|Filming Location|| Caramoan, Camarines Sur,|
Bicol Region, Philippines
|Season Run||September 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012|
|Filming Dates||March 17, 2012 - April 25, 2012|
|Runner(s)-up|| Lisa Whelchel|
|Tribes|| ██ Kalabaw|
|Returnees||Malcolm Freberg (26)|
|Previous Season||One World|
Survivor: Philippines is the 25th season of Survivor. It premiered on September 19, 2012, with a 90-minute premiere.
In an interview, Jeff Probst revealed that filming of this season wrapped up while Survivor: One World was still airing. Furthermore, the 26th season will also be filmed in the Philippines, where the Survivor Production Team will stay up until August. Probst also said that more than 400 locals were hired during shooting.
The Production's Marine Department used 30 boats for water transport, with 15 from the Production Team, and another 15 were boats hired from locals.
- Three Tribes: For the first time since Survivor: All-Stars, three tribes will compete starting at the beginning of the season. Also, for the first time since Survivor: Cook Islands, the season starts out with more than two rival tribes.
- Returning Players: Three returning players are going to return to compete with a new batch of castaways. These returnees are former contestants who were medically evacuated from their respective seasons.
- Hidden Immunity Idols: Similar to Survivor: China, the idols will be "hidden" in plain sight, with a clue hidden in the bottom of each tribe's rice container. For the first time in Survivor history, three idols would be in play at the same time. There will be three idols, one at each camp. The idol is resting on top of the rice lid, disguised as a handle.
- More water challenges: While most recent season locations' waters were deemed unsafe for conducting challenges which would require the Survivors to swim in open water, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer claims that the Philippines' beaches are safer and conducive for swimming, diving and boating challenges.
- Tribe Absorption: On Day 11, the two remaining members of the Matsing tribe were absorbed in to the other two tribes.
- Merge at 11: For the first time in Survivor history, the Merge commenced with eleven players remaining, unlike the usual 10 or 12.
- New Jury/Final Few Composition: This season is the first time to feature a Final Three with an eight-person Jury.
|Original Tribe||Absorbed Tribe||Merged Tribe|
28, Danville, VA
|Matsing|| 1st Voted Out|
28, Brooklyn, NY
|Matsing|| 2nd Voted Out|
20, Provo, UT
|Matsing|| 3rd Voted Out|
45, Glenside, PA
|Matsing|| 4th Voted Out|
32, Winston-Salem, NC
28, Silver Spring, MD
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 5th Voted Out|
22, Newark, DE
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 6th Voted Out|
27, New York City, NY
|Tandang||Tandang||Dangrayne|| 7th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
44, Austin, TX
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 8th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
53, Terry Town, LA
|Tandang||Tandang|| 9th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
24, Holmdel, NJ
|Tandang||Tandang|| 10th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
50, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands & Micronesia
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 11th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
24, Shawnee, KS
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 12th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
32, Los Angeles, CA
|Tandang||Tandang|| 13th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
25, Hermosa Beach, CA
|Matsing||Tandang|| 14th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
50, White Lake, MI
The Australian Outback
49, Dallas, TX
41, Cedar Rapids, IA
This season, there were three tribes of new contestants. Each of the three tribes were joined by one former contestant, all of whom left their earlier seasons due to medical reasons. Michael Skupin joined the yellow Tandang tribe, Russell Swan joined the blue Matsing tribe, and Jonathan Penner joined the red Kalabaw tribe.
Early on, Matsing was clearly the weakest of the three tribes, losing the first four Immunity Challenges, quickly decimating their roster down to two, Denise Stapley and Malcolm Freberg. While Matsing dwindled, the undefeated Kalabaw and Tandang tribes also manifested signs of disunity, mostly regarding their Hidden Immunity Idols. At Kalabaw, Jeff Kent, who had a distaste towards the returning players, rallied the tribe against Jonathan, who had their Idol, but quickly aligned with him on a short-term basis. At Tandang, an alliance made by R.C. Saint-Amour and Abi-Maria Gomes imploded quickly because Abi-Maria had misguided trust issues towards R.C., enlisting the outsiders Lisa Whelchel and Artis Silvester in her alliance with Pete Yurkowski.
