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Pinoy Big Brother (franchise)
Pinoy Big Brother 7 Logo 1
Country Philippines
Language(s) Filipino
Television Network(s) ABS-CBN
Host Various
Series Run August 21, 2005 - Present

Pinoy Big Brother, more popularly known by its abbreviated title PBB is the Philippine version of Big Brother. The word Pinoy in the title is a colloquial term used to describe the Filipino people. The show first aired on August 21, 2005 on ABS-CBN and its international channel TFC in various countries world wide. 

The series resulted a huge impact on the history of Philippine reality television, making its reputation as the most successful and longest running reality show in the Philippines, with a number of housemates being public figures after their stay inside the house.  

How it worksEdit

Pinoy Big Brother logo (2011)

Official Logo from 2005-2015

Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually fewer than 15 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

Philippine Series Edit

The Philippine version follows the premise of the original format like many foreign counterparts where in a number of Filipinos will volunteer to live in one house for a certain number of days.

The elimination process in the show is the same among many foreign counterparts which is the reverse of the original Dutch format. At the start of the elimination process, the "housemates" (as the contestants are referred to) vote for which fellow housemates they should eliminate; 2 points will be given to one housemate while 1 point to the other one. Who ever have the highest points will be nominated. Once these nominations are chosen, the viewer votes come into play.

For a week viewers are asked to vote, via SMS for whoever they wanted to stay longer in the house. 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, usually includes house and lot, a car, a business franchise, home appliances, and a holiday, and is given the title the Big Winner.

Other essential elements of the Big Brother franchise are present, such as weekly and daily challenges, the confession room, and the voice known only as "Big Brother," sometimes referred to as "Kuya" (Tagalog for an elder male sibling).Pinoy Big Brother uses their tagline "Teleserye ng Totoong Buhay" or the "Real Life Soap Opera"

Casting Edit

The housemates are chosen via auditions held in different parts of the country and also to different parts of the world where a large population of Filipinos can be found such as California, London and Tokyo etc.

The application is open to all as long as the person either holds a Filipino citizenship regarless of race and ancestry or sometimes just resides/resided in the Philippines or sometimes just have Filipino ancestry no matter where they live in the world.

Twists Edit

Twists play a huge part on Pinoy Big Brother as it either change the play out of the season. In every season, multiple twists may be applied depending on the concept of the season's main twists.

Some notable season twists were double houses, rich and poor houses, face to face nominations, mass evictions, fake evictions, housemates entering the house in the middle of the season's duration, all types of housemates living inside one house, show's hosts becoming houseguests and many more.

The Big Brother House Edit

Pinoy Big Brother House facade

The facade of the Pinoy Big Brother House in front of ABS-CBN studios in South Triangle, Quezon City.

The iconic Big Brother house plays a huge part on the show. It is located in front of ABS-CBN studios in South Triangle, Quezon City

The house is a multi-room studio and is specially designed to capture the housemates' every move. Camera cross surrounds the house, it allows cameramen inside the house record the housemates' every move without being seen by the housemates. 

The set up of the house, especially when shown in television, makes the illusion that it is a one-storey house. But anyone who passes by the house can easily notice that its facade is that of a two-storey house. That is because the second storey houses parts of the control room. The actual front doors to the house area are actually further inside.

Seasons and EditionsEdit

Pinoy Big Brother Regular Seasons
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up
Pinoy Big Brother 1 August 21, 2005 December 10, 2005 112 13 Nene Tamayo Jayson Gainza
Pinoy Big Brother 2 February 25, 2007 June 30, 2007 126 18 Bea Saw Mickey Perz
Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up October 4, 2009 February 13, 2010 133 23 Melisa Cantiveros Paul Jake Castillo
Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited October 29, 2011 March 31, 2012 155 37 Slater Young Pamu Pamorada
Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Seasons
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1 February 5, 2006 April 1, 2006 56 14 Keanna Reeves John Prats
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 October 14, 2007 January 5, 2008 84 16 Ruben Gonzaga Riza Santos
Pinoy Big Brother Teen Seasons
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Days Housemates Winner Runner-Up
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 1 April 23, 2006 June 3, 2006 42 14 Kim Chiu Mikee Lee
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus March 23, 2008 June 7, 2008 77 14 Ejay Falcon Robi Domingo
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 April 10, 2010 June 26, 2010 78 27 James Reid Ryan Bang
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4 April 8, 20012 July 7, 2012 42 14 Kim Chiu Mikee Lee
Pinoy Big Brother Combined Seasons
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Days Housemates Winner(s) Runner(s)-Up
Pinoy Big Brother: All In April 27, 2014 August 24, 2014 120 19 Daniel Matsunaga Maris Racal
Pinoy Big Brother: 737 June 20, 2015 November 8, 2015 142 26 Miho Nishida Tommy Esguerra
Jimboy Martin Ylona Garcia
Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 July 11, 2016 March 5, 2017 235 31 Maymay Entrata Kisses Delavin

Overall, Pinoy Big Brother had already produced 13 seasons with 4 regular/civilian seasons, 4 teen seasons, 2 celebrity seasons and 3 special seasons since it began airing on 2005.

The show has 4 editions, a teen edition, a celebrity edition, a regular adult edition and a special edition.

Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Edit

The adolescents chosen for this particular version are aged 13 to 18 years old, are from different cities in the Philippines, sometimes even from certain overseas countries with sizable Filipino communities. Other factors are disregarded; in-school and out-of-school youths, those with intact and broken families, and even teenage single parents may be eligible as long one passes the age requirement and has a background worth exploring during the edition's run. This edition is usually done in the Philippine "summer" months of late March to early June. During this time, temperatures in the country are at their highest and most students are out of school; a regular school year in the Philippines runs from June of one year to March of the next.

Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition Edit

The Celebrity edition follows the same premise of the Big Brother UK rip-off version Celebrity Big Brother where in Big Brother housed commercial models, actors and actresses, radio and TV show hosts, musicians, sports and fashion personalities, and even politicians in a certain number of days (the duration of this particular version of the show is lesser compared to the regular seasons). Celebrity housemates, like many counterparts abroad, play for charity, aside from themselves. Prizes given away from edition to edition can vary, but basically, the cash prize an edition's winner can receive is the same as the prize for that winner's chosen charity organization, i.e. the winner and his/her charity each win the same amount.

Special Season Edit

Special Seasons are editions where in a different format is being applied to the show. Either, teens, celebrities and regular adults will live in the house or two editions will happen in one single season. It depends on the twists of Big Brother himself. The special seasons are counted as regular seasons unlike the two editions.

Hall of Big WinnersEdit

As of 2016, Pinoy Big Brother had already produced 14 winners. 5 for adults, 3 celebrities and 6 teens.

 Season 1 
Nene Tamayo
 Celebrity Edition 1 
Keanna Reeves
 Teen Edition 1 
Kim Chui
 Season 2 
Beatriz Saw
 Celebrity Edition 2 
Ruben Gonzaga
 Teen Edition Plus 
Ejay Falcon
 Double Up 
Melisa Cantiveros
 Teen Clash 2010 
James Reid
Question Head
Slater Young
 Teen Edition 4 
Myrtle Sarrosa
 All In 
Daniel Matsunaga
 737 (Teen Edition) 
Jimboy Martin
 737 (Regular Edition) 
Miho Nishida
 Lucky 7 
Maymay Entrata

Presenters Edit

Current PresentersEdit

Timeline of stay as one of
the main host of Pinoy Big Brother
Host S1 C1 T1 S2 C2 T2 S3 T3 S4 T4 S5 S6 S7


  1. S denotes regular seasons; C denotes celebrity seasons; and T denotes teen seasons.
  2. Those highlighted in blue mean that the hosts return to the show on the Big Night and there were only 2 instances: Gonzaga on Teen Edition 1 and Rodriguez on 737, Beatriz Saw was only a host for the Pinoy Big Brother Update in second celebrity season and not of the show itself. Jason Gainza was only a street-side reporter in the second celebrity season. Studio 23 hosts are also not considered as hosts of the main show. Joj and Jai Agpangan, and Slater Young were hosts of the online edition, but they were not considered as hosts of the main show.

Theme Song Edit

Civilian Seasons Edit

Pinoy Ako - Orange And Lemons04:15

Pinoy Ako - Orange And Lemons

Pinoy Ako's Original Music Video in 2005, featuring the Season 1 Housemates.

The show also had its theme song called "Pinoy Ako" (English: I'm a Filipino) by Orange and Lemons. This song is also the basis for much of the background music used in the show.

In 2007, a rehashed version was used in Season 2 sung by the rock band Cebalo.

In 2010, another version was used in Season 4, sung by the main host herself, Toni Gonzaga. It had some remixed elements.

The new version of "Pinoy Ako" by Reo Brothers was released on Season 5 (All in Season). However on the Season 6, which coincides the 10th Anniversary of the show, they reverted to the original song sung by Orange and Lemons.
Sikat ang Pinoy - Yeng and Emman Version04:06

Sikat ang Pinoy - Yeng and Emman Version

A version of Sikat ang Pinoy sung by Emman Abatayo and Yeng Constantino during the live launch of Celebrity Edition 2 in 2007

Celebrity Seasons Edit

Celebrity Editions also had it's own theme song entitled Sikat ang Pinoy (lit. Filipinos are Famous) by Season 1 contestant Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga which was used for its Celebrity Edition 1.

However in 2007, just like the regular series, a rehashed version of Sikat ang Pinoy was also used for Celebrity Edition 2 sung by Pinoy Dream Academy contestants, Yeng Constantino and Emman Abatayo.
Kabataang Pinoy by Itchyworms03:28

Kabataang Pinoy by Itchyworms

Kabataang Pinoy first performed by rock band Itchyworms on the live launch of Teen Edition 1

Teen Seasons Edit

A different theme song was also used for its Teen seasons; Kabataang Pinoy (The Pinoy Teenagers) of the Itchyworms.

It was the only song that wasn't rehashed and was used since Teen Edition 1 up to the present Teen Edition.

Trivia Edit

  • Pinoy Big Brother is the only Big Brother franchise in the world to adapt a Teen Big Brother. It eventually turned out to be one of the most popular editions in Pinoy Big Brother.
  • The only Big Brother to create a full song as an official soundtrack with one song for each editions.
  • Out of 13 seasons overall, only 6 male housemates became Big Winners.
  • It is the only Southeast Asian country to successfully produce a Big Brother franchise.
  • Since it's launch in 2005, Pinoy Big Brother already had over 200 housemates lived inside the house.
  • All of the show's current presenters experienced living inside the house, with two being pranked by Big Brother and the other two were former housemates.

  • Pinoy Big Brother had some of the longest season durations worldwide.

  • Pinoy Big Brother had the second highest number of ejections in the history of Big Brother worldwide next to Germany.

  • It holds the youngest ever Big Brother housemate to enter worldwide, when Bailey May entered in Pinoy Big Brother: 737's Teen Edition at age 12.

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