After almost nine months and four batches, Pinoy Big Brother Otso has finally proclaimed its Ultim8 Big Winner -- and it's none other than Yamyam Gucong!
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Garnering the highest percentage of public text votes -- 58.82% -- on the Big Night held at the AATF Sports Complex, Imus, Cavite on Sunday, August 4, he bested his fellow Ultimate Big 4 Kiara Takahashi (30.29%), Lou Yanong (8.28%), and Andre Brouillette (2.91%).
Despite the overwhelming emotions that filled him after the announcement, the latest member of the Big Winners' club was still able to clearly express his gratitude and pride over his glorious and well-deserved win.
"Thank you so much po sa inyo. Maraming, maraming salamat po. Sobrang saya ko po ngayong gabi dahil nasa inyong harapan ang Ultimate Big Winner na si Yamyam!" he proudly and tearfully presented himself.
Then he continued, "Napatunayan ko sa aking sarili kahit sa kahirapan kaya nating bumangon sa buhay. Kaya nating humarap sa ano mang hamon sa buhay. Maraming-maraming salamat dahil hindi po ako nag-iisa.
Kasama ko po si Kuya, si God, at 'yong pamilya ko, at kayong lahat!"
Dubbed as the "Iskulit Bai of Bohol", he's been well-loved by his housemates and was consistently a top favorite of the viewers due to his admirable personality, his perseverance and keenness in the challenges and tasks, and unabashedly showcasing his authentic self.
It can be recalled that he was able to score his spot in the Ultim8 Big 8 after he was hailed as the batch winner of the second batch or #Batch2getherForever.
As the Big Winner, Yamyam took home the whopping P2 million cash prize, along with a P300,000 worth of vacation package, P800,000 worth of refilling station package, and a brand new condominium unit.
On the other hand, 4th Big Placer Andre received P200,000, 3rd Big Placer Lou won P300,000, and 2nd Big Placer Kiara gained P500,000 and a brand new condo unit.
Meanwhile, Kaori Oinuma, Ashley Del Mundo, Lie Reposposa, and Fumiya Sankai were declared runners-up on the first night of the Big Night held on Saturday, August 3, after receiving the lower combined percentages of text votes and their performances in the Final Ultim8 Challenge. All of them received P100,000 as cash prize.
The "Kawaii Daughter of Japan" was the 8th Big Placer after garnering 6.03%, while the "Adventurous Angel of Australia" was hailed the 7th Big Placer for the 9.16% she earned. Preceding them were the "Teenig ng Tawanan of Davao," who became the 6th Big Placer with 9.61% while the "Konnichi-Wonder Vlogger of Japan" almost made it to the Ultim8 Big 4 as he was declared the 5th Big Placer for raking in 9.97%.
Congratulations and thank you for making PBB Otso a great season!