Tom Cruise remembers Laoag City

Scenes from Born on the Fourth of July shot at the Ilocos sand dunes.

Born on the Fourth of July won Oliver Stone an Academy Award for Best-Director in 1990.

Excerpts from Los Angeles-based Manila journalist Janet Susan R. Nepales’ interview with Tom Cruise:

“I still remember Laoag City in the Philippines where I had a great time filming Oliver Stone’s ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’” Tom Cruise said with a big smile when we recently interviewed him in New York for his new action-comedy movie, “Knight and Day.”

“I would love to go back to the Philippines to do another movie,” the 47-year-old superstar said. “I had wonderful memories working there.” Read the full interview on

My own personal encounter with the Hollywood royalty at the Fort Ilocandia coffee shop is still vivid in my mind.

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