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SP4 Reunion: Ang Pinaka

Reunions. Some people enjoy the revelry while others dread that they are obligated to be there. Its a good time to bond, exchange stories, and find closure to old disputes. Its also a bad time to be asked on your current state of affairs, seeing a crazy relative or acquaintance, or reliving the most embarrassing or low moments of your life.

But to break the ice, the host can always slip in a top 5 or top 10 survey for people to be amused and discuss the results. Rovilson Fernandez could have hosted this episode since Betong ang Maey, his co-partners in crime in "Ang Pinaka" were already there.

Since I missed the first one and a half segment (I assumed the reunion would be on the SNBO slot), here are some of the highlights of the episode:

Twitter wars. Yes the exchanges in the virtual world were merciless but Ellen had no witty comebacks when confronted with Mamabel in the real world. After that, the only thing we got from Ellen in the entire episode were some facial expressions everytime Mamabel had the floor.

KC stated that he would go down as the "should have been" winner for this season. The jury didn't really add anything new. Richard reiterates that they consulted with the survivor franchise on what happened and was advised to continue since its a reality show and they could not alter the results of the events that transpired. If the mastermind was revealed, I guess I missed that part.

Speaking of disappointments, Geneva seemed to have rebounded after her day one ordeal in SP. While she may have been devastated when KC was "was supposed to protect her" in the show, she was happy that KC did take care of her after he left the island.

Mamabel had a lot of highlights during the entire season and she had a lot more during the reunion. She embraced all the negative titles she received and would be game to join another season of SP "on her own terms". Her self-proclamation that her presence in the show produced high ratings (well she could be right on that) was only outdone by her suggestion that the merge happen after the first week (7 days?) in the island. The legend continues...

Any update on the MARNIE relationship would be given by their spokeperson. Who else but Mamabel! She seems to like her stagemom status.

There was always a Top 5 or Top 10 list to talk about during the segue to other topics. A list of hotees, drama rama, rivalries, controversies, love teams, heroes, villains, and a lot more. Kudos to Marlon Carmen who retained his spot as the top villain of all time (Mamabel could make a run for it if she returns).

Congrats to HappyCamper being voted as the hottest dotcomer. Ok, I made that up since no polls were done.

Betong had his spot on the last segment. Sad that his high school friend passed away a day after they left the island. There were some shots of the castaways and friends cheering him on. He can now start giving his love one a better life.

This season has finally ended. May the good spirits protect everyone of us always.

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Finally, The Finale


So, Betong won.

Four votes from KC & the Tala juries did it. Stef, Mara, Betong and SurvivorPH made it to the worldwide trending on Twitter.

Here is a personal account on what happened last night at GMA Studio 7... The place was packed, really packed. Fans queued up early, the Top 3’s tribes came in droves and Castaways from Seasons past arrived with their families as well.

My mission: To personally hand over hand-made Survivor pendants to the top 4. As a Survivor fan, I love collecting artefacts and making trinkets that revolve around the show. I was hoping they’d like my little offering.

First target: KC. Even if I never got to see the top 3, I would have been happy just to see him. He was very gracious in accepting my humble gift. I told him, it’s not exactly 3M but I hoped it made him feel a teensy bit better. And I kept telling him how so many people were rooting for him, how we felt that he was the true Survivor, etc. He looked at me with a resigned look that said: “I know, I know.” It still hurts. Moments after, he was mobbed by other fans.


Luckily, Mara was seated close to the door so getting to her was easy. When I presented the Survivor pendant, she was genuinely happy, wanting a souvenir for the longest time. Mara told me she reads this blog & finds the posts amusing. I gotta give her props for keeping her cool despite the occasional bashing she got. She then introduced me to Mamabel, and I couldn’t help but gush: “I love, love, love you! Dotcomers love you!” She then related how well she did in the surveys and that lots of people wanted her back in Survivor. I was telling her she should and that’s when she told me she really suffered in the island; the cold was giving her pains. So another Survivor stint may not be in the works for her, but you’ll never know. Later on, she noticed that me and Dotcomer Tribo were wearing red shirts and asked: “You’re wearing red, is that for KC?” With a sheepish smile, I nodded in the affirmative. She nodded as well. It looked like she was cool with that.

