Because of the overwhelming number of Filipinos who want be the first Pinoys in outerspace, Axe Philippines  announced that it has received the go signal to add a “wild card” candidate who will be sent to space camp together with the two winners from the national challenges.


 According to the organizers the total number of applications reached over 2 million from over 20 million visitors to

The Philippines ranked no. 1 in Asia and  fourth in the world in terms of the number of applications with 28,020 entries. The top five countries were the United States with 107,952, the United Kingdom with 80,646; France with 42,255; Philippines; and Brazil 24,763.

”The next phase of the search in the Philippines will start in August with the AXE Apollo National Challenges where two candidates from the top-voted applicants will be chosen to undergo training at the international AXE Apollo Global Space Camp in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. scheduled for December of this year.  Gearing up for this phase of the campaign are A.A.S.A. National Selections Directors Ramon Bautista, Luis Manzano, Sam Gogna, and Gino Quillamor.

“The National Challenges is designed in three stages with candidates being eliminated on every stage until we are left with the best two candidates,” Gem Laforteza told members of the media at the Aracama Restaurant Bonifacio Global City.

Several celebrities including a couple of PBA players and radio DJs were said to be among those who submitted their applications.

From the shortlist of top-voted candidates who will advance to this next phase of the search where they will be facing three grueling challenges that will put their intellect, physical prowess, and willpower to the test.

Heroic proportions

The first challenge will be done online with the top-voted candidates being asked to undergo a test of mathematical wit, abstract reasoning, color recognition, and spatial reasoning.  From the 4,485 top-voted candidates, only 400 of the best minds will advance to the second challenge.

The second challenge will test the physical prowess of the top 400 candidates, who will be asked to run an obstacle course inspired by courses used in military training.  From there, the best 50 candidates will be selected to advance to the third challenge.

The third challenge is a test of endurance and willpower for the “last heroes standing.” Candidates will be asked to outlast one another in tough physical conditions.  From this challenge, two people will be declared as the country’s representatives to the international AXE Apollo Space Camp in the U.S.

“The A.A.S.A. National Challenges in the Philippines is designed in three stages with candidates being eliminated on every stage until we are left with the best two people for the job,” says A.A.S.A. National Selections Director, Luis Manzano.

Hyperdrive to Outerspace
AXE Philippines has also made an unexpected announcement, surprising everyone by declaring a “wild card” candidate who will be sent to space camp with the two winners from the national challenges.  A special “golden ticket” will be given away to a lucky guy or girl, giving everyone one last shot at becoming the first Filipino astronaut in a promo AXE calls “the AXE Apollo Hyperdrive Promo”.

Everyone aged 18 years old and above can join the promo by purchasing any Axe Apollo Body Spray product.  Each purchase receipt will be considered as one raffle entry for a chance at a trip to space.  To join the raffle, one must text AXE / and send it to 2600.

Only one winner will be declared as the third representative to space camp, but each raffle entry also gives you a chance at winning a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone as a consolation prize.

The Philippines will soon join the ranks of space-faring nations as the first Filipino astronaut is sent to space through the AXE Apollo Space Academy.