Netflix has officially arrived on Philippine shores to much fanfare making it the fourth video-streaming service in the country.
Now, Filipino netizens can start catching up on top-notch TV shows and films with a single click. The good news is Netflix PH’s library also contains documentaries and mini-series that foodies and health-conscious individuals can enjoy.
The availability of solid documentaries is actually one of Netflix’s biggest strengths compared to local rivals, so check out the trailers below and let the binge-watching ensue!
The Mind of a Chef
Food and Anthony Bourdain? Yes please! Visually stunning and palate-pleasing, The Mind of a Chef is a non-fiction TV series that not only demonstrates how to cook a certain dish but also traces the science and history of every food featured in each episode. All 16 episodes of the first season are currently available in the Philippines for streaming.
Vaccines: Calling the Shots
An increasing number of parents (including Jim Carrey) have growing concerns about the use of vaccines. Many are even hell-bent against its use, hence earning the tag, “anti-vaxxers.” In fact, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Facebook post with his baby girl ready to get vaccinated is creating a whirlwind of controversy. Those in the anti-vaccination camp argue that the ingredients in vaccines may put children at the risk of developing autism among other reasons.
Produced by the award-winning PBS series NOVA, Vaccines: Calling the Shots makes a strong case for the importance of being vaccinated. It sheds light on how epidemics are tracked, the science behind the vaccines, and the role they play in preventing diseases from occurring or spreading. In the film, you’ll also hear statements from parents, explaining their reasons for skipping them.
Chef’s Table is a six-episode docu-series that profiles six award-winning chefs from various parts of the world. These documentaries highlight the sheer amounts of dedication, hard work, and soul each chef puts into every dish he or she creates. Most of the ingredients used are fresh and locally sourced with some chefs actually growing the ingredients themselves.
If you’re having a tough time curbing your sugar cravings, this film could give you that extra help. Fed Up is an advocacy documentary that showcases that sugar is one of the main culprits of obesity in America. The film also depicts the struggle parents, teachers, and state governments face in changing the status quo by providing a healthier diet for American children.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 & 2
Don’t let the title scare you. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 and 2 are indeed inspiring films. They document the journey of Joe Cross, a 310-pound Australian suffering from an autoimmune disease until he decides to take a 60-day juice fast, helping him lose a total of 100 pounds and lower his cholesterol level. He then travels to America, learning about people and their attitude towards food, and teaches them how to make healthier food choices and turn that into a long-term habit.
These are just the first batch of Netflix documentaries being offered in the Philippines. We’ll definitely be adding more to this list as they update the library, but right now you can start watching these.
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