Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru automobiles in the Philippines officially kicked off the Subaru Palm Challenge 2015, the nationwide search for the 10 mentally and physically strong participants who will represent the Philippines in the regional finals in Singapore.
The provincial legs of the challenge was held last August 8 at Ayala Center, Cebu City and August 15 at SM Lanang Premier, Davao City. Out of over 300 registrants per leg, 120 Cebuanos and 120 Davaoenos qualified for the Cebu and Davao legs, respectively.
This year’s Cebu winner is Donn Michael Yap, a 25-year old financial adviser, who was also last year’s winner. Yap was the last man standing with a time of 12 hours, 55 minutes and 45 seconds, beating his previous record of 12 hours 51 minutes and 10 seconds. He will be joined by a 43-year old carpenter from Davao, Gilbert Hamo-ay. Hamo-ay finished with a time of 13 hours 7 minutes and 3 seconds, creating a new record for Davaoeños.
Eight other challengers from Manila will complete the 10-man Philippine contingent. The Manila challenge will be held on September 5 at Bonifacio High Street. The Philippine contingent will compete against competitors from 10 other Asian countries at the Subaru Challenge 2015 Regional Finals in Singapore.
The prizes for the 2015 edition include exclusive Subaru merchandise, P10,000 for the top 9 challengers per leg and P20,000 for the leg winner. The Philippines’ 10-man contingent will also enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Singapore where they will compete for a brand new Subaru Forester 2.0i-L worth P1,398,000.