By Mick Jensen
A three-day filming visit from a Philippines television crew has put Mid Canterbury and its Filipino population in the spotlight.
A crew of five from the GMA 7 Network, including a host, two producers and two cameramen, have compiled documentary footage that will be broadcast to 1.5 million viewers in the South East Asian country later this month.
around the district and the lives of some of Mid Canterbury’s Filipino immigrants will feature in the programme.
The visiting crew checked out Rakaia Gorge, Erewhon Station, Mount Sunday and Middle Rock Station.
Pre dawn footage was shot on day two of Filipino dairy farm workers Mark and Acel Aguila as they herded and milked cows.
More footage was shot at a council meeting, at the home of Philippines-born councillor Thelma Bell, with Filipino workers at Terrace View rest-home and with Sonia and Patricio Dandin, who run a restaurant, grocery store and beauty parlour in central Ashburton.
On the final day, the GMA team visited St Joseph’s School, Ashburton College, Anzco and also shot footage after a citizenship ceremony.
GMA documentaries host Malou Mangahas said her team had thoroughly enjoyed their visit to New Zealand.
“It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve been very grateful for the support given to us. Ashburton council and in particular councillors Thelma Bell, Selwyn Price and Lynette Lovett have all been very hospitable.”