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Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown

SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES: CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN

 

Production Company: GMA Network (Manila) Inc./

Castaway Television Productions Ltd.

 

Program Manager: Neil Gumban

Overall EP: Kernan Gatbonton

 

Location: Ranong Province, Thailand

 

Production Services by: De Warrenne Pictures

 

Producer:

Tom Waller

 

Production Supervisor:

Oscar Kahar

 

 

Thai Production Team:

Chainarong O-Chukit

Pitchaya Supasiriluk

Samavee Pummuang

Somchai Teawkeaw

Natakorn Thimichai

Sunin Enchai

Jirathorn Enchai

Adrian Bowden

 

Thai Art Department:

Saharat Boonsatit

Thanasak Lumchaiprasert

Somboon Vichaisre

Anna Chantanakomes

Sarith Phetcharat

 

Dream Team:

Ekachai Komonsiripakdee

Kobsak Chavalasriskun

Nisa Panoothai

Asaf Lackgren

Jennifer Lackgren

Safir Lackgren

 

 

With thanks to:

Laem Son National Park, Thailand

 

 

All images (c) Copyright 2010 GMA Network Inc.

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Season 3 OBB:

De Warrenne Pictures Co. Ltd. teamed up with GMA Network (Manila) Inc. and Castaway Television Productions Ltd. in July/August 2010 for the filming of "SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES: CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN". Executives at the TV network chose Thailand again after a successful collaboration with De Warrenne's team on the first season, which was  filmed on Ko Tarutao in 2008. This time, the new location discovered by Thai producer Tom Waller and chosen by GMA execs was Laem Son National Park in Amphur Kapoe, Ranong province, near the border with Myanmar. He says: "The islands in the Koh Kam archipelago are pristine and some of the most beautiful in Thailand".

 

Hard hit by the Tsunami in 2004, the surrounding area is an off-the-beaten-track destination for tourists, thereby making it easy to control as a location for filming the show. More than 150 local boat crews, drivers and carpenters were hired for the project, with construction taking place at Had Bang Ben, where the "Tribal Council" set was built in the forest. More than 100 Filipino crew stayed at accommodation in the National Park, or at surrounding Andaman Peace and Wassana resorts.

 

Shooting in the rainy season proved to be a challenge for both the foreign and local crew, with extreme weather conditions taking its toll on the 18 Pinoy celebrity castaways, who were recruited from the modeling and entertainment industries to battle the elements for 36 days in order to become the Sole Survivor. However, Production Supervisor Oscar Kahar remarked: "It was a pleasure to welcome GMA back for another season, and both Thai and Filipino crews worked very smoothly together this second time around."

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