PINOY BIG BROTHER DOUBLE UP (THE BIG REUNION) – FEB. 14, 2010
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Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up is the third regular season of Pinoy Big Brother, which began on October 4, 2009 on ABS-CBN . Toni Gonzaga, Mariel Rodriguez, and Bianca Gonzalez reprise their hosting duties this season.
There were two sets of auditions for this season. The first set of auditions were held in late 2007 in several key cities in the Philippines, as well as the cities of Madrid, Milan, and Dubai. Those auditions also produced the housemates for Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus. The second set of auditions for this season, as well as for the third Teen Edition, were held in several key cities in the Philippines and the cities of Tokyo and San Francisco. This brought the number of auditioners to 57,824. From those two sets of auditions, it was reported that fifty people were chosen for shortlist. Fourteen entered the House, with more possibly to come.
Unlike previous seasons, the house has been divided into two distinct areas with similar rooms and a shared confession room, but both are designed differently – with House A inspired by the architectural design of Antoni Gaudí, and House B featuring reproductions of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. The housemates also include two sets of identical twins – with each member of the twins living in both parts of the house, switching between the two areas when instructed. However, the rest of the housemates do not know about the twins, or the fact that there are two houses. The twins will also receive an immunity from nomination for eviction during the first nomination night if they succeed in keeping this a secret, but if they do reveal it they will be forcibly evicted.
The winner of the new season would receive an LCD TV set, an Asian tour package, a business package, a house and lot, and one million pesos. The winner would also donate a million pesos to a charity of their choice, making Double Up the first non-celebrity season to do so.
This season also marks the return of Pinoy Big Brother UpLate, after being replaced by Pinoy Big Brother Über in the second Celebrity Edition and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus. Mariel would continue to host Über while Bianca would take the helm for UpLate.
Princess Lieza Manzon (b. January 15, 1987) is a 22-year old receptionist and a language instructor from Fukuoka, Japan. She left the Philippines when she was in high school to live with her mom in Japan. There she discovered something about her mom which prompted her to live independently. She is the only female living in House A.
Bartolome Alberto “Tom” Mott (b. October 1, 1987) is 22 years old from the state of Arizona in the United States. He is a native of Samar but migrated to the States when he was twelve years old with his mom and dad, who’s part of the US Navy. He spoke little English when he moved abroad and was ridiculed. Tom loves to draw and would love to pursue a career in Digital Animation.
Delio Dimaculangan (b. January 16, 1983) is a 26-year-old cook from Batangas. He had to work at a young age and was not able to finish his studies. He got his boss’ daughter pregnant and he was not able to see his child. He was reunited with his wife and child two years after and now he is determined to give them a better life.
Paul Jake Castillo (b. December 22, 1984) is a 24-year-old businessman from Cebu. He is from a well-off family and set up his own business of his own at 22 years old. However, he prides himself for being down-to-earth for he is able to get along with people from all walks of life.
Jason Veron Francisco (b. October 11, 1987) is 21 years old from Oriental Mindoro. He was full of energy upon his entrance on stage. Infamous in his hometown for starting brawls and other mischief, he admits that he is not one to back out of a fight. Idolizing actor Robin Padilla, Jason says he always gets what he wants.
Melisa Cantiveros (b. April 6, 1988) is a 21-year-old student, part-time instructor, and funny lady from General Santos City. Nicknamed Inday Kengkay, Melisa looks at the positive side of things despite people teasing her about her looks. The aspiring teacher hopes she can impart happiness to other people wherever she goes.
Yuri Okawa (b. October 17, 1983) is a 25-year-old nursing student from Japan. Yuri can speak five languages – Spanish, Portuguese, English, Filipino and Japanese which she has learned living in different parts of the world. Her goal is to help support her family working as a waitress in Japan while on leave from her nursing studies.
Carolyn Lim Batay (b. May 18, 1987) is a 22-year-old pharmacist and teacher from Tondo, Manila. She grew up in a traditional Chinese household. She admits that this has hindered her from exploring the world and expressed hope that her stint inside the Big Brother house will change her perspective on some things. An Industrial Pharmacy graduate of UP Manila, Batay has also never had a boyfriend.
Marielle Sorino (b. November 29, 1988) is a 21-year-old mother from Davao. She confessed that she had her rebellious stage in life, drinking and partying because of her conflict with her parents, specially her mom. A single mom, Marielle says she has moved out of her parents home and is trying her best to raise her son on her own.
Mirielle “Yhel” Punzalan (b. September 8, 1983) is a 26-year-old widow from Angeles City, Pampanga. She became a mother at 14 years old and lost her husband to an gang killing at the age of 20. Yhel gets her inspiration to go on with life from her two children but admits it’s very hard to raise her kids since she hasn’t even finished high school.
To clinch the first batch of housemates, two sets of twins were introduced by Big Brother, as double-up housemates. With this double up reveal, Big Brother also divulges to the pairs that he has two houses. He then gives them the first task of the season, a switch of identities and houses at his signal, anytime within the week. Should any of them be discovered or the secret of the two houses revealed to the other housemates, both pairs of twins will be forcibly evicted from the house.
Toffi & Kenny
Oliver Steffan “Toffi” and Oliver Kenneth “Kenny” Santos (b. September 21, 1989) are 19-year-old basketball players from Rizal. Both are said to share in everything, including clothes and their status as college varsity basketball players. They are said to be so identical that at their young age, they have been able to fool their mother about their identities. A major difference to the two is that Kenny is almost 2 inches shorter than his twin brother Toffi.
JM & JP
John Paul “JP” and John Michael “JM” Lagumbay (b.April 22, 1980) are 29-year-old family men from Quezon City. JP is a flight attendant, while JM is Sunday school caretaker. Having lost a sibling, JP straightened out as a father and a husband. JM became more charismatic and evangelized with kids. A major difference of this pair is the presence of one dimple in the right cheek of JM, while the other twin, JP, has no dimple at all.