Pinoy Big Brother (season 2)

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Pinoy Big Brother: Season 2 is the second official season of Pinoy Big Brother and aired on ABS-CBN's primetime block. As with the show's previous full & special seasons, it also airs a companion program on Studio 23. It began with a live party on February 25, 2007. It is scheduled to run for 126 days (18 weeks).

Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez are reprising their roles as Primetime/Live show host and UpLate host respectively, while Celebrity Edition housemate Bianca Gonzalez again hosts the Update reports, a role she did in the Teen Edition. First season housemate Jason Gainza joins the hosts as the Man-of-the-Street reporter.

Meanwhile, Asia Agcaoili again takes hosting chores for the show's companion program on Studio 23, along with the puppet Pining. They share hosting chores with new host Sitti Navarro.

Also for the show's new season, the theme song Pinoy Ako has been rehashed, this time performed by the band Cebalo (composed of Yvan Lambatan, Panky Trinidad, Eman Abatayo, and Davey Langit of Pinoy Dream Academy).

Aside from Gonzalez's Updates aired throughout the day, the morning show Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas also reports updates from inside the House.

House concept

The concept of the house developed into a pop-art scheme, with a predominantly lime green living area with pastel colors. It is also equipped with 42 cameras and 42 overhead microphones.

The bedrooms for the men are now linear while those for the women is circular. Rocking chairs and other furniture have also been added, as well as gym equipment, a large bathroom with showers and a jacuzzi, separate restrooms for the men and women, a separate prayer room, and a bridge over the swimming pool. The now-tangarine confession room is now expanded with the door leading to it resembling the door leading to the diary room in the British Big Brother house. Furthermore, the front doors to the house are now located at the garden, leading to the eviction hall next door (the auditorium previously used in Pinoy Dream Academy).

There is also two secret areas in the house (the idea obtained from the "secret garden" of UK's Big Brother house). One is separated from the garden by a gate. That room is filled with sand and initially had bamboo furniture and an area for urination. The sand filled room is later used as an activity area. There is another secret room where the secret housemates stay for the rest of the day. It has equally colorful walls and furniture, tables, chairs, and a monitor which serves the same purpose as the one in the main House area. This colorful second secret room's location is unknown because it is only accessed through the House's restricted areas (those used by the crew).

The interiors of the various rooms is designed by students from the Philippine School of Interior Design. The revamped larger layout of the House is attributed to the fact that the original house area was previously used as the Academy living quarters in Pinoy Dream Academy and is again renovated for the second season.

Housemates

On Day 1, only six housemates entered the house. The next six housemates entered the house on Days 7 to 12. The final four housemates entered the house on Day 14. The number of housemates thus reached 16, although only 14 were promised in the pre-season teasers. All are ordered here by entrance.

It should be noted that while the first season has a woman over the age of 30 and three married persons among its roster of housemates, all of the housemates in this season are in their twenties and are all unmarried.

First batch

Ezekiel Dimaguila

Ezekiel Joshua "Zeke" Dimaguila (born: November 2, 1985 in Australia) is a 21-year-old online gamer from Australia. Prior to his entry to the house, he is said to have played the World of Warcraft for up to 15 hours straight. He is known for his frank attitude towards his housemates especially with the girl housemates. (Evicted)

Wendy Valdez

endy Manalus Valdez (born: June 2, 1982 in Manila) is a 25-year-old commercial model from Navotas. Modeling under Mercator models, she is a student from Far Eastern University and previously a Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism titleholder, she currently lives in a squatters' area prior to her stay in the house. As a commercial model, she has been seen in commercials such as those of the Unilever brand Close-Up and food company Jollibee. She has also appeared in music videos such as "Binibini" of the reggae group Brownman Revival. She was also a model on a hit game show Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. She has also worked previously in Japan as an entertainer. Wendy also made it to the Final 38 Star Dreamers of Pinoy Dream Academy, but failed to make it as a scholar. She was earlier launched as a part of the girl group Dream Girls along with other female star dreamers, but failed to gain recognition. In the house, she is known for her excessive cigarette smoking. Her behavior and actions inside the house has gained her supporters as well as detractors; she is even a subject of allegations of favoritism against the show due to her background before living in the House. Wendy was first evicted on Day 70, but returned to the House on Day 78. She is declared 3rd Big Winner in the Big Night.

Nel Rapiz

Ronel "Nel" Rapiz (born: November 13, 1981 in Iloilo City) is a 25-year-old graduating student from Iloilo City. Describing himself as a "perfect" and "exotic" man who previously had nine girlfriends and six "flings," he also gets his discipline from his parents, who are both police officers.

Saicy Aguila

Saicy Aguila (born: November 13, 1983 in Iloilo City) is a 23-year-old dancesport and samba instructor in Bacolod City. She calls herself "bobo" (unintelligent) due to her failing grades during her high school and college days. Another reason is that she did not pass the teachers' board exam when she graduated. Saicy dreams to be an actress someday.

Gee-Ann Abrahan

Gee-Ann Abrahan (born: November 6, 1985 in Quezon City) is a 21-year-old cheerleader from Quezon City. She is said to be a "mother" of eight "children" (actually dolls and stuffed toys) since age 6. The one she owned the longest, a baby doll called Pamela which is in her possession for 15 years, is taken along with her inside the house. She gave Pamela away on Day 63. Gee-Ann as well is also known for her reserved demeanor. She was declared 4th Big Winner in the Big Night.

