Castaways reunite for "Survivor Philippines" reunion special

Survivor Philippines' jury members reunited with the castoffs during the Reunion Special aired on GMA-7 last Sunday, December 14. These included (from top row, clockwise) Cris Cartagenas, Zita Ortiga, Kiko Rustia, Vern Domingo, Jace Flores, Charisse Yacapin, Kaye Alipio, and Marlon Carmen.

The 18 castaways of GMA-7's hit reality television show unite for one last time in the Survivor Philippines Reunion Special aired last Sunday, December 14. Hosted by Paolo Bediones, the reunion special was also the first time all 18 contestants were together in one venue since the show's first Immunity Challenge.

JC Tuiseco revealed his sentiments about being named the first Pinoy Sole Survivor of Survivor Philippines. Besides winning P3 million, the biggest cash prize in Philippine reality TV show history, JC also won a car during one of the Immunity challenges of the show. It was a difficult decision, JC said, since he had to choose between getting Immunity for that crucial tribal council and winning the car. But it was his tribemates Robert "Rob" Sy and Charisse Yacapin who made him pick the car.

"Pero nung tignan ko si Rob and si Charisse, tinuturo nila na car na lang kunin ko. Malaki naman ang tiwala ko sa kanila," JC said. "Sobra, sobra ang tiwala ko." This prompted Paolo to say that JC may be the only winner in Survivor history to win the car and the title of Sole Survivor.

Meanwhile, Survivor Philippines runner-up Rob clarified he did not and will not regret voting off Charisse during the final elimination. "Kahit kailan di ako nagsisi at di ako magsisisi...Kung mauulit yun, siya pa rin ang pipiliin ko," he said. He also said he will use his "celebrity status" to work for his advantage in the corporate world.

Survivor Philippines' Charisse, the last woman standing in the competition, admitted that she expected people to underestimate her ability to last in the game, but she was happy to prove them wrong. Charisse also said food—or the lack of it—was the reason why she failed to reach the go further in the competition.

"Kasi naman, talagang wala na talagang pagkain. Yun ang feeling kong dahilan e. Mahirap mag-isip kung wala kang pagkain. E, itong si JC at si Rob, lagi silang nanalo ng reward at sila na lang lagi nagsasama-sama. So, imagine, sila nakakakain sila every other day. Ako, for 38 days, halaan lang talaga ang naging pagkain ko dun. So ako na yung pinakakawawang castaway na never nakaalis ng isla at nanatili pa naman dun at kahit papaano may lakas pa rin para gumawa ng mga challenges," she narrated.

Expectedly, Paolo also grilled the eight-member jury (which consists of Charisse, Jace Flores, Kiko Rustia, Veronica "Vern" Domingo, Marlon Carmen, Kaye Alipio, Zita Ortiga, and Cris Cartagenas) who chose the eventual winner of Survivor.

Besides revealing the rationale behind their vote and how the GMA-7 reality show changed their lives, the castaways denied any conflicts that were created during the show, particularly between Veronica and Charisse. After Veronica was eliminated, she gave Charisse the black pearl that automatically gave the holder one vote during the next Tribal Council.

"Iba talaga pag ikaw na yung andoon sa gitna, na bigla kang na-vote out na inaasahan mo na hangga't maaari sana magtagal ka pa sa island. So nung na bigay mo sa akin, walang kurap-kurap, talagang diretso kay Charisse. And nung time na medyo nahimasmasan na ako, naisip ko, kung sakali man maulit yung moment na yun, siguro nga di ko kay Charisse mabibigay yun. And, kung naibigay ko sa kanya, alam ko naman na matalino si Charisse, so wala siyang iisipin, di niya iisipin na may bitterness o traydor, walang ganun," Vern said.

But the two said there's no more understanding between them, although Charisse admitted she was affected by the conflict between after that moment.

Survivor Philippines remained to be primetime's most watched show in its time slot (in the Mega Manila area). In fact, it generated a 35 percent rating last Friday. The reunion special also managed to topple its competition with a 18.1 percent in the ratings according to AGB Nielsen.






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