Movie Magic in the Philippines

The Avengers: Infinity War is now considered as the highest grossing film in the Philippines and the Filipinos still can't get enough as everybody witnessed the nefarious Thanos’ destructive mission to collect the infinity stones at all costs.

Near the end of the movie, some Pinoy moviegoers were surprised at the closing scene: the mad titan, looking very pleased, sitting and enjoying the breathtaking view of what looked like a well-known tourist destination in the Philippines: the Banaue Rice Terraces.

It's not the first time that a movie scene was filmed in the tropical archipelago. In fact, there are lots of them! Let's name some:

Bourne Legacy (2012)
Jeremy Renner, who played Aaron Cross in the movie Bourne Legacy (the fourth installment of the action-thriller series adapted from the Jason Bourne novels), was seen filming in some parts of the Philippines. Various parts of the country were featured, from running away with Rachel Weisz from policemen in the busy Manila streets and other various parts of the metro (Pasay-Taft Rotonda, Remedios Circle in Malate, Marikina wet market, Navotas fish port) to the ending scene, a drone shot of El Nido in Palawan were shown.

Romantic Island (2008)
South Korea released a romantic comedy movie in 2008 which captured the hearts of the viewers. The plot follows six Koreans travel to the Philippines for many different reasons and discover different ways and forms of love along the way. Set in one of the top islands in the Philippines, this movie surely gave justice to the timeless beauty of Boracay.

Thirteen Days (2000)
Thirteen Days is a historical political thriller film intended to dramatize the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The scenes that happened in Cuba were shot in the Philippines. The country’s Clark Air Base was also one of the locations where the production team filmed the air base scenes which acted as the substitute for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West in Florida, USA.

DNA (1997)
The story revolves around Balakai, an alien creature which causes several gruesome killings in the jungle. Out of his selfish ambition on creating clones, he reanimated Balakai through a fossil using a special beetle enzyme but it escapes. Although the story was described to have happened in Borneo, the filming actually took place in Subic, Zambales, Philippines. This 1997 American Science Fiction Horror film was directed by William Mesa and starred by Mark Dacascos, J├╝rgen Prochnow, along with few Filipino stars Tom Taus, and Susan Africa.

Back to Bataan (1945)
This film took 130 days to shoot because of the rapid changes with the news during the time of production in the country. The movie is a war film depicting the events that happened after the Battle of Bataan, a phase when the forces of Imperial Japanese Army and Navy invaded Luzon in 1942. The first ten notes of Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” was played in the scene where Filipino guerillas attack the Japanese vehicles.

These are just six of the many films which featured the Philippines. Do you know any which was not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!