The Amazing Race Philippines
|The Amazing Race Philippines|
The current logo of The Amazing Race Philippines since the 2nd season
|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|
|Running time||approx. 20 – 25 minutes per episode (without commercials)|
|Production company(s)||activeTV (2012)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 29, 2012 – present|
|Related shows||International versions|
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.
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pre-determined 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 unintersected.
- 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. The Express Pass was used differently in Season 2, in it Vince & Ed could only use the pass up until leg 4.
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
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.
|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.|
Number of times visited
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
|Rank||Province||Season Visited||Number of Places Visited||Pit Stops|
|1||Metro Manila||1, 2||4||2|
|Davao del Norte||1||1||1|
|14||Davao del Sur||1||1||0|
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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 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|
|1||October 29, 2012||December 15, 2012||45||5.1%||#3||#10||N/A||N/A||N/A||AGB Nielsen|||
|3.6%||#3||< #10||5.8%||#4||N/A||Kantar Media – TNS|||
|2||October 6, 2014||December 7, 2014||63||3.6%||#3||< #10||3.6%||#3||< #10||AGB Nielsen|||
|1.9%||#3||< #10||1.8%||#3||< #10||Kantar Media – TNS|||
Awards and nominations
|2014||Entertainment Press Society||2013 Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Adapted Reality/Competition Program||season 1||Won|||
|Outstanding Adapted Reality/Competition Program Host||Derek Ramsay||Nominated|||
|2015||Philippine Entertainment Portal||The PEP List Year 2||Best Talk/Variety Show of the Year||season 2||Won|||
|Skål International Makati||SKAL Tourism Personality Awards||Best Tourism Reality Show||Won|||
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