In the September 29 episode of Survivor Philippines Palau, the castaways are eagerly anticipating the merging of the two tribes. But will it actually take place?
After winning the reward challenge, the Koror tribe brought their fast-food feast back to their camp. All ofthem helped out to prepare the burger. Some lit the fire for the grill; othersarranged the condiments and ingredients.
Amandaexcitedly pointed out, "We rejoiced parang wow! Excited kaming kumain talagaparang ultimate reward iyon, panalo iyon sa lahat ng reward simula noong umpisakami ng Survivor. Iyon ang number one, like kahit pa noong breakfast, magandaiyon kaya lang itong reward na ‘to na kumain na kami ng pizza, tapos may uwi pakami na hamburger, na kami pa ang maggi-grill."
"Pagdating sa camp super excited lahat, burger kainin na natin lahatngayon. Sabi ko chill muna, prepare muna lahat, naglinis kami, linis kami ngmesa, chopping board na kami, ako nagiging OC (obsessive compulsive) na namanako pagdating sa arrangement," said Marvin.
Meanwhile,Jef is all the more thrilled as she recalls how Marvin took her hand as theteam swam together towards the puzzle box.
Zuki : "Ang galingmo."
Jef : "Na-touchako sa ginawa ni Marvin."
Zuki : "Kinilig ka?"
Jef : "'Di koinexpect. Kasi noong nag-swim kami, sabay kami nagswim hinawakan niya kamay ko."
"Na-touchako, sobrang na touch ako sa ginawa ni Marvin kasi ang ineexpect ko noon ismag-isa lang ako magsu-swim on my own again. Hindi naman ako nag-expect ng anyassistance from them e, ang alam ko kasi, kanya-kanya. Tapos parang a-assist nalang nila ko pagdating sa huli, so nagulat ako noong at that time, tinulunganniya pa rin ako. Tapos siyempre alam ko kung gano kahirap ng meron kangina-assist mag-swim, so mabigat ‘yun on his part," Jef said.
TARA'S DEFENSE. At the Airai Camp, Tara explained why she failed toaccomplish the challenge.
"Noongnandito na kami sa camp, walang nagsasalita sa ‘min hanggang sa daldal na nangdaldal si Tara, pinagtatanggol iyong sarili niya," observed Charles.
Tara : "LikeI disappoint you guys. Hindi ko rin alam kung bakit nahirapan akong ipasokiyon. Like it's not hard for me to swim either, kaya ko mag-stay longer dun butthe thing lang na hindi ko mapasok-pasok."
Mika : "Hindi,mahirap talaga like even ako iyong una, like it won't fit, you know."
Charles: "SiAmanda nga, narinig ko si Amanda ang hirap."
Tara : "Naabutanko pa siya doon like, lahat ng nakuha ko mahirap, iyong starfish, iyong jelly,so like I have to you know. Like for Jef it was easy for her to like go on topand do it."
Mika : "Yeah,that's okay. You know what, isipin mo na lang we have a nice bed, may kutson pa tayo, meron pa tayong poncho, puwede patayong mag-ihaw. May pagkain pa tayo."
Charles: "Hindi, top 10 ang anongayon."
Mika : "Hindi."
Tara : "Naniniwalapa rin ako, there's always like top 10."
"Sanangyaring challenge na iyon, parang the thing lang is parang ako lang iyongmay kasalanan. I don't wanna give up thinking about it like it just makes meworried lang to think na ayoko kasing masisi and all and everything. We're justall depressed nga hindi kami makakain, hindi namin nakain iyong pizza, hindimakain iyong hamburger," Tara stated.
Butfor Cris, Tara saying sorry would not make any difference.
"Humingisiya ng sorry. Sorry, e, kesyo...mahirap kasing humingi ng sorry ‘pag nandoon kana, e. Dapat, di ba, kung ginawa mo yung [best] dapat hindi ka hihingi ngsorry," Cris said.
TARA BREAKS DOWN. Later, the members of Airai discussed once again themerger. The tribe has long been itching for the merge, since their number isalready dwindling down and they could no longer beat Koror on anychallenge. Tara was insistent thatthere's still going to be a merging of tribes, but Charles and Mika believedotherwise.
Tara : "Naniniwalapa rin akong may merge na mangyayari and may feast."
Charles: "Last year top 18, kaya sampu,ngayon top 8 siguro."
Tara : "Hindinga, top 10 talaga iyon."
Mika : "Tara,if there was top 8 it would have happened today, e top 8, top 10, wala. Wala nang merge. E, di whatever. We just haveto go with the flow kung ano'ng mangyayari."
ForMika, it would be disappointing if there would be no merging of the tribes. Shebelieved that the only way to test her personal strength is during individualchallenges.
"Iyongworst part para sa akin is like hindi mo mapapakita kung ano ‘yung talaga worthmo like what you're really made of. Hindi mo makikita kung hanggang saan katalaga kasi pag team, it's still a team effort, you know. It's like helpingeveryone out, kung walang merge, madidisappoint talaga ako," Mika said.
Butfor Tara, it seems that the merge would almost bring their tribe salvationafter three of their valuable items were already taken by the Koror tribeduring their previous reward challenge. Tara broke into tears as she shared herpredicament.
