Laurenti Dyogi, Bianca Gonzalez respond to comments tagging PBB as "artista search"

by James Patrick Anarcon
Sep 1, 2021
Kim Chiu and Joshua Garcia are two of the stars that Pinoy Big Brother has produced. But has PBB now become an artista search? Bianca Gonzalez (not in photo) says, "Bonus na lang iyong nagiging artista sila after. Kasi there are so many housemates din na good looking na hindi naman pinursue iyong showbiz after."
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Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) is opening its doors again for its tenth season this 2021.

Over the past 16 years and 10 regular seasons, ABS-CBN's longest-running reality show has been able to produce superstars and up-and-coming talents who have all earned their own fan bases.

Because of this, viewers can't help but tag the reality program as an "artista search," instead of its original format that features a number of individuals living in one house for a select number of days.

This format originated from Dutch producer Banijay (formerly Endemol), and viewers have been hooked on watching different personalities clash as they fight for the title of Big Winner, which is determined through public votes.

Laurenti M. Dyogi, the original business unit head of PBB and now the head of ABS-CBN’s TV Production and talent management arm Star Magic, addressed netizens’ opinions about PBB turning into an “artista search.”

Dyogi explained on Tuesday, August 30, 2021, in a virtual media conference kicking off PBB’s latest season, “Ang daming nagsasabi na talent search daw po ang PBB. Marami po talagang sumisikat kasi maraming sumusubaybay sa mga housemates, but it’s not a talent search alone.

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“It’s a representation of the different Filipinos, different dreamers.”

In fact, it is actually a bonus for the PBB team to develop talents and, later, big stars, in their stable of housemates.

Some of these talents include Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, James Reid, Robi Domingo, Beauty Gonzalez, Ejay Falcon, Melai Cantiveros, Barbie Imperial, Heaven Peralejo, and Joshua Garcia.

Dyogi continued, “Swerte kami na maraming sumisikat pero mas marami rin naman ang nabago ang buhay kahit hindi pumasok sa larangan ng show business.

“They would become successful in their own fields, meron kaming mga doctor na ngayon, meron kaming professionals na nasa ibang panig ng mundo.

“So, hindi lang siguro nakasiwalat ang buhay nila, but a lot of housemates have become popular in different fields. And they have become more confident about themselves and they’ve ventured into a lot of different opportunities.”

Some of the housemates who are now known in the medical field are Alec Dungo of PBB Teen Edition 4 and Aura Azarcon of PBB Lucky 7.

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PBB host Bianca Gonzalez, who herself experienced becoming a housemate in PBB: Celebrity Edition 1, also responded to the comments.

“Naku, puro magaganda at guwapo na naman kukunin.

“I think time and time again, season after season, bonus para sa amin iyong biglang may sisikat at magshu-showbiz after.

"Pero kapag kina-cast iyong mga housemates, hindi iyon iyong goal.”

Bianca has seen the casting process, where photos of aspiring housemates are laid out on a table as the casters select the final housemates.

She continued, “Ang top priority talaga is trying to get iyong good mix.

“Ito, lagi rin sinasabi ito ni Direk Lauren na kahit papaano, TV show pa rin siya kaya may napapasok pa rin na maganda at guwapo. Which is also, by the way, relative kung ano iyong maganda at guwapo, ha.

“Pero iyon talaga, bonus na lang iyong nagiging artista sila after. Kasi there are so many housemates din na good-looking na hindi naman pinursue iyong showbiz after.

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“It’s not an artista search, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing na may mga nagbabago ang buhay at nagiging mga Kim Chiu at Melai Cantiveros after the season.”

For the 10th season, PBB will open its doors for three sets of housemates: celebrities, adults, and teens, similar to its All-In and Lucky 7 seasons.

On September 1, 2021, PBB is set to open auditions for its adult housemates via Kumu.

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Kim Chiu and Joshua Garcia are two of the stars that Pinoy Big Brother has produced. But has PBB now become an artista search? Bianca Gonzalez (not in photo) says, "Bonus na lang iyong nagiging artista sila after. Kasi there are so many housemates din na good looking na hindi naman pinursue iyong showbiz after."
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN
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