Preparing for all types of ‘Doomsday’ scenariosBy Oliver M. Pulumbarit
Philippine Daily Inquirer
For some people, the end of the world is nigh. There are also those who not only believe it; they’re also preparing for it!
The National Geographic series “Doomsday Preppers” focuses on Americans anticipating different catastrophic scenarios that, they believe, will drastically alter life as we know it. The people featured on the show have contingency plans for nearly everything, whether it’s an upheaval in the form of an electromagnetic pulse or global chaos caused by financial collapse.
Launched at the Best Western Premier F1 Hotel in Taguig last week, the show illustrates how far some “preppers” would go. The first episode, “I Hope I Am Crazy,” screened during the event, shows varying theories on how the world might end. Ways to store and preserve food are detailed by the featured doomsday planners.
Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels territory director for the Philippines, told the Inquirer that the program was timely, 2012 being believed by certain groups to be the year that the world would end.
Future episodes tackle the possibility of pandemics, bomb attacks, and massive earthquakes
“Each hour-long episode features three to four groups,” Turcuato said, “and each one believes the end is going to happen in a different way. So there are dozens of scenarios.”
He added that the new show fits into the channel’s new direction. “National Geographic is now focusing on personalities and characters while telling stories of real people — unlike before when it was [perceivably] stoic and aloof.”
“Doomsday Preppers” airs Mondays, 9 p.m.
‘Israel in Focus’
It’s “Israel in Focus” week on The 700 Club Asia until Sept. 21, in celebration of the Feast of Roshashanah, or Jewish New Year.
Tonight, “Escape to the Philippines” reveals how the Philippines under President Manuel Quezon opened its doors to 1,200 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi Holocaust in 1940. Some 2,000 Filipinos protested the inhumane treatment of Jews in the Nazi concentration camps.
Also showcased during the week are features on Israeli life and faith, the spiritual significance of tambourine dancing, the Filipino Prayer Center on top of Mount Olives, and more.
The specials are being telecast on the GMA News Channel, 11 p.m. to 12 midnight until Thursday, and at 11:30 p.m. on Friday.
The adventures of the ring-wielding DC Comics superhero come to the small screen with “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” airing Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.
High-ranking executives or owners of companies disguise themselves as new employees in the reality show “Undercover Boss,” airing Sundays, 8 p.m., and Mondays, 10 a.m., on Talk TV.
‘The New Normal’
Airing Sundays, 8:30 p.m. on 2nd Avenue, “The New Normal” stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple hoping to have a child of their own. The show is created by Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”).
Star maker Nigel Lythgoe gives new artists their biggest break to hopefully turn them into big stars via the latest reality talent show, “Opening Act,” premiering Sept. 23, 10 p.m., on E! (SkyCable channel 57).
CBN Asia reveals the true story behind the power of Dulce’s distinctive voice in “Tinig: The True-to-Life Story of Dulce,” starring Frencheska Farr, Isabelle de Leon, Icko Gonzalez and John Arcilla.
“Tinig” airs September 30, 10:30 p.m., on GMA Sunday Night Box Office.
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