'BOURNE' ACTRESS AWED BY PALAWAN: "I CAN LIVE IN PALAWAN FOREVER"

MANILA, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 (PHILSTAR) By Perseus Echeminada - "I can live in Palawan forever!”

These were the words of Hollywood actress Rachel Weisz during the shooting of “The Bourne Legacy” in El Nido, Palawan recently, the movie’s local producer said yesterday.

Jun Juban, of the Philippine Film Studios Inc., told reporters during the weekly news forum at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City that Weisz was amazed at Palawan’s beauty.

Juban said the El Nido scene will show the natural beauty of Palawan to millions of viewers across the globe when the movie opens in theaters sometime in August.

“The contingent, including the cast who visited the island, has been very expressive with their awe and amazement,” he said.

Juban said because of the captivating beauty of the islands in Palawan, the end part of the action-packed movie was shot in these places.

Aerial night shots of Manila and Makati will also be seen in the movie, according to Juban.

He said tourism was definitely boosted because of the movie.

“There are close to 200 staff, crew and actors involved in this film. This means 10,000 hotel room nights spread in two major hotels in Manila. This definitely exceeded initial projections,” he said.

The local producer thanked the government for its support, particularly Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the departments of the Interior and Local Government, Finance and Tourism and local officials of the cities of Manila, Pasay, Navotas, Quezon and Marikina where scenes of the movie were shot.

Juban said the producers of the movie are planning to have the premier showing in Manila.

“We have been part of the Filipino film industry for three decades and it’s only now that a top action franchise movie is featuring Manila as Manila. Once we see The Bourne Legacy on the wide screen worldwide, our fellow kababayans will surely be very proud,” Juban said.

FROM tropicalpenpals.com – Philippines Blog

Rachel Weisz loves El Nido,Palawan February 12, 2012 By Matt

According to the movie’s local producer yesterday, the British actress quoted, “I can live in Palawan forever!” during the recent shooting of “The Bourne Legacy” in El Nido, Palawan (photos at right).

Ms. Weisz was amazed at Palawan’s beauty and splendour and that reporters were told by Mr. Jun Juban, of Philippine Film Studios Inc., during the weekly news forum at Annabel’s restaurant in Quezon City.

The movie which will open in theatres sometime in August will showcase the natural beauty of the Palawan Island which will be viewed by millions across the globe, Juban said.

“The contingent, including the cast who visited the island, has been very expressive with their awe and amazement,” he further added.

The end part of the action-packed movie was shot in these places, because of the captivating beauty of the islands in Palawan,he said. Also aerial night shots of Manila and Makati will also be seen in the movie, and because of the movie, he said tourism was definitely boosted.

Valerie Bariou plays Rachel Weisz’s Stand-in for “Bourne Legacy” Currently Being Filmed In The Philippines January 29, 2012 By Matt

Former model Valerie Bariou has taken on the role of stand in stunt double for Rachel Weisz in the new movie “The Bourne Legacy” which is currently being filmed in Manila before moving on to Palawan for its second stage of filming in the Philippines.

A role that had to be auditioned for and not handed over on a plate. At the auditions they had asked questions about herself and her experiences before she was allowed to meet the producers, director and other staff involved in the film production. Screen testing soon followed before she was given the job. Irish Lopez is also playing as a stunt double alongside Valerie.

Valerie said: “We were three at the final audition as stand-in for Rachel. They wanted someone with similar height, built, and skin tone, who can follow instructions well.”


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