft-spoken woman who marries Edward (Christopher de Leon), a recently annulled man with three kids. She brings herself to rise up to the challenge of becoming a stepmom to her husband’s kin from his first marriage but is often alienated by the two older siblings. Apart from this, Mariel still has to deal with Edward’s battlescars from his past wounds, specifically on his first wife Sandra (Zsa Zsa Padilla) walking out on him. To make matters even worse, Sandra decides to visit the kids when she comes back from the U.S.
Catch-phrase gold: When Edward spits out venom-infused words to Mariel saying that she has no business with his decisions, the meek Mariel has a quiet but strong comeback punctuated with “I was never your partner. I’m just your wife!”
7. One More Chance (2007)
The movie that captured hearts, then simultaneously broke it into a million pieces and took it on a long winding journey before we got the ending we deserved, One More Chance is indeed a cult classic. It gave us Lloydie-Bea gold in Popoy and Basha, with a storyline that was so personal and heartfelt, it felt like taking a look into the private lives of a real couple who’s had their many share of heartbreaks. The ultimate hugot film gave us the concept of the three-month rule (more on that later) and separating the chicken skin from the meat because some people apparently like their fried chicken that way.
Catch-phrase gold: One More Chance in itself is a goldmine of catchphrases that have us caught in a tearjerker sesh, but for the purposes of this list, we’re calling one barkada reunion scene superior over all others. Remember that time when Basha’s new officemate, Mark drove her to a get-together with her long-time friends and he stayed over? Yes, that scene where the tension can immediately be felt as soon as Popoy arrives on the scene and addresses the elephant in the room—the three- month rule that Bash was seemingly unaware of. Soon enough, the nasty confrontation built up to a rising halt with “Bash, ganyan ka ba katigas?”. But we seriously broke down with what came next, specifically when Poy said, “Mahal na mahal kita at ang sakit sakit na”. Cue tears.
8. Bituing Walang Ningning (1985)
Based off a popular ‘80s komiks serial, this movie had guaranteed blockbuster hit written all over it. True enough, it did not disappoint, and is still memorable many years later. The story centers around Dorina (Sharon Cuneta), an orphaned sampaguita vendor who one day wants to fulfill her dreams of becoming a big star like her larger-than-life idol, Lavinia (Cherrie Gil). When she finally gets the opportunity of a lifetime and meets her, she realizes Lavinia is evil incarnate—nothing at all like how she thought. This fuels the young Dorina to work
even harder at the cusp of stardom until she eventually becomes her idol’s primary rival.
Catch-phrase gold: “You’re nothing, but a second-rate trying hard copycat” followed by that iconic splash of water by Lavinia on Dorina’s face. This scene is standoff perfection.
9. Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa? (1998)
Here, the Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos, plays the part of women’s rights activist Lea Bustamante. Back in the home, she has two children from two different fathers—one of which is Maya and the other being Ojie. Being the strong non-conformist that she is, Lea incorporates her beliefs in the way she raises her kids.Everything is smooth sailing until one day, she finds herself fighting for her right to custody as their fathers wants to take them under their wings instead.
Catch-phrase gold: The then up and coming young Carlo Aquino’s dialogue, “Akal mo lang wala pero meron, meron, meron!” has since been immortalized in Filipino pop culture.
10. Mara Clara: The Movie (1996)
Before making a move to the silver screen, the OG Mara Clara first became a widespread hit on the television circuit for years, launching Judy Ann Santos and
Gladys Reyes to fame. It was actually the first Star Cinema flick to be completely adapted from a tv series. It tells of a classic switched at birth sitch involving Mara,
Clara, unknowing parents, and a deceptive father who had the nerve to do so because of a scorned love from years past. Mara grows up to be the keen good-
natured girl who works for Clara’s family as a housemaid. Clara meanwhile, with Gladys’ matching iconic taas-kilay taray portrayal, decides to give her hell.
Catch-phrase gold: Both the series and the movie version is rife with Clara’s pang-aapi, summed up in stare-downs, a battle of words, and one-sided catfights but perhaps the turning point of it all was when Mara decides to fight back as she was about to leave the Del Valle household with this memorable clapback, “Oo mahirap nga kami. Mabaho nga tinitirahan namin. Pero nagmamahalan kami. At alam kong mahal ako ng inay ko”. Burn.