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WATCH: J-pop boy band idol flaunts PH’s beauty in new video

by Joyce Remo

FILIPINO-JAPANESE idol and actor Alan Shirahama shows off the beauty of the Philippines in a new YouTube video as part of his duty as the new Tourism Ambassador.

Shirahama, member of the popular J-pop group Exile, has been recently named the new tourism ambassador for the Philippines.

In a two-minute video, Shirahama exhibits the charms of the country as he visits major tourist destinations in the country’s capital.

This includes Bonifacio Global City, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, Destileria Limtuaco Museum, and other major hotels and restaurants around the metro.

New Philippine tourism ambassador

DOT Japan posted the promotional video on Youtube the day after he was announced as the new Philippine tourism ambassador.

Shirahama is the first J-pop band member tapped by the Philippine government to be its tourism ambassador. His group Exile is the fifth most popular boy band in Japan, which sold over 24 million records in Japan alone.

Shirahama’s sister, Loveli, was also tapped as Philippine tourism ambassador to Japan in 2018. 

Loveli (whose real name is Izumi Shirahama) is a model and a journalist.

No less than President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and DOT Secretary Christina Franco announced the appointment of Alan Shirahama during PBBM’s five-day working visit to Japan.

The actor expressed his gratitude in an Instagram post by flexing a photo of him and Marcos.

“I would like to thank President Marcos of the Republic of the Philippines, Tourism Secretary Ms. Franco and the Philippine Embassy in Japan,” he wrote in the caption.

Photo courtesy: Alan Shirahama on Instagram (@alan_shirahama_official)

Photo courtesy: Department of Tourism

Who is Alan Shirahama?

Shirahama is a member of the 19-piece Japanese boy band Exile, and also serves as a leader of the all-male dance and music group Generation from the Exile Tribe.

Photo courtesy: Alan Shirahama on Instagram (@alan_shirahama_official)

Born from a Filipino mother and a Japanese father, the 29-year-old established his acting career in Japan in 2014 and has played many characters for various television shows and films like One in a Hundred Thousand, Daytime Shooting Star, and Prince of Legend.

Apart from being an actor and a performer, Shirahama is also a disc jockey during his past time.

Photo courtesy: Alan Shirahama on Instagram (@alan_shirahama_official)

Shirahama also portrayed roles in stage plays during the early years of his acting career. The shows in which he starred include Gekidan Exile Junction #1 Night Ballet, Gekidan Exile Hanagumi’s 3rd show Kill The Black, and Gekidan Exile Hanagumi × Kazegumi’s joint show Rokudenashi Blues.

Watch him speak Tagalog before Japanese students:



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