Philippine Volcanoes rugby team players John Odulio and Arnold Aninion promise "eruption" on Survivor Philippines

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Philippine Volcanoes players John Odulio (left) and Arnold Aninion (right) team up for the Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown.


Kabilang sa castaways ng Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown ang dalawang miyembro ng national rugby team, o ang Philippine Volcanoes.

Sila ay sina John Odulio at Arnold Aninion.

Kasama ng iba pang Volcanoes, unang nakilala sina John at Arnold dahil sa kanilang controversial underwear billboard para sa isang clothing brand.

Matatandaang ipinatanggal ang naturang billboard sa EDSA dahil na rin sa reklamo ng ilang sektor.

Ngayon ay nagbabalik sina John at Arnold para muling magpasabog—hindi sa larong rugby o dahil sa underwear billboard—kundi bilang castaways sa reality show ng GMA-7.

Parehong purong Pinoy ang dalawang rugby players na ito, pero sa kaso ni Arnold, kapansin-pansin ang kanyang kakaibang accent.

Bagamat ipinanganak si Arnold sa Mandaluyong, nag-migrate ang pamilya niya sa New Zealand when he was "three or four years old."

Waray ang kanyang ina, samantalang taga-Bulacan naman ang kanyang ama.

THE GAME OF SURVIVOR. Bilang mga atleta, sanay na sina John at Arnold sa pisikal na labanan. Pero gaano kaiba ang larong Survivor?

Paliwanag ni Arnold, "Yung sa rugby, puro physical naman, e.

"And of course, sa rugby, may plan ka na before the game. Alam mo na mangyayari sa rugby, kasi sport lang ’yon, e.

"Sa Survivor, parang iba, kasi it involves people and people’s thoughts and emotions.

"So you can never predict that. There’s no game plan on how to deal with people’s feelings and people’s strategies.

"So, it’s really different."

Dagdag pa ni Arnold, "But for me naman, for John and me, it was beyond our expectations.

"We always knew na, physically, in the challenges, we were gonna dominate.

"That’s a given for us. We are confident there."

Singit naman ni John, "You will never know talaga.

"Pagdating kasi sa challenges, it’s easy kasi, you know, we can easily physically dominate it."

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Nagkaroon ba sila ng second thoughts na sumali sa Survivor?

Pag-amin ni John, "For me, I had... I had second thoughts.

"Actually, at first, I really wanted to do Survivor, pero I was thinking, ’Why am I gonna do this?’

"So, siyempre, inalam ko muna kung bakit.

"So, I found the reason that, first, I did it for myself because I wanted to see where I can go, how long I can last, and if I can take it.

"Kasi, I know it’s very difficult.

"And second, I did it for my sport as well—to promote the sport of rugby."

Pareho rin daw silang fans ng Survivor.

Ayon kay Arnold, "I have been watching Survivor since the first one... U.S. and the Philippine [editions].

"So, you know, I like to think that I know how to play the game.

"So, I took all the things I knew about the game and I tried to put it in this season.

"And also, I learned a lot about the game. Things that you wouldn’t know unless you played it.

"So, you know, as an athlete, you begin to think of other things, too.

"Like, there were things in this game that I started to think about and learn about myself and about others that I normally wouldn’t consider in real-life situations.

"And also, trying to play the game was hard.

"Originally, I thought to myself, I played Survivor for [many] reasons and in the end, it came down to... I just wanted to experience it."

Diin pa ni Arnold, "I never played for the money."

Three million pesos ang mapapanalunan ng mananalong castaway.

THE CASTAWAYS. Sino mga naging close friends nila sa castaways habang nasa isla sila?

Sagot ni John, "We’re actually close sa kanila, we’re in good terms."

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Sa season na ito ng Survivor Philippines ay umaapaw ang naggagandahan at nagseseksihang castaways.

Pero sino para kina John at Arnold ang "hottest" sa female castaways?

Bulalas ni Arnold, "Ang dami! John here is the playboy..."

Sagot naman ni John habang tumatawa, "Oh, my gosh! Wow, thanks a lot, Arnold!"

Pero ayon kay Arnold, "I think all the girls are hot.

"I’m not being, you know... I’m not generalizing—I think all the girls are hot.

"For me, from the people that I was close to, I think... gosh, I don’t wanna offend anybody...

"Well, of course, Aifha [Medina] and Alyssa [Alano], and of course Angelicopter [radio DJ].

"But for me, personally, I was close to Mara [Yokohama, daughter of Maria Isabel Lopez]."

Para naman kay John, "Angelicopter stands out and Aifha also stands out.

