Way Back Home (2011 film)

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Way Back Home
Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng
Produced by
Written by Dan Bagas
Karen Ramos
Vanessa Valdez
Music by Jessie Lasaten
Cinematography Julius Palomo Villanueva
Edited by Marya Ignacio
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date
  • August 17, 2011 (2011-08-17)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Philippines
  • Tagalog
  • English
Box office ₱100 million

Way Back Home is a 2011 Filipino family drama film. The film was released by Star Cinema and premiered on August 17, 2011.[1][2][3]

The film follows the story of two sisters, Ana Bartolome (Kathryn Bernardo) and Jessica Santiago (Julia Montes), who have been separated for twelve years and grew up in two totally different worlds.[1]


After the success of the television series, Mara Clara, ABS-CBN decided to launch the lead cast of the series to film, Bernardo and Montes. In February 2011, the cast was announced that the two main characters will be portrayed by Bernardo and Montes and supposedly together with AJ Perez and Albie Casino.[4][5] But on April 17, 2011, Perez died due to a car crash.[6][7]

The film company then replaced Perez with Sam Concepcion.[8][9] In June 2011, Casino was originally tied to the film. However, in July, he was pulled out and was replaced by Enrique Gil.[10] According to Star Cinema, the change in the lineup is prompted by their desire to experiment with different combinations for Bernardo and Montes.[11] Casino had initially worked with Bernardo and Montes in Mara Clara.

Cast and characters[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]



The official poster and promotional photos were released through Star Cinema's official Multiply site.[12] The official cinematic trailer was released on the July 30 episode of the noontime variety show, Happy Yipee Yehey. It was first reported that the soundtrack of the film, "You're My Home" will be covered by Maria Aragon, but later on showed in the film's music video that Angeline Quinto will sing the theme song, which was originally sung by Lea Salonga.[13]

Critical response[edit]

On a film review done by Noel Orsal of Philippine Entertainment Portal he quoted, "The typical Filipino film is at home in portraying families. It brings out one of the best dramatic scenes and emphatic dialogues primarily because relationships within the family can relate to. Conflicts and dysfunction between parent and child or among siblings would always find an audience connecting to a particular character over another."[14]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at first place with an P18 million within its first week surpassing 50 First Dates and Blended in Philippine cinemas, according to Box Office Mojo.[15] On its second week, the film grossed an estimated P4 million, having a total gross receipt of P25.7 million.[16] The film was shown in theaters for only two weeks because of the new Star Cinema film Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi.


  1. ^ a b c Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes portray sisters in Way Back Home retrieved on July 23, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  2. ^ Kathryn Bernardo feels pressured about her launching movie with Star Cinema retrieved on May 11, 2011 via http://push.com.ph
  3. ^ Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes tagged as "future superstars" retrieved on August 3, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  4. ^ AJ Perez joins ‘Mara Clara’ stars in a movie retrieved on March 19, 2011 via http://push.com.ph
  5. ^ Albie Casiño lands his first major movie role retrieved on March 15, 2011 via http://push.com.ph
  6. ^ AJ Perez (18) is dead retrieved on April 17, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  7. ^ Julia Montes is sad that she won't have AJ Perez as her leading man in her very first movie retrieved on May 6, 2011 via http://push.com.ph
  8. ^ a b Sam Concepcion wants to make AJ Perez proud retrieved on May 20, 2011 via http://push.com.ph
  9. ^ Sam Concepcion hopes to be worthy replacing his late friend AJ Perez in Way Back Home retrieved on August 3, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  10. ^ Padilla-thankful-to-have-been-chosen-as-a-replacement-in--Way-Back-Home- Enrique Gil thankful to have been chosen as a replacement in Way Back Home retrieved on August 3, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  11. ^ Enrique Gil replaces Albie Casino in upcoming Kathryn Bernardo-Julia Montes movie retrieved on July 8, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  12. ^ Way Back Home promotional photos
  13. ^ Maria Aragon to sing the Way Back Home theme song accessed on July 25, 2011 via www.starcinema.com.ph
  14. ^ PEP REVIEW: An Endearing Way Back Home retrieved on August 19, 2011 via www.pep.ph
  15. ^ Way Back Home first week gross retrieved August 21, 2011
  16. ^ Way Back Home via Box Office Mojo updated September 14, 2011

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