Charles de Vera Fernandez chooses between immunity and a condo unit


After holding up a 50-pound crate for almost five hours, Charles de Vera Fernandez won the final challenge in Survivor Philippines Palau. He has the option of getting immunity or getting a P2 million condo unit. CLICK HERE to join PEP’s online promo to meet the Pinoy Sole Survivor.


The four remaining castaways of Survivor Philippines Palau woke up to day 38 the island. Charles de Vera Fernandez, Jef Gaitan and Justine Ferrer were separated from Amanda Coolley Van Cooll when they slept. Justine noticed that the "Probinsiyanang Tisay" was giving them the silent treatment.

Jef was crying when she said that she didn’t want to think that she betrayed their friendship.

"Ang sakit pero kung tutuusin, nagbetray din kami sa isa’t isa e," Jef said.

Amanda said that she felt betrayed but she was particularly angry at Charles.

Later Charles got the tree mail. He read:

"Hindi sapat na tayo ay humingi ng awa,

Para makamit ang minimithing biyaya.

Ilaban mo na ang iyong galing,

Huli man daw ay maihahabol din."

The castaways then reached the site of their final immunity challenge. Charles placed the Sonsorol flag on its post and Amanda handed over to Paolo the immunity necklace, which was up for grabs for the very last time.

SP Palau host Paolo Bediones then explained the mechanics of the game.

At his signal, the four castaways have only ten seconds to position themselves before pulling a rope attached to a crate weighing 50 pounds. They must pull and carry the crate behind a wooden marker. After their initial position, the endurance challenge starts. The castaway who holds on to the crate the longest before falling or before they crossed the wooden marker would win the immunity.

But Paolo had a special announcement to make the challenge "sweeter" leaving the castaways stunned with surprise.

The four castaways would also get the chance to win a condominium unit from Lauriano de Trevi Towers, care of Camella Prestige. The particular unit was located at the business district of Makati City. It is worth a whopping two million pesos, definitely worth fighting for.

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For Charles, it would be a dream come true to have his very own condo unit. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t matter for Jef anymore if she reaches the top 3, but to win the condo has more weight for she would give it to her parents. As for Amanda, she was unsure if she would get the jury votes in the end but winning the condo would already make her parents and loved ones proud of her. Amanda was teary-eyed before the challenge started.

"Survivors ready? Go!" Paolo signaled.

Jef was sitting down on the muddy ground to pull the crate up; Amanda used one hand while Justine was leaning back. She struggled but recovered quickly, Charles looked relax. Eventually, the three girls were already in a sitting position. Charles adjusted to use one hand. His feet were the farthest from the marker. After twenty minutes, Justine was laying down.

Paolo reminded the castaways that one small mistake can cost them the game and they must make sure to give it their all.

Elapse time was 30 minutes. Jef suddenly lost her hold of the rope. Her official time was 31 minutes.

Jef admitted her disappointment after not being able to do her best even at the last challenge.

The challenge continued for the remaining three castaways. Justine was on the ground, Charles was adjusting his position. Minutes later, Justine struggled until her crate fell.

Paolo announced her official time as fifty minutes. Charles and Amanda remained.

After one hour and thirty minutes, the last two challengers remained steady and strong.

Paolo announced that the official time was two hours and thirty minutes.

Paolo announced that the elapsed time was three hours and fifteen minutes. Charles was seen peeing in his shorts.

"Umihi ako dun. Wala na ’kong pakialam kasi sabi ko maiihi na ’ko kasi ’pag hindi ko ’yun ginawa mabibitawan ko ’yung hawak ko," Charles admitted.

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After four hours, it rained. After another thirty-five minutes, Amanda was already complaining and wanted to give up.

"Amanda, kapag ’di mo na kaya huwag mo nang ipilit ang sarili mo..." Charles prodded.

After saying "Ayoko na" Amanda let go of the rope.

"Charles wins immunity!" Paolo declared.

Charles jumped and cried out "Lord thank you!" wept and kissed the ground. Amanda was also seen crying.

Paolo then reminded Charles his options that he would decide upon during the tribal council the coming night. He had to choose between a guaranteed spot for the final three and a chance to become the Sole Survivor or own a condo unit worth two million pesos.

Charles recalled his triumphant moment. The "Raketista" is determined to own a brand-new condo-unit.

"Masayang-masaya po ako dahil nanalo pa ako at God is good at ang swerte-swerte ko po dahil nanalo po ako ng condo unit sa Makati area pa mismo. Sa may Trevi Towers, Camella Prestige," Charles said.

