"Gusto ko lang to go there for the fun, meet new other people, and do the stunts," says fourth eliminated "participante" Jose Sarasola about his reason for joining the reality show Pinoy Fear Factor: Argentina, South America.
Although he was eliminated early from the game, the Fil-Spanish contestant still considered his short stint in the ABS-CBN show as something very fulfilling.
In fact, he happily told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "I was able to go to Argentina, do the stunts, and we had a stop-over pa sa Johannesburg [South Africa], so parang it was fun lang talaga at first. It's something new talaga. It's fun, e, parang may helicopter, you enter a tank of snake. In your whole life, hindi na mangyayari ito."
Aside from this, Jose was also able to build a strong bond with his fellow "Pump Squad" members namely Jommy Teotico, RJ Calipus, and Ram Sagad.
The 22-year-old Culinary Arts student related how their group was formed. He said, "I didn't really form the group, pero parang 'yon ang ka-close ko sa group—si Jommy, RJ, and Ram. So parang we became one group, 'tapos, ‘Hoy, ano'ng pangalan natin?" 'Tapos nga si RJ kasi parang he was reading a magazine about Arnold Schwarzeneger. Si Arnold parang pumps at saka naggi-gym kami, so parang ‘pump squad' tayo."
As a group, the "Pump Squad" leader said that they really want their group to be together until the end. However, he became very upset when he was the first one to be eliminated among their group. He blamed the incident where he was bitten twice by snakes in one of the stunts.
He explained, "Sad nga na na-out ako but then I was telling kanina na parang once you have an injury talaga, malaking bagay ang injury when you're doing the stunts. Sana hindi na lang 'yong car, kasi 'yong support tumatama siya dito sa sugat ko. Talagang magalaw."
With this, Jose admitted that instead of conquering his fears, another one was added—fear of snakes.
"At the start I was enjoying lang everything," Jose started narrating. "I wouldn't expect na I would be scared of snakes kasi I collect pets at home, e. Kaya kong humawak siguro [ng snakes] pero I won't enter a tank of snakes."
Despite this bad experience, Jose still thinks that his whole Pinoy Fear Factor experience have become very positive especially now that people start to recognize him.
"It's flattering na people know me when I go to the mall. Medyo mahiyain po kasi ako, so medyo sometimes hindi ko natatanggal ang expression ko sa face na parang nakasimangot palagi. But then I realized na people know who I am so I have to like smile all the time," ended Jose.