Pagong is a tribe from Survivor: Borneo.

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.

Members

B.B. Andersen
64, Mission Hills, KS
Real estate developer
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Colleen Haskell
23, Miami Beach, FL
Student
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Gervase Peterson
30, Willingboro, NJ
YMCA basketball coach
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Greg Buis
24, Gold Hill, CO
Ivy League graduate
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Gretchen Cordy
38, Clarksville, TN
Teacher
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Jenna Lewis
22, Franklin, NH
Student
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Joel Klug
27, Sherwood, AR
Health club consultant
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Ramona Gray
29, Edison, NJ
Biochemist
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Tribe History

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.

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Trivia

  • 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.[1]
  • 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.

References

Survivor (U.S.) Tribes
Borneo The Australian Outback Africa Marquesas
Pagong Tagi Kucha Ogakor Boran Samburu Maraamu Rotu
Rattana Barramundi Moto Maji Soliantu
Thailand The Amazon Pearl Islands All-Stars
Chuay Gahn Sook Jai Jaburu Tambaqui Drake Morgan The Outcasts Chapera Mogo Mogo Saboga
Chuay Jai Jacaré Balboa Chaboga Mogo
Vanuatu Palau Guatemala Panama
Lopevi Yasur Koror Ulong Nakúm Yaxhá Bayoneta Casaya La Mina Viveros
Alinta Xhakúm Gitanos
Cook Islands Fiji China Micronesia
Aitutaki Manihiki Puka Puka Rarotonga Moto Ravu Fei Long Zhan Hu Airai Malakal
Aitutonga Bula Bula Hae Da Fung Dabu
Gabon Tocantins Samoa Heroes vs. Villains
Fang Kota Jalapao Timbira Foa Foa Galu Heroes Villains
Nobag Forza Aiga Yin Yang
Nicaragua Redemption Island South Pacific One World
Espada La Flor Ometepe Zapatera Savaii Upolu Manono Salani
Libertad Murlonio Te Tuna Tikiano
Philippines Caramoan Blood vs. Water Cagayan
Kalabaw Matsing Tandang Bikal Gota Galang Tadhana Aparri Luzon Solana
Dangrayne Enil Edam Kasama Solarrion
San Juan del Sur Worlds Apart Cambodia Kaôh Rōng
Coyopa Hunahpu Escameca Masaya Nagarote Bayon Ta Keo Angkor Chan Loh Gondol To Tang
Huyopa Merica Orkun Dara
Millennials vs. Gen X Game Changers Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Ghost Island
Takali Vanua Ikabula Mana Nuku Tavua Levu Soko Yawa Malolo Naviti Yanuya
Vinaka Maku Maku Solewa Lavita
David vs. Goliath Edge of Extinction Island of the Idols Winners at War
Jabeni Vuku Tiva Kama Manu Lesu Lairo Vokai Dakal Sele Yara
Kalokalo Vata Lumuwaku Koru
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