That Thing Called Tadhana, Never Not Love You, + More Must-See Antoinette Jadaone Films

Here's a guide to the rom-com director's greatest hits!

One of the most sought-after Filipina directors of this generation, Antoinette Jadaone, has been writing, directing, and making movies since 2011. This year, she's working on a new film with Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil called Alone/Together, a love story where the two play college students with opposite personalities.

Rom-com fans are sure to delight in this upcoming film, but anyone who's familiar with the clever, wacky, and down-to-earth energy of Jadaone's films knows there will probably be more to it than just kilig-worthy moments and laugh-out-loud jokes. For those of you who might not be familiar with her filmography, here's a look back at all the films that she's directed so far: 

Six Degrees Of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay (2011)

In the style of a mockumentary, Jadaone's first full-length film tells the fictional story of Lilia Cuntapay, who's been dubbed as the "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies" for her roles in many films in the genre. Six Degrees follows Cuntapay as she gets nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at a fictional awards night for the very first time in her 30-year career. 

Beauty In A Bottle (2014)

This satirical comedy gives us a glimpse into the lives of three women (Angelica Panganiban, Angeline Quinto, and Assunta De Rossi) and their shared struggles and insecurities about their appearances. As the three of them get caught up in the craze for new miracle pills (as the title suggests), Beauty in a Bottle examines the looks-driven practices that hinder women in their careers and personal lives.  


That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

Two strangers (Panganiban and JM De Guzman) meet on a plane. After a few intimate conversationsparticularly about Panganiban's character's broken heartthe two end up going on a trip to Sagada together to help her recover. Filled with plenty of dialogue and genuine heartfelt moments, That Thing Called Tadhana had audiences loving all of its hugot lines as well as its simple plot. Fun fact: According to Jadaone, the film's original title was The Mace Castillo Story: Lord, Pangit Ba 'Ko?

Relaks, It's Just Pag-Ibig (2014)

Relaks, It's Just Pag-Ibig tells the story of a hopeless romantic named Sari (Sofia Andres) who drags Josh (Iñigo Pascual) with her as she takes a trip to Leyte in order to meet two lovers whose old love letter she found. The two quarrel at every turn, playing the age-old pairing of romantic and cynic, making apparent Jadaone's skill at writing dialogue. Throw in a little love triangle with  Sari's friend Kiko (Julian Estrada) and some of Jadaone's unfailing humor, and you've got yourself a fun, feel-good romantic comedy.

You're My Boss (2015)

In Jadaone's You're My Boss, Georgina (Toni Gonzaga), an extremely driven marketing executive, will do anything to close an important deal with foreign investors. However, her latest client refuses to deal with anyone who isn't the president of the company, so she enlists the help of Pong (Coco Martin), her assistant, to pretend that he's her boss. 

All You Need Is Pag-Ibig (2015)

This fun and lighthearted movie tells the tale of a group of individuals who are each struggling to figure out what they want out of a romantic relationship. All You Need's ensemble cast includes Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Ian Veneracion, all of whom explore the different sides and facets of love and heartbreak.

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The Achy Breaky Hearts (2016)

What happens when you meet someone you think you could be in love with, but another guy enters the picture? And to make things worse: The other guy is someone from your past that you might still have feelings for? Sta. Maria, Veneracion, and Richard Yap help us decide in The Achy Breaky Hearts, a rom-com about a thirty-something jeweler (Sta. Maria) who just wants to find true love. 

Love You to the Stars and Back (2017)

Love You to the Stars and Back follows Mika (Julia Barretto), a girl in search of her mom who she believes has been abducted by aliens. Along the way, she meets Caloy (Joshua Garcia), a boy with cancer who joins her on her journey. Barretto and Garcia's first on-screen project as JoshLia involves a cute little car, a long mountain hike, and some potential spaceships. What's not to like?

Never Not Love You (2018)

Gio (James Reid) and Joanne (Nadine Lustre) meet each other at a tattoo parlor and quickly fall in love. However, the pressures of their seemingly divergent career paths test them both as they attempt to overcome what turns into a long-distance relationship. 

. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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