Recap: The Amazing Race Philippines, Episode 3 (Leg 1, Day 3)
At Midas Hotel and Casino, Marc & Kat figure out “ASTRODOME” first with Saida & Jervi getting clued in just behind them. They open the clue to find the Road Block.
In this Road Block, teams must head to the basketball court at Cuneta Astrodome where they have to make five baskets from the freethrow line to receive their next clue.
They head to the Astrodome with Boom & Cheng and Crystel & Mykey hot on their heels. The Amigas arrive first and Jervi manages to just beat Marc with the five baskets. They open the next clue and are told to head to Plaza Miranda in Quiapo.
Back at the casino, Dani & Mish set off while Anton & Armand are struggling right beside Sheena & Gee. After coming up with “EDSA SODA” and “EDSA MODA S” and “RODEO,” they finally put together “ASTRODOME.” After the Del Ro Bros helped them at the yachts, Sheena & Gee return the favor by giving them the answer. The guys in turn give LJ & CJ the answer. Ed & Angel are close behind.
Pamela & Vanessa and Fausto & Dayal are still bringing up the rear, but the in-laws get “ASTRODOME” first, leaving the housewives struggling in last over whether or not the word is in Tagalog or English.
At Cuneta, Boom & Cheng finish the Road Block as the other teams arrive. Mish uses her bball experience to quickly go 5 for 5.
Marc & Kat and Saida & Jervi arrive at Quiapo where they must gather 12 people and teach them to sing a Filipino version of the “BINGO” song. They will only receive their next clue when the judge approves of the performance.
Both teams have trouble trying to gather reluctant locals who aren’t willing if there’s no money involved. Saida & Jervi decide to give out P10 and P20 to those who participate. But after they’ve handed out the money, some of the people disappear. When both teams finally gather enough people, nobody has any idea how to sing the Tagalog version to the original tune.
Back at Cuneta, Crystel makes her baskets with Anton right behind her. Ed, meanwhile, struggles at the line.
A little bit better with pacing this episode. But now Derek’s hosting delivery feels a little off. I think part of it is the awkward Tagalog. At some parts it feels a little forced, both on Derek’s part and the clue writers’ part. We can get into a whole discussion about Tagalog vs. English on Philippine TV. But here, I think they could just as well have more clues and Derek’s spiels in English instead.
Speaking of awkward English, this is the first time I’ve heard the Tagalog version of “B-I-N-G-O.” Is it well known? Because I can’t figure out the tune to it either. It certainly doesn’t easily slip into the original melody.
The Road Block, wow, that was… I don’t know what to say really. That was definitely not creative or challenging. Granted, not everyone can play basketball (myself included). But I guess coupled with all the other tasks in this first leg alone and the teams stressing over every little thing, it makes up for it.
AMAZING RACE BACCARAT Midas Hotel & Casino
Who did the Road Block? Sino ang pwedeng mag-shoot? / Who can shoot?
In order of completion; Italics indicate who did the Road Block 0 Saida Jervi1 1Marc Kat 0 0 Cheng Boom1 0 Dani Mish1 0 Mykey Crystel1 1Anton Armand 0
Not yet completed 1Sheena Gee 0 1LJ CJ 0 0 Angel Ed1 0 Vanessa Pamela 0 0 Fausto Dayal 0
Quotes from Episode 3
Mish: “She wouldn’t even let me pee.” Dani: “I wouldn’t let her go, she was like ‘Don’t you need to pee!? Don’t you need to go or change something!?’ I’m like, ‘NO!'”
Anton: “They got me wearing hot pink with sprinkles on it.”
Pamela: “Hindi, Tagalogin mo prend, kasi Tagalog kasi ang laban eh.” / “No, do it Tagalog gurl, because the fight is in Tagalog.”
Armand: “This guy was only good at soccer really, growing up, you know?” Anton: Armand: “You know, so oh my God. It’s okay, he can do it, I believe in him.”