Reality Show: Big Brother Unlimited in the Philippines- Deglamorizing Big Brother's House into a Slum Area

Imagine you're one of the housemates of Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited edition this year, 2011. All the media blitz and screaming fans denuded your senses as you wake up into a very revealing reality...entering the house through a culvert tunnel then ending up into the likes of slum areas in the country.

This hubber decided to make a hub on this reality show that started in Netherlands way back 1999 and continue to evolve around the world, depicting different situations of different countries through the Big Brother House.

The de-glamorization of the usual upright set of the house shocked all the 14 housemates as they entered the area.

While it was airing on ABS-CBN Channel 2 last Sunday (Oct. 30), I decided to take photos on the importance of this new twist in the series.

Big Brother or the management of the network decided to let their housemates portray the actual events happening in a slum areas in the archipelago.

More than 15 million Filipino families belong to the marginal line of our society. Poverty is everywhere.

When I was conducting a CBMS (Community-based Monitoring Survey) last January (2011), I was able to witness the realities emanating from the rural families, where a hand-to-mouth scenario of living is really happening.

Have you ever eaten leftover foods from the restaurants or fast food outlet nearby your place? These poor families do.

Can we blame the government for their fate. No or maybe. The answers may vary from different sectors of the Filipino society.

So, with these housemates being chosen from more than 30 thousand hopefuls, who came from different regions of the country and overseas, let's keep our fingers crossed that they'll truly feel the present situation of these less fortunate families.

There's more lessons to be learned, aside from the basic needs of every family, before they get evicted from the house.

Unlimited Options of Big Brother for Filipino Housemates

All photos by Travel Man from TV excerpts of Big Brother Unlimited - ABS-CBN Channel 2
All photos by Travel Man from TV excerpts of Big Brother Unlimited - ABS-CBN Channel 2

Getting to know more about the 14 Housemates for the Big Brother 'Slum House' Edition

I was hoping to join the audition this year, but, there's an age limitation for the series. Lucky for them who are younger than me.

With the announcement of the official hosts of the show, Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzales together with Robi Domingo and Martin Concio, they revealed the lucky 14 for this year's edition.

  1. Jazhriel “Jaz” Manabat, 24- The Sensual Siren of Quezon City
  2. Slater Young, 23- Hot Engineer of Cebu
  3. Kigoy Abarico, 32- Bay Diskarte (Smart Guy) of Ormoc
  4. Christine “Tin” Patrimonio, 19- The Captain’s Daughter
  5. Roy Gamboa, 29- The Sales Guy (Lakay) of Pangasinan
  6. Kevin Fowler, 18- The Dreamboy of California
  7. Luz McClinton ,33- The Mom of Steel of Muntinlupa
  8. Pamu Pamodara, 19- The Giddy Girl (Kitikiti) of Batangas
  9. Paco Evangelista, 26- The Hopelesss Romantic of GenSan
  10. Kim de Guzman, 19- The Stunning Sweetheart of Olongapo
  11. Joseph Biggel, 19- The Amazing Meztiso (Pambihirang Tisoy) of Marindoque
  12. Seichang Ushimi, 22- The Pinoy Anime of Japan
  13. Divine Maithland-Smith, 20- The Darling Dude of Cebu
  14. Carlo Romero, 25 from Chicago, Illinois, USA, chosen from 30 hopefuls and will served as the 'mole' of the show. He's in a floating status, unless he accomplished the tasks given by Big Brother, until he was formally become a housemate.


The early situation inside the Big Brother's House

Photos by Travel Man during the Sunday presentation of PBB Unlimited c/o ABS-CBN Channel 2.
Photos by Travel Man during the Sunday presentation of PBB Unlimited c/o ABS-CBN Channel 2.

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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

This batch of housemates did chose to have unlimited food supply or the so-called 'pagpag' or leftover in slum thang.

I hope they survive the challenges of Big Brother.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: We have to admit that there are Filipino families who still search for their food at the garbage sacks of nearby restaurants.

I hope the government should address the basic needs of those 15 million Filipinos that suffer such fate.

It's so shameful to note that they've been neglected for so long.

Philippine media have been covering such events for so long, but what's happening is mostly politicking.

The present administration headed by President Benigno Aquino III recently launched 4Ps now 2Ps (Pantawid-Gutom or Ease-the-Hunger Scheme) through the social welfare department that will last for 5 years.

Successful or not, the 'pagpag' culture will still be adopted by the poorest of the poor in order to stay alive.

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