Next, the lovely Stef glided over. I told her that after KC got voted off, she was my choice among three. She then became apologetic over the way KC was betrayed. Hey, what’s done is done. It was a game and she played it.


While waiting for Betong to appear, I spent the time chatting with castaways of seasons past. Nearly everyone I talked to (Jace & Marlon, in particular) was campaigning for an All Stars next season and they want in. They may have left Survivor but Survivor never quite left them.

Finally Betong appeared, like what was seen on TV, he’s a humble guy. Even though he works in showbiz, he’s not a big star and he doesn’t have big-star airs. It was very evident that many people present last night were rooting for him. The odds were obviously in his favour and when I mentioned his imminent victory, he was still very non-committal, not wanting to believe it until it’s finally revealed. I asked him what went through his head when he was offered a spot in Season 4. He said he didn’t hesitate in accepting because to join Survivor is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Before heading back in the studio for the live results, I entertained myself with watching Dotcomer Tribo wading among the celebs, hunting for castaway autographs. It was like watching a little kid let loose in a candy store.

Back in Studio 7, Retzard was explaining that in the event of a tie, a fire-making contest will determine the winner. People in our corner were fervently hoping for one. It would have been way fun to watch them dealing with the flints in their gowns & party suits!

Oh, well. It wasn’t a tie. As the castways gathered around a tearfully ecstatic Betong, I see Geneva gently patting KC’s back and I recalled the first day of Season 4, where KC was the one doing the consoling.

Amidst the celebration on the stage, KC quietly slipped out.

To get drunk.

Really fast.

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Open Forum Part 2: The Votes Are In.

Quick recap/review. The remaining jury took turns and some had subtle ways to root for their favorites and bash some of the competition. For others, it was their last chance to make the castaways "work and earn" their votes.

Yes, in the end, its the votes that only matter. The quick count shows the castaways getting one vote each from their respective partners (Betong from Maey; Stef from Gino; and Mara from Arnold).

Richard left the tribal council promising that the results will be revealed in Manila and in front of a live audience.

After 36 days of raging typhoons, some camp evacuations, medical emergencies, several blindsides, broken promises, and bitter experiences, one will get the title of celebrity sole survivor and the 3 million.

Tomorrow, most will be watching intently in front of their tv sets. The lucky ones get to be part of the live audience.

But for now, we have one last opportunity this season to cheer for our favorite castaway in this site. So go ahead and post to support your true celebrity sole survivor. Again the jury's votes are in. Time for your voices to be heard or rather for your posts to be read. :)

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Open Forum Part 1: Jury's Fury

How would you make a case for yourself with 3 million pesos on the line? Would you re connect with past alliances? Project a tough exterior? Or appeal on how the money will be best used?

Isabel Granada would have been in tears seeing that her suggestion was right all along. Have a venue where everyone call speak freely and even say who or who they wouldn't vote. Sadly, only Chuckie from their tandem was still there to witness it.

Yes. The final tribal council was no holds barred. Its just the first salvo but it was filled with emotions and bitter statements. Just to sum up:

Mara tried to rekindle the "power of five alliance" which included Arnold, John, Gino, KC, and herself. Not bad since 4 votes will crown you as the winner. But conveying to Arnie that a vote for her is a win for him may not appeal to some of her former alliance or the jury as a whole.

Stef also addressed each of the jury members to plea for their vote. She admitted she was the outcast all the time and it did not help she was selfish from the start. But did was because she was determined from the start to put her mind on the game regardless if she was bitten by a snake and other incidents she had to endure.

Betong shared on how he could use the money to help his family and friends. Even narrating how his family could not give a proper burial for his father long ago. He did address the jury members individually.

John was the first jury member up and opened the "instigation" or rather interpolation of the castaways. He stated that none of them were deserving since some of the jury members had played better. He hated Stef the most. This was followed by Betong who he did not like for using the pity card and not asserting himself. He was disappointed at Mara just because he was no longer part of her and Arnie's plans but still accepts her as his "little sister".

KC looked to be the more diplomatic jury member from the start. He was more concerned at the way the jury house was full of politicking that it made him think of taking his own life. His only beef with the castaways was if they were influenced by the "careless whispers" of the jury. He definitely didn't like that he went out that way. The castaways admitted seeing the jury give signs but strongly denied it swayed them to change their votes. Betong quietly conceded it was Mara's finger doodle of KC's initials that made him change his vote.

