Most Filipinos often regard themselves as street-smart because they already know something about everything or they are not easily fooled into believing what they don’t know. Or they have the skills needed to survive in difficult situations. But are Filipinos really street-smart?
In National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) first-ever locally produced mini-series Street Smart, NGC asks questions about occurrences in the everyday life of Filipinos and answers them through “street” experts – scientists and people who are immersed in the particular question every day – to uncover amazing yet little known facts about everyday things.
“We are excited to present Street Smart because this is the first culture and science TV series of its kind in the country. Our viewers definitely can improve on their street smartness by watching the series,” said Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels territory director.
Hosted by NGC Live Curious ambassador Mitzi Borromeo, Street Smart is made up of three one-hour episodes that take a scientific look at the everyday life of Filipinos or the secret life of things through themes such as technology, music, love and attraction, shopping, and health.
Street Smart premieres soon with “Sinisintang Chibog” (Food Beloved), a deeper look at Filipinos’ love affair with food from the confessions of sweet-tooth Tania Vaca-Son, vegetarian Corey Wills, and meat lover Alex Lizot-Garcia.
Sharing their knowledge and expert opinions on the science of food, diets, and nutrition are psychiatrist Dr. Norieta Balderrama, registered nutritionist and dietician Sabrina Batac, anthropologist Dr. Francisco Datar, cultural guide Ivan May Dy, food writer Mol Fernando, surgeon Dr. Jeff Inciong, and artist, chef, and food and travel writer Claude Tayag.
Street Smart’s second episode, Flavors of Our Lives, takes a look at the science of flavor as it explores what happens to our bodies when we savor food inside and out. The episode uncovers the mysteries behind how we detect different tastes and the sensory experience of the flavors of our lives.
The series’ third episode, Chibog Chismis (Food Rumors), separates fact from fiction as it investigates 5 food stories in the food rumor mill that has misled adventurous food lovers.
NGC hosted a special screening of “Sinisintang Chibog” at Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Mercato is a weekend lifestyle market that offers unique, great tasting food finds and a selection of healthy and organic fruits, vegetables and livestock.
Street Smart is presented by Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation in cooperation with Collezione-C2.