Pinoy Big Brother

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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.

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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

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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).

Hosts

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.

Luis Manzano assumed Willie's place for the Celebrity Edition.

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

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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 <ref name=test1>"Nene is Pinoy Big Brother winner." ABS-CBN News Online</ref>.

Celebrity Edition

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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.

Keanna Reeves is the winner of this edition of PBB held on April 1, 2006 at the facade of Central Post Office Building in Manila. She surpassed Tamayo's vote total during the first season <ref name="test2">"Keanna Reeves is the Celebrity Big Winner!" Pinoy Big Brother Official Website. (accessed on January 31, 2008)</ref>.

Teen Edition

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