Cagayan de Oro model hunk Marvin Kiefer is the youngest among 16 castaways in the current Survivor Philippines: Palau Season 2 aired over GMA Channel 7. This model’s mysterious hooded eyes, the lean 5’10” physique, and the mischievous toothy smile make him a standout.
Marvin was born in Switzerland and raised in Cagayan de Oro City. He is half-Filipino and speaks fluent Bisaya, Tagalog, English and a little bit of Swiss German.
Except for some other kids trying to bully him as a “white boy” while growing up, Marvin found Cagayan de Oro the perfect playground for his sporty and adventurous character.
He lived only 30 minutes away from the beach, while the family farm sat on a mountainside. In school, Marvin was part of one varsity team too many, from table tennis, track, volleyball to football, and still managed to maintain hobbies like skateboarding, wall-climbing, skimboarding and parkour.
Marvin is also a vegetarian and very much concerned with environmental issues. The farm he grew up on, by the way, is fully organic, complete with free-range animals.
Marvin moved to Manila after finishing high school at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro. He pursued modelling, following his older brother’s lead.
Survivor Philippines: Palau opened with the 16 Castaways making a 1.4 kilometer trek in a wild forest while carrying heavy ammo crates. A test of speed, agility, and strength came at play as they had to race towards the other end of the forest dragging the crates with them. A consequence faced the tribe losing the race.
Trapped in an island that once was home to one of the deadliest wars in history, the Castaways found themselves haunted by the ghosts of World War II. Overturned tanks, aging shipwrecks, and sunken planes were a common sight.
The Japanese-American war ruins were juxtaposed with the flawless beauty of the beaches of Palau and its rich marine life.
Marked by the success of the previous season, tactics and schemes in outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting in Survivor Philippines: Palau might prove to be meaner and more merciless.
Starving for food, yearning for suitable shelter, longing for a loved one, desperation to at least keep one’s sanity on the island can never be more real — factors that challenged the drive to stay and win the3-million peso prize and become the sole survivor.
So Cagayanons, lets root for Marvin Keifer….!