The Amazing Race Philippines

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The Amazing Race Philippines
The Amazing Race Philippines 2 logo.jpg
The current logo of The Amazing Race Philippines since the 2nd season
Genre Reality competition
Game Show
Created by Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Directed by Michael McKay
Creative director(s) Brad Cox
Presented by Derek Ramsay
Theme music composer John M. Keane
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) English, Tagalog
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 108
Executive producer(s) Michael McKay
Producer(s) Joan Leong
Location(s) Philippines
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 20 – 25 minutes per episode (without commercials)
Production company(s) activeTV (2012)
Original network TV5
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release October 29, 2012 – present
Related shows International versions
External links

The Amazing Race Philippines is a reality game show based on the American series The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two with pre-existing relationships, who will vie for the prize of 2 million in a race around the Philippines.[1]

The first season premiered on October 29, 2012 and aired every Mondays to Fridays at 9:00 PM (PST) and Saturdays at 8:30 PM (PST) on TV5 and is hosted by Derek Ramsay.[2][3]

The show is produced by the Australian production company, activeTV, which has also produced The Amazing Race Asia, The Amazing Race Australia, an Israeli version called HaMerotz LaMillion, and the Ukrainian version called Velyki perehony.[4] It is the fifth Asia-Pacific version after The Amazing Race Asia, The Amazing Race Australia, The Amazing Race: China Rush, and The Amazing Race Vietnam.

The second season premiered on October 6, 2014 and aired daily at 9:00 PM (PST). The show ended on December 7, 2014; 9:00PM (PST) with an hour-long program.

The Race[edit]

The Amazing Race Philippines is a reality television competition between eleven teams of two in a race around the Philippines. The race is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop where they are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg twelve hours later. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize while the last team is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins the 2 million cash prize.


For a list of contestants, see List of The Amazing Race Philippines contestants.

Each team is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. A total of 22 participants have joined The Amazing Race Philippines, some of which have been local celebrities.

Casts must be at least 21 years old, and must be a Filipino citizen or a permanent resident of the Philippines for at least two years.[5]

Among the cast of the first season are Danielle Castaño, who represented the Philippines in the Miss World 2008 pageant; Raymund Vergara, a Mister Philippines 2003 World contestant; LJ Moreno, a former Pinoy Fear Factor contestant; Jervi Li and Saida Diola, former part of a Philippines noontime show Eat Bulaga;, football players Armand and Anton del Rosario, and PTV's NewsLife anchor Angel Movido.[6][7]

Route Markers[edit]


Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow.


For more details on the different obstacles, see The Amazing Race § Obstacles.

Teams may encounter the following that may affect their position during the race:

  • Yield: It is where a team can force another trailing team to wait a predetermined amount of time before continuing the race.
  • Intersection: It indicates that two teams must complete further tasks together until a clue indicates that they have been separated.
  • U-Turn: It is where a team can force another trailing team to complete the other option of the Detour they did not select. Teams may only use their ability to u-turn another team once throughout the race.

In the first season of The Amazing Race Philippines, the local version introduced the Anonymous Yield, wherein the team who chooses to Yield another team does not have to reveal their identity.


At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided to the teams).

Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve-hour Pit Stop where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrive last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three remain. In some legs, the first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors, and some passes that will give them advantages in the race:

  • The Salvage Pass was awarded to the winners of the first leg of the first season which allows the team to either gain a 30-minute advantage in a task or save the last team from elimination. Marc & Kat won this pass and used it to enter the Bantay Bell Tower before its "Hours of Operation".
  • The Express Pass was awarded to the winners of the third leg of the first season and the winners of the first leg of the second season. This allows that team to skip any task they want during the race. Marc & Kat won this pass in the first season and used it to skip the Roadblock challenge in leg 5.[8] The Express Pass was used differently in Season 2, in it Vince & Ed could only use the pass up until leg 4.

Non-elimination Legs[edit]

A non-elimination leg is when the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. The Amazing Race Philippines, along with the French version, were the first versions of the race that did not penalize the last team to arrive in a non-elimination leg since the incorporation of the non-elimination penalties in season 5 of the American Version. This occurred in the third leg of the first season. However, in the seventh and eleventh legs, the "Marked for Elimination" penalty was applied to the last team arriving on a non-elimination leg. Meaning, teams had to arrive first at the next leg or receive a 30-minute time penalty.

Rules and penalties[edit]

Most of the rules and penalties are adopted from the American edition.

One of the most notable penalties was the penalty received by Anton & Armand in the second leg of the first season. Anton & Armand initially arrived 4th at the second Pit Stop of the race, but were issued a 24-hour time penalty for contacting someone outside the race. They dropped to 10th place and were eliminated.[8][9]


Season Premiere Finale Winners Teams Host Notes
1 October 29, 2012 December 15, 2012 LJ Moreno & CJ Jaravata 11 Derek Ramsay This season introduced the Anonymous Yield and the Philippine version of The Salvage Pass.
2 October 6, 2014 December 7, 2014 Matt Edwards & Phoebe Walker This season dropped the Fast Forward task.

