Special thanks to The Amazing Race Asia Season 3, I was jumping from one station to another just to watch both Survivor Philippines and TARA3. Because TARA3 started at 9pm and ended at around 1030pm, I was more absorbed with that than watching episode 4 of Survivor Philippines. But somehow I was still able to manage watching Survivor Philippines and take note of what happened in Thursday nights episode.
Episode 4 of Survivor Philippines showed another twist that changed the complexion of the game this early. The tribes were reorganized putting both males and females on each tribe. The Jarakay and Naak tribes were given their tribe flags. Â Paolo called on Gigit to receive the flag of Jarakay. For Naak it was Zita who got their flag. I guess they were the flag bearers for their tribes because these two are the most senior castaways in their tribes. Then Paolo started caling the names of the castways giving them their survivor bandanas. Becasue I wasn’t watching really intently, I didn’t notice that a reorganization was taking place as Paolo called on the castaways. I really thought Paolo was just giving the bandanas as give aways to the castaways. Later on I realized that the tribes were now coed.
After the re-org Jarakay is now composed of Gigit, Marlon, Patani, Nikki, Vern, Jace, John, Nina, and Charisee. While for the Naak tribe, it now has Kaye, Chev, JC, Cris, Emerson, Zita, Rob, Vevherly, and Kiko.Â
The former Naak members were quite sad. The ladies have formed a bond even if they were only together for two days. But in the end I think it was better for all of them and for all of us viewers. The competition gets better with both tribes getting a better mix of brawn, brains, and ablility as they became coed.Â
After the reorganization, they now had to compete for the immunity challenge. The challenge is composed of two parts, finding the puzzle pieces and the solving the puzzle. The finding part was the more difficult part of the challenge. The tribe will have to carry a carriage with one person inside. When one member of the tribe needs to rest, this member must go back to the starting line and get a replacement for this tribe member. This memebr will then look for his/her teammtes and they can continue their search for the pieces. The puzzle peices will be scattered in an area and will be numbered. The six puzzle pieces must be taken in sequence from 1 to 6. And only the person inside the carriage will be allowed to retrieve the puzzle pieces.Â
Jarakay was first to obtain all 6 puzzle pieces. The 3 d puzzle of a Pagoda was quite difficult to finish whith Jarakay’s puzzle solver having some problems making the peices fit. The Naak tribe then arrived with their puzzle pieces and it was up to their puzzle solver to catch up for her tribe. The solver had difficulty in pulling out one piece from its cover. As she struggled to get the piece out, Jarakay’s puzzle was being checked by Paolo. It was then announced that the winner of the challenge was Jarakay. The Naak members were disappointed. Â The solver cried. She was consoled by her teammates with a group hug. With Naaks loss, they would have to go to tribal council and vote one of their members off the island. This is where survivor gets interesting.
Episode 3 of Survivor Philippines showed Day 2 in the life of the castaways. It’s just a continuation of what Episode 2 which is also about Day 2. I was thinking how long the show would be on air if they planned to show one day per episode. That’s 39 episodes or just eight weeks if they’ll beÂ only showing on weekdays. So I thought that this was how they were making the show run longer. By spreading the a day in the island into more than one episode they can make more episodes.
The Naac tribe was relatively peaceful. There wasn’t much goin on in the girls’ camp. Just lots of lying around and resting. I guess Nikki’s laziness has spread to the other girls too. Or maybe they’re just trying to conserve their energy for the next day’s challenge. Another noteworthy scene is remeber from last night is Zita looking her bra. She was a frustrated since the other girls did not seem to care for her things. Bakit daw pag siya, she cares for the things of her tribemates. O well, at least level headed naman itong si Zita. Hindi siya masyadong nagalit. Buti na lang she didn’t blow her fuse. We didn’t need that anyway since there was a lot going on in the other side of the island at the men’s tribe.
For the Jaracay camp, Marlon, the waiter, was still at his not so likable self. In one point he was talking to the driver, Cris, about making an alliance. Marlon was kind of feeling left out since he was seeing that there’s this four guys who seem to have a connection. I think he was talking about Kiko, JC, Jace, and Rob. Marlon was pointing out hisÂ disapproval of Kiko. He wasn’t really keen on him since he seems toÂ command at bark orders toÂ even their leader, Gigit. I think Gigit is a nice leader. He seems to command some respect because of his age at mukha naman siya madaling kausap. I guess this early Marlon has been seeing that the ‘rich’ guys have their thing. Kaya siyempre para hindi siya maiwan he has to create an alliance to neutralize these guys. Pero siyempre, feeling pa lang naman niya yun. The four are just busy building the shelter. Natural na they’ll be the one interacting. It wouldn’t mean they have an alliacne until we really see them talk about it.
