The Streamline Podcast: Episode 0004

The whole gang’s complete for episode 4 of The Streamline Podcast by Pop Philtre

We discuss Tanim Bala, AlDub’s Tamang Panahon and the filing of CoCs and shoutouts to Adele, Biebs and Grantland

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The Streamline Podcast: Episode 0004


So after a year of planning, we can finally present The Streamline Podcast!

Think of The Streamline as the audio version of our blog. We discuss the pop culture happenings of the last month and have in-depth discussions on other pop culture topics.

Listen to the pilot episode below. The Streamline is best listened to while commuting, working, working out, or before sleeping!

After listening to the whole podcast, feel free to give your comments and suggestions. We’d love to hear what you think so we can tweak and refine our pod.

Pop Culture things we discuss:

  • Pabebe Girls
  • PNoy’s SONA
  • The Rhap Salazar lip-syncing issue
  • Stephen Curry – Daniel Padilla twitter love
  • Our Cinemalaya movie pitches
  • Matinee Idols vs. Character Actors

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Hope you like it!


PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of August 1)


Update (August 8,2015): So after a week of confusion, it seems that the Teen and Regular housemates will not co-exist in the house. So after last night’s eviction, it seems the Teen Big 4 will leave the house tonight before the Regular housemates enter. And man, the vote to evict mechanic is such a gamechanger. Last year it was Jane, now Kenzo gets the short-end of the stick.

The time of the teens alone in the house is almost done. Regular housemates are coming next Saturday! Hopefully, the new housemates can give the house an extra boost of excitement. The nerfing effects of the “dialogue” MTRCB had with the PBB management made the show stale for the last three weeks.

Queen Quinn King is not amused MTRCB

I’m excited to see how the dynamics would change. Will the older teens defer to the older regular housemates? With 24/7 adult supervision inside the house, will management bring back the PBB Livestream? Will Bailey find another girl to have a crush on?

Anyway, here’s the last two weeks’ Big Winner Rankings:



  • Ylona retains her position in front of the pack. The team performance two weeks ago highlighted her strengths but also exposed her weaknesses. She was an undoubted showstopper during the performance, dialing her talent up to 11. But not without tension-filled practices, with her teammate Kyle deciding to leave after the stress. She’s working on her people skills, noticeably having lesser votes than in previous eviction nominations.
  • Kenzo stays at number 2. He’s still an active housemate in the storylines, either as an outspoken and reliable team player at tasks or a lightning rod for issues (KamZo loveteam just won’t die). And lately, he’s trying to build up the BaiLona loveteam.
  • Jimboy jumps to third place, eventually overtaking early favorite Bailey. Like Ylona, Jimboy was given the opportunity to show off his talent and he was able to pull it off. He recently showed his selflessness and determination by winning the
    “tulong app” challenge to help a more impoverished friend of his. The voting public took notice of his continuing selflessness as he impressively dominated last Friday’s eviction night.
  • Bailey slips a little to fourth place. Nothing new happened to him these last two weeks, aside from removing his Promise Red Ribbon. With Barbie out of the house, his eyes are now on Ylona (cheers BaiLona shippers).

BOTTOM 2 (RANK 5 – 6) 

  • Props to Kamille for still being in the game after countless times being on the chopping block. I guess more and more people are voting for her after FINALLY showing her dancing and acting (!) skills. They had to invite her former Teacher Georcelle to make her dance though.
  • Totoy Smiley Franco is at last place. He ruffled the feathers of some housemates when he contemplated to switch teams after feeling that they’ll lose the team task (which they won). He also showed some desperation to be saved from eviction, eventually letting Bailey get immunity in the last nomination. And for the last six weeks, he’s the remaining housemate without a proper introduction to his backstory. This spells bad for Franco as he’s up for eviction with eviction veterans, Kamille and Ylona


  • My heart goes to the Zzz (Zonia Zilent Zupporters). I really thought she’ll complete the Vickie Rushton
  • It was nice to see old housemates invited to judge the 737 concert. Too bad Bea Saw and Maricris weren’t there.
  • PBB already pulling out an outside world task? Wow, they’ve really ran out of ideas.

Until the next Big Winner Rankings! I’m excited how many regular housemates will enter next Saturday.

PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of August 1)

PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of July 18)

It’s time again for our Big Winner rankings. So much has changed in the PBB house after our first round of rankings. We got to know some housemates while a few still haven’t showed their game a month in.

Here’s the updated rankings so far. The arrowheads or bar on the right side of the rank indicate whether the housemate went up, down or did not move in the rankings.



  • Ylona has moved up to the top spot after a solid performance these last two weeks. She has recorded her own song “Win The Fight” and her and Bailey’s version of “Magmahal Muli” (the first song created inside the house). And with Barbie gone from the house, she has strengthened her loveteam with Bailey. However, it seems that she’s not in good terms with the older housemates, and have been a mainstay in the eviction list for the last weeks.
  • Kenzo remains a strong contender because of his continued exposure since day one. In the past few weeks,. his loveteam with Kamille got so much attention that some episodes are centered around it. Harmony is an issue with Kenzo as he grew apart from the younger housemates when his loveteam with Kamille started to bloom.
  • Bailey, moved up to third because of his fan base. His loveteam with Ylona had much exposure because of their weekly task. And thanks to the “Magmahal Muli” special task, we finally witnessed his singing ability. He still needs to work on his relationship with the other housemates being hard to work with when it comes to tasks.


