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September 25, 2019

Philippines, This is Your 2019 Subaru Palm Challenge Team

Philippines, this is the team that will represent the country at the Subaru Palm Challenge Finals in Singapore. Due to the unforgiving weather, only three of the 2018 Philippine Team made it to the Top 10 this year.

The stormy weather served as an ominous backdrop to this year’s Palm Challenge which saw experienced competitors Rheden Pinoliad and Mark Joseph Trinos, both part of the 2017 Philippine team, not making it to this year’s roster.

After eight hours, the field narrowed down to the final 10, but all of them held their ground until the last second. Newbie Cyrus Corpuz outgunned last year’s Regional Palm Challenge Country Runner-up Juntie Flores.

Returning to the Top 10 this year are: last year’s Country Winner, Filmark Bernante, along with long-time team Captain Carlo Talahib, who has been donning the Philippine colors for 8 years already. Mark Guballa, also a veteran, placed seventh in this year’s run.

The competition’s highlight, however, was the battle between veteran Reggie Purugganan and newcomer Nikko Blancada. Purugganan was able to bag the award by besting Blancada by just over nine seconds.

The 18th edition of the Subaru Palm Challenge will be held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza from November 2 to 5. The Philippine team will go against four hundred participants from Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam to vie for a brand-new Subaru Forester.

2019 Subaru Palm Challenge Philippine Face Off Winners
  1. Reggie Purugganan (08:14:50)
  2. Nikko Paolo Blancada (08:14:41)
  3. Don Marc Gerald Pantaleon (08:13:25)
  4. Lordgie Vallente (08:12:48)
  5. Isaah Kevin Locsin (08:11:48)
  6. Filmark Bernante (08:11:29)
  7. Mark Alber Gubala (08:10:41)
  8. Joaquin Ireneo Fabros (08:10:29)
  9. Carlo Talahib (08:10:21)
  10. Cyrus Corpuz (08:07:30)

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