Another notable thing that happened last night at the Jarakaytribe was Gigit being apologetic about making the fire. He wasn’t able to and all the other guys also tried making a fire but they too failed. In the end, Gigit kind of passed his ‘leader’ powers to Kiko. I don’t really agree with it. I mean Gigit would still be a better choice as a leader since I think he can reach out to the other tribe members better. than Kiko. Jace thought this act from Gigit was just to win the approval of his tribe. We haven’t heard from Marlon about what he thought now that Kiko is in charge. This should be exciting.
Later on tonight, the two tribes will be fighting for the immunity idol. Which camp will win immunity? And whichÂ tribe will go toÂ tribal council to vote out one of them?
Episode 2 of Survivor Philippines was much better than the first episode. Although it was uneventful unlike Monday’s episode wherein there was much action because of the swimming and the reward challenge, I enjoyed the show better with less of Paolo Bediones doing the talking. I guess I appreciate this episode Â because I got to know more about the castaways and how they interact with each other.
For episode 2, the two tribes didn’t see each other. They had their own problems of making camp, looking for food, and trying ignite a fire. The Naac tribe was successful in gathering food with the tribe members catching some small crabs, and a few oysters.
Being chained in pairs, the girls also had some hard times specially when the chained pair doesn’t agree on what to do. With the case of Nikki and Zita, Nikki wants to lie down and rest while Zita being the industrious labandera that she is, tries to help in creating the tribe’s shelter. Mabuti na lang ZIta understands Nikki. Zita even pointed out that Nikki reminds her of her fourth daughter who’s shy and quiet.Â
I’m not so sure but I’m getting the impression that Nikki is lazy. It’s hard to tell. There’s a lot of work to be done in setting up a camp. Of course they’ll have to fix shelter since they’ll be staying there for the next 39 days. And some girls like Nikki, can’t find within themselves some sort of urgency to at least help out and do something. She maybe trying to conserve her energy since they’re all unsure if they’ll have food to eat but still. It doesn’t take away the fact that there’s a lot of work to be done. The food problem is faced by everyone and they should still somehow be fresh since it was only their second day on the island.Â
And then there’s Patani, the yaya, who is a frustrated Starstruck fan. She entertained her tribe mates with her Starstruck hosting skills. I’m surprised at how articulate this yaya could get. A typical yaya for me would be someone who would be mali-mali and submissive. Patani seems to be a good speaker and she seems to be confident. I’m thinking that she’ll go a long way in the competition.
The last update for the girls would be Taekwondo girl Vern. As an athlete, she’s not used to giving up. She tried lighting up a fire. She tried and tried and failed. She was getting a bit emotional. I guess it really gets frustrating not being able to be successful in dong such an ordinary thing. I think that’s all for the girls.Â
For the guys, the Jaracay tribe, members tried to forage for stuff to make their shelter. They were also looking for food. They found some mushrooms. It wasn’t shown if they ate them but I guess the hesitation of some was already enough for them to think twice since there are a lot of poisonous mushrooms. The guys also discovered the tree mail and the water source. There was also this instance about the water wherein the fat waiter guy, Marlon, suggested they fill a jar of water to their camp. Jace opposed it because he’ll be the one carrying it . Marlon had a nice idea but a bit impractical specially for the one carrying the jar. Finally there’s this scene wherein Marlon, gets frustrated because he feels it’s taking them too long to decide on things. It kind of ticks off most of the tribe members. They were in the middle of a debate/discussion and then there’s Marlon who tries to expedite everything by stating that they should vote on it and majority wins. This early, I think Marlon will get a lot of enemies. If I were part of their tribe, I would try to get rid of him as early as possible. The negativity that stems from him is not really a good presence in any team. What I would have done if I were a Jaracay member was to speak to the others and forget about the immunity challenge. I’ll let the team lose the immunity challenge so we chould vote him out early on.Â
Basta hindi nakakatuwa itong si Marlon. Yun na lang, he may have his reasons but he’s not very likable. What do you think? May favorites and hates na ba ka kayo among the castaways?
The long wait is finally over. Survivor Philippines aired its first episode last Monday night and it was ok. I left from work as soon as I can so I can catch its premiere. I didn’t have high hopes for the show so I wouldn’t be too disappointed. I mean, GMA7 acquired the franchise for Pinoy Idol and it was a disaster. Now, GMA7 has the rights for the pioneer of reality tv shows, Survivor, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they would also fail my expectations on this one.
