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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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Filipinos are huge movie junkies and part of that obsession is to visit the places that were featured in our favorite films. These are seven spots in the Philippines that were used in local films! 

1. Starting Over Again (Paco Park and Cemetery)

A different kind of love story, Starting Over Again shatters the guidelines to your normal love story. Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) is an architecture student who is head-over-heels for teacher Marco (Piolo Pascual). 

With her quirky and persistent ways, she eventually snuck her way into Marco’s heart and they were happy for a while until Ginny felt Marco was not enough for her. Years later after their devastating split, they met once again to work together for a project now that Ginny is a successful architect and Marco a big-shot chef. Will they have a second shot for their love story now that Marco is with someone else?

The iconic scene where Ginny ‘proposes’ to Marco for Valentine’s Day with a sketch is filmed in the historic Paco Park and Cemetery. 


Starting Over Again movie poster


Paco Park scene

2. Alone Together (University of the Philippines' Sunken Garden, National Museum of Fine Arts)

Drama romance film starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil is a heart-wrenching narration of modern love stories. Started as college sweethearts and ended as strangers, Tin and Raf are far from their version of happily ever after, as they decided to chase their dreams and go on their separate ways, their hearts became distant and they can hardly recognize themselves. 

They met in front of the Spoliarium painting in the National Museum of Fine Arts where they went head-to-head arguing about the name of a song and University of the Philippines’ Sunken Garden quickly became their go-to hangout spot.


Alone Together movie poster


Sunken Garden scene


National Museum of Fine Arts acene

Read more on the National Museum on our article: 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip Manila

3. That Thing Called Tadhana (Baguio, Sagada)

The movie that spurred many unplanned visits to Baguio and Sagada, That Thing Called Tadhana. Devastated Mace (Angelica Panganiban) finds herself struggling to meet the airline baggage requirement and is one shirt away from losing her mind when a stranger, Anthony (JM de Guzman) helped her carry her excess baggage. 

They went on a spontaneous trip to Baguio because apparently that’s where broken hearts go. Mace is desperate to heal from her broken heart and Anthony knew he was falling into a trap once again. Will they mend their hearts or is it just another Baguio fling?


That Thing Called Tadhana movie poster


Sagada Scene

4. She’s Dating the Gangster (Mayon Volcano, Daraga Church)

Wattpad classic turned into a blockbuster film She’s Dating the Gangster starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla is one of the most popular romance films of the decade. 

The movie follows the love story of star-crossed lovers Athena and Kenji that began in the most unromantic way. Kenji and Athena’s love story started because of the wrong number and plan to make Kenji’s ex jealous, little did they know that their lives are about to change and how even years from now, their love will remain the same.

The gorgeous Mayon Volcano and Daraga Church are featured in the film, making us all wanting to go to the same place where Athena and Kenji promised their love for each other. 


She's Dating the Gangster movie poster


Mayon Volcano scene


Daraga Church scene

5. One More Chance (University of Santo Tomas)

Cult-classic romance film, One More Chance follows the relationship of Basha and Popoy. The story revolves around Thursday dinner dates with their friends, the eternal fight between crispy fried chicken skin, and Basha’s car always breaking down in the middle of the road. Popoy and Basha soon came face to face with their crumbling relationship and as their hearts grew apart from each other, they are forced to live their lives separately but will they find their way back to each other?

The iconic yellow-and-black umbrella under the rain scene of the couple is filmed in the University of Santo Tomas, where Popoy and Basha both graduated as an engineer and architect respectively. 


One More Chance movie poster


UST scene

6. A Second Chance (Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church)

A sequel for the gem ‘One More Chance’, Basha and Popoy’s love story continues after they got married and are now living the life they thought they wanted. The married couple goes through hardships and challenges that test their strengths together.

Popoy and Basha tied the knot in a gorgeous modern church in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church in Antipolo, a premonition perhaps of how modern and structurally sound their marriage would be. 


A Second Chance movie poster


Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church scene

7. Hintayan ng Langit (Manila Central Post Office)

Lisang (Gina Pareño) has overstayed her welcome in the purgatory. She often gets in trouble for her snarky attitude but today is the day she’s been waiting for: today’s the day that she will ride the elevator to heaven but not before meeting the new tenant of her room: Manolo (Eddie Garcia), her newly-deceased ex-boyfriend.

Together, they reminisced their past full of bad timing and miscommunication, they relived their adventurous youth by sneaking around the purgatory, and making trouble until they have to face their fears and unsolved issues. What happened between Lisang and Manolo? Will they finally reconcile and find peace?

The Purgatory was set in the Post office in Manila. Its big columns and vintage feel with large doors are the perfect way to embody the message of the purgatory in the movie. Not so much like a prison but a waiting room for the souls just until their ‘pending cases’ get approved. 


Hintayan ng Langit movie poster


Post Office scene

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