TARP : Alabang housewives – Vanessa Ishitani and Pamela Spella

If money is not an object, these rich and bored housewives from Alabang can easily buy their way into victory. After all, they offered to buy Derek Ramsay just to make sure he’ll host “The Amazing Race Philippines.” But the rules of the race require all teams to make the most out of their limited money and that is the biggest challenge for Pam and Vanessa. Considered to be the comic relief of the reality series, these ladies may actually prove naysayers wrong and surprise …

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TARP : Gym buddies – Marc Dungo and Kat Tan

Sharing the same passion for fitness, Marc and Kat obviously have the discipline and temperament to take on this extremely challenging race. Physical tasks are no big deal to them and might be an advantage to people who consider health their priority. But a few things may hinder the power partners: Mark has fear of heights and being in the water for too long. Kat, on the other hand, is very conscious about what she puts inside her body. They may have to conquer those …

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TARP : Reunited friends – Sheena Vera Cruz and Speedy Canlas

The Philippine All Stars alum (Sheena) and TV presenter (Speedy) both have a dancing background that suggests that they’re fit and agile enough to handle the physical challenges. The real challenge is whether the college BFFs still know and appreciate each other that well. The race will certainly test their friendship to its extreme limits. The bubbly duo admits to having reviewed previous seasons of the show so at least they’ve done their homework. Don’t miss the journey of the 11 teams every Monday to …

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TARP : Father and daugther – Angel and Ed Movido

So what were they thinking? If you ask both Mang Ed and Angel this question, their likely answer would be, they think they can actually win. Mang Ed said he was pretty athletic during his younger years and Angel, a PTV-4 news anchor, added she has no regrets asking her dad to be her partner. This can only mean the family tandem has more than a few tricks up their sleeve. More than any other pair, they actually have no problem embracing their underdog label. …

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TARP : Live-in partners – Mykey Lacson and Crystel Castro

Learning from mistakes is always a good thing. Getting together after coming from failed relationships may be the best thing that ever happened to Crystel and Mykey. Auditioning for “The Amazing Race Philippines” puts their blossoming liaison to its extreme test. Whether the race puts irreparable damage to their relationship or makes their love for each other even stronger will depend on how well they finish. Don’t miss the journey of the 11 teams every Monday to Friday after “Wil Time Bigtime” and every Saturday …

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TARP : Celebrity bestfriends – CJ Jaravata and LJ Moreno

Their longtime friendship is only half their advantage. A big fan of “The Amazing Race” knows every possible answer to any trivia question about the series, including and especially the rules, CJ was picked by no less than Derek as his teammate of choice if he were going to be a contestant. LJ was one of the formidable players in “Pinoy Fear Factor,” where her stunts included eating a sheep’s brains and eyes and hanging onto a trapeze attached to a moving helicopter. Fearless competitor …

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TARP : Alpha Femmes – Dani Castaño and Mish Van Ruvyen

There’s certainly more to them than their drop dead gorgeous figures. Dani represented the country during the 2008 Miss World pageant in South Africa, while Mish is an entrepreneur and a budding events host. Although raised overseas, they do profess a mutual love for local travel and cuisine, which also means that they know enough about the Philippines and its culture. They’re also pretty good at the one thing everyone needs to win the race—run. Don’t miss the journey of the 11 teams every Monday …

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TARP : Brothers-in-law – Fausto Reyes and Dayal Chowdary, Jr.

If the bold declarations of Fausto and Dayal at the ‘The Amazing Race Philippines” presscon about doing whatever it takes to win is to be believed, then they could be the resident villains of the race. After all, bending the rules is not necessarily breaking them. The pair believes that having opposite personalities (Dayal is temperamental while Fausto is cool as a cucumber) can actually boost their chances as winning is all just a matter of balancing their good and bad traits. Don’t miss the …

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TARP : Amigas – Saida Diola and Jervi Li

The race hasn’t even begun and the “besties”are already being talked about. Jervi for supposedly leaving TV show “Eat Bulaga” in a huff (“Not true,” he said) and EB Babes alum Saida for being linked once with Derek (“Also not true,” she said). The way they quickly set the record straight during the TV show’s press conference last week could be a reflection of how fast they think on their feet which should be reason enough for other teams not to underestimate them. Don’t miss …

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TARP : Football brothers – Armand and Anton del Rosario

Azkals fans would love to see the athletic booters take home the bacon in this competition as Armand and Anton looked like they were born for the type of tough tasks that await them on the show. But just because the Fil-Spanish siblings have all the brawn doesn’t mean they don’t have the brains to handle the mental challenges. Anton, for one, has a Business Administration degree from the Notre Dame Namur University in California. Don’t miss the journey of the 11 teams every Monday …

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