Statues of “Temptation Island” cast unveiled at famous Paoay sand dunes

By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA Ilocos Norte

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte- Five life-sized statues of the main characters of the remake of classic Filipino film ‘Temptation Island’ were formally unveiled at the golden sand dunes of Barangay Suba, Paoay town in the evening of May 14.

Governor Imee Marcos and actress Rufa Mae Quinto, one of the casts of the movie-remake, graced the unveiling ceremony which became the highlight of the 2016 Himala sa Buhangin! Festival. The event drew more than 6,000 spectators, both locals and tourists.

With the original film in 1980 by Joey Gosiengfiao and the 2011 remake both filmed at the massive expanse of the Paoay sand dunes, the Temptation Island is one of the most-critically acclaimed films in the country for merging social commentary with a distinct brand of wit and humor and escapist entertainment despite its limited filming budget.

Gov. Marcos said the installation of the statues of the film’s main casts was realized for this year’s festival to pay tribute to the rare Philippine cinematic masterpiece that was filmed at their very own Paoay sand dunes after the successful unveiling of the sculptures of Flavio in 2014 and Elsa in 2015, the iconic roles played by Fernando Poe Jr. from the series ‘Ang Panday’ and Nora Aunor in the 1982 film ‘Himala’, respectively.

“The Temptation Island movie is a film dramatizing the life of more than a woman as it also harmonizes with the fun and outgoing attitude of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community; and here in Ilocos Norte we are strongly supporting the LGBT community,” Marcos said.

Apart from the popular adventures and sand boarding at the Paoay sand dunes, the statues will be an additional tourist-drawer in the province, Marcos added.

For her part, movie actress and comedienne Quinto expressed gratitude to the provincial government of Ilocos Norte for installing the statues of the film’s characters at the Paoay sand dunes.

Mitoy Sta. Ana was tapped to conceptualize the sculptures and Ohm David for the set design, both are theater designers.

Now on its fourth year, the Himala sa Buhangin! Arts and Music Festival harnesses the potential of the 81-kilometer stretch sand dunes in honor of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, the patroness of the province of Ilocos Norte.#