Mickey Perz

Mickey Perz (born: June 1, 1984 in Vienna, Austria) is a 22-year-old hip-hop dancer and mixer from Switzerland. Being half-Filipino and half-Austrian, he was secretly tasked to speak only German during the first week. In reality, Mickey could also speak fluent Filipino, as well as English and French. In the Big Brother House, he is well known to be a good listener and adviser to his housemates. Declared as 2nd Big winner.

Second batch

Robert Woods

Robert Woods II (born: April 21, 1983 in Las Pinas City) is a 24-year-old pet lover and fastfood restaurant shift manager from Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Being half-British and half-Filipino, he lived a normal life in the Philippines with his Filipina mother until he flew to England after finding out about his stroke-ridden British father. He stayed in England for three years prior to his entry to the house just to take care of his father, despite his father leaving him for another woman during his first recovery.

Beatriz Saw

Maria Beatriz Imperial "Bea" Saw (born: November 17, 1985 in Muntinlupa City) is a 21-year-old resource associate from Baao, Camarines Sur and a graduate with a degree of AB Development Communications from the Jesuit run Ateneo de Naga University and a candidate for the 2006 Miss Bicolandia. She is of Chinese descent. She studied at Saint Monica Academy during her highschool years. Prior to her entry to the House, her family moved from place to place because of poverty. After some years together, her father currently works in Taiwan, while her mother goes around the country as a social worker, leaving her to act as a breadwinner for her sisters, who are staying with their aunt in Camarines Sur, while working in a consulting firm in Makati. In the house she was well known for her natural charm, calm and diplomatic approach to situations especially during her spats with Maricris and Wendy, her loud laughter, her forgiveness with mistakes, and her happy disposition. She is being called "Mommy Bei" by her housemates because of her caring and motherly character. Her aim in being inside the House is to reunite her scattered family. Her best friend in the house is Gee-Ann. According to her mother Verda Saw, once Beatriz exits the house, her whole family will settle already in Manila and her father will come home from Taiwan as well for good. On Day 126, she was proclaimed the Big Winner of the second season.

Kian Kazemi

Kian Kazemi (born: January 26, 1986 in Makati City) is a 21-year-old track and field runner and restaurant owner/manager from Makati. He joined the track-and-field team despite having alopecia areata. Graduated from College of Saint Benilde, he is also half-Persian and half-Filipino. Kian also describes himself as a playboy who has been reformed, having been exposed to marijuana during his teens.(Evicted)

Jasmin Engracia

Maria Jasmin Engracia (born: July 19, 1984 ) is a 22-year-old college student and sales merchant from Davao City. Because her parents are separated, she goes through college by selling various wares, an occupation that she has done since childhood. She aims to use her ways of selling her goods during her stay in the House. (Evicted)

Bruce Quebral

Bruce Angelo Quebral (born: December 12, 1981 in Pasig City) is 25-year-old commercial model and former varsity basketball player from Cainta, Rizal. He previously played for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP and the Granny Goose Tortillos in the Philippine Basketball League before suffering an injury which put him out of the court. Being the oldest of the offspring, he also stands as breadwinner for his family after his father died of thyroid cancer. He is the housemate sent to the Slovenian Big Brother House in exchange for Tina Semolic, the Slovenian housemate who arrived last April 21.

Dionne Monsanto

Dionne Monsanto (born: December 5, 1985 in Cebu) is a 21-year-old college student and local celebrity from Cebu City. Prior to her entry to the house, she is already a local celebrity in the Visayas, having appeared in the Cebuano language drama series For Life.[1] She currently takes up Mass Communication in the Visayan campus of the University of Philippines. She also relates that her father has been missing for some time and she has siblings that have different fathers.

Third batch

The following housemates entered and stayed in two secret areas of the house. Only two of them would become official housemates and enter the main House area. They were also tasked to gather some of their basic necessities from the main House area without being caught. Being caught would mean automatic eviction. For four days, only Ezekiel and Dionne knew about their presence and could not divulge this to the others except Big Brother. Eventually, these housemates were revealed to the others on Day 18. For the sake of explanation and because they entered the house without the knowledge of Ezekiel and Dionne's fellow housemates, they are referred to in this article as the "secret housemates."

However, as only two of the four could become the 13th and 14th official housemates, their fate inside the house was determined by public voting.

Bodie Cruz

Elmo Jeremiah "Bodie" Cruz (born: September 8, 1985 in Las Piñas City) is a 21-year-old software developer from Las Piñas City. He is the son of actor Tirso Cruz III, and with his entry in the House, he wants to break away from the image of being a "showbiz son." Naturally, because of his showbiz connections, he was once a mainstay of the youth-talent show Ang TV before living a life of obscurity prior to his stay in the House. On Day 21, he was proclaimed an official housemate.

Jeremy Legazpi

Jeremy Legazpi (born: December 21, 1986 in Mountain Province) is a 20-year-old voice dubber from Japan. He initially went to Japan to seek out his mother, which he found remarried to a Japanese man. He aims that after his stay in the House, he will find a job to provide financial support for himself and eventually for his mother. In the official website, he is known under his stepfather's surname, Hidano. (Evicted)

Maricris Dizon

Maricris Dizon (born: March 28, 1980 in Pampanga) is 26-year-old stylist from Italy. She is a daughter of Filipinos working in that country. Her mother works as a domestic helper while her father works as a messenger. She is said to be proud of her parents' blue-collar jobs and have not experienced any discrimination despite being an Asian in Italy. On Day 21, she was proclaimed an official housemate. She is the eldest among the housemates.

