The Department of Tourism (DOT) is looking forward to having the Philippines as the next location of a future Hollywood movie.
Best-selling author, writer and executive producer of “Crazy Rich Asians” Kevin Kwan announced during the recently-concluded World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Manila that he wants to make his next movie in the country.
“It’s a country with so many amazing locations, cultures, flavors, and of course, people. This is my fourth trip [here] and it’s always a pleasure to be back,” he said.
Award-winning film producer Lawrence Bender said his and Kwan’s participation in the WTTC Summit is because of their shared interest to film a movie in the Philippines.
Both Kwan and Bender were in the Philippines on an invitation from the DOT to speak for the WTTC Summit session on the impact of novels and film in boosting tourism.
“In case of (bringing the spotlight to) the Philippines, absolutely… For me, it’s about showcasing cultures… telling stories that are authentic to the place, to really celebrate that place,” Kwan said.
“You know, we did that with Crazy Rich Asians quite effectively. It boosted tourism [in Singapore,” Kwan said, noting that many of the film cast were “discovering” the country like tourists as it was their first time to visit.
Bender also emphasized that when film crews come to certain destinations to create their movies, the local economy also benefits from it.
“Of course, what we do is we come into an area to shoot. We hire local people, we bring in people, we rent hotels.
People who are employed, they pay taxes. It’s a net positive for the economy,” he noted.
Tourism secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat acknowledged the prospects film tourism may bring to the country.
“Given our expansive tourism portfolio, we look forward to having more film and TV projects shot here in the Philippines.
Rest assured we have the guidelines in place to ensure their health and safety while filming in our destinations,” Puyatsaid.