TheÂ opening credits is just ok. I was expecting to be wowed by it but I wasn’t. It was nice but it wasn’t enough. I guess the music should have been different or something. I was expecting it to be as enticing as watching the opening credits for the international editions of Survivor or of the Amazing Race.
The location is nice. They are in some island Thailand and it’s nice. The sneak peek of Survivor Philippines kind of reminds me of Palawan or Camarines. It’s not that we don’t have nice places here in the country, I guess they decided to hold it outside the country so the castaways would have a harder time psychologically.Â It still feels better to be stranded and lost somewhere in the Philippines than somewhere else. Right? Also, there’s this place where they held theÂ first reward challenge. The place reminded me of Anawangin in Zambales. Pine trees and the beach.
The casting was ok. I think they have a much better reperesentation of ordinary people in Survivor Philippines that in any other Philippine reality show. I don’t know much about the castaways yet but I like the fact that most of them are blue collar workers. There’s aÂ yaya, labandera, mekaniko, waiter,Â and a driver. I think did a good job in selecting the castaways. At leastÂ I the viewers would have an easier time to relate to them. And most of all, ang mga cataways naman ang magdadala ng show. Kaya good luck sa mga plot at twists na makikita natin sa panonood sa kanila.
As for the host, I think Paolo Bediones was the only suitable choice. I couldn’t think of another host who could fit the bill to be the Jeff Probst of Survivor Philippines. Paolo has hosted a successful reality show before and that should help. However, I’m not so sure about his voice. Specally when he does voice overs.
I guess it’s still too early to judge. But I hope they all do well. That’s all for now. Do you have any comments on Survivor Philippines so far?
Survivor usually starts out with the Castaways riding a boat or something to get to where it all happens. In the case of Survivor Philippines, the castaways were on a big boat thinking they were just going for an interview or VTR. Little did they know that they had to jump into the sea and swim to the island. But if you’re a Survivor fan, you wouldn’t be surprised to see things things. Â Paolo Bediones gave the Castaways 30 seconds to jump into the water. With nothing but their clothes on, the castaways started their journey into the island that they will call home for the next 39 days.Â
During all these, the castaways were being introduced. Nine girls and nine guys with different backgrounds all eyeing the same prize of 3 million pesos tax free. Â
Swimming toward the island would prove to be the first challenge for the castaways. A prize awaits the first person to reach the island. Â The first three to get to the island were Jace, Zita, and JC. After the last castaway arrived, Paolo divided the 18 castaways into two tribes. Jaracay and Naac. Jaracay is composed of the male castaways while the Naac tribe memebrs were the female castaways.Â
After forming the two tribes, Paolo announced the first challenge. The tribes had a reward challenge. The winning tribe bags the bamboo and rope which are suitable materials for a camp. The two tribes had to go through an obstacle course. 8 members from each tribe were chained while one was the key keeper. The eight members had to go through the balance beam. Before the key keeper could unlock the first set of chains. The remaining chains locked the 8 members into four locked pairs. The four locked pairs then had to ride a zip line before the key keeper could unlock the pair. The unchained 8 would then have to go thorugh a web of rope where the puzzle pieces are. After all pieces have been retrieved, the key keeper would then have to solve the puzzle. The first team to solve the puzzle wins the reward. The boys blew their lead as they struggled to solve the puzzle. The women almost caught up with the guys as they were solving the puzzle. In the end, the guys went on to solve the puzzle.Â The losers of the challenge also had a punsihment, they would have to be chained in pairs, just like in the challenge.Â
It was also announced that the prize for the first person to reach the island was that he was getting the better and bigger part of the island. Since Jace arrived first, the boys would get the bigger and better camp. The boys arrived at their camp with the sun already long gone. They decided not to make camp that night because of the darkness. The girls arrived at their camp, beofre the sunset. They looked around to survey for the best camp site possible. It took them long to finally decide on where to place their camp. It was already getting dark as they started building a shelter. They slept under the rain with only rain coats for shelter.Â
At this point I don’t have a favorite yet. Hopefully, within the next few days we get to see more of the personalities of the 18 castaways.
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.
I received an email from my college batch e-groups promoting Survivor Philippines. Apparently, Â a batchmate works for Survivor Philippines. He sent pictures and profiles of the contestants for this much hyped reality show. I’m reposting his email in this site to at least show that his promotional efforts did not fall on deaf ears.
