10 Famous Lines from Filipino Movies (2024)

Art imitates life but in the Philippines, Filipino movies are able to transcend real to reel and back again.

These famous lines from Filipino movies have become canon, often referenced in articles, essays, and movie reviews through the years.

This list covers a wide range of films, some as early as the '70s because until now, these famous movie lines are still iconic and relevant. There are even those that have inspired parody movies or comedy versions of it. The ones in the more recent decade have also generated countless memes, especially from the younger generation who can relate to the themes of love and heartache.

In no particular order, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) presents this list of famous lines from Filipino movies.

How many do you still remember? And how many have inspired other memorable movie lines? Notice how many of them deliver a bite, a sting, and a reverb that can be felt even years later.

Notice as well how many of the lines are uttered by strong, woke women making their presence felt in society.

  1. Bituing Walang Ningning (1985)

Cast: Sharon Cuneta, Christopher de Leon, and Cherie Gil

Genre: '80s melodrama

Brief Synopsis: Dorina Pineda (Sharon Cuneta in her prime) is groomed by privileged music executive Nico Escobar (Christopher de Leon) to become a singing sensation, largely as part of Nico's vengeful efforts to topple Lavinia Arguelles, Dorina's idol. Lavinia, who Cherie Gil breathed so much life into, was Nico's girlfriend and decided to strike it out on her own because she wanted control of her life.

The Situation: This iconic line, often copied, and always, always a second-rate copy at that, was said to Dorina by Lavinia as the former's star was rising and intrigue followed her every step. It was uttered in the garden as an adlib by Cherie Gil after the launch of Dorina as ZONI Records' newest recording star. Dorina asked her idol if she liked it and here we have her scathing clapback.

"You're nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!" ~ Lavinia Arguelles (Cherie Gil) to Dorina Pineda (Sharon Cuneta)

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  1. Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1985)

Cast: Vilma Santos, Edu Manzano, and Dina Bonnevie

Genre: '80s melodrama

Brief Synopsis: Fina and Rodel Alcaraz (played by Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano) are an upscale, seemingly happily married couple—but childless for a while because of Fina's inability to bear a child. In what proves to be the breakdown of their marriage, Rodel ends up falling for the younger, fertile surrogate, Ditas (played by Dina Bonnevie).

The Situation: This line has inspired different screenplays through the years but the OG still stings, as it should. As Ditas, now chasing her dream to have a better life, brings Rodel's child to the home of the Alcarazes, Fina won't take things sitting down, hence this line.

"Para kang karinderyang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain." ~ Fina Alcaraz (Vilma Santos) to Ditas (Dina Bonnevie)

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  1. Minsa'y Isang Gamugamo (1976)

Cast: Nora Aunor and Jay Ilagan

Cast: Period drama

Brief Synopsis: Cora dela Cruz (Nora Aunor) is a Filipino nurse hoping to move to America and live in greener pastures. Bonifacio Santos (Jay Ilagan) plays Cora's fiancé. Their families are lower-middle-class families in Pampanga and the story is set during American military presence in the Philippines. Bonifacio is planning to join Cora by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Cora's brother's death at the hands of an American soldier changes Cora's plans and ideology as she stays in the Philippines and seeks justice for her brother.

The Situation: Cora is at home, in mourning clothes, as the authorities explain that her brother was killed in an accident because the soldier thought he was a wild boar.

"My brother is not a pig! Ang kapatid ko ay tao, hindi baboy damo!" ~ Cora dela Cruz (Nora Aunor) to American soldier

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  1. Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang? (1998)

Cast: Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Vanessa del Bianco

Genre: Romantic comedy

Brief Synopsis: Hugot, friendzone--this movie had it all even before those concepts were coined by millennials years later. Best friends Ned and Bujoy (Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal in their heyday as matinee idols) have been friends since forever. They each pursue their passions (Ned his music while Bujoy takes up art) but their friendship gets complicated when Ned starts dating Bujoy's balikbayan childhood friend Mary Ann (Vanessa del Bianco). Bujoy realizes she wants to be more than friends with Ned and the whole plot unfolds.

The Situation: Outdoors in a park, Ned confronts Bujoy and asks her why she is playing the jealousy card. Jolina delivers this memorable line and everywhere, hearts are breaking and tears are falling.

"Oh yes, kaibigan mo ako. Kaibigan mo lang ako... And I'm so stupid to make the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend." ~ Bujoy (Jolina Magdangal) to Ned (Marvin Agustin)

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  1. One More Chance (2007)

Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Maja Salvador, and Derek Ramsay

Genre: Romance

Brief Synopsis: Featuring one of the most successful love teams of the recent decade, John Lloyd Cruz plays Popoy Gonzales, an engineer, and Bea Alonzo plays Basha Eugenio, an architect. The college sweethearts from UST are in a long-term relationship but the couple cracks under pressure when Popoy's strong personality stifles Basha's creativity and growth.

