The 2015 Subaru Palm Challenge has commenced at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Singapore with 400 participants.
For its 14th year, the Subaru Palm Challenge features 320 participants from the host country (Singapore) and 80 regional participants from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
For the uninitiated, Subaru’s Palm Challenge is an endurance competition where participants have to place their hands onto the specified palm decals on their assigned Subaru vehicle. The main objective is to keep their hands within the palm decal until one last participant remains. The longest-standing participant will be declared the winner.
With that in mind, the 400 participants will have to endure fatigue, inclement weather and sleep deprivation as they place their palms firmly within the surface area of the palm decals. The Philippines has yet to win in the said competition.
Representing the Philippines are the top 10 winners of the 2015 Palm Challenge Philippine Face-off that was concluded last September at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
The top 10 winners of the 2015 Subaru Palm Challenge Philippine Face-off are the following:
Alex Neblasca: seven time regional participant / 33 years old / Car Detailer
Juan Furiscal: three time regional participant / 36 years old / Butcher
Francisco Gomez: two time regional participant / (40 years old) / Serviceman
Donn Michael Yap: two time regional participant / 25 years old / Financial Assistant
Alec Karol Ebuen: 21 years old / Fresh Graduate
Juntie Torres: 39 years old / Security Guard
Dan Angelo Villacorza: 24 years old / MDC Welder
Oshwald John Carbonell: 23 years old / Floor Director
Marcus Levi Pagcaliwangan: 19 years old / Student
Gilbert Hamo – ay: 44 years old / Furniture Carpenter
One of the Filipino participants, Dan Angelo Villacorza, told Autoindustriya.com that he went on a strict diet in preparation for this year’s competition. Villacorza said that he opted to eat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits and fish.
In addition, Juan Furiscal shared that he conditioned his body through regular exercise in order to withstand the challenges brought upon by the competition. Furiscal also went on a healthy diet prior to the competition.
On the other hand, all participants will be given a 5-minute break every 6 hours at 7 p.m., 1 a.m., 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. throughout the competition.
According to the organizers, additional break time will be given to contestants with supporters who take part in an online game via www.carchallenge.sg. The top 10 game scorers will earn their supported participant an additional 5-minute break. The online leaderboard will reset after every break. The online game will end “upon the last 11 standing contestants.”
If the last man standing is from the Philippines, Subaru says the prize will be a Forester 2.0i-L worth PhP 1,398,000.