TACLOBAN CITY – Several tourist attractions of Samar was used as backdrops on a film that was shot entirely in the province.
The film, ‘Kahit Ayaw Mo Na,’ which tells a story of three girls, Joey, Mikee and Ally who were all drawn to Samar, is now showing in over 100 theaters across the country.
The film is primarily produced by Viva Films and Blu Art Productions with the Spark Samar as co-producer.
The film stars some of the country fast-emerging young actors, namely, Empress Schuck, Kristel Fulgar, and Andrea Brillantes.
The film was shot at the Olot River in Paranas town with the Extreme Torpedo boat ride given exposure; the Sohoton Cave, the Basiao Cave where mat are weave by women of Basiao village, the 16th century St Michael the Archangel Church, all in Basey town; the rock formation of Marabut; San Juan by the Bay, Lulugayan Falls in Calbiga and the San Juanico Bridge.
The film on Samar is the latest campaign of the provincial government under Governor Sharee Ann Tan to further promote the tourism industry of the province.
The ‘Spark Samar’ campaign aim to help alleviate the living condition of the people where these sites are located. These remote villages are mostly affected with insurgency problem and high poverty incidence.
“The main objective of the film is to present through cinematic language the under-discovered Samar Province to attract more inbound tourists, locally and internationally. Thus better the livelihood opportunity for the community organizations managing the different tourist spots in the province,” a statement from the provincial tourism office of Samar said.
“In this time of the digital world laced with social networking sites and platforms, cinema is still a very powerful medium for education and information, a potent tool in showcasing the beauty of Samar not only to the millennial but to the other generations as well,” it added.
Some of the province’s officials like Vice Governor Stephen James Tan and Calbiga Mayor Luzviminda Nacario, where most of the scenes were taken, made a Tessie Tomas, who is from Catbalogan City, was supposed to portray the character portrayed by Nacario who played as a grandmother to one of the characters of the movie.
Kahit Ayaw Mo Na is also the title of This BAND which is the official soundtrack of the film. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)