Manila is an incredibly photogenic city. With some of the most iconic tourist spots in the country located in the area, it's no wonder that, as with film, and you know, photographs, Manila has served as a backdrop of some of the most iconic, best music videos - many of which are on view at the Manila Bay and the busy streets of Binondo.
Perhaps, it's truly one of the best ways to showcase the beauty of Manila to the rest of the country and the whole world. Since it's Manila Day today, we've rounded up the music videos shot around the city. Check out our list below!
James Reid - "Alam Niya Ba"
Setting: The music video for the song "Alam N'ya Ba?" as performed by James Reid from his self-titled album was actually shot in the beautiful places of Manila, in and around Roxas Boulevard and Luneta Park.
Itchyworms - "Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay"
Setting: The video was shot just around Roxas Boulevard, definitely showcasing the real feel of the city with the crowdy places and everyone's friendly smiles.
Francis Magalona - "Kaleidoscope World"
Setting: One of the best-loved hits of all time, "Kaleidoscope World" showed footages of Francis in the streets of Manila, with its grainy texture and '90s vibe, this video video has indeed touched the hearts of many Filipinos.
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Ogie Alcasid - "Hanggang Ngayon"
Setting: One would find it difficult not to fall in love with Manila in this video. With the "Ikaw Lamang Hanggang Ngayon" movie clips spliced in the music video, it showcases a lot of postcard-material places in Manila. The postoffice, the bench, the church - every Manilenyo should be proud of how they were able to capture the beauty of the city.
Lani Misalucha - "Saan Darating Ang Umaga"
Setting: For Lani Misalucha's first music video off her comeback album "The Nightingale Returns," she went undercover as a blind musician performing near the Manila City Hall for a social experiment. This showed everyone the realities around the busy streets of Manila.
Sandwich - "Manila"
Setting: The song tells the story of a typical day in the city, from the morning rush to the city's nightlife. Manila's top locations like Manila Bay, Quiapo and Luneta are easy to spot in the music video.
Rocksteddy - "Gising Na"
Setting: This Rocksteddy hit song became a constant favorite of radio playlists and it's also backed up with an awesome music video. Set in the iconic place that is Quiapo, the whole band performed on top of the building! The people, the busy Quiapo market place and streets dominate the shots.
Parokya Ni Edgar ft. Hapee Sy - "Pangarap Lang Kita"
Setting: The Binondo Chinatown serves as a perfect backdrop for a tune that revolves around the concept of unrequited love. Everything in this video is perfect except for the ending.
June Marieezy ft. RBTO - "Sometimes"
Setting: June Marieezy's voice is truly an ear candy. The video was shot along the streets of Binondo, Chinatown showing clips of some unusual places around the city.
Bambu & Mastaplann - "Welcome To Manila"
Setting: Need we say more?
From YouTube User Renegade Collective
Hangad - "Pananatili"
Setting: With the story of the video revolving around the old-school kind of love, this video takes place in the central post office of the city of Manila.
From YouTube User Mister Blue
Bamboo - "Much Has Been Said"
Setting: While cruising around in a cool muscle car, it would be quite tricky to spot that the band members were actually driving around Yuchengco (formerly Nueva) Street and Dasmariñas Street in Binondo, Manila.
Abra ft. Arci Muñoz of Philia - "Ilusyon"
Setting: This video does not only capture the realities of what's happening in the Philippines, it also shows a lot of the streets and structures of Manila.
Julianne Tarroja - "Grateful"
Setting: The video was shot around the San Sebastian Church, Manila and parts of Felix R. Hidalgo Street. Combined with Julianne's sultry voice, this video is truly beautiful.
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