'PBB Unlimited' opens doors to 14 housemates

Posted at 10/30/2011 12:18 AM | Updated as of 10/30/2011 9:52 AM
“Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited” edition hosts Robi Domingo, Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzalez.

MANILA, Philippines – Reality show “Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited” officially opened its doors to new housemates on Saturday, October 29.

During its grand opening, dubbed “The Big Fiesta,” all the new housemates were introduced to the public before each of them were led into their home for the next few months.

The opening was held right in front of the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) house in Quezon City.

The housemates

Out of 30,789 aspirants, “Kuya” chose 13 lucky housemates to enter his house.

The first housemate, Jaz Manabat, is an aspiring model from Quezon City. She is a sultry woman currently in a 5-year-long relationship.

Joining her is a licensed civil engineer from Cebu, Slater Young. According to Young, he has been sheltered all his life. He hopes that his experience inside the PBB house can teach him to be more mature.

Kigoy Abarico of Ormoc, the third housemate, is street-smart. He has lived most of his life on the streets after he ran away from home.

The fourth housemate is the daughter of basketball legend Alvin Patrimonio. Home-schooled Tin Patrimonio is a self-admitted introvert, and she considers relating to others as one of the greatest challenges she has to face inside Kuya’s house.

Roy Gamboa of Pangasinan lives by phrase “Hard work does pay.” Coming from an underprivileged family, the fifth housemate strives to provide for his family and achieve all his dreams in life.

Taking up the sixth slot in the PBB house is 18-year-old Filipino-American Kevin Fowler. Dubbed as the “Dreamboy of California,” Fowler is set to prove how much Filipino blood runs through his veins.

The “Mom of Steel of Muntinlupa,” Luz Mc Clinton, temporarily left her daughter under the care of her sister to enter Kuya’s house. The multi-awarded body-building champion has been married to her foreigner husband for 8 years.

The fact that she has been living away from her parents most of her life cannot be easily observed behind the smiles of the eighth housemate.  Pamu Pamorada of Batangas is known for her cheerfulness which spreads happiness around her. Her idol is Vice Ganda.

After a series of tragic events came his way in 2009, Paco Evangelista's life is a mess. Inside the PBB house, the “Hopeless Romantic of GenSan” hopes to start anew.

The 19-year-old stunning sweetheart of Olongapo, Kim de Guzman, takes on the tenth spot in Kuya’s household.

Joseph Biggel of Marinduque also made it in. With hopes of sending his younger sister to school, the Filipino-German tries his luck inside the PBB house.

Born and raised in Japan, half-Japanese and half-Pinoy Seichang Uchimi has always been in search of his Filipino side. As the 12th housemate, the “Pinoy Anime of Japan” is hoping to discover his true self.

Last but not the least on Kuya's list is British-Pinoy Divine Maitland-Smith. The tattoo artist from Cebu hopes that her stay inside the house will provide an opportunity for her to break the stereotype of lesbians.

Unlimited season, unlimited surprises

Aside from the 13 chosen housemates, another candidate was given a chance to make it inside the PBB house.

Among 30 reserved housemates, the luck of Carlo Romero from Chicago, Illinois helped him make it through after his number was drawn to take his chances in the 14th slot.

In order to make his stay inside the PBB house official, Romero is required to complete 4 tasks as an "undercover housemate" in a span of a week. If he fails, he will be asked to leave the house.
 

The housemates inside the "PBB Unlimited" house.

Unlike previous seasons, the new set of housemates walked into a house that has been inspired by shanties in slum communities, which, according to Kuya, is occupied by around 15 million Filipinos in the country.

They are all expected to complete their first weekly task, or else half of them will be evicted during this season’s first eviction night.