British TV celeb Ashley Hames breezes thru town
British TV star Ashley Hames slipped quietly into Tacloban City last week and went to Calbiga, Samar where they did a TV shoot of him rappelling inside a cave in Calbiga – considered one of the biggest cave systems in Asia.
The shoot was part of UK’s Channel Five’s Rough Guides reality TV series in which celebrities undertake adrenaline-fuelled adventures in different parts of the world.
Rough Guide to Ultimate Escapes features four celebrities – comedian Dom Joly, Green Wing actor Stephen Mangan, Olympic rower James Cracknell and Sin Cities presenter Ashley Hames.
Due to air later this year, the British TV series will show Hames trekking through the rain forests of the Philippine jungles and rappelling deep inside the Calbiga Caves.
The series is being made by independent producer Lion Television of London.
We were at the MacArthur Park Beach Resort where Hames practiced rappelling down a coconut tree. Ably supported and briefed by Jason Garrido of Bukid on the basics of rappelling, Ashley did the routine in preparation for their actual shoot the following day inside Calbiga Caves.
After the rappelling routine, TV director-cameraman John Widdup and cameraman Errol Ettienne had a grand time shooting a typical Philippine barrio-fiesta scene complete with Filipino delicacies like lechon, kinilaw, gabi and palawan and a rousing curacha number where Ashley himself tried doing the native dance with a local lass.
The show was organized by the Department of Tourism 8 with no less than Regional Director Karen Tiopes – who was celebrating her birthday that day – participating in the fiesta scene as one of the spectators.
It was fun!
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