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Team Philippines: Excited and ready for The Amazing Race Asia 5

05:02 PM August 04, 2016

Team PH represent! Married couple Eric Tai and Rona Tai, former beauty queens and besties Maggie Wilson and Parul Shah. | Photos via AXN

Following last season’s Filipino winners, Richard Herrera and Richard Hardin, two teams will represent the Philippines in the fifth installment of AXN’s The Amazing Race Asia.

AXN announced last Thursday the teams that will be part of the latest season of the show and will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, travel across the world, and compete in the quest to be the champion and winner of the USD$100,000 grand prize.


Among the 11 chosen teams are 2 pairs who will represent Team Philippines on the adrenaline-fueled reality TV show. DJ and former noontime show host, Eric “Eruption” Tai and his wife, Rona Samson-Tai, along with best friends and beauty queens Maggie Wilson and Parul Shah, will be competing to bring home the pride once again to the Philippines.

Shortly after the announcement, Eric and Rona went to Instagram to express their gratitude to their family, friends, and supporters. “Dream come true! It was an unexpected and amazing news that completely threw us over the moon. So happy that we are officially part of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5,” wrote Eric in his post.


As much as they are excited for the race, they also hope that through The Amazing Race Asia they can inspire others that “…inner strength is far [stronger] than physical appearance and capabilities.”

Like the married couple, Maggie also shared the news on her Instagram and said that she’s “…scared but also super excited for what’s to come”.

Parul also expressed her excitement, and as Miss Grand International 2015, felt honored in representing the Philippines internationally again.

After a six-year hiatus, The Amazing Race Asia is back with a new season filled with more exciting adventures like no other. Allan Wu is also back as host of the show and will be joined by Indonesian film actress, Tara Basco, on selected legs of the race.

“This season is going to be a huge adrenaline rush and a race like no other. The racers and AXN viewers can expect more thrills, more drama and more twists than ever before,” said Allan. “The teams will be transformed during the race, for better or worse – but one thing is for sure, it will be the ultimate adventure of a lifetime!”

The 11 teams from seven countries across Asia include:

Rach and Vicky: Travel Hosts, Indonesia
Louisa and Treasuri: Childhood Friends, Indonesia
Yvonne and Chloe: Beauty Queens, Malaysia
Alex and Will: Brothers, Malaysia
Brandon and Alphaeus: Old School Mates,Malaysia
Eric and Rona: Married, The Philippines
Parul and Maggie: Beauty Queens, the Philippines
JK and Mike: Radio DJs, Singapore
Rei and Kenji: Siblings, Singapore
Tom and Anita: Dating, Thailand
Lisa and Nicole: Life Partners, Vietnam


The Amazing Race Asia is slated to premiere in October. Catch it on AXN Philippines!

AXN is available on Cable Link Channel 38, Cignal Digital TV Channel 61, Global Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Channel 20, Gsat Channel 12, SKYCable Channel 49.

Follow AXN on Facebook at, Twitter @AXNPH, and Instagram @AXNPH.  ADVT

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