Boracay’s coral preservation featured in Hollywood documentary

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 by Administrator

Boracay’s coral preservation featured in Hollywood documentary

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — An upcoming documentary film produced by a key Hollywood producer and director will feature the environmental efforts in preserving coral reefs in world-famous Boracay in the town of Malay, this province.

Benjie Tayag, an environmentalist with Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative (SPC), said the award-winning Hollywood movie producer and director Will Harper has filmed underwater scenes for the documentary film off the coast of the global holiday island destination.

“It is more than just an ordinary film documentary on the environment. It will focus on cause-and-effect, on how destruction of coral reefs off Boracay impacts on the less privileged members of society. Its objective is to raise awareness on a worldwide scale and serves as a call for immediate action,” Tayag said.

It is not much known but Tayag and an Austrian geoscientist have invented the reef bud technology used by the SPC to rehabilitate Boracay’s coral reefs, which have been in decay due to the impacts of a growing tourism industry.

“During filming, I was asked what motivates us to do this. My answer was simple: ‘We do or we die’,” Tayag said.

The coral recovery project of SPC in Boracay was also supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other private organizations.

Aside from Boracay, the documentary film with a working title Earth: Code Blue has also featured other tourism locations in Southeast Asia including the ones in Indonesia and Singapore.

Harper has directed and produced Hollywood stars including Clint Eastwood.

by Jun Aguirre

Manila Bulletin

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