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Movie Watch: The Bourne Legacy - Location shooting in the Philippines bared

Updated on February 21, 2012

I braved the early morning walk along Leveriza street and Taft avenue in Pasay City, Metro Manila in order to witness the first-day shooting of The Bourne Legacy here in the Philippines.

This Robert Ludlum's franchise stars Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. But at the fourth installment, The Bourne Legacy, it will be Jeremy Renner who will take over as the new Jason Bourne.

I wonder how the character of Matt Damon (Agent Bourne) will be acted convincingly by Mr. Renner, although he's already an Oscar-nominated actor and Academy winner Rachel Weisz

The fourth installment of the Hollywood action thriller spy film “Bourne” series, “The Bourne Legacy,” will be shot in various locations in Manila, Philippines.

Locations include Marikina City Market, San Andres Market, Navotas Fishport, Ramon Magsaysay Blvd., Ayala Avenue, Nagtahan, Pasay Taft, Intramuros and Jones Bridge.

Mr. Jun Juban, the Filipino producer of the latest "Bourne" flick, informed the media that they will announce the area of shooting each day in order to alert the public regarding the re-routing of traffic.

He coordinated with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino and in response, created a 120-strong Task Force Bourne in order to pacify the crowd and manage the traffic.

Shootings will be every Wednesdays and Sundays only, according to the people of the Hollywood film company, Universal Motion Pictures, that is responsible for the series.

For the fans, here's the initial schedule for the movie.

The Manila scenes for the movie will be shot from:


  1. Jan. 11 to 15 in San Andres,
  2. Jan. 18 to 19 on J. Bocobo St. corner Remedios Circle,
  3. Jan. 15 on Leveriza St.,
  4. Jan. 14 at San Andres corner Quirino and Taft Avenues,
  5. Jan. 25 on Riverside Road, Real and Sta. Lucia streets in Intramuros,
  6. Feb. 17 to 18 on Jones Bridge and
  7. Feb. 8 to 15 on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Sta. Mesa.

Where to watch the shooting sites and more

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A markerPasay City, Metro Manila -
Lungsod ng Pasay, Pilipinas
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B markerMakati City -
Lungsod ng Makati, Pilipinas
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C markerSan Andres, Makati -
San Andres, Maynila, Pilipinas
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D markerLeveriza st -
Leveriza, Lungsod ng Pasay, Pilipinas
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E markerIntramuros -
Intramuros, Maynila, Pilipinas
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Typical Wednesday at Leveriza-Quirino avenue...oblivious of the camera rolling for The Bourne Legacy

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All photos by Travel Man
All photos by Travel Man
All photos by Travel Man

BOURNE LEGACY Filming in the PHILIPPINES - Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz - Jan. 14, 2012 c/o DCRJPhilippines

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Shared by beluga71

Synopsis of The Bourne Legacy

Jason Bourne was able to get back as professor David Webb at the Georgetown University in the US.

Unfortunately, his past always haunt him as his friend CIA agent Alex Conklin and Doctor Morris Panov were found dead.

His wife, Marie and kids Jamie and Alyssa will hide again at their safehouse, as Jason will haunt the killer, Stepan Spalko in Hungary.

He will soon find out what's behind the killings of his two friends and the dark plan of distributing bacteriological weapon to world leaders.

Spalko's hired assasin, Khan (or Joshua) is the only one who tracked down his father, Jason. His hatred to his father brought turmoil and unexpected twist with the gang.

In the end, the two made peace as Khan saved his father from Spalko.

Screenplay

Although, Paul Greengrass was slated to return as director for the fourth installment, it was announced that Tony Gilroy will be writing and directing the new flick.

Matt Damon who is close to Greengrass will never be seen on this movie.

The Philippines is never mentioned in the book, but, the film adaptation included Far East as part of the conspiracy.

Or I'm glad to believe that the scale of our hospitality entice Hollywood movie producers to let their cameras roll here.

In return, the public interest will only heighten the popularity of the said movie-in-the-making.

Note: The two actors, Renner and Weisz are billeted at the posh hotel in Makati City while the crew/production team, also in two other hotels in the said city in Metro Manila.

(With personal writings and opinion from travel_man1971 aka Ireno Alcala)

The Bourne Legacy Movie Update #1 c/o TheRandomMindCom

I'll be linking Curt Johnson's report regarding Jeremy Renner's scenes during The Bourne Legacy shooting.


