The Philippines could be the next filming destination for “Crazy Rich Asians,” a Hollywood blockbuster.

Kevin Kwan, the Singapore-born American novelist who wrote Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems, announced at the recent World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit that his next film would be set in the Philippines.

It’s a country with so many amazing locations, cultures, flavors, and of course, people. This is my fourth trip [here] and it’s always a pleasure to be back,

‘Crazy Rich Asian’ author Kevin Kwan

A popular sun and beach destination in the Philippines would play an important role in Astrid’s journey in Kwan’s trilogy. One of the key characters is Astrid.

Lawrence Bender, an award-winning film producer who was on the panel with Kwan, revealed that one of the reasons Kwan and he flew to Manila was to “create a movie here.”

He said, “[Kevin] crafted a script that’s like a love letter to the Philippines.”

Kevin Kwan during his vacation in Palawan
Kevin Kwan during his vacation in Palawan
Kevin Kwan during his vacation in Palawan
Kevin Kwan during his vacation in Palawan

Kwan and Bender traveled to Manila at the invitation of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to appear on a panel about the impact of novels and films on tourism promotion at the WTTC Summit.

Bender also stated that when film teams visit a location to make their films, the local economy benefits as well.

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the country’s tourism secretary, said she was looking forward to welcoming more filmmakers and expressed excitement about the country’s film tourism possibilities.

The Bourne Legacy and Avengers: Infinity War, which featured the Banaue Rice Terraces in the last sequence, were among the Hollywood blockbuster films shot in the Philippines.

Aside from movies, worldwide TV shows such as Survivor were filmed throughout the Philippines, notably Caramoan Island and Palawan.


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