Ganito kami noon... Paano kayo ngayon? (1976)
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Some people have observed that Romero’s majestic picaresque tale was a precursor to Forrest Gump: its protagonist is a simple-minded young man who sets out on a journey from his quiet hometown, gets enmeshed in the country’s historical upheavals, falls in love, gets his heart broken, learns to forgive, and ends up a wiser man. Ganito Kami Noon is the more accomplished work.