Still very early in the game of Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown, Magan tribe has faced three fierce challenges. First, Doc Ferdz Recio, one of its strongest members was booted out recently, making him the first castaway to leave GMA-7's reality show.
Second, Magan team member Myka Flores needed immediate medical attention. She suffered from dehydration and had to be brought to the hospital. But despite these setbacks, the Magan tribe continued to actively participate in the challenges.
The third drawback the team suffered was losing the Immunity Challenge wherein Elma Muros was pitted against John Hall of the Nagar tribe and Akihiro Sato of the Sar Mayee tribe. In the challenge, the three representatives had to carry sacks of sand for as long as they could: Elma had to carry 26 kilos; John carried 22 kilos and Akihiro was assigned to carry 23 kilos. After 45 minutes, Elma gave up, which meant the Magan tribe had their second Tribal Council last Friday, September 17.
Myka, who appeared well-rested, was given the go signal by the doctor to join the Tribal council.
Survivor Philippines host Richard Gutierrez discussed a number of issues with the team members. He asked about what the team felt when they were robbed of essential utensils when Trizha raided their campsite earlier this week.
The leader of Magan, Buwi Meneses, commented, "Una di ko naisip na may nagnakaw dahil pag-uwi namin sa camp, wala si Myka. Naisip ko baka nakidnap si Myka. Nalaman namin wala yung kaldero, yung aming scoop atsaka lalagyan ng tubig.
"Nabad trip kaming lahat," Mico Aytona remarked.
Richard then asked feedback on their winning second place in the Reward Challenge.
Solenn Heussaff said, "I was super happy and I couldn't believe it. But I was just happy we had rice." Sprint Queen Nanay Elma Muros added, "Napakalaking bagay po talaga. Halos wala na kaming makain. So kailangan namin kahit konting kahit lugaw ang gagawin namin. Naisurvive namin ang laman ng tiyan namin. Napakalaking bagay talaga."
The host further asked if the team got a good boost from winning in the Reward Challenge.
"Absolutely. Naboost yung team spirit namin at kahit nabawasan kami, we're looking forward to everything else," said Buwi.
Richard asked about the island's harsh weather condition. Buwi simply said, "Wala akong choice, gusto kong magsurvive. Kahit anong darating, handa na ako."
Mico pensively added, "Maraming tribo, maraming bagyong humampas sa amin...Feeling ko, kahit ano pang bagyong darating sa amin, aahon kami at aahon."
Richard further questioned them about the team's second straight loss and being perceived as the "weakest" team among the three tribes.
"Palagay ko hindi. Palagay ko lahat dumadaan sa matinding pagsubok. Dalawa pa lang pagsubok na 'yon. Pero di naman kaawa-awa ang pagkatalo namin. Parating pantay ang laban," Buwi asserted.
Myka was asked if she could still handle the challenges after suffering dehydration.
She replied, "Tatagal pa po... Di ko sukat akalain na dumating yung time na makasali ako Survivor...masasabi ko lang survivor ako."
Elma was asked about her participation in the endurance test, which led to the team's second loss.
"To be fair, ayokong magpatalo sa kanila [John Hall and Akihiro Sato]. Kaya lang mas mahirap yung binuhat ko sa kanila...Ang fighting spirit ko, naandoon pa... Binigay ko ang magandang laban," Elma answered.
On a lighter note, Richard asked Solenn about her birthday plans. Solenn said that they're planning for a big party. "I'm happy that I'll be with them and that I'm happy that I'm here."
What did the team feel after Doc Ferdz was voted out?
Buwi answered, "Ayaw talaga naming magbawas pero what is done is done." Mico pointed out that Doc Ferdz was a team motivator.
After the discussion, the Magan members were asked to cast their respective votes. Myka garnered three votes against Mico's single vote. Richard announced that Myka, who was dubbed the Bidang Extra ng Isla, was the castaway voted out of the game. Myka bade her tribemates farewell and wished them all the luck.
The Magan tribe is now composed of Parokya ni Edgar bassist Buwi Meneses, socialite and model Solenn Heussaff, actor and host Mico Aytona, and track and field champion Elma Muros.
Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown airs weeknights on GMA-7.