A recent international film festival in New York City recognized a short tourism video featuring snippets of the top attractions of the Sarangani Province in the Philippines.
The video advertisement feature “Sarangani” received the Gold Excellence Award at the 11th International Film Festival in Manhattan (IFFM) spring edition, which took place from May 28 to 30.
Michelle Lopez Solon, Sarangani tourism council chairperson, and the video’s director said in a statement on Friday they submitted the tourism video under the corporate category. She said it was among the 15 entries from the Philippines that made the cut in the IIFM, which was joined by nine other countries.
A briefer posted on the IIFM website said the two-minute video advertisement features “snippets and footage of the various experiences people can enjoy in Sarangani” such as its vibrant beach festivals and parties, water sports, white water rafting, scuba diving, paragliding, sightseeing, and cultural immersions.
The video showcases Sarangani’s natural resources and tourist destinations, including landscapes, white-sand beaches, and diverse inland bodies of water, as well as the ethnic diversity of the area, showing a glimpse of the preserved and honored indigenous cultures.
“It boasts of the people’s efforts to keep Sarangani environmentally sustainable and clean,” it said.
The provincial official said they joined the film festival to show to the world “that somewhere down in the Philippines, a beautiful place exists, worth visiting and exploring very soon.”
Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region in Mindanao.
“We really wanted people to take a look into the province. That we are a beautiful province. That it should be one of the bucket lists for them to visit one day,” Solon added.