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The first season of the Philippine version of Survivor.

The Sole Survivor of the season was J.C. Tiuseco, winning a 7-2 vote (including the fan vote), over Rob Sy.


The inaugural season was set in Ko Tarutao, Thailand, the same place where the fifth American season, Survivor: Thailand, was filmed, with Paolo Bediones as the host. Though the season was advertised to have only 16 castaways, it was later expanded to 18. The castaways were initially divided into two tribes sorted by gender, Jarakay and Naak, Thai words for crocodile and snake respectively, though no Buffs were handed. In a twist, the Buffs were given out at the first Immunity Challenge, where a surprise Tribe Switch occurred.

After the merge, a "Black Pearl" was in play, where the eliminated castaway would hand out a large black ball to one of the remaining castaways, effectively giving that player a vote at the next Tribal Council. The only way to negate the effects of the Black Pearl was to win individual immunity.

The final twist of the season, a fan vote, was counted as the ninth jury vote. The voting period immediately began during the airing of the Final Tribal Council, citing that the show, being a Monday-to-Friday series unlike its American counterpart, its viewers had relatively more opportunity to get to know the cast.


  • Men vs. Women: The castaways were initially divided into tribes based on gender. Jarakay​ consisted of all men, while Naak​ was composed of all women. However, this twist did not last long as a Tribe Switch occurred on Day 3 just before the first Immunity Challenge.
  • Tribe Switch: In a first for any Survivor franchise, there was a Tribe Switch on Day 3 prior to the first Immunity Challenge, with five women moving to Jarakay and five men moving to Naak.
  • Double Elimination: On Day 9, a twist instructed the losing tribe to vote out a second castaway after the first, all occurring at a single Tribal Council.
  • Kidnapping: The tribe who won the Reward Challenge on Day 10 had the advantage of kidnapping a member from the opposing tribe, and the abductee would stay there for a day. If the abductee's tribe loses the next Immunity Challenge, he/she would be abstained from Tribal Council, could not vote and be voted out.
  • Black and White Pearls: During the merge stage, the person voted out, before having his/her torch snuffed out, will receive either one or both of the Pearls and give each Pearl to one of the remaining castaways. The castaway who receives the Black Pearl gets one vote in the following Tribal Council, as long as they are can have votes count against them. In-case the Black Pearl is lost, the holder would then receive two votes. On the other hand, the White Pearl will have one vote subtracted from the count in the receiver's favor in the next Tribal Council, should at least one such vote come up.
  • Public Vote: In addition to the eight jury members, an additional jury vote will be cast by television viewers through text, in which the finalist with the higher number of text votes will be given 1 additional jury vote, possibly to break a tie.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
SP1 chev t.jpg Chev Macias
26, Iloilo City
Naak Naak 1st Voted Out
Day 3
SP1 emerson t.jpg Emerson Dino
31, Caloocan
Jarakay Naak 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
SP1 gigit t.jpg Gigit Sulit
48, Quezon City
Jarakay Jarakay 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
SP1 patani t.jpg Patani Dano
20, Talisay, Cebu
Naak Jarakay 4th Voted Out
Day 9
SP1 nina t.jpg Nina Ortiz
40, Quezon City
Naak Jarakay Quit
Day 11
SP1 vevherly t.jpg Vevherly Gador
20, Alcantara, Cebu
Naak Naak 5th Voted Out
Day 12
SP1 john t.jpg John Lopez
27, Bicol
Jarakay Jarakay 6th Voted Out
Day 15
SP1 nikki t.jpg Nikki Dacullo
21, Tacloban
Naak Jarakay 7th Voted Out
Day 18
SP1 jace t.jpg Jace Flores
19, Hawaii, USA
Jarakay Jarakay Chalam 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
SP1 kiko t.jpg Kiko Rustia
27, Quezon City
Jarakay Naak 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
SP1 veronica t.jpg Veronica Domingo
29, Cavite
Naak Jarakay 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
SP1 marlon t.jpg Marlon Carmen
31, Parañaque
Jarakay Jarakay 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
SP1 kaye t.jpg Kaye Alipio
20, Calamba, Laguna
Naak Naak 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 32
SP1 zita t.jpg Zita Ortiga
43, Pasay
Naak Naak 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 35
SP1 cris t.jpg Cris Cartagenas
30, Manila
Jarakay Naak 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
SP1 charisse t.jpg Charisse Yacapin
27, Makati
Naak Jarakay 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
SP1 rob t.jpg Rob Sy
30, Davao City
Jarakay Naak Runner-Up 6
SP1 jc t.jpg J.C. Tiuseco
23, Manila
Jarakay Naak Sole Survivor 2

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Voting History

Survivor Philippines: Season 1 Voting History
Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribes
Cycle # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Finale
Voted Off: SP1 chev t.jpg
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Vote: 8-1 6-1-1 8-1 3-2-2-1 No vote1 5-1 5-1 4-1 6-4 5-4 5-4 6-1-1 4-1 3-1-1-0 3-1 1-0 4 7-25
JC Chev Emerson Vevherly Jace Marlon Veronica Marlon Kaye Zita Cris None Jury Vote
Rob Chev Emerson Vevherly Jace Marlon Veronica Marlon Kaye Zita Cris Charisse
Charisse Gigit John John Nikki Kiko Kiko Rob Marlon Kaye Zita Cris None JC
Cris Chev Emerson Vevherly Jace Kiko Veronica Marlon Charisse Rob JC JC
Zita Chev Emerson Vevherly Jace Marlon Veronica Marlon Kaye JC Rob
Kaye Chev Emerson Vevherly Jace Kiko Veronica Marlon Charisse Cris (x2)3 JC
Marlon Gigit Patani John Nikki Kiko Kiko Rob Cris JC
Veronica Gigit Nina John Nikki Kiko Kiko Rob Charisse Rob
Kiko Chev Emerson Kidnapped2 Jace Marlon Rob JC
Jace Gigit Nina John Nikki Kiko JC
Nikki Gigit Patani John Veronica
John Gigit Patani Nikki
Vevherly Chev Emerson Rob
Nina Gigit Nikki Quit
Patani Gigit Nikki
Gigit Patani
Emerson Chev Vevherly
Chev Kaye

^1 Nina quit due to a fractured toe.
^2 Kiko was abducted from his tribe, rendering him immune from Tribal Council.
^3 Cris did not bring the Cursed Pearl to Tribal Council, so he received two votes instead of one. However, these votes were nullified because he won immunity.
^4 JC and Charisse did not vote as they could only vote for each other. By virtue of winning the Final Immunity Challenge, only Rob voted.
^5 The 9th juror vote was decided by the viewing public. JC won this vote by 93% to Rob's 7%.


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