Filmmakers, the Philippines Wants You

I’ve often wondered why we haven’t seen, say, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol or the pristine sands of Boracay, Palawan, or the Calaguas Islands up on the screen in more Hollywood films. The Philippines offers an ideal location for any filmmaker with no shortage of friendly faces, gorgeous views, inexpensive labor, and a large English-speaking populace.

Boracay Island

My thoughts on this matter may soon be a thing of the past, however, as the Philippines Department of Tourism is being urged by international travel search engines and Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzare to promote film tourism in the country. Joachim Holte, chief marketing officer of Wego said, “Both destination marketers and filmmakers have recognized that film-induced tourism creates a mutually beneficial promotion and caters to the growing desire of travellers seeking out the more unusual destinations and experience.”

This has proven true time and again. “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies have done great things for tourism in New Zealand. As well, Leonardo DiCaprio hit “The Beach” made Koh Phi Phi one of the most sought after destinations in Thailand. Let’s just hope that if they do flock to the Philippines, that they leave these places as beautiful and pristine as they found them.

Click here to read more on this story over at The Philippine Star.

  • Jan

    Beautiful picture! I wish to be there right now. Is this Boracay or maybe Palawan?

    • Gordy Chen

      Jan, that looks like Boracay to me. I stayed there this past summer. It was truly blissful. A buddy and I stayed in a really nice place just up the road from the Boracoy Beach Club. Great location. Amazing food. Delightful companionship. Definitely can’t wait to go back in April.

      • Henry Cooper

        Good eye, Gordy … yes, that was taken on Boracay between boat station 2 and 3. – Or at least I believe it was in that vicinity. There were many a San Miguel that trip.

        • Kenji

          Henry, this wee gem was written by Mike Musashi, bro. Were you guys traveling together at the time?

          • Henry Cooper

            Michael and I have been friends since perhaps 1996-97. And while I don’t recall exactly which time (of many) in Boracay this photo was taken, he was definitely there as one of the group when I snapped this shot.

  • ArabMoney

    Trike Patrol is filmed there.

    • Gordy Chen

      Nice one ArabMoney! Big fan myself. Met a guy at a bar in Tokyo who said he was one of the actors that they had used in the past. He was probably pulling my leg, but his stories were hilarious, so I’d like to believe it was true.