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Famous Film Directors from The Philippines

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Updated October 13, 2018 77k views 106 items

List of famous film directors from Philippines, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Philippines has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Filipino directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Philippines and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List items include Gregorio Fernandez, Paquito Diaz and many additional items as well.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Filipino directors?" and "Which directors are from Philippines?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Philippines in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Filipino directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Adolf Alix, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Chassis, Mater Dolorosa, Presa

Birthplace: Makati, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Adolfo Alix Jr. or Adolf Alix (full name: Adolfo B. Alix Jr.) is a Filipino screenwriter and film director.
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Al Tantay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Juan & Ted: Wanted, Banyo Queen

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Al Tantay (born March 15, 1956) is a Filipino film actor, Comedian, and director and the former husband of Rio Locsin. He was discovered by Joey Gosiengfiao and was launched through the Regal ...more
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Albert Martínez ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Rosario

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Albert Pineda Martinez (born April 19, 1961) is a Filipino actor, director, and producer.
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Ato Bautista is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Ato Bautista Cinco

Birthplace: Nueva Ecija, Municipalities of the Philippines, Central Luzon, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Ato Bautista is a film director and screenwriter.
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Auraeus Solito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Tuli, Boy

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Auraeus Solito, also known as Kanakan-Balintagos, is a Palawán-Filipino filmmaker and indigenous peoples rights advocate who comes from a lineage of shaman-kings from the Palawán ...more
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Ben Feleo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Humanap Ka ng Panget, John En Marsha Sa Probinsya, Binibining Tsuper-Man

Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Ben Feleo was a Filipino film director and screenwriters who directed more than forty films.
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Benito Bautista is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Benito Bautista Serenade

Nationality: Philippines

Benito Bautista is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.
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Bobby A. Suarez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Bobby A. Suarez They Call Her Cleopatra Wong, Warriors of the Apocalypse, American Commandos

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Roberto A. Suarez (November 27, 1942 – February 8, 2010), commonly referred to as "Bobby" or "BAS", was a Filipino film producer, director and screenwriter.
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Brian Ging is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
American Yearbook

Birthplace: Clark Air Base, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines, United States of America

Brian Ging is a film producer, director, editor, screenwriter and cinematographer.
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Brian Yuzna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Return of the Living Dead 3, Progeny, Faust: Love of the Damned

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines, United States of America

Brian Yuzna (born August 30, 1949) is a Filipino-born American producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his work in the science fiction and horror film genres. Yuzna began his career ...more
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Brillante Mendoza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Pantasya, The Masseur, Summer Heat

Birthplace: San Fernando City, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Brillante "Dante" Mendoza (born 30 July 1960) is a Filipino independent film director. He was born and raised in San Fernando, Pampanga. He took advertising arts of the then College of ...more
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Carlo J. Caparas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar, The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?), Chavit

Birthplace: Pampanga, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Carlo Magno "Carlo" Jose Caparas (born December 15, 1958), widely known as Carlo J. Caparas, is a Filipino comic strip creator/writer-turned director and producer, who is best known ...more
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Carlo Ledesma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Carlo Ledesma The Tunnel Movie, Food Matters

Birthplace: Metropolitan Manila, Manila, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Carlo Ledesma is a Filipino film director, producer and screenwriter. Ledesma rose to fame when he won the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Short Film at its annual Short Film Corner. Most ...more
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Carlos Padilla, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Carlos Padilla, Sr. Carinosa

Birthplace: Eurasia, Maritime Southeast Asia, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines, Asia, + more

Nationality: Philippines

Carlos Ruiz Padilla Sr. (September 6, 1909 – 1962) was a Filipino Olympic boxer and actor. From a famous family of actors and politicians, he is the brother of actor José Padilla Jr. and ...more
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Carlos Vander Tolosa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Carlos Vander Tolosa Giliw Ko, Bituing Marikit, Bituing Marikit

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Carlos Vander Tolosa is a film director and screenwriter.
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Cathy Garcia-Molina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Close to You, Forever and a Day, It Takes a Man and a Woman

Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Catherine Rosales Garcia-Molina (born November 28, 1971) is a Filipino film and television director best known for directing romantic comedy films produced and distributed by Star Cinema. She ...more
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Celso Ad. Castillo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Brown Emmanuelle, Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara

Birthplace: Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Celso Ad. Castillo is a screenwriter, actor, and film director.
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Cesar Montano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Bullet, The Call of the River, Ligalig

Birthplace: Santa Ana, Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Cesar Manhilot (born August 1, 1962), better known by his screen name Cesar Montano, is a Filipino actor, film producer and film director. Montano started in show business as a commercial model. ...more
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Cesar S.B. Abella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Cesar S.B. Abella Araaayyyyy!!!

Nationality: Philippines

Cesar S.B. Abella is a film director and screenwriter.
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Charliebebs Gohetia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Charliebebs Gohetia The Thank You Girls, The Natural Phenomenon Of Madness

Nationality: Philippines

Charliebebs Gohetia is a film editor, film director, and a screenwriter.
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Chito S. Roño is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Chito S. Roño Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut, The Healing, T2

Birthplace: Eurasia, Maritime Southeast Asia, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines, Asia, + more

Nationality: Philippines

Chito S. Roño (born April 26, 1954), also known as Sixto Kayko, is a Filipino writer, film producer and film director known for his expansive vision and special-effects-heavy films, most ...more
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Cholo Laurel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Nasaan Ka Man

Birthplace: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Rafael Hidalgo Laurel (born July 26, 1961) is a Filipino filmmaker, best known for writing and directing the Star Cinema Classic Nasaan Ka Man. The youngest son of Manuel Sosa Laurel (deceased) ...more
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Chris Martinez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Chris Martinez My Valentine Girls

Nationality: Philippines

Chris Martinez is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.
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Chris Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Christopher "Chris" Sheridan (born September 19, 1967) is an American television writer, producer, and occasional voice actor. Born in the Philippines, Sheridan grew up in New ...more
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Cirio H. Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from The Philippines
Raiders of the Sun, Road Raiders, Eye of the Eagle

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Cirio H. Santiago (January 18, 1936 – September 26, 2008) was a prolific Filipino film producer, director, writer and cinematographer. He also uses the screen names: Cirio Santiago and Leonard