Gameplan: How to survive the jungles of Subic

Hiyasmin Neri

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Gameplan: How to survive the jungles of Subic
Try surviving in a jungle filled with creepy crawlies, wild boar, and unexpected challenges

SUBIC, Philippines – Gameplan hosts Ton, Juls and Amanda are led into the jungle by the Jungle Environment Survival Traning (JEST) Camp instructor, Nomeriano “Nomer” Dimain.

He teaches Ton, Juls, and Amanda to survive the jungle using only natural resources and a few tools. 

Here are 5 tips on surviving jungle adventures: 

1. Wear Hats. If you don’t have one, make one out of leaves.

Nomer shows Ton, Juls, and Amanda how to make hats made of Banaba leaves. Leaf hats can be really useful inside the jungle to protect yourself from the rain or high heat of the sun. These hats also keep your head safe from spiders and other insects that may fall from trees. 

2. Drink lots of water. If you run out, get some  from a vine. 

Some vines contain “sweet” water which is safe to drink. Simply cut the vine using a machete and avoid directly touching the bark with your mouth as this may contain some irritants. 

3. Bring some trail food. If you run out, eat the forest. 

It’s a good thing to know that you won’t go hungry inside the jungle.  There are leaves that are edible and can be eaten right off the branches.  Nomer shows Ton, Juls, and Amanda the “vinegar leaf” and the three soon discover why it was given such a sour name. 

4. Bring multi-functional eating utensils.  If you forget to bring, make utensils from bamboo.

It’s easy to create cups, sporks and plates, from bamboo. You can even use a part of the bamboo stalk to cook your rice.

5. Bring a camp stove to cook your food. If you forget it at home,  make your own fire.

Nomer shows Ton, Juls and Amanda, how to use Bamboo to create fire. He first makes tinder from one side of the bamboo, then cuts the stalk into pieces. He then creates a hole in one of the pieces and rubs the remaining pieces of bamboos together until fire is lit up. It looks so easy. 

That is, until Nomer tells our hosts to make their own fire so that they can cook their own meal.   Will the three be able to make their own fire?  Find out in this first webisode of their Subic adventure.

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