Mikah Dizon

Mikah Dizon (born: June 14, 1986 in Baguio City) is a 20-year-old buxom student from Baguio City. She describes herself at a party girl at night, which often leads to misconceptions and even some jail time. She had also straightened her relations with her mother. She is not related in any way to Maricris, despite both having the same surname. (Evicted)

Chronology of important events

Week 1

The season started with a military theme as a subtle reminder that the second season's premiere fell (ironically) on the anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. The housemates were taken to the House in a truck used by the Philippine Marines. The initial six housemates went inside the house barefoot and in their sleeping wear. They were also cuffed in very unusual ways before being taken in.

On Day 6, Mickey's secret task ended and Mickey is told that he could finally talk to them in Filipino. Since Big Brother told Mickey that he can reveal his secret task to everyone in his own way, Mickey revealed his fluency in Tagalog initially to Wendy, then to Nel, and eventually to the others.

On Day 7, Robert entered the House, dressed up as a delivery boy, bringing with him burger meals and ice cream for the other six as a reward for an earlier daily task.

Week 2

On Day 8, Beatriz entered the house with a task of kissing her fellow housemates twice on the cheek. The other female housemates (Saicy, Wendy, and Gee-Ann) were in turn tasked by Big Brother to arrange the hair of a "friend" and apply make-up on her. He was talking about Beatriz and the three did not know that she was the newest housemate.

On Day 9, Kian entered the house as a genie to represent his Middle Eastern heritage. He was placed inside a giant lamp and he could only come out when someone touched the lamp thrice. That person was Mickey. Mickey in turn would give Kian three wishes that Kian must fulfill before sunrise (according to Big Brother), otherwise Kian would return inside the lamp. Kian granted only one wish and worse, Nel (who was secretly tasked by Big Brother) egged him to do everything in the morning. Kian hid again inside the lamp, but out of sympathy, Nel and the female housemates joined him inside for 30 seconds before finally freeing him.

On Day 10, Jasmin entered the house through the confession room and was tasked to go to any room where she must sleep without being caught. She did so at the point when the other housemates were having a discussion at the living area. Unfortunately, Mickey saw her hiding in the bathroom. As a result, she cooked adobo for everyone the next night.

On Day 11, Bruce entered the house to act as a referee for a special netball-like game the housemates were about to play.

On Day 12, Dionne entered the house with a special task of teaching Tahitian dance to the others.

On Day 13, Ezekiel, Bruce, Mickey, and Robert were cleared to have their blood donated. The first three donated their blood without a hitch, but Robert's blood was not taken because of his fear of needles, which he himself cannot explain how it started. To put out his frustration, he shaved off his face hair, almost to the point of unrecognizability by everyone else in the House, including Big Brother.

On Day 14, the four secret housemates were placed in a secret area of the House which is right beside the garden. Ezekiel, being the first to enter, and Dionne, the last official one to make an entrance, were made aware of the four by Big Brother and were tasked by him to take care of the four and make sure the four have their basic necessities without everyone else knowing about the presence of the four. If the two were successful in this secret task by Day 18, they would be immune on the first nomination night; otherwise, they would become automatic nominees.

Week 3

On Day 15, Big Brother reprimanded Gee-Ann, Nel, Kian, Jasmin, Robert, and Bruce for various violations of house rules such as talking without a lapel microphone, mouthing of words, asking and talking about current events in the outside world, and others, as well as Gee-Ann's breach for the weight rule. Their punishment was served on Day 20 (see below).

On Day 18, Ezekiel and Dionne finally revealed ther four secret housemates to the other official housemates through a task in which the secret housemates wore the clothes of the official housemates. This task and Dionne and Ezekiel's secret mission were imperiled earlier by Mickey when he glimpsed Jeremy and Mikah in the middle of the night and tried to ask Dionne and Ezekiel about what he saw later in the day. But since Ezekiel and Dionne managed to pull their task off, they were proclaimed immune on the first official nomination round.

On Day 19, Gee-Ann expressed her intention to leave the House in exchange for saving a third secret housemate from eviction. The next day, Gee-Ann made her mind up to have Maricris take her place. But Big Brother reminded her that the ground for a voluntary exit is surrender. But since she decided to fight on and a third secret housemate cannot be saved from eviction anyway, her impending voluntary exit had officially been scrapped.

On Day 20, Big Brother meted the punishment for Gee-Ann, Nel, Kian, Jasmin, Robert, and Bruce for their violations of house rules. They were made to pick cards to determine their fate. Nel, Jasmin, and Bruce picked smiley faces and were saved from what would happen next to Robert, Kian, and Gee-Ann, who all picked bullets. Robert, Kian, and Gee-Ann then picked cards from a second deck. Kian got unlucky when he picked the gun, which signified his automatic nomination. On the other hand, Robert and Gee-Ann picked a rain cloud and lightning and a balloon about to be popped respectively.

Week 4

On Day 25, Bruce was informed by Big Brother that his mother was taken to the hospital due to her chronic asthma and Bruce must make a sacrifice for her benefit. The sacrifice was to shoot baskets and accumulate 80,000 points, the amount of money (in Philippine pesos) to pay for his mother's hospital bills. His sacrifice started the next day. His fellow housemates also helped, but he should not inform them of the purpose. Although he and his fellow housemates only scored about 9,000 points five days later, the goal had been reached because concerned viewers, passers-by, and several of ABS-CBN's talents also participated in the task by shooting baskets in a makeshift court outside the House.

