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    by C.K. Now that winter is over and spring had finally sprung, it’s time to spend more outdoors than indoor activities.  I’m  sure that even the pets we have wants to wonder around in this wonderful weather.  I just got a glimpse of the crocuses on our rock garden and a few perennials  coming back from [...]

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YOUR SONG PRESENTS ISLA PREMIERED WITH A BLAST

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Your Song presents Isla seized the top spot in its timeslot  nationwide as reported by global research specialist, TNS, on its pilot episode.

“Galing ng nakaisip ng kwento. First time sa ganoong klaseng timeslot ang suspense story,” a supporter posted in the Your Song presents official multiply site (http://yoursongpresents.multiply.com) The cast, especially the PBB Double Up ex-housemates, surpassed the expectations of Your Song followers and many people claimed that their first acting stint is commendable. “For a first-timer, galing ng PBB Double Up ex-housemates. To think wala naman talaga silang experience sa mga ganung aktingan, pero they were able to pull it through. Bravo!” commented by another Isla fan.

“We’re all very grateful kasi we got good feedback from the televiewers. And they, actually, should stay tuned dahil sa upcoming episodes mas exciting and we all worked hard for this,” Gerald Anderson eagerly shared. “And aside from that, our director is very encouraging kaya we really do our best in every shoot,” Sam Pinto charmingly added.

Watch out for more adventures as each episode intensifies in Your Song presents Isla on The Filipino Channel (TFC).

For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbnglobal.com.

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PBB DOUBLE UP HOUSEMATES

TRIVIA SHEET

Nickname: Paul Jake
Origin: Cebu
Age: 24
Birthdate: December 22, 1984
Nationality: Filipino-American
Occupation: Businessman
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: drag racing, air soft, flag football, online games
Favorite Color:
Favorite Food: Japanese and Filipino food
Favorite Show: action series
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt
Favorite Actress: Kate Beckinsale
Favorite Singer:

Paul Jake belongs to a wealthy family and since childhood he lived a comfortable life. But his parents also taught him all the right values. Paul also doesn’t mind enjoying the simple things in life with his friends. He mingles with employees of their company as if he is not the heir to the family empire. However, not wanting to rely solely on his family, he put up his own business which eventually became successful. Paul earned enough money to study abroad.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
To be here in PBB. I never expected I would be chosen.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering Kuya’s house?
My family, friends, girlfriend, car.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Brad Pitt. He’s a good actor.
Do you think you’ll get along well with the other housemates? Why?
I get along with almost everyone.
What would irritate/annoy you inside the house?
People with no manners.

Nickname: Cathy
Origin: Bohol

Age: 22
Birthdate: October 8, 1987
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Nursing Graduate
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Reading novels and historical stuff, watching TV and movies, malling, playing volleyball
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Show: CNN, Discovery Channel, PBB
Favorite Actor: Shia LaBeouf
Favorite Actress: Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox
Favorite Singer: Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Lady Gaga

At first glance, Cathy appears a mestiza though she is born to Filipino parents. This Boholana is actually a native of Zamboanga, until her search for her father led her to finally settle in Bohol. Though the search was successful, the reunion was not quite as expected. She found out that her father has another family, where she has four half-siblings. This discovery hindered them from ever really mending their relationship. Her need for a father figure probably plays a part in her choice of men. Cathy tends to gravitate towards men who are her senior, whom she feels can take care of her. Her most recent relationship was with a man 16 years older than her.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Getting my license as a nurse and getting accepted into PBB.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
My cellphone, I-pod. And of course my family.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Vilma Santos. She’s a good person and a very versatile actress.
Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
I am very flexible and can adjust to any situation.
What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Inconsiderate people.