  • Jimboy after a forgettable first two weeks, jumped far onto the front of the pack because of his strong showing last week. We learned much about his backstory last week that added color to his personality. And apparently, he’s one of the older housemates that the younger ones seem to look up to (maybe an effect of the personal task he did). He still needs to show more confidence to break through the top.
  • Franco still stands firmly in the fifth spot. He has shown his leadership skills and talents but we still know nothing about his backstory.
  • Zonia jumped two spots to 6th place after a solid showing in the weeklong lig-task challenge. She’s starting to show more of her personality: her competitive spirit and never give-up attitude. She’s surely making an effort in opening up to the older housemates. Continuing her strong performance in the succeeding tasks and knowing more about her background can boost her chances.


  • Kamille has slightly fell down the pecking order. Much about their loveteam is instigated by Kenzo. Although she has shared much of her story, she got zero nominations from last week’s positivized nominations clearly showing her distance from the other housemates.
  • Last time, I discussed how Kyle needs to show something unique because he and Kenzo occupied the same space. Two weeks on, and Kyle has still haven’t separated himself. In fact, he has associated himself with Kenzo more this past weeks. Call himself as B2 to Kenzo’s B1. Even though he’s looked up to by his fellow housemates, because of his sameness with Kenzo, he has trouble growing his fan base.


  • Ryan getting evicted last night was such a big fall. Two weeks ago he was the front runner. After coming out of the gates strong, he lost steam becoming a bystander in the new events in the house. He has distanced himself from the other boys and older housemates. He’s lost all the sunshine he had. Like he kind of lost energy to participate. Bailey has even replaced him as the joker of the house. And has wrapped up his story with a face to face conversation with his mom.
  • Zonia is totally doing a Vickie Rushton
  • The KamZo loveteam just won’t die. Can we already lay it to rest? It’s clearly some kind of cabin fever.
  • The live nominations was such a masterstroke by the PBB management to create drama after getting neutered by the MTRCB
    • Positivize the nomination? Let’s surprise the housemates by also letting them nominate face to face!
    • Needs adult guidance? Let’s invite Kenzo’s dad and Ryan’s mom as “coaches” so we can discuss Kenzo and Ryan’s stories
    • Need Filipino values? Let’s force them eat frog and balut.
  • Am I the only one creeped out by Franco’s “moves” on Ylona. I find it disturbing.
  • Is it just me, or did Ryan’s mom sing a different tune this week compared to her initial confession room interviews?
  • When is Enchong Dee coming in?

Let’s see the changes in the coming weeks!

PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of July 18)

The Origin of (Pop) Species: The Kakaibabe

Marahil nakita ninyo na ang salitang “Kakaibabe” sa social media. Maraming kababaihan ang nagsasabi na “Kakaibabe” sila. Pero sa totoo lang, ano ba talaga ang Kakaibabe?

Unang dumapo sa ating kamalayan ang salitang ito ng lumabas ang kantang “Kakaibabe” noong 2014.

Case 1.1 Ang kantang nagsimula ng lahat

Sinulat ito ng ninuno ng mga Pabebe Girl na si Donnalyn Bartolome at ni Thyro Alfaro, at kinanta rin ni binibining Bartolome. Naging hit ang kanta at sa ngayon ito  aymay 11.5 million views– ang pinakamaraming views sa channel ng Viva Music Group.

Makakatulong ang kanta sa pag-intindi kung ano ang Kakaibabe kasi halos ang buong kanta ay isang mahabang listahan ng mga katangian ng isang Kakaibabe. Makikita ang kabuuan ng lyrics sa link na ito.

Ano ba ang kakaibabe?

Ang salitang “Kakaibabe” ay ang malikhaing pagsasama nang mga salitang “Kakaiba” at “Babae”. Pero sa paanong paraan kakaiba ang Kakaibabe? Silipin natin ang titik ng kanta para maintindihan:

The Origin of (Pop) Species - The Kakaibabe Main Graphic
Figure 1.1
Ano ang pwede nating mahinuha sa teksto
  • KAKAIBA ang KAKAIBABE dahil hindi siya parang mga  “babaeng tipikal” na:
    1. Maarte
    2. Pumupustura
    3. Maporma
    4. Nananakal at namumulis ng selpon
    5. Pahihirapan kang paakyatin ng ligaw
    6. Hindi okay ang isaw pangdate
  • KAKAIBA ang KAKAIBABE dahil mahilig siya sa mga gawaing karaniwang naiisip na panlalake, kagaya ng:
    1. PagdoDotA
    2. Pagbabasketball
    3. Pagrarap
  • Walang sinabi ang kanta ukol sa mga katangian sa pag-iisip ng isang Kakaibabe. Pwedeng sabihin na KAKAIBA ang KAKAIBABE dahil hindi niya kailangan ang lakas ng isip. Posible naman ito lalo na kung napupunta ang oras niya sa paglalaro ng DotA at Basketball.
  • KAKAIBA ang KAKAIBABE dahil siya ay “mahinhin” ngunit “nakakaGV sa galing makisama”

saan ba makakahanap ng kakaibabe?

