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Hollywood films we didn't know were shot in Cordillera

Photo Courtesy || Marvel Studios
Cordillera - The Philippines, especially the Cordilleras is a perfect spot for shooting films. With its lush forests, picturesque scenery and tall mountains, the Cordillera is an inviting backdrop for international films like Hollywood.

Don't you know that a Hollywood film "The Year of Living Dangerously", starred by award-winning actor Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver was shot in Manila and Ifugao in the 80s?

Directed by Peter Weir, the film is a story of an Australian Journalist who went to Indonesia to report on the eventual ouster of its President. 

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The film was supposed to be shot in Indonesia but was denied permission. The crew moved their production in the Philippines but later halted after the film was perceived to be anti-islam by local Muslims in the country. You can notice the famous Banaue Rice Terraces in the background.

Two decades later, another Hollywood film, "The Avengers: Infinity war" was shot in Banawe, Ifugao. Produced by Marvel Studious, the film is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. 

Premiered in April 2018, the last scene of the film featured the famous Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao.

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The Philippines Unit of the film, the Indochina Production confirmed that the areal scene was indeed shot in the Philippines.

In the scene, Thanos was seen sitting in a small hut gazing at a rice field in Batad which is home to best and well-preserved rice terraces in the Cordillera region.



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