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Survivor Philippines Episode 2: Booby Trap


At the Matsing tribe, Russel thanks his tribe mates for not voting him out. This time Russel plans to change his game plan and step back and let his tribe mates "rise and fall on their own decisions." That way, he would no longer be on the chopping block. 


Night comes and it's raining (of course it will rain even when it's summer, they're in the Philippines!) and it's already taking a toll on most of the castaways. But it appears that two members of the Matsing tribe find a very valid reason to cuddle all night long - Angie and Malcolm. For Angie, there's really nothing going on between them and it's just another warm body. While for Malcolm, even if he swears he wouldn't be "bootie blinded" he admits that a good looking girl, a former beauty queen at that, to cuddle with is not so bad. However, Roxy, the church girl, is not too fond of seeing the cuddly couple - calling it Angie's "booby trap" and Malcolm readily falls for it. (Can't blame the dude, really.) Well, Roxy thinks that having a couple in a tribe is dangerous and one must go, which is Angie.

Also Day 4 at the Tandang tribe, RC checks if the rice is already getting moldy for all the rain. She doesn't find  molds but the "under your nose" clue for the hidden immunity idol . RC manages to be discreet about finding the clue to former teen star Lisa, but Abi Maria catches her. RC readily shares the information to her Brazilian ally. However, Abi later snaps at RC on suspicion that the latter has another secret alliance with Mike. RC tells her that she has never lied to her since day 1 and Mike is like her father to her. After Abi's sudden change of tone, RC swears that the Brazilian bombshell could easily go in a snap.

At the Kalabaw tribe, Jeff is trying to take care of his knee so he could help his tribe win. Except for Jonathan, the rest of the tribe tries to play an in-camp game making him frustrated. Jonathan's goal is to find the immunity idol after getting the clue where it's hidden. But as luck would have it, everybody else transfers to a cave to start a fire and dry themselves up. Jonathan desperately searches the camp for the idol to no avail. Dawson returns to camp and asks him what he is looking for. He told her that he lost his lens which was washed out from his eye. It appears that Dawson bought his "ridiculous lie". Jonathan continues his search and realizes that the clue says the idol is "under your nose" - and what was under his nose while reading the clue is the rice box and on its lid is an emblem that is a wooden head of bull with a very prominent nose. (Smart thinking, man). And Jonathan finally succeeds in finding the idol - at his third season.

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Survivor Philippines: The Filipino Perspective

And so, the much anticipated 25th Season of Survivor starts. Confusion marred some Filipino fans who thought that this was the fifth installment of the Filipino franchise of the reality show (with the same title and  for which this blog is actually intended).

Easily, #SurvivorPhilippines became the number 1 trending topic on Twitter PH and made it worldwide as well, with Filipinos finding it hilarious how Jeff Probst announces the three tribe names: Tandang (rooster), Kalabaw (carabao/water buffalo) and Matsing (monkey). Aside from the very 'conyo' delivery of Jeff, what made Filipinos all around the world thrilled and screamed out "Pinoy pride" are the majestic shots of the Caramoan Islands of Camarines Sur and some scenic spots of the Bicol Region, the location of this season's castaways and even the next (26th season). We're also glad to see the immunity idols which are inspired by the Sarimanok, if I'm not mistaken.

Check out the Opening Billboard! 



Episode 1 Recap: Hidden Identities and Returnees

Jeff welcomes the first 15 castaways that are predetermined to belong to three tribes. After a short talk with some of them, the three castaway-returnees arrive on a separate speedboat. Jeff hands Russel the blue buff, representing the Matsing tribe with his members Malcolm, Zane, Roxy, Angie and Denise. Jonathan receives the red buff representing the Kalabaw tribe with members Katie, Jeff, Dana, Carter and Dawson. Lastly, Skupin becomes part of the yellow tribe, Tandang. Joining him are Artis, Pete, RC, Lisa adn Abi-Maria.

Probst gives the castaways 60 seconds to gather all the supplies could before jumping off the boat and into the raft that would get them to their respective camps. Jeff Kent, the former MLB star, meets an early mishap after smashing his knee on the raft. It's something he has to endure in the island or else becomes a limping target.

At the Matsing (blue) camp, Russel declares that there would be no leader on their tribe but ending up becoming one. He eventually realizes that how he turns out early in the game could backfire. Russel (and Malcolm) start a fire within 45 minutes. Zane proclaims that he was able to make an alliance with everyone on the tribe.  However, Malcolm and Denise easily burst Zane's bubble. The next day, Russell finds a clue for the hidden immunity idol while cooking rice. Russell fails miserably not to look suspicious and Zane asks him upfront if he has found the idol. Russel denies.

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