Most Popular Filipino-Language, Documentary Titles


1. Motherland (I) (2017)

94 min | Documentary

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78 Metascore

Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers... See full summary »

Director: Ramona S. Diaz

Votes: 14

2. Son of God (2010)

80 min | Documentary

7.0
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Directors: Khavn, Michael Noer | Stars: Sadged Cerna, Menk Cruzat, Ali Doron, Lorna Garcia

Votes: 10

3. I-Witness (1999– )

Documentary

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Stars: Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Jay Taruc, Howie Severino

Votes: 18

4. Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

95 min | Documentary

7.4
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Sunday Beauty Queen is a real-life Cinderella tale of a Filipina house helper who dreams to be a Beauty Queen in Hong Kong.

Director: Baby Ruth Villarama | Stars: Rudelie Acosta, Cherrie Bretana, Chuck Gutierrez, Mylyn Jacobo

Votes: 100

5. Give Up Tomorrow (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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When a teenager from a political family in the Philippines is accused of a double murder, the country's entire judicial system is put to the test after years of alleged corruption.

Director: Michael Collins

Votes: 450

6. Imelda (2003)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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69 Metascore

A "beyond the shoes" documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Stars: Imelda Marcos, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Imee Marcos, Stephen Bosworth

Votes: 218

7. Manoro (2006)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

6.5
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The plot of the film surrounds Jonalyn and her father's journey to look for Apong Bisen- her grandfather who went hunting in the forest and had not returned to cast his vote for the ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jonalyn Ablong, Edgar Ablong, Carol Ablong, Carlito Ablong

Votes: 25

8. Shunned (2014)

70 min | Documentary, Drama

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A documentary about the trauma and struggles faced by a group of Trans women in the Philippines as they compete in a pageant and find strength in their convictions and one other.

Director: Janice Villarosa | Stars: Beyonce Amago, Jimmy Lou Antepuesto, Paolo Apilado, Yenyen Apilado

Votes: 21

9. Hugo: A Hidden Past Revealed (2017)

50 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

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Unmasking the true faces of one of the Philippines' most expensive artifacts, the bul-ul (or rice god).

Directors: Rhadem Morados, Janice Buenaventura

10. 5 and Up (1992–2002)

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Stars: Chynna Ortaleza, Maxene Magalona, Rayver Cruz, Atom Araullo

11. Bunso: The Youngest (2005 Video)

64 min | Documentary

8.9
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A documentary that explores injustice, neglect and perpetual helplessness.

Director: Ditsi Carolino

Votes: 31

12. Mga anak ng unos (2014)

143 min | Documentary

6.7
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On 8 November 2013, the city Tacloban on Leyte Island, Philippines, was largely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, causing the death of 6,201 people.

Director: Lav Diaz

Votes: 102

13. People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose (2016)

89 min | Documentary

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A mystery dreamlike portrait of a movie star's harrowing ordeal in the making of a film. This is about Liz Alindogan, then 19-year old naive newbie star, and director Celso Ad Castillo ... See full summary »

Director: John Torres | Star: Liz Alindogan

Votes: 11

14. Alay ni da king: An FPJ special (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Alay ni da King is a tribute to the King of Filipino Cinema and also a tribute to all the fans of FPJ where FPJ make a 30 minutes video of all his favorite scenes.

Stars: Boots Anson-Roa, Manny R. Buising, Christopher De Leon, Matet De Leon

15. The Crescent Rising (2015)

90 min | Documentary

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Three portraits of different lives caught in between a crossfire of unwavering faith and ambiguous history. Book 1: A Man who claims Jabidah Massacre is a lie, Book 2: Moro rebel fighters ... See full summary »

Director: Sheron R. Dayoc

16. Biyahe ni Drew (2013– )

45 min | Documentary

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Drew Arellano on an ultimate travel adventure that's right for your budget. Featuring a different Philippine destination every week!

Star: Drew Arellano

17. Wish ko lang (2002– )

Documentary

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Wish ko lang is the first wish-granting program on Philippine television, featuring inspiring stories of ordinary Filipinos as they struggle to overcome extraordinary situations.

Stars: Vicky Morales, Bernadette Sembrano

Votes: 28

18. S.O.C.O. (Scene of the Crime Operatives) (2005– )

Documentary

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Stars: Gus Abelgas, Elia Ilano

19. Dahling Nick (2015)

178 min | Documentary, Drama

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Dahling Nick is a docu-drama exploring the life and works of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, who only accepted the National Artist Award on the condition that the Marcos ... See full summary »

Director: Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena | Stars: Raymond Bagatsing, Alessandra de Rossi, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ping Medina

20. iJuander (2011– )

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Stars: Cesar Apolinario, Susan Enriquez

21. No Fear: The Manny Pacquiao Story (2004 Video)

92 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

8.0
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Thanks to his fierce reputation as an aggressive left-handed slugger and his status as a two-time world champion, boxer Manny Pacquiao is recognized as one of the hardest punchers in any weight class and a national hero.

