There’s no arguing that the late Fernando Poe, Jr. is one of the most recognizable actors in all of Philippine cinema. In fact, many of his films were instrumental in inspiring many contemporary actors of this generation. And, who hasn’t fantasized about wielding his magical sword in Panday or being a true voice of the people in all his movies? If you’re part of that majority, feel like Da King by visiting some of these iconic places where he shot his films!
Paoay Sand Dunes, Ilocos Norte
The sand dunes of Paoay have recently become an internet sensation because of the many adventurous activities that could be done there. However, even before the age of Facebook, FPJ had already popularized the desert-like region of Ilocos, with many of his Panday battles being fought there.
Baclayon Church, Bohol
Many of FPJ's films were religious in nature, and being a devout believer himself, many of his films were shot inside or within the proximity of churches. This includes Bohol's Baclayon, where he played a blind man in Esteban, and later regaining his sight within the sacred walls of the church.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
When you need to quickly and easily step back in time, many filmmakers turn to the old streets of Calle Crisologo in Vigan. This is what FPJ did several times over the course of his numerous films, portraying the place as otherworldly.
Sta. Maria Magdalena Church, Laguna
Before its popularity, Magdalena only had its church to serve as the tourist destination. However, many of its residents attribute its sudden rise in popularity to FPJ, who—despite the great difficulty in bringing his crew there—persevered, and shot many of his films there, forever putting the previously sleepy town on the map for future filmmakers to come.
Many of FPJ's films depicted him as the country's version of Robin Hood: bringing down the oppressive rich, and redistributing their wealth to the poor. At the time, the place that best depicted this kind of poverty was in Tondo, Manila. However, of course, times have gotten better for the humble residents of Tondo.
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