Real People, Reel World

Finally, our lucky season is over. The hype has passed. Is it okay to start talking now?

I originally wrote this post just a few weeks after I got evicted, and it’s been on draft mode ever since. It’s time!

I may no longer be as relevant at the time you are reading this, but what I personally learned and what I am about to share will always be. Especially since the show is said to be returning sooner than we all think. *Source – not so reliable.

To all fans AND haters of Pinoy Big Brother - you wouldn't know, you weren't there.

I fully understand that I agreed to be part of a show that will project me as a person with both likable AND non-likable traits. As was noted by the more discerning viewers though, in that altered reality, anything could be overly emphasized to tell a good story.

Do I sound like I’m bitterly bashing? Haha, believe me, I’m good. Here’s why.

Let me be the first to admit to you that that storytelling has worked in my favor more than once, or at least more times than it has put me in a bad light. The same is true for the other housemates.

So mad props to the real dream team for weaving together our bits and pieces, and coming up with characters that are entertaining enough for primetime, and inspiring enough to be voted, defended, and supported by loyal viewers nationwide.

What I am about then to say is only my assumption.

None Of It Was Scripted, I Swear

It appears to me that we were picked out of thousands who auditioned because our respective backgrounds and personalities fit perfectly in the CHARACTERS they wanted to project. From the start, we already had our roles in the story they wanted to tell.

Individually, we could have been portrayed as someone soft spoken or frank, goody goody or rebellious, quiet or energetic, chill or uptight, goofy or dignified – and a house full of which should naturally end up with an exciting storyline. But there’s more to us than that.

We were real people put in a reel world, to say the least.

That means if some of our actions and reactions were inconsistent with the “character” set for us, the audience will probably not see it on TV.

Here’s a more specific scenario. I was introduced as the “med student who also has a fun side”. I suppose any chance I am caught sounding intelligent ala-doktora but crazy fun with a drink in hand (six times in our season) just a few moments later – that should make it to the narrative.

That made for a very interesting story line, and I guess I don’t mind playing the part especially since a lot of other hardworking students who just want to make their families proud were able to relate. But am I really like that? Do you seriously believe I had zero fun in med school, and I had no time to chill? Luh.

Likewise, the assigned comedian of the group is not trying to be funny 24/7, nor is the resident “bitchesa” always so hard to get along with. It’s just that those parts of their personality are the ones that are most often emphasized on the final edit to elicit good reactions from the viewers. But inside the house, we had no idea what was being aired and what was not. Still, we’re all good.

You Wouldn’t Know Cos You Weren’t There

That said, of all people – only the housemates knew each other best. Even in that altered reality, we learned to get past tolerance and mere “pakikisama” and move on to become actual friends. We enjoyed each other’s company, depended on each other during tasks, and cheered for each other on our individual and group victories.

What’s crazy is how the fans have a tendency to pit one housemate against another, just because of an assumed rivalry or an ongoing tension seen on TV. We can’t blame you. It’s hard to not get carried away if there are matching sound effects and zoomed-in reaction shots of bickering and eye-rolling.

We were even forced many times to nominate each other and to pick our Big Winners, which often subjected us to misinterpretation. It is so, so hard to believe – but I honestly didn’t want anyone evicted, and I didn’t mind being evicted myself.  

Chill people!! Kami sa loob masaya lang! Bakit warla kayo dyan online!
(What I really wanted to say the moment I got out LOL)

I can no longer change the way the audience were made to react during all my facepalm moments, and sometimes I feel weirdly undeserving of all the praises and compliments during my “redeeming” scenes. I admit I still cringe at myself even up to now LOL.

Nonetheless, despite all the twists and whut-whut moments that I only saw much later than all of you did (hindi man lang ako nakareact ng maayos), I had a blast! I never felt like I was being held captive even if I was there for three long months.

Over-all, it was a positive experience for me – mostly because I chose to look at it that way.

