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Abi-Maria Gomes
S25 Abi-Maria Gomes
Contestant Profile
Birth Date October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21) (age 35)
Hometown Los Angeles, California
Occupation Business Student


Tribe(s) Tandang (Days 1-17)
Dangrayne (Days 17-36)
Placement 5/18
Alliance(s) Tandang Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 9
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 36

Abi-Maria Gomes is a contestant from Survivor: Philippines.

Considered a "bully", and being called "extremely unlikable", by fellow castaways, Abi made numerous enemies post merge in the game, leading her to fight extra hard in challenges and knocking out those in her opposing alliance to further her self.


Retrieved from
Personal Claim to Fame: Traveling the globe on my own and becoming an American citizen. I now have dual citizenship in the United States and Brazil.
Inspiration in Life: Steve Jobbs’ words, "Stay Hungry. Stay foolish."
Hobbies: Languages, hiking, dancing, surfing and skiing.
Pet Peeves: Complainers
3 Words to Describe You: Driven and creative and charming.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
1) I would bring a book to distract me.
2) I would bring a pen for writing.
3) And, I would bring a notebook to write on.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Probably Parvati Shallow because she is charming like me.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The $1,000,000!
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I bring social skills and team work.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I will bring my “A” game! I am strategic, I am athletic and I have an ability to persuade situations to my favor.

Survivor: PhilippinesEdit

Abi was part of the yellow Tandang tribe. Early on, she formed a tight alliance with RC Saint-Amour and soon used her flirtatious and charming attitude to recruit Pete Yurkowski while RC recruited their returning player Michael Skupin and formed a majority alliance. Abi, and the rest if the tribe has viewed their oldest female member, Lisa Whelchel as an outsider, agreeing she would be the first to go. However, at the first Immunity Challenge, Abi and Lisa won their tribe a second place finish, keeping the tribe intact.

As days went on, Abi was so trusted by RC, the latter shared her clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol with her. However, Abi started to distrust her after noticing RC talking to Skupin more than her and mistakenly thought the two were conniving behind her backs. This prompted the business student to threaten RC. Abi's trust in RC completely dissolved on Day 7 when Abi found the idol clue inside RC's bag. Convinced that RC was trying to find the idol for herself, Abi brought in Pete, Lisa and Artis Silvester in a new alliance to vote out RC and Skupin. Unbenknowst to Abi, the clue in RC's bag was a ploy by Pete to cause chaos within the tribe. With Pete's help, Abi realizes that the idol was actually the handle of their rice bin. Despite the dysfunction of the tribe, Abi's tribe, Tandang, established themselves as the most dominant of the three tribes, winning the next three Immunity Challenges. 

On Day 12, the winless and decimated Matsing tribe was dissolved, one of its two remaining members, Malcolm Freberg was randomly assigned to Tandang. This shift, along with Malcolm's general likability and strength made it easier for Abi and Pete to sway the newcomer to their side. Tandang would remain undefeated by winning the next Immunity Challenge.

In a rather physical Reward Challenge on Day 14, the tribes struck a deal after finding themselves in a stalemate, with Skupin brokering a deal with Kalabaw's returning player, Jonathan Penner, that, if Tandang forfeits the challenge, Kalabaw would give them their remaining rice supply. Abi, and several members of Tandang were irate at Skupin for making deals in their tribe's name and turned out, Kalabaw's rice supply was not as plentiful than hoped. The incident however, was inconsequential, as Tandang still won the next Immunity Challenge. Abi's tribe found themselves entering the merge with all of her Tandang tribemates intact. On Day 17, the tribe moved to the abandoned Matsing camp for the merge, and the Dangrayne tribe was born.

Abi was soon classified as one of the three "bullies" of the tribe along with fellow Tandang tribe mates Artis and Pete. But despite this negative connotation they still managed to vote out Jeff Kent when Lisa and Skupin decided to stay true to Tandang and Penner voted for Abi instead of Pete. Jeff became the second member of the Jury. It was at this Tribal Council where Abi revealed that she had a Hidden Immunity Idol.

Due to Abi's negativity towards Lisa, the latter joined forces with Skupin and decided to jump ships and blindside Artis in order to dwindle Pete and Abi's power's. Pete and Abi soon become the odd men out which made it top priority for Pete to win immunity since Abi had the Idol but Pete failed to win. After a failed persuasion of Skupin, Pete soon became the next member of the Jury. Although Abi was forced to play her Hidden Immunity Idol to stay safe.