After Malcolm found Matsing's Hidden Immunity Idol, he and Denise were split apart. Malcolm joined Tandang, and was warmly welcomed by the tribe. He then led the tribe to win the remaining Immunity Challenges, helping them enter the merge unscathed with six members complete. Denise joined Kalabaw, and she was proven to be a hot commodity, as she was the swing vote between two conflicting, gender-defined alliances. Denise ultimately sided with the men, and Kalabaw's remaining women were disposed due to their weakness at challenges.
The eleven castaways remaining merged, with Tandang having a 7-4 number advantage over Kalabaw. However, Penner had a plan to convince outsiders Michael and R.C. to flip and pick Tandang off one by one, to gain a 6-5 advantage. On the other hand, Jeff believed that this was the time to betray Penner and vote him out. He was allied with Carter Williams and Denise, the latter of whom was allied with Malcolm who was allied with the Tandang alliance. Together, they split the vote. four for Penner, four for R.C. That way if he played the Idol, R.C. would go. If he didn't, Penner would get out in the revote. At Tribal Council, the vote went as planned. Penner played the Idol, and R.C. went in a 4-2-0 vote. After Penner saved himself by winning immunity, he let the former Tandang to vote out Kent in a 5-4-1 vote in retaliation for being targeted multiple times by the former baseball star. That same Tribal Council, Malcolm and Abi exposed their possession of the other Hidden Immunity Idols.
The Kalabaw-Matsing alliance were outnumbered by Tandang, 5-4. The minority persuaded Skupin and Lisa, who were both antagonized by Abi-Maria, to vote Artis, whom they thought was the least likely person Abi would share her Idol with. Lisa stayed with Tandang, but Skupin's defection was enough to blindside Artis in a 5-4 vote. Lisa soon followed after Abi-Maria's continued abrasiveness. Lisa's change of allegiance got the new majority alliance to split the vote between Pete and Abi-Maria to defuse the power of the latter's Idol. Abi chose to use her Idol for herself, sending her only remaining ally Pete, home.
Abi, now the odd woman out, bought an immunity advantage from the Survivor Auction. With the said advantage, the once-challenge benchwarmer won immunity, forcing the three tribes' alliance to turn on each other. Knowing her advantage would only last until that Immunity Challenge, Abi fabricated a lie regarding her advantage, saying that it also contained a clue to an inexistent fourth Hidden Immunity Idol. No one bought her lie, but Penner discovered a conspiracy against him, and got Carter and Abi's support in voting Denise out. However, Malcolm, Denise, Lisa and Michael formed a final four pact, and they voted out Penner, Carter, and Abi at the next three votes.
With no more common enemies, the core alliance were forced to cannibalize. Lisa and Skupin were tight-knit while Malcolm and Denise turned on each other, viewing each other as Jury threats. Lisa and Skupin deemed Malcolm as more likable than Denise, and was voted off in a 3-1 vote. At the Final Tribal Council, Denise won the respect from the Jury for overcoming huge odds and her masterful social game, winning her the title of Sole Survivor and the million dollar prize in a landslide 6-1-1 vote.
|1||"Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops"||September 19, 2012||Kalabaw1||Zane||5-1|| 1st Voted Out|
|2||"Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights"||September 26, 2012||Tandang1||Roxanne||4-1|| 2nd Voted Out|
|3||"This Isn't a 'We' Game"||October 3, 2012||Kalabaw1||Angie||3-1|| 3rd Voted Out|
|4||"Create a Little Chaos"||October 10, 2012||Tandang1||Russell||2-1|| 4th Voted Out|
|5||"Got My Swag Back"||October 17, 2012||Tandang||Tandang||Dana||No Vote|| Quit|
|Dawson||5-1|| 5th Voted Out|
|6||"Down and Dirty"||October 24, 2012||Kalabaw2||Tandang||Katie||4-1|| 6th Voted Out|
|7||"Not the Only Actor on This Island"||October 31, 2012||None||Denise||R.C.||4-2-03|| 7th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|8||"Dead Man Walking"||November 7, 2012||Denise, Jeff, Jonathan, Lisa, Malcolm||Jonathan||Jeff||5-4-1|| 8th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|9||"Little Miss Perfect"||November 14, 2012||Carter, Denise, Malcolm, Jonathan||Michael||Artis||5-4|| 9th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
|10||"Whiners Are Wieners"||November 21, 2012||Abi-Maria, Carter, Malcolm, Pete||Carter||Pete||3-2-04|| 10th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
|11||"Hell Hath Frozen Over"||November 28, 2012|| Survivor|
|Abi-Maria||Jonathan||4-3|| 11th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|12||"Shot into Smithereens"||December 5, 2012||Malcolm|
|Malcolm||Carter||5-1|| 12th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
|13||"Gouge My Eyes Out"||December 12, 2012||Michael|
|Malcolm||Abi-Maria||4-1|| 13th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
|14||"Million Dollar Question"||December 16, 2012||Malcolm||Michael||Malcolm||3-1|| 14th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
|Reunion Show||Jury Vote||Michael||6-1-1||Runners-Up|
^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 Tandang forfeited the challenge in exchange for Kalabaw's rice
^3 Jonathan used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 5 votes against him.
