It was his fifth time in Hong Kong but he saw everything through different eyes.
Actor Enchong Dee represented the Philippines on “Extreme Ends.” Together with his celebrity friend Ria Atayde, they had five days to discover things in the territory that elude many tourists but are worth experiencing nonetheless.
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Enchong said KIX Asia channel aimed to promote Hong Kong to the Southeast Asian audience through extreme activities or adventures. So, aside from himself, they got a celebrity each from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
The episodes have themes – “fast vs slow,” “hidden vs exposed,” “day vs night,” and “high vs low” (which was Enchong’s). Each one highlights extreme opposites to showcase the fascinating contrasts, non-stop intensity and distinctively trendy attributes of Hong Kong.
“With each of the celebrities and their guests going through specially-selected activities, viewers also get to see a different side of their personality, revealing the relationships they share – this is a wonderful formula that invites viewers to travel with them on every adventure,” said Betty Tsui, Vice President, Programming – KIX and Thrill, Celestial Tiger Entertainment.
Why was he picked? The actor made a guess.
“There was something about my social media account, I think. It’s because of the traveling I do and the sports. I mean, just recently I was in Ironman, so maybe that factored in.”
Among the activities they enjoyed were hiking in Tung Lung Chau Island, then a virtual reality experience, dining at a restaurant with a Michelin star, and spending time at Sky Tower that looks over the entire city. Enchong posted some behind-the-scene clips on Instagram.
“Extreme Ends” premieres on KIX channel Oct. 17, 9:30 p.m.
KIX is available on Cablelink Ch. 31, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 10, Gsat Ch. 117, and SKYcable SD Ch. 63 and HD Ch. 242.
Enchong as traveler is adventurous and he knows why.
“When it comes to travel, I always have the mindset that this could be my last visit so I might as well experience everything,” he said “I might not have another opportunity to go back or I’d be too old to do those activities.”
When it’s personal travel, Enchong himself books the flights and hotels, and plans the itinerary. He has been travelling regularly for 10 years now and he makes it a point to go to at least five new cities in a year.
No wonder Enchong has high respects for OFWs having met so many of them. He said they really are unsung heroes.
“They keep us afloat. They keep us protected from this entire global crisis. I’m proud of them.”
Whenever he visits other countries, he feels as if he bears the Philippine flag.
“As early as 13 years old, when I started competing as swimmer abroad, it was already my mindset that when you go out of the country you have to make sure to be in your best behavior as you carry the flag of your country with you,” he related. “So when we go out, we should be as kind as possible and be as approachable as possible.”
What’s one thing in Hong Kong that he wishes Manila has?
“Efficient public transport. Because not everyone needs a car, our environment doesn’t need one more car. Hong Kong may have lots of people but you don’t see any traffic jam,” he explained.
Enchong was unable to join the ABS-CBN Ball last night because of a prior commitment in Korea. But had he gone, it would have been with Erich Gonzales, he said.
Enchong is currently filming the romantic-comedy film “Elise” under Regal Entertainment. His love interest is Janine Gutierrez, and it’s their second time working together.
The actor also has three restaurants to his name with a fourth underway. (With report from Stephanie Marie Bernardino)
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