Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)


Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)

Ely and Mia (Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo) find each other on their individual journeys in finding redemption. After the unfortunate passing of Ely's girlfriend, Ely moves to Barcelona, Spain to fulfill his wishes when he meets a girl who reminds him of her. He tries to ignore the thought of her, but fate would always bring them together. Both struggle at first: but as they get know each other, things begin to feel lighter. Soon, Mia finds herself falling for Ely, who is not yet done loving someone else. With a strong voice of today's youth, this romantic-drama movie shows two people who are faced with the truth about themselves and about the past so that they can have a future together.
IMDb   6.9 /10
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
RottenTomatoes  56 %
Director Olivia M. Lamasan
Writer Carmi Raymundo
Writer Olivia M. Lamasan
Release Date2016-09-13
Runtime2h 12min
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
AwardsAwards6 wins & 15 nominations
CompanyABS-CBN Film Productions, Star Cinema
LanguageTagalog, Filipino, Spanish
Insiangas Insiang
Tonyingas Tonying
Caloyas Caloy
Robertas Robert
Belindaas Belinda
Janeas Jane
Mary Anneas Mary Anne
Claraas Clara
Mackyas Macky
Kathleen Hermosa
Kathleen Hermosa
Mila's Sisteras Mila's Sister
Patrick Sugui
Patrick Sugui
Lorenzas Lorenz
Young Celineas Young Celine
Lei Navarro
Lei Navarro
Young Elyas Young Ely
Charmaine Censon
Charmaine Censon
Dorothyas Dorothy

Barcelona: A Love Untold

Barcelona: A Love Untold is a 2016 Philippine romance drama film, directed by Olivia Lamasan, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The film was produced and released by Star Cinema and was released on September 14, 2016.

The film was awarded Best Picture at the 65th FAMAS Awards in 2017.


Ely (Daniel Padilla) can't get over his past love. In Barcelona, he juggles work with his studies as he aims to get his master's degree. He then meets Mia (Kathryn Bernardo), a girl who sees Spain as a fresh start. After a series of mistakes in the past, she abruptly uproots herself from life in the Philippines to move forward and start anew. But the question is how? Together, they will go on a journey to find the answers to their lifelong questions, such as proving their worth, confronting the past, finding their way and allowing self-forgiveness.


Main cast

  • Kathryn Bernardo as Mia Dela Torre / Celine Antipala
  • Daniel Padilla as John Elias "Ely" Antonio

Supporting Cast

  • Aiko Melendez as Insiang, Ely's aunt
  • Joey Marquez as Caloy Antonio, Ely's father
  • Joshua Garcia as Tonying, Ely's cousin
  • Ricky Davao as Robert dela Torre, Mia's father
  • Maria Isabel Lopez as Belinda Alfaro, Ely's mother

Extended Cast

  • Ana Capri as Jane Antonio, Ely's stepmother
  • Cris Villanueva as Benjamin "Ben" Antipala, Celine's father
  • Liza Diño-Seguerra as Clara Antipala, Celine's mother
  • Ana Abad Santos as Mary Anne dela Torre, Mia's mother
  • Melizza Jimenez as Macky dela Torre, Mia's younger sister
  • Kathleen Hermosa as Monina dela Torre, Mia's older sister

Special Participation

  • CX Navarro as Ely's stepbrother
  • John Bermundo as Ely's stepbrother
  • Dianne Medina as Flor, OFW recruiter in Spain
  • Lei Andrei Navarro as young Ely
  • Faye Alhambra as young Celine/Mia
  • Patrick Sugui as Lorenz, Ely's friend
  • Ignacio Rivera as The Matador
  • Marta Soberano as The Flamenco Bride
  • Oscar Alfaro as the Spanish Dad
  • Emilio Perez as Ely's Spanish half-brother
  • Nichole Morgan as Ely's Spanish half-sister
  • Vince San Juan as Vince, Ely's co-worker in Barcelona
  • Rianne Salvo Castro as Lorena, Mia's workmate at the Sitges resort
  • Matias Cobain as Jose Antonio
  • Nuria Casas as Mia's landlady
  • Maria Sagana as Maria, the Filipina singer
  • RJ Placino as Arjay, Ely's employer
  • Antonio Sousa da Costa as the Waiter, Plaça Real
  • Maine Censon as Dorothy
  • Min Bernardo as a Barcelona Señora
  • Christina Sanchez Elloso as Christina, Ely's classmate
  • Nel Closa as Audience
  • Jerome Aguzar as Tourist in Sagrada Familia
  • Azh Yomard Palabay as Kid in the Train station
  • Azaliah Mikaella Palabay as Ely's Mistress

Cameo Appearances

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina as Prenup Director


The theme song of the film, "I'll Never Love This Way Again", was originally sung by Dionne Warwick. There are two versions of the song: one was covered by Gary Valenciano and also by Jona.