While Amanda cried for her loss.

"Naiyak ako kasi nga like I gave my all... I gave my best and it wasn’t good enough. So and I was a little bit disappointed kasi nga hindi ko siya natalo, na alam ko kaya kong talunin ’yun e, pero this time it wasn’t for me," Amanda said.

Charles hugged Jef and Justine. Justine showed her pinky sign while Amanda was covering her face.

JEF’S PLEA. The four castaways went back to the Sonsorol camp. Amanda went straight to the beach to wash her clothes.

Jef and Justine started teasing Charles about his new condo unit.

Jef : "O may bahay ka na! Sobrang winner ka na."

Justine: "Baka naman malalaman ko ikakasal ka na?"

Charles: "Hindi pa."

Jef : "Invite mo kami sa blessing ng condo mo ha?"

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Justine then showed her pinky sign, which meant that the JJC alliance should stick to their plan against the BFFs. But Jef had something else in mind. She pleaded to Justine to allow her not to vote off Amanda during the tribal council.

Justine: "Be happy!"

Jef : "I’m happy. Pero ito lang ang pakiusap ko. Since si Amanda ang tatanggalin ninyong dalawa, okay lang ba na hindi ko ivo-vote ang pangalan niya? It’s not gonna matter anymore."

"Hindi ko kasi kayang i-vote-off si Amanda eh. Kahit ano pang mangyari, kahit gaano pa ka-galit sa akin si Amanda, alam ko sa sarili ko, hinding-hindi ko gagawin sa tribal council na isulat yung name ni Amanda," Jef admitted.

But Justine and Charles discouraged her, since it would become a tie vote between Amanda and whoever.

Justine: "Hindi magma-matter, e, paano kung magkatugma kayo ng iboboto?"

Justine: "Magta-tie pa?"

Charles: "Sana wag kang bumaligtad, ’yun lang."

Justine: "Hindi, gusto ko sa pagkakataong ito, open forum na tayo. Tapatan na. Tutal siya na eh. E di tapatin na natin. O kahit hindi na naman natin sabihin alam na naman niya."

CHANGE OF HEART?

Later, Justine and Jef talked in the forest. Jef said that she felt that would rather be voted out than Amanda.

Justine: "You’re so sad naman."

Jef : "Hindi ako sad. Ano lang... Parang... Syempre gusto ko lang i-explain lang... Gusto kong kausapin si Mands kasi siyempre kahit papano, magkaibigan kami."

Justine: "Magkaibigan pa rin. Di ba sabi niya?"

Jef : "Oo magkaibigan pa rin kami so kung merong... Oo tama siya game ’to pero feeling ko ako ’yung kahit papano nag-cause ng pagbe-breakdown niya. So I think ibigay niyo na sa akin ni Charles yung time lang na kausapin ko si Mands."

Justine: "Oo naman! Wala namang problema."

"Basta ang sinasabi ko pa rin na mahihirapan ako. Mahihirapan akong isulat ’yung pangalan ni Amanda doon," Jef said.

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Jef : "Hindi ko alam. Alam mo Just, di ko alam. Parang ayokong mabigay sa’kin ’yung immunity necklace... "

Justine: "E di akin na lang kung ayaw mo!"

Jef : "Hindi, ako na kaya yung ma-vote-out... Hindi ko alam! "

Justine: "Bakit mo sinasabi ’yan?"

But for Justine, she’d rather be against Jef and Charles for the final three.

"Ang sakin lang sa tuwing mag-uusap bawat isa, apat na lang kami, parati na lang akong may kaba. Na baka kung ano na naman mangyari," Justine worried.

Justine: "Kayo ’yung gusto kong makasama e."

Jef : "Ang layo na nang narating natin no?"

Justine: "’Di ba? Sabi ko sa’yo inconsistent ka eh... Kaya parati akong kinakabahan sa’yo eh! Nag-make ka na ng stand, nagdire-diretcho na, nasaktan na sila, maghihilom yun. E di panindigan mo na! Kasi kahit siya naman ipalagay mo sa posisyon mo na dapat sa’yo eh, sa tingin mo may magbabago? Anung iisipin niya? Ano ’to consolation?"

"Medyo convinced ako sa part na yun pero at the back of my head, nagwe-weigh pa rin na parang wala nga. Wala akong chance so mahirap," Jef said.