Cesar â€œGigitâ€ SulitÂ
The Lone Rider
He treads his life path alone but Gigit Sulit is confident that he can tackle any challenge on his own.Â With his chiseled abs, you’ll think Gigit is a 48-year old man trapped inside a 28-year oldâ€™s body.Â A freelance web designer and mountaineer, Gigit considers his well-built physique as his biggest asset.Â He also describes himself as intellectual and free-spirited.Â With an unquenchable enthusiasm for life, Gigit is driven by his need for achievement and aspires to be forever young.Â Though he is the oldest castaway, Gigit is determined to prove that he can do just as well, or even more, as the others who are half his age.
Emerson Dino knew he needed to fix his life if he wanted to provide a better future for his family.Â When he learned about the Survivor auditions, he knew it was his one shot to do just that.Â Bent on landing a spot as a castaway, Emerson went back and forth to the audition venue for three days and waited diligently in line.Â The 31-year old technician’s efforts paid off when he qualified to be one of the castaways.Â A home grown Tondo boy and a judo blackbelter, he believes he has an edge over the other castaways.Â With his experience in Survivor Philippines , Emerson hopes he can finally fulfill his dream of becoming a celebrity and providing a comfortable life for his family.
Crisanto â€œCrisâ€ Cartagenas
Cris Cartagenas drives through life with the swagger of a bad boy and the humor of a comedian.Â He is a Robin Padilla wannabe but is often likened to the late comedian Rene Requiestas.Â He currently works as a company driver and part-time taxi driver to provide for his three children.Â Cris believes he has failed to meet his fatherâ€™s expectations of him and he hopes to make his father proud by joining Survivor Philippines and striving to win the grand prize.Â
John Carlo â€œJCâ€ Tiuseco
The Hardcourt Heartthrob
JC Tiuseco, 23, is a hunky basketball heartthrob of San Sebastian University .Â When he was younger, he was very passionate about basketball and dreamed of becoming a professional player.Â But as he grew older, JC discovered that he has a lot more potential to make it beyond the hardcourt.Â Banking on his athleticism and good looks, JC is sure that he has a good chance to capture the ladiesâ€™ hearts and to bag the coveted title of Sole Survivor.
Robert Vincent â€œRobâ€ Sy
With his lover boy sex appeal, Rob Sy claims he can make any woman fall in love with him.Â Being a sales officer and businessman, Rob knows he does not only have good looks but also the wits to win the game.Â Among his family members, he considers his older brother as his greatest influence. Being the right hand in his brother’s business, Rob says he owes all he has to him.Â However, Rob doesn’t want to stay in his brother’s shadow and aspires to be successful on his own.Â By joining Survivor Philippines , Rob wants to prove that he can make it as a castaway using his own skills relying only on his own strength.
Raymund Francis â€œKikoâ€ Rustia
With his rugged good looks and eye-catching dreadlocks, Kiko Rustia is a total head-turner.Â In fact, he was featured as one of the hottest bachelors in a local womenâ€™s magazine.Â Although he was born and raised in the city, Kiko fell in love with the island life and lived in Boracay for three years.Â He is a Bob Marley fan and calls himself the ” Rasta Man. “Â Kiko is described as a playful character but within him lies the toughness of a warrior.
“John” Anthony Lopez
When you see John Lopez, you’ll know he is not your typical auto mechanic.Â When not tinkering with nuts and bolts, 27-year old John, a native of Bicol Province , can be seen strutting his stuff on the ramp.Â When his father left the country to work in Saudi Arabia , John automatically assumed the role of the man of the house.Â While supporting his family, John became business-oriented and put up his own auto mechanic garage.Â He prides in his ability to adapt in any situation which he believes is his strength to last in Survivor Philippines .Â If he wins the grand prize, John plans to build a bigger a business and boost his modeling career.
A waiter who will not wait for success to come to his table, Marlon Carmen, 30, is a determined go-getter.Â He knows his strengths and how to use them to get what he wants. Full of ambition, Marlon works very hard to achieve his goal at the risk of appearing ruthless.Â Despite his overconfident exterior, Marlon is described as insecure, sensitive and afraid. But he uses these weaknesses to motivate him to win in Survivor Philippines .Â He plans to use his cooking skills to be in everyone’s favor. Â Only then will he trap the other castaways into his wily schemes to work for his favor.
Reynaldo â€œJaceâ€ Chanco Flores, Jr.
Although he is the youngest among the castaways, 19-year old Jace Flores is confident that he has every edge to become the Pinoy Sole Survivor.Â He grew up with a well-rounded view of life having lived in Hawaii and the Palace in Brunei . His mom was a personal trainer for Brunei ‘s royal family.Â Jace followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a gym instructor and mixed martial artist. He also dreams of becoming a professional basketball player.Â He plans to use his discipline and strength to outplay the other castaways.