Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines, held the 2017 Palm Challenge last Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. A total of five all-new XV vehicles flanked with aspiring contestants vying to represent the Philippines in the Singapore Finals this October were used.
After almost 11 hours of holding onto the vehicles without letting go of their right palm latched onto the cars, the final 10 finalists were determined. Alex Neblasca, perennial Philippine winner and last year’s runner-up in the Regional Palm Challenge finals in Singapore, was once again part of the Philippines Top 10, but surprisingly came in 3nd this time around. The multi-titled Neblasca was outlasted by Rheden Pinoliad, a factory worker, and the new Philippine champion Juntie Torres, who serves as a security guard for his day job.
The Philippines Top Ten will be flown to Singapore this October 27 to November 1, 2017 – to compete in the regional finals of the Subaru Palm Challenge. The winner of the finals will drive home a brand new Subaru vehicle. Pending submission of requirements to participate in the Singapore finals, the Philippine team is composed of:
|SUBARU PALM CHALLENGE 2017 MAIN LEG|
|LIST OF WINNERS|
|1st||10:57:50||Junti G. Torres|
|2nd||10:57:20||Rheden G. Pinoliad|
|4th||10:52:05||Donn Michael Yap|
|5th||10:51:31||Mark Joseph Trinos|
|6th||10:50:59||Carlo T. Talahib, Sr.|
|7th||10:50:02||Juan E. Furiscal Jr.|
|9th||10:48:43||Lyza Joyce Montejo|
|10th||10:46:38||Jaspher Ivy H. Galaura|
The following day, the 2nd Collegiate Leg of the Subaru Palm Challenge was held at the same venue. The very hot Sunday saw the emergence of 3 tough students who lasted almost 5 hours holding on to the all-new Subaru XV.
The winners are:
|SUBARU PALM CHALLENGE COLLEGIATE LEG|
|LIST OF WINNERS|
|1st||4:51:06||Vincent Ragudo||Fatima University|
|2nd||4:46:53||Shana Costillas||Rizal Technological University|
|3rd||4:46:17||Joyce Enage||Rizal Technological University|
All three contestants took home cash prizes of Php 5,000 each, while Collegiate champion Vincent Ragudo took home an additional Php 30,000 for his school.
For more information about Subaru in the Philippines, visit http://www.subaru.asia/ph.