by Dave S. Albarado
It seems there is a conscious effort to make Bohol one of the prime film production locations in the country. No less Gov. Edgar M. Chatto is optimistic more filming will be done here in the province as he met with the stars of an upcoming movie doing some production work.
What is interesting, the provincial government has set up a special mechanism to entice and make it easier for the film industry to do work–much more forming a film production haven, which can be affectionately called Boholywood.
A play of words from Hollywood, the world’s film production capital, Bohol hopes to become a huge film production hub in the future by enticing film producers to do more location shoots here in the province.
This week, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza of Aldub fame, together with Vic Sotto, arrived in Bohol to do some location shoot of their upcoming movie. Chatto met with the stars of the upcoming movie part of the Enteng movie franchise aimed for a Christmas Day showing in line with the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Bohol trended for a time on Twitter at the heels of the visit of the phenomenal Aldub, a huge help in the tourism promotions of the province. With a glowing light bulb, the governor is forming via an executive order the Bohol Film Commission. The commission’s task is to extend help to filmmakers and production outfits that are going to locate in Bohol for the shoots.
Chatto bared his plan during the weekly Kita ug ang Gobernador media forum at the People’s Mansion on Friday. He said the film production gave some feedback about the efforts of the province to help and having a mechanism to extend assistance to filmmakers. The commission aims to promote Bohol as a prime destination, not just for tourism, but also for film production and generate livelihood to local communities.
ALDUB’S IN TOWN
The phenomenal love team who rose to fame in the back of a huge Twitter following is in Bohol. Recognized by Twitter as one of most trending topics almost toppling the events of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, the tandem of Richards and Mendoza has become a phenomenon.
The couple, together with Sotto and the production team, stayed in Bohol for a few days and was reportedly expected to head back to Manila yesterday. The production team picked Bohol, said director Tony Y. Reyes, since it is a perfect location for the franchise, now on its 10th installment, hence the title Enteng Kabisote 10. Reports from the capitol said the movie will be featuring famous scenic spots in the province and will be documenting more attraction spots.
MOVIES SHOT IN BOHOL
Although not a movie, but the tandem of Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano shot scenes in Sevilla town particularly at the Hanging Bridge for one of the episodes of their now defunct teleserye, Dolce Amore.
According to a thread on Tubag Bohol, an independent movie based on true events surrounding the Mabini food poisoning tragedy in 2005 was shown in 2009. The movie, titled Kamoteng Kahoy, was top-billed by Nash Aguas, Gloria Romero, and directed by Mario J Delos Reyes.
Also in 2005, Jericho Rosales-led teleserye Ang Panday was shot on location in Anda town.
A film was shot in 1973 when the late Fernando Poe Jr. shot the film titled Esteban in Bohol. One of the highlights of the film was a fight scene amid the backdrop of the old Baclayon Church. Esteban also featured the white sand beaches of Tawala, Panglao. One of the film’s actresses, Alona Alegre, according to some accounts, was the inspiration why Alona Beach named as such. Alegre is a scion of the Salvador clan which includes Lou Jr., Philip and young actress Maja.
Panaghoy sa Suba, a Cebuano film, was shot in Loboc and other parts of Bohol was directed, starred and produced by Cesar Montano, also a Boholano.
Close to You, a romcom starring Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby and John Lloyd Cruz, had some scenes shot in Bohol, particularly the Loboc River, aside from locations in Dumaguete and Davao.
Period movie titled Amigo, a film about the fictionalized events during the Filipino-American War, was shot in Bohol.
In 2013, about three months before the huge earthquake, Korean film outfit Lee Film. Co. Cinema shot parts of the movie in Bohol titled “Mango Tree”. It is a romcom about the complicated love of Korean youths. The film featured Panglao Dolphin