On Day 28, the housemates formed into teams composed of each gender and then participated in games which tested their intelligence, smarts, and guts.

  • The first game saw one of two members of each team dip themselves in drums of water while other members correctly answered questions until the second member inside a drum rose up from the water. The men won this game 11-3.
  • The second game had the housemates gather eels for their team from a pool of water. The men again won this game, 16 eels to 11. This advanced the men into the final game.
  • In the final game, the men, all smothered with baby oil, wrestled with each other on a platform until one remained. Kian won that challenge.
  • In the consolation game, the women hung themselves on pairs of suspended rings and held on as long as they could before dropping into the pool below. Gee-Ann and Wendy won in that game.

Gee-Ann and Wendy, being the consolation game winners, each had P1,000 to spend on their own needs. Kian, being the winner of the final game, became automatically immune in the second nomination round. His immunity would only take effect if he would survive eviction the next night, which he did.

Also on Day 28, Dionne and Ezekiel's relationship became a topic of concern for Big Brother, particularly on Dionne's act of biting on Ezekiel's arm. The other housemates were informed of this and were made to decide whether or not her act was an act of violence. Of course, Big Brother also talked to Ezekiel and Dionne about their side of the story. The house rules state that any form of violence is not allowed in the house and the housemate who makes such behavior is immediately removed from the House. The other housemates did not see Dionne's biting as a form of violence, although they did deem it as improper. Meanwhile, her application of sunblock on Ezekiel's genitalia caught the eye of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the censorship body in the Philippines, to which the program promptly apologized. (See controversies section for details)

Week 5

On Day 31, Ezekiel was tasked to dress and act like a woman. This was to let him experience what the female housemates saw was his ill treatment against them. Furthermore, the male housemates, through Robert, were tasked to treat "Imelda" (as Ezekiel's new persona was called) the same way Ezekiel treated the women.

On Day 33, Kian's wounds on his legs and feet, which he obtained during the special games five days before got worse because he did not follow the doctor's orders of not dancing and walking too much. After further redressing of his wounds, he was put on a wheelchair and tasked to help Bruce make 1,000 decorative palm branches in preparation for Palm Sunday (which is Day 36). Kian's worsening of injuries came in the midst of a fake epidemic wherein Robert was tasked to pretend he was ailing from a "disease" he contracted from the House pet Buddy and Gee-Ann, Mickey, and Wendy was told to pretend that they caught Robert's "disease".

Week 6

On Day 36, the four housemates who were involved in the fake epidemic instigated by Big Brother played a special snakes and ladders game. The giant board monkey bars to represent the ladders and slides for the snakes. At the foot of the slides were pits containing things that most housemates would cringe at their sight, such as rats, muddy water, water containing words, blood, and the like. The winner of the game would become immune from nomination. Mickey won the challenge with the help of his assigned partner, Kian, who rolled the die for him during the course of the game.

On Day 37, Gee-Ann was horrified to find out that more than five pounds from the first week was added to the weight she had upon entry into the House. Five pounds is the limit set by Big Brother on the amount weight each housemate can gain (there is no limit on how much weight they could lose). Because of her weight gain, she earned an automatic nomination.

On Days 39 to 42, the housemates celebrated the Holy Week by performing tasks related to various traditions connected to the Holy Week. In particular, on Black Saturday (Day 42), the housemates used a giant rosary in the secret garden to pray the Joyful Mysteries twice.

Week 8

On Day 51, Gee-Ann once again kept her weight above the five-pound limit. Faced with another possible automatic nomination, she was given the choice of facing or preventing it by giving up her doll Pamela. Two days later, she made the decision of sacrificing Pamela, which for her was hard to do considering that she owned the doll for 15 years.

Also on Day 51, Wendy temporarily left the house to attend her graduation rites and obtain her diploma. This was made possible because Far Eastern University allowed her to do so under the conditions set by Big Brother (i.e. she would be transported to the venue blindfolded and she was not to make any contact with anyone). Upon her return to the House, she and her fellow housemates reenacted the event.

On the night of Day 53, Bruce left the House to head for Slovenia. As early the night before, Bruce was informed to pack his things and prepare for his departure. His fellow housemates, who were as unaware of the Swap as he was, were saddened by the news of his departure. Wendy was visibly the most affected, crying to the point that she was almost out of breath and had to be treated just to calm her down. Bruce only knew of the Swap upon arrival at NAIA while waiting for his flight.

After over a month, Robert finally got over his fear of needles and had his blood donated on Day 55, with Saicy by his side. This was made possible by several techniques of coming over the fear, such as visualization, putting pointed objects on his skin, and accupuncture. Robert even became brave enough to have a needle inserted in his skin.

The next day (Day 56), in the midst of Robert's birthday celebration, Slovenian housemate Tina entered the house, still wearing the Slovenian national costume, which she wore when she left her country. She gave the Philippine housemates heart-shaped chocolates bearing the name "Slovenija" (the local name of her country) on them. Since there is a six-hour difference between the Philippines and Slovenia, Bruce's entry into the Slovenian House on Day 35 of the Slovenian version was seen by primetime viewers in the Philippines the next day.

Weekly tasks

Week 1: Sand by Me

The housemates were tasked to build a sand castle which replicates a model nearby. It has to be finished by Friday. Furthermore, they must do the task in beach wear and must start and finish the task for each day when Pinoy Ako is played. The housemates bet 50% of their weekly allowance on this task.

