TUGUEGARAO CITY: The popular American reality TV series Survivor, which was filmed in the picturesque Palaui Island in Cagayan, northern Philippines, began airing its new season “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” on Thursday.
Produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jeff Probst, the show’s 28th edition will be aired in 156 countries, including the Philippines. Local viewers can catch the show on Jack TV.
Survivor USA’s 27th and 28th seasons were also filmed on Palaui, showcasing the sustainable tourism initiative of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) in Santa Ana town.
Lope Juban Jr., president of the Philippine Film Studios Inc. (PFSI), said Palaui is the perfect spot for the Survivor series produced by the American CBS network.
Last year, CNN Travel included Palaui in its list of the world’s 10 best beaches, the only one from the Philippines and the entire Southeast Asian region to make the prestigious roster.
“The producers chose the setting of the reality TV show because of the innate beauty of its beaches,” Juban said.
It was in the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Santa Ana where related scenes were shot, particularly in Anguib Beach, Pozo Robo Beach, Siwangag Cove and Cape Engano Cove.
CEZA officials said the filming and preparation of the series took seven months. There were 420 people involved in the series, including the cast, production staff and support groups.
The filming of the show brought in P300 million to the local economy.
Grace Ruiz, CEZA’s community relations manager, said about 250 of the Survivor crew were local residents, hired as carpenters, watchmen, guards,
drivers, marine guides, caterers and electricians.