2017 Subaru Palm Challenge winners set for regionals

Results are in for the PH Subaru Palm Challenge

After almost 11 hours of keeping their right palm on the 5 all-new Subaru XVs, the recently concluded 2017 Subaru Palm Challenge last September 9 has established 10 winners that will have a chance to win the all-new Subaru XV and will represent the Philippines for the Regional Palm Challenge Finals in Singapore this coming October 27 to November 1, 2017.

Throughout the day, the contestants were exposed to the harsh elements such as the scorching heat of the sun to heavy scattered rain showers. If there was one thing we learned from the winners of the country challenge of the 2016 Regional Palm Challenge, the Filipino spirit is resilient.

Alex Neblasca, perennial Philippine winner and last year’s runner up in the Regional Palm Challenge finals in Singapore, is once again part of the Philippines Top 10, but surprisingly just came in 3rd this time around. Rheden Pinoliad, a factory worker, and new Philippine champion Juntie Torres, who serves as a security guard for his day job, outlasted the multi-titled Neblasca.

Here are the Top 10 Winners and their rankings:

1st – Juntie G. Torres – 10:57:50

2nd – Rheden G. Pinoliad – 10:57:20

3rd – Alex Neblasca – 10:54:49

4th – Donn Michael Yap – 10:52:05

5th – Mark Joseph Trinos – 10:51:31

6th – Carlo T. Talahib, Sr. – 10:50:59

7th – Juan E. Furiscal Jr. – 10:50:02

8th – Reggie Purungganan – 10:50:00

9th – Lyza Joyce Montejo – 10:48:43

10th – Jaspher Ivy H. Galaura – 10:46:38

There was also a collegial leg for the Subaru Palm Challenge held the next day, which lasted for almost 5 hours. The winners are as follows:

1st - Vincent Ragudo of Fatima University – 4:51:06

2nd - Shana Costillas of Rizal Technological University – 4:46:53

3rd -  Joyce Enage of Rizal Technological University – 4:46:17

All three contestants take home cash prizes of Php 5,000 each, while Collegiate champion Vincent Ragudo takes home an additional Php 30,000 for his school.

The Philippine’s Top 10 will be flown to Singapore this October 27 to November 1, 2017 – to compete in the regional finals of the Subaru Palm Challenge. The winner of the finals will drive home a brand new Subaru vehicle.