Pinoy Big Brother
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Pinoy Big Brother is the Philippine version of the reality television show Big Brother (Pinoy is a colloquial term for Filipino people) wherein twelve chosen contestants are forced to reside in the same house for 100 days and face challenges given by kuya (Filipino term for older brother or big brother), aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2, on its international affiliate- The Filipino Channel, and on Studio 23.
 The Game
Pinoy Big Brother follows the same approach or routines of their foreign counterparts in the world. Twelve people are required to live with each other in the same house, Ang Bahay ni Kuya (Big Brother house), for about 100 days. In the house, every move of the housemates (as they entered the house, this is what they are called) are footed and videoed (there are 26 surveillance cameras), even in the comfort rooms. They are also faced with challenges given by kuya. There is also the "confession room", the only room in the house where housemates can communicate with Big Brother and vice versa. Additionally, any form of communication from the outside world is banned inside the house. Every two weeks, there is an elimination based on the votes of the housemates whom they think shall be evicted from the house and on the viewer's votes. The housemate with the least viewer votes is eliminated. In the final week, the one with the most viewer votes will win the grand prize package worth Php six million all-in-all, including the one-million peso cash prize, a house and lot of his/her own, a Nissan Frontier, an entertainment component system, a Yamaha motorcycle, and a livelihood showcase just for the first season alone. The second season adds an overseas tour package to the list of prizes.
 The House
Ang Bahay ni Kuya (Pinoy Big Brother House) is a two-storey located in front of the ABS-CBN studios in Quezon City. It is designed with different themes for every season or editions. It has a garden, a swimming pool, and a multi-faith altar in one wall of the house (one which has a Bible, a Koran, and twelve rosaries).
Although any form of communication from the outside world is banned inside the house, there is a large flat-screen television set in the living room, if "kuya" wants to show to any or all housemates something, especially that of the TV mass every Sunday, and to announce the names of nominees for eviction directly to the housemates and the person evicted from the house.
26 surveillance cameras are positioned all over the house to watch the housemates' every move, including the bathroom. For modesty's sake, however, images from the bathroom will be shown if the bathroom is used for any purpose other than bathing (such as gossiping).
The First Season of PBB was hosted by Willie Revillame together with TV personalities Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez. Toni hosts the primetime telecast which chronicled the events of the day before (unless an episode is telecast live). Mariel, on the other hand, hosts the late night edition called Pinoy Big Brother: Up Late, which updated anything viewers missed in the primetime telecast, as well as what to look forward in the next one. Willie hosted the live telecast of the eviction and the public revelation of the nomination for evictees.
Asia Agcaoili spearheaded the show in Studio 23. Her show, called Pinoy Big Brother: Si Kuya, KaBarkada Mo (Pinoy Big Brother: Eldest Brother Is Your Buddy), featured snippets from the primetime telecast the night before, opinion polls both from people on the street and those sending text messages, spoof segments, unaired videos, and feed from inside the house (either live feed or footage taped earlier).
Talk show host, Boy Abunda, hosted the post-season documentaries which featured issues and controversies about the housemates.
On its Teen Edition, Bianca Gonzalez (a TV host and a former housemate of the Celebrity Edition) took on Mariel Rodriguez for the Teen Edition Update and UpLate, while the latter became the main host, replacing Toni Gonzaga.
 Big Winners
 Season 1
Nene Tamayo of Romblon is declared Pinoy Big Brother's first ever Big Winner on December 10, 2005, at Clark Expo, Angeles City, Pampanga. She got the highest number of votes (557,000+) among the "big four" contestants .
 Celebrity Edition
A celebrity version that comprised not only showbiz personalities but also athletes, stand-up comedians, ramp and commercial models, and musicians. This edition lasted for 56 dyas thatbegan on February 5, 2006.
 Teen Edition
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition is a teen version of PBB shown three weeks after the end of the Celebrity Edition and ran for six weeks, timed during the school vacation months (April-May). It featured teenagers aged from 16 to 18 years old as housemates from which Kim Chiu of Cebu, was declared the winner on June 3, 2006 at the Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City. She bested 13 other housemates and garnered 626,562 votes, or 41.4% of the total votes, the highest number of votes ever received by a winner in Pinoy Big Brother.
 Season 2
Pinoy Big Brother: Season 2 is the second official season of Pinoy Big Brother that began with a live party on February 25, 2007 and ran for 126 days (18 weeks).
Beatriz Saw, a sassy girl from Bicol, is the declared winner of the PBB: Season 2 during "The Big Night at the Big Dome," Araneta Coliseum on June 30, 2007. She garnered 1,571,556 votes or 30.29% of total votes cast.
 Celebrity Edition 2
Ruben Gonzaga, a promdi (meaning "from the" province) of Davao, is the latest winner of the PBB Season2: Celebrity Edition 2, declared on January 5, 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum. He won a Sony Bravia, a Goodah business franchise worth P2,000,000, a condominium unit from Chateau Valenzuela and P2,000,000 cash from Jack and Jill snacks and ABS-CBN. His/her charity on the other hand received a million Peso from Globe Asiatic.
 Theme Songs
The show, with its success, had a theme song called "Pinoy Ako" (English: I'm a Filipino) by Orange and Lemons that really made a hit among the Filipinos. Children and Adults alike can be heard singing this song. This song is also the basis for much of the background music used in the show. There had been allegations that the melody of "Pinoy Ako" (included in the album with the same name) has been plagiarized from the song "Chandeliers" by 80s British band Care. Orange and Lemons and the song's composer Jonathan Manalo claim that while Orange and Lemons may have been influenced by British rock, they stressed that the two songs are completely different from each other and assured that Pinoy Ako is a completely original one.
During the Celebrity Edition the theme song was Sikat ang Pinoy by season 1 contestant Sam Milby and host Toni Gonzaga. In the Teen Edition, the theme song is "Kabataang Pinoy" (Filipino Youth) by Itchyworms.
In the PBB: Season 2 Pinoy Ako has been rehashed and this time was sung by the band CeBaLo (Yvan Lambatan, Panky Trinidad, Eman Abatayo, and Davey Langit of Pinoy Dream Academy).
- ↑ "Nene is Pinoy Big Brother winner." ABS-CBN News Online
- ↑ "Keanna Reeves is the Celebrity Big Winner!" Pinoy Big Brother Official Website. (accessed on January 31, 2008)
- ↑ PBB Season 2 Official Website. (accessed on January 31, 2008)
- ↑ "Ruben’s big heart makes him the Big Winner," ABS-CBN PBB Official Website. (accessed on January 31, 2008)
- ↑ 
|Pinoy Big Brother|
|Season 1 (2005) | Season 2 (2007)|
|Celebrity (2006) | Teen (2006)|
| Current: Toni Gonzaga | Mariel Rodriguez | Bianca Gonzalez | Jason Gainza|
Former: Willie Revillame | Luis Manzano
|Endemol | Big Brother|