The Situation: Popoy says this very real, very painful line to Basha sometime after their break-up when Basha is thriving in her career and Popoy is now with Tricia (Maja Salvador).

"She loved me at my worst. You had me at my best, but binalewala mo lang ang lahat yun... And you chose to break my heart." ~ Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) to Basha (Bea Alonzo)

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  1. No Other Woman (2011)

Cast: Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, and Derek Ramsay

Genre: Drama

Brief Synopsis: Philippine cinema will keep churning out third party-affair movies because they always resonate with audiences. In this prime example of the wife not letting the mistress get her way, Cristine Reyes plays Charmaine Escaler, wife to Ram Escaler (Derek Ramsay). Derek lands a lucrative deal of providing the furniture of a luxury resort owned by Kara Zalderiaga (Anne Curtis) and her family. Kara fancies herself a strong, independent woman capable of carrying on an emotionless affair while Cha learns to fight for her marriage.

The Situation: Cha's mother, Babygirl Dela Costa (played by Carmi Martin), reminds her of the rightful place a wife plays in the marriage. This line has both bite and humor and is the battle cry for all wives dealing with wandering husbands, it seems.

"Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo. Maraming snatcher, maaagawan ka. Lumaban ka! Panahon na para i-pack up mo na 'yang Lucy Torres mo, ilabas mo na diyan si Gretchen Barretto. Anak ako na ang bahala sa red stilletos mo!" ~ Babygirl Dela Costa (Carmi Martin) to Charmaine Escaler (Cristine Reyes)

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  1. Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (1982)

Cast: Vilma Santos, Hilda Koronel, and Dindo Fernando

Genre: Drama.

Brief Synopsis: Vilma Santos is Lily Medrano, a single parent to Alvin, a young boy with a certain terminal illness (played by Alvin Enriquez). Her son demands to see his father. The plot unfolds when her best friend, Elsa Almeda (Hilda Koronel), lends her husband Louie (Dindo Fernando) to play the child's father.

The Situation: At home, Elsa confronts Louie as the relationship between Louie and Lily has become real instead of just-pretend.

"Once, twice, three times more, gaano ba kadalas ang minsan?" ~ Elsa Almeda (Hilda Koronel) to Louie (Dindo Fernando)

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  1. Madrasta (1996)

Cast: Sharon Cuneta, Christopher de Leon, and Zsa Zsa Padilla

Genre: Family Drama

Brief Synopsis: After Edward (Christopher de Leon) is abandoned by his wife, leaving him with three kids, he marries the caring and loving Mariel (Sharon Cuneta). She tries her best to be a kind and nurturing stepmother to the three children even as the family explores love, trust, and family dynamics again.

The Situation: At home, Mariel confronts Edward about her role in the family as he berates her for chastising him on what to do, because she is "just a wife."

"You're absolutely right, 'yan lang ang tingin mo sa akin. Taga-handa ng isusuot mo, ng kakainin mo, taga-ayos ng bahay mo, tagasalo sa mga problema mo. I was never your partner, I'm just your wife, kaya hindi mo ako nirerespeto!" ~ Mariel (Sharon Cuneta) to Edward (Christopher de Leon)

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  1. English Only, Please (2014)

Cast: Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Brief Synopsis: In one of her most recognized roles to date, Jennylyn Mercado plays Tere Madlansacay, a Filipino tutor hired by Julian Parker (Derek Ramsay) to perfectly deliver a letter translation of his emotions to his Pinay ex-girlfriend.

The Situation: At a coffee shop, Tere translates to Tagalog what Julian, who is bitter and hurting over his ex, wants to say to his ex.

"Hoy, babaeng sinungaling! Walanghiya kang malandi kang haliparot ka." ~ Tere (Jennylyn Mercado) as she translates letter from Julian (Derek Ramsay)

Bonus: “Oo na, ako na! Ako na mag-isa!” ~ Tere (Jennylyn Mercado) to jeepney barker looking for someone: "walang boyfriend, walang asawa, walang kamag-anak!"

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  1. Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)

Cast: Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, and Shaina Magdayao with Enchong Dee

Genre: Dramatic Comedy

Brief Synopsis: Teddie (Toni Gonzaga), Bobbie (Bea Alonzo), Alex (Angel Locsin), and Gabbie (Shaina Magdayao) are four sisters who get together to try and dissuade their youngest brother CJ (Enchong Dee) from marrying a woman they feel is wrong for him. The reunion brings out many skeletons that each has kept hidden in their effort to look perfect.

