Serna: Fifth’s ‘coming out’ gains positive impact

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

PINOY Big Brother All In has been a topic of discussion in social media and in ordinary conversations lately because of, among other reasons, the coming out of one of its housemates, Fifth Pagotan, who succumbed to the pressure made by the comments from televiewers.

He described himself as “bisexual.” Unlike Rustom Padilla, a.k.a. BB Gandanghari, who also made the reality show the venue of his coming out several years ago, Fifth is a virtual unknown although he is said to have starred in commercials and other endeavors related to entertainment.

Based on the reactions from the netizens and Fifth’s fellow housemates, his coming out has not affected their perception of him and perhaps it has even made a positive impact on them. In fact, when he was nominated for eviction with his twin, Fourth, the latter was evicted. Times may really have changed that fast.


On the other hand, Fourth may have endeared himself to the other housemates so that when he was evicted, most, if not all, became emotional and shed tears at his exit.

I find it funny that after many seasons, many televiewers still don’t understand the mechanics of the show. They have lambasted the show for being “scripted” and all.

Big Brother’s house and the housemates themselves are running under a controlled environment, in which the housemates may have to hide some aspects of their personality for fear of losing their chances of reaching their dreams.

Big Brother (and his think-tank) concocts situations and challenges, throws stimuli to the housemates for them to react accordingly. If in the process they lose hold of their guards for one reason or another, then they become victims of their own actions.

If, on the other hand, they keep their objectives and agenda in mind all the time and project an image that may not be their real selves and convince the viewers in the process, then good for them.

That could be the reason why many celebrities, the latest of which was Vice Ganda, sympathized with Fifth and even praised him for his courage and conviction to reveal his real sexuality.

I would not be surprised then if Fifth would turn out to be a strong contender as the season’s big winner. I have another bet though: Manolo. He has been consistent in being self-effacing, unassuming, humble. So, let the best housemate win!


With this piece, allow me to wish two Cebuanos who are vying for big honors and prizes: Felina Joyce Lim, who’s competing in the Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2014 pageant on Sunday, July 27, at the Aliw Theater; and Juan Carlos Lavajo, who is also doing his best in The Voice Kids as a member of Team Kawayan.

Both need our precious support, especially our prayers, with the hope they can maintain their composure and presence of mind during stressful and tense moments.

Wishing you all the best, paisanos!


Congratulations to Erna Mae Paglinawan who grabbed the second runner-up slot in the Gandang Babae pageant in It’s Showtime last Saturday. If I’m not mistaken, Erna was one of the winners in a local selection of a beauty product line that searched for endorsers and brand ambassadors from campuses all over the country.

She stood out in the Gandang Babae pageant beauty-wise but, like the other candidates, they found it hard to formulate a message for women using the five words that were supplied by the organizers. Anyway, the second runner-up finish is good enough.


The “frosting cap” is staging a comeback and is here to stay! Thus declares hair and make-up expert Jun Esma in his beauty salon in Banilad. The cap is used in selective hair coloring, especially for highlights and streaks on both female and male clients.

So you want to look like a celebrity? You know where to go. I just did and felt like one now.


The Halad sa Kabataan grand finals will finally be held on Aug. 15, a Friday. It is one of the highlights of the month-long celebration of 445th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Cebu.

Children from various local government units of the province will vie for top honors and big prizes in three categories: rondalla, guitar duet and vocal duet. Capitol talents (band, dance troupe and choir) will be appearing as guests in the program which will be held at the Capitol grounds starting at 4 p.m. Past champs in vocal and guitar duets will also show what made them big winners in 2012. This event was supposed to be held last October yet but was moved because of the twin calamities that struck the Visayas area.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.


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