The 25 best Filipino rom-coms list: voting process

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Putting together a list of the 25 best Filipino rom-coms is no easy feat. For this, we enlisted the help of 28 industry insiders — from directors and screenwriters to actors and critics. Photo from I'M DRUNK I LOVE YOU/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The sheer number of rom-coms in Philippine cinema makes the act of ranking them a daunting task. While the list, of course, is not a scientific or objective one, we set out basic guidelines that must be followed:

  • The film must have been released in the last 25 years (1992-2017)
  • For a film to be a romantic comedy, the main driver should be a love story built with major comedic elements.

More than a list of personal preference, we want the list to reflect the views and perspectives of professionals in Philippine cinema — from the directors, actors, screenwriters, producers who make the films to the critics, academics, and fans who champion the films. CNN Philippines Life asked over 40 professionals to give us a ranked list of their 10 best rom-coms of the last 25 years. The following submitted their lists:

  1. Anj Pessumal
  2. Hannah Espia
  3. Jane Torres
  4. Simon Santos
  5. Wanggo Gallaga
  6. Jade Castro
  7. Eric Cabahug
  8. Ronald Arguelles
  9. Kriz Gazmen
  10. Leo Katigbak
  11. Shinji Manlangit
  12. Moira Lang
  13. Patrick Valencia
  14. Bianca Balbuena
  15. Petersen Vargas
  16. Marie Jamora
  17. Tonette Jadaone
  18. Oggs Cruz
  19. Theodore Boborol
  20. Baby Ruth Villarama
  21. Dan Villegas
  22. Juan Miguel Severo
  23. Prime Cruz
  24. Quark Henares
  25. Iza Calzado
  26. Jasmine Curtis-Smith
  27. Janine Gutierrez
  28. Lotlot de Leon

Votes were tallied and ranked, with rankings bearing more weight than the number of times a film appeared on the list. A film’s total number of votes (weighed according to how high it ranked on the lists) was divided against the total number of participants. Ties were resolved by assessing how many times a film ranked higher than the other, yielding a list of 25 films.