The film production of Eat, Pray, Love (EPL) starring Julia Roberts has given Bali a new title, Island of Love. The movie, based on Elizabet Gilbert's bestselling memoir tells about the author's journey for self-discovery to three countries: Italy (Eat), India (Pray) and Indonesia (Love). In Ubud, Bali, the author rediscovered the combination of Eat, Pray and found she could Love once more. Hence the new Bali title, Island of Love.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has no qualm about it. "We have to be thankful, because the presence of the Hollywood movie star has given birth to Bali's new title, Island of Love, which will of course support our tourism," said him in Denpasar on Saturday (7 November 2009)
He referred Island of Love as a new title because Bali has already been awarded several, namely Island of Gods, Paradise Island, and Island of Thousand Temples. The travel industry has also recognized Bali by giving the island awards like "The World's Best Island" by Travel and Leisure magazine, "The Top City in Asia" and "The Friendliest Town of All" (for Ubud, Bali) by Conde Nast Traveler and the inclusion in Lonely Planet's Best in 2010 Travel's Top Regions.
The EPL filming is still ongoing until 15 November 2009 in several Bali locations such as Pasar Seni Ubud, Padang Padang, Ungasan and Beno port.
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