As Mr. Johnson quipped, Empire and EW have the monopoly on all the images of this film.

February 22, 2012...shooting of Bourne Legacy at the National Post Office, Intramuros, Manila, PH

On this date, I underwent a medical examination at the Bureau of Quarantine, Gate 1 of Pier 15.

I arrived at the jeepney stop near the National Post Office building 8:00 AM (on the dot). Most of the pedestrians were ushered by traffic policemen and their assistants to another direction as I rushed for a ride bound for Pier 15.

Bystanders said that there will be shooting for some scenes of Bourne Legacy until afternoon.

Around 9:00 AM as I went back to the place after my rush medical exam at the Quarantine's office, I prepared my portable digital camera in order to highlight the filming, even though at a distance. Those pedestrians who were not marked as extras will just have to watch nearby but can never enter the yellow barricade.

Well, so far so good, this hubber catches some glimpses of the on-going instructions of directors, assistants and crew.

Here's how it goes...

Bourne Legacy Shooting

The trailer of catering in front of the post office building @ Intramuros, Manila, Philippines (all photos by Travel Man)
The trailer of catering in front of the post office building @ Intramuros, Manila, Philippines (all photos by Travel Man)
The crew and directors having chit-chat for final instructions
The crew and directors having chit-chat for final instructions
Paid extras for the scenes being filmed
Paid extras for the scenes being filmed
Across the bridge
Across the bridge

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @georgiecarlos: I've been lucky to observe the filming, although at a distance.

      If you have time, you can get a glimpse of the shooting at the Intramuros this date (Feb. 22, 2012).

      Better ride the LRT or if you have a car, then you can go there now (lol!).

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @georgiecarlos: I've been lucky to observe the filming, although at a distance.

      If you have time, you can get a glimpse of the shooting at the Intramuros this date (Feb. 22, 2012).

      Better ride the LRT or if you have a car, then you can go there now (lol!).

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @georgiecarlos: I've been lucky to observe the filming, although at a distance.

      If you have time, you can get a glimpse of the shooting at the Intramuros this date (Feb. 22, 2012).

      Better ride the LRT or if you have a car, then you can go there now (lol!).

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Cyndi10: As always, traffic is the major problem in the Philippines.

      With the filming of foreign film, like The Bourne Legacy, there will always be commotion as to where will it be held.

      Good thing, I have some friends who tipped me where to go and catch some worth-publishing glimpses during the shooting.

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      georgiecarlos 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for posting this! Hopefully I can get a glimpse of this while they are still filming in the Philippines!

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Always good to see what you have going on in your country. I love the Bourne movie series. Great that you alerted everyone to the disruptions to traffic that might occur. Still watching filming can be exciting/boring (lots of stand around and wait) depending on when you catch it. Any word on why Matt Damon is out as Bourne?

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @raciniwa: Thanks, ma'am. Robert Ludlum is a legend on his own and his books are truly classic.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @interestmatt: Akala ko rin nga, but mind you, Jeremy is also included at the powerhouse cast of Mission Impossible: The Ghost Protocol. You can also watch the movie.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      lol...i just happened to watch the show, at random...i don't have time to watch for T.V. shows anymore the net has consumed almost all my free time...

      Yes, i love the Bourne Series but I haven't the movies yet...I have only read one of the novels...Robert Ludlum is one of my favorite authors...

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      interestmatt 6 years ago

      namech!!! kala ko pa nman si matt damon ang lead actor..

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Sure, why not. At this point, extras already saturated the schedule of shooting. I wonder if you'll still have role to be filled in (LOL!).

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @raciniwa: Do you have peg with Jessica Soho? LOL! I'm a fan of hers, too. In fact, ginamit din niya (ng staff nya) ang isa sa mga hubs ko dito (Cyber Bullying).

      Yes! Fans of Bourne franchise are increasing! :D

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @looniestlove: Thanks for trusting my guts, kabayan. For Sure, this movie installment for Bourne franchise will be a hit here in the PH. Panonoorin ko din 'yan. :D

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Wow! I want to be an extra artist, too. Where can I apply travel man?

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Nakakainis akala ko si Jessica Soho, eh ka hubber ko pala ang makita ko dito...just great...thanks for the information bro...i'm so excited...i am an avid fan of the Bourne Series...

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      looniestlove 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this with us. For sure panonoorin ko talaga ang Bourne Legacy na yan...this movie would surely help boost the tourism economy of the Philippines...Thank you again for sharing this hub..

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