Survivor Philippines Palau castaways consume bats for immunity challenge

Sep 24, 2009
Team Koror won immunity for surpassing the exotic food eating challenge of consuming fruit bats. Koror and Airai of Survivor Philippines Palau also had to deal with the camp switching done on the island.

In episode 28 of Survivor Philippines Palau, the Koror tribe waited for Echo Caceres who had left the camp overnight. Echo was required to undergo medications after having allergic reaction from eating crabs.

Shaun Rodriguez recalled how Echo has been doing the daily camp chores early in the morning, but now that she's away they had to take her place.

Later, at the Crew Camp, Echo received a clean bill of health from resident physician, Dr. Samuel Ramos, following medical observation overnight. The doctor said that she no longer had any symptoms of the allergy.

"Isang injection lang ni Doc Sam, okay na ako. Pero hindi nga ako bumalik last night kaagad kasi under observation pa. Hindi ako papayag na dahil lang sa allergy mawawala lahat ng mga super na paghihirap na pinagdaanan ko," Echo shared.

After her medical condition improved, she went back to the camp where Jef Gaitan welcomed her in the forest.

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At the Airai Camp, Cris Bolado and Louie Ang had a serious chat about their families.

Louie : "Nami-miss mo na pamilya mo?"

Cris : "Lagi naman e. Kaya lang pag nandito ka sa ganitong lugar, tapos inano mo pa nyung emotion mo, bibigay ka."

THE KOROR BLOOD. Later, when Louie got to talk to Charles Fernandez, he tried to convince the raketista to vote off Cris if ever they would face the tribal council again. Charles agreed and they shook their hands. The raketista shared what he has witnessed during the reward challenge yesterday.

Charles: "Nag-usap sila kahapon ni Shaun."

Louie : "Oo, nag-usap sila."

Charles: "Nadinig ko yon. Sabi ni Kuya Pao, "Bawal mag-usap, Cris, Shaun. Balik sa mga pwesto." Naalala mo nung nakabitin pa ko, nakita ko sila. Sa kanila lang ako nakatingin eh."

Louie was confident with his alliance with Charles. On the other hand, he was skeptic about Tara Macias's loyalty to the original Koror tribe.

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"Si Charles naman kasi, solid alliance ko yan eh. Kumbaga sobrang pinagkakatiwalaan ko sya this... since nung mga pangalawang araw namin dito sa Airai. Si Charles yung parang little brother ko, " Louie said.

Louie : "Nag usap silang dalawa ni Shaun kahapon. Si Cris at si Shaun. "

Tara : "Anong pinag usapan nila?"

Louie : "Tapos may mga sign-sign sila nila Jef."

Tara : "Talaga?"

Louie : "Basta Tara, confident ako sa iyo. Confident kami ni Charles sa 'yo."

"Sabi naman ni Tara na mabait si Cris, ganyan. So parang, walang kwenta talagang tao, hindi niya talaga alam kung pano laruin tong Survivor, " Louie said.

"Maaga pa lang kinausap na ko ni Louie e, na kung matalo sa immunity ivo-vote out daw namin si Kuya Cris, all and everything. Sabi ko lang, Okay, Okay, Okay." Tara stated.

THE SURVIVOR FLAVOR. Mika Batchelor picked the tree mail for her tribe, and then Tara read the message aloud.

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"Hindi naman bulag pero hindi makakita sa liwanag. Hindi naman bunga pero nakasabit sa sanga. Alamin ang sagot sa bugtong na ito. Pero ang tanong ko, matibay ba ang sikmura mo?"

Mika was quick to conclude that they were supposed to eat bats and dared her tribe mates if ever they could stomach the challenge. Everyone seemed to be ready.

Mika : "Yeah. I don't know. Well, matibay ba ang sikmura mo. Kung kaya mo kumain ng paniki."

Cris : "Oh yeah!"

Louie : "Paniki is very delicious!"

Cris : "No problem. Yeah. It's a food you know? It's f****g meat right? Damn!"

At the Koror Camp, Jef read the tree mail message for the team. But they were not able to guess it right, as Echo thought it was a game of "pukpok palayok" or pot hitting.

PALAU'S DELICACY. Survivor Philippines Palau host Paolo welcomed both teams to their immunity challenge. He asked members of Team Koror to surrender the immunity idol and Cris to return the immunity bracelet. Paolo then proceeded to explain the challenge.

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"Siyempre hindi makukumpleto ang pamamalagi natin dito sa Palau kung hindi natin matitikman ilang mga tinatawag na Palauan delicacies. Pumili kami ng isa at siyempre dito hindi ito Survivor kung wala tayong exotic food eating challenge," Paolo said.

The TV host then presented a special centerpiece for the long table; it was a live fruit bat hanging on a branch.

Paolo called upon a Palau native, Beverly to demonstrate to the castaways the how to consume the nocturnal animal. They castaways could eat everything except the head and the bones. "It's more tastier (sic) than chicken," Beverly said.

Koror and Airai tribe members positioned themselves to have a random pair of castaways opposite to each other. They must eat two fruit bats all at the same time. Determining the winner between the competing pair depends on how clean their plate was after eating, which means, the individual with the least left-over wins a point for the team. The team to score at least three points from the total of five wins the immunity idol. The castaways are given two minutes to finish the challenge.

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Louie was up against Suzuki. Amanda and Cris were the next pair. Tara and Echo were against each other. Marvin and Charles were head to head and finally, Mika and Shaun were the competing pair. Jef had to sit out for Koror.

"Nakakalungkot kapag nagsi-sit out ka kasi parang dun pa lang, parang sinasabi na hindi niya kasi kaya at mas kaya namin kaya kailangan siya yung umupo," Jef commented.

