The Philippine leg of the Subaru Palm Challenge wrapped up last Saturday with the last eight contenders of the Manila round completing the list of Filipino finalists set to compete in Singapore. More than 300 registrants showed up at Bonifacio High Street, but only 200 participants got the chance to join the endurance game.
Among these contestants, Subaru Palm Challenge veteran Alex Neblasca triumphed once again, holding onto the decal for 13 hours, 9 minutes and 33 seconds. The seven-time Manila leg winner set the longest time among the leg winners in the country, so he gets the privilege of bringing along a loved one in Singapore as he attempts once again to bring home the brand-new Subaru vehicle at stake. The eight finalists from Manila are:
* Alex Neblasca (seven-time regional participant);
* Juan Furiscal Jr. (three-time regional participant);
* Francisco Gomez (two-time regional participant);
* Oshwald John Carbonell (two-time regional participant);
* Alec Ebuen;
* Juntie Torres;
* Dan Angelo Villacorza; and
* Marcus Leui Pagcaliwangan.
The last 10 standing contenders from the Manila leg (shown in top photo) each received P10,000 in cash and Subaru merchandise. As the toughest among the 200 participants from Manila, Neblasca was awarded an extra P10,000.
Manila's eight finalists as well as Cebu and Davao representatives will form the Philippine contingent in Singapore. Though the 10 Pinoy finalists are all vying for just one grand prize at stake (Subaru Forester 2.0i-L), they will all be working together to try and bring home the Country Team Winner title and beat the other contingents from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Let's wish them luck!
Photos by Tracy Carpena