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Mountains as Backdrop: 10 Movies Shot in Baguio


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Choose Philippines | Mar 06, 2015
Mountains as Backdrop: 10 Movies Shot in Baguio

Story from ABS-CBNnews.com

Baguio City has become one of the top Pinoy movie locations. Its mountains covered in clouds, rows of pine trees, ever-blooming and colorful flowers make the City of Pines a cinematographer's dream backdrop.

Here are ten movies that used the surreal picture of northern Luzon in one way or another (in no particular order):

1) Halik sa Hangin

  • Year Released: 2015
  • Director: Manny Palo
  • Cast: Julia Montes, Ina Raymundo, JC De Vera, Gerald Anderson

Baguio becomes the setting for a new beginning as a young woman is brought to northern Luzon by her new stephfather. In this new environment, she finds herself torn between two men.

Screencap from mymovieworld-coolman0304.blogspot.com

2) That Thing Called Tadhana

  • Year Released: 2014
  • Director: Antoinette Jadaone
  • Cast: Angelica Panganiban, JM De Guzman

Where do broken hearts go? Brokenhearted girl meets boy and together they go places — from Manila to Baguio to Sagada — to find themselves, to find their tadhana.

READ MORE: Top 10 Hugot Lines from "That Thing Called Tadhana"
Screencap from starcinema.abs-cbn.com
READ MORE: That Heavenly Place: Kiltepan

3) Alapaap (Above the Clouds)

  • Year Released: 2014
  • Director: Pepe Diokno
  • Cast: Ruru Madrid, Pepe Smith

When a 15-year-old boy loses his parents, his grandfather brings him to a hiking trip on a mountain above the clouds. Tensions rise on their overnight hike but the slow descend made them come to terms with their grief.

"Above the Clouds" was an official entry in the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival and 25th Singapore International Film Festival.


4) The Diplomat Hotel

  • Year Released: 2014
  • Director: Christopher Ad Castillo
  • Cast: Gretchen Barretto

A popular news reporter is assigned her comeback story -- a documentary on the last night of The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, a crumbling and abandoned building infamously known for its bloody past and its hauntings.

"The Diplomat Hotel" was an official entry in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Screencap from cinemalaya.org
READ MORE: Haunting the Haunted: The Diplomat Hotel

5) One More Try 

  • Year Released: 2012
  • Director: Ruel S. Bayani
  • Cast: Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes

A mother reconnects with his ailing son's biological father to save the child's life. Their respective current relationships gradually meet an ailment of their own.

Screencap from dansiella.wordpress.com

6) White House

  • Year Released: 2010
  • Director: Topel Lee
  • Cast: Iza Calzado, Lovi Po, Maricar Reyes, Gabby Concepcion

An old house believed to be the site of a massacre during World War II is the setting of the horror reality show within the movie. The six contestants are to survive inside the house for five days and the last man standing winds a million pesos.

Screencap from tailer on Youtube
READ MORE: The White House is Now an Art Center

7) Don't Give Up on Us

  • Year Released: 2006
  • Director: Ricky Lee
  • Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Piolo Pascual

A bridesmaid tries to look for the "runaway bride" through the mountain provinces only to find a possible love.

Screencap from chasingphilippines.com
READ MORE: 9 Ways to Take Your Lover to Cloud 9

8) Nasaan Ka Man

  • Year Released: 2005
  • Director: Ricky Lee
  • Cast: Claudine Barretto, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, Hilda Koronel, Gloria Diaz

This love story-thriller is set in the fog-covered outskirts of Baguio and shrouded in family secrets.

From claudine.proboards.com

9) Ngayong Nandito Ka

  • Year Released: 2003
  • Director: Jerry Lopez Sineneng
  • Cast: Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales, Onemig Bondoc

Part of an up and coming band in Baguio, Garie and Rocky cross paths again after a two-year separation brought about by their family background. 

Screencap from ardy-event.ru

10) Labs Kita...Okey Ka Lang?

  • Year Released: 1998
  • Director: Jerry Lopez Sineneng
  • Cast: Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin

 A love that blossomed from a childhood friendship, only after a long and tumultous path much like Baguio's winding roads.

Screencap from iskinnyjeanne.tumblr.com

READ MORE: 10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Baguio (Love + More Love)

Experience More of Baguio

Where on Earth is Baguio City?
It is located in the province of Benguet in Northern Luzon.
(Courtesy of Google Maps.)
How to Get There

Baguio is a 4 to 7-hour bus ride from Manila, with the travel time depending on the schedule of the trip you’ll take from Cubao, Quezon City or Pasay City. It is best to leave around midnight to arrive just in time for the sunrise at Mines View Park.

Option 1: Victory Liner - First Class

  • has no stops
  • 4-5 hours
  • 10:15am / 12:20pm / 8:15pm / 11:15pm
  • PhP 750

Option 2: Victory Liner - Regular A/C Bus

  • has two stops
  • 6-7 hours
  • leaves every hour, 24 hours
  • PhP 450
Where to Stay: Five Accommodations in the City of Pines
Photo used with permission from Guest Haven.
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