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Pinoy Big Brother 1 was the first civilian edition and the first ever season of the reality-television series Pinoy Big Brother.

The series aired on ABS-CBN for over 112 days from August 21, 2005 to December 10, 2005.

Nene Tamayo of Romblon emerged as the first ever Big Winner of the series, taking home the grand prize worth ‎₱6,000,000 (approx. $111,000) all-in-all; including a house and lot worth ₱2 million, cash prize of ₱1 million, livelihood showcase worth ₱2 million and a brand-new Nissan Frontier Titanium.[1]

Background

As early as May 2005 months prior to the official launch of the show, ABS-CBN had been plugging the new reality show with the taglines such as: "Could you live in the Big Brother House for 100 Days?" or "Do you want to win 1 Million Pesos?".

25,000 people auditioned for the debut season and was eventually cut down to 30 auditionees. According to Producer, Laurenti Dyogi during a presscon for 2018 casting, the casting for the first Pinoy Big Brother season was very different to the succeeding season's audition process. He mentioned that the first season's casting was done through a phone call and a private interview.

The series followed an international format where the contestants called as housemates must nominate two people every week and those nominate will face the public vote. Whoever has the least amount of save votes will be the one evicted. Every week, Big Brother will give the housemates a weekly task that they must accomplish in order for them to gain a grocery budget for the upcoming week.

Hosts

Originally, variety show host Willie Revillame is considered as the main host of the series, together with Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez.

Willie Revillame originally hosted the weekend live shows. Toni Gonzaga narrates the weeknight highlights episodes while Mariel Rodriguez hosts the updates segment as well as the "Pinoy Big Brother: Uplate" aired every midnight.

Season Twists

  • 100 Seconds Encounter:A housemate got the chance to talk to their loved one inside the Diary Room for 100 seconds.
  • Replacement Housemate: A new housemate entered when the other one was ejected or walked for various reasons.
  • The Big Switch : An evicted housemate would get a chance to come back to the house, that would be decided by the public as a replacement housemate for Bob dela Cruz.

The House

Colorful Pastel

  • Pinoy Big Brother House Facade in 2005
  • The Original Floor Plan of the Pinoy Big Brother House
  • Garden Area
  • Kitchen & Dining
  • Living Room
  • Bedroom
  • Diary Room

The Big Brother House is a multi-room studio designed with walls painted with various pastel colors. The original house is composed of 2 separate bedrooms for each gender, living are, kitchen and dining, storage room as well as a bathroom and restroom. One important part of the house is the Confession Room, the place where the housemates could talk to Big Brother about their feelings and the happenings inside the house.

There is also a large backyard garden area with various plants, sitting areas, a tall palm tree as well as a swimming pool. For the housemates security and the essence of being locked away from the outside world, the garden area is covered with a black net type of fabric. The house also boasts of a multi-faith altar in one area of the house near the front door (one which has a Bible, a Koran, and twelve rosaries), making the house the only Big Brother house that has a room set aside for religious purposes (although it is said that the Arab Big Brother house had prayer rooms). And 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, used for only two purposes:

  • Airing videos Big Brother want to show to any or all housemates, 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.

To complete the set up, 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).

A car is used to transfer the evicted housemate from the Big Brother house to the ABS-CBN main building.

The Housemates

PBBNene1
 Big Winner 
 
Nene
PBBJason1
 Runner Up 
 
Jason
PBBCass1
 3rd Place 
 
Cass
PBBUma1
 4th Place 
 
Uma
PBBSay1
 Evicted 
 
Say
PBBFranzen1
 Forced Evicted 
 
Franzen
PBBJenny1
 Evicted 
 
Jenny
PBBSam1
 Evicted 
 
Sam
PBBChx1
 Evicted 
 
Chx
PBBBob1
 Forced Evicted 
 
Bob
PBBRaquel1
 Evicted 
 
Racquel
PBBJB1
 Evicted 
 
JB
PBBRico1
 Evicted 
 
Rico

Nominations History

Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Finale
Nene 2-Cass
1-Say
2-Cass
1-JB
2-Say
1-Cass
No
Nominations
2-Uma
1-Cass
2-Say
1-Sam
2-Cass
1-Uma
No
Nominations
2-Uma
1-Say
Winner
Jason 2-Nene
1-Bob
2-JB
1-Nene
2-Uma
1-Cass
No
Nominations
2-Sam
1-Uma
2-Sam
1-Uma
2-Cass
1-Say
No
Nominations
2-Say
1-Cass
Runner-Up
Cass 2-Franzen
1-Racquel
2-Racquel
1-Bob
2-Racquel
1-Jason
No
Nominations
2-Jason
1-Nene
Nene
Jason
2-Jenny
1-Jason
No
Nominations
2-Nene
1-Jason
Third Place
Uma 2-Racquel
1-Bob
2-Racquel
1-Bob
2-Racquel
1-Bob
No
Nominations
2-Nene
1-Jason
2-Franzen
1-Nene
2-Jason
1-Nene
No
Nominations
2-Nene
1-Jason
Fourth Place
Say 2-Racquel
1-Bob
2-Racquel
1-Jason
2-Bob
1-Racquel
No
Nominations
2-Jason
1-Cass
2-Jason
1-Jenny
2-Cass
1-Jenny
No
Nominations
2-Cass
1-Jason
Franzen 2-Racquel
1-Uma
2-JB
1-Uma
2-Cass
1-Uma
No
Nominations
2-Sam
1-Cass
Sam
Cass
2-Cass
1-Uma
No
Nominations
Jenny 2-Franzen
1-Racquel
2-Franzen
1-Racquel
Exempt 2-Sam
1-Franzen
2-Say
1-Cass
Sam Not in the
House
2-Racquel
1-Bob
No
Nominations
2-Chx
1-Say
2-Jason
1-Say
Chx 2-Franzen
2-JB
2-Cass
1-Franzen
2-Cass
1-Franzen
No
Nominations
2-Cass
1-Sam
Bob 2-Uma
1-Cass
2-Uma
1-JB
2-Uma
1-Cass
Racquel 2-Uma
1-Franzen
2-JB
1-Cass
2-Cass
1-Say
 