Nickname: Hermes
Origin: San Francisco, California
Age: 23
Birthdate: February 7, 1986
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Nursing graduate
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Sleeping, eating, Parkour
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Food: All-meat pizza
Favorite Show: Wowowee
Favorite Actor: Jackie Chan
Favorite Actress: Angelina Jolie
Favorite Singer: Muse

Though born in the US, Hermes is pure Pinoy. He was born to Filipino parents and moved back to Manila at the age of 2. He stayed with his mom, as his dad was based abroad. He went to the States only for occasional visits to his father, who was then working for a US-based electronics company. Later on, he discovered that they were his dad’s second family. Yet, he bears no ill feelings towards his dad. He prides his father for being a dependable person and a good provider. Flunking the NCLEX twice pulled him down to the point of depression. He yearns for his big break, and made a huge step towards it by flying in from San Diego, California just for an audition in his homeland.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Makapasok sa PBB.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
My family and my cellphone.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Gerald Anderson, idol ko kasi siya sa Tiagong Akyat.
Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
Sana madali naman ako makisama. Cool lang naman ako at hindi mainitin ang ulo.
What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Pag lahat sila nagalit ng sabay-sabay sa akin.

Nickname: Johan
Real Name: Origin: Tarlac
Age: 22
Birthdate: June 1, 1987
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Waiter
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Basketball and playing computer games
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Sinigang
Favorite Show: Basketball and other sports related shows
Favorite Actor: John Lloyd Cruz
Favorite Actress: Angel Locsin
Favorite Singer: Boys2Men

Johan is no stranger to the world of reality TV. He was able to join Starstruck, but was the fourth to be shipped out of the talent search. He stayed with the station for a few months after, averaging 24 thousand pesos in earnings per month. Unfortunately, his luck ran out yet again. Johan did continue to perform, but not on any screen. He used his talents to host restaurant gigs and sidelined as a waiter. Being quite a looker, he can boast of a fan base of sorts, a significant number coming from the gay community.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Makasali sa PBB.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
PSP ko. Computer. Tsaka mom ko.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Michael Jordan. Lahat idol kasi siya.
Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
Madali naman ako pahisamahan.
What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Ayaw ko sa masyadong mayabang, plastic at kung ano-ano ang sinasabi pagnakatalikod ka na.

Nickname: Patria
Origin: Siquijor
Age: 22
Birthdate: September 23, 1986
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Medical Representative
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Roman Catholic
Hobbies: Reading and talking
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Show: One Tree Hill, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Gossip Girl
Favorite Actor: John Lloyd Cruz
Favorite Actress: Lara Quigaman
Favorite Singer: Dixie Chicks, Julie Roberts, Jewel

“When there’s a will, there’s a way.” Such is the driving principle in Patria’s life. When her family had nothing to eat, she joined a pizza-eating contest and brought home a box of pizza for her family. Patria has no qualms about asserting herself. Just try to call her by her first name and expect an instant reprimand. Her job as a medical representative requires her to travel a lot to meet her quota, with hustling and shoving just part of the job description, but this does not stop her. What she is not rushing, though, is love. “Ang pag-ibig ay parang bus. If you don’t catch this ride, there’s always the next bus.” Will that bus come for her while inside the PBB house?

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Graduating from college.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
I will miss my friends and family. Mami-miss ko din mag-ukay-ukay.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Kris Aquino. Matalino at frank kasi siya na tao.
Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
Oo. Nakaksundo ko naman iba’t ibang klaseng tao dahil iba’t iba ang approach ko sa kanila.
What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Pag seryoso yung ginagawa ko tapos kinukulit ako.

Nickname: Rica
Origin: Ilo-Ilo

Age: 26
Birthdate: November 8, 1982
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: IT Consultant
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Browsing the internet, playing volleyball and badminton, collecting make-up
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Thai. I like spicy food.
Favorite Show: SNN
Favorite Actor: None
Favorite Actress: None
Favorite Singer: Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo

