GMA-7 airs underwater special "Sisid" on May 18

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
May 17, 2008
Watch Miriam Quiambao explore Tubattaha Reef in the TV special Sisid that will air on May 18 after GMA-7's Ful Haus.

More than seven thousand islands make up the Philippine archipelago, and yet little is known about what lies beneath our seas. A deep dive will soon reveal an entirely different world just waiting to be explored.

This summer, GMA Public Affairs takes the plunge with Sisid, an underwater TV special hosted by Howie Severino, Susan Enriquez, Miriam Quiambao and Doc Ferds Recio. Together, they break the water's surface to bring forth amazing and unexpected tales under the sea.

Sisid reveals the country's countless marine marvels. Tubattaha Reef, off the coast of the Palawan Islands, is nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Miriam Quiambao and Doc Ferds Recio explore Tubattaha's giant corals and underwater species to showcase the Philippines' pride.

Susan Enriquez goes reef walking in the world-famous beaches of Boracay, and Howie Severino comes face to face with one-of-a-kind creatures of Verde Island Passage, considered the center of marine biodiversity in the world.

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Not all dives are light and fun. Some can be quite chilling. In the once lahar-stricken province of Zambales, Doc Ferds explores a "lost town," left completely submerged in water. Old structures in this sunken town literally turn to dust at the touch of a finger. Underwater time travel continues in Subic, with the exploration of World War II shipwrecks lying on the ocean floor.

Stories of the past also unfold in Malapascua, Cebu, as Howie Severino looks back on one of the biggest sea disasters in the country. He delves deep into the sunken ship Doña Marilyn, which claimed the lives of 500 people twenty years ago. Together with a survivor, Howie recounts the stories of those whose lives were changed by this tragedy at sea.

Beyond beauty and tales of history, trouble lurks beneath our waters. Sisid takes us to Guimaras, Manila Bay, and Anilao, Batangas, to bring underwater issues to the surface.

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The island paradise of Guimaras was devastated by a major oil spill two years ago. Today, we are still reminded of crustaceans covered in black grease along the shore. Sisid unveils the current state of Guimaras underneath its blue waters. The recesses of Manila Bay will also be explored to determine whether beauty has survived amidst pollution. And in Anilao, creatures called "crown of thorns" that destroy corals will be harvested.

Dive into the mysterious and fascinating underwater world. Sisid airs this Sunday, May 18, after GMA-7's Ful Haus.

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