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Tai O Fishing Village (left) is one of the Hong Kong spots featured in "Under Parallel Skies" 
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See a different side of Hong Kong with this tour inspired by Janella Salvador's movie

"Under Parallel Skies," which premiered last April, offers an interesting mix of cultures, with its Filipino and Thai lead stars set against the backdrop of picturesque Hong Kong.
Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News | May 15 2024

"Under Parallel Skies," which premiered last April, offers an interesting mix of cultures, with its Filipino and Thai lead stars set against the backdrop of picturesque Hong Kong. 

In the movie, Janella Salvador plays the role of Iris, an overseas Filipino worker who meets Win Metawin's Parin, a Thai bachelor searching for his missing mother. It shows how people can find connections in the most unexpected places, with tight shots and the actors' chemistry bringing audiences closer to Iris and Parin's growing relationship. 

Iris and Parin share a romantic moment in Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars. Under Parallel Skies
Iris and Parin share a romantic moment in Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars. Under Parallel Skies

But beyond being a romantic film, "Under Parallel Skies" aims to showcase a different side of Hong Kong -- beyond the hustle and bustle and towering skyscrapers are beautiful landscapes, quiet spaces, and cultural treasures that are waiting to be discovered. And it's an intentional move from the film's executive producer, Richard Juan, whose team was backed by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) for the project.

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"What do you think about when you say Hong Kong? Shopping, food, it's always the same sights and the hustle and bustle," he said during a screening of "Under Parallel Skies" in Manila hosted by HKTB. "But in this film, you see a different side of Hong Kong that we want to highlight."

"On a personal level, I spent 18 years of my life in Hong Kong. And I feel like it will be a full circle moment to have my first film in Hong Kong," he added. "This is a multi-cultural project and Hong Kong is the perfect place because it's a melting pot of cultures." 

Salvador, for her part, is thankful for the opportunity to be part of "Under Parallel Skies," and to HKTB for supporting their film. "This is a film that we can say we are really, really proud of. It's not often that we get to collaborate with an international artist and team. I hope you feel the same way when you watch our film, and I hope you feel proud to be a Filipino," she said.

"It was very nice to see the culture that we don't usually see [in Hong Kong]," she added.

Iris and Parin at Thai Street. Under Parallel Skies
Iris and Parin at Thai Street. Under Parallel Skies
Iris and Parin at Tin Hau Temple. Under Parallel Skies
Iris and Parin at Tin Hau Temple. Under Parallel Skies

It's also no coincidence that "Under Parallel Skies" features Filipino and Thai actors. Hong Kong is one of the top destinations for both the Philippines and Thailand this 2024, according to the travel platform Klook. 

Michelle Ho, Klook's general manager for both countries, said gross sales for their Hong Kong experiences grew significantly (302% for the Philippines and 191% in Thailand) in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period last year. 

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To cater to this demand, Klook generated more options for attractions, dining, accommodation, and activities within Hong Kong. And this includes the newly launched "Under Parallel Skies" Day Tour, which highlights the film's shooting locations.

Two options are available for travelers: a Lantau Island day tour (P3,474) and a city tour (P3,100). For the former, the adventure starts with a cable car ride that connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping, which is the gateway to attractions such as Ngong PIng Village, Po Lin Monastery, and the Big Buddha. 

It also lets visitors explore the peaceful floating village of Tai O, both on foot and by boat, and go on a dolphin watching session. 

 Iris and Parin at Tai O fishing village. Under Parallel Skies
Iris and Parin at Tai O fishing village. Under Parallel Skies
The same spot at Tai O during our visit. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
The same spot at Tai O during our visit. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

The latter, on the other hand, explores Hong Kong's city gems featured in "Under Parallel Skies" such as Little Thailand, Tin Hau Temple, and Bird Market. It also makes a stop at Avenue of Stars, with a Star Ferry Ride crossing the Victoria Harbour concluding the tour. 

 Iris at the Bird Market. Under Parallel Skies
Iris at the Bird Market. Under Parallel Skies
Victoria Harbour at night. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
Victoria Harbour at night. Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News

ANCX was able to visit some of the featured stops in both tours, and even though the weather wasn't as cooperative, it was overall an enjoyable experience. The attractions are beautiful in their own right, but watching "Under Parallel Skies" gave us a deeper appreciation of these Hong Kong spots.

After a day of touring, we spent the night at another Klook partner, Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, which offered excellent amenities and a stunning view of the sea. 

ANCX visited Hong Kong as part of a media tour organized by Klook. More details about the "Under Parallel Skies" Day Tour can be found here.