When the Pinoy version of the reality TV show Big Brother began airing in ABS-CBN in 2005, Filipinos instantly fell in love with it because of its relatable, emotional, wacky, and dramatic moments.
Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) has undoubtedly changed the lives of many people. As a matter of fact, some of today’s brightest stars started their journey as a housemate in the reality TV show. The long list includes Kim Chiu, Sam Milby, James Reid, Melai Cantiveros, Maymay Entrata, and many more. (Read: Maymay on her showbiz success: ‘Si Lord ang provider ng lahat ng ito’)
And as the year 2020 comes to an end, the popular Bahay ni Kuya will once again open its doors to a new set of housemates. So while we wait in excitement for the new cast and new challenges from Kuya himself, My Pope Philippines takes a look back at the past Big Winners who made us feel all sorts of emotions during their stay at the Big Brother house.
PBB Big Winners: Nene Tamayo (2005)
Who would forget Nene Tamayo a.k.a “Kumander Nene” from the first-ever Pinoy Big Brother in 2005? Nene’s fierce but with a heart persona secured her as one of the most beloved winners of the show. (Read: How Beauty Pageants Inspire Us to Handle Defeat Graciously)
Now, Nene is busy with her business and is a loving mother and wife to his family.
PBB Big Winners: Keanna Reeves (2006)
Janet Duterte or Keanna Reeves was among the celebrity contestants of the very first PBB – Celebrity Edition. She was hailed the Big Winner of the show, beating John Prats, Bianca Gonzalez, and Zanjoe Marudo. Today, Keanna has been under the radar and hasn’t been active in show business.
PBB Big Winners: Beatriz Saw (2007)
Bea Saw was hailed as the Big Winner of the third installment of the reality TV show in 2007. Although Bea was still young during her season, she did not back down on the challenges and was able to compete with much older housemates. Who would forget her verbal tussle with her housemate Maricris Dizon? Forever iconic. (Read: The Cast of 1984 Film ‘Bagets’: Where Are They Now?)
Bea is now married to her longtime boyfriend Rock Tan and a mother to two beautiful daughters.
PBB Big Winners: Ruben Gonzaga (2008)
Aside from being the Big Winner of PBB Celebrity Edition 2 in 2008, Ruben Gonzaga is also known as the first-ever male winner of PBB. After the show, Ruben worked for ABS-CBN Davao as host of the program Agri Tayo Dito and made cameos and guestings on different shows.
Ruben is now married to Jeselle Gonzaga, former host of Agri Tayo Dito, and is a father two children.