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Manila: Capital of the Philippines

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Manila New Years Eve 2018

Jc Gellidon

The Makati district of Manila in the Philippines is the capital city's primary financial district.  It's located southeast of the city center, on the south bank of the Pasig River.  The modern glass skyscrapers of Makati are perhaps the most visible sign of the growth of Manila in recent decades.  In this video, contributor JC Gellidon used a Phantom DJI Phantom 4 drone to create an aerial video of this area on New Years Eve 2018, capturing the amazing effect of fireworks against the outline-lit skyscrapers.

Bataan Peninsula: Sisiman

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Sisiman

Carlo Caacbay

Sisiman is a small coastal village at the tip of the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon in the Phillipines, just across Manila Bay from the great capital city.  Contributor Carlos Caacbay's drone video captures this magnificent looking place, whose beauty hides a grim past: this was the starting point for the infamous Bataan Death March in an early phase of World War II, in which thousands of US and allied POW's died during early 1942 while being force-marched through the jungle by their Japanese captors.   

Southern Luzon: Bicol

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Bicol

Carlo Caacbay

Bicol is the southern region of Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines.  The Bicol region also includes several large islands, such as Masbate and Burias, and many smaller ones.  Much less populated than central Luzon, Bicol is perhaps best known as the home of Mayon, an active volcano with a perfectly symmetrical conical shape.  Contributor Crlo Caacbay created this epic drone video of the region, home to some of the most stunning natural scenery in Luzon and indeed in all of Southeast Asia.

Pangasinan: Bolinao

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Bolinao

Carlo Caacbay

The westernmost portion of the Pangasinan province of Luzon is the municipality of Bolinao.  Situated in the western part of Luzon, Bolinao is surrounded by the sea, with the Lingayen Gulf to its east and the South China Sea to its west.  Bolinao is generally considered to be one of the most scenic areas in all of Luzon, the Philippines' largest island.  Content creator and pilot Carlo Caacbay used a drone combined with ground camera footage to create this spectacular virtual tour of this spectacular tropical region.  

Batanes: Luzon's Northern Islands

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Batanes, Philippines

Jc Gellidon

The official region of Luzon in the northern part of the Philippines includes not only the huge namesake island itself but many islands surrounding it.  The Batanes are a group of islands lying well north of Luzon Island.  These sparsely occupied islands are home to stunning cliffs and magnificent views of the South China Sea.  Content creator and pilot JC Gellidon used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this spectacular view of these islands, which constitute the northernmost territory of the country.  

Luzon's Highlands

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Philippines Highlands: Drone Footage of North Luzon

JackShirley

While the Philippines island Luzon is the country's most heavily populated, the vast majority of the island's population lives in the central part of the highland.  In contrast, the mountainous northern part of the island, which is home to some of its most spectacular natural scenery, is sparsely populated.  In this video by top contributor Jack Shirley, you'll get an aerial tour of the region, including some awesome bird's eye views of Sagada, Banaue, Buscalan, Tinglayan, Bugnay, and more.

Aerial Tour of Pangasinan

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Pangasinan, Philippines / 4K Video Compilation

jibo888

Jibo888 created this brilliant 4k drone video of Pangasinan, a province of western Luzon in the Philippines.  Situated north northwest of Manila in the area surrounding the Gulf of Lingayen, the native inhabitants of Pangasinan maintain a distinctive culture and language.  The video includes aerial footage of some of the region's most well-known spots, including the Hundred Islands National Park, Alaminos City, Tondaligan beach, Natividad Pangasinan, Maranum Falls, Bolinao Beach Resort, and more.

Northern Luzon: Iloco

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Northern Luzon, Philippines

Andrew Asencio

Contributor and drone pilot Andres Ascencio created this stunning aerial video of the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines.  The Iloco region of the most populous island in the Philippines archipelago is located in its far northwestern corner, on the South China Sea.  It is far less well known than the area around the Lingayen Gulf which lies to the south of Iloco.  The video includes footage of "mainland" Iloco as well as of Badoc, a tiny island which is a short distance off of a peninsula at Lobit.