Places visited[edit]

Provinces visited by The Amazing Race Philippines.
The number of places in a province visited by The Amazing Race Philippines. Includes an inset of Metro Manila showing the cities which were visited by the show.

As of the second season, The Amazing Race Philippines has visited 14 cities and 10 municipalities in 13 provinces across the Philippines.1

Cities Municipalities

Number of times visited[edit]

The following are the number of times the provinces are visited by The Amazing Race Philippines. Note that Metro Manila is not a province but a cluster of cities, though it will be classified under it. Independent cities will also be classified under their associated provinces, although they are not officially part of that province.2

By Province[edit]

Rank Province Season Visited Number of Places Visited Pit Stops
1 Metro Manila 1, 2 4 2
2 Albay 1 3 2
3 Palawan 1 1 2
4 Cebu 1,2 3 2
5 Benguet 1 2 1
Ilocos Sur 1,2 2 1
Mountain Province 1 2 1
8 Aklan 1 1 1
Davao del Norte 1 1 1
Tarlac 1 1 1
Zambales 1 1 1
12 Pampanga 1 3 0
13 Cavite 2 2 0
14 Davao del Sur 1 1 0
Batangas 2 1 0
  1. ^ This count only includes provinces that fielded actual route markers, challenges or finish mats. Transport stopovers (such as Quezon City in season 1) and connecting flights are not counted or listed.
  2. ^ Table rankings are first based on the number of seasons, followed by the number of Pit Stops, by Provinces visited, and lastly by number of places visited.


Television ratings[edit]

Television ratings for The Amazing Race Philippines on TV5 are based from two firms, AGB Nielsen and Kantar Media - TNS. AGB Nielsen mostly covers Mega Manila, while Kantar Media - TNS covers mostly of the Philippines.

Season Premiered Ended Episodes Season Premiere Rank Season Finale Rank Media Source
Timeslot Primetime Timeslot Primetime
1 October 29, 2012 December 15, 2012 45 5.1% #3 #10 N/A N/A N/A AGB Nielsen [10]
3.6% #3 < #10 5.8% #4 N/A Kantar Media – TNS [10][11]
2 October 6, 2014 December 7, 2014 63 3.6% #3 < #10 3.6% #3 < #10 AGB Nielsen [12][13]
1.9% #3 < #10 1.8% #3 < #10 Kantar Media – TNS [14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Award/Recognition Category Nominee Result Source
2014 Entertainment Press Society 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Adapted Reality/Competition Program season 1 Won [16]
Outstanding Adapted Reality/Competition Program Host Derek Ramsay Nominated [16]
2015 Philippine Entertainment Portal The PEP List Year 2 Best Talk/Variety Show of the Year season 2 Won [17]
Skål International Makati SKAL Tourism Personality Awards Best Tourism Reality Show Won [18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Amazing Race Philippines". The Amazing Race Philippines. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Amazing Race Philippines set to wow audiences on October 29". Malaya. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ready to kick off". BusinessWorld. October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Proactive". On Screen Asia. August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ TV5Philippines (March 28, 2012). "The Amazing Race Philippines Onground Auditions". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mateo, Pilar (October 19, 2012). "'The Amazing Race Philippines' contestants meet the press, race with them". Interaksyon. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Sancon, Allan & Almo, Nerisa (October 21, 2012). "Meet the 11 pairs that competed in The Amazing Race Philippines". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Sallan, Edwin P. (November 7, 2012). "Azkals brothers Anton and Armand bow out of 'The Amazing Race PH'". Interaksyon. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Salterio, Leah C. (November 19, 2012). "Amazing racers keep an eye on P2M at stake". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Santiago, Erwin (October 30, 2012). "Ratings war escalates as three new shows debut on primetime; what show ruled?". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "'MMK' and 'Donaire vs Arce' Rule Weekend Ratings". Starmometer. PinoyExchange. December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (October 23, 2014). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (October 13-19, 2014): My Destiny ends on top; Hiram na Alaala beats pilot week of Two Wives". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (December 21, 2014). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (December 1-7, 2014): The Ryzza Mae Show defeats ABS-CBN's Give Love on Christmas". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Kantar Media-TNS Total Philippines Household Ratings (Oct 6-12, 2014): Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon finale week smashes Hiram na Alaala; The Half Sisters tops daytime". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kantar Media-TNS Total Philippines Household Ratings (December 1-7, 2014): The Half Sisters and Dream Dad top weekdays; Bagito continues to beat rival show". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Golden Screen TV Awards nominees revealed; Nora Aunor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Drama". Philippine Entertainment Portal. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners at the PEP List Award". GMA News. June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ "SKAL announces tourism awards winners". BusinessWorld. August 13, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 

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