MANILA, Philippines – The beauty of the Antique will finally be spotlighted with a documentary that has been carried in Asia by Discovery Channel, in an effort to get a slice of the Aklan and Iloilo-dominated foreign tourism pie in the Panay region.
“Antique: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” a 10-minute documentary about the tourist sites, ecology, culture and heritage of the Visayan province, will be watched on Discovery Channel across countries in Asia where the channel operates.
The documentary is produced by Studio H2O, funded by the Department of Tourism (DOT) through the office of Deputy Speaker Lorraine Legarda, representing the only congressional district in the House of Representatives.
Studio H2O’s Boogs Rosales told the inquirer at the documentary’s recent virtual launch that it took 10 days to actually shoot the documentary, but pre-production took longer.
“The biggest priority is to put antiques on the map. On Panay Island, antiques are relatively less well known compared to Aklan and Iloilo.
Boracay Island, dubbed by many travel and tourism authorities as one of the best islands in the world, is located in Aklan Province.
“We will promote your antique by bringing out beauty through visuals and storytelling,” Rosales shared.
Jaycee Perlas of the county government office said the antique was prepared for any flood of foreign tourists that might result from the documentary. “We trained people a lot to accept visitors once tourism finally opened. We also enjoyed the necessary infrastructure infusion from the deputy speaker.”
The county may not have huge hotels, but he said that part of the charm of Antiques is from the homestays that small establishments and many families offer.
As far as the environment is concerned, the antique environment will be monitored and maintained by a squad of ‘Bantay Dagat’ (ocean rangers) and ‘Bantay Gubat’ (forest rangers).
“Antique: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” will be shown on Discovery Channel on May 23 and May 24.
Look beyond Boracay, visit the antique