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    PBB Connect opens December 6: official housemates, hosts, updates

    MANILA, Philippines – The Pinoy Big Brother fever continues to rise as the famous house will open its doors for Filipino dreamers on December 6, 2020 (Sunday) for the ninth main season of the reality show called "PBB Connect."

    Toni Gonzaga reconnects with Big Brother, returns as host of "PBB Connect" together with Bianca Gonzalez and Robi Domingo.

    In partnership with online streaming platform Kumu, ABS-CBN aims to "provide hope and strengthen connections among Filipinos during this pandemic" with the return of the popular reality competition.

    The Kapamilya network held auditions for PBB Connect between October 19 and November 11 on Kumu. It attracted 177,524 aspiring housemates, the highest audition turnout in the history of the show.

    Official housemates

    PBB invited 14 aspiring housemates from the pool of auditionees to travel to Manila for the next round of auditions.

    Six (6) of the 14 housemates headed for Manila hail from Luzon, one (1) came from Visayas, four (4) are from Mindanao, two (2) are from Metro Manila, and one (1) auditioned from overseas. They now need to pass their medical, psychological, and COVID exams to become full-fledged housemates. 15 people were supposed to complete Kuya’s housemates this season, but one decided not to pursue with their journey. (UPDATE: 15th housemate from France finally decided to join PBB and was revealed on December 18).

    NOTE: Those who did not make it still have a chance to be part of PBB 9th season as Big Kuya is opening up more slots. The lucky housemates will be chosen from among those who auditioned and accomplished Kuya’s different tasks via livestream on Kumu.


    During the online Kumulitan show with PBB host Robi Domingo and PBB 'Otso' housemate Lie Reposposa, they revealed that 18 aspiring housemates will be taking part this season.

    Below list will be updated for PBB Connect official housemates

    Housemate Name Age Hometown Moniker
    1 Andrea Abaya 18 Parañaque City Ang Cheerdance Sweetheart ng
    Parañaque
    2 Justin Dizon 22 Pampanga Ang Courageous Cabalen ng Pampanga
    3 Jie-Ann Armero 16 Sarangani Ang Kwelang Fangirl ng Sarangani
    4 Kobie Brown 17  Parañaque City Ang Charming Striker ng Parañaque
    5 Mika Pajares 21  Bataan Ang Single Momshie-kap ng Bataan
    6 Chico Alicaya 26  Cebu Ang Striving Footballer ng Cebu
    7 Ella Cayabyab 19  Quezon Ang Ra-kweentera ng Quezon
    8 Kyron Aguilar 16  Butuan Ang Shy Biker Boy ng Butuan
    9 Aizyl Tandugon 21  Misamis Oriental Ang Miss Malakas ng Misamis Oriental
    10 Crismar Menchavez 18  Palawan Ang Military Son ng Palawan
    11 Haira Palaguitto 16  Pangasinan Ang Makatang Marikit ng Pangasinan
    12 Russu Laurente 19  General Santos Ang Bunsong Boksingero ng General Santos
    13 Alyssa Exala 27  Australia Ang Alluring Accountant ng Australia
    14 Liofer Pinatacan 21  Zamboanga Del Sur Ang Dong Diskarte ng Zamboanga Del Sur
    15 Ralph Malibunas 22 France Ang  Na-Nice Boy Nanny ng France
    16 *Amanda Zamora 19 San Juan City Unique-a Hija Darling ng San Juan
    17 *Quincy Villanueva 26 Laguna Brainy Balikbayan ng Laguna
    18 *Gail Banawis 24 New York City Sing-ternational Survivor ng New York
    *housemates selected via Kumu

    READ: Meet the 18 official housemates of PBB Connect

    Hosts

    Toni Gonzaga is back to say hello to the Philippines and to the world as the main host of the new season together with Bianca Gonzalez and Robi Domingo.

    Joining them are Enchong Dee, Richard Juan, Edward Barber, Maymay Entrata, Kim Chiu and Melai Cantiveros.

    How to watch PBB Connect?

    PBB Connect will be available on a wider selection of platforms, including Kumu, A2Z Channel 11, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, the ABS-CBN Entertainment website, and official “PBB” social media accounts.

    UPDATES

    Big Brother will have important announcement on 'ASAP Nation To' this November 29.

    Stay tuned for more details of PBB Connect here.

    Excited for the new season? Express your thoughts in the comments.

    — The Summit Express

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