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PBB Livestream Returns As New Housemates Arrive

‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737”s live stream on SkyCable and iWanTV makes its return, albeit in a limited run.

Subscribers of both SkyCable and iWanTV can now access the PBB live stream every Monday to Friday from 7:37 to 10:00 p.m. This was announced via the official Pinoy Big Brother Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Previously, ABS-CBN canceled the PBB live stream amid controversy surrounding the so-called ‘bromance’ between Bailey May and Kenzo Gutierrez. The incident eventually led to the MTRCB enforcing various sanctions on the reality series, some of which were eventually relaxed as the cast of teen housemates shrink.

The return of the PBB live stream service coincided with the arrival of 12 regular housemates inside the Big Brother house. There was a surprising twist involving one housemate, however.

For the first time ever, a housemate was allowed to bring in his wife and child to the Big Brother house, as Philip Lampart, the ‘Determined Dad ng Australia’, was given this provision by ‘Kuya’. The ensuing task given by ‘Kuya’ was to force the housemates to act as ‘babies’ in order to welcome Philip and his family.

In all, 14 people (not including ‘Kuya’ and the production team) are currently occupying the ‘Bahay ni Kuya’: the 12 housemates plus Philip’s wife and son. Here are the other 11 regular housemates:

  • Charlhone Petro (Ang Soldiers’ Boy ng Pampanga)
  • Krizia Lusuegro (Madiskarteng Inday ng Iloilo)
  • Margo Midwinter (Independent Sweetheart ng Manila)
  • Dawn Chang (Bombshell Baker ng Parañaque)
  • Miho Nishida (Sexy Mommy ng Japan)
  • James Linao (Worldwide Worker ng Surigao)
  • Jyo Yokohama (Mr. Kulit ng Japan)
  • Roger Lutero (Tour Guide Tatay ng Bacolod)
  • Jessica Marasigan (California Dreamgirl ng U.S.A.)
  • Mikee Agustin (Bungisngis Bebot ng Bulacan)
  • Richard Juan (Charming Chinito ng Parañaque)

The entry of the 12 regular housemates came after the announcement of the final four teen housemates. The teen ‘Big Four’ are:

  • Ylona Garcia (Daldal Darling ng Australia)
  • Franco Rodriguez (Totoy Smiley ng Albay)
  • Jimboy Martin (Barrio Rapper ng Nueva Vizcaya)
  • Bailey May (Global Gwapito ng U.K.)

The teen ‘Big Four’ officially left the Big Brother house last August 8 to prepare for the Teen Power: The Kabataang Pinoy Concert Party this August 14, but not before ‘Kuya’ gave them two additional tasks. These involve preparations for the concert, and the selection of which regular housemates they want to send to the Big Brother house first.

For more information on the ongoing ‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737’, tune in weekdays at 3:45 and 10:00 p.m., and weekends at 9:45 p.m. on ABS-CBN. As mentioned earlier, the PBB: 737 live stream service is available on weekdays from 7:37 to 10:00 p.m., exclusively on SkyCable channel 85 and iWanTV.

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Kapamilya Gold Reclaims Ratings Supremacy, At Least in Kantar

The recent success of ‘Flordeliza’ and ‘Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita’ (above) boosted the viewership of Kapamilya Gold. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold block is back in business.

The last two months saw Kapamilya Gold regain its footing in the ratings. The block’s two teleseryes in ‘Flordeliza’ and ‘Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita’ were beginning to win over viewers as their story intensifies, while their two counterparts in ‘The Half-Sisters’ and ‘Yagit’ were losing steam as their stories become even more predictable.

At the moment, both ‘Flordeliza’ and ‘Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita’ were averaging at least 14% in the ratings (according to Kantar Media), which is a far cry from the single-digit marks they attained in mid-January. And if that’s not enough, both shows were also beating their Kapuso counterparts in most, if not all recent episodes.

