After spending 19 weeks under the closely monitored Big Brother house, Melai Cantiveros was proclaimed the Big Winner during the "Big Date on the Big Night" of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up held earlier tonight, February 13, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Melisa, the lone woman in the Big 5, got the most number of text votes that enabled her to beat the four male finalists—Paul Jake Castillo, Jason Francisco, Johan Santos, and Steve "Tibo" Jumalon.
Melai, tagged as the Inday Kengkay of GenSan, got 1,226,692 votes or 32.08 percent of the total votes. Paul Jake, the Negosyo Prince of Cebu, was the 2nd Big Placer with 1,044,295 votes or 27.31 percent. Jason, the Boy Astig ng Mindoro, was the 3rd Big Placer with 954,961 votes or 24.97 percent of the total votes. Johan, the Cutie Server ng QC, was the 4th Big Placer with 303,751 votes or 7.94 percent of the total votes. Tibo, the Dad of Steel ng Cagayan, was the 5th Big Placer with 294,161 votes or 7.69 percent of the total votes.
Instead of having just four housemates on the Big Night, the organizers decided that the Big Five will battle it out for the chance to win the prizes in store for the Big Winner.
During their stay inside the PBB house, the Melai-Jason team became very popular and their tandem is now commonly called Melason. The two became a couple a few days before the Big Night.
As the Big Winner, Melai won a cash prize of P1 million, a P2.5 million house and lot, and a 40-inch LCD TV screen. She will also get to travel with a companion to three key Asian destinations as well as become the owner of a water refilling station franchise. In addition, her chosen charity will be able to receive P1 million cash.
The runners-up, on the other hand, will get the following cash prizes: P500,000 for the 2nd Big Placer, P300,000 for the 3rd Big Placer, P200,000 for the 4th Big Placer, and P100,000 for the 5th Big Placer. Aside from this, they will also take home laptops and their chosen charitable institutions will receive the same amount that they've won.
Tibo and Johan picked House With Little Steps Foundation, Jason chose San Isidro Elementary School, Paul Jake chose Special Child Association of Cebu Foundation, Inc., and Melai chose Substitute Home for Girls.
The third edition of Pinoy Big Brother was known as Double Up for having two houses, two sets of housemates as well as introducing twins during the first few weeks. During this edition, a Big Brother Swap took place wherein Cathy Remperas was sent to Big Brother Finland for a few days. In exchange, Kattlin Laas of Finland entered the PBB house and became particularly close to Hermes Bautista.
This edition also marked the first time that a married couple entered the PBB house together. Jimson Ortega was eliminated early on during the show while Kath Lopeña-Ortega was one of the last housemates to be evicted before the Big Night.
Previously eliminated housemates were Delio Dimaculangan, Yuri Okawa, Yhel Punzalan, Cathy Remperas, Carol Batay, Hermes Bautista, Riza Mae Patria, Patrick Villanueva, Rica Paras, Rob Stumvoll and Tom Rodriguez.
The last housemates introduced to the public were Sam Pinto and Rocky Salumbides.
Before the announcement of the winners, it was also revealed that the third season of PBB Teen Edition called "Clash of 2010" will start this summer.
Peformers in the Big Date on the Big Night include ex-PBB Double Up housemates Charice Pempengco, Bugoy Drilon, Jay-R Siaboc, Teddy of Rocksteddy, Mark Bautista, Yeng Constantino, Sheryn Regis, Charlie Green, VIP Dancers, the cast of Rubi (Angelica Panganiban, Diether Ocampo, Jake Cuenca and Shaina Magdayao), Jabbawockeez, and PBB Teen Edition winner Kim Chiu.
Pinoy Big Brother Double Up was hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Mariel Rodriguez, and Bianca Gonzales.