By YUGEL LOSORATA

Marvin

“Survivor Philippines” castaway Marvin Kiefer sees his stint at the Palau edition of the well-followed reality show as a dream come true, not a stepping stone for fame. The fact he already auditioned during the first season and was just called upon for another opportunity to join the Palau edition only shows he was really into it way before it started being televised and began producing a new batch of celebrities.

In an interview in Cagayan de Oro where he grew up after being born in Switzerland, the half-foreign dude expressed delight he finally made it to the contest. “Survivor fits my character very much and I’m not here para sa pag-aartista,” he told a couple of scribes during a dinner chat.

The well-rounded athlete who has appeared as image model in various occasions was chanced upon by reporters covering GMA-7’s “Starstruck V” auditions held in the City of Golden Friendship last weekend. The 18-year-old hotshot has become a celebrity in his hometown following his inclusion to the TV series hosted by Paolo Bediones.

“Survivor Philippines Palau” has kept the interest of televiewers on the show with the interesting set of characters it is currently offering through the Kapuso Network. Kiefer’s statement that he is fit for the challenges has solid foundation considering that he engages himself in sports such as football, table tennis, cycling, running, wall-climbing, and parkour.

Other castaways include chef and restaurant owner Mika Batchelor, magician Troy Perez, ex-PBA player Cris Bolado, models Vlad Nesas, Jeff Gaitan and Suzuki Sadatsugu whom Kiefer labels as his closest pal among the participants. “Suzuki and me are both half-Filipino and that’s a connection. But deeper than that, he really makes you laugh and he’s super nice,” he said.

For the opposite, the 5’10” shy type fellow has something to say for castaway Tara Macias, the Korean English tutor from Cebu: “She’s assertive at masyadong maingay sa camp. I feel she’s nakakairita.”

The ongoing TV show opened with each tribe of castaways carrying two heavy amno crates in a 1.4 kilometer treak. Kiefer described Palau as hotter than Philippines as the Survivor host differentiate the first season from its counterpart. Bediones noted, “Kung noong first season, the competition was between Naak and Jarakay, this season it is really within the tribes; it was an individual game for everyone.”

The vegetarian and environmentalist Kiefer is not allowed to divulge who’s next to leave the island or how long would he survive the challenge as part of the deal with the mother company behind the show. One thing he’s happy to share is that, he’s willing to try whatever after “Survivor” or when showbiz officially knocks on his door.

“Survivor Philippines Palau” currently airs from Mondays to Friday after “Adik Sa ‘Yo.”

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