Etiquette for Mistresses

Etiquette for Mistresses

Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Chito Roño
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Written by Jullie Yap-Daza
Based on Etiquette for Mistresses
by Jullie Yap-Daza
Starring Kris Aquino
Claudine Barretto
Kim Chiu
Iza Calzado
Cheena Crab
Music by Carmina Cuya
Cinematography Neil Daza
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
Box office ₱168 million [1][2]

Etiquette for Mistresses [3] is a 2015 Philippine romantic-drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Jullie Yap-Daza. It stars an ensemble cast [4] including Claudine Barretto, Kim Chiu, Iza Calzado, Cheena Crab, and Kris Aquino. The film tackles the lives of five successful and glamorous women whose friendship is based on their common weaknesses—they are all trapped in the prison of their hearts.

The film is also the first Filipino film to open simultaneously nationwide and worldwide in Europe, Middle East, and North America.[5] The film opens in 15 million pesos on its opening day and received positive reviews from movie critics because of its cinematography and unique storyline.[6]


Chloe is a feisty mistress involved with a politician, Georgia plays the role of a chef who will eventually have a redemption arc. Ina, the former lounge singer and a neophyte who goes to Manila to seek for "true love" she believes, Stella, a lawyer who gets involved with a well-known TV personality, and Charley, a wealthy mistress, round up the roster of "other women".[7]


The film opens with Georgia, Stella, and Charlie watching a video scandal of a caught mistress by the wife. Charlie tells them that she experienced the same scenario and instead watched the movie with her kids at the Waltermart to avoid the wife. Stella ended the conversation that she only met Ambet at home to avoid any scandal. In a lounge bar, Chloe - the most rebellious and rule breaker mistress was embarrassed in the cancellation of credit card by her lover Gabriel. In anger she throws her phone accidentally not knowing someone was hurt. Stella helps her out of prison but asks her not to tell what happened with the other girls.[8]

Meanwhile, Georgia was tasked by her lover to train a new woman of Frank Ayson - a rich politician and boss of her lover. She reluctantly agrees and meets up with Stella in a coffee shop to get some advice before going to the airport and meet Ina, the new mistress. Ina was ecstatic at first but became quite depressed as she learned from Georgia that despite having a luxurious condo and a luxurious life, she cannot live with Frank, for whom she left her life in Cebu for. She is even more frustrated by the rules given by Georgia, which includes never calling Frank and never showing herself in front of him unless he asks her to. She ends up depressed as the days passed and overdoses herself by alcohol. Georgia rushes her to the hospital where she meets Chloe.

The next day, Georgia introduce Ina to Stella, Chloe and Charlie. The girls start to form a stronger friendship and bond at SM Aura and a beauty salon using Charlie's credit card. Ina meets up with Frank at a Christmas caravan with Chloe's help. Georgia angrily tells Ina that she shouldn't break her rules.

In Georgia's absence, Ina stays with Charlie and accompanies her in an auction but she is caught by Wang Gie's wife and has been suspended from going out. Ina chooses to stay with Stella in a court room but an accident causes Stella to fly abroad leaving Ina alone. She decides to go back to Cebu to reunite with her family but is disappointed when she sees that they have learned to live a life without her. This convinces Ina to stay a mistress.

Ina attends Adelle Ayson's birthday party to get a glimpse of Frank with Chloe's assistance. Georgia was horrified in the meeting of the two and confronts Chloe. The incident separates Chloe from the rest of the group. A news breaks out that Ambet Villoria is missing and the mistresses reunite with Stella who is hiding him in a safe house. Prior to the accident, Ambet was diagnosed with cancer and is nearing death. After a talk with Gabriel's wife, Chloe faces her friends again but nobody is interested to listen to her realization that their lovers will never choose them.

The girls learns that the police has found their location through Chloe. Charlie decides to break a rule in order for Stella and Ambet escape using Frank Ayson's influence and the public plane of Wang Gie. Georgia has one more rule for Ina and both of them leave their partners.

In the end, Chloe accepts the job that was offered to her, Stella visits Ambet's grave, Charlie returns to the Philippines with her two kids, Georgia marries a guy with twins and Ina becomes a singer and marries a handsome guy living happily ever after.


The Mistresses

Supporting Cast

Guest Appearance



The production team started to shoot the film in early July 2015, the moment when Kris officially got back for the film and finished early September 2015.[12]


The film stars Claudine Barretto, who came back to the business after two years of hiatus, this also serves as her comeback launching with Star Cinema and ABS-CBN, Kim Chiu, Iza Calzado, Cheena Crab (who also came back to the Philippines after migrating to the States) and Kris Aquino, who backed out at first [13] but was convinced to play the role later.




On its first week the film earned P63,681,347.00 on its first week run in theaters which premiered on September 30. The film, through its 4-week run earned "₱100 Million " according to Box Office Mojo Philippines.

Critical Reception

The film received a lot of positive reviews because of its unique story line and cinematography. According to Rappler, ''Etiquette for Mistresses' is a breath of fresh air amidst the countless films about infidelity that offer nothing more than outrageous confrontations as cheap entertainment." says movie critic Oggs Cruz. According to Philbert Dy of, "‘Etiquette for Mistresses’ is Worth Considering, Even After it Falls Apart.", he gave a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Etiquette for Mistresses received a Grade B from Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines

See also


  1. "Etiquette For Mistresses grosses 63 million first week run". Pinoy Showbiz Daily. 8 October 2015.
  2. "Philippines Weekend Box Office Index for 2015". Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. "Powerhouse: Kris, Claudine, Kim, Iza in 'Mistresses' movie". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  4. "Value cannot be null.
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  5. 'Etiquette For Mistresses' (Buong mundo, hindi na makapaghintay). YouTube. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  6. Philbert Ortiz Dy. "Etiquette For Mistresses Movie Review - 'Etiquette for Mistresses' is Worth Considering, Even After it Falls Apart". Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  7. First Take: Etiquette for Mistresses. YouTube. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. "Do mistresses have etiquette? Asawa Mo, Asawa Ko". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  9. Ranoa-Bismark, Maridol. "MOVIE REVIEW: Etiquette For Mistresses". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  10. Ranoa-Bismark, Maridol. "MOVIE REVIEW: Etiquette For Mistresses". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  11. Ranoa-Bismark, Maridol. "MOVIE REVIEW: Etiquette For Mistresses". Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  12. 'Etiquette For Mistresses' Cinema Teaser. YouTube. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  13. "Kris Aquino backs out of 'mistress' movie". Rappler. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  14. "WATCH: Translate Kim Chiu's Visayan song". Star Cinema. Retrieved 2015-11-13.

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