Again, I’m posting an email from my college batch e-groups. This time, it’s the girls from Survivor Philippines. If you haven’t had a chance to see them and to know a thing or to about them, here’s your chance.
Chevyline “Chev” Macias
Life was never easy for Chevyline “Chev” Macias, 26. She always had to fight for herself, especially during her dark days when she worked as a GRO and got addicted to drugs.Â But every time she falls down, our palabang bisaya makes it a point to start afresh. To escape poverty, she decided to marry a Thai national with whom she had two kids.Â Chev lived in Thailand for six years but her new life ended when she separated from her husband. After losing the custody battle, she was also separated from her children.Â Leaving her past behind, Chev put up a second-hand clothes business to make a living. But deep inside her was the burning desire to fight for her children and get them back.Â This challenges Chev to do everything she can to win 3 million pesos and become the first Pinoy Sole Survivor.
Washing clothes for a living seemed far from a ticket to join a reality show. But Zita Ortiga’s strong personality was more than enough to make her qualified for the game.Â Zita’s strength was the byproduct of a life marred with hardship. Growing up in a poor family, she remembers having to exchange harvested vegetables and wood for pencil and paper she can use in school.Â Just like her mother, Zita ended up working as a helper from one household to another until she married one of her bosses in 1991. However, after having seven children, Zita discovered she was also her husband’s 7th wife so she decided to leave her family.Â Although she had multiple jobs, Zita had a financial crisis and incurred many debts. Still she hopes that she’ll earn enough money to give her youngest child the education she never had.Â With her child’s future on the line, the 46-year old laundrywoman wants to do whatever it takes to win the grand prize.
Maria Nona “NiÃ±a” Ortiz
When she’s not managing her design company, you can find sporty mom NiÃ±a Ortiz dominating the badminton courts.Â An active mom to three kids, she also works as a wellness coach to help others have healthier and stress-free lives.Â Her own life is like one big challenge. NiÃ±a finds satisfaction whenever she is competing and makes it a point to engage even in extreme sports like mountain climbing and mountain biking.Â And now, NiÃ±a feels the time has come to raise her competitiveness to the next level: Survivor Philippines .
Kristina “Kaye” Alipio
A sexy lingerie model with a solid Christian faith, Kaye Alipio is any guy’s ideal girl.Â Beyond her good looks and natural allure, Kaye is also considered a role – model by her peers.Â She is described as a motivator and a counselor. Because of her pioneering work and active spiritual leadership, she was considered one of the youngest elders in their church.Â Left by her mom in the care of a baby-sitter when she was only 3 months old, Kaye grew up to be an independent girl. She currently supports herself through college where she is an HRM student.Â After 16 years of separation, Kaye was finally reunited with her mom in 2004. She dreams of buying her mother a new home and giving her a comfortable life.Â Kaye aspires to become rich so she can have anything she wants and still give to charity.
Veronica “Vern” Domingo
Vern Domingo is a pretty Taekwondo coach who can kick any man’s ass.Â She has various international and local titles and awards under her belt to prove it. She takes pride in her strength and athleticism which puts her at par with her male counterparts.Â As Vern is lucky in her career, she is just as unlucky in love.Â She hopes to break what she calls “the relationship curse” when she goes to the island.Â In addition to finding a new love, 29-year old Vern, a Far Eastern University graduate, is confident that her champion moves can beat the guys in the game.
Anna “Charisse” Yacapin
She works as a product officer in a telecom company but she knows she’s pretty and smart enough to be the host of a noontime show.Â Charisse Yacapin, 26, has always wanted to be a host of Eat Bulaga! After graduating from Ateneo de Manila University, however, she found herself working in the corporate world away from the spotlight.Â Being a natural kikay and fashionista, Charisse was often seen as a high-maintenance and finicky girl.Â She wants to prove therefore that more than being pretty, she’s also a smart babe and a focused achiever.Â Being in Survivor Philippines gives Charisse the ultimate opportunity to prove that she has beauty as well as the brains.
Born in Barili, Cebu , Vevherly was brought up in the farm lifestyle.Â At first, this 20-year old girl will strike you as quiet and timid, but once she warms up to you, she’ll bravely speak her mind.Â Beneath Vevherly ‘s charming and pretty face, however, hides a painful past.Â Since both her mother and father had separate families, Vevherly was hidden from relatives and friends for 10 years.Â By joining Survivor Philippines , Vevherly, a 4th year Criminology student from University of Cebu , wants to bring honor back to her mother and to show her critics that fame can also belong to the farm girl.
Leona Rica “Nikki” Dacullo
Call Center Cutie
Nikki Dacullo works as a call center agent in Cebu City .Â Born and raised in Tacloban, Nikki’s cute smile and pretty face once caught enough hearts to be crowned the hometown queen.Â She enjoys dancing and is obsessed about having presentable hair.Â She describes herself as a laidback person who likes to go with the flow. But when Cupid strikes, she claims she will do anything for the sake of love.Â She also believes she has a strong personality which will help her win the challenges in Survivor Philippines .
Jervy “Patani” DaÃ±o
After failing to qualify in Star Struck, 20-year old Patani believes that joining Survivor Philippines might just be her last ticket to showbiz stardom.Â Born and raised in Camotes Island , Cebu , Patani has always dreamed of becoming a big star.Â While working as a baby-sitter in her hometown, she strived to learn Tagalog by watching TV shows and practiced speaking the language whenever she was engaged in conversation.Â A funny character, Patani loves acting, hosting and modeling. Â She said she went to every audition she could just to follow her dream.Â Now that she has become one of the castaways in Survivor Philippines , Patani believes she’s finally got her chance to be next big thing.