As Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Season 2 comes to a close after 18 weeks of airing, there remain a lot of questions regarding the reality show's twists and turns. Most of the inquiries involve Wendy Valdez, the controversial housemate who waged war on two female housemates, Gee-Ann Abrahan and Beatriz Saw, after the two nominated her for eviction in the previous nomination night.
Despite people's anger towards Wendy, management credits her for the increase in public interest in PBB Season 2.
PBB business unit head Lauren Dyogi met with the press yesterday, June 26, to clarify issues and reveal juicy details about the upcoming Big Night at the Big Dome that is scheduled this Saturday, June 30.
"Sa proseso ng PBB talaga, kung sino ang may pinakamababang boto, siya ang natatanggal talaga. Hindi po namin ginagalaw ang mga boto. Ang production po, nalalaman lang namin ang boto a minute or a few minutes bago i-announce in Toni [Gonzaga, host of PBB Season 2]. Ito po ay nanggagaling sa subsidiary ng ABS-CBN, which is Interactive," he explains.
This is in reaction to public outrage that Nel Rapiza was booted out of the competition last Saturday, June 23. Nel got the lowest percentage of the votes with only 3.75 percent.
Lauren also said, "We intend to keep this program for a long time and we don't want to tarnish the integrity of the program as well as the Network. This is a reflection po ng tiwala ng tao sa ABS-CBN."
To make the results even more credible, they will be hiring top auditing firm Sycip, Gorres, & Velayo (SGV) to monitor the votes cast on the Big Night.
"Sa darating po na Final Night, we will have a third-party firm, which will be able to look into the records dating to Robert [Woods'] eviction. So, matsee-check po nila yun kung...At hindi po namin gagawin yun. We still feel that this [voting] is a democratic way of choosing who the Big Winner is, and wala akong makukuha diyan kasi all the housemates na pinasok namin diyan is to provide you with a good show. So far, we're very happy with the results."
He notes, "We feel that we are giving people a cathartic way of venting their anger. Marami pong salamat sa naging involved, sa lahat po ng nagsusulat sa amin, sa lahat ng nagre-react. Nagpapasalamat po kami sa inyo dahil alam naming involved po kayo at nanonood po kayo.
"Mas magwo-worry ako kung walang nagre-react," says the PBB business unit head.
GOLD OR DUD? With the escalating drama and growing public interest in the feud inside Kuya's House, does he consider Wendy a potential gold mine?
"There's been a lot of drama especially this last week. Kung sa career, di ko po alam kung gold mine siya kasi malalaman po natin ‘yan pag lumabas siya, e. But base po sa mga feedback ng mga taong nakapaligid sa akin, not necessarily yung mga bumoboto, maraming galit sa kanya.
"I don't know how that will affect her chances in show business. We'll cross the bridge when we get there."
He also acknowledges the innate talent of Wendy to be an effective villain. "Bagay siya na kontrabida. Effective siya kung maraming nagagalit na tao sa kanya. Effective po siya without trying too much."
But he clarifies, "Wala siyang concrete offers. There are only jokes from producers who tell me, effective siyang kontrabida."
Was the Balik Bahay designed to bring Wendy back into the house?
"Yung elemento ng Balik Bahay, planado na po iyon. Kung si Wendy hindi natanggal, wala siya sa Balik Bahay. Kung sino ang evicted, sila pa rin ang papasok sa konsepto ng Balik Bahay. Nagkataon that Wendy was evicted two weeks before kaya nasama siya sa konseptong iyon.
"The major elements in the program were pre-planned and part of that was the Balik Bahay. Pati yung Swap and Secret Housemates. Lahat 'yan naplano na namin. Kung sino ang mai-involve dun, hindi namin planado," emphasizes the business unit head of PBB.
Lauren also points out the valuable contribution of Wendy to this reality show.
"Kung ibabase sa nangyayari ngayon, ang laki ng na-contribute niya para gumawa ng ingay para sa programa. Lumabas lang ‘yang [controversies] last week. Before that, Bruce [Quebral]-Wendy love story lang naman ang pinapasok namin.
"Nagdagdag siya ng ingay, totoo yun. We will not deny that."
When asked to comment on observations that PBB Season One was more interesting that Season Two, the PBB head had this to say: "There were more controversies doon [sa PBB Season One]. We've learned to survive and we've come to realize that the program thrives on talk—the fact that it's in the consciousness of people. I think that we've succeeded in making the program part of the lifestyle of people."
He also pointed out that this season was more tiring since the show ran for 18 weeks compared to the first season that only had 16 weeks.
BIG NIGHT AT THE BIG DOME. Last year's housemates were transported to Clark Expo in Pampanga via a helicopter. How will ABS-CBN bring the Big Four to the Big Dome this year?
"Unang-una, hindi alam ng mga housemates sa loob kung saan gagawin. Definitely, it will be by land but it's a surprise how we will bring the housemates to the Big Dome.
"It will be an interesting visual treat to see how they will be escorted. Isa pang inaabangan kung paano ire-reveal yung Big Winner. Yung kay Nene [Tamayo of PBB Season One], dun pa sa bahay. Yung kay Keanna [Reeves of PBB Celebrity Edition], nag-crane kami sa Post Office. Yung sa Teen Edition...[they transformed the Aliw Theater into a kingdom with a Fairy Tale theme]."
"Definitely, it will be a highlight of the program," predicts Lauren. He also mentioned that Endemol consultants who came here to the country were very impressed by the way that ABS-CBN handled the Big Night of previous editions.
"Dito, big deal talaga ang Finale natin. Tayo pa lang ang nagtayo ng House sa isla, sa Hundred Islands. Lumalabas ang pagiging mapaglaro ng mga Pilipino sa trabaho natin," notes Lauren.
"Ang daming iniiwasan, ang daming kino-consider. They [celebrities] have more to lose," he concludes.
In the meantime, avid viewers of this program will have to wait for the next edition of Pinoy Big Brother.