Survivor: Philippines is the twenty-fifth season of Survivor. It premiered on September 19, 2012, with a 90-minute premiere. The season featured fifteen new players and three returning players who had been medically evacuated in previous seasons. It would ultimately feature one quit for medical reasons, and has to date produced three returning players (Abi-Maria Gomes, Denise Stapley, and Malcolm Freberg) for subsequent seasons.
The most significant early-game development was the almost unprecedented futility of the Matsing tribe, which lost the first four straight Immunity Challenges. The only two players to survive the annihilation of Matsing were Denise and Malcolm, both of whom would go on to skillfully navigate the post-merge power struggle between the former Kalabaw and Tandang tribes in order to stave off elimination. Key power players from Kalabaw (including Jeff Kent and Jonathan Penner) and from Tandang (Pete Yurkowski and Abi-Maria) all failed to make the Final Four, which was instead occupied by Malcolm, Denise, and Tandang defectors Michael Skupin and Lisa Whelchel. Denise would ultimately become the Sole Survivor in a 6-1-1 vote over Lisa and Michael.
In an interview, Jeff Probst revealed that filming of this season wrapped up while Survivor: One World was still airing. Furthermore, the 26th season will also be filmed in the Philippines, where the Survivor Production Team will stay up until August. Probst also said that more than 400 locals were hired during shooting.
The Production's Marine Department used 30 boats for water transport, with 15 from the Production Team, and another 15 were boats hired from locals.
- Three Tribes: For the first time since Survivor: All-Stars, three tribes will compete starting at the beginning of the season. Also, for the first time since Survivor: Cook Islands, the season starts out with more than two rival tribes.
- Returning Players: Three returning players are going to return to compete with a new batch of castaways. These returnees are former contestants who were medically evacuated from their respective seasons.
- Hidden Immunity Idol: Similar to Survivor: China, the idols will be "hidden" in plain sight, with a clue hidden in the bottom of each tribe's rice. For the first time in Survivor history, three idols would be in play at the same time. There will be three idols, one at each camp. The idol is resting on top of the rice lid, disguised as a handle.
- Tribe Absorption: On Day 11, the two remaining members of the Matsing tribe were absorbed in to the other two tribes.
- Merge at 11: For the first time in Survivor history, the merge commenced with eleven players remaining, unlike the usual 10 or 12.
- New Jury/Final Few Composition: This season is the first time to feature a Final Three with an eight-person jury.
|Original Tribe||Absorbed Tribe||Merged Tribe|
28, Danville, VA
|Matsing|| 1st Voted Out|
27, Brooklyn, NY
|Matsing|| 2nd Voted Out|
20, Provo, UT
|Matsing|| 3rd Voted Out|
45, Glenside, PA
|Matsing|| 4th Voted Out|
32, Winston-Salem, NC
28, Silver Spring, MD
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 5th Voted Out|
22, Newark, DE
Former Miss Delaware
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 6th Voted Out|
26, New York City, NY
|Tandang||Tandang||Dangrayne|| 7th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
44, Austin, TX
Retired MLB Player
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 8th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
52, Terrytown, LA
|Tandang||Tandang|| 9th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
24, Holmdel, NJ
|Tandang||Tandang|| 10th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
50, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands & Micronesia
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 11th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
24, Shawnee, KS
|Kalabaw||Kalabaw|| 12th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
32, Los Angeles, CA
|Tandang||Tandang|| 13th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
24, Hermosa Beach, CA
|Matsing||Tandang|| 14th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
48, Dallas, TX
Former TV Teen Star
50, White Lake, MI
The Australian Outback
41, Cedar Rapids, IA
The fifteen new castaways were split into three tribes and then introduced to their final tribe members, three returning castaways that had been medically evacuated from their previous seasons: Michael Skupin was assigned to Tandang, Jonathan Penner to Kalabaw, and Russell Swan to Matsing. Matsing lost the first four Immunity Challenges, leaving only Malcolm Freberg, who had the tribe's Hidden Immunity Idol, and Denise Stapley, his closest ally since the start of the game.
After Matsing's dissolution, Malcolm was sent to Tandang and Denise to Kalabaw. Malcolm quickly integrated himself with Tandang's dominant alliance, led by Pete Yurkowski, while Denise aligned with an alliance led by Jeff Kent at Kalabaw, strained by Jeff's desire to eliminate returning players. Jonathan had found Kalabaw's Hidden Immunity Idol, using it as leverage to align with Jeff, while Abi-Maria Gomes had located Tandang's.