With ‘Yagit’ about to be replaced by ‘Buena Familia’ starting July 27, it would be a great opportunity for ‘Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita’ to take advantage of a new opponent. As for ‘Flordeliza’, their battle with ‘The Half-Sisters’ may be a neck-and-neck struggle, but they are definitely more than happy to earn victory points with each episode.

The recent success of Kapamilya Gold isn’t limited to the two teleseryes alone. The entry of ‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737 Gold’ also boosted its fortunes, even though the MTRCB recently imposed an SPG rating to the show due to its scenes that are strictly inappropriate for children.

And finally, the News and Current Affairs programs and ‘Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal’ continued to dominate their counterparts from GMA. Overall, Kapamilya Gold has turned things around after a slow start this year, with each show registering double figure ratings.

That said, the pressure is now on GMA’s Afternoon Prime to keep up. Having lost some momentum at the midway point, GMA must change it up a bit to maintain interest, otherwise viewer interest will continue to wane.

For now, Kapamilya Gold has won, at least in Kantar. But will they keep it up? We’ll see.

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MTRCB Lays Down the Law on PBB: 737

A very different ‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737’ awaits its viewers.

This was after the MTRCB imposed some strict guidelines to the show following complaints that it offended viewer sensibilities. Among these complaints included the controversial ‘bromance’ between 12-year old Bailey May and 18-year old Kenzo Gutierrez.

In a four-page resolution that was signed by the MTRCB, they ordered the producers of PBB: 737 to:

  1. Immediately institute remedial and self-regulatory measures to ensure the protection, welfare and development of all participants, especially minors, as well as the viewing public, a sizable percentage of which is made up of minors
  2. Immediately cease and desist from requiring participants to engage in activities and tasks which may be deemed hazardous to their life and safety
  3. Enter into a strict and close collaborations with the Board, from July 10 until the end of the season
  4. Require all story editors to undergo a ‘Matalinong Panonood’ and audience sensitivity seminar on July 16, 23 and 30 at the MTRCB office
  5. Require ABS-CBN and SkyCable to place an advisory at the beginning of each episode of the three programs, stating that ‘the program may contain sensitive material’ and that ‘viewer discretion is advised’, as long as minor housemates remain present on the show
  6. Elevate the rating classification of PBB: 737 Gold (aired every weekday afternoon) to ‘Strong Parental Guidance’ (SPG), with descriptions of themes, language and sex, from July 10 to the end of the season, or as long as minor housemates remain present; same rule applies to PBB: 737 on Jeepney TV
  7. Limit its application for permit to exhibit to seven episodes per application in order to ensure the correct and proper implementation of the committed remedial and self-regulatory measures
  8. Strictly implement a comprehensive ‘closing-out’ discussion by a subject matter expert after the completion of every task or challenge for the proper understanding of the lesson
  9. Ensure all parallel broadcast of PBB: 737 in cable television and in other media, including social media, shall not be in contravention with the directives and objectives of this order

Even before the MTRCB ruling was made public, ABS-CBN has already shut down the SkyCable and iWanTV livestream of PBB: 737, citing the netizens’ irresponsibility towards the Bailey-Kenzo ‘bromance’ incident. The cancellation took effect a week prior to the meeting between the MTRCB and ABS-CBN executives.

This is not the first time that the MTRCB responded to an incident that took place inside the Big Brother house. Since the first season of ‘Pinoy Big Brother’, there have been similar obscene incidents that earned the ire of the MTRCB, the most recent of which was the nude painting task during last season’s ‘All In’.

That said, the producers of ‘Pinoy Big Brother: 737’ should be responsible for the way the housemates, especially those below legal age, are being treated. PBB is among the most-watched programs on Philippine TV today, and any further controversy on the show may hurt its strong viewership.

Hopefully this should serve as a lesson to all other Filipino reality shows, both current and future. After all, no one wants to be offended by something immoral.

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