List of Philippine Historical Films and TV Series

by trinorei22 | created - 13 Aug 2014 | updated - 13 Aug 2014 | Public

Many scrolls and records of pre-colonial history of the Philippines were burnt or were already gone because of its age. Most of the historical movies below are depicting the Spanish Era(more than 300 years of governance).

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1. Banaue: Stairway to the Sky (1975)

TV-PG | Drama, Romance

The Ifugao tribe's quest for the promised land is paved with good intentions.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Gloria Sevilla, Johnny Delgado

Votes: 20

Time Period: 500 BC. The film depicting the Prehistory of the Philippines, and the construction of the famous Banaue Rice Terraces.

2. Amaya (2011–2012)

TV-PG | Action, Adventure, Drama

The story is set in the 1500s, during the time of Rajah Mangubat's reign. He was known as the undefeated notorious leader of chief captains. Not long after, a village priestess or babaylan ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Marian Rivera, Sid Lucero, Mikael Daez, Gina Alajar

Votes: 326

Time Period: 1400-1521 The film depicting the Philippines During Pre-Hispanic Period.

3. Lapu-Lapu (1955)

Biography, Drama, History

LVN's top stars Delia Razon and Mario Montenegro were reunited for the nth time in this 1955 Lamberto Avellana's monumental epic, "Lapu-Lapu". Based form the celebrated Francisco V. ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro, Priscilla Cellona, Oscar Keesee

Time Period: 1491–1542 The life of the first hero of Philippines, and the death of Ferdinand Magellan - the Portuguese explorer who organised the expedition that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth but failed when Lapu-Lapu killed him. (the expedition was completed by Juan Sebastián)

4. Lapu-Lapu (2002)

125 min | Action, Biography, History

A semi-fictonal account about the life of Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu before, during, and after the fateful Battle of Mactan

Director: William Mayo | Stars: Lito Lapid, Joyce Jimenez, Dante Rivero, Vic Vargas

Votes: 29

Time Period: 1491–1542 [second movie with the same story line] The life of the first hero of Philippines, and the death of Ferdinand Magellan - the Portuguese explorer who organised the expedition that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth but failed when Lapu-Lapu killed him. (the expedition was completed by Juan Sebastián)

5. Indio (2013– )

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The story begins in Central Visayas during the pre-colonial period, where natives and diwatas (gods) are living together in harmony, harvesting the bounty of the earth and sea, guided and ... See full summary »

Stars: Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr., Jennylyn Mercado, Rhian Ramos, Michael De Mesa

Time Period: 1601-1677 An Epic Historical-fiction story about the Spanish Conquest and Philippine revolts against Spain.

6. This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now? (1976)

TV-PG | 136 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Set at the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, it follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia, Dranreb Belleza

Votes: 76

Time Period: 1870-1895 [This is How We Were, How Are You Doing Now?: international title] The award-winning film that depicts the Hispanic Society of the Philippines during the Spanish Period.

7. José Rizal (1998)

TV-PG | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

Jose Rizal's life and works are recounted through a series of non-linear flashbacks which reflect on various aspects of his life - as writer, propagandist, lover, friend, brother, doctor, and the man that inspired a revolution.

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Cesar Montano, Joel Torre, Jaime Fabregas, Gloria Diaz

Votes: 363

Time Period: 1861-1896 The life of the famous Philippine National Hero, José Rizal, during his fight against Spain using his books.

8. Bayani (1992)

98 min

A tale about the rise, fall and resurection of the "Katipunan" and its Supremo. A semi-biography of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio.

Director: Raymond Red | Stars: Raymond Alsona, Grace Amilbangsa, John Arcilla, Raul Arellano

Votes: 22

Time Period: 1863-1897 [Hero: international title] The life of Andres Bonifacio - the other famous Philippine hero.

Time Period: 1863-1897 [The Trial of Andres Bonifacio: international title] The life of Andres Bonifacio - the other famous Philippine hero who started the revolution against Spain using guns and weapons as opposed to Jose Rizal's method of war. Many would say that Bonifacio should be the National hero instead of Rizal.

10. El Presidente (2012)

162 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The life story of the first Philippine President. The story of the man who led the Filipino people to victory against its Spanish conquerors.

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Jorge Estregan, Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Cristine Reyes

Votes: 95

Time Period: 1886-1962 The life of the first president of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo - the first Philippine President of the first Republic.

11. Baler (2008)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance, War

Baler is a love story between Feliza, the daughter of a rebel commander and Celso, a half-Spanish soldier, set during the twilight years of the Spanish regime in the Philippines. The young ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Jericho Rosales, Anne Curtis, Andrew Schimmer

Votes: 73

Time Period: 1898 Award-winning film tells a story during the Siege of Baler in Spanish Era.

12. Aguila (1980)

210 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Flashbacks encompass the history of the Philippines as well as the life story of the elderly Daniel Aguila. The Aguila family gathers to celebrate Daniel's 88th birthday, but the old man is... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher De Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa

Votes: 40

Time period: 1889-1940's depicts the Philippine History.

13. Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar (1996)

Action, Biography, History

Tirad Pass: The Last Stand of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar recounts the early days of American occupation of the Philippines with one of the earliest resistance of the American government which ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo J. Caparas | Stars: Romnick Sarmenta, Joel Torre, Julio Diaz, Tommy Abuel

Votes: 45

Time Period: December 2, 1899 About the Battle of Tirad Pass, Philippine Campaign Against Americans leby General Gregorio Del Pilar - during American settlement after Spain.

14. Rosario (2010)

120 min | Drama, Romance

The film tells the saga of Rosario, a young and liberated woman in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda.There, she meets and falls in... See full synopsis »

Director: Albert Martinez | Stars: Dolphy, Phillip Salvador, Jennylyn Mercado, Yul Servo

Votes: 61

Time Period: 1920's The life of Rosario, a girl during the American Occupation Period. She was Manuel V. Pangilinan's grandmother. (Pangilinan, a Filipino businessman. He is the Chairman of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, from 1998 up to the present. He is also Chairman of TV5, Philex Mining, and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation)

15. Aishite imasu (Mahal kita) 1941 (2004)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

Inya, a heroine of the Philippine resistance against the Japanese during World War II, recalls events involving her husband Edilberto and their childhood friend Ignacio, a transvestite who,... See full summary »

Director: Joel Lamangan | Stars: Judy Ann Santos, Raymart Santiago, Dennis Trillo, Jay Manalo

Votes: 78

Time Period: 1941–1945 About the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines in World War II.

16. Three Years Without God (1976)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, War

A woman falls in love with a Japanese soldier during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines; the whole town turns against her.

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Bembol Roco, Orlando Nadres

Votes: 104

Time Period: 1942-1945 [Three Years without God: international title] An Award-winning Filipino Film that depicts Philippines during World war II and its historical crimes.

17. Santiago! (1970)

Action, Drama, War

Set in the Philippines, during the Japanese occupation, a Filipino soldier, who is guilt-ridden over an incident that killed many civilians, deserts the rebel army and retreats to a nearby barrio where he is branded as a coward.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 18

Time Period: 1941-1945 Depicting the Philippine Campaign during World War II

18. The Seventies (2002)

128 min | Drama

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin

Votes: 209

Time Period: 1970's [Dekada 70's: original filipino title] Post-War Film, Based on the novel of the same name by Lualhati Bautista. The setting is period of Martial law.

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