The start of production on season 25 of Survivor has been confirmed by local media in Caramoan, where it’s being filmed.
Camarines Sur’s governor told abs-cbnNEWS, “It’s a really big production but I cannot (give more details) because I signed a confidentiality agreement. It’s is being filmed right now and it’s going to air in September,” L. Ray Villafuerte told abs-cbnNEWS.com on Tuesday. That’s pretty definitive confirmation that this is the CBS, U.S. production–and a hilarious way to honor one’s confidentiality agreement.
The report says the governor “added that the shooting only started last week and will wrap up in August.” It did start early last week–that was evident to anyone who reads Survivor recaps and interviewers, as several regular entertainment writers disappeared last week, obviously to go on location. As to the end date, we know that season 26 will wrap up in June, although some crew members may linger as long as August to close down production.
As usual, the show involves a massive crew, which includes a number of locals. Villafuerte said that production there is “hiring 400 people. They pay them daily wage, they are hiring [vehicles, boats and all local supplies they buy so there's serious business in the locality].” (I translated the part in [brackets]).