The film was released on September 14, 2016 initially in 230 cinemas and was expanded to 250 cinemas for its second day and eventually in 320 cinemas for its succeeding days. The film was screened in the United States and Canada starting September 23, 2016 in 69 cinemas. It earned approximately $434,000 in its first 3 days of showing in North America. After 10 days, it had earned $1,100,000. In its first weekend, the movie made $182,952 in the UAE, with a total gross of $229,849 after 3 weeks of showing. In Australia and New Zealand, it made $41,585 on its first weekend of screening, with a total gross of $59,000 after 2 weeks of screening.

Due to popular demand, it was extended up to four weeks in the USA, Canada, UAE, Australia and in Barcelona.

Critical reception

Oggs Cruz of Rappler gave a mixed review, calling it "a beautiful film" but also "dull and ineffective" and that it "feels too mechanical, too designed to work." Yet he complimented the "overflowing" musical score. Philbert Ortiz Dy of rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying "the is just oddly constructed all around. There’s just so much to address, and the movie just doesn’t seem willing to do the work to give all these issues the time they need." Nazamel Tabares, a movie blogger for Movies Philippines, also rated the film 2 stars out of 5, saying that "there’s nothing new in the film and nothing worth keeping after seeing." Je C.C. of Philippine Entertainment Portal said of the film, "Still falling into the pitfalls of Star Cinema cliches, Barcelona: A Love Untold becomes a film of blemished beauty, but that is fine." On the other hand, Rod Magaru, an entertainment blogger, rated the film 9 out of 10 and called it a "masterpiece of 2016." He commended Carmi Raymundo for the way she wrote the flashbacks and added that "it is one of her best." Edmund Silvestre, New York correspondent for Philstar Global Entertainment wrote, "Barcelona is an enchanting (and hit) tearjerker."

A film review published in Bandera of Philippine Daily Inquirer noted that Barcelona: A Love Untold is not just a kilig movie, giving it 8 out of 10 points. Maureen Marie Belmonte of Push said Barcelona: A Love Untold marks a new era for Kathryn and Daniel because it makes moviegoers appreciate them not just as a bankable love team, but also as bona fide dramatic actors who have successfully gotten past their teenybopper roles.

Box office

The film earned ₱23 million on its first day of showing surpassing Imagine You and Me for the highest opening-day gross for a Filipino film for the year. The film earned 130 million pesos on its fifth day of showing. On its twelfth day of release, the film earned a total of 200 million pesos. By 4 October, the film had already grossed at least ₱300 million.

The film gross ₱321 million as of 8 October


YearAward-Giving BodyCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
20172017 Box Office Entertainment AwardsBox Office KingDaniel PadillaWon
Box Office QueenKathryn BernardoWon
Most Popular ScreenwriterOlivia Lamasan and Carmi RaymundoWon
33rd PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Actor of the YearDaniel PadillaWon
Movie Love Team of the YearKathNielWon
Movie of the YearBarcelona: A Love UntoldNominated
Movie Director of the YearOlivia LamasanNominated
Movie Screenwriter of the YearCarmi Raymundo and Olivia LamasanNominated
Movie Cinematographer of the YearHermann ClaravallNominated
Movie Production Designer of the YearShari Marie MontiagueNominated
Movie Editor of the YearMarya IgnacioNominated
Movie Musical Scorer of the YearCesar Francis ConcioNominated
Movie Sound Engineer of the YearAurel Claro BilbaoNominated
Movie Actress of the YearKathryn BernardoNominated
57th Asia-Pacific Film FestivalBest FilmBarcelona: A Love UntoldNominated
Alta Media Icon Awards 2017Best ActressKathryn BernardoWon
Best ActorDaniel PadillaWon
4th Urduja Film FestivalMovie of the Year (Romance)Barcelona: A Love UntoldWon
Best ActorDaniel PadillaNominated
65th FAMAS AwardsBest PictureBarcelona: A Love UntoldWon
Best DirectorOlivia M. LamasanWon
Best Production DesignShari Marie MontiagueWon
Best ActorDaniel PadillaWon
Best ActressKathryn BernardoNominated
Best Supporting ActorJoshua GarciaNominated
Best Supporting ActressAiko MelendezNominated
Best StoryCarmi Raymundo & Olivia M LamasanNominated
Best ScreenplayCarmi Raymundo & Olivia M LamasanNominated
Best CinematographyHermann ClaravallNominated
Best EditingMarya IgnacioNominated
Best SoundAurel Claro BilbaoNominated
Best Musical ScorerCesar Francis ConcioNominated