Starting this Sunday, April 17, TV hosts Tim Yap and Divine Lee will bring a new meaning to the term "party animal" as they take you to the animal kingdom via the morning show AnimaLife TV.
Viewers of the show can learn more about the dos and don'ts on taking care of pets and discover amazing facts aboutnwildlife with Tim and Divine. The show is produced by Claire Delfin Media and weil be shown on GMA News TV every Sunday from 9:00 to 9:30 am.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Tim and Divine admitted that they have always wanted to work on a show together. Luckily, the two were chosen to host something a show that is close to their hearts.
Divine told PEP, "Matagal-tagal na talaga naming gusto magka show together. So that’s one part of the excitement.
"The other part is that you will something na hindi normal na environment na nakikita niyo kami, di ba you would see us in events, ganyan.
"This time, you would see more of or how we are with our pets or how we deal with animals."
CELEBRITY PETS. The 30-minute show will have several segments including one where in celebrities share their experiences about owning pets. Tim told the press, "It’s really nice to get to be in contact with them, parang ibang bonding sa iba.
"When you’re bonding with a celebrity about their movie or whatever their promoting, ito they are talking about their personal relationship with their animals and you see how they are.
"Sabi ko, makikita mo ang tao on how they really are on how, based on how they treat their animals. You know, for me it’s really enriching, it’s really inspiring. It’s fun, it makes me go outside my comfort zone."
Tim recalled one of his memorable interviews with Kapuso actress Gabbi Garcia on the show. The 34-year-old host recounted, "Meron akong subject, si Gabbi Garcia, she grew up with this puppy, with this dog, then all of a sudden, namatay.
"So, sobra siyang lungkot, sobra siyang nahirapan to deal with it and for her to get her new next pet, for her to have that courage to start all over again.
"I hope this teaches the viewers these things that they have to be prepared for, when those things eventually happen."
This kind of exchange is what Tim looks forward to while doing the show. The Kapuso host considers it as a challenge to get to know more about their interviewees and their pets.
Tim said, "Personally I learn more when I’m outside my comfort zone kasi memorized ko na yung comfort zone ko 'di ba? So when I’m with a guest, being the host of the show, I not only have to take care of myself, I have to take care of my guest and make sure that my guest feels at home in the show.
"So natatakot si Mona Louise [Rey], assuming she’s a kid right? Natatakot siya to swim with the shark, with the sting ray pero I have to motivate her to not ba scared right? Like [I told her], 'Sa buhay kung palagi kang matatakot, wala kang ma a-achieve, kailangan mong i-conquer ang fear mo.'"
(Tim Yap with his pet, Juanita the Cat. Photo courtesy: Claire Delfin Media)
FACING FEARS. Unlike Tim, Divine does have some apprehensions about handling wildlife creatures on the show but the TV host is glad to overcome her fears while doing the program. Divine said they have veterinarians on the show who will enlighten viewers and dispel myths associated with animals.
Divine explained, "The nice thing about it is that, dito, dahil sa show na ito nga, parang medyo nawawala yung fear ko.
"I’m more of the majority. Di naman lahat ng tao pareho niya [Tim] na, 'Sige, hahawakan ko yan,' 'di ba?
"I’m more of the majority na, 'Ateng, ahas yan a,' 'di ba parang ganyan? So it shows you the right way to approach a snake, yung parang ganun.
"We have vets with us and I like it na it’s very informative and natuturuan talaga yung tao with different cases.
"So we tackle cases, and hindi niyo kailangan i-Google lang because meron talaga kaming vet with us, who would tell you the right thing to do."
Divine Lee with her dog, Pritchon (Photo Courtesy: Calire Delfin Mdia)
Divine added, "Pag tininignan mo kasi yung pets na pinupuntahan namin, like bearcats and all those things nakakatakot talaga siya parang walang mas nakakatakot, but then, since you’re with the team parang nawawala onti yung takot.
"Alam mo yun dahil alam mong may vet ka dito tapos may trainor ka dito. So when they give a go signal, mas kaya ko silang hawakan. Kumabaga, I’m relieved.
"Hindi ko, compared kung, halimbawa makita mo yan sa wild, iba yung mararamdaman ko. Bearcat was a bit scary and they look really cute.
"Ang ganda talaga nila tignan, pero bigla parang attack mode sila kaagad. So that’s the scary part."