Although relatively younger and physically stronger compared to their rivals, Pagong became infamous for its strategic failure before and after the merge, as the concept of alliances was not yet universal in the series. Their extinction coined the term "Pagonging". Their tribe color is yellow.
Upon reaching the shore, tempers flared early on as B.B. rubbed his tribemates the wrong way as he asserted his work ethic to them. Despite this, Pagong rallied on to win the first challenge, winning 50 waterproof matches and Immunity.
Frictions continued over next few days as B.B. continued to push his work ethic to his tribemates, particularly Ramona, who was sick and could not muster up enough strength to rise up to B.B.'s expectations. After losing the Day 6 Immunity Challenge, B.B. already resigned into going home, and the tribe gave him his wish by voting him out, 6-2.
After B.B.'s elimination, Gretchen took over the leadership position which was relatively well-received, despite some minor arguments. On Day 7, while foraging the jungle for tapioca, Greg, Gretchen, and Colleen stumbled upon a mud volcano. This new attraction became the special bonding place of the tribe. This allowed Pagong to arrive at the next Reward Challenge with a rather jovial mood, albeit not winning the challenge.
Ramona had been sick and pale early in the game, worrying her tribemates. Though she redeemed herself by dominating the Day 12 Immunity Challenge, the tribe lost, and her newfound strength was not enough to save her, and she was next to go with a 4-2-1 vote.
Despite their close bond as a tribe, conflicts continued to plague the tribe. The worst one was when Gervase and Joel blurted sexist remarks against their female tribemates. When the tribe lost by a hair in the sixth Immunity Challenge, the women of Pagong made a pact against Gervase and Joel. During their third Tribal Council, the three girls, plus Greg, eliminated Joel in a 4-2 vote.
On Day 20, Pagong and the rival Tagi tribe were merged into one tribe. The remaining Pagongs migrated to Tagi's beach for the rest of the game.
After the merge, the five remaining members of Pagong fell victim to the Tagi Alliance, consisting of four of five members of the rival team.
- Pagong is the first tribe to win a challenge.
- Pagong is the first yellow tribe in Survivor history.
- Due to Pagong's subsequent failure after the merge, being systematically eliminated over the next six episodes, fans introduced a new word into the Survivor jargon: "Pagonging", which describes a post-merge situation of one tribe dominating the other tribe by systematically voting them out, until they are all eliminated from the game.
- During Pagong's first visit to Tribal Council, they all jokingly voted for host Jeff Probst before casting their real votes, to Probst's chagrin.
- Pagong's beach was larger than the opposing Tagi beach, providing the tribe with more possible places to build a shelter. However, the water near the beach hardly had any fish in it. This, as well as the tribe not taking as good care of their camp as Tagi did with theirs, led to the remaining Pagong members opting to live at Tagi's camp when the merge came. Also, the camp has a nearby mud pit, which was later used in a post-merge challenge.