Pumunta sa Twitter at hanapin ang “#Kakaibabe” at makikita ang dami ng mga kababaihang nagsasabing Kakaibabe sila. Pero sabi nga ng kanta “Hindi siya yung babaeng tipikal”. Kung ganoon, paano mo malalaman na Kakaibabe talaga ang isang babae?

MGA tandaan kung maghahanap ng kakaibabe
  • Kung pagbabasihan ang teksto, may boypren ang Kakaibabe. Lalo na dahil bentang-benta sa mga kalalakihan ang kaniyang kakayahan (nagdoDotA, nagbabasketball), at kaugalian (hindi humihingi ng tawad, ‘di namumulis ng selpon)
  • Mahirap rin mahanap ang isang ligaw na Kakaibabe dahil tahimik lang ito at simple manamit. Makakatulong siguro kung magdala ng Isaw.
  • Huwag maghanap ng Kakaibabe sa silid-aklatan, Wala siyang interes mag-isip. Subukan mo sa Dotahan o sa Covered Court, baka andoon siya pagkatapos sa eskwela.
  • Kung makahanap man ng isang Kakaibabe, mag-ingat kung lalapitan, marunong ito mamektus


Puwedeng mag-evolve ang Pabebe Girl at maging Kakaibabe. Pero wala pang naitatalang ganito. Lalo na halos kabaliktaran ng Pabebe Girl ang Kakaibabe. Ang Pabebe Girl nagpapakyut para makahanap ng atensiyon. Ang Kakaibabe, batay sa teksto, ay mahinhin at simple pumorma. Ibig sabihin hindi naghahanap ng atensiyon ang Kakaibabe, kundi atensiyon ang lumalapit sa isang Kakaibabe. Mas lalo kayo magtaka ngayon sa mga babaeng naghahashtag ng Kakaibabe sa Twitter dahil pwede silang mga Pabebe Girl in Kakaibabe’s clothing lang.

  • Ang Kakaibabe may boypren na kasama. Ang Pabebe Girl, nagmumukmok dahil wala siyang boypren
  • Ang Kakaibabe nagsasabi ng “push sa mid”. Ang Pabebe Girl nagsasabi ng “push mo yan!”
  • Si Jordan sa Kakaibabe, basketball player. Si Jordan sa Pabebe Girl, brand ng sapatos.
  • Ang Kakaibabe pwedeng nagkaroon nang kaso ng Hepa A sa kaka-isaw. Ang Pabebe Girl pwedeng magka-diabetes sa dami ng mamon.

mayroon bang kakaiboy?

Sa ngayon wala pang naitatalang Kakaiboy. Ang pinakamalapit na paglalarawan ay batay sa kantang ito:

Case 2.1: Puro pisikal lang na katangian ang nilarawan kaya hindi maituturing na parang kantang "Kakaibabe"
The Origin of (Pop) Species: The Kakaibabe

Rage Against The (Karaoke) Machine: What “The My Way Killings” Can Tell Us About Ourselves

My Way has left a lasting imprint in pop culture. It was a french song repurposed by Paul Anka (known for Put Your Head On My Shoulder and co-writing Love Never Felt So Good with MJ and JT) for Frank Sinatra. It has been covered by artists such as Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, R. Kelly and has been sampled by Jay-Z.  In addition, it was once used by Sesame Street for an anti-littering segment.

Its popularity, nonetheless, has also permeated into Filipino Pop Culture, being a staple song during Sunday jukebox hits on radio as well as in videoke bars…well until in recent years. Some videoke bars have banned My Way or removed the song altogether from their song catalog. Why? Because the song has purportedly started bar brawls, or much worse, deaths.

Dubbed as the “My Way Killings”, there have been multiple accounts of people getting stabbed to death or gunned down because of singing the song. Because of the song’s unbelievable link with death, numerous international media outlets had covered the phenomena–namely The New York Times.The comedy website Cracked has even labelled it as a “cursed song”. It has gained so much infamy that it has somehow rose to urban legend status locally. It’s amazing to see comments like these on social media:

Comment #2 is wow
Comment #2 and #7 are wow

Sorry netizens, but it’s not because of the devil; Karaoke Rage is a real thing. As what an article from Slate has pointed out, “karaoke bars bring together several socially combustible elements…fill a room with 30 or so exhibitionists, ply them with alcohol…and it’s only a matter of time before all the forced interaction results in conflict.” What this just means is that brawls are something to expect from public karaoke. However, us asians one-upped the whole Karaoke Rage thing by crossing onto murder territory.

There have been reports of Karaoke Rage in Malaysia, Thailand and China; all leading to deaths. But these reported murders are isolated cases. No pattern can be established, no single song can tie the incidents together in each country. And this is where we differentiate ourselves from other Asian countries. Our murderous karaoke rage, more often than not, involves My Way. And as what Lourd De Veyra reported in his Word of the Lourd episode on it, there are roughly 70 cases of murderous karaoke rage that involved the song. We Filipinos have transcended asian-level Karaoke Rage. Isn’t that a strong enough case to stake our claim as the one true heir to the Iron Karaoke Cabinet?