The tribes merged with Tandang holding the majority. Lisa Whelchel accidentally discovered Malcolm's Hidden Immunity Idol, and promised to keep it a secret if he agreed to take her and Denise to the end of the game. At the start of the merge, Pete's alliance took control and targeted the returning players, but Jonathan used his Idol to save himself. Lisa revealed the existence of Malcolm's idol to the others in an attempt to blindside him. However, after Malcolm successfully convinced the Tandang alliance that he was planning on playing his Idol, they voted out Jeff instead. Lisa and Michael, on the bottom of the Tandang alliance, eventually flipped sides, working with the remnants of Kalabaw and Matsing to eliminate the other former Tandang members. Soon after, a core alliance of Michael, Lisa, Malcolm, and Denise had formed, systematically eliminating the others. Despite winning an advantage in the Final Immunity Challenge, Malcolm failed to win immunity and he was subsequently voted out for being the largest jury threat.
All three finalists were berated by the jury at the Final Tribal Council: Lisa for claiming that she could not handle the pressures of the game, Michael for being strategically and socially inept and Denise for being condescending at times. However, Denise's argument, coupled with the fact that she was the first player in Survivor history to attend and survive every Tribal Council in the season proved to be the most convincing, which earned her the title of Sole Survivor by a 6-1-1 vote.
|Episode||Air date||Challenges|| Eliminated|
|1||"Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops"||September 19, 2012||Kalabaw1|| Zane|
| 1st Voted Out|
|2||"Don't Be Blinded by the Headlights"||September 26, 2012||Tandang1|| Roxy|
| 2nd Voted Out|
|3||"This Isn't a 'We' Game"||October 3, 2012||Kalabaw1|| Angie|
| 3rd Voted Out|
|4||"Create a Little Chaos"||October 10, 2012||Tandang1|| Russell|
| 4th Voted Out|
|5||"Got My Swag Back"||October 17, 2012||Tandang||Tandang|| Dana|
| 5th Voted Out|
|6||"Down and Dirty"||October 24, 2012||Kalabaw2||Tandang|| Katie|
| 6th Voted Out|
|7||"Not the Only Actor on This Island"||October 31, 2012||None||Denise|| RC|
| 7th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|8||"Dead Man Walking"||November 7, 2012|| Denise,|
| 8th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|9||"Little Miss Perfect"||November 14, 2012|| Carter,|
| 9th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
|10||"Whiners Are Wieners"||November 21, 2012|| Abi-Maria,|
| 10th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
|11||"Hell Hath Frozen Over"||November 28, 2012|| Survivor|
| 11th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|12||"Shot into Smithereens"||December 5, 2012|| Malcolm|
| 12th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
|13||"Gouge My Eyes Out"||December 12, 2012|| Michael|
| 13th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
|14||"Million Dollar Question"||December 16, 2012||Malcolm||Michael|| Malcolm|
| 14th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
|Jury Vote|| Michael|
|Survivor: Philippines Voting History|
|Original Tribes||Absorbed Tribes||Merged Tribe|
|Voted out:|| |
|►►||Denise||Zane||Roxy||Angie||Russell||—||Dawson||Katie|| ||Pete||Artis|| ||Jonathan||Carter||Abi-Maria||Malcolm||Jury Vote|
|►►||Lisa||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|| ||Jeff||Jonathan|| ||Jonathan||Carter||Abi-Maria||Malcolm|
|►►||Michael||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|| ||Jeff||Artis|| ||Jonathan||Carter||Abi-Maria||Malcolm|
- The United States is the seventh country to host a Survivor season in Caramoan, following India, Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel, Sweden, and France.
- The tribe colors, red, blue, and yellow appeared to be a reference to the colors of the Philippine flag. Furthermore, several promotional clips feature the eight-rayed sun which prominently featured in the flag.
- This season is the first season since Survivor: Cook Islands to feature more than 2 starting tribes.
- Coincidentally, all three returning players were evacuated in their respective season's sixth episodes.
- This is the first season to have a male voted off first since Jon Dalton was voted off first in Survivor: Micronesia. Interestingly, Zane and Jon are both from Danville, Virginia.
