I saw a post from the GMA7 executive producer of Born to be Wild, and was surprised to know that the show just celebrated its 8th year!! I even commented (in that post) that both Doc Ferdz and I didn't think the show will last for more than a year! Ha Ha!
Well it did, and it's getting stronger.
I congratulate GMA7's producers and crew for a JOB WELL DONE... We need more educational, 'mala-NATGEO' shows in our local TV channels.
Reminiscing my time in that show, I browsed through my old blog on Born and here posting some photos of some of our trips... Also copy-pasted my first-ever post about Born to be Wild and why or how I got into this show.
|One of the first-ever posters of the show|
“Stand by, rolling - 4, 3, 2… “
|In Malapascua, doing a story about sea snakes. We're filming a group of snakes, assembled like spaghetti in a rock hole.|
|Near Mt Pinatubo crater with Mong. We did cover not just wildlife but nature in general.|
I wouldn’t hesitate jumping out of an aircraft flying 5000ft above ground (as long as I have a parachute with me); nor would I even feel scared standing on a cliff edge at 28,000ft! I would not even feel anything, but amazed, diving with an army of reef sharks swimming around me.
|Sharing a light moment with the team during a shoot.|
|The show also exposed us to real issues and environmental threats, and a sad realization that we're collectively not doing enough to preserve our natural treasures.|
|At Apo Island after the dive shoot. With Jace and Mong - regular partners in crime.|
So how did I landed in this nightmare… err.. opportunity?
I actually don’t know! :) I still can’t remember if I firmly said YES to this stuff! My co-host, Doc Ferdz, doesn’t seem to remember either. Sometimes we felt like victims of brainwashing or something! ;) What I do remember is making pasyal to GMA office (konyo talaga!), to pitch an expedition/ reality-TV story, then being lured to audition for “100% Pinoy” – but then ended up auditioning for “Born to be Wild!” The next day or so, I was told -“You will be a host!” Talaga?!
|We've visited countless places, encountered many animals, paddled many boats, dived many seas, encountered issues here and there - but had a lot of fun!|
Do I want to be a host?! Huh? Not exactly! Do I like wildlife docu work? YES!! In fact, I want to film wolves, polar bears, even Emperor penguins! Do I want to help in conservation work? YES!!! - And so I guess a score of 2/3 eventually made the silent decision. Of course this means sacrificing a lot of time given that I have a full-time job, so I have to motivate myself with good thoughts: “Wildlife encounter!”, “Personal advocacy”, perhaps adding “free weekend trips!!” :)
Am I ready for this thing? I really don’t know, all I know is that,
I… am… BORN TO BE WILD!!! :)
|To all the producers, researchers and crew - thank you for making this a memorable experience!|