A consistent achiever, Rica was the pride of his teachers. Although he excelled in his academics, he always fell short of his dad’s approval. His sexual orientation was always a tangible obstacle, but he refused to be daunted. Instead, he took this as a challenge and pushed himself to prove them wrong. Rica took it a step further as he left home to pursue his college education in Manila. A blue-blooded Atenean, he graduated with a degree in BS Math. It was in college that he became involved with Doll House, a movement supporting the third sex. It was also during this period that he became a she, with the help of hormone pills. To be able to afford this luxury, Rica tutored Math in an academic center. Rica now works as an IT consultant for a big company. With her above average earnings, she is able to send home money to her dad, though their relationship remains strained. Hopefully, her stay in Big Brother’s house would bridge the gap between father and offspring, as Rica once again proves that she is much more than an added gender option.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Graduating high school with honors. Graduating at a good university, finding a good job to support my family…it’s a combination of small victories in my life.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
The internet. My cellphone. My loved ones.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Gusto ko maging si Kris Aquino. She’s a character. She’s carefree. She’s intellectual yet humorous.
Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
I think makakasundo ko sila. Bubbly and likeable naman ako. Baka lang yung narrow-minded and yung conservative di nila ako makasundo.
What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Yung masyadong male ego. Yung iba kasi iniisip agad gusto mo sila and I’m not taken seriously. Worse pa kung mas gwapo pa si Bentong sa kanila. Kairita!

Nickname: Sam
Origin: Paranaque City
Age: 19
Birthdate: December 11,1989
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student- Fashion Design, Collegeof St. Benilde
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Born Again Christian

For someone who grew up in a non-conventional family set-up, Sam is a well-adjusted gal. She grew up with her mom, since her parents parted ways early. Though a lawyer, her mom was the cool type, and Sam considers her mom as her closest friend. One anecdote that shows this is the time she wanted to have her ear pierced. She walked up to her mom to get her opinion on the cuter option: one piercing or two? Other moms would probably balk at the idea, but not Sams’ mom (who chose two, by the way). At the end of the day, both mother and daughter had ear-piercings and a day full of memories. Sam is not totally isolated from her dad, being able to see him once in a while. She has one other sibling, plus two half-siblings with her dad. She has grown accustomed to the fact that he now has a new life and has no hang-ups about it.

Instead of hiding under her shell, Sam decided to bloom and grow. At the age of 10, Sam was already exposed to the modeling scene. She has starred in several TV commercials, and her confidence brought her to try out for last year’s MYX VJ Hunt. Though she was not able to bag the top prize, she refuses to be daunted. Sam is no stranger to pressure, after all. As a student of fashion design, Sam has to constantly come up with original and unique clothes. Not only does she come up with original creations, but she can also sew her own clothes! The pressure to develop new ideas is always present, but this does not hold her back. She just keeps on moving forward, grabbing whatever opportunities that come her way. Sam oozes with creativity, something which she can share with her fellow housemates.

Though her activities peg her as the extrovert, Sam admits she is quite timid amongst acquaintances. She prefers to be in the background, content with being the follower as she adjusts to her surroundings. With close friends, though, she allows herself to shine and is able to step up as a leader.

Nickname: Tom
Origin: Arizona, USA
Age: 22
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Nationality: Filipino-American
Occupation: Graphic Artist
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: driving, boxing, martial arts
Favorite Color: blue, brown
Favorite Food: tinolang manok, or whatever my mom cooks<
Favorite Show: Burn Notice
Favorite Actor: John Lloyd Cruz
Favorite Actress: Maja Salvador
Favorite Singer: John Mayer

He may have the face and the body of a model, but to people in his hometown, he is often called by many names like ‘Hilaw na Kano’ or ‘Bangaw Bangaw’ which is a term of a filthy kid. Tom would frequently get into fight with these people.

Life became more challenging when he migrated to the US to be with his family. He struggled with speaking in English and had a difficulty communicating with people around him. Tom finished college with a degree in Digital Animation, but still he couldn’t get a job in this field. He flew to Hongkong to pursue his passion, but instead he found romance which was unfortunately short lived.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Becoming a housemate.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering Kuya’s house?
My four-year-old nephew and one-year-old niece.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Brad Pitt because he’s awesome.
Do you think you’ll get along well with the other housemates? Why?
I guess. ‘Di naman ako palaaway eh.
What would irritate/annoy you inside the house?
Mataas naman ang tolerance ko sa mga tao. But probably ‘yung mga taong walang respeto at may masamang intention.

