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“Survivor” chooses Philippines for its 25th Season

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Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur has been chosen as the location of the 25th season of the hit reality TV show “Survivor US”. It is one of the highest rating shows in the United States and this will definitely put Naga City in the global spotlight. The local government has also been promoting Caramoan Islands since 2004.

Jeff Probst, the show’s host, was the one who announced it during its season 24 finale to a live audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City last May 13.

Filming started around March of this year and it involved some 400 locals hired by the show’s producers. “We really worked hard for this. We did everything possible to get the nod of the producers of this reality TV show”,  said Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymund “Lray” Villafuerte.

According to him, the show had 13 million to almost 30 million viewers with the highest viewership during the 2000-2001 season. “Survivor” has been consistently on the top 20 most watched shows since it aired, based on the average total number of viewers per episode of the US version on CBS TV network. He also said that “enormous exposure worldwide for Caramoan Islands and Camarines Sur in particular, and the Philippines in general, and would certainly boost our tourism potential.”

Caramoan Islands has been regarded as one of the top 10 islands and beaches in the Philippines by CNNGo, a television and online travel magazine. It is also a popular destination for water enthusiasts all over the world with its rugged landscapes and clear, turquoise waters.

In 2008, it was chosen as the location for the show’s French edition, followed by the Israel, Bulgaria and Serbia editions in 2009. The Sweden edition was shot there in 2010, followed in 2011 by the Denmark, Norway, Belgium and India editions.

It would also not be the last time, as the show’s 26th season would also be shot in Caramoan Islands, said Villafuerte.

Survivor season 25 premieres on September 19 at 8pm ET on CBS network.





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