100 Tula Para Kay Stella

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100 Tula Para Kay Stella
100 Tula Para Kay Stella poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJason Paul Laxamana
Written byJason Paul Laxamana
Release date
  • August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)
Running time
120 minutes
Box office₱80 million
(as of August 21, 2017)

100 Tula Para Kay Stella (lit. 100 Poems for Stella) is a 2017 Philippine romantic film directed by Jason Paul Laxamana and starring Bela Padilla and JC Santos. It was produced under Viva Films.


In 2004, Fidel Lansangan (JC Santos) and Stella Puno (Bela Padilla) meet each other as freshmen college students in Pampanga pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology. They became friends despite differences in their personalities; Fidel is an honor student with a speech impediment and loves poetry while Stella is a rocker with a tough and confident attitude who prefers to jam with her band rather than to do her studies.[1]

Fidel begins to write poems to express his love to Stella but does not have the confidence to read these to her. Stella on her had various boyfriends as she pursues her goal of securing a recording contract. The film's story spans for four whole years of Fidel and Stella's college life and revolves around the question whether Fidel can muster enough confidence to read his poems to Stella.[1][2]



100 Tula Para Kay Stella was produced under Viva Films. Jason Paul Laxamana served as both the writer and director of the film. The story of the film was inspired from Laxamana's own life experiences. The script was already finished as early as 2015 when principal photography of the film began.[3]

Scenes were shot in Pampanga for the film.[4]


The film had a theatrical release in the Philippines on August 16, 2017 as one of the twelve official entries at the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The film was given a Parental Guidance (PG) rating by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.[5]


Box office[edit]

100 Tula Para Kay Stella garnered millions worth of box office on its opening day in August 16, 2017. By August 18, the film is reportedly the leading film among the twelve entries at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino in terms of box office returns.[6] Viva Films stated on August 21, 2017 that the film has grossed ₱80 million.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was given an "A" rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board.[3]

Fred Hawson in a review published in ABS-CBN News rates the film 6 out of 10. He writes that people expecting for a "lighthearted funny romp" will have their expectation challenged as he finds the film heavy to watch saying that the audience would feel the frustration and pain of the two protagonists of the film. He also expressed his opinion that actual teenagers could have portrayed the lead roles as he finds it "difficult to accept" Santos and Padilla portraying characters who are 17 years old and described their face as "unmistakably more mature" than actual teenagers. He described 100 Tula Para Kay Stella as a "gender switched" version of another film, I'm Drunk, I Love You. He particularly praised the portrayal of Ana Abad Santos for her role as Ms. Bardozo, Fidel and Stella's English teacher. He also acknowledge the efforts of the production designer for their work in the film set some decades ago from the film's release.[1]


The 2004 hit "Balisong" was recorded by The Juans and served as the theme song of the film. It was originally recorded by Filipino rock band Rivermaya from their 2003 album Between the Stars and Waves.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Hawson, Fred (18 August 2017). "Movie review: '100 Tula Para Kay Stella' resonates with millennials". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ De la Pena, Ayessa (17 August 2017). "'100 Tula Para Kay Stella' Will Make You Feel, Break, and Want to Risk It All for Love". Candy. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Gabinete, Jojo (16 August 2017). "Bela Padilla, brutal, baboy ang bibig as Stella!" [Bela Padilla has a brutal and dirty mouth as Stella!]. Abante (in Filipino). Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ Solis, Lolit (16 August 2017). "Nakapanood ng pelikula nina JC at Bela grabe ang reaction" [The reaction of those who watched the film of JC and Bela were big]. Pang-Masa (in Filipino). Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ Padayhag, Michelle Joy (13 August 2017). "JC Santos, Bela Padilla and 100 poems for Stella". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ Solis, Lolit (18 August 2017). "Stella.. pinakamabenta sa PPP!" [Stella.. biggest hit at the PPP]. Pilipino Star Ngayon (in Filipino). Retrieved 20 August 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino entries earn P127 million in six days; three entries get regular run". PEP.ph. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, starring JC Santos and Bela Padilla, has grossed P80 million as of August 21, according to Viva Films.
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/balisong-from-100-tula-para-kay-stella-single/id1253541322

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