The housemates were successful in their task, although only 25% was added because the sand castle they made was not the same as the model. PHP1,199 was also deducted from the budget to pay for the vase Gee-Ann accidentally broke during the week. An additional PHP750 was added the next day after the housemates successfully brought down the rest of their luggage without getting any of those bags wet in the pool.

Week 2: Room Service

Since a few of the housemates could cook, Big Brother tasked the housemates to cook several dishes ordered by Big Brother. The dishes then were be judged by their taste, efficiency, and presentaion. The housemates bet 60% of their weekly allowance on this task.

The housemates failed their weekly task because while they cooked their dishes in the alloted time and were satisfactory in their presentation of dishes, the taste of the dishes got mostly negative reviews. Furthermore, Big Brother deducted some points because several housemates forgot to wear either their aprons or toques while accomplishing the task.[2] The persons who sampled the dishes were ordinary people on the street.

Week 3: Harry Potter

According to the official website and UpLate reports, the official housemates (to set them apart from the secret housemates) were tasked to make pottery out of the clay provided to them. Each day, each housemate had to finish a specific kind of pottery stated by Big Brother and present it to him when it is done. Despite having little or no experience in making pottery, they confidently bet 75% of their weekly allowance on this task.[3]

The housemates however failed the task because 75% of the pottery they made were in poor condition and the housemates had not even had their works glazed.[4]

Viewers of the primetime telecast never knew about this weekly task until the day of the first nomination night because the program was focused on the secret housemates and how there are tended by Ezekiel and Dionne.

Week 4: A-maze-ing Task

The housemates were tasked to cross a string maze in the secret garden without touching any of the strings or sounding the bells that are attached to the strings.[5] They had the whole week to work out strategies on crossing the maze and practice making their moves. They then made their actual attempt on Day 27, witnessed live by viewers. They bet 50% of their weekly allowance on this task.

The housemates once again failed the task because several housemates sounded the bells eight times during their actual attempt, the number of times required for the task to become a failure.

Week 5: Watermill or No Mill

The housemates were tasked to run a water mill using water from the swimming pool. They would manually transfer the water to the water mill using pails. The water mill should be kept running day and night because if it stops for more than 30 seconds, the task will become a failure. Therefore, at least one housemate should work on the task. Housemates also should take care of their lapel microphones and keep them from getting wet while performing the task. They bet 60% of their weekly allowance on this task.[6]

The housemates finally succeeded in this task. Although this was not actually their first success, as the program always asserted (see above), this was the first win wherein the entire amount they bet was added to their weekly budget.

Week 6: Egg-specially for Easter

Dressed as rabbits, the housemates were tasked to make at least 500 Easter eggs. But before they could paint the eggs, the eggs should be extracted of their contents first (of course, without cracking the eggshells). Then, the yolks and whites were then used to make batches of leche flan mixture. The empty eggshells should then be refilled with the mixture. Only when the mixture is set inside the eggshells that the eggs should be painted. Furthermore, the housemates should hop around while wearing their rabbit gear. They bet 60% of their weekly budget for this task.

The housemates failed in their task because they only made 293 easter eggs, both fully and partially painted. Worse, some of them did their task while they forgot to wear other parts of their costume, such as the ears, whiskers, or rabbit shoes, and to hop around while in costume. The announcement was made on Black Saturday, a day later than usual, because most business establishments, especially supermarkets, are closed on Good Friday.

Week 7: Rice to the Occasion

Dressed in traditional Filipino clothes, the housemates were tasked to process several sacks of newly harvested rice using the method of pagbabayo or rice pounding. They were provided with several objects used in pagbabayo such as the sacks of rice, mortars, pestles, and bilao (woven bamboo platters). Furthermore, to complete the ambience of Filipino country life, native Filipino music is heard around the House. They were supposed to bet 60% of their budget, but Big Brother requested that they bet their entire budget because the rice processed in this task will be donated to charity.[7]

In the three days the housemates performed the task, they exhibited hard work, perseverance, and cooperation, which characterize the Filipino trait of bayanihan, to the point that some of them had blisters in their hands. Because of this, Big Brother not only stopped the task at the end of the third day, but also deemed it a success. In exchange, Big Brother would fulfill his promise of donating a sack of rice to a family of each housemate's choice.

Week 8: 100 Treasures

The housemates would take on several survival tasks, while dressed as different kinds of people depending on the task. In the process, they would earn gold coins. The number of gold coins obtained would determine how much the amount to be increased or decreased from their budget. If they earned at least sixty coins, that would be the percentage added to their budget; any less and the budget would have the same percentage as the number of gold coins amassed. The maximum number of coins to be amassed in this task is 100 coins. The way this task would affect their budget is the reason they didn't bet anything on this task.

In the five activities the housemates performed, their last one involving a Viking-Amazon battle, the housemates found out that they won their weekly task and earned a weekly budget P9,350, an increase of 87% from P5,000.[8]

Week 9: Big Brother Fiesta

The housemates were tasked to organize and prepare an original festival to let Slovenian housemate Tina immerse in the colorful Philippine fiestas and the well-known "Filipino hospitality". The fiesta would take place on Thursday (Day 61). The housemates bet 85% of their budget on this task.

