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Tribe Profile
Season Borneo
Namesake Pagong Beach
Tribe Type Starting Tribe
Day Formed Day 1
Rival Tribe(s) ██ Tagi
Tribe Status Merged with Tagi on Day 20
Challenge Wins 6
Lowest Placing Member B.B. Andersen (15/16)
Highest Placing Member Colleen Haskell (6/16)
S1 flag pagong
Pagong had no insignia.
Pagong buff

Pagong was a tribe from Survivor: Borneo.

Although physically much stronger compared to their rivals, Pagong is known for its failure when it came to strategy before and after the merge, as the concept of alliances was not yet universal in the series and despite their best efforts, their subsequent back-to-back eliminations coined the term pagonging. Their tribe color was yellow.


S1 bb tS1 colleen tS1 gervase tS1 greg t
S1 gretchen tS1 jenna tS1 joel tS1 ramona t
  • B.B. Andersen, a real estate developer from Mission Hills, Kansas.
  • Colleen Haskell, an advertising student from Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Gervase Peterson, a YMCA basketball coach from Willingboro, New Jersey.
  • Greg Buis, a journeyman/model and Ivy League Graduate from Gold Hill, Colorado.
  • Gretchen Cordy, a preschool teacher from Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Jenna Lewis, a single mother and student from Franklin, New Hampshire.
  • Joel Klug a health club consultant from Sherwood, Arkansas.
  • Ramona Gray, a chemist from Edison, New Jersey.

Tribe HistoryEdit

Upon reaching shore, tempers flared early on as B.B. rubbed his tribemates the wrong way as he asserted his work ethic to them. Despite this, Pagong rallied on to win the first challenge, winning 50 waterproof matches and Immunity.

After losing the Day 6 Immunity Challenge, B.B.'s abrasive demeanor caught up to him as he became the first casualty of the tribe in a 6-2 vote.

After B.B.'s elimination, Gretchen took over the leadership position. Her leadership seemed more well-liked than their previous leader, despite some minor arguments. On Day 7, while foraging the jungle for food, Greg, Gretchen, and Colleen stumbled upon a mud volcano. This new attraction became the special bonding place of the tribe.

Ramona had been sick and pale early on the game, worrying her tribemates. Though she redeemed herself by dominating the Day 12 Immunity Challenge, the tribe lost, and her newfound strength was not enough to save her, and she was next to go with a 4-2-1 vote.

Despite their close bond as a tribe, conflicts continued to plague the tribe. The worst one was when Gervase and Joel blurted sexist remarks against their female tribemates. When the tribe lost by a hair in the sixth Immunity Challenge, the women of Pagong made a pact against Gervase and Joel. During their third Tribal Council, the three girls, plus Greg, eliminated Joel in a 4-2 vote.

On Day 20, Pagong and the rival Tagi tribe were merged together as one tribe. The remaining Pagongs migrated to Tagi's beach for the rest of the game.

After the merge, the five remaining members of Pagong fell victim to the Tagi Alliance, consisting of four of five members of the rival team.

Tribe CampEdit

Pagong's beach was larger than the opposing Tagi beach, providing the tribe with more possible places to build shelter. However, the water near the beach hardly had any fish in it. This, as well as the tribe not taking as good care of their camp as Tagi did with theirs, led to the remaining Pagong members opting to live at Tagi's camp when the merge came.



  • Pagong is the first tribe to win a challenge.
    • It is also the first tribe to win an immunity challenge, as well as a reward challenge (though it was not shown onscreen).
  • Pagong is the first tribe to lose all of its members.
  • Due to Pagong's subsequent failure after the merge, being systematically eliminated over the next six episodes, fans introduced a new word into the Survivor jargon: "Pagonging," which describes a post-merge situation of one tribe dominating the other tribe by systematically voting them out, until they are all eliminated from the game.[1]
  • Pagong is the first yellow tribe.
  • The women of Pagong are the first to wear the buff like a top.
  • Colleen Haskell was the first person to sport the buff as a skirt.
  • Jenna Lewis and Gervase Peterson are the only members of Pagong to return in a future season.
    • Ironically, both finished in third place in their second season.
    • Out of all four Borneo returnees in Survivor: All-Stars, Jenna is the only one to make the merge.
    • Gervase is the most successful returnee from Borneo, making it to the final tribal council in Survivor: Blood vs Water.
  • Pagong is the first tribe to vote out a male.
  • Pagong is the first tribe to not produce a winner of the season.
  • Pagong is the first tribe to begin with the letter, "P".
  • During Pagong's first visit to Tribal Council, they all jokingly voted for Jeff Probst before casting their real votes



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