Don’t look now but soon there will be film makers from Korea visiting Bohol as a location for film shoots capturing the natural wonders of the province.
Gov. Edgar M. Chatto bared the plan to make the province as a film making destination after a weekend dinner meeting with Philippine Airline (PAL) Korea Sales Director Jin Woo Jung at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul last Friday.
Jung’s family who also owns RAKSO Holdings Co. Ltd., is handling exclusively PAL’s business operations in Korea.
Jung discussed with Chatto and PAL officials from Manila the aggressive promotions for Bohol and the island’s tourist attractions thru filming.
Plans are underway also to connect Tagbilaran-Busan, Korea; the East Asian country’s second largest city next to Seoul when aircraft and schedules availability will be addressed in both Tagbilaran and Busan Airports.
It is expected more international and domestic flights to Bohol will open once the New Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be completed by June 2018 as commercial flights start in August.
PAL Korea can provide incentives to film makers and Bohol can assist through the province’s Film Development Program signed by Chatto and Film Development Center Dir. Liza Dino recently.
To date, 62 PAL flights connect Korea-Philippines, including one in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Chatto echoes the recommendations of Bohol Tourism players to the Department of Tourism (DOT) that more promotions budget should be focused on neighboring Asian countries like Korea.
Koreans are not much affected by negative news coming out about Southern Philippines due to better understanding on the Philippine geography and culture compared to tourists from western countries, Chatto added.
Hence, countries like Korea and China continue to lead foreign tourist arrivals in the country especially in Bohol where direct PAL flights to Korea is now open. Chatto stressed.
BOHOLYWOOD IS REAL
The provincial government has long sought to attract film makers to Bohol and use the scenery as backdrop on their movies at the same time provide exposure to local artistic talents.
The province is looking at the possibility of getting more filmmakers doing location shoots and realize the dream of Boholywood–a center for film making not just in the Visayas, but in the entire country.
Early this year, the provincial government formed the Bohol Film Commission (Bofilmco), which will take the helm of bringing filmmakers to Bohol.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) with Liza Diño-Seguerra at the forefront, expressed support for the formation of the commission that will take care of the needs of filmmakers who will be using Bohol as a location for the shoots.
The province has been a location for many movies and latest of which was the movie that starred Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards.
Another film shot in Bohol is an international independent film titled The Man from Honshu directed by RD Alba, a Boholano based in the US.
Alba returned to Bohol back in June to shoot the war-time period movie and used some local talents to fill roles in the movie.
The independent film is set during the World War II and will be exhibited in various international film festivals.
The Bofilmco eyes to develop programs, interventions and mechanisms to ensure protection and development of independent film producers and enthusiasts in Bohol. (with reports from EDCOM)