(SPOT.ph) You only have to look at all the teleseryes we have on TV to know that Filipinos definitely love their drama, be it fictional or real. So when it comes to movie titles, you can expect some extreme creativity. Of course there are the classic ones we all love to quote, like Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (1974) and Lino Brocka's Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita (1989). For this list though, we take a look at titles that just made us scratch our heads in confusion.
Here are 10 Filipino drama film titles that deserve a double take:
Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?! (2016)
Let's be real: we've all asked this question at some point in our lives. In this Jun Lana film, Anne Curtis stars as Kylie, a girl whose ex-boyfriends have all turned out to be gay, leaving her bitter—as multiple heartbreaks tend to do—and supposedly with an error-free gay radar. That last bit is debatable, especially with the entry of Diego (Dennis Trillo), whose wedding Kylie happens to be organizing.
One word is really all that's needed to get our attention, especially when that word is tuli. The film by Auraeus Solito—who also directed Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros—follows a woman from a small mountain village whose father is the town's mangtutuli, bringing gender roles and other social issues to the fore. For a story full of layers, the single-word title is more than enough to get us interested.
Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang? (1998)
Starring one of the most memorable '90s love teams, Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin, this title has a very strange follow-up question to a declaration of love. But then again, the story does revolve around a girl who's secretly in love with her best friend, so we definitely see why it had to be asked, and also why so many can relate.
Kambal Sa Uma (1979)
If you caught the 2009 TV series remake on ABS-CBN starring Shaina Magdayao and Melissa Ricks, then you'd be happy to add this to your bank of random facts: The show was actually based on a '70s film of the same title, starring Rio Locsin as both of the twins. Another fun fact: she's also the same actor who played the twins' mom in the TV remake. Random information aside though, we're still not sure what being a kambal sa uma has to do with having rodent-like features.
Malayo Man... Malapit Din! (1977)
Try explaining this to your physics teacher. Drama King Eddie Rodriguez stars alongside singer Carmen Soriano in this '70s film, which is just one of many under Rodriguez's belt. Check with the oldies if they still remember the movie's theme, also sung by Soriano. Maybe try your luck, too, and ask if distance wasn't a thing back then.
Kapag Tumabang ang Asin (1976)
Director Danny Zialcita actually has a slew of films with really—for lack of a better word—interesting titles. Take, for example, 1983's Nagalit Ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi and the 1984 comedy May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo, but this specific title just holds way more suspense than the rest. It's obviously not literal, but can you imagine a world with salt that isn't salty?
Humanda Ka Mayor!: Bahala Na ang Diyos (1993)
Despite the title sounding like a one-liner Robin Padilla could have yelled in an action sequence somewhere, this crime-drama actually tackles some very serious material. Featuring Kris Aquino and Aga Muhlach, the film was loosely based on a 1993 rape-slay case, which eventually led to the conviction and lifetime imprisonment of then-mayor Antonio Sanchez of Calauan, Laguna.
Curacha, Ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga (1998)
A nickname for those who are always on the go, curacha is a term we've all been called at least once in our lives by an annoyed elder. But the origins actually go much deeper. Curacha's difficult life as a sex worker (portrayed by Rosanna Roces) is supposedly an allegory of the abuses the Philippines has suffered at the hands of her own people. We didn't expect it to go there, but it did, and seeing as its screenplay was written by Ricky Lee—who also wrote Himala—we shouldn't have been surprised.
Tubig na Hinugasan (1950)
The First Golden Age of Philippine Cinema happened post-World War II, when local production houses, including LVN Pictures and Sampaguita Pictures, were at their peak. Which must mean that this film certainly was a quality one. One look at the subhead though, which asks, "Mayroon nga kayang tubig na hinugasan? Hindi ba tubig ang ginagawang panghugas?" and we'll have to leave you to decide.
Pakasalan Mo Ako (1991)
Don't be misled by the title—this film is in no way direct nor straight to the point. Starring Janice De Belen and three love interests (played by Aga Muhlach, Gabby Concepcion, and John Estrada): one who got her pregnant, one who married her, and one who abused her. You'll have to watch the movie to find out which love interest did what because we're not so sure either.