Journey back home with GMA Pinoy TV’s The Balikbayan Project ~ Pinoy Media

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Journey back home with GMA Pinoy TV’s The Balikbayan Project

Press Release By GMA Network

Ever wondered what it’s like to take a journey back to the place your parents and grandparents call home? Do you have this longing to discover your Filipino roots, or to quench your thirst for culture?

GMA Pinoy TV provides the answer to all these questions and more in “The Balikbayan Project,” its first ever original series revealing the real-life experiences of the Basco Family, a group of four brothers and sisters, who explored the islands of their ancestors to find out what it truly means to be a Filipino.

“Aside from the program being our first original series, we are offering the Balikbayan Project to the second generation Filipino Americans, who want to trace their roots in a way they can truly relate with,” said GMA International Vice President and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia. “This show truly embodies our mission that is to bring Filipinos abroad closer to home.”

Shot in a docu-drama style, the camera follows the family’s every move as they jump from island to island to see all the scenic and amazing offerings of the Philippines. The Bascos take a critical peek at the colorful and intriguing entertainment industry of the Philippines, and relate this to their own Hollywood experiences.

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism has graciously partnered with the producers allowing the Bascos to find out if it certainly is “More Fun in the Philippines.” The Basco siblings traveled to Palawan, Davao, Boracay, Naga (Cam Sur), Donsol, Pangasinan, Zambales and Baguio in their journey to self-discovery.

Viewers can expect to see tourism destinations from the perspective of people, who are considered to be second generation Fil Ams. The Basco siblings will be spending  a lot of time with each other as they journey around the archipelago, which will definitely spark conflicts as each of them search for meaning from their cultural experiences.

According to Giselle Tongi, her role as a producer is “to have the Bascos not only in fun and touristy destinations but uncompromising situations as well so that the viewers can get a chance to experience the Philippines in its full spectrum. The Bascos will also get a chance to have discussions with local artists that are creating Philippine culture as the hope for this documentary is to bridge the gap between native local artists and FilAms that are actively working in Hollywood.”

“The main message our documentary is trying to impart is that coming back to the Philippines as a 2nd generation Filipino American can be very daunting but is essential to the formation of their identity. It is imperative to experience what it means to be a Filipino in their ancestors land of origin to truly understand their Philippine culture,” she adds.

The Balikbayan Project airs every Sunday (7:10pm PDT) with replays every Saturday (5:10am PDT) only on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA’s flagship international channel.

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