Kung Paano Siya Nawala: an honest romance between two broken people

How do you fall in love with someone whose face you cannot recognize?


Kung Paano Siya Nawala (2018) explores the imperfections in romantic relationships. It centers around the complicated relationship between the two leads, Lio (JM de Guzman) and Shana (Rhian Ramos). But here’s the catch: Lio has a condition that makes him unable to recognize human faces. Much to the annoyance of Shana, the next few times they meet, Lio does not remember her. 


Far from the cheesiness usually found in Filipino Rom-Coms, Kung Paano Siya Nawala treats its main leads’ relationship with care. While the stoic and cynic Lio tries so desperately to remember, the carefree and flighty Shana does everything she can to run away from the past and forget. 


Kung Paano Siya Nawala does not shy away from the reality of a love between two flawed people, and that is perhaps what sets it apart. The film has an intricately written script boosted by the fantastic performances of its actors, as well as its exquisite cinematography and design.


Filled with a human honesty and beautiful mundanity often absent from Pinoy rom-coms, Kung Paano Siya Nawala is a heart-wrenching film that you wouldn’t want to miss. You can now stream it via Netflix PH. 


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