Star: Manny Pacquiao

Votes: 9

22. Pinoy movie: buhay ka pa... ba? (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Stars: Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano

23. The Ruffa Gutierrez & Yilmaz Bektas Wedding (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Stars: Yilmaz Bektas, Ruffa Gutierrez

Votes: 5

24. on the way to school (2015)

37 min | Documentary, Biography | Completed

9.6
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the daily way to school of 2 Manila girls

Director: Edouard Douek

Votes: 7

25. Rescue (2010–2013)

Documentary

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Rescue is an informational reality-based docu-drama program that covers real life emergency situations and other safety issues.

Star: Arnold Clavio

26. Kinabuhi (2015)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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Kinabuhi is a story about Filipino Coconut Farmers struggling to survive a Way-of-Life exploited by industrial agriculture and crippled by disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. Over 60% of Coconut... See full summary »

Directors: Danny Cooke, Will Lauder

27. XXX: Exklusibong, explosibong, exposé (2006–2013)

Documentary

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Stars: Julius Babao, Karen Davila, Henry Omaga-Diaz, Alex Santos

28. Investigative Documentaries (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, News

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"Investigative Documentaries" features in-depth reports on national issues.

Stars: Malou Mangahas, Howie Severino, Grace Dela Peña-Reyes, Florian Tarcelo-Balmes

29. Tunay na buhay (2011– )

Documentary

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Stars: Rhea Santos, Chino Trinidad, German Moreno, Lhar Santiago

30. Aha! (2010– )

45 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Reality-TV

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Stars: Drew Arellano, Natalia Moon, Maey Bautista, Boobay

31. Reel Time (2011– )

Documentary

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Stars: Travis Kraft, Mary Rose Navarro, Vina Hisole, Imabelle Sidic

32. When a Gay Man Loves... (2007 Video)

Documentary

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Director: Jowee Morel | Stars: Romano Vasquez, Brew Bondoc, Donna Marquinez, Chris Deuna

33. A Year of Hope (2017)

84 min | Documentary | Completed

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Director: Mikala Krogh

34. Imbestigador (2000– )

Documentary

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Star: Mike Enriquez

Votes: 15

35. Whathathoom: Cheese Live! (2003 Video)

Documentary, Music

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Stars: Cheese, Reg Rubio

36. Sa rikaw (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Kathleen Lei Limayo

37. Standing Tall (2004 Video)

50 min | Documentary

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Renato is 27 years old and is severely disabled. Standing only 2'6" with leg and spinal deformaties one would think he would lead an inactive life. But this man works 6 days a week selling ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Jacob

38. Basal banar (2002)

80 min | Documentary

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Director: Auraeus Solito

39. Reporter's Notebook (2004– )

Documentary, News

7.7
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Stars: Jiggy Manicad, Tina Panganiban-Perez, Cesar Apolinario, Raffy Tima

Votes: 12

40. No pongso do tedted no mondo: Ang isla sa dulo ng mundo (2005)

Documentary, Drama

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Director: Raya Martin | Stars: Advencula Alcantara, Leon Alcantara, Maria Alcantara, Vicente Cano

Votes: 22

41. Imagine You & Me: The Journey (2016 TV Special)

41 min | Documentary

8.2
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The making of ALDUB's (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza) First solo movie. Shoot in Como, Italy.

Director: Monti Parungao | Stars: Rhea Santos, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Michael Tuviera

Votes: 14

42. The Surge (2015)

62 min | Documentary | Completed

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This is it. This is the end.

Director: Wilfred Tangid

43. Public atorni: Asunto o areglo (2010– )

Documentary

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Stars: M.J. Marfori, Persida V. Rueda-Acosta

45. The Correspondents (2000– )

Documentary

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Stars: Bernadette Sembrano, Gary Valenciano, Mari Kaimo, Karen Davila

46. Jessica Soho Reports (2001– )

Documentary

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Star: Jessica Soho

47. Pagbabalik sa tribo (1999)

45 min | Documentary

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A filmmaker of tribal origin rediscovers his cultural roots in Palawan Island after success in the MTV world. The documentary accompanies his actual and psychological journey back and his ... See full summary »

Director: Howie Severino

48. Agos (2011)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Samantha Lee | Stars: Mocca Eduzma, Lilay de los Santos

49. God, Church, Pills and Condoms (2012 Video)

29 min | Documentary, Short, Family

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God, Church, Pills and Condoms is a documentary about the controversial debate over the passing of the reproductive health care bill in the Philippines. The Philippines is predominantly ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Kohle

50. The Last Journey of Ninoy (2009)

160 min | Documentary

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It is about the story of the final days of Aquino from 12 August 1983 to 21 August till he was assassinated at the Manila International Airport. It features interviews and commentaries from... See full summary »

Director: Jun Reyes | Stars: Cory Aquino, Bam Aquino, Denise Ang, Delphine Buencamino