"Walana kaming gamit, wala na kaming bolo. Hindi naman sa wala na kaming hope, 'no.Alam kong makakakain pa rin kami, I mean we're here. Okay lang naman hindikumain pero nakaka-depress lang kasi na you're waiting for something, it's nothappening, pero like, yeah, mahirap. I can stay longer I still wanna stay longerkasi nga ayoko kasing ganito naiinis na akong, I don't wanna wait. Ayoko nangmag-isip, ayokong may mawala pa sa aming apat, ayokong mag-tribe versus tribe,gusto ko na mag-individual challenges, iyon lang," Tara lamented.
BURGER BINGE. Back at the Koror Camp, everyone enjoyed two servingsof burger—complete with thick patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, andmayonnaise. Each castaway seemed to have his/her own way of munching the firstburger in 19 days. Suzuki and Echo overloaded their burgers with all the saucethey could pour. Amanda took her time, relishing every layer of theburger. Meanwhile, Marvin took all the vegetables he could eat after Jef gaveher leafy greens to him.
Butthe tasty treat could probably not surpass what Jef felt that day.
Jef : "Kasi,he saved my life!"
Jef : "Hindimo nakita?"
Jef : "Di ba nag-swim kayo una, pang-thirdako, nauna ako sa kanya. Paglingon ko sabi niya, 'Jef, Jef, holdmy hand, we'll swim together.'"
Jef : "Umeffortang lolo mo, e."
AtIsla Purgatoryo, Justine also received the mouth-watering reward that Koror won.
"Pagpuntako doon sa water source para bang, totoo ba ‘tong nakikita ko, nagha-hallucinateba ako? Sinampal ko pa nga iyong sarili ko, e, sabi ko masakit, di akonagigising, ibig sabihin totoo," Justine said.
Justineimmediately grilled the patties and ate her burger with so much gusto that shealmost forgot to share it with Jumbo. The dog was just patiently staring ather. Finally realizing her mistake, Justine apologized and gave the last biteto her loyal companion. Jumbo gladly accepted the tasty treat.
DAY 20. Meanwhile, on the campsite of Airai, Cris made use oftheir shovel to cut the bamboo and to start the flint, in place of the bolothey lost. They also used the medicine box as their cooking pot. Meanwhile, therest of the team still talked about the possible merger. Tara even calculated the daysversus the number of castaways left.
SAVING CHARLES. At the KororCamp, Marvin suggested to Echo to give the immunity bracelet to Charles, incase they would win again the next immunity challenge.
Echo : "Kung magkaron man ng immunity ngayon,tribe-tribe pa, I think, tatanggalin nila either Tara or Charles. Iyongbracelet, gusto ko ibigay kay Charles."
Marvin : "Naisip ko nga eh bakitparati natin binibigay kay Cris? Si ano naman nagsasabi niyan eh, si Shaun,naisip ko baka may alliance sila ni Cris."
Echo : "Ako naman gusto ko langmakasama si Cris, I would rather have Cris than Louie."
Marvin : "Pero si Charles naman dapat natingi-keep. Si Charles na lang bigyan natin kasi di naman namatanggal si Cris."
Echo said thatMarvin would want to save Charles because he still has the Koror blood in him.She also believed that perhaps Shaun was up to something for constantlysuggesting Cris to be saved from the tribal council.
Later,something else caught Echo's attention and it was Suzuki's stinky cap. Suzukiadmitted that he is already as stinky as his cap, but he insisted thateverybody else already smells awful.
POOR JEF. While the tribemates of Koror were enjoying theirmeal of "butbot with dip," Marvin noticed something about Jef's attitude.
Marvin: "Ikaw talaga, kahit anongsabihin taba ko na mas taba ako, pangit siya, mas pangit ako."
Shaun : "Palagingmay mas."
Marvin: "Ikawiyong very, very poor me, ‘yung poor me everything parang kawawa ako, ako‘yung kawawa. You're a poor me, you're a poor me, you're such a poor me."
Jef : "Hindi."
Marvineven mentioned a book that he read that describes what a "poor me" person is.Jef took offense by what Marvin said about her.
"Na-offendako sa sinabi ni Marvin. What if nagpapaka-humble lang ako that time, na ayokolang siyempre everyone's nada-down, ayoko lang isipin na maganda pa rin ako, diba? Kasi iyong pagkakasabi n'ya hindi 'siguro poor me ka,' hindi ganune, ang dating is ‘wala, poor me ka' parang ni-label n'ya na ‘ko agad na ganoon,so hindi talaga ‘ko natuwa," Jef admitted.
Butfor Marvin, he was just looking after Jef's wellbeing.
"Hindiko alam kung ma-take niya, ma-offend siya pero para sa akin parang minsankailangan kong sabihin sa tao kung ano iyong observation ko. Hindi ko mapigil.Even if ma-offend siya, hopefully lateron kung mabasa niya ‘yung book makita niya, ‘uy tama pala siya. May tama siyangsinabi kahit na may galit siya sa akin, hopefully it will improve her lifesomehow," Marvin stated.
Is a "lovers' quarrel" brewing on the island, perhaps?
Backat the Airai Camp, Cris figured in an accident. A rock fell on Cris's foot inthe forest and left him wounded.
Charleswas concerned because he knew that Cris already had four operations on hisinjured foot.
Later,Charles was already conceding if he would not make it to the merger. But Mika firmly said that they should just do their best in the immunity challenge ahead.
Survivor Philippines Palau airs weeknights on GMA-7 right after Rosalinda.