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PH ‘more fun’ for Katy Perry in music video



Katy Perry with the Taal Volcano as background. Screengrab from Katy Perry’s Roar music video.

MANILA, Philippines—Even American pop star Katy Perry apparently thinks it’s more fun in the Philippines—and this has Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez over the moon.

Jimenez on Saturday said he was “very happy” that Perry, one of the hottest international pop acts today, included a shot of Taal volcano in her new music video, “Roar.”

“Yes, (it’s) a picture of the Philippines in what is obviously paradise. Of course, I am very happy,” said Jimenez. The story line has Perry surviving a plane crash in a tropical setting.

Jimenez said the government had nothing to do with Taal being featured in the video.

“We just have a very famous volcano. It’s pretty eh. Maybe somebody saw a pretty picture,” he said.

“It’s no secret that when Katy Perry came to Philippines, she fell in love with our country. I wouldn’t be surprised if she made the choice (herself).  But I do not know that for a fact,” he said. Perry performed in the Philippines in January 2012.

Jimenez said he now expected other international artists to also feature the Philippines in their videos.

“That’s not the last. We encourage all our friends around the world to feature the Philippines in a good light,” he said.

Jimenez also expressed delight over the increasing number of tourist arrivals in the country.

Despite the Philippines’ tiff with China, he said Chinese tourists continued to flock to the country because they knew how to draw the line “between friendship and political disagreements.”

The number of Chinese visitors has risen by 48.58 percent since January.

“The situation has very much improved. Tourism is not politics. Everyone is being very mature about it. I’m happy that it is healthy and stable. In fact it’s growing,” Jimenez said.

“I think that like the Filipino people, the Chinese people draw the line between friendship and political and diplomatic disagreements,” he added.

Jimenez spoke with reporters yesterday at the Bureau of Immigration anniversary celebration in Intramuros, Manila.

“The major problem they are facing now is they don’t have enough men because we have so many tourists,” Jimenez said of the bureau that is at the front line of welcoming tourists to the country. Philip C. Tubeza


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  • DestronLeader

    Mr. Jimenez, it’s nice that Taal Volcano got featured in a Katy Perry music video but I’m not about to be so bold to expect other artists to follow and feature Philippine spots just yet.

    • efriend

      As usual, a wet blanket – a Filipino at that.

  • Barak_O

    it’s more fun in batangas

  • 가장 싫은 장소

    sa airports pa lang dismayado na agad ang mga turista…

  • Cue_Vas

    Me, Katy Perry, sun-bathing in Boracay….

  • kunsabagay

    Hard to notice Taal when Katy’s twin mountains are jiggling like jell-o

  • JK1000

    SUS ! Huwag masyadong magsaya dahil alam ng ibang bansa na ang mga filipino ay walang disiplina sa kapaligiran. Kahit saan ebak,jingle, tapon ng basura,dudura. At mabaho ang capital ng Pilipinas.

    • Zim

      mga kamag-anak mo yun kaya alam mo. samin walang ganyan.

  • boboposter

    HOHOHO wala pang 3s pinakita tuwa na kagad? Typical na pagmamalaki ng mga walang ginagawang pulitiko/executives HAHAHAHA!

    Edited pa yung foreground ng video… palibhasa puro condo at bahay yung harap ng Taal Lake ahahaha



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