Known for being the most liberated, the first season of Pinoy Big Brother was definitely one of the franchise’s best, even after 12 years have passed. It was the season the housemates did not even know where all the cameras were (and they did not care) so they never hesitated to fully express themselves. They were even allowed to smoke inside, then!
It has been 12 years since the first batch left the house; some of them we still see on TV, some chose to step out of the limelight. Read on to find out what they are up to now.
When she emerged as PBB’s first ever Big Winner, Nene said she has no intentions of pursuing show business fulltime. ‘Commander Nene’ as she was known on the show, however, found a niche as a dancing diva on ABS-CBN’s defunct dance show U Can Dance. Nene eventually married her dance partner on the show Anthony Plamio. They have a son, Antonio, who is now 7 years old.
Currently, Nene owns Nene Primefoods, a bottled-food business. Among the products she sells are Pickled Chili, Eight-spiced Tuyo and Spanish-style Bangus Sardines.
Jason was a construction worker/waiter when he auditioned for the first season of PBB. After landing in second place, Jason’s sense of humor inside the house did not go unnoticed and he eventually became a comedian. He is now known for his impersonations of King of Talk Boy Abunda and of Kris TV head writer Darla Sauler.
Since he left bahay ni kuya, Jason Gainza has been making us laugh with his funny impersonations. Known as the resident prankster of the house, Jason won as the second big placer and eventually became a Star Magic talent. He’s now one of ABS-CBN’s comedians and has appeared in a lot of their shows and teleseryes, even-co-hosted a travel show. His long years in the show business has earned him some major awards, including Best Travel Show Host for Trip na Trip in 2008 and Best Comedy Actor for Banana Split in 2015.
Who could forget the infamous Franzen, Kuya’s major source of headache? His antics and violations left Kuya and even PBB’s producer, Endemol, with no other choice but to forcibly evict him on his 91st day. Still, he had a lot of supporters due to his underdog status and impoverished background. Like Jason, he entered showbiz and won Best Travel Host for Trip na Trip with Jason Gainza and Kat de Castro. He moved on to become a salesman and, according to reports, he is now in the buy and sell business in Malaysia.
Although he was forcibly evicted, his and Jason’s antics on the show were surely unforgettable.
Half-Israeli and half-Filipino, Uma was known as the straightforward housemate of Season 1 as he is blunt and says whatever is on his mind. Uma won as the fourth big placer. He was never nominated to be evicted.
Uma tried his hand at hosting travel show Trip Na Trip after Pinoy Big Brother. He is now in New York managing his coffee business and still updates himself with what’s happening in the Philippines from time to time.
Cass was the resident cook of the house. She was so caring of her co-housemates that she even volunteered to leave the house just to let Franzen stay. She won as the third big placer on the Big Night and has since modeled for the local FHM, Maxim and Playboy magazines. She also starred in some movies and television shows but left the limelight shortly after.
Cass, according to a report in Bandila, is now happily married and has 2 kids.
The kikay girl of the house, Say had a flair for singing and dancing, which was evident when she co-composed and sang the iconic “Magmahal Muli” with Sam Milby as one of their tasks on the show. She was also one of the most famous in the early days of the show, mostly because of her relationship with JB.
Say became an actress-host after her stint inside the PBB house. In 2011, she bowed out of the limelight and married Ryan Tordesillas. She is now a businesswoman and hands-on mom to her baby boy Asher.
PBB Season 1’s “wild girl,” Chx was controversial after she shared a kiss with heartthrob Sam Milby on the show. She was also the most liberated among housemates
According to reports, Chx is now in a business venture with her Brazilian-Japanese boyfriend. She got married last year to her Brazilian-Japanese boyfriend, Ronny Kitasawa.
Although he was the first evictee of the first season, Rico has remained visible in the world of showbiz. Aside from being an actor, Rico is also a model and businessman. He is currently filming an indie movie with Matteo Guidicelli and Bangs Garcia.
Jenny was the first housemate that made a voluntary exit because of her sick father. She was also part of Big Brother’s Big Switch and was able to return back inside the house.
Jenny is now happily married and is staying in the US with her husband.
While JB lasted only 35 days in the house, he immediately made an impact with the audience because of his charming looks. He also became popular because of his short-lived romantic relationship with his co-housemate, Say Alonzo. The romance was short-lived, however, a case of what PBB fans now call “PBB Love.”
After being evicted, he appeared on some shows of the three big networks in the country. He also entered local politics in 2007, but lost (though he did become a Barangay Captain). He completely left the show business after 2009.
In 2012, he married Maripaz Ortega, mother of actress Coleen Garcia.
Known for her motherly traits in the first season, Racquel remained true to her calling as a teacher. A proud survivor of 4 strokes, Racquel is still teaching in a school in Trapiche, Batangas.
12.Bob Dela Cruz
Dubbed as the aspiring politician in the batch, Bob pursued his aspirations to hold public office after leaving the Big Brother house.
He is currently the first councilor of Marilao, Bulacan.
When Sam Milby became part of PBB Season 1, the girl housemates definitely swooned. The Fil-Am model not only captured the hearts of those inside the house but of the viewers as well. After his PBB stint, he went from being an actor and recording artist tobeingthe one of the most sought-after showbiz leading men and brand endorsers. He’s also won a lot of major awards for his singing and acting.
This heartthrob singer-actor has an eye of becoming more business-savvy in the future. Sam Milby is a co-owner of Prost Braumeister, a German pub located in the Fort. He also co-owns Third District, a coffee shop in Katipunan, Quezon City. His first business investment was producing the record album of Quest in 2010.
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