But what is it with My Way that triggers people to blow other people’s brains out? If it happens in the Philippines significantly higher than other countries, it must be something about us right? The New York Times article mentioned some hypotheses on how My Way relates to us Filipinos:

  1. A popular song…
    • Each person has their own interpretation of the song
    • It’s sung more frequently therefore higher probability to incite karaoke rage than other songs
  2. The lyrics are deemed arrogant that it irks listeners

I say these are valid hypotheses. But I feel that each hypothesis isn’t enough to explain the whole phenomena. Moreover, I feel there’s something missing in the explanation. Most especially, why do people get irked by the lyrics of the song? The closest explanation from the article is that Filipino culture is innately violent. I would agree to some degree, although it still does not explain what explicitly triggers this extreme reaction. I believe these are pieces of a big puzzle and it’s still missing a piece.

Allow me to propose a new hypothesis, a more overarching one. I’ll use a bastardized formula to illustrate the hypothesis then I’ll explain each part afterwards:

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What I’m proposing here is that My Way can affect a person on the surface and at a personal level. And these reactions are further heightened by the alcohol and the karaoke setting…that then results to Filipino-level Karaoke Rage.

What do I mean by this? Let me break down each ingredient while using Luis Manzano singing as an example:

KARAOKE SETTINGThis is what the Slate article mentioned about having a place for exhibitionists, with alcohol and just one karaoke machine. In speaks truth because public karaoke requires so much discipline from inebriated people:

  1. Have to wait for your turn on the mic
  2. Have to make an effort to be a good audience member: cheer, clap and answer when the drunk guy on the mic shouts “ar u habing pahn?!?!?!?!”
  3. You can sing-along but remember not to overpower the drunk guy performing

SURFACE LEVEL: Did the singer give justice to the song?

  • Song Complexity: My Way is a pretty hard song to pull-off. Especially when you want to imitate Sinatra’s voice. My Way is deep and low at verses but high and full in the chorus.
  • Singer: Singing ability comes into play. It’s a bad enough experience to listen to an off-key singer in public karaoke. Worse, when the person has the gall to sing one of the Philippines’ karaoke anthems. Imagine, Luis Manzano singing the national anthem and you can’t do anything about it. You just have to watch him butcher the national anthem knowing quite well that you can do a goddamn better rendition. Oh and you’ve had a couple of beers already. Wouldn’t you want to stop the guy mid-song and punch him in the face?

These three factors alone constitute regular Karaoke Rage. You just want to beat the guy because he’s an awful singer or he’s been hogging the mic more than three songs in a row. But how do we level-up the Karaoke Rage?

CULTURAL LEVEL: As a Filipino, how do I connect to the song?

  • Song Lyrics: As what was mentioned in the New York Times article, My Way’s lyrics have a triumphant tone to it. My Way came from his 48th studio album. Anka intended it to be a celebration of Sinatra’s long and successful  career. With lines like “Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention” and “But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out.” you’d think Sinatra initially popularized YOLO. Lines like those gave the song its flair and bravado.
  • Culture: This is what I feel was missing from the earlier explanations. How much a person’s culture affects their interpretation of the song. Probably for western cultures, where individualism is celebrated, the song speaks differently to them. No wonder My Way was the top preferred funeral song in the UK for seven straight years. My Way is to celebrate one’s death and not be the cause of one’s death. But for us Filipinos with our collectivistic roots, this may not be the case. Filipinos highly value harmony and the sense of community. We feel success cannot be achieved just by an individual’s efforts. Success for us is a collective effort. This stresses why we have concepts of bayanihan and utang na loob. If we ever celebrate success, it has to be in a collective perspective We label those who fail to acknowledge the effort of the collective as ingrata or hindi marunong tumanaw ng utang na loob. So if we use this collectivistic lens in viewing My Way, we can interpret its celebration of the self as arrogant, egotistic and self-important. And we attribute these characteristics to whoever is singing the song (especially when you’re already drunk).So imagine, Luis Manzano singing a song about his successful showbiz career. Singing about his achievements but without even acknowledging his fans or the fact that he’s the son of two showbiz mainstays. Wouldn’t you feel that he’s proud? egotistical? self-important? This is what I feel triggers the “arrogant” hypothesis. We reach heightened levels of Karaoke Rage when the core meaning of the song doesn’t jive with the core qualities of our culture.


No, My Way is not cursed nor is it demonic. It is brought about by numerous cultural and circumstantial factors. Trying to crudely simplify it, it is a combination of a disconnected song, an awful singer and a lot of alcohol.

Is there a way to stop the My Way Killings?

I feel some measures are already in place in preventing the My Way Killings. Like what the New York Times mentioned, some videoke bars hire gays as hosts to diffuse heated situations before the knives and guns come out. Banning or deleting the song from the catalog is considered a last resort.

Will The My Way Killings ever end?

I feel there is an eventual end to the My Way Killings. However, since the killings are a result from a cultural reaction, ANOTHER SONG can take its place. Who knows when the next My Way will happen.

