How to Be Yours

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How to Be Yours
How to Be Yours.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDan Villegas
Produced byElma S. Medua
Screenplay by
  • Patrick R. Valencia
  • Hyro P. Aguinaldo
Music byEmerzon Texon
CinematographyMycko David
Edited byMarya Ignacio
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)
Running time
113 minutes

How to Be Yours is a 2016 Filipino romantic drama film directed by Dan Villegas starring Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson and executive produced by Charo Santos-Concio and Malou Santos. The film premiered on July 26, 2016 in a premiere night held on SM Megamall that was attended by the cast and crew of the film, some celebrities, several ABS-CBN executives, and the Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo and her daughters Aika and Jillian. The film was released by Star Cinema on July 27, 2016 in over 180 cinemas throughout the country.[1][2] The film is Graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines.


Niño (Gerald Anderson) is a sales agent who's bent on attaining stability and Anj (Bea Alonzo) is a self-taught cook who dreams of working in a high-end restaurant someday. Niño initially chooses love over career until he meets Anj whose choice is career over love.



The film was Graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines which means that the film is of high quality and shall receive 65% tax rebate.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Philbert Ortiz Dy of rated the film 5 stars out of 5 and wrote that "How to Be Yours is as good as I can imagine a local mainstream romantic film being. It very much works within the established structure of the genre, but it never allows itself to get lazy within that structure. It sets out to earn every moment, to convince the audience at every turn that this relationship is worth fighting for, that every problem that they face is a genuine tragedy. This is a film that believes that love is always a story worth telling, and not just some component of a larger commercial proposition."[4] Nazamel Tabares of Movies Philippines rated the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and wrote that "How to Be Yours is my most favorite Dan Villegas film to date." He added that "the shots are beautiful, the story is smooth and clean and the direction is precise. How to Be Yours is the perfect mainstream romantic film, it doesn’t go big with its confrontations and goes simple but realistic with its dialogues. It may be a surprise as romantic comedies are just something we usually have in Philippine cinemas but How to Be Yours definitely wants to be remembered and it does everything impeccably."[5] Oggs Cruz of Rappler in a very positive review wrote that "How To Be Yours is conventional entertainment done right. It enthralls without a lot of the pandering to the cheap thrills that commonly pervade romances."[6] Meanwhile, Eric T. Cabahug of noted and praised Bea Alonzo's performance saying that, "Bea Alonzo is even better, handling her showier and more layered role — a young woman who blossoms from being an insecure underachiever into a driven, ballsy careerist — with maturity and sophistication." [7] Je C.C. of Philippine Entertainment Portal wrote that "Both Bea and Gerald are able to deliver commendable performances here, playing as lovers whose commitments are pulled into the opposing poles of love and career. How To Be Yours is a film that conforms with a common template in the mainstream romance cinema, but there is a grace in its approach that somehow sets itself far better than just being ordinary."[8] On the other hand, Rito P. Asilo of Philippine Daily Inquirer praised Bea Alonzo's performance saying that, "The juggling act that Bea—her generation’s finest actress—had to accomplish serves as a showcase for her formidable thespic gifts. With the textured portrayal that she limns to insightful perfection here, she proves that a fine actress can rise above the limitations of a flawed film!"[9]


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Source
2017 19th Gawad Pasado Awards PinakaPASADO na Aktres (Best Movie Actress) Bea Alonzo Nominated

Box office[edit]

According to Star Cinema, How to Be Yours earned about 10 million pesos in its opening day.[10]


  1. ^ U. Torre, Nestor (July 23, 2016). "Bea is 'How To Be Yours biggest draw". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ^ "WATCH: Robredo, daughters grace 'How To Be Yours' premiere". ABS-CBN News. July 26, 2016.
  3. ^ ""How To Be Yours" Graded B ng Cinema Evaluation Board". ABS-CBN. July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Ortiz Dy, Philbert (July 28, 2016). "'How to be Yours' is a Top Notch Romantic Film".
  5. ^ Tabares, Nazamel (July 28, 2016). "MOVIE REVIEW: How To be Yours (2016)". Movies Philippines.
  6. ^ Cruz, Francis Joseph (July 30, 2016). "'How To Be Yours' Review: Lovely and moving". Rappler.
  7. ^ Cabahug, Eric T. (July 31, 2016). "REVIEW: 'How To Be Yours' is a romantic drama that rings mostly true". Interaksyon.
  8. ^ C.C., Je (July 29, 2016). "REVIEW: Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson have electrifying chemistry in How To Be Yours". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  9. ^ Asilo, Rito (July 30, 2016). "Bea saves our viewing day". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  10. ^ "Gerald-Bea film earns P10M on opening day". ABS-CBN News. July 28, 2016.

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