The Philippine Star
Fresh faces & new twists on tvN Asia’s One Night Food Trip
Destination eating turned competitive as K-pop heartthrobs Nichkhun of 2PM and Alexander “Xander” Lee, former member of UKiss, together with celebrity cousins Danica Sotto-Pingris and Ciara Sotto, talked about their four-episode segment in the upcoming second season of tvN Asia’s One Night Food
Trip – International Edition at a recent presscon at the City of Dreams Manila.
The 48-hour food frenzy will again take celebrity pairs on separate routes around the Philippines to complete different missions. Completing missions will grant a number of stamps for the coveted Golden Passport, but as an added twist, it also lets one team send special challenges to the other group. One
Night Food Trip – International Edition will fly exclusively with Cebu Pacific for the entire second season. The Philippine segment is in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism.
“The fun thing about this format is, it’s not just about eating,” said Nichkhun. “If we passed missions, we had the chance to either gain something or give something really bad to the other team.”
The ladies “gave us the worse,” Xander said as he teased the cousins. Danica also joked about how the boys “gave us a hard time,” with Ciara saying how the other pair sent them a challenge that “made it hard for us to eat.”
The K-pop team got to try international cuisines such as Spanish and Chinese dishes in their trip from Cebu to Pampanga. There were a few local delicacies that did not get past their palate.
“We tried sisig, and that was actually good. I loved it,” Nichkhun said. “I had it with rice and a hot chili pepper in one hand. I’m pretty sure the 2PM members would love it.”
As for the ladies, the trip was mostly about local flavors. However, it was spicy ice cream in Legaspi, Albay that topped the experience. “The chili was like ‘volcano level,’ the siling labuyo? They made us eat level eight chili ice cream,” Danica shared.
Nichkhun and Xander also had their share of challenges when their trip was met with heavy rains. “We were in the car for five hours because it started flooding from Pampanga to Manila, and it was only 81 kilometers,” Nichkhun recalled.
They also thanked City of Dreams Manila for the accommodations, the TPB for the itinerary and Cebu Pacific for the flights.
The show left a lasting impression on both teams: “When we were in Cebu, there was a moment where we were talking to each other and it was very peaceful,” Xander described his experience of “floating in the sky” with his teammate for one mission.
Nichkhun added, “We thought it would all be scary, but when we were up there, it was really nice.” One Night Food Trip – International Edition
2 premieres exclusively on tvN in Asia on July 30. tvN is available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, with subtitles in English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.