Leg 12 – “I’m hungry for two million pesos!”
This is really is it! The Final Leg begins as the final three teams must now fly to Naga, Camarines Sur via Manila.
Arriving at 9:30am, teams will choose a marked taxi waiting outside the airport to take them to Camsur Watersports Complex.
Here, teams will find the Road Block: Who won’t be weak in the knees? There is a six Road Block limit on this Race.
For this Road Block, teams will enjoy kneeboarding as they will be pulled along the water course on a kneeboard. If they don’t fall off, they will get the next clue.
Teams will now head to Nalalata Falls in Bula. Both team members must rappel down the falls and look for floating pouches in the lagoon below. Each pouch contains a map and a compass which they must keep safe until further notice.
Teams must now make their way to Lagonoy Municipal Plaza where they will pick-up a bundle of walis tambos to deliver to Gota Village Resort.
After delivering the brooms, teams will be given the next clue.
That clue tells teams to search Gota Beach for 11 plates that represent EACH Leg of the Race.
Once they have all 11 plates, teams will make their way to Matukad Island by motor boat, taking the plates with them.
And here on the Island, teams will find the Final Road Block of the Race. As this is the 12th Road Block of the Race, this task must be completed by the team member with only 5 Road Blocks completed. (Except if a team won the Fast Forward in Dubai.)
For this Final Road Block, teams must arrange the plates they’ve gathered representing each Leg in correct chronological order. Nearby, there is a long table of dozens of different foods from around the world. Teams will need to find the food or drink that they enjoyed in each Leg of the Race:
United Arab Emirates: Dried Limes
United Kingdom: Watermelon
Austria: Apple Strudel
Once teams have all the correct dishes on the corresponding plates, they will get the final clue.
That final clue points teams to the Finish Line on Minalahos Island. To find it, they must refer to the map and use the compass they retrieved at Nalalata Falls. They will then row themselves and park their boats in the marked area on the beach.
The first team to cross the Finish Line will win two brand new 2016 Kia Souls! Two fully furnished house and lot properties from RCD Royale Homes! A Samsung Galaxy package that includes a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Tab and a pair of Gear S watches! A full year of unlimited free minutes, messaging and data from Smart! A trip for four to any country they visited on this Race courtesy of Travelocity! A full year of Jollibee, worldwide! And P2 million courtesy of PLDT Home Telpad!
And the milestone 5th season of The Amazing Race Philippines DryedMangoez Edition is over.
I ended up liking most of these Legs. This is also a pretty ambitious route with no 2-Leg countries. But the European Legs were all traveled by train and no planes, which is kind of like traveling through the same country.
For this Final Leg, I really had trouble finding good locations in the Philippines. There’s just no place that isn’t a beach resort! A Metro Manila Final Leg would be the ultimate logistical challenge. But that’s for another season.
The kneeboarding and waterfall rappelling and walis-delivering are okay, though processional-like tasks.
There has never been a food Final Task, so why not here. The ice from Iceland though is kind of a stretch. lol Especially since it’ll be tough for the ice not to melt on the beach. Lol. The digging for plates should hopefully make for some excitement. And teams then hurriedly going through food under the hot sun on a beach should be fun.
In every other season of TARPHDME, I’ve had Legs where teams get a Pit Stop clue early in the Leg and must keep it safe until they need it. So having that little treasure map in this Final Leg should add some drama and excitement.
And for the Finish Line, the hope is there will be plenty of drama with teams needing to row themselves to the island. But also needing to actually FIND the island first, needing to know which direction to go. Also, they will need to make sure to park their boats in the right place and run along the beach to the platform in the water nearby instead of rowing right to the platform.
But I think this is a fine Final Leg. Best case scenario is teams won’t get caught up with the kneeboarding and all teams will be at the final task at the same time. Make things more exciting!