The Philippines GMA Network will feature the Marianas on “I-Witness,” the country’s longest running and most awarded TV program.
Show host Jose Taruc III and a filming crew were on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota on March 22-30, 2017, to film two episodes, one highlighting the Marianas as a world-class eco-and sports tourism destination and the other retracing the remnants of World War II’s largest operational air base on Tinian.
“Through our negotiation with the network, we enticed ‘I-Witness’ to the Marianas for two exciting stories that will reach millions of viewers in the Philippines and around the world, which is a tremendous exposure opportunity for us,” said MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “This prestigious program is an excellent avenue for us to share some of the things that make the Marianas a world-class destination.”
While on Saipan, the team filmed the Eagle Ray City dive site, Saipan Marathon 2017, Deepstar submarine tour of World War II wrecks, “Best Beach & Snorkeling” award site Managaha, WWII and scenic tour of Saipan, an ATV tour, skydiving, Garapan Street Market, SandCastle Saipan dinner show, numerous Tinian WWII sites, and an interview with historian Don Farrell, plus many Rota historic sites and attractions.
“I-Witness” has 2.5-milllion viewers in the Philippines and an additional 4 million viewers worldwide. The 27-minute shows on the Marianas will air in April and August 2017, with an estimated ad exposure value of $820,000. (MVA)