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As Hello, Love, Goodbye becomes the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, it is essential to examine the elements of its success. In so doing, we have to look at the trends in the popular cinema in the Philippines. In this video essay, we argue that #HelloLoveGoodbye is a pastiche – an imitation of various film styles, techniques, and narratives which worked in the past.

We included these films in the discussion as well:

The Hows of Us (2018); My Exs and Whys (2017); One More Chance (2007); Got To Believe in Magic (2002); Last Night (2017); That Thing Called Tadhana (2014); Sid and Aya: Not a Love Story (2018); Four Sisters and A Wedding (2013); Anak (2000); Sunday Beauty Queen (2016); Kita Kita (2017); Milan (2004); Alone Together (2019); Never Not Love You (2018); Four Sisters and A Wedding (2013); Amnesia Girl (2010); A Second Chance (2015); Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016); That Thing Called Tadhana (2014); and Last Night (2017)