Filipina-British ‘Bond girl’ to promote PH as fun destination

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Rachel Grant poses in her mermaid suit at the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay. (Photos from her Twitter page)

BORACAY | A British-Filipina actress and writer is in the country to promote several tourism sights as fun destinations.

Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, or simply Rachel Grant, said she will be documenting at least seven stories to help boost the Philippine tourism industry.

Grant is known as a James Bond Girl in the 2002 movie, “Die Another Day,” with British actor Pierce Brosnan and U.S. actress Halle Berry. She also appeared as Maria Ronson in the film “Until Death” with Belgian martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

“I am a Filipina and I love the Philippines. Abroad, there are reports on the killings in the Philippines because of drugs. I would like to counter it by producing a documentary that will promote the country as a fun destination. It’s more fun in the Philippines,” she said.

She also bared to have already eaten “balut” (duck embryo) a thousand times in her lifetime since it is among her favorite Filipino delicacy.

In Boracay, Grant visited Maya Restaurant which features a version of the Boodle Fight, the Boracay Toilet, Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, and the Ati village, among others.

The actress is here with her parents and a Puerto Rican videographer.

She will also be visiting Metro Manila and the provinces of Antique and Pangasinan, as part of her Philippine travel producing viral videos.