Bela Padilla is one of the most bankable actresses in the Philippines today. Not only is she beautiful and sexy – she’s really talented!
In the past years, Bela starred in a number of movies that are considered as box-office hits and critically acclaimed. As a big fan, I am happy to share my Top 5 Favorite Bela Padilla Movies:
1. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella
The biggest hit of the very 1st Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino! For me, this is the movie that made Bela Padilla a box-office star. In this Jason Paul Laxamana film, she plays the role of Stella, a college student who is in a rock band who caught the attention of the stuttering poet Fidel. An unlikely but special friendship developed between the two and eventually, they developed romantic feelings.
The movie is relatable especially for those who spent their college years in the province. I end up crying in the scene where Stella and Fidel reunited in Pampanga infront of the Mt. Arayat. “Hindi na puwede, eh..”
2. Meet Me in St. Gallen
Jesse and Celeste forever! This movie is a great comeback of Carlo Aquino as a leading man. The movie penned and directed by Irene Villamore is divided in three sections: A chance meeting in Manila, a coincidental meeting in a coffee shop and in St. Gallen in Switzerland. The movie is a perfect example of “we have the right love at the wrong time”. I sad there in the movie house still hoping for another scene for a happy ending (SPOILER: It’s Not!).
Bela Padilla is an acclaimed actress with many achievements under her belt especially in 2016. She had consecutive movies, TV shows, and appeared in and recurring commercials endorsing several prominent brands.
While #CocoBel have a strong following due to their roles in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Bela’s own relationship with longtime boyfriend, Neil Arce.
Here are the top 10 reasons that shows how Bela Padilla made 2016 her year.
1. #CocoBel! Coco Martin and Bela Padilla’s pairing became trending in 2016 with the success of their teleserye, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. The CocoBel pairing clicked so much because of the chemistry they oozed during their scenes.
2. Praise for “I America”, Bela’s first Cinemalaya movie!
Directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal, “I America” is a comedy drama film chronicling the journey of a complex half-Pinay, half-Caucasian lady looking for American living in Olongapo City (Philippines) who tries to get her passport and US visa in order to meet her father personally for the first time. Many critics raved on Bela’s compelling acting propelling the movie well.
Her performance in I America has led to an endorsement for another indie project whose title she’d rather keep to herself for now.
The long wait is over! Here’s the short preview trailer of I America, a Cinemalaya 2016 entry led by Bela Padilla.
A Cinemalaya 2016 Finalist. August 5-14, 2016. CCP Theaters. Ayala Malls.
Written and Directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal
Produced by Victoria Mostoles
Director of Photography : Carlo Mendoza
Assistant Director: Easy Ferrer
Production Designer: Michael Espanol
Editor: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Music: Nonong Buencamino
Starring Bela Padilla. Rob Rownd. Matt Evans. Thou Reyes. Sheena Ramos. Joe Vargas. Raflesia Bravo. Julz Savard. With Lui Manansala and Elizabeth Oropesa.
Introducing Rhyzza Kafilas and Kate Bautista