Twenty-five LoveYourself members participated in the ultimate test of speed, endurance and wits in the organization's first-ever Amazing Race held last Saturday, May 23.
Patterned after the popular The Amazing Race reality TV competition, the LoveYourself Amazing Race grouped the 25 participants into 5 competing tribes and took them through a gauntlet of tasks around Metro Manila.
The race began at the Kilometre Zero marker in Luneta Park and from there the groups were put through a gauntlet of challenges such as purchasing items in the crowded Divisoria market, taking selfies with pythons and monkeys in Malabon zoo, and answering tricky quizzes on HIV information at the LoveYourself Anglo testing and community center.
After 10 hours of racing, the teams arrived at what they thought to be the final pit stop at Amelie Hotel. But teams were met with a surprise final challenge: Field a contestant for that night's Bulaklak ng TLY beauty pageant.
Five brave participants from each team dressed up in makeshift gowns and were transformed into beautiful ladies for the night. Bearing extreme grace under pressure, the Bulaklak ng TLY contestants shone on stage while parading their team's pride and answering questions from a panel of judges.
After the points from the race proper and Bulaklak ng TLY competition were combined, Team Candor emerged as champions.
Congratulations to all the winners, race participants, LoveYourself Events team organizers, staff volunteers and sponsors!