JB 2-Bob
R1-acquel
2-Racquel
1-Bob
 
Rico 2-Racquel
1-Nene
 
Key: Winner Runner-Up Finalist Nominated Back to the House Walked Immune Ejected Evicted

Big Brother Final: The Big Night

After spending 112 days inside the house, Nene Tamayo was proclaimed the first Pinoy Big Brother winner in a grand finale on December 10, 2005. The finale show, dubbed "The Big Night", was held at Clark Expo Amphitheater, Angeles City, Pampanga, and was broadcast live.

The four remaining housemates (Cass, Nene, Jason, and Uma), wearing blindfolds and headphones, were taken to Clark Expo Amphitheater from the Big Brother house in Quezon City by a private plane. They were then sequestered in a secret location before the actual live final. Pinoy Big Brother's theme song Pinoy Ako by Orange and Lemons was played played repeatedly until they went out in the secret location. Despite the rains that plagued the day of the final, 30,000 people watched "The Big Night," hosted by Willie Revillame, Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez. According to TV ratings agency AGB Philippines, the show averaged a 39% rating and peaked at a 46% rating.

After spending 112 days inside the house, Uma was declared as the Fourth Big Placer in the Big Night finale, garnering just 52,833 votes or 4.7% of the total votes. Soon after, Cass having garnered 214,188 votes, 18.9% of total votes, was awarded the Third Big Placer status in the Big Night finale. The Second Big Placer was then named to be Jason. He garnered 312,258 votes, equal to 27.5% of the total votes.

The finale show lasted almost three hours and ended with fireworks as the Pinoy Big Brother house replica disintegrated to reveal Nene Tamayo as the "Big Winner." She garnered 554,906 votes, or 48.9% of total votes, in the Big Night finale.

Post-Season Specials

Due to the unexpected popularity of the first ever series, some Pinoy Big Brother specials were aired on ABS-CBN.

Pinoy Big Brother Revealed

Pinoy Big Brother Revealed was a special documentary series hosted by Boy Abunda. Rather than just a behind-the-scenes look at the show, the series explores the concept, its popularity, the housemates themselves, the program's initially criticized morality, and its impact on Filipino pop culture, especially the rampant use of the show's logo, footage, and music by pirates. The first episode was shown live to accommodate the "Big Four," who were obviously inside the house during the taped interviews for the documentary.

Pinoy Big Brother: Pamasko ni Kuya

Pamasko ni Kuya (English: Big Brother's Christmas Gift) was a series where the housemates' Christmas wishes are granted by the producers of the show, especially ones that involve charity work.

Controversies

  • Conservative Groups vs. Pinoy Big Brother: Being the first ever season of the new reality series, many conservative groups in the country opposed the idea of Big Brother being aired in Philippine television due to the show's negative reputation in some countries. However, ABS-CBN managed to differentiate the Philippine version which became the reason for its success in the following years.
  • Media Skepticism: Columnist Nestor U. Torre of the Philippine Daily Inquirer has also given a doubtful but optimistic stance on the show, saying that while the scenes are chaotic and challenges in the first week were way too mundane and cheesy, he is hopeful that more compelling tasks would be given to the housemates in the future and the housemates' personalities will become clearly defined. [2]However, Torre wrote in a later article that in the first week alone, the show emphasizes more on creating controversy (such as sex) rather than exploiting the potential psychological factors and showcasing human nature.[3] Despite this negative publicity, ABS-CBN itself has reported that the show is so well liked that it extended its run to all seven days a week. In fact, not only its on-air talents have defended it, but viewers themselves (as shown on ABS-CBN programs) can attest to it. It also inspired the creation of fansites.
  • September 25, 2005 Episode Suspension: On its first week alone, the show was already given a stern warning by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the Philippine censoring body for cinema and television, saying that the show airs content that is definitely not suitable for children, such as talk on contraceptives and very "intimate scenes". ABS-CBN is reported to have acknowledged this and had promised to make an "improved" show more suitable for younger audiences in the coming weeks.[4] As a result, as scenes like these are unavoidable at times without interference, each episode begins with a warning reminding viewers that some scenes in the show that are not suitable for young audiences. In spite of this, though, the scenes that were deemed to be way beyond the parental guidance rating given by the Board were still shown. In this light, MTRCB ordered the program suspended for one episode. As compliance, the program was not aired on September 25, 2005, the day after the 2nd eviction night.
  • Franzen Fajardo's Forced Eviction:Franzen Fajardo created controversy when he continuously violated Big Brother's rules, including mouthing words to fellow housemate Cassandra Ponti. Deliberations between the show producers and consultants from Endemol over the mouthing of words resulted in a decision to evict him on Day 86. However, Ponti offered to voluntarily exit to keep Fajardo inside; Big Brother considered her offer and let the public choose Fajardo's fate. The next day, however, voting was stopped and his forced eviction was finalized after he violated the rules again by discussing with fellow housemate Jason Gainza his last chat with Big Brother inside the confession room. He eventually left the house on Day 91.

Trivia

  • During the live premiere of the series, the housemates were greeted and welcomed by Big Brother Australia 5 Housemates through a video message, welcoming their inclusion in the Big Brother family and the start of a brand new Big Brother Franchise in Asia-Pacific.

References

External Links

bb1.pinoybigbrother.com

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