"But all in all, all of these girls, they really have different qualities, e, that make them beautiful.

"Mara has this, Alyssa...Aifha has this, and Angelica has this.

"I believe all of them are beautiful.

Isa sa masasabing "potent weapon" ng mga mga magaganda at seksing babae sa past Survivor seasons—dito sa Pilipinas at lalo na sa U.S. version—ay ang pang-aakit o pangse-seduce nila sa mga kalalakihan.

Meron din bang gumamit ng strategy na ito sa mga nakasama nilang castaways?

"There is, there is," pag-amin ni Arnold.

Tumalab ba sa kanila ang pang-aakit ng female castaways na ito?

Tumatawang sabi ni John, "Sometimes! I dunno, maybe..."

Pagkatapos nito ay nagkantiyawan na ang dalawa.

Susog ni Arnold, "You never know naman, di ba?"

Dagdag namang paliwanag ni John, "Muntik lang... muntik lang mag-work!

"Pero ang hirap, kasi alam mo naman tayong mga lalake, ’yan ang weakness natin, e—babae talaga, e. Babaeng magaganda.

"Hay naku, yun na lang ang masasabi ko!

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"Pero muntik lang, muntik lang naman."

May nakaaway rin ba sila among the castaways?

"Marami," pag-amin ni Arnold.

Dagdag naman ni John, "Meron, merong... sabihin naming matindi."

Hiningan namin ng karagdagang impormasyon ang dalawang rugby players tungkol sa tinutukoy nila.

Saad ni Arnold, "Of course naman, yung relationship ninyo sa Survivor, it gets challenged, di ba?

"So, of course, me and Johnny, may time din naman na medyo na-stretch yung relationship.

"Pero, it’s part of the game and, you know, we came out of it stronger."

May kaugnayan ba ito sa trayduran o backstabbing na tinatawag?

Sabi ni John, "Actually, there’s a little bit of everything, I can say that.

"There’s a little bit of backstabbing, there’s a little bit of... so many strategies na nangyari na will really blow your mind.

"It’s really surprising that you wouldn’t even expect—that’s how much this Survivor season is really intense."

THE SOCIAL GAME. More than the physical challenges, ayon kina John at Arnold, ang social game daw talaga ang pinakamahirap na parte ng Survivor.

Sabi ni John, "The hardest part is the social game talaga, and playing against each other.

"I mean, yung mga challenges, okay lang yun, e. You win some, you lose some. It’s just two-face, 50-50, e.

"Pero you’re on an island and you get to live with someone, and you get to be with that person, yun ang pinakamahirap, e."

Dagdag naman ni Arnold, "It always was the social game talaga and yung relationship mo sa partner mo. Talagang mahirap yun.

"And, of course, you’ll notice in this season as the game goes further, there are people that trick your relationship and that creates tension, you know.

"So, for me, I got to learn a lot about myself, and I got to learn a lot about John. And also a lot about the new people that I met.

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"It’s hard when you have to hurt people and play the game, and lie and play deception—that’s the hardest part of the game talaga.

"Kasi lahat ng mga players dito, for some of them, parang nahirapan silang mag-relate na laro lang ito. This isn’t real life.

"So, sometimes, you never know if what they take in the game is what they’re gonna take against you personally.

"So, talagang nako-conflict ka, ’Am I gonna do this?’

"Sometimes you just have to remind yourself that it’s just a game, it’s just a game, and you’re just playing it."

Patuloy ni Arnold, "Of course, you can’t help but feel na, ’My gosh, is this guy or girl gonna like me after Survivor?’

"So, to me that’s the hardest thing—yung mga guilt and conflicts about making decisions."

Sa kabila nito, sa palagay ng dalawang miyembro ng Volcanoes na mas marami pa ring nabuong samahan sa Survivor Philippines kesa sa nasira.

Saad ni John, "I think, mas marami ang na-build para sa akin kesa sa nasira.

"Kasi, you get to experience the same pain on the island with the person next to you and talagang makikilala mo talaga siya.

"Buto’t balat, kaluluwa niya talaga, makikilala mo yung tunay na pagkatao ng isang tao.

"So, meron dun mga nangyari na nasirang relationship, meron dung na-build.

"Katulad namin [ni Arnold], na-build lalo kami.

"Kasi, dati nang teammates kami, pero meron pa kaming natutunan sa isa’t isa na hindi namin alam."

NO SENSE OF TIME. Noong buwan ng September daw sila nagpunta sa Palawan para i-shoot ang Survivor Philippines.

Nang tanungin naman ng PEP kung kailan sila bumalik sa Manila, sinabi ni Arnold na hindi niya alam kung anong petsa iyon.