MOST CHALLENGING/AWKARD SCENE YOU HAD TO DO ON THE SET:

RICA: WAS TO ACT IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ON THE SET. SA PBB KAMI KAMI LANG BUT NOW EEMOTE KA HABANG MAY MADAMING TAO.

PATRIA: HMM.. MY AWKARD SCENE PO IS MY DEATH SCENE BECAUSE IM NOT AFRAID OF DYING IN REAL LIFE

SAM: MY CRYING, HOSTAGE SCENE WITH GERALD. IT WAS SUPER CHALLENGING BECAUSE IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO CRY, SCREAM, BE ANGRY TO SOMEONE… SI GERALD PA!

JOHAN: LAHAT NG ROLE PO AY CHALLENGING AND AYOKO PO MAMILI NG GAGAWIN DAHIL GUSTO KO MATUTO SA LAHAT NG TYPE OF ROLES. PERO SA NGAYON AY AWKARD PO YUNG ROLE KO NA MAY KISSING SCENE AKO SA KAPWA KO LALAKI DAHIL HINDI PA AKO HANDA SA GANUN.

HERMES: CHALLENGING SCENE YUNG KISSING SCENE DAPAT NAMIN NI CATHY KASI NANG MALAMAN NIYA NAGDISAGREE AGAD SIYA. TSAKA MAGAGALIT DAW KASI FAMILY NIYA SA KINAILANGAN NAMAN MAGADJUST PO.. PARA I-FAKE NA LANG HEHE

CATHY: SCENES WITH GERALD ANDERSON

PAUL JAKE: THE MOST AWKARD PART OF ACTING IS TRYING TO ACT WHEN I SHOULD BE REACTING TO THE CO-ARTISTS.

TOM: EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PROJECT IS CHALLENGING. IT FEELS AWKARD THOUGH THAT I’M ACTING IN FRONT OF MY CO-HOUSEMATES.

IF YOU WERE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD YOU WANT THAT PERSON TO BE?

RICA: STUCK WITH PAUL JAKE. HOT, PLAYFUL AND FUN TO BE WITH, WHAT MORE CAN A GIRL ASK FOR.

PATRIA: GERALD ANDERSON HMMMM GET TO KNOW HIM MORE

SAM: RICALOVE! HAHA. WE CAN BOTH ROT AT THE SAME TIME IN THE ISLAND. HEHE. OR PAUL JAKE BECAUSE HE’S SUPER RICH AND CAN BUY THE WHOLE ISLAND. HAHA

JOHAN: SI CATHY PO, KASI MAS GUSTO KO PO SIYA MAKILALA DITO SA LABAS. IBA KASI INSIDE  PBB HOUSE. GUSTO KO RIN NA MAS MAKILALA PA NIYA AKO.

HERMES: TAPOS GUSTO KO MASTUCK SA ISLAND KASAMA SI PATRIA KASI ALAM KO KAHIT KAMING DALAWA LANG DUN HINDI AKO MABOBORED KASI JOLLY SIYA, MASAYA KASAMA AT SAKA CLOSE NAMAN PO KAMI.. YUN PO.

CATHY: GET STUCK IN AN ISLAND WITH JOHAN. HE’S BIG ENOUGH TO SAVE ME.. JUST IN CASE OF EMERGANCY. AND I OT TO KNOW HIM ALREADY, HE’S FUN TO BE WITH…

PAUL JAKE: I WOULD RATHER BE STUCK IN AN ISLAND WITH SAM.. WHY? BECAUSE SHE’S THE ONE PERSON THAT U CAN EASILY TALK AND GET TOGETHER WITH… AND WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE WITH HER…

TOM: WITH SAM PERHAPS. ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW HER, YOU’LL COME TO LEARN THAT BEHIND HER BEAUTY LIES THE KALOG SIDE OF HER. SHE’S FUN TO BE WITH.









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