The non admission of jury's influence probably triggered next KC's series of exchanges with the castaways and Stef was again getting the most blows. She tried to remain tough but broke into tears with KC's last statement giving his condolences that her pet dog, Taco Boy, died three weeks earlier.

The final tribal council continues in the next episode.

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Flames and Farewells: Last Rites for Final 3

Like in previous seasons, Survivor Philippines have certain traditions before the final two or three meet the complete jury in tribal council. But Betong, Stef, and Mara decided to add their own little rite: skinny dipping!

Later on, the final 3 did the "remembering of the fallen". The castaways took the long walk stopping at stations where they removed the dog tag from a castoff's (voted out or quit) torch. The castaways said a few words for their "fallen" comrade and a flash back of the castoff's exit message was shown. Then the dog tags were burned in a flaming cauldron.

This was followed by the final 3 feast. Mara said she was wishing for this for the final 5 (when Arnold was not yet a jury member). The chef must be a survivor fan since food was presented/arranged in ways that they looked like certain objects related this season (immunity necklace, objects in challenges, etc.). Kudos to chef and the staff for the presentation.

Back in the jury house, "angry beard" KC was strumming his guitar singing the tragedy of losing a chance at the three million though he has a car. He was also hungry which may explain his actions.

Some of the jury members now realized that taking out KC may have been unfair for KC and for the show. Most of them admitted (yes even Gino) that the "careless whispers" that they did in tribal council were uncalled for. It was unclear if some just joined the bandwagon of talking to castaways because one jury member instigated it. One thing was clear. KC got his "burn notice" and there seemed no way to rectify it. The jury would move on from this and focus in the tribal council of the final 3.

The episode ended with the final 3 getting a visit from Richard in camp. Well Stef's wish came true though the host won't be able to have a sleep over since tribal council will be later on in the night. Anyway, the final rite was done by setting the shelter ablaze. Fire symbolized life in the island. It now marked the end of island life for the final 3.

Next episode, the jury vents out in tribal council. Some will plead that the final 3 not waste the opportunity. Some will try to rip some of the castaways. Yes, Maey shows of her claws at one or two castaways. KC will admit that the jury house was also a madhouse for him driving one to think of taking his own life. But in a teaser this morning, some will try for once and for all admit the truth. Expect this tribal council to be longer than ever.

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Whispering Vote: KC Misses Out on The Top 3

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." Well, thats what KC must be contemplating after a long uphill but silent battle for the final 3. As the cerebral player that he was, he saw the writing on the wall when Richard revealed the first of three unanimous votes that made him the 7th and last jury member for this season. It didn't take long for him to give an earful to his supposed "girl power" alliance before leaving tribal council.

KC was so sure that he and Betong already worked out that the later will be going to the jury house. But what caused the 11th hour blindside? Were Stef and Mara really turned off about KC's speech not to vote the most credible threat "Betong". Did Stef and Mara felt they had to vote for themselves and not follow KC? Or did the constant whispering of the jury members (ahem...Gino) to the castaways influenced the vote? In the end, KC was so frustrated with the two girls. He already unofficially anointed Betong as the winner.

Later on in the jury house, KC did admit to Maey and the group that he and Gino did plan to oust Maey. But we all knew that Arnold and Mara flipped Maey and Betong's votes by giving the immunity bracelet. Maey was disappointed at Gino for not admitting early on that he was part in the planning and was constantly pointing out that it was KC's plan all along. It seems the game is still being played but no longer by the remaining castaways but by some jury members. There will probably be some lobbying to support their former alliances. But the bigger question is...what happens in the next three episodes before the finale? Abangan.

PS: Mara's finger doodling in Betong's hand made him change his mind to vote against KC. Finally, Mara got to read his cross stitch letter to Arnold and also his cross stitch poster for the Philippine Volcano duo of Arnie and John. Not totally related, but will there be the traditional burning of the shelter and some of the stuff in camp?

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Surf's Up!: Mara Rides the Wave of Victory

Rough times for Betong. Its the first time the amazing tandem are apart and Betong isn't getting any love from the remaining castaways.

Old tribal lines are revived in the jury house. The Tala group are leaning towards KC. Johnie spying for the old Bulan tribe is shocked at the revelation. Where is Gino? Did Arnie and John already knew what Gino did? Hope he is still ok.

