Starting last December 2020, Pinoy Big Brother: Connect aired for the first time ever, after the ABS-CBN franchise renewal was denied. Unlike other seasons, a few changes were implemented due to the pandemic. Houseguests only joined the PBB residents through online calls. Hosts filmed from their homes and there was no live audience. This new season also strengthened their online presence, strengthening the connection with the online community. Now, more than 70 days since the first episode aired, only 8 of 18 housemates remain.
This 18-year-old housemate is nicknamed the “Cheerdance Sweetheart ng Parañaque,” as a frequent cheerdance competitor. She also models on the side while pursuing her studies. She’s a fan of Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Daniel Caesar, Maroon 5, and Jeff Bernat. She was able to pass 13 out of 19 tasks she was involved in and was only nominated twice. She celebrated her 19th birthday while inside the PBB house.
Chico is the oldest remaining housemate at 26. Since he was a kid, he has been playing football and even went on to earn an athletic scholarship in college, earning the nickname “Striving Footballer ng Cebu.” He has competed locally and internationally. He has only been nominated once since entering the PBB house.
Twenty-year-old Ella is nicknamed the Ra-kweentera of Quezon Province. Her grandmother raised her after her parents separated. She used to join pageants to help with household bills. But since the pandemic started, her pageantry gigs stopped, so she turned to online live selling to earn some money. Like Andrea, she passed 13 out of 18 tasks she was assigned. For the past two weeks, she was nominated for eviction but always received overwhelming votes in contrast to her fellow nominees.
One of this season’s youngest housemates, Jie-Ann Armero is a junior high school student hailing from Sarangani. She received the nickname “Kwelang Fangirl” — more specifically, a fangirl of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The daughter of a fisherman and an overseas Filipino worker, she’s the youngest of four siblings. She was nominated twice, in the same week as Andrea.
Half-British, half-Filipino Kobie Brown is a 17-year-old senior high school student who is also a football player, earning himself the nickname “Charming Stricker ng Parañaque.” He was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, but after his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to the Philippines. During his free time, he also DJs and produces his own music. Out of 15 tasks he was assigned, he received a pass for 10. He was nominated thrice while in the house.
Nicknamed “Ang Unique-a Hija Darling ng San Juan,” this 19-year-old model entered the PBB house on the 36th day. In the house, she has only failed three out of seven tasks she had since joining and received nominations only once. She’s the eldest and only daughter of San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, and she has three brothers. She likes watching chick flicks, baking, and dancing.
The so-called “Dong Diskarte ng Zamboanga del Sur” is a 21-year-old student worker who helps his father farm and his mother sell fruits in their hometown. He’s studying hotel and restaurant administration so he can work as a chef or bartender in a cruise ship. He entered the house on the fifth day, replacing another housemate from Lucena who did not pass the mandatory medical tests. Liofer passed 8 out of 13 tasks he was assigned and received nominations twice.
Twenty-one-year old Ralph is one of three housemates who hailed from other countries. He worked as a babysitter in Paris, where his mom also worked as a domestic helper. He entered the house on Day 15 to help his mother with their debts. In the PBB house, he received the nickname “Na-Nice Boy Nanny ng France.” Out of his 15 tasks, he passed 11. He was nominated for voting in week 9 and 11, but was saved both times by a small difference from the evicted housemate.
Are you tuning in weekly to Pinoy Big Brother: Connect? Who is your bet?