You might say Boracay is the romantic capital of South-East Asia. The drunken misadventures, hangovers and morning after chills are etched in backpackers lore. For over a generation now, this backdrop has inspired love and war.
On an island subject to rapid development these movies carry an historical virtue too. As one contributor wrote on local forum Boracay Stories —
These films are indeed artifacts that once pieced together, will help draw a living history of the island. — Boracay Stories
Too Late The Hero
Boracay, so long the preserve of Filipino’s and South East Asia, was first captured on the silverscreen by Hollywood as early as 1970.
Fortunately the film flopped at the box office. For us the island would remain a backpackers secret just a little longer.
Ah, the joys of Korean cinema. Korean rom-com, Romantic Island, captures Boracay in all her yuletide splendor.
With PR like this, it’s little wonder Boracay is the holiday destination of choice for so many South Koreans.
Woochi follows an indisciplined, womanizing monk transported to present day Korea to unleash his box of tricks. The films effects transcend language, age and culture.
When Love Begins
When Love Begins features the much awaited team up of Aga Muhlach and Ann Curtis; Well, that’s how the film was billed. In reality it was critically hung, drawn and quartered.
Exposure: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011
This compelling documentary follows the rigors of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit scene. The SI team shot on location in Boracay, Fiji and the Virgin Islands.
“It’s definitely worth traveling 40 hours to come here. Unbelievable, it’s so beautiful. It’s unlike any place I’ve ever been in.” — Chrissy Teigen
To date Boracay has played host to countless Filipino series too. With yet more films in production that tradition is set to continue for another generation.