Rage Against The (Karaoke) Machine: What “The My Way Killings” Can Tell Us About Ourselves

The Origin of (Pop) Species: Pabebe Girls

Laganap sa social media ngayon ang ‘di umanong mga nilalang na tinatawag na “Pabebe Girls”. Marami ang nagtatanong kung sino ba sila? Ano ba ang intensyon nila? At bakit ba sila nagtretrending? Base sa mga shares sa social media, itong dalawang bidyo ang maituturing nating primary source ng impormasyon ukol sa mga Pabebe Girls

Case 1.1
 Case 1.2

Himayin natin ang mga bidyo para mas maintindihan natin ang mga nilalang na ito

Ano ba ang pabebe girl?

Ang Pabebe Girl ay isang klase ng nilalang na mahilig mag-upload ng kanilang mga vlogs (video blogs) sa internet. Mahilig silang gumawa ng iba’t ibang mukha para sila ay magmukhang kyut para mapansin ng mga tao. Ayon sa unang na-iulat sa Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, ang pangngalang “Pabebe” ay galing sa “pa-baby“. Sa ngayon, mukhang walang pinagkaiba ang Pabebe Girl sa tinatawag na “Attention Whore” sa mga kanluraning bansa. Parang Bigfoot at Yeti lang.


Batay sa mga bidyo, kadalasan nagtatago ang Pabebe sa kaniyang lungga. Ngunit kung kinakailangan ay lumalabas ito at nagpupunta sa SM. Mahihinuha rin natin na ito ay umiistambay sa Food Court. Mahahalintulad sa lobo rin ang Pabebe Girl dahil lumalabas lang ito na mag-isa. Marahil mas madali siyang makakasamsam ng simpatiya mula sa mga tao kung siya ay nag-iisa sa isang pampublikong lugar.

Paano matutukoy ang isang pabebe girl?

Kung gusto mong makakita ng isang ligaw na Pabebe Girl, tandaan ang mga sumusunod:

  • Pumunta ng SM. Mas mainam kung sa food court ng SM Dasmarinas.
  • Magmasid at maghanap ng nag-iisang dalagita, mga 14 – 16 anyos
  • Kahit siya ay nasa loob ng isang pampublikong lugar, hindi siya nakikihalubilo kahit kanino. Mas gugustuhin niyang kausapin ang kanyang selpon kaysa sa ibang mga nilalang. Alam niyang mas marami siyang taong makakausap sa internet kesa sa mall.
  • Nakalugay ang buhok ng isang Pabebe, may kaunting tintang brown at karaniwang natatakpan nito ng bahagya ang kanyang mukha
  • Mainam na magdala ng Red Ribbon Mamon bilang pain. Hindi ko alam kung tumatanggap ang Pabebe Girl ng ibang brand ng mamon. Pero para sigurado, magdala ng Red Ribbon Mamon.
  • Kung makakita man ng isang Pabebe, siguraduhing dumistansiya ng mga sampung metro. Ito ay safety precaution kung sakaling magsalita ang Pabebe o icover si Nicki Minaj dahil matinis ang boses nito. Ayon sa mga nagtangkang lumapit, nagdilim ang kanilang paningin matapos marinig ang Pabebe.
  • Mag-ingat at mabilis magpapalit-palit ng mood ang isang Pabebe Girl. Puwedeng magsimulang nagpapakyut biglang iiyak biglang kakanta ng Starships.


Tignan ang Figure 1.1 para makita ang sagot

Lahat naman ng tao naghahanap ng atensiyon, iba’t iba lang ang pamamaraan. Eh dumating ang internet at smartphones. Dahil sa makabagong teknolohiya, nagkaroon tuloy ng bagong pamamaraan ang mga tao maghanap ng atensiyon, lalo na ang mga kabataan.

Dahil rin sa internet, nakilala ng kabataan rin ang K-Pop. Nagustuhan ng kabataan ang kyut at seksing pormahan ng K-Pop kaya’t pilit rin nilang ginaya. Siyempre sa ating konserbatibo-kuno na lipunan, hindi naman pwedeng lantarang magpa-seksi, lalo na kung teenager ka pa. Kaya minarapat na lang ng mga dalaga na magpakyut na lang. At diyan nanggaling ang konsepto ng mga Pabebe Girl.

Kung susumahin, ang mga Pabebe ay isang natural na reaksiyon sa paghahalu-halo ng Panahon, Henerasyon at Kultura. Hindi natin kailangang mainis o i-bully sila dahil natural lang ito sa mga teenager. Kung makakita ka nang lagpas bente-anyos na nagpapakabebe, doon ka na mainis.

mayroon bang ninuno ang mga pabebe girls?

Oo. Ang ninuno ng mga Pabebe Girl ay walang iba kundi si Donnalyn Bartolome.

Sample 1.1: Meet the Ancient Pabebe Girl

Siguro napapaisip kayo, “hindi ba Kakaibabe si Donnalyn Bartolome?” Isasaad ko ang mga rason sa ibang post kung ano talaga ang isang Kakaibabe pero sinasabi ko na sa inyo, hindi siya Kakaibabe. Isa siyang Pabebe Girl. Bakit?

