My family and I quite recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of the better (and bigger) theme parks here in the Philippines… “Enchanted Kingdom”. Imagine a mini Disneyland in your mind… got it? Now cut that imaginary image in half! LOL!
But still, it is pretty big. In fact, it might be the largest (in terms of land space) in our country.
The last time I visited this place was way back in 1995 when the establishment just opened. So, you can pretty much gather that I was just as excited as my two kids who were visiting the place for the very first time. Similarly, my wife hasn’t been there for a while and was raring to go.
We were like giddy tourists… camera in hand, food in the van, and extra clothes in the bag.
Though we had “All-Day” passes (similar to “Ride-All-You-Can” tickets), we still had to contend with long lines. And the areas where these long lines were situated didn’t have enough ventilation… so you can somehow make out how humid and smelly these queues were… Ewwww.
The past few days, GMA-7 has been slowly revealing the contestants for the upcoming celebrity edition of “Survivor Philippines”. All I can say is, “Thank God I chose NOT to take the offer”.
You see, a few months ago I was rung up by one of GMA-7’s execs asking me if I would be interested to join the upcoming 3rd season of Survivor Philippines. They further elaborated that for this celebrity edition they’ve been planning to put me in if I was “game”. They told me to come over to their office to discuss the deal in detail.
After the call, I pondered upon the prospect of being away for countless days in an isolated island away from the Philippines. Then I imagined myself stranded in a deserted place, amongst individuals who will do anything to win a coveted prize and title.
And though, the prize is tempting enough for anyone to blindly pursue… the thought of being away from my family for a month with no communication at all was too heavy a trade for me.
I turned down the offer.
Some may say I made a stupid choice… others may think I had cowardly forgone an opportunity that many could only dream of. Possibly. But still… no dice.
If I probably was still single with no kids to look after… maybe I’d reconsider. But that’s a big maybe.
I’d still have to wrestle with the idea of us contestants being a spectacle to millions of people akin to a goldfish inside an aquarium. Not to mention the possibility of compromising my morals and character to “survive” if need be. Do I really want to subject myself to such circumstances?
Nuh-uh! No thanks.
I’d rather be on the other side of the television set, if you know what I mean. :)
Nevertheless, I wish all the castaways the very best.
Besides… aren’t we all participating in our very own “Survivor”? Vying for a reward much much more valuable than millions of dollars?
The mechanics are simple: Love God. Love your neighbor. Serve the needy. Spread the Good News.
I got a call a few days ago from “Eat Bulaga” people asking me if I was willing to guest and participate in a game segment called, “Sa Pula, Sa Puti”. Most Pinoys know this already. The game is simple… you belong to one of two teams and take turns answering rather easy questions. First team to reach 3 points advances to the jackpot round.
I agreed to participate and went (naturally).
I was excited to see some of my old friends… my barkadas. Kinda hard to really touch base and hang out regularly since everyone’s into something else already and parenthood has pretty much placed everything else in the backseat.
My teammates (Puti) were Jojo Abellana, Ricky Rivero, Brylle Mondejar and Nadia Montenegro. The “Pula” team was comprised of Shirley Fuentes, Jeffrey Santos, Ramon Christopher, Robert Ortega and Jojo Alejar. T’was a mix of old and new “That’s” hosts.
Fast-forward to the game itself…
We (Puti team) swept the competition 3-0! So, it was bye-bye red team! We also won the jackpot prize amounting to 120,000.00! The jackpot cash was given to the Eat Bulaga scholars… (Happy to be doing this for a cause!)
More than anything, it was great fellowship! Nostalgia and reminiscing… (enter music, “Growing Up” by Gary V.)
Just like the old times, when “That’s Entertainment” was still around… it wasn’t the exposure or the singing or the dancing that was memorable… it was coming to the studio to just “hang out” with good friends.
It was great!
And it felt good. :)