Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hi-5 is back in the Philippines with an All-Filipino casts…

Hi-5, the Australian award winning children’s program brings back the spirit and fun much closer to Filipino kids with its all Filipino casts. TV5, the network that was able to get the franchise launches Hi-5 Philippines which was also adapted by several countries around the world. 

My two younger kids grew up watching Hi-5 right after they got bored watching Barney. I was quite relieved because at least, they have finally out grown nursery rhymes and leveled up to a more up- beat type of music which I find it very interesting and fun to sing too. So as they watched, I was able to learn and like the songs myself. Actually, in many occasions, I find myself unconsciously singing Hi-5 songs on my way to work. 

Last June 11, 2015, TV5 invited several members of the media (including me) together with children to witness the first live showing of Hi-5 Philippines at the TV5 studio in Mandaluyong City. After more than two months of auditions by dozens of aspiring talents, organizers of the new show have finally came up with five highly exceptional individuals that best fit the personality and charisma of the original gang in Australia. 

After a very hefty lunch, we all proceeded to the main studio where the set up was very much like the original studio. The kids, with their equally excited parents, gathered around the stage to watch their version of some of the original songs that my kids loved to sing a long when they were little. To my excitement, I can’t help not to sing-a-long with them as well. 

The Hi-5 Philippines cast of Gerard Pagunsan, Aira Binas, Rissey Reyes, Alex Reyes and Fred Lo are all set to bring a Hi-5 House party in every household as they interact with kids in a “tag-lish” type of show  that will best connect with Filipino kids. Many of the original songs will be sung as it is and some will be converted to “tagalized” form. 

At The launch, we were very fortunate to see a member of the Hi-5 original cast who happens to be a half-Pinoy. She is no other than Ms. Fely Irvine. After the show, we were all invited to join a press conference where the casts were able to expound more about themselves. 

Hi-5 Philippines will airing weekdays at 8:30am starting June 15, 2015. A reply telecast will be aired every 3:00pm at TV5. 

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