^4 Abi-Maria used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 3 votes against her.
|Survivor: Philippines Voting History|
|Original Tribes||Absorbed Tribes||Merged Tribe|
- The United States is the seventh country to host a Survivor season in Caramoan, following India, Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel, Sweden and France.
- This season shares many similarities with Survivor: China:
- Both are the only seasons to have their respective members of the Final Three all receive Jury votes.
- Both are the only seasons with more than one castaway in the Final Three never receiving a vote against them. (In both cases, the two castaways with no votes against them did not win.)
- Both seasons' finales aired on December 16, had a Final 4 Reward Challenge, and had only one eliminated castaway.
- Both seasons preceded a Fans. vs. Favorites season.
- Both seasons preceded a season featuring Erik Reichenbach.
- Both seasons are the first seasons to have their respective Jury configurations (8-person and 7-person Jury, respectively with both having a Final Three finale).
- Both seasons have a black merge tribe color, and whose tribes that were merged were colored red and yellow.
- However, Philippines also had a blue tribe, but it was dissolved before the Merge.
- Both seasons have four eliminations before a Tribe Switch (Absorption for Philippines and Swap for China) and two episodes between the Switch and the Merge.
- Both seasons have a castaway named Denise (Denise Stapley in Philippines and Denise Martin in China), both women over 40 that reached at least Day 38 (Stapley however reached Day 39 and won).
- Both seasons currently hold records concerning the average age of the Final Three, as Philippines has the oldest while China has the youngest.
- Both seasons had "hidden in plain sight" Hidden Immunity Idols that are both plaque-shaped.
- According to Coby Archa, this season was originally going to be a season featuring Redemption Island (twist) with female returnees, but due to one of the returnees not being able to participate, the idea was scrapped.
- The tribe colors, red, blue and yellow appeared to be a reference to the colors of the Philippine flag. Furthermore, several promotional clips feature the eight-rayed sun which prominently featured in the flag.
- This season is the first season since Survivor: Cook Islands to feature more than 2 starting tribes.
- This season's Buffs are the first to sport the new Buff logo.
- This season's starting tribes, Matsing, Kalabaw, and Tandang, are named after animals; namely, the monkey, the water buffalo, and the rooster, respectively.
- Coincidentally, all three returning players were evacuated in their respective season's sixth episodes.
- This is the first season to have a male voted off first since Jon Dalton was voted off first in Survivor: Micronesia.
- Oddly, Zane and Jon are both from Danville, Virginia.
- This is the first season with more than two tribes with two independent tribal Immunity Idols. Previous seasons with the same format (Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Cook Islands) had tribes sharing one idol, which was split into multiple parts.
- This season's theme is inspired by the Maranao, a predominantly Muslim region in the southern Philippines. The Tribal Council set is inspired by the Maranao people's elaborate wooden houses.
- This season's Immunity Idol is the Sarimanok, a multicolored fowl in Filipino mythology (sari, an item of clothing, and manok meaning "chicken"), and an ubiquitous symbol of the Maranao people's arts and culture.
- This season's Hidden Immunity Idol is actually the handle of the tribes' rice box, while its clue is nestled inside the rice box.
- The Filipino version of Survivor is also named Survivor Philippines (sans colon).
- Like Survivor: All-Stars, the only other season to begin with three tribes, the first two people eliminated from the season are from the same tribe, which was later dissolved.
- This season is the first season with exactly three returning players.
- This season marks only the second time in Survivor history that a tribe dwindled to two members, the other time being Survivor: Palau.
- Matsing became the first tribe to win zero challenges.
- This is the first season to feature a castaway who quit the game due to medical reasons.
- This season's three returning players have reached different stages in the game:
- This is the first season since Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where the Merged tribe didn't start at 12 members.
- This is the first season to ever have tribes merge at 11.