The Big Red Phone

On Day 23 (March 19, 2007), a large red telephone was placed inside the House. It was announced the day before that the phone would ring in different instances, and each call would inform the housemate who would answer the call of a different reward or punishment. The housemate who would answer each call would receive any of the following news:

  • 1st Call: Staying in the sun for a day and no baths for two days (received by Ezekiel)
  • 2nd Call: Haircut, facial massage, and "full body foot massage" (received by Mickey)
  • 3rd Call: The granting of any one wish, regardless of the result of any task (received by Bodie, who ordered pizza)
  • 4th Call: A 60-second shopping spree in the Storage Room (received by Dionne)
  • 5th Call: Being the "pet of the day" (received by Nel)
  • 6th Call: The power to change the second set of nominees (received by Wendy, who retained the set of nominees as is)
  • 7th Call: Automatic nomination (received by Beatriz)
  • 8th Call: A secret date with another housemate (received by Bruce, who chose Wendy to be his date)
  • 9th Call: Playing Sadako of the Japanese movie Ring and living in a well for a day (received by Kian)
  • 10th Call: Walking around blindfolded for a day without any help from the others (received by Gee-Ann)
  • 11th Call: A chance to conquer one's fear (received by Saicy whose fear is snakes)
  • 12th Call: Shaving one's eyebrows
  • 13th Call: A kiss of Judas—i.e. the recipient of the call kisses a housemate, who in turn gains an automatic nomination

Big Brother Swap

The official website announced on Day 47 (April 12, 2007) that one Philippine housemate would trade places with a housemate from the Slovenian version. The swap is taking place for one week starting on Day 56 (April 21). [9][10] Tina[11] has been chosen to swap with Bruce.[12]

Promotion ads for this event likened this to an alien abduction because the Philippine housemates will not be aware that Bruce will trade places with Tina, a foreigner.[13] On the other hand, the Slovenian housemates already knew of the Swap and were preparing for this event, which is expected to be a cultural exchange of sorts for both sides. The swap took place starting Day 56 (April 21) and will end on Day 63 (April 28), when the swapped housemates are expected to return to their respective Houses.

Tina Semolic, a 22-year-old former beauty queen, was chosen by the Philippine version's staff because of her personality "would fit well" with the Filipino housemates, as well as being nice and not too aggressive. On the other hand, Bruce was chosen by the Slovenian staff because of his physique and his "very Filipino" characteristics that would stir up competition among the men there.[14]

To let Filipino viewers know about Bruce's situation in the Slovenian House, some footage from the Slovenian version related to Bruce is also shown, aside from the events inside the Philippine House. English conversation recorded on both Houses are subtitled into Filipino, while any Slovenian conversation and comment is dubbed over by Filipino voice actors to let the Filipino viewers understand better.

Nomination history

The housemate first mentioned in each nomination gets two points, while the second gets one point.

