Safe travels to make ‘you’ smile again

Published November 29, 2020, 4:00 AM

by Jules Vivas

DOT launches a video that promotes responsible travels and support for workers of the tourism industry

BEHIND THE SCENES Toward the end of the video people in the background, tourism workers, were given their screen time

These days, everyone dreams of being able to travel once again. This dream is almost within reach, especially now that the development of a Covid-19 vaccine is almost complete. In the Philippines, quarantine restrictions are easing up, and some destinations have reopened after months of closure. The chance to travel is upon us.

FUN UNDER THE OCEAN The online content shows the fun in travel

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released a new video following the “Noypi” tribute to medical frontliners, which sends us to a familiar, yet slightly different territory: tourism in the new normal. “Have a Safe Trip, Pinas,” is a campaign that reminds us not only of the pleasures of travel, but also of the importance of tourism, an industry that creates thousands of jobs essential for the success of our economy.

GIRL MEETS BOY On the surface level the video tells of the story of two people meeting for the first time in Boracay

Also a nudge for tourists to follow safety precautions when traveling, the short video features the usual out-of-town trips but in the context of the new normal. A group of friends is shown enjoying outdoor activities, lounging by scenic spots, al fresco dining in the moonlight, all interjected with images of this year’s personal protective equipment, health workers, social distancing.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER The protagonists getting married at the same place where they met

Armie Millares’ own rendition of Basil Valdez’s popular song “You” was used in the narrative that revolves around a young man and woman who meets during an outing, and ultimately falls in love with one another.

‘Wearing masks, keeping distance, and following safety protocols are all part of traveling in the new normal, but they can’t stop us from enjoying the sunset or sharing a special moment. They also can’t stop the heartfelt smiles coming from the faces of those whose livelihoods rely on tourism’

“I’m so happy that my good friend Armie sings it [‘You’] for DOT’s latest video, which also features bass by Rommel dela Cruz. Filmed in Boracay after its reopening, ‘Have a Safe Trip, Pinas’ shows us just how traveling safely can make us smile again,” says Berna Romulo-Puyat, DOT secretary

MARRIAGE VIA VIDEO CALL The reality of the pandemic is also reflected in the video

Tourism workers were highlighted toward the end of the video, presenting the real, hardworking people whose livelihoods were restored as domestic travel resumed. It encourages tourist to appreciate the ones behind all the work that goes into creating the most memorable vacations.

“Wearing masks, keeping distance, and following safety protocols are all part of traveling in the new normal, but they can’t stop us from enjoying the sunset or sharing a special moment. They also can’t stop the heartfelt smiles coming from the faces of those whose livelihoods rely on tourism,” Berna explains. She also thanked SMILE team, namely director Joel Limchoc, producer Steve Vesagas, musical arranger and producer Mumuykule, and production house Film Pabrika, Inc.

For information on reopened destinations and their respective health and safety protocols download the DOT’s official app at app.philippines.travel | philippines.travel/safetrip

 
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