By definition, an underdog is someone who is usually given little chance of winning a competition. And while it is usually proven to be true, it’s not always the case.
In the history of “The Amazing Race,” there have been instances when an underdog team went on to ultimately win the race.
This was true in the case of Season 2 of “The Amazing Race Asia” when the diminutive pair of Singaporeans Adrian Yap and Collin Row defeated heavy favorites Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez who had won the most pit stops entering the final leg. The fact that Adrian was even hearing-impaired made their victory all the more inspiring.
And possibly one of the reasons why the following five “underdog” teams honestly believe that they have an equal chance of winning the first ever “The Amazing Race Philippines” as everyone else.
With the right combination of smarts, strength and yes, luck, any of these pairs could be the last team standing at the conclusion of the race. Counting out anybody could be a monumental mistake for any of the rival teams.
Let’s see what the rest of “The Amazing Race Philippines” contestants have to offer.
KUMPARES BOOM VERGARA AND CHENG ENRIQUEZ
Both single fathers who ventured overseas to support their families, Boom and Cheng are also avid motorcycle riders who know how to work around the different circumstances they encounter. Not comfortable about making alliances with other teams, the self-proclaimed “Bash Brothers” rely less on athleticism and more on street smarts. They also have an uncanny level of confidence on and off-camera that they believe is more than enough to get them over the humps.
BROTHERS-IN-LAW FAUSTO REYES AND DAYAL CHOWDARY, JR.
If the bold declarations of Fausto and Dayal at the ‘The Amazing Race Philippines” presscon about doing whatever it takes to win is to be believed, then they could be the resident villains of the race. After all, bending the rules is not necessarily breaking them.
The pair believes that having opposite personalities (Dayal is temperamental while Fausto is cool as a cucumber) can actually boost their chances as winning is all just a matter of balancing their good and bad traits.
DATING COUPLE CRYSTEL CASTRO AND MIKEY LACSON
Learning from mistakes is always a good thing. Getting together after coming from failed relationships may be the best thing that ever happened to Crystel and Mykey. Auditioning for “The Amazing Race Philippines” puts their blossoming liaison to its extreme test.
Whether the race puts irreparable damage to their relationship or makes their love for each other even stronger will depend on how well they finish.
ALABANG HOUSEWIVES PAM SPELLA AND VANESSA ISHITANI
If money is not an object, these rich and bored housewives from Alabang can easily buy their way into victory. After all, they offered to buy Derek Ramsay just to make sure he’ll host “The Amazing Race Philippines.”
But the rules of the race require all teams to make the most out of their limited money and that is the biggest challenge for Pam and Vanessa. Considered to be the comic relief of the reality series, these ladies may actually prove naysayers wrong and surprise everyone with a good finish.
FATHER AND DAUGHTER ED AND ANGEL MOVIDO
So what were they thinking? If you ask both Mang Ed and Angel this question, their likely answer would be, they think they can actually win. Mang Ed said he was pretty athletic during his younger years and Angel, a PTV-4 news anchor, added she has no regrets asking her dad to be her partner.
This can only mean the family tandem has more than a few tricks up their sleeve. More than any other pair, they actually have no problem embracing their underdog label. Underestimate them at your own risk.