Special 1 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Special 2 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 Finale
Eviction Day Number and Date Day 21
March 17
Day 29
March 25
Day 35
March 31
Day 49
April 14
Day 70
May 5
Day 77
May 12
Day 84
May 19
Day 91
May 26
Day 98
June 2
Day 105
June 9
Day 112
June 16
Day 119
June 23
Day 122
June 26
Day 124
June 28
Day 126
June 30
Nomination Day Number and Date Day 18
March 14
Day 22
March 18
Day 30
March 26
Day 43
April 8
Day 66
May 1
Day 71
May 6
Day 78
May 13
Day 85
May 20
Day 92
May 27
Day 99
June 3
Day 106
June 10
Day 113
June 17
Wendy No
nominations
Gee-Ann
Jasmin
Gee-Ann
Ezekiel
No
nominations
Beatriz
Gee-Ann
Evicted
(Day 70)
Re-entered
Day 78
Exempt Mickey
Nel
Mickey
Bodie
Mickey
Robert
No
nominations
No
nominations
No
nominations
Gee-Ann No
nominations
Beatriz
Mickey
Wendy
Ezekiel
No
nominations
Nel
Robert
Bruce
Nel
Yen No
nominations
Nel
Yen
Nel
Kian
Bruce
Nel
Bruce
Wendy
No
nominations
No
nominations
No
nominations
Mickey No
nominations
Jasmin
Beatriz
Ezekiel
Saicy
No
nominations
Dionne
Saicy
Dionne
Saicy
Yen No
nominations
Beatriz
Yen
Kian
Nel
Wendy
Saicy
Nel
Bruce
No
nominations
No
nominations
No
nominations
Beatriz No
nominations
Mickey
Robert
Dionne
Saicy
No
nominations
Robert
Bodie
Dionne
Saicy
Yen No
nominations
Bruce
Nel
Mickey
Bodie
Robert
Bruce
Robert
Bruce
No
nominations
No
nominations
No
nominations
Bodie No
nominations
Exempt Bruce
Maricris
No nominations Dionne
Beatriz
Dionne
Nel
Yen No
nominations
Robert
Beatriz
Kian
Beatriz
Beatriz
Robert
Robert
Beatriz
No
nominations
No
nominations
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 124)
Bruce No
nominations
Jasmin
Saicy
Ezekiel
Wendy
No
nominations
Exempt Dionne
Bodie
Yen No
nominations
Yen
Bodie
Mickey
Bodie
Gee-Ann
Saicy
Mickey
Robert
No
nominations
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 122)
Nel No
nominations
Jasmin
Beatriz
Bodie
Dionne
No
nominations
Dionne
Saicy
Dionne
Saicy
Yen No
nominations
Robert
Mickey
Robert
Wendy
Saicy
Gee-Ann
Gee-Ann
Bruce
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 119)
Robert No
nominations
Jasmin
Beatriz
Ezekiel
Bodie
No
nominations
Dionne
Beatriz
Dionne
Nel
Yen No
nominations
Yen
Beatriz
Kian
Nel
Beatriz
Nel
Nel
Beatriz
Evicted
(Day 112)
Saicy No
nominations
Gee-Ann
Jasmin
Gee-Ann
Ezekiel
No
nominations
Dionne
Gee-Ann
Nel
Mickey
Yen No
nominations
Nel
Mickey
Mickey
Beatriz
Beatriz
Mickey
Evicted
(Day 105)
Kian No
nominations
Wendy
Mickey
Wendy
Mickey
No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 49)
Re-entered
Day 78
Exempt Bodie
Robert
Re-evicted
(Day 98)
Yen Not in the house
(Entered, Day 70)
Exempt No
nominations
Robert
Bruce
Evicted
(Day 91)
Jasmin No
nominations
Bruce
Wendy
Evicted
(Day 29)
Re-entered
Day 78
Re-evicted
(Day 86)
Ezekiel No
nominations
Saicy
Gee-Ann
Dionne
Gee-Ann
Evicted
(Day 35)
Re-entered
Day 78
Re-evicted
(Day 85)
Dionne No
nominations
Jasmin
Robert
Ezekiel
Nel
No
nominations
Bodie
Saicy
Mickey
Nel
Yen Evicted
(Day 77)
Geraldine Not in the house
(Entered, Day 70)
Exempt Evicted
(Day 77)
Maricris No
nominations
Exempt Ezekiel
Bruce
No
nominations
Forcedly evicted
(Day 65)
Jeremy No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 21)
Mikah No
nominations
Evicted
(Day 21)
Notes Note 1 Note 2 Note 3 Note 4 Note 5 Note 6 Note 7 Note 8 None None Note 9 Note 10
Up for eviction Bodie
Jeremy
Maricris
Mikah
Beatriz
Gee-Ann
Jasmin
Kian
Beatriz
Dionne
Ezekiel
Gee-Ann
Wendy
Bodie
Dionne
Gee-Ann
Kian
Dionne
Saicy
Wendy
Dionne
Nel
Ezekiel
Jasmin
Kian
Wendy
Gee-Ann
Robert
Saicy
Yen
Kian
Mickey
Beatriz
Saicy
Bruce
Robert
Open Voting
Saved from eviction Bodie
39.33%
Maricris
25.08%
Gee-Ann
43.37%
Kian
25.19%
Beatriz
20.62%
Gee-Ann
30.76%
Beatriz
20.15%
Wendy
17.43%
Dionne
15.98%
Gee-Ann
28.9%
Dionne
26.65%
Bodie
24.9%
Dionne
40.32%
Saicy
30.09%
Nel
61.27%
Yen
9 of 9 votes
Wendy
54.04%
Kian
17.71%
Gee-Ann
40.18%
Saicy
30.52%
Robert
24.71%
Mickey
54.00%
Beatriz
60.58%
Bruce
56.01%
Bodie
Gee-Ann
Beatriz
Bruce
Mickey
Wendy
Beatriz
Bodie
Gee-Ann
Mickey
Wendy
Gee-Ann
Beatriz
Wendy
Mickey
Evicted Jeremy
24.13%
Mikah
11.46%
Jasmin
10.82%
Ezekiel
15.67%
Kian
19.55%
Wendy
29.59%
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Maricris
Dionne
38.73%
Geraldine
0 of 9 votes
Jasmin
15.64%
Ezekiel
12.61%
Yen
4.59%
Kian
46.00%
Saicy
39.32%
Robert
43.99%
Nel
3.75%
Bruce
6.35%
Bodie
12.46%

Template:FnbThe four secret housemates were put up for eviction because only two people were needed to complete the official housemate roster of fourteen.
Template:FnbAmong the six housemates who were reprimanded by Big Brother because of various violations to house rules, Kian lost the determining game and was therefore automatically nominated. The two additional housemates, Bodie and Maricris, were exempt from the nominations process, while Ezekiel and Dionne were immune from eviction.
Template:FnbKian became immune from nomination due to his win in the special games on Day 28 and his escape from eviction the following night. Beatriz answered the seventh call from the big red telephone, signalling her automatic nomination. Wendy originally used her power of changing the official list of nominees by replacing her name with that of Maricris. But after much reconsideration and a burst of emotion, she asked Big Brother to reverse her decision. Later that night, Big Brother reinstated the original official list of nominees.
Template:FnbThere were no nominations on the day of the announcement of nominees. Big Brother automatically put Gee-Ann, Kian, Bodie, and Dionne up for eviction because of Gee-Ann's breach in the five-pound weight gain rule (see above) and Kian, Bodie, and Dionne's negligence in using their lapel microphones.
Template:FnbBruce was given an exemption on Day 63 from the next nomination round for his accomplishment in the Big Brother Swap. Mickey was also given immunity for winning a special game back in Day 36. Wendy was put up automatically for eviction because of her accidental misuse of her lapel microphone, despite her admission to the mistake she did. On Day 65, even before the fourth nomination round could even take place, Maricris was forced out of the House by Big Brother because of her acts and thoughts of violence against herself and several other housemates. On Day 65, after Maricris left, Mickey kissed Saicy, which signaled her automatic nomination. Because of the number of nominees already up for eviction, only Dionne, the highest earner of nomination votes, was included and not Beatriz, the second highest earner. As a side note, the two names given by Mickey were his first two choices to whom he would give the kiss of Judas.
Template:FnbGeraldine and Yen had just entered the House on Day 70 so they were exempted from nominations. However, only one of them would remain by the next week, and this choice was determined through votes by the other housemates.
Template:FnbWendy and Kian were voted back into the house by public voting. Although Ezekiel and Jasmin were evicted on Day 84, Big Brother allowed them to stay in the main house area for one day. Ezekiel was in the main house area from Day 84 to 85, while Jasmin was in there from Day 85 to 86.
Template:FnbSaicy was nominated for her breach in the weight rule while Gee-Ann was nominated because she admitted to talking while her lapel microphone was accidentally turned off. Kian and Wendy were not yet in the main house area and the other housemates were not yet supposed to know of their presence, so they were not part of the week's nominations. Although technically evicted, Jasmin was present in the House during the announcement of nominees.
Template:FnbNominations were held face-to-face with badges attached to each nominated housemate. Their face-to-face nominations must be the same as their private nominations earlier; Mickey inadvertently switched the points he gave to Nel and Bruce, but he corrected it after he was reminded by Big Brother of the former's mistake.
Template:FnbAll voting would determine the final four and the eventual winner. The lowest three from the seven remaining housemates would each be evicted in the three eviction nights indicated in the table. During each of the eviction nights, the call-out order of names of those who were saved does not reflect their standing in the tally.

