FOR close to 13 hours in unsettling rainy weather, Donn Michael Yap bested 120 participants to emerge as winner of the Subaru Palm Challenge Cebu Leg at the Ayala Terraces Cebu last Sept. 13.
Along with other winners from Davao and Manila, Yap will head to Singapore and represent the Philippines in the Asian Face-Off Palm Challenge this November 2014.
Since its inception in Singapore in 2002, the Subaru Palm Challenge has become a much anticipated event in the region, and more recently in Cebu. In a distinctive test of stamina, endurance and strength of mind, participants must place their palm on certain areas of the vehicle for hours in open air, in any type of weather. In between, they were required to hurdle a number of challenges.
In the Cebu leg, Yap edged by a mere two seconds last year’s winner Jobert Estrera, who clocked 12 hours, 51 minutes and eight seconds. Yap was declared winner at the 12:51:10 mark.
The other participants who made it to the top 10 were Michael Cañete (12:48:53), Manuel Abong (12:48:10), Billy Baldomar (12:46:18), Jerson Signe (12:46:08), Romar Morales (12:45:31), Diomer Urdaneta (12:45:31), Joseph Fiel (12:44:36), Marlon Tolentino (12:44:28).
At stake in the grand battle in Singapore is a Subaru XV 2.0i. In last year’s contest, Yusnam Wright of Singapore was the last man standing among 400 participants from Asean countries, China and Taiwan to emerge as grand winner. His time? A mind-boggling 75 hours and one minute.