KathNiel’s “The Hows of Us” has taken the country by storm with moviegoers raving about its heartfelt and emotional story and powerful performances from Kathryn and Daniel that led it to become the first Philippine-produced film to cross the P600-million mark at the domestic box office.
If you need more tearjerkers like “The Hows of Us,” here is a list of other hit Star Cinema romantic dramas that you can stream on iWant TV using One SKY Fiber broadband plans that are currently offered for half the price for the first three months of subscription.
1. Milan (2004)
“Mahal mo ba ako dahil kailangan mo ako, o kailangan mo ako kaya mahal mo ako?”
Who could ever forget Claudine Barretto’s aching delivery of this classic hugot line that can even pass as a tongue twister? Milan, Star Cinema’s romantic drama offering 14 years ago, still speaks to many viewers to this day because of its universal themes of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. In the movie, Claudine Barretto plays Jenny, an OFW desperate to make ends meet. She bumps into Lino (Piolo Pascual), a naïve newcomer on a quest to find his missing wife in Italy who eventually becomes Jenny’s protégé and lover.
2. Dubai (2005)
Claudine returned to the big screen with “Dubai” in 2005 opposite Aga Muhlach and John Lloyd Cruz. This time, she plays Faye, a woman torn between two men who happen to be brothers, Raffy (Aga Muhlach) and Andrew (John Lloyd Cruz) in Dubai. Filled with dramatic scenes based on a screenplay by Ricky Lee, “Dubai” showcases that love that leads to conflict can be powerful enough to break even the strongest of bonds.
3. Don’t Give Up On Us (2006)
Any Piolo Pascual and Judy Ann Santos movie is an emotional rollercoaster that leaves fans in a puddle of tears. One of their hit movies, “Don’t Give Up On Us,” had that effect among viewers in 2006. The movie features Judy Ann as a girl on a mission to find her best friend Sabina (Cheska Garcia) who gets cold feet on her own bridal shower. Her mission takes her up to Baguio where she meets Vince (Piolo Pascual), the voice behind a cassette tape Sabina left behind.
4. One More Chance (2007) and A Second Chance (2015)
Popoy and Basha are perhaps the most famous fictional couple in Pinoy pop culture thanks to John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo’s impeccable talent in bringing movie characters to life. In the first movie, viewers choked up tears as they witnessed two college sweethearts whose long-term relationship turns sour. “One More Chance” instantly became a cult following that placed John Lloyd and Bea on the map. In the 2015 sequel “A Second Chance,” both stars once again made their fans ‘ugly cry’ as they showed the tumultuous married life of Popoy and Basha.
5. One More Try (2012)
This movie is sprinkled with a lot of painful speeches that made it a blockbuster in 2012 and Best Picture winner at the 38th MMFF. Angel Locsin plays a single mother who is willing to go to the ends of the earth just to save her son who is diagnosed with a rare blood disease. When she is forced to reconnect with her son’s biological father (Dingdong Dantes) who is now happily married to an accomplished executive (Angelica Panganiban), their reunion becomes complicated.
6. Starting Over Again (2014)
Whenever Olivia Lamasan is at the helm of a film, do not forget to grab a box of tissues as the story can get really emotional and gripping. Case in point is Lamasan’s 2014 phenomenal hit, “Starting Over Again,” starring Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga who play former lovers whose paths cross again years after their breakup that opens up a trove of unanswered questions.