     Granted Immunity (due to successful execution of "Secret Task", challenge winner, etc.)
     Automatic Nomination (due to secret housemate twist, violation(s) committed, "Big Red Telephone" Challenge, etc.)

Controversies

  • In a March 22 memorandum, the movie-TV board took the network to task for airing the "naughty actuations" of a female housemate later identified as Dionne Monsanto of Cebu by MTRCB chair Ma. Consoliza P. Laguardia. According to Laguardia, Dionne "inserted her hands in the underwear" of a male housemate, later identified as Zeke Dimaguila of Australia, in the March 20 episode. In the same memo, the network's representatives were invited to a meeting on March 27 at the board's office in Quezon City. As a result of the hearing, Laurenti M. Dyogi, PBB director and ABS-CBN business unit head, wrote a letter to Laguardia. In the letter dated March 27, Dyogi stated that the network would issue an apology to viewers who may have been offended by Dionne's behavior. As promised, show host Toni Gonzaga said sorry on PBB's March 27 episode. Laguardia also expressed satisfaction that the camera is no longer focusing on Dionne. In his March 27 letter, Dyogi assured Laguardia that PBB would avoid giving exposure to Dionne. Dyogi also promised that the show would check the behavior of Dionne, through a reprimand and a directive from Big Brother. Dionne was also prohibited from having any interaction with Zeke from March 28 to March 31. Dyogi's letter said, "Big Brother would also remind all housemates to conduct themselves properly while they are in the house."[15]
  • In an April 8 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, an article was featured on Zeke Dimaguila. The ex-housemate had candid thoughts when the "exit interview" was conducted. On Dionne's "naughty actuations", the Australian had this to say, "I think Dionne took Big Brother's instruction literally. The task was to put sunblock all over my body. I told her not to go there... where the sun doesn't shine." He then compared Dionne to a "stalker" commenting, "She followed me everywhere I went." However, Zeke insisted that he didn't hold a grudge over his elimination so early in the game and added, "I went with guns blazing. I got to share my true self in the house, no holds barred... what's done is done."[16]

References

  1. ^ Dreams beyond the drama, Pinoy Outlook Website
  2. ^ Housemates Fail The Room Service Task, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  3. ^ The best of both worlds, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  4. ^ The task has gone to pot, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  5. ^ No strings attached, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  6. ^ Water mill... or no mill?, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  7. ^ Kapag Ang Palay Naging Bigas... Pinoy Big Brother website
  8. ^ Top of the world, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  9. ^ The Great Big Brother Swap, Pinoy Big Brother website
  10. ^ Senzacionalna Big Brother izmenjava!, Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  11. ^ Na Filipine bo odletela Tina! Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  12. ^ Kdo je skrivnostnež, ki se bo za teden dni vselil v hišo Big Brotherja? Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  13. ^ Things to come Pinoy Big Brother website
  14. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. Slovenian beauty queen in PBB housemate swap. Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 18, 2007. p. D1 (no online version)
  15. ^ Naughty housemate gets PBB in trouble, Philippine Daily Inquirer Online
  16. ^ Desperately seeking Zeke, Philippine Daily Inquirer Online
  17. ^ Public Records, For Big Brother Public Records

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  1. Dreams beyond the drama, Pinoy Outlook Website
  2. Housemates Fail The Room Service Task, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  3. The best of both worlds, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  4. The task has gone to pot, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  5. No strings attached, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  6. Water mill... or no mill?, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  7. Kapag Ang Palay Naging Bigas... Pinoy Big Brother website
  8. Top of the world, Pinoy Big Brother Website
  9. The Great Big Brother Swap, Pinoy Big Brother website
  10. Senzacionalna Big Brother izmenjava!, Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  11. Na Filipine bo odletela Tina! Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  12. Kdo je skrivnostnež, ki se bo za teden dni vselil v hišo Big Brotherja? Big Brother Slovenia website (in Slovenian)
  13. Things to come Pinoy Big Brother website
  14. Cruz, Marinel R. Slovenian beauty queen in PBB housemate swap. Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 18, 2007. p. D1 (no online version)
  15. Naughty housemate gets PBB in trouble, Philippine Daily Inquirer Online
  16. Desperately seeking Zeke, Philippine Daily Inquirer Online