She says: “My experience in life is being a mother of six children and a teacher whose first assignment as a public school teacher in the farthest barangay was a tough challenge considering that I will leave my family for a whole week everytime. Presently, my assignment is being in charge of the out-of-school adults including illiterates in the whole municipality. Halos lahat ng puwedeng lapitan para matulungan ang mga estudyante, ginagawa ko. Lahat ng trials sa family at work ko hinhaharap ko… I never say quit because I believe na hindi Niya ibibigay sa akin ang mga bagay na alam Niyang hindi ko kayang gawin. Tatag at determinasyon ang aking mga secret weapon.”
Carol Gementiza, a public school teacher for 20 years, is the oldest among the Castaways of Survivor Philippines: Palau.
She said that it was her children that encouraged and motivated her to audition for Survivor Philippines Palau
“Sabi nila sa akin, ang mga ginagawa ko ngayon ay para talagang bagay na bagay sa Survivor Philippines,” Carol said.
Her experience as a teacher taught her patience and perseverance, which would seem enough to make her fit to become a Castaway.
But Carol has also prepared herself to the fact that anything can happen in the game and would do everything she can to win the title of being the first Pinay Sole Survivor.
This gentle giant is a journeyman in the PBA. He is considered lucky charm of every team he played for because those teams always won championships with him on the lineup. Alaska, Ginebra (Gordons), Purefoods, Pop Cola are some of the teams who benefited from his lucky charm. Cris is the darling of the crowd in the PBA.
He says: “Survivor ako dahil gusto kong maibalik ang mga nawala sa akin before, especially money. It’s sad but I know there will be hope na darating for me to build again all my dreams.”
Cris Bolado retired from professional basketball in 2003 because of injury.
Since then, he has kept himself busy coaching in basketball clinics all over the country.
Towering at 6 feet and 6 inches, Cris is the biggest among the second batch of Castaways.
Basketball has instilled in Cris the value of discipline and the dedication to always give 110 percent to the game.
“Kahit sa Survivor Philippines, 110 percent ang dapat na ibigay mo sa laro. Iba siya sa basketball dahil iba-iba ang gagawing challenges at hindi mo talaga malalaman kung ano ang mangyayari pero dapat ibigay mo pa rin lahat,” Cris said.
Cris aspires to bring back everything he has lost after his professional basketball career.
“Gusto kong magsimula ulit at ito ang nakita kong paraan kaya ako sumali sa Survivor Philippines Palau,” he concluded.
Will he crush his co-Castaways or will his gentle heart prevail?
She say: “I’m a real survivor because I am an all-in-one package person who knows my strength and knows when to use it. I am not only physically strong and witty but I know how to deal with different people even in difficult situations and I am able to easily adapt to any environment whether city or island life, making it with full determination.”
As the eldest of seven siblings, Echo Caceres of Sto. Domingo, Albay had to become a breadwinner at a young age.
One of the major challenges her family faced was when their house was destroyed by typhoon Milenyo, while she was on training in Singapore.
Despite the challenges, Echo keeps a positive attitude by living her life to the fullest.
She tags herself as a “feisty call center agent”.
But what’s with her nickname?
“People have always called me “Echo” not only because of my distinct voice na ume-echo talaga, but because I have become a catalyst of change when I was a student,” Echo said. “I really deliver my opinions passionately.”
How will Echo spice up the show, we’ll find out on Survivor Philippines: Palau!
Jef Gaitan is a pretty Filipina model who started her career at age 17. We can find her modeling for print ads, TV commercials, billboards and endorsements from a variety of consumer products. Jef Gaitan also did numerous TV Commercials, printads and billboards for Globe Telecom.
Crowned MS. Sta. Rosa 2003, a runner up for Ms. Teen Philippines 2004 and was awarded Miss Photogenic at the Mossimo Bikini Summit.
She says: “I’m a real Survivor because I survived on my own in real life. I took the risk to be independent at a very young age. I survived growing up in the city alone. I became a parent to myself and a teenager at the same time.”
Jef Gaitan may be sweet, friendly and approachable but her charming demeanor and her stunning looks should not be construed as signs of weakness.
“Palaban ako at matapang kapag kinakailangan,” the petite model said.
At 18, she decided to become truly independent and she stopped studying to focus on her modeling career.
When faced with tough challenges, Jef has always resorted to prayers.
“I really depend and find comfort in God,” Jef said. “Whenever problems come my way, I accept them and look for solutions instead of dwelling on them.”
Find out if indeed her looks can be deceiving as Jeff fight for the title to become the first Pinay Sole Survivor.
She says: “Well, I can say that I’m a real Survivor because I have been the breadwinner of my family for 10 years now. Also, I am providing for my nephew’s education and am helping my friends and relatives as much as I can. For me, winning their respect and love made me a real survivor.”
Justine Ferrer worked in Japan as a singer at the age of 19 and since then has become a breadwinner of the family.
As a businesswoman, Justine helped her father in a buy-and-sell business and managed a baby ultrasound company.
To physically prepare for Survivor Philippines Palau, Justine enhanced her skills by enrolling in a swim school, but most of all she invested on a lot of rest and vitamins.
She has also prepared emotionally for the experiences ahead of her on the island.
“Alam ko na ang buhay sa isla ay unusual, puwede kang masaktan, masugatan at magutom kaya inihanda ko na ang sarili ko,”Justine said.
Justine believes that her “uniqueness” is the key for her to become a Castaway.
“I think I was chosen because they are curious about what’s really inside of me and my behavior,” Justine said.