A peek at Taal in Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’
One of the most picturesque Philippine tourist attractions appears in Katy Perry’s music video for her new hit “Roar.”
In her official music video uploaded on YouTube last Sept. 5, Taal Volcano and its surrounding lake (obviously taken from Tagaytay ridge) in Batangas peeped at 2:28- and 2:39-minute marks, while Katy, who plays a castaway, wanders at the paradise-like forest.
Taal Volcano is the world’s largest island within a lake on an island within a lake on an island.
The sexy jungle-themed music video that shows Katy’s unusual Indiana Jones-esque look clad in a leopard bikini top and leaf skirt, has already amassed more than 25 million hits on YouTube, as of this writing. The much-anticipated “Roar” also became Katy’s eight number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Department of Tourism Sec. Ramon Jimenez Jr. expressed elation in seeing the country’s tourist spot “in what is obviously paradise,” he was quoted by GMA News Online.
“It’s no secret that when Katy Perry went to the country, she fell in love with Philippines. I would not be surprised if she made the choice (of including Taal in the video) the herself. (But) I do not know that for a fact,” Jimenez said.
Recall that the 28-year-old American pop star visited the country twice – October 2009 and January 2012 – for concerts.
Having more charming scenery, the Tourism chief encouraged other foreign artists to “feature the Philippines in a good light.”
Sen. Grace Poe recently filed the Philippine Tourism Act of 2013, which seeks to establish the Philippines as a primary shooting destination for both local and international films.
Last year, among Philippine tourism hot spots that were featured internationally were Caramoan Island in Camarines Sur via “Survivor US” Season 25, and El Nido, Palawan via “Bourne Legacy.