- This is the first season with more than two tribes to have two independent tribal Immunity Idols. Previous seasons with the same format (Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Panama, and Survivor: Cook Islands) had all tribes sharing one tribal Immunity Idol.
- This is the first season with more than two tribes to have a Hidden Immunity Idol assigned to each camp.
- All-Stars had no Hidden Immunity Idols, while Panama and Cook Islands each had only one Hidden Immunity Idol up for grabs between four tribes.
- This season's theme is inspired by the Maranao, a predominantly Muslim region in the southern Philippines. The Tribal Council set is inspired by the Maranao people's elaborate wooden houses. This season's Immunity Idol is the Sarimanok, a multicolored fowl in Filipino mythology (sari, an item of clothing, and manok meaning "chicken"), and an ubiquitous symbol of the Maranao people's arts and culture.
- This season's Hidden Immunity Idol is actually the handle of the tribes' rice boxes, while its clue is nestled inside the rice box.
- This season marks only the second time in Survivor history that a tribe dwindled to two members, the other time being Survivor: Palau.
- Matsing became the first tribe to win zero challenges.
- Keeping in mind that immunities and rewards were combined challenges; therefore, only having 4 opportunities for victory.
- This is the first season to have a merge at 11.
- This is the first time a tribe (Tandang) made it all the way to the merge without going to Tribal Council. As such, the six original members of Tandang broke the record of days played before attending their first Tribal Council that had stood since Survivor: Marquesas.
- The three returning players did not have votes cast against them in the season they were evacuated. Jonathan Penner had votes against him in Cook Islands, but not Micronesia.
- This is the first season since Survivor: Gabon where the finalists aren't all from the same original tribe.
- This is the second season where all members of the Final Three received votes, the first being Survivor: China.
- This is also the second season since Survivor: Fiji where two members of the Final Three received the same amount of jury votes.
- This season has the oldest set of finalists out of any season, with an average age of 46.67, the youngest being Denise at 41, the oldest being Michael at 50, and the middle being Lisa at 49.
- This is the first time that both runners-up had zero votes against them and the same amount of jury votes.
- The font used for this season's tribe names is Nuku Nuku.
- This is the first season since Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains where the person that won the Final Immunity Challenge failed to win the season.
- Along with Survivor: One World, this was the first season to be released on Blu-ray.
- ↑ http://deadline.com/2013/05/tv-season-series-rankings-2013-full-list-506970/
- ↑ Dehnart, Andy (March 27, 2012). "Start of filming on Survivor 25 confirmed". Reality Blurred. http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/survivor_philippines/2012_Mar_27_filming-begins. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- ↑ "'Survivor' host in Phl for 25th season shoot". The Philippine Star. May 19, 2012. http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=808614&publicationSubCategoryId=68. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- ↑ "'Survivor: Philippines' announced in series finale". ABS-CBN News. May 14, 2012. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/05/14/12/survivor-philippines-announced-series-finale. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- ↑ Ross, Dalton (May 13, 2012). "'Survivor: Philippines': Jeff Probst explains the big twist for next season". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/13/survivor-philippines-jeff-probst-twist/. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- ↑ Holmes, Gordon (August 20, 2012). "What's New for 'Survivor: Philippines'?". Xfinity. http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/08/20/whats-new-for-survivor-philippines/. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- ↑ http://www.spottedratings.com/2012/09/spotvault-survivor-cbs-philippines-fall.html
- ↑ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/sdsdskdh279882992z1/tv-ratings-sunday-survivor-finale-up-from-last-year-bachelorette-special-flops/162035/
- ↑ Aguilar, Ephraim (July 5, 2008). "4th-class town well on the way to celeb status". Philippine Daily Inquirer. http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view/20080508-135285/4th-class-town-well-on-the-way-to-celeb-status. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
|Survivor (US) Seasons|
Borneo • The Australian Outback • Africa • Marquesas • Thailand • The Amazon • Pearl Islands • All-Stars • Vanuatu • Palau • Guatemala • Panama • Cook Islands • Fiji • China • Micronesia • Gabon • Tocantins • Samoa • Heroes vs. Villains • Nicaragua • Redemption Island • South Pacific • One World • Philippines • Caramoan • Blood vs. Water • Cagayan • San Juan del Sur • Worlds Apart • Cambodia • Kaôh Rōng • Millennials vs. Gen X • Game Changers • Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers • Ghost Island • David vs. Goliath • Edge of Extinction • Island of the Idols • Winners at War