National Geographic: Islands Insider

Batad Mumbaki Ritual

Just a month ago, we were able to view the premiere of National Geographic’s Islands Insider which features different places in the Philippines. This isn’t just a typical travel show which you see in other networks but each documentary tells a story or an advocacy in terms of cultural and environmental preservation. Islands Insider is a joint project with the Department of Tourism.

The places they featured are Batad Rice Terraces in Mountain Province, Coron in Palawan, Taal and Anilao in Batangas, Siquijor and Mt. Pulag in Benguet. We were able to watch 2 documentaries which were Batad Rice Terraces and Coron. I personally liked Coron because it featured the areas where tourists cannot access unless accompanied by a tour guide accepted by the Tagbanua tribe.

The documentaries that we were able to watch has a well-written script and has an astonishing cinematography. Listening to the words was already enough to make you feel that you are there.


Islands Insider premieres on June 23, 2012, 8:30pm at the National Geographic Channel. It is hosted by Ginggay Hontiveros and is directed by Gabriel Malvar. It is written by Gabriel Malvar and Froi Medina.

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