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This article is about the 25th season of the American version of Survivor. For the Philippine version of the series, see Survivor Philippines.

Survivor: Philippines
Philippines NB
Season 25
Filming Location Caramoan, Camarines Sur,
Bicol Region, Philippines
Season Run September 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012
Filming Dates March 17, 2012 - April 25, 2012
Survivors 18
Winner Denise Stapley
Runner(s)-up Lisa Whelchel
Michael Skupin
Tribes Kalabaw
Returnees Abi-Maria Gomes (31)
Malcolm Freberg (26)
Philippines Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor 25 Philippines Intro ( FULL HD )01:04

Survivor 25 Philippines Intro ( FULL HD )

Series Chronology
Previous Season One World
Next Season Caramoan

Survivor: Philippines is the 25th season of Survivor. It premiered on September 19, 2012, with a 90-minute premiere.

The winner was Denise Stapley after she garnered more Jury votes than returning contestant Michael Skupin and former child star Lisa Whelchel in a 6-1-1 vote.


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.[1] Probst also said that more than 400 locals were hired during shooting.[2]

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.[3][4][5]
  • 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.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Absorbed Tribe Merged Tribe
S25 zane t Zane Knight
28, Danville, VA
Matsing 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S25 roxanne t Roxanne Morris
28, Brooklyn, NY
Matsing 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S25 angie t Angie Layton
20, Provo, UT
Matsing 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
S25 russell t Russell Swan
45, Glenside, PA
Matsing 4th Voted Out
Day 10
S25 dana t Dana Lambert
32, Winston-Salem, NC
Kalabaw Kalabaw Quit
Day 12
S25 dawson t Sarah Dawson
28, Silver Spring, MD
Kalabaw Kalabaw 5th Voted Out
Day 13
S25 katie t Katie Hanson
22, Newark, DE
Kalabaw Kalabaw 6th Voted Out
Day 16
S25 rc t R.C. Saint-Amour
27, New York City, NY
Tandang Tandang Dangrayne 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 19
S25 jeff t Jeff Kent
44, Austin, TX
Kalabaw Kalabaw 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 22
S25 artis t Artis Silvester
53, Terry Town, LA
Tandang Tandang 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 25
S25 pete t Pete Yurkowski
24, Holmdel, NJ
Tandang Tandang 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 27
S25 jonathan t Jonathan Penner
50, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands & Micronesia
Kalabaw Kalabaw 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
S25 carter t Carter Williams
24, Shawnee, KS
Kalabaw Kalabaw 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
S25 abimaria t Abi-Maria Gomes
32, Los Angeles, CA
Tandang Tandang 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
S25 malcolm t Malcolm Freberg
25, Hermosa Beach, CA
Matsing Tandang 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
S25 michael t Michael Skupin
50, White Lake, MI
The Australian Outback
Tandang Tandang Runner-Ups 0
S25 lisa t Lisa Whelchel
49, Dallas, TX
Tandang Tandang 0
S25 denise t Denise Stapley
41, Cedar Rapids, IA
Matsing Kalabaw Sole Survivor 6

Season SummaryEdit

The fifteen new castaways were split into three tribes and then introduced to their final tribe members, three returning castaways that had been medically evacuated from their previous seasons: Michael Skupin was assigned to Tandang, Jonathan Penner to Kalabaw, and Russell Swan to Matsing. Matsing lost the first four Immunity Challenges, leaving only Malcolm Freberg, who had the tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol, and Denise Stapley, his closest ally since the start of the game. After Matsing's dissolution, Malcolm was sent to Tandang and Denise to Kalabaw. Malcolm quickly integrated himself with Tandang's dominant alliance, led by Pete Yurkowski, while Denise aligned with an alliance led by Jeff Kent at Kalabaw, strained by Jeff's desire to eliminate returning players. Jonathan had found Kalabaw's Immunity Idol, using it as leverage to align with Jeff, while Abi-Maria Gomes had located Tandang's.

The tribes merged with Tandang holding the majority. Lisa Whelchel accidentally discovered Malcolm's Hidden Immunity Idol, and promised to keep it a secret if he agreed to take her and Denise to the end of the game. After Jeff and Carter Williams allied with Pete's alliance to vote out the returning players, Jonathan used his Idol to save himself. Lisa revealed the existence of Malcolm's idol to the others in an attempt to blindside him. However, after Malcolm successfully convinced the Tandang alliance that he was planning on playing his Idol, they voted out Jeff instead. Lisa and Michael, on the bottom of the Tandang alliance, eventually flipped sides, working with the remnants of Kalabaw and Matsing to eliminate the other former Tandang members. Soon after, a core alliance of Michael, Lisa, Malcolm, and Denise had formed, systematically eliminating the others.

Despite winning an advantage in the Final Immunity Challenge, Malcolm failed to win immunity and he was subsequently voted out for being the largest Jury threat. All three finalists were berated by the jury at the Final Tribal Council: Lisa for claiming that she could not handle the pressures of the game, Michael for being strategically and socially inept and Denise for being condescending at times. However, Denise's argument, coupled with the fact that she was the first player in Survivor history to attend and survive every Tribal Council in the season proved to be the most effective, and she earned the title of Sole Survivor by a 6-1-1 vote.

