Metro Manila — Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens has been tapped as a global tourism ambassador for the Philippines.

The Filipino American star received the award in a ceremony in Malacañang on Thursday, with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. himself conferring the title.

In a statement, the Palace said Hudgens’ award is in line with the administration’s efforts to promote Philippine tourism and “raise the country’s global status.”

“Hudgens is seen to take part in a range of future initiatives to promote the nation’s unique culture and assist the country in reaching a wider global audience, creating awareness and conveying the Philippine brand as a tourist destination,” it noted.

Known for her roles in “High School Musical” and “The Princess Switch,” Hudgens is currently in the country to shoot a travel documentary, which aims to dig deeper into her Filipino heritage.