BLOOD TRANSFUSION. More fun in the Philippines! This is a photo of the Crispy Dinuguan deliciously consumed in Kanin Club recently.
Allow me to temporarily veer away from my food review stint and share with you my experience during a shoot for Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho's "It's More Fun In The Philippines" segment. But first, a background...
As most Filipinos - especially the netizens basking in the social networks - now know, the Department of Tourism has recently launched a new campaign -- It's More Fun In The Philippines. Using pictures in the official DOT slogan website for inspiration, people started making their own versions capped with witty remarks to show the world why it is indeed more fun in our country. Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet blog curated several of the best pictures and posted it in his ItsMoreFUNinthePhilippines! Pinterest board, encouraging everyone to submit their own photos and help get the board into Pinterest's popular page.
I thought the new DOT slogan was catchy, cool and colorful. I then decided to do my own take on the slogan and use my personal photos to show the world what they're missing. I asked Anton if I could submit mine as well, since for now, Pinterest is an invite-only social network, and showed him my photos through my Facebook account. He posted a couple of my pictures and made me one of the board's collaborators. Both the board and the hashtagged slogan became instant hits with the latter even trending in Twitter. It was so fun to see the Filipino culture in a nutshell and hopefully it translates well to the world.
The other day, I received a call from Anton asking if it was okay for him to give my number to a GMA-7 segment producer. It was for a feature about the new DOT campaign to be shown on GMA-7's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. I said sure and minutes later, I received the call. As with everything behind the scenes in television, things were fast-paced and sudden. One minute I was being asked about the slogan and my pictures, the next minute I was scheduled for a shoot the very next day. It was a new adventure I didn't want to pass up and so I agreed.
The appointed time was after lunch but the crew was outside my house by around noon. After a short discussion and briefing, we headed out for Rizal Park or colloquially known as Luneta. I waited as the crew scouted the area and finally set up the camera. Our first spot was at a giant replica of the Philippine islands complete with topographic elevations and depth. It was there that we conducted my interview with me leaning back on the rail, babbling on about the slogan and the Philippines as a tourist destination in general. I could barely remember what I said, my mind racing with other thoughts while simultaneously answering all that were asked of me.
Then just like that we were done. After a few more camera adjustments, they had me going over the rail and onto the cemented "Philippine islands" (with the support of their crew of course). Good thing it wasn't that slippery lest I find myself falling into the waters below. I wasn't worried about getting drenched, it was actually my camera that got me taking slow, careful steps. I don't know what I'd do if it unfortunately falls. They then shot away, with the producer directing my moves and finally just letting me do a few poses. She repeatedly apologized for making me feel like a stunt woman, but it was actually fun. After another "island hopping", we moved on to the next spot.
We were finished by about 4:00 in the afternoon after taking a few more shots in key places around Rizal Park. I was famished as I wasn't able to eat lunch since the crew had been early. I bought a couple of sandwiches from a nearby store and we proceeded to GMA-7 Network for another set of video shoots.
The preparation took a bit long; the producer kept on apologizing for the delay and was continuously looking out for whatever it is that I might need. It wasn't exactly surprising to see lulls in between shoots, I kind of expected it so I was okay. I was just content watching the whole scene -- the producer was on the phone trying to get some props ready, one assistant was going in and out of the studio trying to coordinate the elements they needed for the shoot, the camera man was busy adjusting the video camera and the lights, the other assistant was posting pictures on the wall, and the other crew member was directing my movements and prepping me for the scene.
By 9PM we were finally done. The producer thanked me profusely as did I. We took a couple of souvenir group photos before leaving. It was an awesome experience but my body and mind were both ready to go home.
The DOT slogan episode on Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho will be aired this Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM on GMA-7.
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