The castaways had no qualms eating the fruit bats, and most of them said that the taste was tolerable, even delicious at times. But the most difficult part was trying to swallow the fur of the animal. Even the vegetarian, Marvin sacrificed his diet to accomplish the task.

"Four years na akong hindi kumakain ng meat, so naremember ko iyong chicken," Marvin said.

After two minutes, the challenge was over. But Cris was seen throwing up.

"Iyong balahibo niya talagang umano sa ano ko. E, hindi rin ako kumain nung time na yun. Tapos hindi ako nainom ng tubig so ang hirap lulunin. Napaganun ako. Dumiretso," Cris explained.

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"Actually sa totoo lang, iyong lasa okay lang like masarap naman talaga siya kaya lang sobrang like fatty, like greasy talaga siya. So ma-feel mo talaga all over your fingers at saka yung face mo talga, it's so greasy," Mika said.

THE JUDGMENT. After studying the leftovers, Paolo announced the result of the challenge.

Between Louie and Suzuki, Airai gets the first point. Louie was confident that he was able to outdo Suzuki during the challenge. Then Mika was declared the winner against Shaun to get Airai's second score. Between Amanda and Cris, Koror got an automatic point after the former basketball player threw up. Louie was so disappointed over Cris' performance.

"Nadisappoint ako kay Cris talaga sobrang big time nadissapoint ako kasi immunity challenge yun e. So dapat kumbaga kung alam niyang iduduwal niya, dapat inistay niya muna sa mouth niya tapos paunti-unti nilulunok niya, dinuwal niya e. Parang sinadya niya e," Louie said.

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Between Marvin and Charles, the vegetarian won the challenge, making the scores tied to 2 - 2. Echo was proud that Marvin was willing to sacrifice for the team.

Finally, it's up between Echo and Tara. Paolo announced that Echo gets the point and Koror snatched the immunity challenge, extending their winning streak.

Paolo once again instructed Koror to hand over the immunity bracelet to a member of Airai. After discussing it with the team, Echo returned the bracelet to Cris. While the former basketball player felt delighted with this development, Louie got even more disappointed.

"Pinili namin ulit si Cris kasi alam naming malaki siya, pero sa endurance, hindi na niya kakayanin," Echo explained their decision.

"Hindi ko alam kung nag-iisip si Echo ng maganda o talagang, ewan ko. ‘Di ko alam kung sumusunod siya sa plano namin. I don't know. Nadisappoint talaga ako," the frustrated Louie said.

However, Louie was right with his observation on Cris, as Mika eventually revealed the plan.

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"Ang sinasabi ni Kuya Cris sa lahat is that nandiri siya doon sa balahibo na hindi niya talaga nalunok. Pero kasi sa huling-huli na ‘yun e. But nung after kinausap niya ako na nakita daw niya na like si Louie nananalo compared to Suzuki but naisip niya na iluluwa nalang niya para manalo ang Koror kasi natatakot siya na just in case kami yun manalo e mayroon silang i-vote out sa Koror na baka si Shaun yung ivote out bago mag-merge," Mika said.

CAMP SWITCHING. After declaring the winner, Paolo announced another tribal switch. But this time, the teams must go to their new home, the rival's camp—bringing only what they have with their hands and leaving everything they have at their original camp.

"Hindi pa tayo tapos. Dahil ang Survivor is adapting sa kahit anong environment, kung saan man kayo mapadpad kailangan marunong kayong makihalubilo, makapag-adjust at siyempre, mabuhay. Pag-uwi ninyo, diretcho kayo sa camp ng kabila. You're switching camps. Lahat ng mga gamit, from your old camp mananatili doon. Kung anong dala-dala niyo ngayon, yung lang ang pwedeng ibalik sa bago niyong camp," Paolo said.

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Both tribes submitted to Paolo's instructions. But what the winning tribe, Koror didn't expect was what they are about to see at their new home.

The sight of the camp took a toll on Echo and Marvin, after realizing that all they worked hard for at their old camp would be enjoyed by Airai while they have to start all over again with their new camp.

Echo : "Ay! ‘di siya bahay, lungga siya!"

Marvin : "Ay p**a! Ang pangit!

Echo : "Ay ang panget!! Ayusin natin ayusin! Ayusin! Gusto ko ng bahay, ayoko ng lungga!"

"Super na shock ako, natulala nga ako eh, sabi ko, Sh*t! Ang dumi, I can't live ng 16 days na wala man lang magwalis, magdamo, basura kahit saan, pinagbiyakan ng niyog kahit saan ang dumi!" Echo complained.

"Sobrang badtrip, hindi lang ako, kami lahat. Kasi parang sobra nilang baboy, parang mga bata. Hindi ko alam kung paano i-describe, sobrang dumi. Daming kalat. Lahat ng na open ng buko kahit saan lang, daming langaw," Marvin said.

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Amanda also got dismayed with what she saw when she returned to her old camp.

"Ako dati akong Airai, so alam ko na itsura ng Airai. Pero noong nakita ko, mas malala pa siya kaysa doon sa dati. Kase maski dati noong Airai pa ako, ako ‘yung lagi nagkakalaykay. Kasi gusto ko maaliwalas, nagugulo utak ko pag magulo," Amanda said.

Aside from the mess, Echo complained about the blunt bolo while Marvin had to kick the crate and threw some coconuts away to release his frustration.

"Grabe. Galit na galit ako noong hinahati ko yung niyog kasi pati iyong bolo ang purol. Parang everything is not going into place. Pati bolo hindi pa matalim, so ang hirap kahit gaano ka kagaling maghati ng niyog kung ang bolo mo hindi matalim, walang mangyayari," Echo complained.

Meanwhile, Mika was excited to go to Koror's camp for the first time, for a new environment.

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