Journeying James inspired me to blog me this.
Yesterday, Christmas Day, was the start of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. One of the entries in the 38th edition of MMFF is a fantasy-comedy Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako starring TV host-comedian Vic Sotto, Sen. Bong Revilla and actress Judy Ann Santos.
One of the shooting locations was Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. During an Ilocos Group Tour in August, I noticed there were several oddly and ugly looking huts around the white rock formation. I asked around and what was that all about. They said it was used for that movie.
I have not seen these when we went to Ilocos on July 14. And on November 11 they were still there. Which made me think they were not keen on removing these eyesores.
Kapurpurawan in its bare self is already stunningly beautiful by any measure. No doubt about that. It is understandable though that a local government unit can allow it to be a film shooting location. Anyway, Ilocos Norte is no stranger to limelight as it has been used as such before like Tom Cruise‘s Born on the Fourth of July and the Panday series of the late king of Philippine cinema, Fernando Poe, Jr.
However, I believe that desecrating a natural beauty like Kapurpurawan by letting these to remain is utterly disgusting and deplorable. It does not add any aesthetic value and instead reduce its natural appeal appeal.