Priscilla Natividad on PBB

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Sunday, March 23, 2008 with 4 comments

For lack of anything better to watch on TV, my boob tube was tuned in on the season primer of PBB Teen Edition Plus. As expected, the new house guests all have the "it" factors of an artista in the making: the height, the looks, the charisma, the attitude. Sometimes, it makes me wonder if this new edition of the PBB embodies the Pinoy youth in all their foibles and splendors and not merely a celebrity search camouflaging as a reality TV program. I'm no judge of character. Maybe in their own little ways, these house guests do, but I think the PBB would have done a better job in casting. But on the other hand, that would be disastrous, methinks. If the ordinary, typical-looking Juans and Marias graced the show, PBB wouldn't sell like hot pancakes.

But alas! There is still hope, and that smidgen of optimism lies in Priscilla Natividad. Like the rest, she also has that would-be celebrity aura emanating from her; her being a teen beauty queen is already plus points. What sets her apart from all the PBB hopefuls though is that she's deaf, and she understands what people say through lip reading. She certainly caught my undivided attention, especially when she was already inside the house and the rules were enumerated by a faceless Kuya. The camera was on her all the while, as if Direk Laurenti Dyogi ordered the guys manning those to do just that: to focus, to zoom on her, to catch the sigh, the smirk, the lip-biting. And her reaction? I was glued to my seat, waiting under bated breath. I was asking myself, would she act like she did understand or would she be silent and observant and see what the other house guests would do and go from there? These questions would certainly be repeatedly asked by myself in the coming days, if I ever get to watch the show; by the time I get home from work, it would have already ended.

In a PBB that is turning more into a celebrity search than a show that truly epitomizes tomorrow's future leaders, Priscilla brings in a new hope, a hope for the youth that even with a handicap or a disability, or being somebody not endowed with model-like features, one can still aspire for that oftentimes elusive big dream, as long as one sets his or her heart and mind to achieve those very goals. And I believe Priscilla is headed in that direction. In parting, and to make this long entry short, I'm rooting for her to win.

Photo from ABS-CBN Kapamilya Aficionado.