Episode GuideEdit

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewership (in millions)[6] Rating/Share (18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops September 19, 2012 Kalabaw1 Zane 5-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
11.37 3.2/10
2 Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights September 26, 2012 Tandang1 Roxanne 4-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
10.31 3.1/9
3 This Isn't a 'We' Game October 3, 2012 Kalabaw1 Angie 3-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
10.38 3.0/9
4 Create a Little Chaos October 10, 2012 Tandang1 Russell 2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 10
9.82 2.8/8
5 Got My Swag Back October 17, 2012 Tandang Tandang Dana No Vote Quit
Day 12
10.43 2.8/8
Dawson 5-1 5th Voted Out
Day 13
6 Down and Dirty October 24, 2012 Kalabaw2 Tandang Katie 4-1 6th Voted Out
Day 16
10.23 2.8/8
7 Not the Only Actor on This Island October 31, 2012 None Denise R.C. 4-2-03 7th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 19
9.83 2.5/8
8 Dead Man Walking November 7, 2012 Denise, Jeff,
Jonathan, Lisa,
Jonathan Jeff 5-4-1 8th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 22
10.31 2.8/8
9 Little Miss Perfect November 14, 2012 Carter, Denise,
Michael Artis 5-4 9th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 25
10.06 2.6/8
10 Whiners Are Wieners November 21, 2012 Abi-Maria,
Malcolm, Pete
Carter Pete 3-2-04 10th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 27
9.37 2.3/8
11 Hell Hath Frozen Over November 28, 2012 Survivor
Abi-Maria Jonathan 4-3 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 30
10.37 2.7/8
12 Shot into Smithereens December 5, 2012 Malcolm
[Lisa, Michael]
Malcolm Carter 5-1 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
10.64 2.9/8
13 Gouge My Eyes Out December 12, 2012 Michael
[Lisa, Malcolm]
Malcolm Abi-Maria 4-1 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 36
10.37 2.8/8
14 Million Dollar Question December 16, 2012 Malcolm Michael Malcolm 3-1 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
11.46 3.2/8
Reunion Show Jury Vote Michael 6-1-1 Runners-Up N/A N/A
Denise Sole Survivor


^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.

Voting HistoryEdit

Survivor: Philippines Voting History
Original Tribes Absorbed Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Eliminated: S25 zane t
S25 roxanne t
S25 angie t
S25 russell t
S25 dana t
S25 dawson t
S25 katie t
S25 rc t
S25 jeff t
S25 artis t
S25 pete t
S25 jonathan t
S25 carter t
S25 abimaria t
S25 malcolm t
S25 michael t
S25 lisa t
S25 denise t
Vote: 5-1 4-1 3-1 2-1 No Vote 5-1 4-1 4-2-0 5-4-1 5-4 3-2-0 4-3 5-1 4-1 3-1 6-1-1
Denise Zane Roxanne Angie Russell Dawson Katie Jonathan Pete Artis Abi-Maria Jonathan Carter Abi-Maria Malcolm Jury Vote
Lisa Jonathan Jeff Jonathan Abi-Maria Jonathan Carter Abi-Maria Malcolm
Michael Jonathan Jeff Artis Abi-Maria Jonathan Carter Abi-Maria Malcolm
Malcolm Zane Roxanne Angie Russell Jonathan Pete Artis Pete Jonathan Carter Abi-Maria Denise Denise
Abi-Maria Jonathan Jeff Jonathan Malcolm Denise Carter Denise Denise
Carter Dawson Katie R.C. Pete Artis Pete Denise Abi-Maria Michael
Jonathan Dawson Katie Pete Abi-Maria Artis Pete Denise Denise
Pete R.C. Jeff Jonathan Malcolm Denise
Artis R.C. Jeff Jonathan Denise
Jeff Dawson Katie R.C. Pete Denise
R.C. Pete Lisa
Katie Dawson Jonathan
Dawson Denise
Dana Quit
Russell Zane Roxanne Angie Malcolm
Angie Zane Roxanne Russell
Roxanne Zane Angie
Zane Russell


  • In Episode 5, Dana elected to quit the game. No vote occurred for her removal.
  • In Episode 7, Jonathan used a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore any votes cast against him were nullified.
  • In Episode 10, Abi-Maria used a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore any votes cast against her were nullified.


  • The United States is the seventh country to host a Survivor season in Caramoan, following India, Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel, Sweden and France.[7]
  • 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.
  • 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 to have two independent Tribal Immunity Idols. Previous seasons with the same format (Survivor: All-StarsSurvivor: Panama and Survivor: Cook Islands) had all tribes sharing one Tribal Immunity Idol.
  • This is the first season with more than two tribes to have a Hidden Immunity Idol assigned to each camp.
    • All-Stars had no Hidden Immunity Idols, while Panama and Cook Islands each had only one Hidden Immunity Idol up for grabs between four tribes.
  • 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 boxes, while its clue is nestled inside the rice box.
  • This season marks only the second time in Survivor history that a tribe dwindled to two members, the other time being Survivor: Palau.
    • Keeping in mind that Ulong was a tribe of 9, and Matsing was only a tribe of 6.
  • Matsing became the first tribe to win zero challenges.
    • Keeping in mind that immunities and rewards were combined challenges; therefore, only having 4 opportunities for victory.
  • This is the first season to have a 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 season has more unanimous 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, but not Micronesia.
  • 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.
    • In Survivor: Fiji, Cassandra and Dreamz tied at 0 votes each.
  • This season has the oldest set of finalists out of any season, with an average age of 46.67, the youngest being Denise at 41, the oldest being Skupin at 50, and the middle being Lisa at 49.
  • This is the first time that both runners-up had zero votes against them and the same amount of Jury votes.
  • The font used for this season's tribe names is Nuku Nuku.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where the person that won the Final Immunity Challenge failed to win the season.


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