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Holy week or Mahal na Araw is one of the most important religious observances in the Philippines. We take Holy Week seriously, needless to say.

While a lot of us will be leaving Manila for some R&R, some of us will stay at home and enjoy the ghost town Metro Manila often becomes during the long break.

In case Father’s Seven Last Words is getting a wee bit too tiring, and not again with The Passion of Christ, below we list down movies that will put you in the reflective mood. Don’t worry, they’re not religious. Enjoy watching!

1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story about a man named Chris Gardner, who has invested heavily in a device known as a “Bone Density scanner.” As he tries to figure out how to sell the device, everything crashes down. He loses his house, bank account, and even his wife. Forced to live in the streets with his son and desperate to have a steady job, he becomes a stockbroker intern. This movie will surely inspire everyone to be patient and to have faith in everything.

2. The Bucket List (2007)

Do you want to watch a movie that will let you cry buckets of tears? This movie is just right for you. The Bucket List is a story about cancer patients Edward (Jack Nicholson) and Carter (Morgan Freeman), who went on a trip and did everything they want to do before they die. As they tick off one box at a time, they realize all the things that they has been neglecting all those years.

3. Tanging Yaman (2000)

Let’s be real, this film doesn’t fail to make us cry. Directed by Laurice Guillen, Tanging Yaman is a film rich in Filipino values. It is about a family who are separated by their differences and tried to stay intact for their sick mother. As their mom’s illness gets worse, they learn to forgive and love each other even more.

4. Above The Clouds (2014)

“Two opposite strangers, one shared grief, one journey to conquer,” this movie follows the story of Andy (Ruru Madrid), a 15-year old guy whose parents died during the Tropical Storm Ondoy. Without a family in Manila, he is now forced to live with his grandfather (Pepe Smith) in a home in Sagada. Though, they both hardly know each other, the two helps each other to move-on and enjoy life together.

5. The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side, based on the book by Michael Lewis, tells the story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) who has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has only a little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) met Michael and offer him a place to sleep and continues with the family helping him through his studies. The movie is so heartwarming and everyone can relate and feel connection to the characters.

6. Tuhog (2013)

Like the title means, there’s literally a tuhog scene in the film. After a horrific bus accident, bus conductor (Eugene Domingo) and passengers (Leo Martinez and Enchong Dee), impaled together by a long iron pole when the bus hit a metal railing. Ouch, right? But the twist is, one of the three character should die for the two to survive.

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine. To escape his everyday stress at work, Walter daydreams to become an unsung hero. However, he gets a chance to have an adventure and become a real life hero when Life’s new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue of the magazine. 

8. EDSA Woolworth (2014)

A modern-day version of Tanging Yaman, the story revolves on the struggles of Edsa Woolworth (Pokwang) and how she and her family take care of their stepfather. Her siblings fight for their father’s wealth, but eventually realize that money is not necessary to make them happy. This film will make you realize that through thick and thin, family will be always there no matter what. (Aww!)

Header image by Madel Crudo

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