ABS-CBN finally launched yesterday night Pinoy Big Brother All In, the latest edition of the said reality show. The show, which first came to the Philippines back in 2005, will have 18 housemates. They will stay inside the Big Brother House without any communication with the outside world for the next 100 days.
The housemates are the following (thanks to our partner site EnterVRexWorld for this list):
1. Axel Torres – “Jock-Next-Door ng Taguig”, 19
2. Jane Oineza – “Rising Celebriteen ng Quezon City”, 17
3. Cess Visitacion – “Biba Rakatera ng Valenzuela”, 23
4. Chevin Cecilio – “Simpatikong Salesman ng Cam Sur”, 22
5. Nichole Barranda – “Sweet Revelation ng Makati”, 15
6. Aina Solano – “Bombshell ng Boracay”, 21
7. Joshua Garcia– “Tatay’s Boy ng Batangas”, 16
8. Jayme – “Devoted Daughter ng Las Pinas”, 23
9. Manolo – “Wonder Son ng Quezon City”, 16
10. Maris – “Singing Sunshine ng Davao”, 16
11. Ranty Portento – “Maginoong Marino ng Quezon”, 26
12. Michelle Gumabao – “Spunky Spiker ng Quezon City”, 21
13. Jacob Benedicto – “Cutie Crooner ng Paranque”, 21
14. Loisa Andalio– “Talented Darling ng Paranaque”
15. Roberto Solomon IV – “Brad Bait ng Pasay”
16. Roberto Solomon V – “Brad Kulit ng Pasay”
17. Vickie Rushton – “Lady Mahinhin ng Bacolod”, 23
18. Alex Gonzaga – “Sassy Sister ng Rizal”, 26
However, the line up of housemates did not exactly sit well with netizens. As of Sunday night until early Monday morning, hash tags #PBBScripted, #PBBFamousedition, and #PBBBawalAngPangitEdition are top trending topics on Twitter.
PBB once took pride in calling itself the “teleserye ng totoong buhay.” When a show describes itself as reflecting the “real life,” it necessarily needs to reflect the diversity of the society that it seeks to represent. The disgust felt by the viewers of PBB, as expressed via social media, is understandable.
What diversity are you talking about when all your housemates have artistahin looks? Not all Filipinos have movie-star looks. If we are talking about talent shows like Star Circle Quest or StarStruck, no one would be complaining about this point.
Notably, of the 18 housemates, 11 are from Metro Manila. Only two are from Visayas while just one housemate hails from Mindanao. The show conducted seven auditions from November 2013 to April 2014.
Gone are the days when not-exactly-good-looking individuals like Franzen Fajardo, Jayson Gainza, and Teacher Raquel are considered for inclusion in this show.
Just imagine how the current edition would be better if they have housemates from diverse backgrounds. Why not have a housemate from a really poor family? Or perhaps a Muslim? An openly gay or lesbian housemate would be interesting too. PBB should have contestants who can easily identify with the show’s homogeneous audience.
I’m sure doing this would pay dividends for the show. After all, as one study in the United States found out, movies and TV shows which portray diverse casts perform better among its audience.