I first found out about this a couple of weeks ago before GMA 7 released official news about the franchise acquisition.
Here is the official publicity as posted on the GMA News website:
Do you want to be the FIRST PINOY SOLE SURVIVOR?
PAUTAKAN! PAGALINGAN! PATATAGAN!
GMA is in search of contestants from 18 to 60 years old, physically fit and willing to become castaways and endure intense physical and mental challenges in an unfamiliar territory for 39 days.
If you think you got what it takes to be one of the 16 castaways for SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES, go to any of the nationwide auditions in key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao:*
SM Iloilo - May 5 & 6
SM Cebu - May 8 & 9
SM Davao - May 12 - 13
Baguio - 17-18
Manila - May 21-23
Be part of the biggest reality show worldwide!
Be the Philippines’ first sole SURVIVOR!
*For exact details in venues and schedules, please wait for further announcements.
For more information, please visit http://www.gmanews.tv/show/survivor.