60 Second Manila Flyover

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The Colors of Manila: DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Erin Rushton Media

If you spend 60 seconds watching this drone video of Manila, Philippines by Erin Rushton Media, you'll get a great sense for the look of the city.  The country's capital city, which lies on Manila Bay in central Luzon, is one of the world's largest cities.  While the city itself is "only" 2 million, it's the center of a metropolitan area of over 20 million.  Most of the video is shot around the core downtown area, which has been front and center in Southeast Asia's ongoing skyscraper building boom.

Aurora: Baler

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Awesome Aurora, East of the Philippines

liwanderers

Contributor Liwanders brings us this beautiful drone's eye view of Baler, a beach town in the Philippines with a storied place in the world of film.  Baler is situated in the Aurora Province of east central Luzon, a 2-3 hour drive from Manila.  Famously, baler was the shooting location for one of the great scenes of 20th century film: the "Ride of the Valkyries" helicopter attack sequence in the 1979 epic  Apocalypse Now.  The movie helped turn Baler from an obscure beach town to the surfing capital of the Philippines.

Luzon Highlands: Sagada

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That Place Called Sagada

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Contributor Guio gives us an amazing bird's eye view of the area around Sagada in the Highlands of Luzon, the most populous island of the Philippines.  Sagada is part of the Mountain Province, which itself is part of the Cordilera Administrative Region which takes up much of north central Luzon.  It's a stunningly beautiful area, and in the video you'll see some of the most amazing rice terraces in the Philippines.  Sagada is also home to numerous caves, valleys, and other points of geological interest. 

Pinatubo: Volcano of Luzon

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Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake and Floodlands

url_eleven

The crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo on the island of Luzon is one of the natural wonders of the Philippines.  It was formed in 1991 when the great volcano famously erupted, disrupting the worldwide climate for over two years.  Small in surface area, it's the deepest lake in the country at about 600 meters (2k ft.) maximum depth.  In this video, you'll get a fabulous drone's eye view of the great lake, compliments of contributor url_eleven.  There are continued fears that the crater walls could suffer a catastrophic break at some point.

Manila's Great Church

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Manila Cathedral

ventronics

The Philippines is home to one of the world's largest populations of practicing Catholics.  It's not surprising then that the Manila Cathedral is one of the top sights on the island of Luzon if not the entire country.  The current structure was completed in 1958 on a site that had been used for seven previous cathedrals in the country's capital (and largest) city.  It's located in the Intramuros (walled city) of old Manila.  In this video, contributor and drone pilot Ventronics captured the beautiful church by drone.  

Batad's Rice Terraces

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Batad - Queen of All Rice Terraces

Travel Imagez

Contributor and pilot Travel Imagez created this amazing aerial view of the Batad Rice Terraces in central Luzon, Philippines.  The Batad are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The age of these terraces isn't known exactly but is believed to be as old as 2,000 years.  Moviegoers may recognize the Batad; the famous rice terraces made an appearance in the ending scene of the 2018 blockbuster film Avengers: Infinity War.

Mindoro Island

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Mindoro, Philippines - Aerials

franz_pilot

Contributor Franz_pilot created this beautiful drone video of Mindoro, a large island of the northern Philippines.  Mindoro lies off the coast of Luzon (the country's largest island), and is itself the seventh largest island in the country.  Mindoro has a unique native culture, one which is distinct from the various cultures of Luzon to the north and the Visayan Islands to the south.  As you will see from the video, it's a mountainous island, featuring brilliant white sand beaches along its extensive coastline.  

