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Senator Poe: More ‘Bourne Legacy’ Movies in the Philippines to Promote Tourism

 

Bourne Legacy being shot in streets of Manila

One of the bills filed by newly elected Philippine Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares is to promote the Philippines. She said the Philippine government should promote film tourism to increase tourism arrivals by making our country known to the world.

In this bill she is proposing for the government to spend on promoting the Philippines as a good location for shooting popular Hollywood movies with the objective of increasing the visibility of Philippines internationally.

Poe said that the backpackers have increased in Thailand because of the movie The Beach (2000) which starred Leonardo di Caprio.

She laments that the Philippines have been used as location in several movies but are mentioned as shot in Mexico or Vietnam.

The effectiveness of promoting a country, city or town has been proven time and again with places like Kefalonia, Greece where the Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was made; Salzburg, Austria – The Sound of Music ; London – Harry Potter; Greek Island of Skopelos – Mama Mia to name a few.

Alessandra de Rossi and Anita Linda win in ASEAN Film Festival

In the wake of numerous awards and accolades Philippine actors, actresses, directors and other people in the local film industry have been receiving abroad from various award giving bodies. Sen Poe is also proposing that a budget should also be given to these actors and actresses on their flight to receive these awards like airfare and hotel accommodation.

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