What does it take to be in a children show?
Fred Lo, one of the five members of Hi-5 Philippines cast, has a pretty fair description on what being part of a television programs designed for and marketed to children entails.
Apart from being required to sing, dance, act and mingle with audience 20 years his junior, it’s essential that he lives the life of the character he portrays on and off cam.
“Even before we started the show we have already been oriented how to take care of our image most especially online. We were thought on how to conduct ourselves because the brand is very strict on how each member represents Hi-5 whether or not there’s a camera,” the 26-year-old Fred told The Standard.
The theater actor who joined the show in June furthered that being a Hi-5 member is not just all about taking on the job and responsibility of educating children on TV, it’s a total lifestyle change. First, he needs to take care of his body doing regular exercise and watching his diet. The show only airs for 30 minutes but there are times that they have to be awake for 24 hours to finish taping the program.
“Myself and the whole cast had to make a lot of adjustments. Schedule is one. And because we tape for long hours it also test our energy endurance. I guess that’s the difference on working on TV. It’s really a lifestyle change. Probably that’s also the reason why we’ve grown close to each other. We are like brothers and sisters now,” the De La Salle graduate said.
Also, being part of the show also requires him to be the “Fred” children see on TV wherever he goes. He admitted that this part is not really hard because it means that he just have to be himself all the time.
“It’s hard to have a different persona off cam because people recognize us and we represent a well-intentioned brand. I am not saying that I’m a different person off cam or online but we just have to be careful on how we conduct ourselves,” Fred explained.
He furthered that image is something that is really hard to fake and since they are part of the show that caters to young audience they just have to enjoy and let loosen up. After all they are kids at heart, too.
Hi-5 engages kids in music, imaginative play, social interaction, and developmental growth in a fun way. The one produced by TV5 is practically the same thing only it features an all-Filipino cast, a first for the series franchise in Asia. It invites its young audience to sing and dance along to the show’s iconic songs and lessons as the cast interacts with kids in both English and Filipino.
“This is something that we are trying to build on. Considering our audience the production is trying to aim for original songs. We are trying to adjust the material to a more Filipino environment,” Fred stated.
Together with the dynamic cast of Hi-5 Philippines, Gerard Pagunsan, Aira Binas, Rissey Reyes, and Alex Reyes, Fred Lo was ecstatic to announce that the show is renewed for another season.
In addition to that, they are glad that the production has been working on new materials to make the show more relevant to their target audience. Fred revealed that apart from the existing songs and segments they are trying to inject more local content to the show.
“The new changes may not be available in this season but everything is already in the works. And we are glad that we’re given the opportunity to give suggestions. Our inputs to improve the show are very much welcomed by the production team, besides we’re doing all these to make our audience happy,” Fred said.
And in line with their effort to reach more audience, the Hi-5 Philippines cast is currently having a nationwide school tour to get up-close and personal with their audience. They bring their upbeat songs and creative dances for kids to see live incorporating cool learning segments through workshops and games.
The cast said that they have visited at least 15 schools now and they will continue to visit more schools in the future. This effort is their way to promote edutainment all throughout the country. Catch the engaging quintet by tuning in from Monday to Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 9 a.m. on TV5.