I Juander is a local TV show in the Philippines which airs every Wednesday at 8:00PM to 9:00PM on GMA News TV Channel 11. Featuring trends in the society and interesting lifestyle topics, veteran GMA reporters Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario try to answer what makes us Filipino by demystifying and investigating the origins of different aspects of Filipino culture. The show is both fun and informative, one that suits all ages.
In some episodes, they welcome guests to share views and provide feedback in participation to find certain conclusions. And guess what…last Saturday (on my birthday), I received a tweet from a program researcher of I Juander inviting me to the next day’s shoot! 🙂
My role in the segment? All I knew was that I had to judge food prepared by chefs. Just as how I review and describe food served up by restaurants through writing in my blog, I would have to critique how the cooked dishes taste like on national TV—on the spot. The tactic hence was to prepare for the unexpected, as no prompters, no script, and no gimmicks would be given. It was the real deal.
To confirm my attendance, I responded positively and asked for meetup details. Fortunately, I had a great support system and my dad was kind to accommodate me to GMA Network Center in Diliman, Quezon City at the agreed time on Sunday.
After waiting for almost 3.5 hours, the I Juander crew finally reached GMA headquarters and met with us. Hooray! 🙂 We drove to the shoot venue in a village in Cainta, Rizal and had some snacks in a café upon arrival, while the crew started setting up the props, fixtures, and lighting outside.
Behind the Scenes: I Juander GMA News TV Guesting on Food Episode
The TV guesting experience was worthwhile and truly memorable. In the shoot, I had the opportune chance to get to know Chef Nap Sol (Co-owner of Casa del Sol Catering, Trainer for Bread and Pastry Production NC II, Product Endorser of ELBA, and ARKIDS Food Products Piano Teacher), Chef Rhon Aguilar a.k.a the “Chunky Kusinero” (Consultant at Sugarleaf foods that nourish), Papa Buboy (actor-turned-radio jock at Barangay LS 97.1), program researchers, and videographers.
I learned about their profiles, success stories, work experiences, and personal views and opinions. I asked questions—they shared answers. But what exactly happened in the episode? What food were prepared? How did they fare? You have to watch I Juander on June 24, 2015 at 8:00PM on GMA News TV Channel 11 to find out! 😛
Meanwhile, here are some BTS pictures:
Watch the episode here: