Movie trivia writer Tante de Ramos submitted a partial list of Filipino movies which were filmed abroad—a production pratice which became popular in the decades of the 70s and the 80s. Lately, ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema Films has also shot films in Milan and Dubai. Tante’s partial list is as follows:
An Affair in Tahiti – The movie, starring the first Filipina Miss Universe unfolded in the scenic beaches of Tahiti. The film was shot in the mid 70’s.
Arizona Kid – A Western comedy, this film starred Chiquito and also featured American actor Gordon Mitchell, popular sexy star mamie Van Doren and Miss Venezuela Mariella Perez Branger, who became first runner up in the 1967 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Bernard Bonnin also starred in this film which was shot exclusively in Arizona and Colmenar in Spain. It was directed by Luciano Carlos.
Barcelona—This film, the latest to be directed by Gil Portes which was shot aboard, stars Alessandra da Rossi as a young Pinay wife looking for her husband in Spain who meets several Filipinos living as expatriates in historic Barcelona. It was one of the films that got a B Rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board in 2006.
Bon Voyage – The king of Philippine movies starred in this film. The cast also included Leonor Vergara, Eddie Mesa, Lani Oteyza, Bob Soler, Jose Romulo, Lily Marquez, Lauro Delgado and Lopito. Appearing in cameo roles were Tessie Quintana, Cielito Legaspi, Renato Robles and Johnny Montiero. Director Cesar ‘Chat’ Gallardo actually shot the film aboard a ship sailing over internatiomnal waters.
Carnival Queen—Alma Moreno starred as one of the queens during the Mardi Gras parade in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in a film directed by Gil Portes. Her leading actor was William Martinez.
Cherry Blossoms – Shot in the scenic tourist destinations of Japan, this film starred beauty queen Pilar Pilapil. It was produced in 1972.
Dubai – Filmed in the desert emirate of Dubai, this film starred Aga Muhlach, Claudine Barretto and John Lloyd Cruz in a love triangle involving two brothers and the expatriate Filipina they fell in love with. It was directed by Rory Quintos for ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema Films.
Europe, Here We Come – Made in 1971, this film starred Amalia Fuentes and was produced by Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Fiesta South America – Another Sampaguita Pictures production. This film starred reel and real life loveteam Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez. This musical was shot in the U.S.A.
From Tokyo With Love – Again from Sampaguita Pictures which produced the film in the early 60s, From Tokyo With Love starred the biggest contract star of the studio, Gloria Romero.
Hawaiian Boy – Fernando Poe Jr, portrayed a boxer while Eddie Mesa was a rock and roll singer in this film was was shot in scenic Hawaii. The cast also included Leonor Vergara, Oscar Keese, Pablo Virtouso and Ben “Boyet” Mercado. It was produced by Premiere Productions Inc.
Holiday in Bali – Another out-of-the-country Sampaguita Pictures produc tion, this film starred Miss Philippines Josephine Estrada who was then the country’s representative in the Miss Universe beauty pageant. This was shot in several scenic islands of Indonesia.
Hongkong Holiday – Shot in the then British colony, the film starred Gloria Romero, Barbara Perez, Dolphy and Juancho Gutierrez. This musical was produced in the mid 50’s.
Hongkong Honeymoon – Another Hongkong-based film, this one starred Zaldy Zshornack and Shirley Gorospe, real-life husband and wife. The cast also included comedians Chiquito and Teroy de Guzman, Celia Rodriguez and Carol Varga. The movie was directed by Ramon Estella for Peoples Pictures, Inc.
Gunfighter—A Metro Manila Film Festival entry, this Pinoy western was really shot in the Western U.S. where now Senator Lito Lapid played a native Indian with Connie Angeles as his romantic interest. The film was directed by Romy Suzara and produced by Atty. Espiridion Laxa’s Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions.
John & Marsha Sa Amerika – One of the John and Marsha series, this was the only one shot in the States. The film also starred the TV cast which included King of Philippine Comedy Dolphy, the late Nida Blanca, Maricel Soriano, Dely Atay-Atayan, Matutina, Vandolph and Boy2 Quizon. It was produced by RVQ Productions, Inc.
Karioka Etchos De Amerika – Dolphy brought his gay persona to a U.S. Territory in this 1971 film.
Las Vegas A-Go-Go – Produced in 1967 in the famous casino town of Nevada, the Reycard Duet (Rey Ramirez and Carding Castro) topbilled this musical.
Manila – Hongkong – Singapore – A Premiere Productions film, this starred Zaldy Zchornack. Produced in the mid 60’s, sequences were shot in the Philippines, Hongkong and Singapore.
Merika – This film cast superstar Nora Aunor as a Pinay trying to make it in America. This film which was shot in the early 80’s in the States was also directed by Gil Portes who became famous for shooting Pinoy films with foreign lands as location.
Milan – Produced and shot in Italy in 2004 under the direction of Olive Lamasan, this Star Cinema production starred Claudine Barretto (who won seveal best actress awards for her role), Piolo Pascual and Iza Calzado as the wife who abandoned her Filipino husband.
Miss X—Shot in Amsterdam’s red light district, Vilma Santos played a Pinay working in the Netherlands’ flesh trade market. Mark Gil was the leading actor in the film which was directed by Gil Portes.
My Blue Hawaii – The popular singing loveteam of Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III topbilled this musical which was shot in scenic spots in Hawaii. It was produced by Sampaguita Pictures Inc.
Pitong Gabi Sa Hongkong – Shot in the early 60s, perennial Hongkong was the setting again for a light film starring Gloria Romero and Shirley Gorospe.
Pitong Gabi sa Paris – Shot in the city of lights in France in the early 60s, this film starred Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Pilar Pilapil, Ricky Belmonte and Panchito. There were several musical hightlights which featured Paris’ romantic and scenic places.
Postcards From China – This one starred Boots Anson-Roa and Rio Locsin in a story set in Mainland China. This was produced in 1975.
Sarawak – Made in the early 50s, this film starred Paraluman. This action thriller was shot in primeval forest areas in the island of Sarawak.
Tokyo 1960 – This movie topbilled Eddie del Mar, Tessie Quintana and Zaldy Zhornack. This mid-50s film featured the destruction of the Japanese capital when a monster wrought havoc in its destructive attack of a commercial center. It was directed by Teodorico Santos, released by Peoples Pictures and produced by. Cirio Santiago Film Organization.
Waikiki – A Regal Films production, this one starred Lorna Tolentino and Rio Locsin as beautiful and sexy wahines in the isaldn paradise of Hawaii. It was made in 1980.