323 contestants joined the Subaru Palm Challenge this year, but it was Singaporean Analiza Mokhtar who won this year’s edition of the gruelling 4-day competition.
After 75 hours, 17 minutes, and 58 seconds, Analiza Mokhtar became the second woman to ever win the Subaru Palm Challenge. The last time a woman won the competition was in 2007. Her victory has earned her a brand-new Subaru XV 2.0i-s EyeSight, which is worth SG$70,800 (PHP2,738,085).
As she has been joining the competition for twelve times already, oftentimes becoming close to winning the competition, Analiza was shocked in disbelief when her last remaining opponent’s hands slipped. As soon as she was crying in tears, her daughter then accompanied her just as she was receiving the symbolic Subaru key from Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Tan Chong Industries Limited, the parent company of Motor Image, the distributor of Subaru in the Asia Pacific region.
At second place was Thailand’s Phraitoon Sanguannam, whose right hand slipped from the palm mark, thus eliminating him from the competition. His elimination has not left him empty handed though. He became the Regional Winner, winning SG$5,000 (PHP193,377) in the process, as well as being one of the key reasons for Thailand being able to win the Country Team Winner, earning their 10-man team SG$10,000 (PHP386,802).
Filmark “Tohoi” Bernante, who was also the team captain, emerged as the country winner representing the Philippines, bagging him a SG$1,000 prize (PHP38,683). He was eliminated around the 57-hour mark, when marshals noticed his hand to be slightly curled up.
On top of all these, the all-new Subaru Forester made its Singaporean launch the night before the 2018 Subaru Car Challenge. Six Mediacorp celebrities – Bryan Wong, Desmond Ng and Felicia Chin, as well as Chen Han Wei, Pan Ling Ling, and Ya Hui, participated in the Charity Challenge by placing their palms on the all-new Subaru Forester in order to test their personal limits in a bid to surpass each other’s times.
DUO Rewards, the customer loyalty program of Tan Chong International Ltd (TCIL), organized a fund-raising activity as an alternative way for members of the public to contribute. For SG$5, members of the public were able to try their luck at pushing a toy car forward (or pulling it
back), on a game board. This will enable them the chance to win merchandise depending on where the car stops. All proceeds collected will go towards funding a new school van for the Rainbow Centre, a social service organisation that operates special education schools for persons with disabilities in Singapore.