The trailer for Discovering Routes travels with Diskubre opens with a mesmerizing incantation, a traditional prayer of an Ifugao shaman of indigenous people who live in the mountains of the Cordilleras, north of the Philippines. Right away, you’re transported to a different place of magical energy, ancient architectural wonders, and a utopic reality.
The show’s new digital-exclusive series features four young travelers who embark on some big adventures for a journey of self-discovery. New episodes were released on Thursday on DiscoveringRoutes.com.
The new cast includes: Alex Brown, 22, a young professional and from Sydney, Australia; Calvin Santiago, 21, a junior in college from New Hampshire; Elaine Ficarra, 17, currently holds the title of Miss State Capitol’s Outstanding Teen 2018 of the Miss America organization from Pennsylvania; Feih Hidalgo, 14, a freshman high school student from the Bronx, New York.
The cast went on an extraordinary 11-day tour around the Philippines that viewers will relive through the series.
According to Discovering Routes Executive Producer and Project Manager Keesa Ocampo, the Cordilleras is a magical place.
“It’s a beautiful, rich, and complex part of Filipino culture that you won’t see anywhere else, and viewers get to experience it through the lens of our four adventurers.” Ocampo shares that, “Watching Elaine, Alex, Calvin, and Feih was exactly like traveling with them - at times, it was crazy fun, then tear-jerking, then unrelentingly moving.”
Join the quartet’s adventures as they explore the mountains of the Cordilleras, come face-to-face with the hanging coffins of Sagada, and witness ancient rituals performed by local shamans. The series also presents a rare feature on an icon of Philippine independent cinema, legendary filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik.
Discovering Routes travels with Diskubre is a partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY) and the Philippine Department of Tourism–New York (PDOTNY).
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