Kapamilya star Toni Gonzaga is back to say hello to the Philippines and to the world as the host of the ninth season of “Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB) called “PBB Connect” together with Bianca Gonzalez and Robi Domingo.
Toni was announced as host of the upcoming season last November 2 and was immediately given a task by Big Brother to reveal the “Big 4” exciting events on the show on the livestreaming app Kumu, including the return of Bianca and Robi as her co-hosts.
Bianca started her hosting duties last night (November 3) in the “KUMUnect Tayo Audition Show” with ABS-CBN head of entertainment production Lauren Dyogi, where five aspiring housemates received golden stars and advanced to the next round of auditions. Robi will also part of this digital show on Kumu.
Toni also announced that as of November 12, a whopping 144,947 audition entries have been uploaded on Kumu, the biggest audition turnout in the show’s history. From this number, 3,053 are still in the running to be part of Kuya’s 12 official housemates. Among them, 1,715 are from Luzon, 592 are from Mindanao, 520 are from Visayas, while 226 are from other parts in the world. The online auditions via Kumu will continue until November 11.
Meanwhile, in light of the aftermath of Typhoon Rolly, “PBB Connect” will stage a special livestream featuring former “PBB” housemates this Friday (November 6) at 8 pm. Called the “#PBBKUMUnectSaPagtulong,” it aims to raise funds to help victims of the calamity. Viewers are also encouraged to upload a one (1) minute video on Kumu to share what they pledge to do to help fellow Filipinos rise again after the storm. Some will be shown during Friday’s livestream.
By bringing “PBB Connect” to life, ABS-CBN and Kumu aim to provide hope and strengthen connections among Filipinos during this pandemic.
The famous “Pinoy Big Brother” house will open its doors for “PBB Connect” soon and will be available on a wider selection of platforms, including Kumu, A2Z Channel 11, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, the ABS-CBN Entertainment website, and official “PBB” social media accounts.