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HGTV’s The Cousins are in Manila!

In their first visit to the country, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri talk about design, their upcoming new show, and the Filipino food that they really liked

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Photography: Coni Tejada

They’re here and they are as charming, candid, and natural as they are on TV. HGTV Stars Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are in Manila for the Philippine leg of their #HGTVAsiaTheCousins Tour. The cousins who found fame in building dream kitchens as well as superb home renovations are here to promote their upcoming show America’s Most Desperate Kitchens as well as say hi to their Filipino fans.

During last night’s House Party with The Cousins, held at the Cervantes Room in Discovery Primea, Anthony and John answered some of their fans’ most burning questions. One of which is have they tried a certain local delicacy? “There’s one thing we’re avoiding. Comes in an egg. Balut, is that how you say it?” asked Anthony. “I tried. I am sorry. I thought I was adventurous until I got here….What we are loving though, I mean the pork [lechon]…we ate a whole pig last night. It was unbelievable.” 

In photo: The Cousins got acquainted with some traditional Filipino kitchen equipment like an ice shaver and melon shaver. Here John is seen straddling a kudkuran and tries his hand on grating a coconut. As both of his hands are occupied, Anthony holds the mic for him.

The triumph of their shows Kitchen Cousins, Cousins on Call, and Cousins Undercover—besides having two ridiculously good looking men doing manly things like carpentry—lies in the great designs. Anthony and John have a knack of getting it just right—great functionality with the right dose of yin and yang.

“The designs you see on the show, we designed them. So there’s obviously our personal touches. But it’s really important to both John and I that we are designing for the homeowners, their aesthetic, what they like but more importantly that it functions for them and their families… There’s a lot of thought. There’s a lot of conversations that goes into the design that you see so that we get it right for them,” explained Anthony.  “Every time we do an interview or every time we are asked the questions similar, we always tell people that these things are not about us. It’s about them. So the best thing that we can do is to have some open their eyes… and they say—you got it just right."

In photo: Anthony and John shares a good laugh with the entire room including event host Gelli Victor. 

And it seems that the Babson College Alum Carrino and the Pennsylvania State University graduate Colaneri keep on getting it right. They have an upcoming new series where they will be rescuing desperate homeowners in need of a major kitchen overhaul. The show will be premiering on HGTV this coming April 26, Tuesday, at 9 PM.

In photo: Anthony and John created this open and friendly kitchen in Episode Four of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. 

“The important part when you see America’s Most Desperate Kitchens, these kitchens are done in three days. No exaggeration. It is three days from when we surprise them. The people have no clue that we are even coming to their house. We wake people up. They are on their bed, in their pajamas. One guy was in the gym, we followed him home,” says John.  

“I mean, it’s crazy and we transform the space and we take down walls. We open up the kitchen. Big, big renovations. Big design. But the one thing I will tell you. You’ll never see the same design. You’ll never see the same kitchen. You’ll always see something that’s over the top, and we want everyone around the world to take a little bit and say, ‘You know what? I could do that in my kitchen. I want that color. I want that appliance.’ You know, that’s what really makes the show so special."

In photo: Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri stand in the new kitchen of Jessica Niemiec and Josh Tomfohr in Austin, on episode 107 of HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens. 

In line with the program premiere, HGTV will also stream ‘live’ the pilot episode of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens on its website www.hgtv.asia/AMDK.

In photo: Mr. Derek Chang, Head of International Lifestyle Channels and Managing Director of Scripps Network Interactive, Asia Pacific, mentions that inviting The Cousins to this part of the world is a way of saying thank you to HGTV’s many fans and loyal viewers. 

In the Philippines, HGTV is available on the following channels:

  • SkyCable Channel 88 (SD)/ Channel 246 (HD)
  • Destiny Cable Channel 88
  • Cignal Channel 101 

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