Ever since ABS-CBN gained the franchise for producing a local edition of Endemol reality series “Big Brother,” the first season of which aired back in 2005, “Pinoy Big Brother” or “PBB” has been a solid Kapamilya cash cow for viewers and ratings. Not even the onset of the global pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of the network would keep the show from going on, with the most recent edition (“PBB Connect,” ninth main season and 15th overall) running from December 2020 to this past March. Its successor, “PBB Kumunity,” is slated to premiere on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z two Saturdays from now, and its featured “Housemates” are gradually being revealed.
As told by Inquirer.net, among the contestants being introduced for the latest season of “Pinoy Big Brother” is Binibining Pilipinas – Grand International 2020 Samantha Bernardo. She is one of several celebrity housemates to feature in this “PBB” edition, which will mix civilian adults (regular-season) with spinoff-season celebrities and teens in a massive free-for-all to become Big Winner in the eyes of “Kuya” Big Brother and TV audiences. This is the second time this has happened, the last time the three housemate categories having mingled was in “PBB Lucky 7” (2016-17).
Bernardo was showcased on a social media post by the official “PBB” Twitter page this past Thursday, October 7, in a photo of her dressed in evening gown and her 1st Runner-Up sash from Miss Grand International 2020. It should be noted that her Bb. Pilipinas pageant (56th edition, 2020) was actually postponed due to the pandemic last year. Samantha was instead selected by the BP Organization and appointed Bb. Pilipinas Grand International to participate at the event in Bangkok this March, coming up short of winner Abena Appiah (US). In traditional “Pinoy Big Brother” form, she was given a nickname: The Bread-Queen-er of Palawan.
The announcement of Samantha Bernardo as a “PBB” Housemate fell on the second batch for celebrity contestants. Grouped with her are Anji Salvacion (singer-actress) and TJ Valderrama (comedian). The first batch of celebrity housemates included Alyssa Valdez (volleyball player), Madam Inutz (internet celeb), and KD Estrada (singer). The subtitle for the upcoming season, “Kumunity,” came from the audition process over local video-sharing/e-commerce service Kumu, much like with previous season “PBB Connect.” ABS-CBN plans to premiere “PBB Kumunity” this coming October 16, on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z with possible block-time simulcast on TV5 and other platforms.
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