Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Season 10 housemates’ answers on a History Quiz Bee episode aired on April 10, alarmed the netizens and received mixed reactions.
The Quiz Bee master Robi Domingo asked the housemates questions related to Philippine history as part of their weekly task.
Exclusive na pampa-good vibes just for you Team Online and Kumunity: Kai at Gabb, binigyan ng bagong tawag ang GOMBURZA!
— Pinoy Big Brother (@PBBabscbn) April 10, 2022
The housemates answered questions such as ‘What is the nickname of Jose Rizal?’ A housemate answered, “J. Rizal.”
Domingo continued giving out questions such as ‘What is Melchora Aquino called?’ A housemate answered, “Ninoy Aquino.”
‘What is the bridge that connects Samar and Leyte that is also the longest bridge in the Philippines?’ A housemate responded, “SLEX.”
All of their answers were wrong.
Domingo later commented that at first, it was entertaining and funny, however, as it dragged on, it was not anymore.
He hoped that this event might serve as an eyeopener of what is lacking in the Philippine educational system.
Sa una, nakakatawa pero habang tumatagal, di na nakakatuwa. Sana maging daan ito para makita kung ano ang kakulangan sa sistema ng ating edukasyon.
— Robi Domingo (@robertmarion) April 12, 2022
The Philippine social conservative movement also shared their sentiments via a facebook post.
The movement shared a quote by George Santayana on how one cannot remember the past resulting in its repetition.
They also emphasize their disappointment that these concepts are in elementary Grade 1 such as GomBurZa and how they are worried about the next generation of Filipino youth.
Netizens and some avid viewers of the show were quick to react to the trending episode.
One netizen clarified if he watched PBB or a different show called Battle of the Brainless.
PBB pala iyon?! Akala ko, the return of the comeback ng Tropang Trumpo – Battle of the Brainless…
— Robert 'Bob' Reyes 🇵🇭💉 (@bobreyes) April 11, 2022
A netizen stressed on GomBurZa as ‘majoha’ and what their reactions might be.
— jan lenard (@nardtamboy) April 10, 2022
A netizen emphasized that the constant revisionism of history like Martial Law and information such as this ‘Majoha,’ will be filled in by trolls if not properly acted upon.
150 years after the martyrdom of the GOMBURZA, they have been renamed as MAJOHA. 🥲
We have so much work to do. It’s not just Martial Law. If we let things be w/ people never making sense of the whys of history, some troll will fill the gap for them.pic.twitter.com/9U087kIIpc
— Kristoffer Pasion (@indiohistorian) April 11, 2022
An ex-housemate even tweeted how he felt dismayed rather than amused.
He asked what is happening with the youth and this might be why historical revisionism is at its worst.
Kahit ex-housemate ako, hindi ako na-good vibes dito. Actually nabwisit ako.
“GOMBURZA” is one of the basics na tinuturo sa Philippine history.
Anong nangyayari sa mga bata? This is proof na sablay ang pedagogy sa kasaysayan. Kaya ang lala ng historical revisionism sa bayan eh. https://t.co/x3FCFB9qb0
— Justin Dizon #LeniKiko2022 (@iamjustindizon) April 10, 2022
Several netizens expressed alarm about the answers of the housemates since these are basic general information and urged the Filipino youth to focus on learning history rather than TikTok.
With regards to the PBB Game/Quiz Show, rather than laughing, I find the answers to be quite alarming. I mean, aren’t those basic gen info? MAJOHA instead of GOMBURZA, J. Rizal instead of Pepe, SLEX instead of San Juanico Bridge? Seriously???
— Amer (@eighmer) April 11, 2022
One thing the PBB proved from their history quiz bee thing is that the youth of today clearly need to give more importance in learning our history and society. Wag puro tiktok at laro, aral aral din minsan.
— 𝔱𝔬𝔪𝔪𝔶 (@EchoClaros_) April 11, 2022
One netizen reiterated that there is an education crisis and how this crisis is shown by not knowing Martial Law.
Tagal na sinasabi—there IS an education crisis. Hindi kilala mga bayani, mga simpleng milestone, at kitang-kita ngayong elections, di alam PH historical events esp martial law.
— Gian Nicdao (@giannicdao) April 10, 2022
Another netizen speculated that the PBB episode was shown maybe because of “funny answers” but could also be a reflection of other youth who don’t know Philippine history.
Even my brother na di nanunood ng PBB nabanggit yung sa History quiz bee. They probably just aired the supposed "funny" answers pero medyo concerning lang kasi bukod sa kanila posibleng maraming kabataan ngayon ang di aware sa history ng PH. Kaya kids, please read books. 😅
— Ai (@iDangs_) April 11, 2022