- This is the first time a tribe (Tandang) made it all the way to the Merge without going to Tribal Council.
- As such, the six original members of Tandang broke the record of days played before attending their first Tribal Council that had stood since Marquesas.
- This is the first season in which every pre-Merge vote was unanimous.
- This season has more unanimous tribal council votes than any other season, with 9.
- The three returning players did not have votes cast against them in the season they were evacuated.
- Jonathan Penner had votes against him in Cook Islands, not Micronesia.
- This is the seventh season to feature red and yellow starting tribes following Survivor: Africa, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Vanuatu, Survivor: Cook Islands, Survivor: China, and Survivor: Gabon.
- This makes red and yellow the most common starting tribe color.
- This is the first season in which the first member of the Jury finished in 11th place.
- This is the first season since Survivor: Gabon where the finalists aren't all from the same original tribe.
- This is the second season where all members of the Final Three received votes. The first being Survivor: China.
- This is also the second season since Survivor: Fiji where two members of the Final Three received the same amount of Jury votes.
- This season has the oldest Final Two/Three out of any season, with an average age of 46.67, the youngest being 41 (Denise), the oldest being 50 (Skupin) and the middle being 49 (Lisa).
- This season is the first season in which no castaway received more than 5 votes against them at a single Tribal Council.
- However, Denise received 6 votes to win at the Final Tribal Council.
- During the reunion show, Russell and Angie were not seated in the order of their elimination.
- This is the first time that both Runners-Up both had zero votes against them and the same amount of Jury votes.
- This is the third season in a row to feature a female winner from a blue tribe (following Upolu's Sophie Clarke from Survivor: South Pacific and Salani's Kim Spradlin from Survivor: One World).
- Had Matsing not lost all the immunity challenges, it was revealed that Kalabaw would have been the tribe dismantled, as the challenge crew had set up the two tribe challenges for Tandang and Matsing.
- The font used for this season's tribe names is Nuku Nuku.
- No one was ever voted off by receiving more than five votes. In fact, five different players were voted off by receiving five votes at a Tribal Council: Zane, Dawson, Jeff, Artis, and Carter.
- Had Jonathan not used his Hidden Immunity Idol on Not the Only Actor on This Island, it would've been six contestants voted off by five votes
- This is the first season since Survivor: Heroes vs Villains where the person that won the final immunity challenge failed to win the season.
- This is the first season featuring hidden immunity idols in which more than two of them are in play with three; one is hidden at each starting camp.
- It would later be followed by Survivor: Cagayan.
- This is the only season filmed in the Philippines without a purple-colored tribe.
- This is the only season where 15 contestants make their Survivor debut.
- This is the first season with 3 tribes to have Hidden Immunity Idols.
- This is the only season with 4 alliances (Tandang, Matsing, Kalabaw, and Fulcrum).
- ↑ Dehnart, Andy (March 27, 2012). "Start of filming on Survivor 25 confirmed". Reality Blurred. http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/survivor_philippines/2012_Mar_27_filming-begins. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- ↑ "'Survivor' host in Phl for 25th season shoot". The Philippine Star. May 19, 2012. http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=808614&publicationSubCategoryId=68. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- ↑ "'Survivor: Philippines' announced in series finale". ABS-CBN News. May 14, 2012. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/05/14/12/survivor-philippines-announced-series-finale. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- ↑ Ross, Dalton (May 13, 2012). "'Survivor: Philippines': Jeff Probst explains the big twist for next season". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/13/survivor-philippines-jeff-probst-twist/. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- ↑ Holmes, Gordon (August 20, 2012). "What’s New for ‘Survivor: Philippines’?". Xfinity. http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/08/20/whats-new-for-survivor-philippines/. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- ↑ Aguilar, Ephraim (July 5, 2008). "4th-class town well on the way to celeb status". Philippine Daily Inquirer. http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view/20080508-135285/4th-class-town-well-on-the-way-to-celeb-status. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
|Survivor (US) Seasons|
Borneo · The Australian Outback · Africa · Marquesas · Thailand · The Amazon · Pearl Islands · All-Stars · Vanuatu · Palau · Guatemala · Panama · Cook Islands · Fiji · China · Micronesia · Gabon · Tocantins · Samoa · Heroes vs. Villains · Nicaragua · Redemption Island · South Pacific · One World · Philippines · Caramoan · Blood vs. Water · Cagayan · San Juan del Sur