7 International Films Shot in the Philippines You Didn’t Know About
With the Philippines’ breathtaking landscapes and stunning islands, we can already picture the country fit for the big screen. And in fact, it has made its way through the international movie scenes featuring the Philippines’ cinematic beauty. We can easily see why film productions abroad have chosen the country as the setting of their movies.
So enough with the buzz, we’re taking you to a stroll around the country where the most talked-about films were shot.
Here’s the list of some international films and where exactly they were shot in the Philippines.
1. Avengers: Infinity War (US) – Banaue Rice Terraces
In the scene, Thanos (Josh Brolin) was walking outside the hut and looked on to the sunset. You’ll notice the terraced rice paddies and this is none other than the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”
How to get there: Ride a bus from Cubao or Lawton in Manila going to Banaue. The travel time takes 9 hours. The bus ticket costs P600 – P700/person.
2. Romantic Island (South Korea) – Boracay
Do you wonder why there are so many Koreans visiting the well-known island of Boracay? It’s most probably because of the movie, Romantic Island that was entirely shot in the Philippines, with major scenes filmed in Boracay, Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Binondo, Manila.
The characters of this film made the right choice to choose Boracay for the needed getaway whatever problems they’re having whether for the pop star named Yu-Ga Young looking for an inspiration as an artist, the convenience store clerk named Jung-Hwan trying to move on from his ex-girlfriend that left him and the free-spirited Soo-Jin running away from her family problem.
How to get there: You can reach Boracay directly by plane for about 1 hour and by ferry for 8-9 hours. If you’re lucky, you can score plane tickets for as low as P100! While the ferry fare starts at P1,000.
3. No Breathing (South Korea) – Pearl Farm, Davao
Davao City had a 15-minute feature in this film including the Pearl Farm. This city was the first choice of film producers as they were impressed by the cleanliness and abundance of natural resources.
The film took 7 days to shoot in Davao in 2013. There were 72 crew members, 15 Korean actors including Lee Jong-Suk, Seo In-Guk, Park Jeong Cheol, featuring Kwon Yuri of Girls’ Generation fame and of course, 13 local people for Davao as film talents.
How to get there: You can book flights from Manila to Davao that costs around P3,000 – P3,500; Ferry to Samal about P50 and taxi going to Pearl Farm around P410
4. Bourne Legacy (US) – El Nido
The scene was when Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz rode on a boat to El Nido with the help of Filipino character actor Lou Veloso, who plays the role of a fisherman. The team including the lead actor Jeremy Renner said they did not regret choosing the Philippines. And as the location manager said, “El Nido is paradise.”
How to get there: You can book flights from Manila directly to El Nido starting from P6,000. If you want cheaper rates, you can land on Puerto Princesa and book a 6-hour van ride to El Nido.
5. xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Caramoan Island
In the movie, government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is coming out of his self-imposed exile and finds himself on a collision course with deadly Alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s box. The chase goes all over the world including going to the Caramoan Islands!
From the interview of Vin Diesel when asked about the country, “I like the warmth of the people in the Philippines. I don’t know [how to] describe it…if you go there, you will know what I mean.” For him, the country is not new to him as his sister-in-law is also from the Philippines.
How to get there: There are buses from Manila to Naga that cost about P500 – P700, while Naga to Caramoan by bus costs around P230.
6. Metro Manila (UK) – Manila
“Metro Manila,” won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Oscar Ramirez and his family who decide to move from the poverty-stricken rice terraces of Banaue and try their luck in Metro Manila. He lands the dangerous job of driving an armored truck and finds himself involved in a long-planned heist.
The movie’s production notes said shooting in the Philippines was a “grueling yet extraordinary” experience for the director. “From the extreme poverty found in the slums to the enigmatic beauty of Banaue’s rice fields, the cast and crew found nothing but smiling faces and welcoming people eager to help with the filming.
7. Amigo (US) – Bohol
This period drama film was shot in Bohol with the setting of 1900s during the Philippine-American War, it tells the story of US troops occupying a native village and fighting local guerrilla insurgents.
How to get there: The flights from Manila to Bohol cost around P1,800.
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