FILIPINOS from all over the Philippines flocked to SM Cagayan de Oro last May 5, 2015 to fulfil their dreams of becoming the next Pinoy Big Brother housemate.
Thousands of hopeful citizens from all over the country, with their hopes of someday conquering their shyness and making it big in the entertainment industry, camped outside SM CDO as early as the night of May 4, 2015 for a rare opportunity to be part of this year’s PBB.
With no sleep, breakfast, nor lunch, they exhausted all the time and effort they could give just to test their luck in the hopes of getting in and experiencing happiness brought by doing something they are passionate about and by finally proving to family members that they have what it takes to be established in show business.
When asked why they wanted to audition, common answers included fulfilling their life-long dream of talking to ‘Kuya,’ to find their identity by experiencing something new, to help the family financially, and of course, to prove to the nation that it needs not a pretty face, a smart brain, or a rich bank account to be part of a hit reality TV show such as PBB.
But are there really no qualifications to make it all the way to the PBB House?
Director Laurenti Dyogi, who was there to screen the auditionees himself, said that aside from age (which is a requirement for the Teens and Regular categories) there are no other qualifications needed. “Everyone has an equal chance,” he said, further discussing how well-represented Mindanao is with the diverse personalities coming from this region and citing PBB Big winners Reuben Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros as examples. He says it is the personality that stands out because the face becomes boring in the long run. “I think people who know how to handle their limitations, ‘yun ‘yung mas maganda panoorin. It is really the mixture of personalities put together that people will [either] idolize [or] people will connect with. So depende [on] how you present yourself and how people connect with you as they watch. They can either like you, hate you ... it is really the public that will dictate who they want to keep inside the house,” Dyogi said.
At the end of the day, it still boils down to who will be fun to watch on TV. But there is promise to everyone who auditioned from what the director said. Who knows, this year’s big winner might just come from Cagayan de Oro! (Patricia Ysabel Tabian/AdMU intern)