Survivor 17: Gabon

I can’t wait to watch the next season of Survivor! Survivor Season 17 will be held in the African nation of Gabon.

Gabon is located in the west central continent of Africa.

 According to sources, the next season will start filming late this June and will be aired this September.

26K Girls wowed Howie Mandel

The 26K girls of Kapamilya Deal or No Deal wowed Howie Mandel, the host of America’s version of the hit game show Deal or No Deal.

“Wow! Wow! Wow! I gotta say wow! This is amazing!” exclaimed Mandel. He was surprised that the girls of Kapamilya Deal or No Deal have a small dance number after the introduction because the American counterparts don’t have this. He was impressed.

Deal or No Deal America is touring the world visiting different countries as part of its  “Around the World” special edition. The Philippines was chosen as one of its destination together with Estonia and South Africa. The American crew were here in the country a couple of weeks ago to shoot for the special international edition of the hit game show which started in the Netherlands in 2001.

Deal or No Deal is now seen in over 50 countries.

The Philippine leg was aired last May 5 in the US. According to Kris Aquino, host of the RP version, from an interview with The Buzz, Endemol has already gave ABS-CBN the rights to air the said part of the special international edition of Deal or No Deal sometime this June.

Hooray for ABS-CBN! Excellent job.




Free Movies on the net

There are a lot of websites where you can watch videos. But a full length movie and tv series? Yes. You can watch your favorite movies, past movies you haven’t watched yet, rated R movies, or even movies currently playing  at the cinemas, on the net. And its absolutely free.

I was trying to find other sites aside from where I can watch a complete movie. Then I bump several sites offering free movies. Some are bluffs and some are a waste of time clicking. I am gald I can share some of my favorite sites. Remember, these are for free.

My favorite hang-out to watch a movie is on I already watched movies like Juno, Superhero Movie, Invincible Ironman, Meet the Spartans and Saw IV. This site has a wide variety of movies to choose from. And is my favorite because it also offers free-to-watch tv series such as Desperate Housewives, Band of Brothers, Heroes, Lost, One Tree Hill and other tv pleasures. This site is also featuring Asian movies, drama series and anime today. 

Another great site to watch free movies is I already watched movies here like Vantage Point, The Forbidden Kingdom and Jumper. Oh, and it has the currently released movie, Ironman. 

I think these sites have copyright issues. I am not sure if this is a form of piracy but I think it is. That is why some of the movies I watched are taken from a video cam. That is crappy. The quality of some are poor so I can say it is still better if you watch on dvds. Not pirated, huh. It is best if you buy original copies. And it is more enjoyable watching it on the big screen especially high-adrenaline and digitally mastered movies.

Original or not, this is the power of the internet. Just love to enjoy it.

Survivor Philippines not in Philippine Territory

The local version of Survivor to be aired only on GMA 7 this August will be held outside the country. According to Paolo Bediones, the Filipino counterpart of Jeff Probst, said that the reality show will not be held in the territory of the Philippines. It is one of the regulations GMA 7 had to comply with Castaway Productions like with any other country franchises.

You better secure a passport, dude.

As part of the “Survivor thrill”, the castways are being isolated and sent to territories away from people. So where could it be?

There are no leaks yet. Hearsays telling that a beach somewhere in Camarines Sur is the location. Is it true? I am not sure. It may be publicized to mislead us. At this point, there is no certainty yet. All we have to do is to wait… and guess.

          If I am not mistaken, the French version of Survivor, Koh-lanta, is currently filming in Gota Beach. The beach is located in the northeastern part of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

          So the rumor is absolutely false. It is unoriginal if this will also be the location of the first season of Survivor Philippines.

If it is outside the country, GMA 7 only shows that they have the budget to be this ambitious with this project. Franchising Survivor cost a lot. Adding to its costs are the location (overseas?), manpower and ehem, prizes. In addition to Survivor, GMA 7 also got the “Idol” franchise which is now airing. That only means Philippine TV has improved a lot.

 As of now, only hearsays about the location and other details of the Philippine version of Survivor are circulating. It may be true.

Survivor versus Fear Factor on Philippine TV?

It is a battle of reality tv here in the Philippines. GMA 7 has its Survivor Philippines and ABS-CBN coerced it with Fear Factor.

Yes, ABS-CBN got the franchise from Endemol Netherlands which also owned the phenomenal Big Brother franchise. Fear Factor is a game show that dares the guts and fears of each contestants competing for $50,000, that is in US. This is the reality show where contestants eat bugs, ALIVE and do unbelievable stunts that test strength, will-power and endurance of the contestants.

I heard Ryan Agoncillo will be hosting the show as ABS-CBN dropped him for Billy Joe Crawford as the host of the singing reality show, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2.

I am just bothered about the Philippine version of Fear Factor. I remember years back that a politician protested a segment of a show with the same format, where contestants must eat worms and other disgusting stuffs. There is also MTRCB to regularly checks its content.

I hope Fear Factor Philippines will be as wild or even wilder as its other versions. What reality show will emerge as phenomenal, Survivor or Fear Factor? All we have to do is to wait. 

Survivor Philippines this August on GMA 7

The reality show that started it all. After Pinoy Idol, another TV reality franchise will be launched by GMA 7 this coming August 2008. And that is, Survivor Philippines.

I heard that in this Philippine version, there will be 16 castaways divided into two tribes. And all of the castaways must outwit, outlast and outplay themselves for 39 days in a remote place. Just like its original version and its counterparts, during the game, the castaways will face different challenges consisting of endurance, problem solving, teamwork, dexterity, and/or willpower. The challenges may be a reward or immunity. In the immunity challenge, tribes or individual castaways compete in order not to be voted off from the game. And rewards will be won during the reward challenge. Who the heck didn’t know the game?

As I expected, Paolo Bediones is tapped as the host.

The big question now is, where in the Philippines would they possibly isolate these castaways? Hmmm, guessing starts right now…