For the past 18 years, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the time that a Filipino will emerge victorious at the annual Subaru Palm Challenge. Unfortunately, this year isn’t that year. However, even if none of the Filipino contestants are bringing home a brand new Subaru Forester, the Philippine team won’t be going home empty-handed.

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The Philippine team emerged as the Country Team Winner, bringing home SGD 10,000 (Php 371,820) which will be divided equally among the contestants. They managed to win the award by logging the longest accumulated time as a team against all the other countries (excluding Singapore).

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Specifically, Team Philippine members consisting of Filmark Bernante, Nikko Paolo Blancada, Cyrus Corpuz, Joaquin Ireneo Fabros, Mark Guballa, Isaiah Locsin, Donn Marc Pantaleon, Reggie Purugganan, Carlo Talahib, and Lordgie Vallent, logged a combined time of 424 hours and 54 minutes.

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Joaquin Fabros was the last Filipino standing clocking in 64 hours and 51 minutes. For that, he was declared as the Country Winner champion. He also gets an additional SGD 1,000 for being the last Filipino standing.

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In the end, it was Thailand’s Siripong Toosadee who emerged victorious after 76 hours, 55 minutes and 5 seconds. Toosadee is a six-time Subaru Palm Challenge veteran and will be bringing home a brand new Forester 2.0i-L as well as the title of Asian Winner and Thailand Country Winner.

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If you think competing at the Subaru Palm Challenge is easy, then you're up for a challenge. Contestants have to brave both the hot and wet weather for around 72 hours (or more) with their palm always placed on the car. There are also around 400 competitors from various countries across Asia, each trying to outlast the other. Did I mention that contestants only have a 5-minute break every 6 hours?

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Hopefully, next year we’ll have a Filipino emerge victorious at the Subaru Palm Challenge, and bring home a brand new Subaru vehicle.