Recalling some Pinoy film with a massive, beach-set song and dance number in the end always brings anyone to either giggle or nostalgia. Or, say, number of scenes spread out throughout the movie like Temptation Island–yep, both versions. And there are ones that just bring in the hugot like Camp Sawi. You could say having a beach as one of the locations for some Filipino films has become a signature for cinema especially during the summer. These flicks, which might stir you to go on a movie binge, altogether show you exactly why!
1. Temptation Island (1980). What would four ladies (Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo, and Dina Bonnevie) do if they get shipwrecked on an island with no tubig or pagkain? "Magsayaw nalang tayo!" This movie, showing the genius of Jose Gosiengfiao, became so memorably hilarious it birthed a reboot 30 years later—featuring an all-star cast comprising Marian Rivera, Rufa Mae Quinto, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, and Solenn Heussaff.
2. Flotsam (2015). Anyone who loves surfing will definitely love this movie, titled after the resort of the same name in LU. Aside from the enviable bodies of Solenn Heusaff and Rocco Nacino, this movie perfectly highlights San Juan, La Union as one of the country's biggest surfing paradise.
3. When Love Begins (2008). An environmentalist (Aga Mulach) and a party girl (Anne Curtis) see their relationship blossom after an encounter in the the ultimate summer destination in the country, Boracay. That is, in spite of their opposing lifestyles and views (the family of Anne's character is involved in deforestation—something Aga's character is against).
4. Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991). Batanes as the film's main shooting location became the romantic backdrop of the CharDawn tandem (Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta), with them eventually becoming a hot item IRL. Their impeccable on-screen chemistry in the movie showed us a peek of how sweet they were together off cam!
5. Camp Sawi. How do five brokenhearted women (Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Kim Molina, and Arci Muñoz) get over with their exes? By entering a beach boot camp, headed by the camp's hunky chef and coach (Sam Milby) to help them cope up with their love woes.
6. Donsol (2006). Travel is obviously the main theme here, featuring the romance between two a tour guide (Sid Lucero) and a tourist (Angel Aquino). While they eventually part ways (as what a tour guide and a tourist would in real life), the movie highlights the beauty of Donsol, a town famous for visiting whale sharks in the nearby waters.
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Banner photograph from Flotsam Facebook page.