  1. Matinis ang boses
  2. Nakalugay ang buhok
  3. Mahilig magpakyut
  4. Lumalamon ng pagkain sa harap ng camera
  5. At may cover ni Nicki Minaj


Sa ngayon, wala pang naitatalang mga totoong Pabebe Boys. Parody videos lang ng mga Pabebe Girls ang makikita sa internet. Machong-macho pa rin kasi ang lipunang Pilipino. Kabawasan ng pagkalalake ang makitang nagpapakyut sa isang bidyo ang isang binata. Hindi ko na lang alam sa mga lalakeng nagpopost ng Twerk It Like Miley videos.

Kailangan bang matakot sa mga pabebe?

Marahil napanood ninyo na ang video ng dalawang nagsamang Pabebe Girl (a flock of Pabebe?) na binabantaan ang mga manonood na walang makakapigil sa kanila.

Case 2.1: Numipis ang kilay ni ate sa inis

Kailangan ba nating mabahala? Hindi naman. Uulitin ko, likas na reaksiyon lang nila ang magpost ng ganito. At totoo naman, wala tayong magagawa. Hindi rin magtatagal, maiisip rin nila kung gaano kainis-inis ang ginagawa nila. Lalo na kapag nagsimula na silang maghanap ng trabaho.

Kung mayroon man kayong dapat katakutan, ito ay ang mga nagaAriel Transformation.

Sample 2.1: Utang na loob, huwag tularan

Sila ang mga nilalang na sasadyain papangitin ang kanilang mukha na parang stunt double ni Betty La Fea, kunwaring iinom ng Ariel at gaganda/gagwapo daw.  Kasuklam-suklam ang kanilang ginagawa dahil (1) mukhang bente anyos na yung mga nasa bidyo, ang gimik nila pang-teenager, (2) alam naman nilang maganda o gwapo sila, alam nila na mas makikita kung gaano sila kaganda/kagwapo kung papangitin nila ang kanila sarili, at (3) nagsasayang sila ng sabong panlaba. Mabuti pa ang Pabebe Girls, inuubos yung mamon nila.

The Origin of (Pop) Species: Pabebe Girls

PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of July 4)

Ah yes…the newest season of Big Brother is  two weeks in. So much has already happened. A housemate just got evicted…loveteam split for the time being…talks about virginity…and execs summoned by the MTRCB. PBB is already firing on all cylinders!

We don’t know until when this season’s going to run (minimum of 7 weeks judging by what they announced), but I feel watching the teen housemates for 14 days is already sufficient basis to start running the PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings . So from now on, every two weeks I’ll be sharing my picks on who’re leading and lagging.

So where do I base the rankings?

  1. I used the five traits I’ve pointed out in my previous piece on determining a Big Winner
  2. Next, I evaluated each housemate on each of the five traits, assessing which traits are considered their strengths or points for improvement
    1. Evaluation is heavily-based on the PBB 737 Primetime show and some reactions on Twitter
  3. Rankings can still change week to week. So don’t fret if your favorite housemate is ranked low or gloat if ranked high.

PBB 737 Power Rankings


These housemates had much exposure during the first two weeks, probably because they were quite active in the house. That’s why we have a better grasp of who they are and their odds in becoming the Big Winner.

  • Ryan, currently sits at the top spot. In his first two weeks, he has solidified his position as everyone’s friend. He’s close with the girls and well-comfortable with the boys. You’d often see him having heart-to-heart talks with housemates. He has also shown his talents in dancing and making people laugh. And most importantly, he has shared his backstory. We know that he’s still struggling to receive full acceptance from his mom. There’s nothing left that he can improve on. Having a loveteam inside the house will greatly help.
  • Ylona greatly reminds me of Lea Salonga. Talented, loud and expressive. Her talent is her biggest differentiator from the others. We know she can have a singing career in the future after demonstrating her prowess in the first weekly task. She has also racked up quite a following on Twitter because of her charming looks. Moreover, she’s made an effort in interacting with her fellow housemates. Language barrier be damned. And right now she’s trying her best to bring back Bailey and Barbie together. Knowing more about her story can help her move up to the number one spot.
  • Kenzo is at third because he has stepped up to the role of being the Kuya inside the house (along with Kyle). You’d often see him leading or actively participating in tasks and he tries to give advice Bailey and the other younger housemates. He’s good-looking enough to merit a guesting in Luv U. Spending time on his backstory might help viewers understand why he has such a tight bond with Bailey and the other boys.
  • For the last two weeks, Bailey has been the sun that PBB 737 revolves around. One way or another, he gets himself involved in all the big stuff so far. Bailey’s the first one to get a proper punishment from a violation, the first to be involved in multiple loveteams (BarLey, KenLey, RyLey and BaiLona), and one of the first to be nominated for eviction. Honestly, I feel Bailey could have placed higher if he stayed away from controversy. He has the looks, the talent and quite a following before entering the house. He’s sure to become a good ABS-CBN talent once he leaves the house, like Sam Milby. I fear he’s going to be a mainstay on the chopping block if he doesn’t improve on his relationships with his other housemates, especially after his big faux pas involving Barbie.


These housemates have proven to be integral members of the house but may still need more exposure for us to further examine their full character.

