PALAWAN, Philippines – The Russian version of the American reality TV show, Survivor, will start filming its latest season in Palawan, a local news agency reported.
The filming starts on January 9 until March 15 on South Guntao Island, Alfas Beach, Lagen Island, Papaya Beach, Pinagbuyutan Island, Malapacao Island, CED Estate, Danat Field and Manlag in El Nido.
“Local officials of El Nido has granted permit to the Philippine Films Studios, Inc. (PFSI) to commence filming provided that they shall abide to municipal laws, ordinances, and rules and regulations; will allow municipal personnel to secure the area, maintain peace and order and regulate traffic during the shooting,” the report said.
A local tourism officer told Palawan News Online that the production team will hire more than 300 locals to help and assist in the production; hire vehicles such as boats; buy local supplies, so the filming of the reality TV show is expected to help boost local businesses and manpower.
The Survivor reality show is known for its tough challenges. The contestants are placed in an isolated location where they must provide food, fire, and shelter for themselves. After every challenge, the contestants vote out their fellow contestants for elimination until only one remains as the ‘Sole Survivor’ and will take home the grand prize.
This isn’t the first time El Nido hosted the renowned Survivor reality show. The 8th season of Survivor Israel was also filmed in the islands of El Nido in 2017.
Other Survivor franchise that filmed several episodes in the selected islands of the Philippines through PFSI include; Survivor Israel (2017), Survivor South Africa (2018), and Survivor Central (Europe) (2018)