Masbate: Tinalisayan Island

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Tinalisayan Island

Ian Gongona

Contributor Ian Gongona created this stunning aerial of Tinalisayan, a tiny island in the Philippines.  It's located just north of Burias Island, an oblong-shaped island which in turn lies to the west of southern Luzon.  The entire group of islands makes up the province of Masbate.  While Masbate is technically part of the Luzon region (which includes the main island as well as many surrounding islands), in terms of the landscape and culture it is closer to the Visayan Islands (central) region of the country.  

Island in the Gulf of Ragay

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Animasola: Lonely Island in the Philippines

Ian Gongona

The Philippines consists of over 7,000 islands, many of which are just barely visible on a map. Here is one of them.  It's called Animasola, and it sits roughly between Burias Island and the main island of Luzon in a body of water called the Gulf of Ragay.  It's part of the Marbate province, which is in turn part of the Luzon region.  Barely visible on Google Maps if you zoom in enough, you'll see why when you check out this fantastic bird's eye view of this tiny bit of tropical paradise, compliments of Ian Gongona.  

Baguio, Luzon Highlands

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Baguio: Not Your Typical Philippines City

Marc Piramide

Content creator and drone pilot Marc Piramide created this beautiful bird's eye view of a town in the mountains of the northern Philippines.  Baguio is in the highlands are of Luzon, the country's largest island.  With an elevation of about 1.5 km (around a mile) and a cool mountain climate, it's known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.  Located in the province of Benguet, the city is comparatively young: it was built out of a US Army position established after the Spanish American War in 1900.   

Zambales: Anawangin Cove

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Jep and Zel | Mountains Tell Stories

Sherard Yu

Talk about a wedding for the ages!  This prenuptial video was filmed primarily with drone footage from the province of Zambales in western Luzon, Philippines.  The area around Anawangin Cove features epic views of the South China Sea, backdropped by the mountains which run up and down this part of the country, part of the official region of Western Luzon on the country's most populous island.  With this kind of production for the prenup, we can only imagine what's in store for the wedding ceremony! 

Bicol: Catanduanes Island

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Rosita Storm - Catanduanes

@surf.the.sky

Contributor and drone pilot @surf.the.sky shares aerial footage of tropical storm Rosita taking over a beach on the Catanduanes Island in the Philippines.  It's part of the Bicol region, off the southeastern part of Luzon, the most populous island in the country.  The relaxing vibe of the island is suddenly shaken when a violent wave sweeps in, flooding the entire beach full of vacationers and grass covered huts. How do things turn out in the aftermath of Rosita? Keep watching to see for yourself.

Lamond Bay's Balisin Island

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The beautiful island of Balesin, Polio Quezon Philippines

Antone_maa

Check out this stunning drone video of the Balesin Island Club, a resort on a small, island in the northern Philippines, compliments of contributor Antone_maa. As its name suggests, it's located on Balesin Island.  The island is situated in the middle of Lamond Bay, a body of water which dominates the geography of east-central Luzon, more or less due east from Manila.  A tropical paradise, Balesin lies to the south of the three larger islands which form the northern end of the bay, the largest of which is Pollilo.  

Balayan Bay: "Sombrero Island"

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The Hat Island of the Philippines

Ian Gongona

Contributor and drone pilot Ian Gongona created this marvelous video of a tiny island off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines.  Not to be confused with an island of the same name near the Caribbean island of Anguilla, it's located just to the north of Marikiban Island in Balayan Bay.  The entire area is part of the Batangas region of western Luzon.  For semi-obvious reasons, it's also known as Sombrero Island.  Barely visible on a map, the tiny island (which does indeed resemble a hat) sparkles in the bright blue sea.  

Sibuyan's Mt. Guiting Guiting

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Mt Guiting Guiting Philippines

Palaboynamangyan

Check out this stunning aerial view of a well known mountain in the northern Philippines.  It's called Mount Guiting-Guiting.  It's situated on Sibuyan, an island in the Sibuyan Sea, south of Luzon.  The mountain has a peak elevation of about 2.05k meters, or around 6.75k ft.  Known in part for its impressive range of biodiversity, the mountain is part of the Mt. Guiting-Guiting Natural Park.  The mountain (and island) is part of the province of Romblon, which covers the main islands in the Sibuyan Sea.  

