Kasali ang former beauty queen at FHM girl na si Danielle Castaño sa nalalapit nang ipalabas na The Amazing Race Philippines.
Ka-partner ni Danielle o Dani ang kanyang bestfriend na si Mish Van Ruyven.
Dahil fan ng reality show na nagkaroon na ng iba’t ibang version sa buong mundo, hindi raw nahirapang kumbinsihin si Dani na sumali sa Philippine edition ng The Amazing Race.
“I’ve always been a competitive person. I love challenges. The harder, the better for me.
“Kaya nga marami ang nagugulat kung bakit ako sumali sa ganitong show. Ang tingin nila sa akin ay beauty queen pa rin. Kailangan prim and proper.
“But I want to show them that I am not the stereotype beauty queen. I can go wild and crazy if given the chance. And being in this show gives me a chance to show a different side of myself,” pakilala ni Dani tungkol sa kanyang sarili sa interview ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa kanya sa launch ng The Amazing Race Philippines nung October 16 sa Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.
RACE AND PAGEANT. Ikinumpara ni Dani ang pagsali sa The Amazing Race Philippines sa pagiging Philippine representative niya sa Miss World beauty pageant nung 2008 na ginanap sa South Africa.
“Parang pareho lang. Parehong stressful and you always have to be on your toes.
“Sa Miss World, you are competing with more than 80 girls from all over the world. Dito sa Amazing Race, you are against 10 teams. So, the pressure is just the same.
“Yun nga lang, walang pagpapa-glamor dito sa Amazing Race. Hindi uso ang kailangan magmukha kang fresh.
“Kami ni Mish, walang makeup. As in, wala na kaming time to fix ourselves dahil we are running against time. Or else mapag-iiwanan kami.
“So in this show, anything goes. Kung madumihan ka, you have no choice. You just have to go on and not care what you look in front of the camera,” saad ni Danielle.
MISH THE ATHLETE. Ipinagmamalaki naman ni Dani ang partner niyang si Mish na bukod sa pagiging isang businesswoman at events host ay isa ring mahusay na athlete.
Isa itong track and field runner at long-jumper sa British Columbia, Canada. Bida pa ni Dani, marami na raw itong nasalihang sports competitions sa iba’t ibang lugar.
“Mish is a great athlete. I got into sports because of her. We both enjoy running.
“Yun ang naging training ko sa kanya before we started competing sa Amazing Race.
“Being my best friend, we do a lot of things together.
“We both love to travel and eat—we love to try out new restaurants.
“We also workout together and I get great tips from her since Mish is the sportswoman.
“Kaya perfect siya to be my partner because if ever I slow down, she’s the one who gets to motivate me to go on,” lahad pa ni Dani.
TOUGHEST RIVALS. Sa sampung teams na nakalaban nina Dani at Mish sa Amazing Race, sino sa tingin nila ang naging pinakamatinding nakalaban nila throughout the competition?
“Para sa amin, dalawang team iyon,” sagot agad ni Dani.
“First, it’s the team of Dayal Chowdary Jr. and Fausto Reyes. Second, it’s the father-daughter team of Ed and Angel Movido.
“Sina Dayal and Fausto kasi, pinaka-interesting sila. They just play the game as it is.
“Unlike yung iba na may mga strategy pa. Sina Dayal and Fausto, basta nandoon na sila sa isang challenge, they don’t care kung tama ba or mali ang ginagawa nila.
“Ang goal nila is matapos lang nila and move on.
“And in fairness sa kanila, they are very helpful. Lalo na sa amin ni Mish.
“Hindi nga ba competition ito? You don’t have to help other teams because it will only slow your team down.
“Pero iba sina Dayal and Fausto. Kahit na tough competition ito, they still act as gentlemen.
“So they made such a big impact sa amin ni Mish. Naging close kami sa kanila,” ngiti ni Danielle.
Sa mag-amang Ed and Angel naman, gustung-gusto raw nila kung paano maglaro ang dalawa. Nandoon daw ang communication ng dalawa parati.
“They play by the rules, which is a big must in the contest.
“The way we see them talk and sometimes disagree on things, nakakainggit.
“Kasi they are not just competing in this contest, they are bonding at the same time.
“I think that’s the advantage of having a family member as your partner. Even if they slow you down, no one gets left behind.”
NOT ALL GLAMOR. Overall ay naging unforgettable daw ang experience ni Dani sa The Amazing Race Philippines. Pinakita niya na hindi porke’t beauty queen ay wala itong lugar sa ganitong klaseng contest.
“I hope I set an example for other beauty queens, that it’s not all glamor. It’s not all makeup and wearing that crown over your head.
“It’s all about competing and how you will be able to handle that.
“I was able to do it and I would do it all over again,” pagtatapos pa ni Danielle Castano.
Magsisimula na ang The Amazing Race Philippines on October 29, Monday on TV5. Hosted by Derek Ramsay.