William "Yamyam" Gucong is our new "Pinoy Big Brother" Ultimate Big Winner!
The Iskulit Bai of Bohol was finally hailed as the winner of the reality show's eighth season last night, August 4, nearly nine months after it started airing, making it the longest edition so far.
Yamyam received the highest share of text votes, with over 58.52 percentage points, beating Kiara Takahashi who got 30.29 percent.
They were followed by real-life couple Lou Yanong and Andre Brouilette, with 8.28 and 2.91 percent of votes, placing third and fourth in the competition.
Yamyam came out on top versus 55,373 auditionees and a total of 71 official housemates in four different batches.
When asked for his reaction after winning the edition, the 25-year-old housemate expressed how grateful he is for being chosen by the people.
"Maraming, maraming salamat po. Sobrang saya ko po ngayong gabi dahil nasa inyong harapan ang ultimate big winner na si Yamyam!" he exclaimed.
"Napatunayan ko na sa aking sarili na kahit sa kahirapan, kaya nating bumangon sa buhay. Kaya nating humarap sa ano mang hamon sa buhay. Maraming maraming salamat at hindi po ako nag-iisa," he added.
He also took home a two million peso cash prize, a condominium unit, a travel package, and a water refilling station business.
Well known for his funny antics, Yamyam has openly shared his struggles before entering the Big Brother house. Coming from a poor family, he needed to stop his studies in order to work and provide for his family's needs.
During his stay in the house, he also formed a strong bond with his fellow adult housemate Fumiya Sankai, whom he calls as his "spiritual brother," thus forming the tandem "FumiYam."
Both Yamyam and Fumiya are expected to reprise their roles in the Kapamilya sitcom "Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet."
Congratulations and continue reaching for your dreams, Yamyam!
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