In the shelter, Amanda was assuring Charles that she’s already fine with whatever would happen.

Amanda: "Bukas okay na ’ko. Promise. Hindi na siya fresh, nalabas ko na yung sama ng loob ko. Okay na ’yun. So kung mag-uusap kayong tatlo, go for it! Bahala kayo, it’s ok. "

"Nauupos na ’ko eh. Ito na ’yung dulo ko. If it’s not for me tanggap ko na rin," Amanda said.

JEF IN THE MIDDLE, AGAIN. Jef was once again the swing vote, the deciding factor if she would receive the immunity necklace from Charles.

"Kahit papano, in any way, safe ako kasi no one’s gonna vote me out, tapos sa ’kin pa ibibigay ni Charles yung immunity so pwedeng matanggal si Charles, si Justine, or si Amanda. Pero ako hindi," Jef said.

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Jef : "Wait lang. So ang ivo-vote out natin si Amanda?"

Justine: "Oo. Siya. Wala ng iba. Siya lang naman yung hinihintay ng jury e..."

Jef : "Ang sama mo..."

Justine: "Para akong, daig ko pa ang nag-rugby neng! Halos matuyo na ’yung utak ko bago tayo makarating dito. Tapos pababayaan natin? "

Jef : "Sige, tama. And ewan ko sabi ko nga mas maganda kung tatlo tayong babae para mas maganda... Kaya lang ibibigay sa’kin ni Charles yung immunity so I don’t wanna betray him."

Justine: "Gusto mo kausapin ko si Charles?"

Justine: "At diretsahin ko siya."

Jef : "Anong sasabihin mo?"

Justine: "Na ikaw yung iboboto namin kasi meron ka naman na e. E di ipaubaya mo na sa amin... Hay nako! Hindi ako nagbibiro! Kaya kong sabihin yun!"

"Kung hihilingin sa’kin ni Jef na isama si Amanda sa top 3 sa tingin ko tatanggi pa rin ako. Kakausapin ko muna si Charles kasi karapatan niyang malaman. At karapatan din niyang magdesisyon at siya yung may pinakamalaking karapatan na mag-stay sa top 3 kasi siya yung nanalo ng immunity," Justine said.

Justine: "Dire-diretso?"

Jef : "Dire-diretso na. Oo na. Dire-diretso. ’Yung kay Charles... Sobrang kasamaan na yung iniisip ko pero that’s what I’m considering talaga. Kasi may 2 million na naman siya eh! May napatunayan na siya..."

"Sana since may 2 million worth na condo na si Charles, baka pwedeng ibigay, i-try namin kausapin si Charles na i-give up yung position niya sa top 3," Jef said.

Charles joined the conversation. He knew that Jef could turn against him despite giving her the immunity necklace.

Charles: "Natatakot lang ako baka, sana, natakot lang ako na baka ako ang i-vote out niyo mamaya."

Jef : "Hindi. Ito ang tanong ko. "

Justine: "Ano ka ba? Wala ka bang tiwala?"

Charles: "Meron."

Jef : "Important sa’yo na mapunta sa top 3? Charles aaminin ko sa’yo. Oo before ka pumunta dito, oo naawa ako kay Amanda. Nag-iisip ako ng ways to save her. Pero kaya kita tinanong kasi in the end rerespetuhin kita eh. So if you say ito ’yung gusto mo sa top 3 then wala sa amin ang magbe-betray sa’yo. "

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Charles: "Thank you. Kayo talaga inisip ko kanina eh. Kailangan..."

Justine: "’Di ba? Ang dami mo ng binangga. Ngayon ka pa babalik? Di ’ba? Baka ikaw mag-roller coaster..."

Jef : "Hindi!"

Justine: "Sana emotions lang mag-roller coaster sa ’yo. Hindi ’yung desisyon. "

"Kung ako ang ivo-vote nila, okay lang at least meron na kong condo unit. Happy, I’m very, very happy pero kung pagkakatiwalaan pa rin nila ko, go pa rin ako sa final 3," Charles said.


Survivor Philippines Palau is currently airing its final episodes on GMA-7 this week. The live finale will be aired this Friday, November 13, while the Reunion Special will be aired on SNBO this Sunday, November 15, 2009.


PEP PROMO. Two lucky PEPsters will have the chance to personally meet the Pinoy Sole Survivor. Registered users of PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) have until November 13, 2009 to enter their vote. CLICK HERE to join the online promo.


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