Filipino beauty queens win Amazing Race Asia
PINOY power reigned supreme last night as AXN crowned Filipino beauties Maggie Wilson-Consunji and Parul Shah winners of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5.
In the gripping finale, Maggie and Parul arrived first at the pit stop in Bali with just minutes to spare, having survived challenges in six countries, 12 cities and over 12,000 kilometers. They beat 10 other teams to claim the $100,000 cash prize.
Hot on their heels were Malaysian beauty queens Chloe Chen and Lee Yvonne, who arrived in second place, with Filipino fan-favorites Eric Tai and his wife Rona Samson arriving in third.
The exhausted but jubilant finalists were welcomed to the last pit stop by series host Allan Wu.
Maggie and Parul joined the famous adventure-reality series in the hopes of winning the money for Parul’s family.
“It was such a relief to win because the money can help my family, especially my dad, who suffered a stroke. He taught me to never give up in life and I did this to prove that no matter what life throws at you, [you should] never give up,” Parul said.
Throughout the race, the winners stayed in the middle of the pack, but strengthened their position and gained serious momentum in the final two legs. While some fans may have viewed them as underdogs, their strategic “Team Pinoy” alliance with Eric and Rona to take out Indonesia’s Treasuri and Louisa helped cement their victory.
“We played the game really well and climbed the ladder ... We didn’t want to come in first in any of the legs, because we didn’t want to have a target on our backs. Who would have thought that two beauty queens would win? We’ll be talking about this moment for decades!” said an ecstatic Maggie.
MAGGIE (right) and Parul