Rowjie and I were fetched at our humble abode by a big van with cameras and all the glitz. We didn’t know where we were headed. All I knew was we have a very long day ahead of us. And so I closed my eyes and played sleep. Then I heard this whisper, “Palalabs, papunta tayo ng Terminal 3.” And that kicked off our epic vacation, the one I will surely remember until my last breathe.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
We attended the first ever Kidlat Climb last 2007 in Zambales. There were 30-something climbers from different clubs and organization who participated the event and Brian Aballe was one of them. He’s a member of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers, the biggest community of Filipino travelogue writers in and out of the country. We saw this guy on GMA News TV Channel 11’s (formerly QTV) Weekend Getaway Ilocos episode enjoying his free vacation with a friend. And then I wondered, how did that happen? I even thought that he knows someone from GMA.
TRIVIA: Balikbayan was Weekend Getaway’s old title. When QTV network changed format and became GMA News TV, the name and format of the show also changed.
I don’t get to watch TV that much as I work full time for a BPO company and still do part-time virtual assistance. In dire need of money, eh? So it was just lately that I found out how the magic of Weekend Getaway works.
THE AUDITION VIDEO
When I learned that we needed to submit an audition video convincing the WG crew why we deserve to have a free vacation, I immediately pestered Rowjie and didn’t stop until get him to agree on submitting something. But little did he know, I was already starting the video. If you get to watch the audition video, you’d even see how sneaky I was in completing the mini-clip I created. hihi
As good luck would have it, our canceled and supposed September 16 Batad trip didn’t just go down the drain as I got this call from Marvin of WG last September 13 saying they were eyeing us to be their September 16 Weekend Warriors (their term for the chosen couple). After returning the pre-interview form they had us filled-out, I got another call from him now asking me to pack our stuff for three days because we just earned our passes to a free vacay!
During my last convo with Marvin, one of the show’s Program Researchers, I dared ask where they were taking us to no avail. I was just told not to forget our hike and swim clothes and to even bring stuff for cold and heat protection. I was like, what the eff! Rowjie and I had debates on possibilities of climbing a mountain or doing water activities. Hmm.
Then it was Friday, September 16, the dreaded day. We’re all packed not knowing where our clueless souls will be brought. We rode the van off to our ultimate weekend getaway!
Join us this October 7 at 10 PM on GMA News TV Channel 11 and find out where our restless feet wandered as Weekend Getaway takes you to another must-visit destination in the Philippines.
Kaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.