Fantasy World: Abandoned Amusement Park

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Fantasy World 2019

Jona Bend

Contributor and pilot Jona Bend shot this amazing drone video of an entire abandoned theme park in the Philippines.  The Fantasy World park, intended to be a sort Philippines equivalent of Disney World, was built in a remote area of southern Luzon in 2001.  Due to the owner's financial difficulties, the park near Batangas (one of the provinces of southern Luzon) was abandoned and never completed.   It now stands, empty and abandoned, as a bizarre reminder of an ambitious but ill-fated investment.  

Japanese Lighthouse in Southern Luzon

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Old Japanese Lighthouse - Matnog, Sorsogon

Ian Gongona

Did you know lighthouses originated over a thousand years ago? Seaside cities would build fires on hilltops as a way to guide ships into port. Sometime later, the fires were elevated on towers. It wasn't until the turn of the 18th century, when the shipping industry got its start, that they were used to warn captains of rocks or reefs. This old Japanese lighthouse, sitting in the middle of the sea, was supposedly built during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. It sits near the southern end of Luzon.

Ilocos, Northwestern Luzon

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WONDERS OF ILOCOS | DJI Mavic Air

GTMonZowns

Check out this drone video of the Ilocos region of the Philippines, compliments of contributor GTMonZowns.  Ilocos covers the western coast of northern Luzon (the most populous island in the Philippines archipelago), on the South China Sea.  The region is subdivided into four districts.  The video features locations in the Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, the northernmost two districts:  Ilocos Sur and Norte, Philippines: the city of Vigan City, Paoay Church, and the wind turbines of Bangui.

The Agno River in Pangasinan

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Agno River

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The Agno River in the Philippines is one of the main waterways of Luzon, the most populous island in this 7,000+ island Southeast Asian archipelago.  The Ago drains the Luzon highlands, which dominate the geography of northern Luzon.  The river runs a length of just over 200 km (around 130 mi.), emptying into the Lingayen Gulf, an inlet of the South China Sea.  In this drone video, you'll get an aerial glimpse of the river as it runs its course through Pangasinan, one of the provinces of northwestern Luzon.  

Explosive Mt. Pinatubo

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Mount Pinatubo Philippines

Jc Gellidon

Contributor Jc Gellidon created this amazing drone video of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the site of one of the most explosive volcanic eruptions of the 20th century.  Fortunately, there was sufficient warning such that most of the people directly in harm's way were evacuated and thus avoided injury when the explosion occurred on June 15, 1991.  The eruption pushed over 30 billion tons of dust and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere, disrupting the global climate for at least two years thereafter.  

Aerial Views of Batanes

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On the road we go and take you to a higher view.

jj_maghirang

The Batanes province of the Philippines is the northernmost in this giant Southeast Asian archipelago.  The province consists of a group of islands roughly between the northern "mainland" of Luzon (the Philippines most populous island) and the island nation of Taiwan to the north.  Seen here in this drone video by jj_maghirang, the Batanes were populated by a distinctive ethnic group which migrated here over 4,000 years ago, and didn't come under control of the Spanish until the late 18th century - much later than the rest of the Philippines.

Metropolitan Manila

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METRO MANILA | DJI Mavic Air

GTMonZowns

Manila is the largest city in the Philippines and one of the great cities of Asia.  Situated at the head of Manila Bay on the island of Luzon (the Philippines most populous island), Manila is the center of a vast metropolitan area of over 20 million as of 2019.  It's one of the most populous cities in the world as well as one of the most densely populated.  In this drone video by GTonZowns, you'll get an aerial tour of the great metropolis, which was once one of the most important cities in the vast Spanish overseas Empire.  

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