MarketingPeople are transformed into the country’s top attractions with the use of body paint, costumes and masterful poses.

Philippines' very unusual travel video will blow your mind

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The video by the Philippine Department of Tourism highlights the country's most popular attractions using the human form.
The video by the Philippine Department of Tourism highlights the country's most popular attractions using the human form. Photo Credit: YouTube/Tourism Philippines

Instead of producing a run-of-the-mill tourism video with awe-inspiring shots of exotic locales and attractions, the Philippines did something entirely different. The tourism promotion board simply got people to physically use their human forms to create spectacular imagery of its attractions.

Launched by the Department of Tourism (DOT) on 4 June, this new digital advertisement aims to showcase the people behind the tourism scene. It is aptly titled “The People Make the Destination”.

“For years, we have shone the spotlight on the country’s stunning beaches and landscapes, its marvellous heritage sites and natural attractions,” the video description reads on Tourism Philippines’ YouTube channel. “As tourism begins to pick up anew, we recognise the people who have always made our destinations more memorable and more fun — our tourism workers.”

Hundreds of dancers in the video moved in perfect choreography to form optical illusions of Philippines’ popular sights such as rolling rice fields, an eagle, a cascading waterfall with lush foliage flanking a rushing river, and a surfer cresting on undulating waves.

These vivid scenes have been paired with relevant sounds recorded from across 23 locations in the Philippines, from crashing waves in Samar to mountain hikes in the Cordilleras, T’boli instruments from South Cotobato and the drumming of Dakila Garcia, La Union’s best percussionist.

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