Nakatakdang sumabak sa kakaibang adventure at kumpetisyon ang 16 celebrities at mga kilalang personalidad na pinagsama-sama ng PLDT myDSL in partnership with the Department of Tourism para maging bahagi ng reality and online travelogue game na tinatawag na Awesome Hunt.
Sa initial launch ng naturang celebrity competition na ginanap noong March 26 sa Republiq sa Resorts World Manila, ipinakilala ng PLDT myDSL ang 16 celebrities na ito na pinag-partner nila upang makabuo ng walong teams. Ipapadala ang mga teams sa kanilang city destinations at maglalaban-laban ang mga ito sa April 7 para tanghalin ang kauna-unahang PLDT myDSL Awesome Hunt winners.
Ang magkakapareha ay binubuo ng fellow actors na sina Marco Alcaraz at Bela Padilla na ipapadala sa historic city ng Butuan; Myx VJ Ton Vergel de Dios at actress Ryza Cenon sa Dumaguete; actor Luis Alandy at tech blogger na si Jayvee Fernandez sa Las Piñas; mother and son showbiz personalities IC Mendoza at Dolly Anne Carvajal sa Laguna; columnist/chef China Cojuangco at tour guide Carlos Celdran sa Quezon City; StarStruck V Ultimate Male Survivor Steven Silva at actress-TV host Daiana Menezes sa Marikina; DJ Mojo Jojo at blogger Jane Chua sa Rizal; and actor-dancer Mark Herras at champion car drifter Alex Perez sa Cavite.
MECHANICS. Nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa launch si PLDT myDSL Head Gary Dujali para sa dagdag na impormasyon tungkol sa Awesome Hunt.
Bakit naisip ng PLDT myDSL na magsagawa ng isang reality and online travelogue game?
"Reality games are the in things nowadays. And since we're in partnership with the Department of Tourism, what better way is there than to tour the different Philippine destinations... with an online component. The market has also changed. Before, you just do concerts and launches. The thing about this activity is it illustrates the lifestyle of DSL users, their different fields of interests and their passions. May angas, may astig factor and it's new. We just want to do something online-based."
Ano ang kaibahan nito sa ibang reality-travel game tulad ng Amazing Race?
"Well, yeah it's like Amazing Race in a way because we will be sending them to different destinations to get clues and undergo challenges. But unlike Survivor [Philippines], Amazing Race or other reality TV shows, this one is online. We will send each team to a designated area. Just like any treasure hunt, clues will lead teams through four pre-determined venues in each city.
"And whether they are led to a restaurant, a novelty shop or any landmark, they will be asked to complete specific tasks which they are required to creatively document. The outcome of the challenge will be posted in their respected Facebook account and in PLDT myDSL Watchpad site before moving on to the next challenge. They'll be asked to do a photoblog or video blog."
Ibig sabihin bawat isa sa kanila ay may bitbit na laptop to do the challenges?
"Yes. Like for example the team of Marco Alcaraz and Bela Padilla will be sent to a restaurant in Butuan. This resto is DSL-powered. So, from that resto they have to upload their photos and write their blog for their followers and for the judges."
Bakit celebrities ang napili contestants?
"Siyempre they have followers. At siguradong may boboto for them. Doon pa lang may success factor na."
Nagpapasalamat nga si Gary na pumayag ang mga celebrities na inimbitahan nila para sumali sa game.
"Mahirap mag-line up kasi siyempre mga busy na tao din silang lahat. They have their careers to focus on. Siyempre iisipin mo rin kung willing ba sila to leave Manila and do all these stuff. But I'm thankful and happy gave us their support and one day para sa competition na ito. These celebrities are happy with the concept."
DETERMINING THE WINNERS. Paano malalaman kung sino ang mananalo?
"One month after the April 7 competition, we will determine the winner. The supporters of each team will have to vote online. And we will have judges to select the best travelogue photo and video blog. Siyempre depende rin sa quality. No. 1 is if they meet the challenges. Tapos dito na lalabas yung creativity nila kung paano nila mapapaganda yung blog nila."
Maaari raw subaybayan ang nagaganap sa Awesome Hunt sa pamamagitan ng pag-sign up sa Watchpad na libre sa lahat ng PLDT myDSL subscribers.
"Just visit www.pldtwatchpad.com/awesomehunt to follow each team's progress and to vote for the team with the best online travelogue from April 8 to 24. The winning travelogue is decided by an esteemed panel of judges and by popular votes from Watchpad users at the end of the voting period."
Bawat miyembro ng winning team ay makakatanggap ng premyong P50,000 cash, free trip to a popular summer getaway, brand new laptop, one year free PLDT myDSL subscription at digital camera.
Kung magiging successful daw ang Awesome Hunt ay posibleng gawin na nila ito taun-taon.