Model-host, mag editor lead RP teams for The Amazing Race Asia 2
POP ARAZZI - Nathalie M. Tomada () - November 5, 2007 - 12:00am

No Amazing Race show can be without its hunk factor and that is where Marc and Rovilson from the Philippines come in. Both TV hosts by day, Rovilson also works as a magazine editor while Marc is a model, whose face, and rather well toned body, has graced the cover of many magazines.

From the get-go, the combination of Marc and Rovilson, is a potent mixture that cannot be taken seriously. Otherwise, you will miss out on the constant ribbing dished out by the friends of four years, as they lovingly slam each other with put down and insults, all in the name of friendship.

Even before the race, Rovilson is very sure that his Aussie buddy will do something disappointing during the competition while Marc is deathly afraid that his American friend will show his true nature in the competition, which happens to be constantly late for everything.

”But I’ve learned to accept him as a friend, even with his faults. Plus, I tell him to turn up an hour before he actually needs to be there,” Marc quips.

Such is the basis of a friendship that started with a mutual friend 4 years ago, which showed both men that they were not that different, as both love a good laugh, and share an equally wicked sense of humor. So what exactly is the biggest difference between them both?

As Marc puts it with a straight face, “I’ve got hair.”

Marc is looking forward to the joy of hamming it up with his buddy on screen, and challenging themselves to win.

And Rovilson makes this promise to viewers of the show, “We promise you the most animated, exciting, lovable, huggable and most fun team on The Amazing Race Asia.”

Also representing the Philippines is retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Henry Reed, who together with his wife, Terri, is taking all he knows about traveling around the world and putting them into competing in The Amazing Race Asia.

”After 20 years in the military, traveling does not scare me but provides a refreshing adrenaline rush,” explains the 48 year old American, who is now residing in the Philippines with his Filipino wife of 13 years, Terri.

His intention is to use the race as a backdrop to spend some quality time with his wife while learning about different parts of the world. Of course, the prize money is an added bonus should they win.

A fitness fanatic who has been shot off an aircraft carrier, ridden a bicycle at over 100 kilometers per hour and played his favorite sport of lacrosse in sold out venues, this adrenaline junkie is hoping the race will bring him a new level of excitement.

On the other hand, Mrs. Reed just wants to have some quality time with her husband. “I want to have a chance again to be with my husband against the world,” says Terri, 44.

Their game plan for the race even has something to do with the ability that Terri has, which Henry seems to have been subjected to a lot of over the years. “One of my wife’s biggest strengths is the ability to influence people and get them to do what she wants while having them believe they are doing what they want,” he says.

The two RP teams will be competing for the top plum against eight other contenders from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, et cetera, traveling across 15 countries in four continents. Last year, the Philippines was represented by actress Aubrey Miles and print model Jaq Yu. The first edition of The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) was won by an all-female team from Malaysia. The winner of the 2nd season gets to take home a cash prize of US100,000. TARA 2 premieres this November 22 at 9pm. –

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