Exciting, isn't it? Kuya's house just opened its doors to this year's batch of teen housemates!
One requirement for PBB hopefuls is to pass my neurological-psychological examination. This gives me a chance to be better acquainted with them and to prepare them psychologically for their entry into Kuya's house.
So, allow me now to introduce to you the teen housemates of PBB 737 and share with you what I remember from my encounter with each of them.
Ryan James Bacalla: Ang Kid Sunshine ng Cebu
What I like about Ryan is that he is all friendly, optimistic, and funny. This sunshiny kid is also a counselor like me. When classmates have problems, they like approaching him for advise.
Here's one funny story he told me: One day, during class time, he was secretly texting on his cellphone when the teacher suddenly called him and asked, "Ryan, one plus one?"
Surprised and caught off guard, he blurted out the answer "One, Ma'am!"
The whole class burst out in laughter at his epic fail!
Bailey May: Ang Global Gwapito ng UK
Bailey is just a kid, and a playful one at that! If he's not playing football on the field, he's playing football on his PS3.
Well sometimes, this kid's playfulness can get him into trouble! For instance, he once got his foot stuck in a foul-smelling canal! At another time, he got himself chased by viciously snarling askals. And then, there was this time when he stumbled into an anthill of ferocious red ants!
But there's another side to Bailey, too. He told me that he occasionally likes to be by himself in some quiet place where he finds solace in drawing.
Hendrix Jim B. Martin: Barrio Rapper ng Nueva Vizcaya
So here's how Jimboy described himself to me: "Astig na medyo mahiyain. Hyper tsaka siguro pogi."
Pogi? Well, he kind of knew that about himself even when he was a small tot. As long as there was a camera around, this kid was always eager to pose and get his inner thug captured on photo.
Well, all that posing practice actually paid off. Squirming shyly in his seat, Jimboy admitted to me that he ended up as grand winner in numerous school and local pageants! Nice!
Ailah M. Antopina: Faithful Daughter ng Bacolod
No, she's not the type of kid who would burn the midnight oil just to study and do her homework. Can you guess what she loves doing instead? Ailah loves playing street games such as Chinese garter! In fact, she says that playing street games is a significant aspect of her young life.
I don't meet too many people wearing a hijab, so I am intrigued by the mysterious aura it gives her. I wonder what personality lurks beneath the cute face I see.
Ma. Ana Kristina Kamille Filoteo: Teen Mama ng Manila
This young lady is a positive thinker and tries to think the best about people. Even when people rub her the wrong way, she says that she's still willing to give them a second chance to prove themselves before they get stricken out of her list.
I asked her to narrate an embarrassing memory, and of all things, she mentioned about the time that she accidentally pooped in her undies. I replied, "Oh, that must have been traumatic for you as a child." And she retorted,"Sa college na po nangyari yun!"
If I were eating at that time, I would have puked it all out (joke)! But nevertheless, her embarrassing story just goes to show how Kamille can survive even the grossest of life experiences!
Barbie Concina Imperial: Doll along the Riles from Albay
Despite all the struggles she's been through, this lady has retained her jolly and optimistic demeanor. In one of her modeling stints, Barbie remained unfazed and focused on her job despite being threatened that tomatoes would be thrown at her by the audience.
By the way, this "doll along the riles" has smarts, too! For your information, this befreckled Barbie doll was the grade school valedictorian of her batch! She certainly is beauty and brains for you!
Kenzo Gutierrez: Astig Athlete ng Quezon City
Kenzo isn't very good at keeping still. In childhood, he had so much energy that he would dive into the deep end of swimming pools in wild abandon! And whenever he was at the malls, he would get himself lost as he tirelessly roamed around! That's the same energy that Kenzo now uses as an elite athlete for the Ateneo high school football team!
Oh, and here's a little secret: Kenzo's high energy extends to girl-watching as well. He admitted to me that even in childhood, he already had an eye for cute little things. He would compliment girls by calling them "pretty." Hmm, Kenzo seems to be a natural at charming the female human species!
Edward Kyle Parado Secades: Mr. Nice Guy of San Juan
Kyle struck me as a person who would make a good friend. He described himself to me as a compassionate and trusting person who forgives easily. These strengths of his character however are his weaknesses, too. Kyle explained to me that because he can be "too good," people have taken advantage of him, even to the point of backstabbing him.
While he's in Kuya's house, I hope that Kyle learns to create boundaries that prevent people from abusing this nice fellow's kind heart.
Zonia Ysabel Mejia: Blossoming Beauty of Quezon City
Oh, the innocence of youth! Still untainted by the adult standards of beauty, what 13-year old Zonia considers beautiful about herself is her "pagiging chubby at malambot." I guess that's from all the cheese cupcakes which she loves to bake for herself and others. (She even let me try one ... ansarap!) Well, besides making her all huggable, pinchable, and pokable, I guess her chubbiness gives her more buoyancy and speed as a competitive swimmer.
On the other hand, I asked Zonia what she might not like about herself, and her quick answer was "yung nunal ko sa mukha kasi iniisip ko na kamukha ko si ... (a politician)."
My immediate thought was "Bakit? Cute naman yung politician na yun ha." Of course, I just kept that thought to myself. (hehe!)
Thomas Franco Rodriguez: Totoy Smiley ng Albay
Franco's parents sold tinapa at the beach, so when Franco was a young kid, he had the opportunity of swimming at the beach everyday! Nice!
Talking to Franco, I found him to be a simple, all-smiley, and laid back kid.
I asked him what he'd like to improve in himself and he told me that he still has to perfect his cooking skills since he sometimes overcooks whatever he's cooking.
Well, overcooked or not, I'm sure that Franco spices up his cooking with much love!
Ylona Garcia: Ang Daldal Darling ng Australia
Ylona is undoubtedly a dynamo of a performer, having front-acted in the concerts of several big name Filipino singers. But as superb as she is onstage, it's best that she leaves the sport of baseball alone!
She recounted her experience in grade 5 when she joined a baseball game without knowing how it's played. When her team mates threw the ball to her, she simply put the ball down on the ground, much to the rabid shock and frustration of her team!
Well, Ylona really is a kooky person. When she feels awkward, she'll start dancing or talking loudly to herself. Let's see if we can witness that strange habit of hers while she's inside the house.
Enchong Dee: Ang Swabeng Swimmer ng Quezon City
As for Enchong Dee, I'm guessing that you know more about him than I do.
So now that you know the housemates, let's find out how well (or unwell) they mix with each other in that glass house called "Bahay ni Kuya." Happy viewing and God bless you all!