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TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« on: September 13, 2010, 11:54:45 PM »

Richard Hardin, 34, Pro Basketballer | Richard Herrera, 31, Actor
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One will be hard pressed to find two guys with a stronger competitive streak. Armed with the same first name, Richard Herrera and Richard Hardin like to call themselves ‘The Riches’.

They hated each other’s guts when they first made each other’s acquaintance, while playing for opposing teams in an American Football League. It wasn’t till two years ago that they finally hit it off and ever since then, they have never ceased trying to outdo each other from ball games to dance offs. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Their friends compare them to a pro-wrestling tag team and Herrera sees joining The Amazing Race Asia as a way to prove themselves. “I’m a born winner and my partner Rich (Hardin) is a born second-placer. Thought it would be nice to take his sorry ass to the top at least once and give him that first taste of victory he’s been longing for.” There they go again, and spoken like a true WWE member.


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Re: TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 06:01:32 PM »
Rich Herrera and Rich Hardin: Not Doing a 'Marc & Rovilson' on ‘TARA 4’
By ANNIE S. ALEJOSeptember 21, 2010, 8:14am

Rich Hardin (left) and Rich Herrera with 'The Amazing Race Asia' 4 host Alan Wu at the Racers Revealed media junket in SingaporeSINGAPORE – “The Amazing Race Asia” (TARA) Season 4 premieres on Sept. 23, but even before that, big things are already expected of our two pairs of racers.

“TARA” executive producer and director, Michael McKay, said, “I think you’ve got two good teams representing the Philippines this season,” addressing the handful of Philippine media at the junket held in Singapore’s ultra-sleek Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Be that as it may, the Philippines has always been represented by rather strong teams, but so far, none has brought home the top prize—including the $100,000 pot. Season 2 racers Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez remained strong throughout the race, only to falter in the end and finish third. Our highest finish, meanwhile, was second place with Season 2 racers, the bickering dating tandem of Geoff Rodriguez and Tisha Silang.

Could this year be any different? More so, Bulletin Entertainment asked Rich Herrera and Rich Hardin (who call themselves “The Riches”) if they’re sure they wouldn’t be doing a “Marc & Rovilson” this season.

“No, we were prepared… Our brains were well-trained,” Herrera replied with deadpan humor.

The “Marc and Rovilson” maneuver was when the best buddies famously lost their lead in the very last leg of the race as Fernandez bungled a Road Block (a task only one team member may perform)—wherein he had to identify the flags of all the countries they’ve been to and arrange them chronologically. Nelson knew his flags but he was forced to watch his teammate struggle as other racers already got ahead.

When asked if he was being too harsh on Fernandez, Herrera drawled, “You call Rovilson right now and you tell him to describe the Singaporean flag, let’s see if he can do it.”

Herrera and Fernandez are actually friends, and the teasing is just part of their own version of bromance. “There’s not much we don’t know,” Herrera boasted, “but we love Rovilson,” he laughed.

“I am actually looking forward to meeting Rovilson. I’ve met Marc a couple of times but I’m excited to sit down and converse with Rovilson,” Hardin said, adding in jest, “…and talk about flags.”

Herrera also interjected, “He don’t know the flags but he’s one of the best hosts that the Philippines has.” But not wanting to give his friend a break, he added without missing a beat, “I think we should have a show identifying flags…”

“If I had to choose one word that summed up the series, it would be humor,” said McKay. “It’s a funny series. And I found myself crying the other night over something that happened that’s so funny. There are some edgier teams, I think, and they do get a little upset with each other; and there are moments in the series that gets a little confronting. But most of all, it’s a funny series, this one.”

Aside from ‘The Riches,’ McKay also picked the two-man team Indian team to be “hysterically funny. I don’t know if they’re trying to be funny… but they really are.”

And even our other two-girl Philippine team, Jess James (ex-strip club manager and tattoo artist) and Lani Pillinger (model), also got on his funny radar. “When they came to the final casing, those girls lit up the room. We were exhausted after half an hour… they’re a bit outrageous on the TV show but I think our viewers will find them quite funny.”

Indeed, running a race that takes them all over Asia requires a good dose of strength and humor; but more so when you are part of the production. “The days are very long,” McKay shared. “There’s no other show that test you like this one. So yes, a sense of humor comes in handy. It tests the contestants but it also tests the production. It’s a little bit like the Olympics for us… you’re being constantly tested, constantly measured and see how you’re performing as a professional in a really tough environment—in the heat, in the cold, with not much sleep. It’s just as challenging for us.”

But if there’s anything the racers hate, it’s not that they are put through the ringer to prove their worth. “The bit they hate is not being able to tell people they’re in it! It drove them crazy,” laughed McKay.

“They’ve told some terrible lies up to now… They’re telling their family they went on a trip for a month,” McKay said, short of the racers telling their parents they’ve been kidnapped by a bunch of white guys!
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Re: TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 02:46:37 AM »
Hey, guys!  Guess what?  The Team Rich is now working as a studio announcers of the newest game show here in the Phils. called The Price is Right, and 1st when I'd watched that show and when the host of that show, Kris Aquino [the youngest sister of the current Philippine president] called their names for the announcing of the next contestant and explaining the prize showcase, at 1st I couldn't recognize their voice and even when the camera was focused to them because at the time that they'd joined on TARA, they'd shaved their head on the Sri Lanka leg via FF, but I realize that they're really the Team Rich who'd won $100,000 on the 4th season of TARA.  Wow, they're now famous on that game show here in the Phils. and surely the contestants of TPIR Phils. will recognize them as well besides Kris Aquino. :hearts: :tup:

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Re: TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 12:06:19 AM »
I am amazed that there are only 2 replies here even though they were the winners of their season. :carryon:

They are one of my fave teams and with Jess and Lani eliminated, it pretty much left the door wide open for them to win.

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Re: TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 03:29:33 AM »
They were great!

Though I liked Marc & Rovilson, they obviously played to the camera a lot (and were certainly experienced being in front of the camera before TARA). But the Richs maybe could've been a more likeable version of them for a lot of people hehe

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Re: TARA 4 Richard & Richard (Philippines)
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 12:16:27 PM »
They are US citizens, right? Maybe they can be part of All Stars in the US version?  :conf: