Atom Araullo said his love for the great outdoors inspired him to do Philippine Seas for his first documentary special in GMA Network, airing at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday, November 5.
He explored marine resources in Coron, Palawan; Moalboal, Cebu; as well as Sarangani and General Santos City, South Cotabato.
Talking about his most unforgettable experiences for this assignment, Atom said, “I think there are only 30 heads of dugong found in the Coron area, Busuanga Island.
“Kaya para makalapit ka sa isang dugong at makunan mo ng video ay pambihirang pagkakataon.
“Bukod dun, I was able to dive with a school of sardines sa Moalboal.
“At isa sa mga hindi ko malilimutan ay yung pagsama ko sa mga mangingisda sa Sarangani at Gen San.”
Atom gave this statement during his first presscon as a returning Kapuso, which was held at Limbaga 77 Café and Restaurant.
Aside from showing how beautiful the Philippines is, the GMA-7 docu special will also tackle the degradation of coral reefs and marine resources.
A self-confessed advocate of environment protection, Atom hopes that this will spur government agencies to strengthen certain policies aiming to protect Philippine marine resources.
“Nung nagpunta kami sa Mantalip Reef dito sa Tañon Strait, kitang-kita mo yung diffference ng mga coral reef na hindi napangalagaan at inabuso in those many years of illegal fishing and practices.
“At makikita mo rin yung mga mgandang halimbawa ng mga coral reef na nakarecover dahil sila ay napapangalagaan.
“So, kailangan talaga natin buksan ang ating mga mata sa mga hindi masyadong magandang bagay para mabilis natin silang masolusyunan.
“Hopefully, in this documentary, maipakita natin na mas malaki ang garantiya natin kung tayo ay magsasamasama na pangalagaan ang ating karagatan at masiguro na ma-enjoy pa ito ng future generations.”
At the same time, the Philippine Seas docu will also tackle the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare submerged landmass, which is said to be rich in natural gas, oil, and minerals.
“Kasama siya sa tatalakayin. Hindi ko siya napuntahan personally, pero marami kasing nag-expedition na dun.”
Atom said that he interviewed experts who spoke in detail about the subject of Philippine Rise.
When asked about the nature of his work, Atom explained that he's very hands on when it comes to the making of his news stories
The longtime broadcast journalist said, "It's very hands on. That’s my experience naman, e, not just with GMA.
"I've been working as a journalist for more than 10 years.
"That’s the core of our work. We have to look for stories. We have to find the right angle. I wouldn’t have it any other way."