  • Kamille is dependable when it comes to housework but needs to be a more active participant in tasks. She used to be part of the G-Force dancers but didn’t even share her dancing skills in their first weekly task. And she can be slightly irritable with the smallest things like her small outburst with Ailah.
  • Kyle has accepted his position as one of the Kuyas in the house…just like Kenzo. He’s dependable in group tasks…just like Kenzo. In terms of talent? we’re unsure, but for now definitely not like Kenzo. In other words, Kyle occupies the same position as Kenzo. He needs to differentiate himself from the Astig Athlete if he wants to move up in rank. Maybe showing us more of his backstory can help?
  • Franco, with his many talents, is dependable in house chores and in weekly tasks. However, he’s passive when it comes to interacting with the other housemates. You don’t see him hugging it out with the boys nor see him hanging out with the girls. He tried to open up about having a crush on Ylona but Ylona put him down immediately. He needs to get close to the other housemates before they run out of people to nominate.


These housemates are on the bottom rung because it seems they’ve remained lacked exposure. We know almost nothing about them aside from their assigned PBB moniker. We know Ailah’s a faithful daughter, but she still needs to work on her other relationships in the house. We know Zonia’s a blossoming beauty, but we hardly heard her speak! Big Brother had to appoint her as the weekly task leader to be a more active player in the game. We know Jimboy’s a rapper, but outside of that what else do we know about him? Good thing, there’s still 5 more weeks left. That’s ample time for them to share their stories.

SOME notES FROM the last two weeks

  • Seven out of the 11 housemates come from Luzon (four from Metro Manila). Two housemates from Visayas, and two international housemates. That’s just not a good representation at all.
  • I don’t know what a Kid Sunshine is, nor a Totoy Smiley
  • Is Zonia trying to do a Vickie Rushton? Lay low for the first weeks and wait for half of the housemates to get evicted before opening up?
  • On KenLey: I don’t get why people are isolating Kenzo and Bailey when you clearly see the boys always hugging out. Especially when they’re all hanging out at the boy’s bedroom. I agree with Funky Resident Psychologist Doc Randy that it’s just a case of very close bromance. Both Kenzo and Bailey are unico hijos and are more than excited to experience what it’s like to have brothers. It’s also funny how mainstream media is having a hard time dealing with the shipping culture of the internet.

Well that’s it for now. Expect to see an updated Big Winner Rankings after two weeks!

PBB 737 Big Winner Rankings (as of July 4)

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The 2 Things You Need To Know To Be A PBB Big Winner

Pinoy Big Brother has been a phenomenon like no other in Philippine Pop Culture. Millions have watched and voted week to week, involving themselves in the day to day issues of the housemates. We saw heartfelt confessions,  cat fights ablaze, and love bloom. Not to mention, the occasional lice infestation. But more importantly, it has been a steady producer of ABS-CBN’s bankable talents namely Sam Milby, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson and Toni Gonzaga (her first big break after moving from GMA). Every season is met with thousands upon thousands of hopefuls wanting to change their life’s’ fortunes.

Winning PBB means so much more to us. It’s amazing how different Big Brother is perceived here compared to other countries. Other cultures see it as a voyeuristic late-night show, but for us Filipinos, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime. You get your fifteen minutes of fame, live in a decked out house/villa  AND a chance to win a hefty cash prize, a house, a scholarship, a kabuhayan showcase and an ABS-CBN talent contract!

But how does one become a Big Winner? Do you need to outwit, outplay and outlast? Or dream, believe, survive? If the show’s tagline can give us a hint, “Ang Teleserye ng Totoong Buhay”, does it mean that TRUTHFULNESS is the key in becoming a Big Winner? For seasons, PBB housemates have been throwing the N-word, “Nagpapakatotoo”, every chance they could. It is as if they’re telling the audience, “Guys, sinabi ko yung magic word. Pwedeng iboto ninyo na ako?” However, if you’ve noticed the housemates featured in this video, not one of them became a Big Winner. The Big Winner is still determined by the viewers. And without undergoing a philosophical discourse, determining the truth in a reality TV show while you sit on your sofa can be difficult. So what can we do?

We can start by looking at the profiles of all the Big Winners through the show’s eleven-season run. Using the comprehensive data from the wikipedia pages of Pinoy Big Brother (yes wikipedia is not the most reputable of sources but just look at the wealth of data there) and my understanding of percentages, we can somehow profile the Big Winner.

Please note that the results are INCONCLUSIVE. A sample size of 11 can establish patterns but it is NOT ENOUGH TO BE CONCLUSIVE. It’s like how people noticed the White Guy With Guitar trend of American Idol winners.

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It seems that being a young, female from Visayas can probably get you support from the audience. Three Big Winners (33% of all Big Winners) fit all three categories (Nene Tamayo, Kim Chiu and Myrtle Sarrosa) and have received an average of 41.40% of the votes during their respective finales.