Having been a fan of the show since I was a kid, I am definitely looking forward to watching the next editions with fresh new eyes.

As future viewers (I’m just going to be a viewer now), let us always remember to just take the show for what it is – a source of entertainment, inspiration, and for a select few, a ticket to a life changed in an instant. And P.S., just because we saw it on TV, and everyone else on Twitter thinks that way, doesn’t mean it’s how it actually happened in real life.

After all, maybe the pabebe, papansin, and maldita housemates are not actually like that in real life (check the vlogs!), and everyone’s bet for Big Winner really has no idea what she’s doing, and was actually just being.. skrengge!

Let's keep the conversation going!

7 thoughts on “Real People, Reel World

  • Ano ni moose

    Yes.. ang OA ng cora vs aura!! Also don’t understand why Wil barely had any exposure and what’s with the no invite sa big night diba? Binida masyado si Tanner na tahimik naman talaga.

  • Ian Arroyo

    Ate Au! This is so true! Sa totoo lang ikaw, si wil, si jesi, tanner and teens yung inaabangan namin every night. Pero before all of that, yung tingin ko sayo nung pumasok ka ng bahay is just a normal person, med student so ang expectations ko is not really entertaining pero interesting in a way na may matututunan ako. As time goes by, andyan yung tasks and challenges at sobrang nakita ko sayo yung willingness na manalo and yung fighting spirit mo na laban lang ng laban! Yung moment na AURA VS. CORA?! Damn! Sobrang intense nun pero i’m still proud of you. Tapos every confessions mo kay kuya sobrang ang sarap sa tenga. Well yun kasi yung pinapakita sa T.V. Akala ko nga ikaw na mananalo eh kasi nga hindi ka lang basta nagsasalita. You’re really into it. Alam ko ikaw unang nakapasok sa dream tream right? Naaalala ko parin haha. Sobrang tuwang tuwa ako nun sayo! Tas nagkaroon pa ng cheerdance sa loob ng bahay. Tas pinag separate kayo, pinaka best edition of all time! For me ha? 😄 I just wanna say thank you and Hi na rin! Kasi fan talaga akoooo. 😍😍😍👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Inggit kaya ako kasi gusto ko talaga kayo mameet in person! Kaso nasa states na ko huhu 💔 But i’m still looking forward to meet you guys! Especially baninay, jesi, ikaw and kuya wil. 🙏 Love you and will always be you’re #1 fan. 💕🤗

    Para hindi anonymous 😂

  • Anonymous

    Parang ang hirap makipaglaban ng englishan ah HAHAHAHA I JUST WANT TO COMMENT SOMETHING FOR YOU TO NOTICE ME HAHAHA share ko lang yung fave kong episode mo sa pbb ehh yung naglaban kayo ni wil, tanner at ikaw I saw your fighting spirit nung time na yon and proud na proud ako nun HAHHA drama ko ba? Suriii btw. Im Aries hahhaa @ariesity(ig and twitter) papansen po ako patawad hahahaha

  • branesbubble

    DoktAura!! It’s been awhile since I visited your vlog but I’m glad you made this post! I’m also glad that a lot of this season’s housemates are now making vlogs and creating their own platform online. It kills all the presumptions and assumptions we had (well for me anyway) when you guys were inside the house. As a viewer, I’m happy that most of you have maintained the friendship you started, especially kayo nila Kuya Jerome, Ate Ali, Kuya Jesi and Baninay. Through your vlogs, we get to know about the different sides that were not aired on TV. Kaya salamat kasi mas naging fan niyo ako after ng season na ‘to. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I believe in you doc, what I’m really appreciate you is your positive and honest character and you’re funny person. Your smile are so genuine, I saw that in the vlog of wil and baninay. I have to admit that I’m a big fan of #wilaura. I love watching you and wil together, especially when he featured you to his vlog. Good luck to your new journey doc, I’m always your fan.