With Pinoy Big Brother Connect all set to premiere on December 6, host Bianca Gonzalez said she and her fellow Kapamilya co-hosts were all surprised and thankful to see one of ABS-CBN’s most popular shows open again despite the ongoing pandemic.
“Oh my goodness, I think no one expected it. I remember this so vividly, na parang last week. Nung nangyari lahat ng nangyari sa ABS-CBN, nagkita kita kami nila Robi (Domingo), Melai (Cantiveros), Enchong (Dee) sa harap, sa Sergeant Esguerra and I remember nung time na yun parang mag-da-drive around the compound, naka-hazard, nag-bi-beep. May pinaglalaban di ba? And I remember driving by the PBB house and I felt like yung second home namin hindi na magbubukas ulit. (starts getting teary) Ang bigat bigat nung feeling. So when this happened, grabe yung ginhawa. Grabe yung hope na nabigay and even though new normal ang magiging set-up ng lahat, I hope everyone who is watching us, everyone who joined us, everyone who auditioned, knows na the entire team is doing our very best to give hope to everyone, happiness, and inspiration,” she explained.
Bianca said she feels happy that on top of providing inspiration and happiness to viewers, the show will be providing much needed employment to displaced Kapamilya workers who were recently retrenched during the shutdown earlier this year.
“Even the core staff in PBB will have protocols and they will be making a huge sacrifice of doing shifts inside the PBB house where they will be locked in. “It was just so heartwarming to see na madaming staff na part ng retrenchment months ago are now back because PBB is back. And so ang daming magandang bagay na nadala ng pagbabalik ng PBB and I hope you all support us and maraming maraming salamat to those who are here and those who auditioned. It means so much to the entire team,” she said.
The outspoken host will be sharing hosting duties with Robi Domingo everyday through an online show. “My assignment is as always to support the storytelling kasama ni Toni G (Gonzaga). when she will not be able to do it as well. I will be partnered with Robi, my baby brother. Kami ang toka sa primetime show on Kumu at 8 pm,” she added.
Bianca said that it’s been an inspiring experience meeting some aspiring housemates and seeing them make it all the way into the final auditions.
“Actually nakausap namin ang ilang aspiring housemates, kami ni Robi have already started the Kumu shows since two to three weeks we have been doing the 8 pm show sa PBB ABS-CBN channel ng Kumu. May nakakausap kaming aspiring housemates. Pero nung unang time na nag-show kami live kasama namin si direk Lauren, nagbigay siya ng golden star. Nanunuod siya ng isang audition video for the first time and right there live sa Kumu nagbibigay siya ng golden star. Kumbaga gusto niya mag-move forward to the second round of auditions and I don’t know how Robi feels pero tuwang tuwa ako. Minsan pag nakikita ko yung reveal tuwang tuwa ako na yung binigyan ng golden star dati, ngayon papasok na ng bahay ni Kuya. So parang part na kami ng journey nila and everyone who watched on Kumu, parat ka na nung journey at nung dream nung taong yun natupad at official housemate na siya,” she explained.
Apart from the hosts doing their spiels from home this year, Bianca revealed that the audition process had also transitioned to be purely virtual as well before the final 14 housemates were chosen.
“Nung season one kasi, I guess very basic ang casting ng PBB. Audition tapos may levels hanggang maging official housemates. And then the more seasons progress, alam ko may level pa yan na mag-i-immerse ang staff kasama ang mga housemates to get to know them. Pero kasi nga ngayon puro virtual. The whole audition process was virtual and compressed. Ang bilis pumili. Ito yata ang pinakamabilis ever na nag-audition at pumili ng housemates. Super exciting for me as a host,” she added.