|During the Launch of Tr!pinas (from left to right): Marnie Manicad, Solenn Heussaff and Stephen Tagud|
“Loving the islands, feeling the fun; these are the islands of our dreams… Philippines…”
So says the chorus of the theme song to the latest travel show to hit Philippine television, tr!pinas.
The show is the brainchild of 2GO Travel Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Tagud and Marnie Manicad, Executive Producer and Director of Marnie Manicad Productions International (MMPI).
Mr. Tagud says “The idea came about when we wanted to feature different destinations in the Philippines, especially little-known locations easily overshadowed by Boracay, Palawan, and Cebu. It came up in a conversation with Director Marnie Manicad, and now, we’re finally launching tr!pinas.”
Ms. Manicad on the other hand says, “This show is a synergy of our strengths and expertise. Stephen being an expert on the travel industry, and myself on TV production.”
tr!pinas, a weekly travel show, will premier on September 5, Saturday, at 11am on GMA News TV. As the name suggests, each episode features a trip around the Philippines, with a specific focus on overlooked but equally beautiful locations, such as Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, the setting of the pilot episode.
Joining Stephen on his adventures is Solenn Heussaff, the multi-faceted artist, model, fashion designer, and painter.
Both Stephen and Solenn, who are music lovers themselves, sang the theme song for tr!pinas.
Solenn says, “This was an opportunity not just to travel around the Philippines, but to show Filipinos and the rest of the world how much more beautiful this country is – it’s really the island of our dreams. And to sing the theme song alongside my co-host? What a treat!”
The show is brought to life by 2GO Travel in partnership with MMPI.
2GO Travel is the country’s largest and premier land/sea travel providers in the Philippines. Seamlessly bridging people whenever, wherever, 2GO Travel was born out of established brands such as Negros Navigation, Superferry, Cebu Ferries, and Supercat. Leveraging on the 2GO Group network, 2GO Travel offers corporate and leisure travel, package tours, and special events, as well as maritime and hotel and food services training. With tr!pinas, it aims to redefine travel by showcasing the hidden gems in the Philippines.
On the other hand, MMPI is a Philippine-based production company with internationally released productions, among them, the Emmy-nominated series “INSIDE” by the National Geographic Channel (NGC). It is the team behind the globally released Inside: Malacañang, a full-length documentary on the Philippine presidential palace, its “secrets,” the presidential food taster/tester, and the very secretive Presidential Security Group. In 2013, MMPI produced Asian Innovations: Knoxout, a 15-minute documentary as part of the NGC series “InnovAsians.” In the same year, MMPI, in partnership with GMA Films and Portfolio Films International, released the film Dance of the Steel Bars, which starred Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin, and GMA Network’s primetime king Dingdong Dantes. It featured the lives of Cebu’s dancing inmates.
MMPI’s current shows on GMA News TV’s Saturday morning block are: Turbo Zone (www.turbo-zone.com), the leading motoring show in the Philippines; Home Base (www.homebase.com.ph); the no. 1 property, development, home, architecture, design and lifestyle show in the country, and Weddings TV (www.weddingstv.com.ph), the first wedding magazine TV show, showcasing the best in the weddings industry.
For more information, like trip!nas and 2GO Travel on Facebook, and follow @tripinastv and @2go_travel on Twitter and Instagram.