During the auction, Abi spent all her cash on an advantage in the game. It was revealed that this advantage would allow her to skip the first 2 parts of the challenge and have a 1 in 3 chance at winning immunity. She then devised a plan to make a fake Hidden Immunity Idol and pretend that the "advantage" she bought had 2 parts, one was for the Immunity Challenge and the other being the clue to the fake Hidden Immunity Idol.

Everyone was in shock when she won her first and only Immunity Challenge, making her safe for Tribal Council and sending Jonathan Penner home.

With the fake Idol still in her pocket, she felt that she was safe thinking that she fooled the whole tribe into thinking that she really had an Idol. The rest of the tribe had doubts in Abi's Idol but at Tribal Council the tribe voted out Carter since he was a threat in challenges and was more likely to win the game, this move would also force the "Idol" out of Abi.

With only 5 people left, Abi tried to convince Lisa that Malcolm, Skupin and Denise were definitely going to take each other to the final 3 and that they needed to vote Malcolm or Denise out in order to have a chance at winning since they would be the most likely win. She tried to position herself as the swing vote by appealing to Skupin and Lisa and told them that they would not stand a chance against Malcolm and Denise in the final 3, even going to the extent of calling Skupin an idiot once and a moron twice. But Lisa and Skupin decided before Tribal Council that Malcolm was the real threat and that they needed Denise in the final 4 in order to ensure that Malcolm didn't win immunity so they rejected Abi's offer to vote out Denise and instead voted for Abi via unanimous decision. 

Voting HistoryEdit

Abi-Maria's Voting History
Episode Abi-Maria's
Voted Against
1 Tandang Tribe Immune
2 Tandang Tribe Immune
3 Tandang Tribe Immune
4 Tandang Tribe Immune
5 No Tribal Council
Tandang Tribe Immune
6 Tandang Tribe Immune
7 Jonathan -
8 Jeff Jonathan
9 Jonathan -
10 Malcolm Denise, Lisa,
11 Denise Individual Immunity
12 Carter Carter
13 Denise Denise, Lisa,
Malcolm, Michael
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted For
Sole Survivor


  • After her stint on Survivor, Gomes became an entrepreneur, introducing a ready-to-drink alcoholic cocktail line, called "Xi Acai." She described the beverage as "a carnival in a bottle." Her product won a gold medal at the 2013 Los Angeles International Spirits Awards and named "Best New Product" at the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Show.[1]
  • Gomes is in a relationship with her fellow castaway and tribemate, Pete Yurkowski.


  • Abi-Maria's father is the Brazilian visual artist Gomes de Souza.
  • In an interview with Dalton Ross, Abi-Maria revealed that she was originally recruited for Survivor: Tocantins, but was cut because she could have gained an advantage due to her being Brazilian native. She actually resided close to the filming location, when she was living in Brazil. She was replaced by Carolina Eastwood.
  • Abi-Maria holds the record for most tribal Immunity Challenges sat out from, she only participated in two of the eight tribal Immunity Challenges.
    • The only Immunity challenges in which Abi-Maria did not sit out were ones that required all tribe members to compete.
    • Although she did not volunteer to sit out of the Reward Challenge in Down and Dirty, she did not participate in it because of the Kalabaw-Tandang deal in the first round.
    • She also sat out of the Reward Challenge during Little Miss Perfect, when she wasn't chosen to be on a team.
    • She sat out of the first two parts of the Immunity Challenge in “Hell Hath Frozen Over”, this, however, was an advantage she bought at the Survivor Auction.
  • On Day 27, Abi-Maria walked halfway out of Tribal Council before she realized that she forgot her torch.
  • Abi-Maria's mother is the only loved-one who didn't speak English, so Abi had to translate for her mother and Jeff.
  • On Malcolm Freberg's profile for Survivor: Caramoan, he stated that his profile that his personal claim to fame was,"having spent over a month with Abi-Maria, and is still be considered legally sane by the state of California."
  • Abi-Maria is the second known dual citizen to compete on Survivor, following Survivor: China winner, Todd Herzog. Survivor: San Juan del Sur contestants Nadiya and Natalie Anderson would follow.
    • Of the four with dual citizenship, she is the only person to be born outside the United States and the first immigrant contestant to compete.
  • On the fourth episode of the Survivor Live After Show for Survivor Caramoan, Abi-Maria revealed she tore her ACL during the first challenge of Survivor: Philippines, and had to undergo surgery as a result.


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