Art by Jea Gaviña
It’s no secret: Filipino films are pretty formulaic in nature, especially when we’re talking about romantic comedies. Writers, directors, and producers strive to make each story different despite following, more or less, the same structures. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they don’t — nonetheless, hordes of us flock to our local cinemas to watch the latest fictional romance unfold anyway.
Even though we roll our eyes at the mention of the latest songbook-classic-turned-movie-title and criticize the hell out of every single love team, we still love a healthy helping of our favorite tropes, rehashed in as many ways as possible. We love what’s familiar, what’s relatable. And, in any case, recycled kilig is kilig all the same.