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PH teams push their limits on ‘TARA’



Two teams represent the Philippines in the fifth installment of cable channel AXN’s “The Amazing Race Asia” or “TARA,” a show that is all about tears, triumph, twists, and turns.

Models Maggie Wilson and Parul Shah and married couple Eric Tai and his wife Rona Samson are aiming for victory, following the footsteps of Richard Hardin and Richard Herrera who were declared the winners of Season 4 back in 2010.

Eric Tai and wife Rona (

Eric Tai and wife Rona

Eric is all praises for his wife, who undertook roadblocks on her own. “All I could do was watch from the sidelines and cheer her on. I am pretty amazed at her strength and her willpower to see this through. She made me admire her even more.”

The former “It’s Showtime” host says the reality show is not all about brute strength, as contestants have to employ a lot of strategy.
“You’re always rushing to your next destination, because you never know what rank you are until you reach the finish line. You can’t take it easy even for one minute because you don’t know if someone is far ahead of you.”

Luck also plays a big part in the game, he confides.

“You are very lucky if you get a taxi driver who knows the quickest route to your destination. If you get stuck with a driver who does not know that way, it might mean trouble for your team.”

Viewers will get to see more of the teams this year, and touch base with the contenders as a new twist has been introduced by AXN. “The Amazing Race Asia” Season 5 gives die-hard fans unprecedented access to the racers throughout the series via multiple social platforms.
“For this season we had a dedicated social content crew physically running the race with the teams to capture all the behind-the-scenes fun and drama,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia. “We want our viewers to fully escape into the crazy world of ‘The Amazing Race Asia,’ and experience the emotional journey the racers go through. Season 5 truly bridges the gap between the linear screen and AXN’s dynamic social ecosystem.”

At the end of each episode at 10 p.m., AXN will encourage viewers to virtually hang out with the newly eliminated team via Facebook Live where fans can commiserate and ask questions about their race experience. Then, every Saturday at 1:10 p.m., fans will have the chance to Facebook Live chat with the more triumphant teams who were first to arrive at the pit stop.

In addition to the Facebook Live chats, AXN will unleash a series of webisodes created exclusively for social platforms, providing a raw and honest account of what goes on behind the scenes of the race.

The next episode is something to look forward to as the teams fly to Phuket, Thailand and go up close and personal with the elephants. Their endurance and emotions are tested yet again at the Roadblock challenge.

The Amazing Race Asia airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. on AXN, which is seen on Cable Link Channel 38, Cignal Digital TV Channel 61, Global Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Channel 20, GSat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49.

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