Some of us grew up with Batibot, others with Sesame Street, then there’s At Iba Pa. For the kids today, there is no denying that Hi-5 is the most popular kid show today. I have memorized all of the songs because my daughter is so hooked to it and my son, who is now eleven, was also hooked to it when he was younger. I can truly say that Hi-5 is this generation’s musical-educational show and I am so glad that TV5 will launch Hi-5 Philippines, a local version of the award-winning Australian children’s edutainment program.
Airing weekdays at 8:30 a.m. starting June 15, the show also features an all-Filipino cast, a first for the series franchise in Asia. The Hi-5 Philippines cast of Gerard Pagunsan, Aira Binas, Rissey Reyes, Alex Reyes, and Fred Lo are set to bring a Hi-5 House Party in every household as they interact with kids in both English and Filipino, inviting the young audience to sing and dance along to the show’s iconic songs and lessons.
I was able to watch the auditions and the workshops that the Hi-5 Philippines cast went through and I believe that they will do well. They sing, dance, act, and they connect well to the kids. They are a fun, loving, and energetic team, I will enjoy watching them with my daughter.
The Hi-5 staple songs will still be in English, there will be songs that will be in Filipino and the story telling and other segments will also be in Filipino. My daughter and I had the chance to be their first live audience during the media launch it was a really fun experience. The kids were dancing and singing with the Hi-5 gang, and the parents can’t help but sing along too.
The dynamic new quintet all boast of extensive backgrounds in performing arts and will now channel that energy to engage kids in music, imaginative play, social interaction, and developmental growth in a fun way.
“With Hi-5 Philippines, we are very excited to bring the world-class edutainment experience closer to more Filipino kids. This is our way of not only showcasing world-class Filipino talent, but more importantly, helping shape our country’s future generations,” said Noel Lorenzana, TV5 president and CEO.
“We are proud to partner with Hi-5 World in introducing to millions of Filipino kids a local version of this highly interactive edutainment show. We are up to the challenge of producing the show that is at par with global standards,” said Jane Basas, Media 5 Corporation President.
However, this is the first time that the Hi-5 franchise assembled an entirely new cast for the localization of the show in Asia. The Filipino version of the musical group is currently one of the only two casts for Hi-5, the other one being the Australian cast. Having said that, the media launch was also attended by one of the Australian cast – Fely Irvine.
Hi-5 has captured the heart of the kids and also their parents, and TV5 will spread the love even further with Hi-5 Philippines. Watch how the Hi-5 gang of Gerard, Aira, Rissy, Alex and Fred makes learning exciting and fun for kids through songs and dancing. Don’t miss Hi-5 Philippines, airing weekdays at 8:30 a.m. starting June 15, only on TV5.