What other nuggets can we get from the data?
  • Being young seems to be a key. Among all eleven, Keanna Reeves (36) is the only Big Winner above 25 years old. This is telling information considering that the age range for regular auditions is 18-35 years old.
  • Having a province can be an advantage. Out of all the Big Winners, Daniel Matsunaga (Makati City) is the only Big Winner hailing from NCR. And we all know he’s from Brazil. If you’re an aspiring housemate, use your father or mother’s home province. Regionalism is still significant in the country, use it to your advantage.
  • Out of all eleven seasons, the magic percentage of total votes to be a Big Winner is 33.7%. More than half of the Big Winners received more votes than the aforementioned number (Nene, Keanna, Bea Saw, Ejay Falcon, Slater Young and Myrtle)

Okay, but does that mean the Young Woman from Visayas always get through? Not really. Excluding the Celebrity Housemates, there were 15 other housemates that fit the Young Woman from Visayas profile, and nine of them got cut before reaching the finals.

We also have to look at the qualities of the housemate. Being a fan and relatively frequent viewer of the show, I’ve identified five key characteristics of a Big Winner. I attributed each characteristic to each Big Winner and counted the attributes that fit. Surprisingly, some trends came out. I’ll explain each characteristic afterwards

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A Big Winner, at his/her most basic, must be able to get the viewer’s attention. They can be good-looking, funny or, like Kim Chiu, can turn into a pretzel. More often than not, these were the housemates that you already took note of starting from day one. Kim, the chinese cutie entered with all smiles. Melai Cantiveros, wide-eyed and amazed with the house. Daniel Matsunaga lying in the middle of the pool doing his best sleeping beauty impression while the sun was up.

These were the housemates with the most celebrity potential. Kim became a primetime telenovela talent. Melai just won Your Face Sounds Familiar. Bea inherited the Best Friend role in Star Cinema movies from Nikki Valdez. James Reid is currently part of popular loveteam with 3 hit movies and 2 albums under his belt.


More than just getting the viewers’ attention, Big Winners are able to maintain that attention. So much so that they can elicit a response from the viewer (like a tweet or an FB post).  What are these factors then? .

  • MABUTING HOUSEMATE: A Big Winner maintains a harmonious relationship with his/her fellow housemates. They’re considered as friendly authority figures inside the house and/or active participants in tasks. These are housemates that stay away from cat fights. Since they’re in such good terms with their housemates, they are rarely included in the list of nominees.

Being a good housemate touches on the Filipinos’ collectivistic attitude. Our inclination towards harmony and togetherness. We revere people who include the betterment of the many in mind. And we are wary of people who try to disrupt this harmony. Housemates who are perceived as “tamad”, “tahimik”or “nagsisimula ng gulo” are those who get nominated. How about the Big Winner? Big Winners only get nominated at an average of twice per season. Kim Chiu and Ejay Falcon maintained zero nominations during their stints in the house.

  • CAN RELATE ANG BACKSTORY: Looking at comments of people on the internet, they would often say that the Big Winners are those who usually come from low-income families and used their “paawa backstory” to win. If so, why did the likes of James Reid, Slater Young and Myrtle Sarrosa win? They came from well-enough families and yet people voted for them.

This goes back to what I was saying about having a connection with the audience. PBB Celebrity Edition 2 winner, Ruben Gonzaga, was a father who just wanted to provide a better future for his family. Ejay Falcon was a simple teen from the province who wanted to look for his biological parents.Slater lived in the shadows of his father and wanted to strike out on his own. These stories are not unique. These are stories that the viewers themselves may also experience. Hence, viewers root for housemates they can identify with.

  • Mayroong Ka-Love Team: It’s no secret that Filipinos are romantics. Nothing spices up a story any better than finding some form of love inside the house. Kimerald (Kim-Gerald) and Melason (Melai-Jason) are top of mind love teams that involved Big Winners. But what separates a Big Winner love team than Bruce-Wendy love team is that the Big Winner is usually the anchor of the love team. Kim decided between Gerald and Mikee Lee. And for Melason, it can be argued that the only reason her partner, Jason Francisco, was even part of the Big Four was because of his relationship with Melai.

Summarizing the three points, a Big Winner is able to create a bond with the viewer. This explains the “nagpapakatotoo” factor. A viewer feels that a housemate is “nagpapakatotoo” when the viewer finds commonalities with the housemate…the need to experience harmony, the want to be loved and/or the idea of having a story tell…these are the instances when the viewer is able to see the human side of the housemate.

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So what have I laid down:

  1. Chances seem higher if you’re a YOUNG, WOMAN from VISAYAS
  2. It seems a Big Winner should not just have entertainment value but also able to establish a human connection with the audience. something that can compel viewers to not only watch but also root for him/her.

In other words, a Big Winner is more or less just like Katniss Everdeen. It’s not enough you come from the poorest district, and be nifty with a bow. You also need a Peeta to ship with and a dress that can catch on fire.


Among all eleven housemates, Kim Chiu ticks almost all boxes:

  1. Fits the profile of the Young Woman from Visayas
  2. Had the charm and talent
  3. Never a part of the nominees list
  4. Had a strong love team

And this is also quite evident with the career she’s having after exiting the house. Arguably, she’s having the best showbiz career out of all the PBB Big Winners. Think of her as Kelly Clarkson, while Melai and James as David Cook and Kris Allen.

The 2 Things You Need To Know To Be A PBB Big Winner