The Situation: In the film's big confrontation scene when Teddie's secret is outed, Bobbie also goes under fire for seeming to have everything together. Her response and facial expression have launched countless memes.

"Bakit parang galit ka? Bakit parang kasalanan ko? Parang kasalanan ko." ~ Bobbie (Bea Alonzo)

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Admit it: you have already used these famous lines from Filipino movies in various situations. These memorable quotes from Pinoy movies have already become part of pop culture and will continue to entertain viewers for years to come.

10 Famous Lines from Filipino Movies (2024)


What are the top 10 movie quotes? ›

  • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind (1939) ...
  • "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather (1972) ...
  • "You don't understand! I coulda had class. ...
  • "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  • "Here's looking at you, kid."

What is the most used line in movies? ›

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  • "Is that all you've got?" ...
  • "(S)he's behind me, isn't (s)he?" ...
  • "It's/she's gonna blow!" ...
  • "We've got company!" ...
  • "Don't die on me!" ...
  • "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way." ...
  • "Get outta there!" ...
  • "You just don't get it, do you?"
Mar 16, 2016

What is the first ever Filipino movie? ›

The first film produced by a Filipino is José Nepomuceno's Dalagang Bukid (Country Maiden) in 1919 based on a highly acclaimed musical play by Hermogenes Ilagan and León Ignacio. Early filmmakers, even with meager capital, followed some of the genres provided by Hollywood movies.

What is considered as the greatest Philippine film ever made? ›

Best Filipino movies of all time
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  • Himala (1982) ...
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What is your favorite line from a movie? ›

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What are movie cliches? ›

A cliche is an expression in any artistic work that has been overused to the point of losing all meaning. A car failing to start while a killer is hot on the protagonist's tail may have once worked as an effective way to build suspense.

How do you quote a line from a movie? ›

The in-text citation includes the last name of the director, and the year. If you are referring to a specific quote or scene from the movie, add a timestamp to direct the reader to the relevant part. Last name, Initials.

Are you looking at me quote? ›

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Who is the first Youtuber in Philippines? ›

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Is Philippine cinema dead? ›

Abstract. The Philippine movie industry has been reported dying for several decades now. It was reported dead in the 1960s with the advent of fly-by-night companies and the proliferation of sex movies called bomba in 1970.

Who was the first Filipino actor? ›

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Rudy Robles
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Years active1939–1956
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What is the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time Brainly? ›

Hello, Love, Goodbye is now highest grossing PHL film ever.

Who is the father of Philippine cinema? ›

Jose Nepomuceno became known as the Father of Philippine Cinema.

What are Filipino films that show the unique culture of the Philippines? ›

Taklub (2015) Honor Thy Father (2015) Thy Womb (2012) Heneral Luna (2015) and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018)
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  • Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (1960)
  • Kadenang Putik (1960)
  • The Moises Padilla Story (1961)
  • Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (Gerardo De Leon, 1961 and 1962)
  • Lilet (1971)
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What are some hot quotes? ›

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What is the most famous line in Harry Potter? ›

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What is a famous short quote? ›

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What is most powerful quote? ›

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What is the most annoying cliché? ›

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  3. "The rest is history." ...
  4. 4. " ...
  5. 5. " ...
  6. "Every cloud has a silver lining." ...
  7. 7. " ...
  8. "When it rains, it pours."
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What are the most annoying movie cliches? ›

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What is a cliché line? ›

1 : a trite phrase or expression also : the idea expressed by it. 2 : a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation. 3 : something (such as a menu item) that has become overly familiar or commonplace.

How do you quote a movie scene? ›

How to Cite a Movie Scene
  1. Write the film title in italics, followed by a period.
  2. List the director and performers, indicated by the abbreviations "Dir." and "Perf." Put a period after the director and separate the performers with commas.

How do you quote a movie actor? ›

Simply begin your reference list entry with the name of the performer whose role or character you want to emphasize. List the name of the actor whose character you wish to emphasize in the following format: Last name, first name, perf.

Can you quote a movie in a book? ›

No permission is needed to mention song titles, movie titles, names, etc. You do not need permission to include song titles, movie titles, TV show titles—any kind of title—in your work. You can also include the names of places, things, events, and people in your work without asking permission.

Why are u looking at me like that? ›

Augustus half smiled. "Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.”

What is the famous line from Scarface? ›

Tony Montana: The only thing I got in this world is my balls, and my word, and I don't break 'em for nobody.

Who are you talking to right now who is it you think you see? ›

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Who is the famous Tiktoker in the Philippines? ›

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Who is the most richest vlogger in the Philippines? ›

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Who is the number 1 ranked YouTuber in Philippines? ›

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What is the quote from Forrest Gump? ›

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