The decade-ender issue: 10 years of Filipino pop culture

We look back at a decade’s worth of films, songs, books, and more.

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Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — How does one sum up an entire decade? In the Philippines, the 2010s was a decade of immense change — we saw indie cinema crossing over into the mainstream, the local music scene gaining steadier footing, food trends taking over the country in waves, and the best in art and literature bringing marginalized voices and untold stories to the fore. In hindsight, the 2010s was a decade of transformation.

In this highlight reel of highlight reels, we take a look back at the best moments, trends, and works of art, literature, film, and music that defined the 2010s.

The 25 best Filipino films of the 2010s

This decade in cinema will be identified as a summation of multiple moving parts – from the landscape and technological shifts, movements born of movies, and new ideologies shaped by cinema.

The 10 best Filipino songs of the 2010s

Yes, there’s plenty of music to choose from. But how do you stand out in a decade of endless possibilities and never-ending options?

Art fairs, censorship, tragedies: Filipino art in the 2010s

If there is anything that has happened in Philippine arts and culture the past decade, it’s this clear shift towards influencer-posts and press releases, over critique and reviews.

The best Filipino books of the 2010s

Writers, publishers, and academics weigh in on some of the most impactful books of the last ten years.

The 2010s: The top 10 moments and milestones that defined Pinoy pop culture

From the hit song that cemented Sarah Geronimo's icon status to the film that changed the Pinoy romance forever, these are the decade-defining products of the 2010.

9 things we loved about food in the past decade

Our food obsessions come and go, as we saw not only this year but in the past ten years. But there is always room for new things, it seems, some of which are here to stay, perhaps for another decade or more.

My decade in Filipino comics

Throughout the decade, the Filipino comics community provided new opportunities for collaboration and new ways to express ideas beyond the literary frameworks.


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