ABS-CBN, Japan's NHK launch co-production venture


Posted at May 19 2014 04:18 PM | Updated as of May 20 2014 01:06 AM

MANILA -- Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. is collaborating with Japan's public broadcaster NHK for a series of segments showing Filipinos in the East Asian country.

"Happy Surprise," which is co-produced by ABS-CBN and NHK, is a special segment that will air on the magazine show "Rated K" hosted by Korina Sanchez on May 25.

The segment will focus on Masunoyama, a Filipino-Japanese sumo wrestler, and his Filipina mother, Maria Christine, who raised him and his siblings on her own.

Thinking that the "Rated K" anchor is featuring Filipinos living in Japan, Maria Christine goes around the famous tourist attractions and landmarks in Tokyo with Sanchez. As she is being interviewed, Maria Christine is surprised by a flash mob of sumo wrestlers, led by her son, which moves her to tears.

For NHK, the collaboration with ABS-CBN will help showcase Japanese culture and at the same time show their appreciation for Filipinos.

"NHK is so happy to establish contact and special relationship with ABS-CBN," Hiroshi Yamamoto, senior manager at NHK, said during the launch on Monday.

"'Happy Surprise' is the core part of NHK's weekly programs. It has very unique concept that is to surprise someone special with a flash mob. This time, a Filipino mom living in Tokyo is the target. She brought up her son, who is a famous Japanese sumo wrestler. So our team organized a flash mob in a situation beyond anyone's imagination."

ABS-CBN executive Linggit Tan added: "This is really a very feel good segment. It's very heartwarming and really gives tribute to people who have done so much in your life."