It was a close battle between Moi Marcampo and Michelle Madrigal in the latest immunity challenge of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown. In the end, Moi emerged as the winner when she won the challenge that was a modified version of the game Uno Stacko.
After the challenge, Survivor Philippines host Richard Gutierrez had the chance to talk with the the castaways during the Tribal Council. He asked the general reaction of the group regarding Jon Hall’s elimination. Jon was perceived to be the group’s biggest "threat."
Akihiro Sato, one of the group’s stronger participants replied, "I talked to Jon a lot....a little bit half-half. He’s very strong. He is the one who can be in the finals and win the game also. Sa tingin ko, we can become better friends...."
Ervic Vijandre pointed out, "Nado-dominate niya yung games, e. Nung nawala si Jon, nabunutan ako ng tinik. Medyo nagkaroon ako ng faith para magkaroon ng chance para makuha ko ang immunity na wala si Jon. Mas tumaas ang chance ko."
Richard wanted to know who the group considers the biggest "threat" now that Jon is out of the game.
Aira Bermudez admitted, "Para sa akin, si Akihiro. Si Akihiro and John are the same. Same personality nila kung paano maglaro..." To this, Akihiro disagreed by pointing out, "I don’t really think I am a threat...I just follow what the group decides..."
But for Solenn Heusaff, she also believed Aki posed the greatest threat. "He’s the strongest one...they just get up there really fast. They’re ahead of the game. But he’s not the threat...he’s being honest with everyone..."
On the other hand, Aubrey Miles thinks: "Siyempre sa girls, naadiyan si Mommy Elma [Muros] and sa guys...in a good way...sila ang strongest. Sa akin siguro wala pang issue sa akin yung mga ganoon kasi...like si Moi, di ko naman na-expect na threat siya pero nakuha niya ang immunity necklace. So iba-iba...sa akin, lahat sila..."
Another question was addressed related to Jon, being a member of the jury who has the power to vote for the Ultimate Survivor. Do you think you can win Jon’s vote?
Moi Marcampo wasn’t really sure what to say. "Di ko po alam. Okay kami sa camp...pero di ko rin mapilit kung ano ang gusto niya pero sana...kung gusto niya akong manalo, thank you."
Olympian Nanay Elma Muros answered, "Di ko pa rin po masabi...dito po sa amin, maganda po naman ang pakikisama.Parang nasasaktan ako kapag may natatanggal sa kanilang lahat kaya kung pwede nila akong unahin...si God na lang ipaubaya..."
Aubrey said the same thing. "Di ko alam...binoto nila akong dalawa sa last Tribal council...nafeel nila na may start ako sa kanila ng threat which is just how we play it...whatever happens here, stays here...
Michelle, Jon’s girlfriend, hoped that she would earn the vote of the jury member.
Another question related to Jon and Michelle was asked. Are they ganging up on the solid alliance of Jon and Michelle? Nanay Elma remarked, "Di ko rin alam ang mangyayari kasi may immunity bracelet si Jon. Pwede niyang kanyahin o pwedeng ibigay kay Michelle. Kaya di ko rin alam. Magulo rin ang utak ko...mahirap...while Moi straightforwardly said "Feeling ko, oo kasi si Jon marunong maglaro so kung ano pang pwede niyang gawin...
Afterwards, Richard directed his question to Michelle on her feelings about Jon being part of the jury."When he gave me the bracelet, parang natapos. Nalungkot talaga ako...di naman ako strong player...feeling ko mas may chance siyang manalo pero baka pagkaisahan nila ako nito and parang ngayon, mas matapang ako."
Richard also tackled the group’s established alliances. He noticed that there are several alliances formed among the members. Aira said, "Di kami magkakaaway talaga," while Solenn affirmed that there are alliances within the tribe.
Aubrey couldn’t determine the number of alliances formed. "Di ko pa matancha...di ko pa alam talaga...pinaghihirapan talaga yung alyansa. From the beginning, you have to work hard for it."
Ervic mentioned "Di ko rin masabi. Feeling ko dalawa...Ang hirap sabihin na solid kayo...kumbago, everyday, pwedeng magbago ang lahat..." But Nanay Elma said matter of factly, "Mayroon pang nagaganap. Dalawang alyansa meron. She then admitted that she is part of the alliances.
Regarding the immunity challenge, Richard asked Moi her reaction about winning in this activity.
Moi happily said, "Saya! Kasi pangarap ko siya... nung nanalo ako kanina, eto na ang pangarap ko itong immunity necklace ... baka yung parating na ibang challenges, baka di ko kayanin.. ngayon lang yung chance kong manalo..kaya sobrang saya ko."
Michelle who came in second place and felt disappointed with the outcome. She was looking forward to winning the immunity necklace for her own protection since Jon is no longer around. "Lumaban ako kahit nag-iisa ako... Kung di ko makuhang i-alliance ko sila, dadaanin ko sa immunity di ba....Gusto ko pa rin lumaban kahit ako lang..."
A rhetorical question was then posed: which is more important, winning the P3 million cash prize or having the honor of being the ultimate Survivor winner?
"Karangalan ng Survivor. P3 million, malaki ang maitutulong. Mas okay sa akin yung pera," was Aubrey’s honest reply.
Moi said, "Gusto ko rin yung karangalan kasi gusto kong ipakita ko yung pagkatao na hindi lang isa akong yaya at hanggang doon na lang ako.."
Ervic became emotional with his reply. P3 million, malaking maitutulong ’yan sa pamilya. Mahalaga sa akin ang karangalan... pareho lang. Kailangan ko ng pera...Kailangan ko ang karangalan."
When it was time to vote, Richard asked Aubrey if she wants to use her immunity bracelet; she declined and would rather use it in the next Tribal Council.
Each tribe member was asked to vote one by one. Richard read the results with Ervic earning two votes and Aira garnering five votes. And with finality, the host announced that Aira is the ninth castaway of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown and the second member of the jury to join Jon Hall.
Aira couldn’t hide her shocked expression about the turn of events. "Nagulat ako. Di ko makuha .... At least I’m happy na nagpatuloy ako sa Survivor... and good luck."
Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown airs weeknights at GMA-7.