Bela Padilla is one of the most bankable actresses in the Philippines today. Not only is she beautiful and sexy – she’s really talented!
In the past years, Bela starred in a number of movies that are considered as box-office hits and critically acclaimed. As a big fan, I am happy to share my Top 5 Favorite Bela Padilla Movies:
1. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella
The biggest hit of the very 1st Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino! For me, this is the movie that made Bela Padilla a box-office star. In this Jason Paul Laxamana film, she plays the role of Stella, a college student who is in a rock band who caught the attention of the stuttering poet Fidel. An unlikely but special friendship developed between the two and eventually, they developed romantic feelings.
The movie is relatable especially for those who spent their college years in the province. I end up crying in the scene where Stella and Fidel reunited in Pampanga infront of the Mt. Arayat. “Hindi na puwede, eh..”
2. Meet Me in St. Gallen
Jesse and Celeste forever! This movie is a great comeback of Carlo Aquino as a leading man. The movie penned and directed by Irene Villamore is divided in three sections: A chance meeting in Manila, a coincidental meeting in a coffee shop and in St. Gallen in Switzerland. The movie is a perfect example of “we have the right love at the wrong time”. I sad there in the movie house still hoping for another scene for a happy ending (SPOILER: It’s Not!).
RELATED LINK: Meet Me in St. Gallen Quotable Quotes
3. CAMP SAWI
It’s been a while since we saw a female barkada type of film in Philippine Cinema. Camp Sawi is about five girls who are brokenhearted. They meet in a ‘Camp Sawi’ place in Cebu, where they were supposed to nurse their broken hearts. In the early part of the film, Bela is reunited with her ‘Sa Puso ni Dok’ co-star Dennis Trillo. Bela plays the role of Bridgette. Other sexy ladies in the film are Arci Munoz, Andi Eigenmann, Yassi Pressman and Kim Molina. Also, Sam Milby is in the film and we’re wondering why aren’t they paired on a TV show yet? Hello, ABS-CBN!
RELATED LINK: Camp Sawi Quotable Quotes
4. I AMERICA
I AMERICA is the first and only Cinemalaya film of Bela Padilla. It is a story of a Filipino-American lady in Olongapo named Erica Berry who is aiming to meet her real father in order to have a better life in the United States of America. This movie penned by Ivan Payawal is funny yet sad at the same time. What I love about Bela’s character is you just love to hate her guts! LOL!
RELATED LINK: Bela Padilla in I America
5. THE DAY AFTER VALENTINE’S
Again, this is another relatable character. Bela is Lani, a girl who is used to helping others fix their lives while she postpones fixing her own emotional scars and issues. She meets Kai, a depressed surfer from Hawaii. They bond over their love for Baybayin and spent some time in Hawaii. Guard your heart when you watch this film!
RELATED LINK: The Day After Valentine’s Official Trailer
Whew! I’m writing this post because I just miss Bela Padilla on the big screen. It’s Pista ng Pelikula 2019 at the moment, but she is not part of the festival. Even Direk Jason Paul Laxamana is not in the line-up, but JC Santos has a movie with Arci Munoz entitled ‘Open’.
GOOD NEWS! All the Bela Padilla movies I mentioned will be shown on Netflix starting this coming September 23! You can watch some of the titles in other video streaming sites such as iFlix and HOOQ.