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Like former Sen. and now Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation & Recovery Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Robin Padilla also hid from the long arm of the law years ago when a warrant of arrest was issued against him for illegal possession of firearms.

“I joined the NPA in the mountains in Bicol,” Robin told Funfare, “but I lasted there for only one month and a half because Liezl (Sicangco, then his wife) and my mom (Eva Cariño) talked me into surrendering. It was Mama who visited me first and I told her, ‘Huwag n’yo na po ako ibabalik.’ Then Liezl followed. Sabi ni Liezl, ‘I understand what you’re fighting for pero kung may kasalanan ka, dapat pagbayaran mo.’ I thought about it. Mahirap naman ‘yung nagrerebolusyon na mayroon kang tinatakbuhan kaya bumaba ako.”

Robin was ordered put behind bars by then Pres. Fidel Ramos and released after five years on the strength of a law authored by then Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr.

Asked if, pushed against the wall, he would do it again (hide in the mountains, that is), Robin joked, “I won’t survive without a woman…kung hindi ko kasama ang asawa ko” (referring to his wife Mariel Rodriguez who is currently enjoying her personal time between jobs after the TV5 show Wil Time Bigtime, which she co-hosted, folded up).

In 10,000 Hours, his 39th Metro Filmfest entry co-produced by N2 Productions, Philippine Film Studios and Viva Films, Robin is reliving his own “escape” dramatized with similar events in Lacson’s much-publicized mysterious “disappearance.” Robin plays a father deprived of quality time with his children and a husband yearning to be with his beloved wife.

Defending Lacson whose exploits largely inspired the movie touted as “fiction based on true events,” Robin said, “It doesn’t sound nice to say na tumakas si Senador. He hid to show that he was innocent, and to find the person who could prove it. Naipit siya ng mga may kapangyarihang sinungaling. He was later cleared by the court.”

CARAMOAN, Camarines Sur — For the second time around, Survivor Israel will pay to rent the whole of the Gota Villge Resort, a local-government owned and operated tourist destination in Ilawod, Caramoan, Camarines Sur, to film two editions of “Hisardot (Survivor).”

Hisardot’s non-celebrity shoot would last 40 days while the celebrity edition for 30 days, excluding the pre-production of one-month and a half wherein the equipment, props and sites are prepared for the show.

“Best place, good people and unique sites,” quipped Jimmy Binyamini, production manager, when asked Monday what made them comeback and film in the same place three times in a row.

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) The U.S. version of the hit reality TV show “Survivor” is now being shot in Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur.

This was confirmed by a member of the local production team working on the popular CBS series, as well as businesses in Caramoan, where it has become an “open secret.”

According to the source, many of the Filipinos who worked on the Philippine shoot of the Hollywood film, “The Bourne Legacy,” are also working on the American version of “Survivor.”

“Actually may ‘Survivor’ doon. It’s a really big production but I cannot (give more details) because I signed a confidentiality agreement. It’s is being filmed right now and it’s going to air in September,” Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte told on Tuesday.

He added that the shooting only started last week and will wrap up in August.

The 26th season of the hit reality show “Survivor USA,” billed as “Survivor Philippines,” will again be shot in location in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

The 25th season of the show, also shot in Caramoan, opened with a viewership of at least 11 million in the United States. Succeeding episodes had viewerships of 9-10 million.

In a statement, Camarines Sur, Governor Luis “LRay” Villafuerte Jr. said the choice of Caramoan as venue of the show’s 25th season could be attributed to an aggressive marketing promotion program of the provincial government.
“The show’s producers were impressed and we gave them our all-out support,” said the governor’s statement.
Caramoan Islands is deemed as one of the show’s most beautiful and challenging location so far.

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MANILA, Philippines – Survivor just can’t get enough of the Philippines.

Just as the hit US reality show’s 25th season closed last week, it was announced that Survivor would again have its next season in Caramoan, one of the pristine islands in Camarines Sur, Bicol.

Survivor host Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly (EW) that the show’s latest season was again shot in Caramoan. This time, returning players will be pitted against firs timers in the ultimate battle to outwit, outlast, and outplay one another.

NAGA CITY—Philippine tourism could not have gotten a bigger boost than this.
It’s now official. The location of the 25th season of the hit reality TV show “Survivor US,” one of the highest-rating shows in the United States, is Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur.

This was announced by Jeff Probst, the show’s host, during the broadcast of the show’s season 24 finale to a live audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on May 13.

Probst said the 25th season, dubbed as “Survivor: Philippines,” recently wrapped up filming in Caramoan Islands.
The shoot, which started in March of this year, involved some 400 locals hired by the show’s producers, said Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymund “Lray” Villafuerte.

He said they have been tirelessly promoting Caramoan Islands since 2004. “We really worked hard for this. We did everything possible to get the nod of the producers of this reality TV show.”

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