Christmas in the Philippines is a sight to behold. Bright lights, loud music, fun-filled gatherings, smiles everywhere. But beyond just the bigness of it, what makes the season more special is celebrating it with family and friends — even despite the pandemic curbing most of how we used to spend it.
But whether Christmas is going to be an expectedly raucous affair with the entire fam reunited or an easy, chill night with the gang, one nostalgic way to celebrate is to gather ‘round the living room and binge-watch all things good and exciting.
Those on the hunt for that perfect holiday viewing experience can find everything they want to watch on HBO Go, with its wide collection of internationally rated flicks, series, and more!
PLDT Home, the Philippines’ leading broadband service provider, hopes to make it more of a homey holiday affair by offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of HBO Go content at a discounted rate of P149/month.
Even better, for its Holideals promo, it alternatively offers a P379/4 months deal — or a full fee for three months with the fourth month at 50% off! That’s an instant P217 savings on a four-month subscription! Not only does the Holideals promo bring the HBO Go monthly rate to only P94/month, it also allows any subscription to the entertainment platform to be conveniently charged to the customer’s PLDT Home bill.
Excited to sit back this holiday break at home for some uninterrupted HBO Go binging? Here’s a list of some of the platform’s hottest and most trending shows to stream with your loved ones!
The Matrix trilogy
Release date: 1 December 2021
As everyone else raves about the upcoming The Matrix Resurrections (soon on HBO Go!), it’s high time to rewatch the first three films from two decades back. Relive the Y2k scare by following Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus as they explore the Wachowski sisters’ dystopian world of the The Matrix!
Treat yourself to the sleek, black-clad crew of Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Laurence Fishburne raging against the machine in this iconic trilogy that would later spawn an entire franchise of comic books, video games, and an animated anthology film.
And Just Like That…
Release date: December 9, 2021
Eleven years after the second Sex and the City movie, And Just Like That… is the perfect holiday present for ladies everywhere who grew up loving the original series. The über-popular HBO series returns and continues to follow the fab lives of Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York Goldenblatt, and Cynthia Nixon — now strutting in New York City anew and looking glitzier in their 50s.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon reprise their roles in Michael Patrick King and Darren Star’s revival, one meant to show that some things could change, save for friendships and love of fashion!
Release date: December 16, 2021
In a nutshell, the Philippines equals the three B’s: basketball, beauty pageants, and boxing. Award-winning Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza capitalizes on the last as he captures the true story of Naozumi Tsuchiyama, a Japanese boxer with a prosthetic leg and an inspiring journey to tell. In 2005, after his home country disallowed him for safety reasons, Tsuchiyama flew to the Philippines to train professionally and realize his dreams fully.
The HBO Asia Original first premiered in the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival, starring Japanese actor Shogen (in the titular role) and Filipino stars Beauty Gonzalez and Ronnie Lazaro.
My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood
Release date: December 16, 2021
Filipinos love music — and more so, Christmas music! To usher in the season, American Idol Season 4 winner turned hitmaker Carrie Underwood is serving up eargasm galore with music special My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood. On the show, Underwood collaborates with friend and Emmy Award-winning musical director Rickey Minor conducting the live orchestra and choir.
Watch the country star perform beloved Christmas classics, as well as new original material from her first ever full-length Christmas album My Gift. Check her out singing “Hallelujah” with John Legend, who wrote the original song from the album with acclaimed composer Toby Gad. The holiday special also provides snippets of Underwood recording “Little Drummer Boy” with her five-year-old son Isaiah.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release date: December 25, 2021
To some, the holiday peace needs to be shaken up a little with a good monster film. And no monster film seems to be more epic this season than Godzilla vs. Kong. In this fourth thriller in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, the two iconic monsters face off in a rematch about six decades in the making. While on a journey to find his true home, Kong and his protectors plus orphaned girl turned friend Jia cross paths with a less-than-pleased Godzilla, who is found wreaking havoc around the world.
Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Alexander Skarsgard and Millie Bobbie Brown.
Catch these shows and more only on HBO Go — by availing the HBO GO 4-month pass powered by PLDT Home! The HBO GO 4-month pass promo is open to all PLDT Home Fiber & DSL Subscribers. To avail of the HBO GO 4-month pass promo, visit pldthome.com/hbogo.