Sabi ng rugby player, "You know what, I don’t know.

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"Wala kaming concept ng date and time, e.

"I didn’t even know when I was coming back...

"No, I really don’t know, honestly.

"Totally, I don’t even know what day or date it is.

"I still have to come to terms with coming back from the island..."

Ang kumain daw ang una nilang ginawa nung bumalik sila mula sa isla.

Ano ang unang kinain nila?

Ani John, "Yung mga favorites... Ako kasi, na-realize ko na addicted pala ako sa strawberry-filled donut saka pizza.

"Kasi kung gutom na gutom ka na, yun ang naiisip mo, e."

Sabi naman ni Arnold, "Ako, chicken... sobrang laki na manok!"

Na-appreciate din daw nila ang mga simpleng bagay na meron sila bago sila pumunta sa isla ng Palawan at mamuhay nang wala ang mga pangangailangan nila sa buhay.

Sambit ni John, "Na-appreciate talaga namin, sobra!

"Kasi nung dinala na kami dun sa island, we’ve been stripped off of everything, e.

"Back to basics talaga. Ayan ka, mabuhay ka diyan.

"So we got to experience the most difficult possible life."

Bale wala yung pagiging celebrities nila?

Sagot ni John, "Wala talaga, walang status, walang ano..."

Dagdag naman ni Arnold, "We’re not fame-mongers. I made that clear naman to everybody.

"I mean, me and John, we’re not really showbiz people.

"So, you know, we never [did] this to become famous.

"I think as an athlete, you become famous from being a good player.

"I hope in this game of Survivor, we become famous from being good players as well."

TRIBAL COUNCIL. Isa raw sa dapat abangang twists sa Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown ay ang elimination tuwing Tribal Council.

Dahil doubles edition nga ang season na ito, interesanteng malaman kung doble rin ang matatanggal tuwing Tribal Council.

Pagsisiwalat ni John, "Kasi dun sa Survivor, isa yun sa mga twist nila sa mga pag-voting—merong doubles, merong iisa lang ang uuwi.

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"Yun ang ikinaganda ng twist ngayon."

Ito raw ang unang pagkakataon na nagkaroon ng doubles edition sa alinmang franchise ng Survivor sa buong mundo.

THE VOLCANOES. Marami ang makakapanood at makakakilala kina John at Arnold sa unang pagkakataon.

Samantalang ang mga pamilya at kaibigan naman nila ay posibleng madiskubre ang ilang bagay na hindi nila alam tungkol sa kanila.

Ano sa palagay nina John at Arnold ang magiging tingin sa kanila ng mga manonood pagkatapos ng Survivor?

Sabi ni John, "Well, ako naman, I think they will be very proud of me.

"I got nothing to hide. They know what I am.

"Yung mga nakakakilala sa akin, alam nila what to expect from me.

"And I just showed what I am in the island.

"I wasn’t the Boston Rob. I wasn’t this guy or that guy from Survivor U.S.

"I was John Odulio. Talagang dinala ko yung sarili ko do’n—a Filipino athlete.

Saad naman ni Arnold, "For me, alam ko naman na ano, e, I want to play the game.

"So, when I went in there, I really just wanted to win.

"I wasn’t there to just to make friends, you know.

"I only had one friend, that was John. Everyone else was fair game.

"So, I went in there with that kind of attitude. That I’m gonna go in here, I’m gonna trust no one, but one person."

May pagkakataon ba na nagkaroon ng conflict sina John at Arnold dahil sa atake nila sa laro?

Pagkumpirma ni John, "Yeah, there were times na umaabot sa mga gano’ng sitwasyon. Pero it was dealt with properly."

Dagdag naman ni Arnold, "There [are] always differences naman, kasi si John he’s got his own thoughts, and so do I.

"And the thing that we did here really well was we communicated well with each other na, ’Okay, if that’s what you wanna do, why?’

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"And we have to explain to one another, you know, we have to justify things.

"And for me, when my family watches this game, I think they’ll be proud na, ’Wow, they played the game strong and they came out of it in one piece.’

"Abangan n’yo, you’ll really be happy. You’ll really enjoy."

Ano naman ang mga ma-e-expect ng mga tao mula sa Volcanoes dito sa Survivor Philippines?

Sagot ni John, "Expect an eruption."

Sabi naman ni Arnold, "Expect a lot of energy, a lot of, you know... We were very vocal and we’re very blunt and honest. We played the game..."

Dagdag ni John, "Expect an explosion. There’s a big impact talaga. We really changed the game."

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