Thank you to Caltex for tagging us along for the media launch of The Amazing Race Asia 4, in a wonderful road trip to Batangas! We were all on the same bus together with the 2 Team Philippines, and even some previous teams like Marc/Rovilson! The first pitstop was the opening and the blessing of the San Antonio Community library that was donated by Chevron to the city:
And after some speeches, everyone got a treat as Kuya Bodjie regaled the kids with a story about a rainbow fish, as he was helped out by Rich Herrera, Lani Pillinger and Jacinta James of Team Philippines, and Michelle Ng of Team Singapore. It was a hoot as everyone was game as Kuya Bodjie infected everyone with his pixie-like energy.
The story-telling took on an even more surreal level when they cast (and storyteller) donned some homemade costumes.
After the story-telling, it was time to eat, as the guests were serenaded by the beautiful Kitchie Nadal.
It was loads of fun! After that, we proceeded to the next pitstop, Pontefino Resort in Batangas City. It was an overnight thing, with the coastal clean-up the following day, but since I had boardwork the next day, we had to skip the overnight part. We proceeded to where the actual media launch will be, had our dinner then we watched the pilot episode of TARA 4! I was glad because I missed the premiere the night before, so I was happy to see it and with the contestants right there with us! Then, the teams were presented to the media, with the other Rich, Rich Hardin, joining the rest of Team Philippines:
I was green with envy when each member of Team Philippines was given a year’s supply of fuel courtesy of Caltex!
Then, it was our turn to play a game. We were all grouped into teams of 4, and up for grabs was an all-expense paid trip to Singapore four all 4 to attend the finale viewing of the season together with all the TARA 4 teams! I was on Rich Herrera’s team, together with Patrick of Magic 89.9 and Nicole of Speed Magazine. We were close, but no dice. Some other team won the prize. Oh well, it was a fun event though, and it was nice seeing the new teams and the previous teams as well!
Again, thank you to Caltex for bringing us along (thanks Ickhoy!), it was quite an experience. Now it would be very interesting to follow the The Amazing Race Asia 4, now that we’ve met the contestants representing the Philippines. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the series since the 2nd season, the one with Marc and Rovilson, and we got high hopes for the new teams. Marc and Rovilson ended up 3rd, Geoff and Tisha landed 2nd, who knows, one of our new teams might just bring home the prize.
(Is it just me, or don’t the five of us look like quintuplets? Hahaha!)