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.

 

 

 

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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. 

Chocolate Hills and Subterranean River Park

I thought that the Tubbataha reef is the sole nominee of the Philippines in the “New Seven Natural Wonders of Nature“. There are other two nominees.

Another nominee is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. It is reminiscent on my part to come across with this tourist spot again from my HEKASI subject during my grade school years. And I thought it exists only on books now and  already faced destruction today. But hey, chocolate hills are still standing and nominated as one of the wonders of nature.

Meanwhile, there is another entry from the Philippines. It is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean RIver National Park. I am not familiar with this one. I am thrilled.
 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. – New Seven Wonders of Nature

It is needless to say how rich our country in terms of beauty and prestige in nature. Tubbataha Reef ranks eigth. Chocolate HIlls is in the ninth spot while the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is 33rd. And only seven will make it. So fellow Pinoys, please vote our own.

To vote, please click “The New Seven Wonders of Nature“.

Vote Tubbataha Reef as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders

Please vote for the Tubataha Reef which is located at the southern tip of Philippines.  

Tubbataha is a reef made up of two atolls, north and south, located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is rich ecosystem and a sanctuary for marine life.

“The reefs lie on the Cagayan Ridge, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes which starts from the north at the Sultana Shoal and it ends in the south at the San Miguel Islands. It is located 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and 80 nautical miles southwest of Cagayancillo, the municipality that exercises political jurisdiction over it.” – http://tubbatahareef.org/index/?id=3

The beauty and serenity of Tubbataha is a marvelous sight that deserves to be included  in the new 7 Wonders of Nature.To vote, please visit http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/liveranking/.

And to know more about Tubbataha and how to get there, please visit http://tubbatahareef.org/index/?id=3.