KC hopes that the old Tala tribe will vote for him in the final tribal council. If he only knew the demolition job his old tribemates were doing to him.

Based on the picture tree mail, the challenge could involve a shovel or paddle. Well not close. Its the last man standing challenge from the US Survivor. Its a mix of balance and endurance. A lot is at stake here since its just only the last challenge for the season assuring the winner a spot in the final 3. Ok. No pressure for the castaways.

Everyone but KC was having a better time in the challenge. KC admits his big feet let him down.

It was an amazing finish between Mara and Betong. But this challenge was suited for Mara with her smaller feet and surfer's balance. Its like she caught the perfect wave and rode it all the way. Eventually, Betong, with an aching back and wobbly knees, is wiped out from the challenge.

Finally, a genuine win for Mara. She claimed the immunity bracelet without any review of the tapes or a consensus from the production staff. She could have stayed on that pole all day, all night. All week, all month, all year.

Its now day 34 and Betong feels its his last day in the island. Betong still lobbied for a spot in the top 3 or the very least get to a tie-breaking fire challenge. KC still the diplomat, politely lays out to Betong the risk of having him in the top 3. Betong understood and promised KC his vote in the final tribal council.

Next episode: The final four goes to tribal council. Finally, Richard lays down the law in tribal council. Castaways are not allowed to talk to the jury. Way to go Richard!

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Amazing Tandem Broken: Maey Sent to the Jury House

It was a long tribal council but in the end, the inevitable happened. Maey drives off to the sunset as the 6th jury member.

We will spare you the details of the tribal council itself and just make a quick mention of the proceedings in the jury house.

Maey welcomed everybody in the jury house. Yup, she was the one going around giving hugs and intentionally embraced Arnie last. Although this was done in jest.

She hadn't had one bite of the chocolate cake that was serve to her when the jury began bombarding her with "facts" about KC. Gino was the "lead prosecutor" in this case and also the "star witness". He told Maey how KC was the mastermind (not him) in trying to oust her early on.

Well Maey couldn't digest this along with the corroborating testimonies of Arnie and John. She couldn't digest her cake either since everybody was trying to get her attention. Well John had at least notice this and asked her to just eat. So the hearing was adjourned.

What are your thoughts in this finger pointing episode? You can also post your messages to Maey here like: "Mabuhay si Maey!" or something to that effect.

PS: In the next episode, KC plans to send off another castaway so he can be with his partner in the jury. Who could this be?

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Mara Wins Immunity! Not!

"How do you solve a problem like Mara?"
(to the tune of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" from the "Sound of Music")

Well in this case, just review the tapes. KC continued his winning streak securing a spot in the final 4. But that was before Richard inadvertently declared Mara the winner of the immunity challenge. Yup, she was the last person standing in the platform but that was the problem. The challenge required the castaways to lean back and hold on to the designated rope knot. She repeatedly didn't do both or at times did one thing but not the other. Richard constantly reminded her to correct her posture but it fell on deaf ears (or was she distracted because she was still thinking of Arnie?). But there were no penalties in not observing the correct posture or rope knot.

But after a review of the tapes, a unanimous decision by the production staff (that includes Richard we suppose) prevailed giving KC the immunity necklace. Thankfully right after that, order was quickly restored in the dotcom and official FB pages.

That left Betong, Maey, and Stef as the candidates for the tribal council. KC was safe so he went to secure his votes in the event Maey or Betong becomes a jury member. Stef feels vulnerable since she is the only one Maey and Betong could vote against in tribal council. Maey and Betong are still lobbying that KC vote with them.

In the end, Mara was again in the spotlight. Already safe with an immunity bracelet, she badly wanted to win this by bending the rules in her favor. Whether it was cheating or not, it left a bad impression to remaining castaways. Did the viewers feel the same way too? Just post your comments.

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Two Fast, Two Furious: KC and Maey Get Cars



The Reward Challenge was for a car. KC won.

But wait! There’s more!

Once again, he was made to choose someone to share the win of a second car.

Think, think, think. Think some more.

KC chose Maey. She was crying tears of joy.

An invisible addition to the award was a big, giant bull’s eye on her.

Let’s see if the car curse is back.

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