5 Local Indie Films to Inspire Traveling the Philippines

Pack your bags for a solo trip or a barkada getaway as soon as the credits roll.

The Philippines is not just a nation of warm, hospitable people—it’s also a captivating backdrop of some Pinoy films with an equally beautiful plot. Be inspired to experience our country from north to south with these independent movies:

Thy Womb (2012)
The film puts a spotlight on the Badjao community of Tawi-Tawi, and the life of Shaleha, played by Nora Aunor. In her willingness to do anything to make her husband (Bembol Roco) happy, she lets him marry a younger woman (Lovi Poe) who would give him in an heir.

Above the Clouds (2014)
After the tragic death of Andy’s (Ruru Madrid) parents when Typhoon Ondoy hit, he travels to the Mountain Province to live with his estranged grandfather (Pepe Smith). Set in Baguio and Sagada, the film follows the journey of the protagonist as he retraces the paths his family took during happier days.

An Kubo sa Kawayanan (2015)
Not the average romance film, it tells the story of a girl’s love for her ancestral house in Bicol. While everyone else is dying to leave, Michelle (Mercedes Cabral) plays witness to the connections of all things in her world. In an age when culture is slowly dying, the film tackles the importance of staying loyal to one’s roots.

Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)
Set in Zamboanga, Marinduque, Siquijor, Batanes, and Ilocos, the movie is the ultimate road trip around the country. It follows Cielo (Alessandra de Rossi) and her expedition after unfortunately getting laid off from work. As she receives mysterious postcards and letters from different parts of the Philippines, she travels to discover herself amid the hidden allure of the islands.

Siargao (2017)
A musician (Jericho Rosales)suffering from burnout and a vlogger (Erich Gonzales) mending a broken heart meet on their way to the surf paradise, and an unforgettable adventure blossoms. Having their own reasons to escape the city, they find themselves growing feelings for each other while dealing with their failed relationships.