Apo Reef, the 2nd largest contiguous coral reef in the world | February 2013
The best adventures come when you least expect them.
This year, I began working as the multimedia producer for ‘Biyahe ni Drew,’ GMA News TV 11′s budget travel show hosted by Drew Arellano. I had been handling the online needs of different GMA shows since July 2012, but for the first time, I got to go out in the field. And boy, are the ‘Biyahe ni Drew’ weekends amazing. Each episode takes viewers on a new destination and shows them to make the most out of a 48-hour getaway there. In reality, each episode is shot over a weekend as well.
Cramming the actual getaway plus all the extra interviews and footage into that short time means days start early and end late—and that a lot of time is spent on the road. The bonus is that every day ends up being jam-packed with activities. The picture below is from our shoot in Marinduque.
Bibingkang lalaki, a specialty of Marinduque. It’s called “lalaki” (male) because it’s made with “itlog” (eggs), local slang for a guy’s dangly parts.
In a single day, we filmed local grandmas cooking bibingkang lalaki, got treated to the royal treatment with a putong ceremony, shot the interiors of a vintage-style hotel and had dinner at a tradtitional restaurant. Multiply that by three days and you get a picture of how much fun these ‘working weekends’ are.
Another project that’s injecting a lot of happiness into my life right now: Kamusta? Magazine.
Kamusta? is a long-in-the-making brainchild with Den Fajardo, my good friend who used to be the Layout and Graphics Editor of The GUIDON. We both wanted to work in publishing—I started out writing for magazines; his specialty is designing for print—and dreamed of a travel mag that focused on budget travel and local perspectives.
Back when we were still looking for jobs, we began planning an online magazine that did just that; with the help of our photographer friends Joseph Angan and Ean Dacay, and management whiz Jules Jurado, it got launched last January.
Some of my favorites so far: Tata Yap’s photos of the Ayta Mag-Anchi tribe, Jangan’s guides to budget mountaineering, Ean’s video on the Sinulog festivities (above), our photo-and-video coverage of Earth Hour 2013 at Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant and our guide to the Ultimate Binondo Food Trip—which comes with directions/a map to every restaurant!
Our friend Ben checks our Binondo’s Shin Tai Shang grocery during Kamusta? Magazine’s tour
The year is just starting. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for Biyahe ni Drew and Kamusta? Magazine this year! I’m always reminded of what Drew said during one episode: “There’s always an adventure to be had—you just need to make it happen.”