“You just have to be real. Strategies are problematic because they would backfire on you. When you leave the house, it would work against you if you present something that’s not you inside the house,” said Slater, a licensed civil engineer who is determined to pursue a career in show business.
He may now be out of the heavily monitored Big Brother house but expect to see more of Slater as he enters a new chapter of his life after PBB.
“I really want to try acting and drama. I will be going through acting workshops while I wait for potential projects,” stated Slater, who is relocating to Manila.
Slater, who garnered almost 40% of the total votes to be crowned the Big Winner, would like to developed as a “serious actor” just like his idols John Lloyd Cruz and Pen Medina. He also wishes to be paired up with host-actress KC Concepcion. “I’ve long had a crush on KC because she’s very simple yet classy,” he said.
Though his was a landslide victory, Slater said he still has to get used to being recognized in public places where random people greet him and request to have a picture with him taken. He recalled a recent incident in a mall when a mother came up to him and told him that she supported and voted for him because of the values he had shown inside the PBB house.
Slater took home P2 million, an appliance showcase, an Asian tour package, an Internet TV, a water-refilling store franchise, and a special appearance in a Kapamilya program in the United States.
He also revealed that he will be allocating a part of his prize money on the schooling of the kids of their company’s employees. “We already did it before. We usually support our employees’ children who are studying or enrolled in highly expensive courses like engineering and nursing,” said Slater, whose family in Cebu has a construction business.
Slater joined PBB to become more mature and independent. During his stay in the PBB house, he was regarded as a leader who exhibited cleverness in carrying out Big Brother’s challenges as well as compassion for his fellow housemates.
He bested the edition’s 32 housemates including fellow Big Four contenders Pamu Pamorada, Joseph Biggel, and Paco Evangelista.
Pamu was named the Second Big Placer after getting 21.49% of the votes and won P1 million. Tagged as the bold and cheerful “Kitikiti Kid of Batangas,” she stood her ground when she fell for ex-housemate Kevin and broke up with her then-boyfriend in the PBB house.
Nineteen year-old Joseph Biggel, the youngest among the Big Four housemates, was declared the Third Big Placer with 21.39% of the votes and brought home P500,000. The lad from Marinduque inspired viewers with his rousing story of being abandoned by his German father.
Wildcard housemate Paco, meanwhile, was crowned the Fourth Big Placer for getting 17.10% of the votes and won P300,000. He gained admiration for serving as a leader and more notably, as Big Brother’s house player who was tasked to bring out the true colors of his fellow housemates.