Small but terrible: Dwarfs and their charm in Philippine movies
Philippine Cinema won’t be complete without some effects that will feature different characters. A lot of Pinoy movies especially those in the 90’s have a lot of enchanted and magical creature embedded in every stories.

Dwarfs are enchanted creatures often featured in local TV and cinema, like primetime’s Inday Bote.  A remake from the author Pablo Gomez, the original film was first shown in 1985 starring Maricel Soriano and William Martinez. In the 2015, TV version, Alex Gonzaga and Matteo Guidicelli headline the TV series. 

Inday Bote isn’t the only remarkable dwarf story Filipinos have loved. We list down films that made a mark in Philippine Cinema through the years because of these enchanted beings.

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Pardina at Ang Mga Duwende is a 1989 film written by Jim Fernandez. Starring the hit love team of 80s Sheryl Cruz and Romnick Sarmenta alongside Ian Veneracion, Jennifer Sevilla and Billy Crawford, this romance-fantasy movie is about a girl named Pardina (Sheryl) who met a dwarf named Dino (Romnick) and eventually fell in love with him even though they belong in different worlds.

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Family Tree is a 1987 film about a magical tree that has seven dwarves taking care of it. Top-billed by Nida Blanca, Luis Gonzales, Francis Magalona and Manilyn Reynes, this comedy-fantasy movie is beyond entertainment as it teaches family values.

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Dwarfs can use their magical powers to give a reward or punishment as shown in the 1950 film, Nuno Sa Punso which starred Mila Del Sol and Jaime dela Rosa

Whether true or not, dwarfs are part of Filipino culture and widely believed by many people. In today’s digital age, their existence is still debatable yet believable.