Cinema also allows us to travel without leaving the comforts of our home (or of a room in St. Mark Hotel Cebu). Need ideas on where to go next? 24Seven selected 5 of the country’s most scenic tourist destinations featured in films. These iconic locations that appeared on the screen are places that you can actually visit.
1. Mt. Diwalwal
A “neo-noir atmospheric thriller” directed by Tran Anh Hung, I Come With the Rain (2009) was set in Mindanao. The movie was shot in Mt. Diwalwal in Davao de Oro (formerly known as Compostela Valley).
The mountain (also called Mt. Diwata) used to be a small-scale mining site. At present, the local government is aiming to complete the relocation of operators to pave the way for the full implementation of Naboc River’s rehabilitation plan. Fun fact: the word “diwalwal” literally means “hanging out”. The mountain got its name from old folks who said that upon reaching its summit, “your tongue is already hanging out from your mouth.”
The horror flick “Ouija”, which starred Jolina Magdangal and Judy Ann Santos, is set in the mystic island province of Camiguin. A pivotal part of the film is the famous Sunken Cemetery. In real life though, this historic site is a popular snorkeling spot and marine sanctuary.
But there’s more to Camiguin than the burial site that was drowned during a volcanic eruption. Any traveler will definitely rave about the province’s stunning white-sand beaches, freshwater springs, and deliciously sweet lanzones.
“Master” (2016) follows South Korean government operatives on a manhunt for a conman who managed to steal money from the government. The financial fraud case leads the investigators to Metro Manila. Filming in the Philippines took about two months to complete, and the shooting locations included Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown.
The district of Binondo is a haven for foodies. Almost in every corner, you’ll find steaming dumplings, mouthwatering noodles in hearty broths, and a sinful array of fried delicacies. Food walking tours around the area are now on the rise. It will give you an insider’s look into the flavorful and affordable cuisine simmering beneath the neighborhood’s bustle.
In the movie “Born on the Fourth of July,” a young Tom Cruise visited the Philippines for the shooting of the film. Vigan was primarily the location of the action sequences in replacement to Vietnam and Mexico. Some scenes were also filmed in Paoay and Laoag.
Vigan is the country’s most extensive and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 16th century Spanish colonial period. When you find yourself in this beautiful place, look for the provincial tourist information office located south west of Plaza Burgos (next to Cafe Leona). They will dispense travel information on Vigan and the rest of Ilocos Sur.
Daniel Padilla and Katryn Bernardo’s blockbuster movie “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was filmed in Cebu. Some of the tourist destinations that appeared in the film are Boljoon Church, Argao Plaza, Osmeña Peak, Bukilat Cave, and Camotes Island.
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