Rica Paras was a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up

Rica was an original resident of House A. Inside the house, despite her sexuality, she formed friendships with all of her House A housemates, but she had a very tight friendship with Melisa Cantiveros and Carol Batay. Throughout the series, she became known for her vibrant personality and her physical strength which became a threat to some housemates, especially to House B members.

On her first week, she had a secret task with Rob Stumvoll to make the House A housemates believe they were in a relationship. The secret task was accomplished successfully. However, after the task, Rica and Rob became awkward together.

On Week 8, Rica was seen as a threat among the House B members, giving her an automatic nomination as part of their victory. On the same week, the "Bagyong Walay" (Typhoon Apart) twist came, swapping female housemates of both houses. Rica was vocal regarding her disapproval on the said twist. She and fellow House A female housemates moved into the House B with the House B male housemates who were initially uncomfortable with Rica's presence and sexuality. It eventually stirred a controversy after House B's Hermes Bautista, Rob Stumvoll, Patrick Villanueva and Rocky Salumbides started a conversation about Rica's sexuality and being a threat, with some housemates giving discriminatory remarks on Rica's sexuality.

On Week 9, Rica survived the merge and moved back to House A with all of the remaining housemates. On Week 12, she had her first ever HOH victory. On Week 13, Rica was chosen to receive the 3 Points Grenade by Johan Santos adding up to her nomination points, leaving her up for eviction. At the end of the week, Rica was evicted after receiving 10.37% of the total tally of votes.

On Week 16, Rica re-entered the house as a "House Player" for the "Resbak Attack" twist. Together with some of the former evicted housemates and the latest evictee which happened to be Cathy Remperas would stay in House B and throughout the week, they would test the remaining 8 housemates' character in a series of situational challenges. Rica's stay was extended when she was chosen to be Big Brother's Darlings for another twist. She left the house on Day 119 prior to the announcement of the 15th Evictee.


Nickname: Rica
Real Name: Richard Paras
Origin: Ilo-Ilo
Age: 26
Birthdate: November 8, 1982
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: IT Consultant
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Browsing the internet, playing volleyball and badminton, collecting make-up
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Thai. I like spicy food.
Favorite Show: SNN
Favorite Actor: None
Favorite Actress: None
Favorite Singer: Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo

A consistent achiever, Richard was the pride of his teachers. Although he excelled in his academics, he always fell short of his dad’s approval. His sexual orientation was always a tangible obstacle, but he refused to be daunted. Instead, he took this as a challenge and pushed himself to prove them wrong. Richard took it a step further as he left home to pursue his college education in Manila. A blue-blooded Atenean, he graduated with a degree in BS Math. It was in college that he became involved with Doll House, a movement supporting the third sex. It was also during this period that he became a she, with the help of hormone pills. To be able to afford this luxury, the Richard-turned-Rica tutored Math in an academic center. Rica now works as an IT consultant for a big company. With her above average earnings, she is able to send home money to her dad, though their relationship remains strained. Hopefully, her stay in Big Brother’s house would bridge the gap between father and offspring, as Rica once again proves that she is much more than an added gender option.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Graduating high school with honors. Graduating at a good university, finding a good job to support my family...it's a combination of small victories in my life.

What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
The internet. My cellphone. My loved ones.

If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
I want to be Kris Aquino. She's a character. She's carefree. She's intellectual yet humorous.

Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
I think I'm gonna be friends with them. I'm a bubbly and a likeable person. Probably the narrow-minded and conservative ones won't get along with me.

What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house? Too much male ego. There are some people that they think you like them and I'm not taken seriously. Even worse, Bentong would probaly be more handsome than them. Irritating!

Player History - Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up

Task History

Week 1 Team A Weekly Task 1 Win
Week 2 Team A Weekly Task 2 Win
Week 3 Team A Weekly Task 3 Win
Week 4 Team A Weekly Task 4 Loss
Week 5 Team A Weekly Task 5 Loss
Week 6 Team A Weekly Task 6 Win
Week 7 Team A Weekly Task 7 Loss
Week 8 Team B Weekly Task 8 Loss
Week 9 Team B Weekly Task 9 Win
Week 10 House United Weekly Task 10 Loss
Week 11 House United Weekly Task 11 Win
Week 12 House United Weekly Task 12 Win
Week 13 House United Weekly Task 13 Loss

Weekly Budget History

Week 1 with Budget
Week 2 with Budget
Week 3 with Budget
Week 4 Staples
Week 5 Staples
Week 6 with Budget
Week 7 Staples
Week 8 with Budget
Week 9 Staples
Week 10 Staples
Week 11 with Budget
Week 12 with Budget
Week 13 Staples

Competition History

Week 11 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 12 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 13 HOH Loss

Hand Grenade History

Week 1-10 Twist Not Active
Week 11 Eligible
Week 12 Eligible
Week 13 Eligible

Nominations History

Week Nominated Nominated By Final Position
3 2-Jason Francisco
1-Johan Santos
2-Cathy Remperas
2-Johan Santos
1-Steve Jumalon
4 2-Steve Jumalon
1-Johan Santos
2-Delio Dimaculangan
2-Jason Francisco
1-Steve Jumalon
5 2-Delio Dimaculangan
1-Steve Jumalon
6 2-Steve Jumalon
1-Carol Batay
1-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Steve Jumalon
7 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Cathy Remperas
1-Paul Jake Castillo
8 2-Cathy Remperas
1-Jason Francisco
Auto Nom
Automatic Nomination
Winning House's Nominee
9 2-Kath Lopeña-Ortega
1-Johan Santos
2-Marielle Sorino
2-Kath Lopeña-Ortega
2-Sam Pinto
2-Yuri Okawa
2-Johan Santos
1-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Steve Jumalon
via Open Voting
11 2-Patrick Villanueva
1-Hermes Bautista
2-Patrick Villanueva
2-Steve Jumalon
12 2-Marielle Sorino
1-Kath Lopeña-Ortega
Head of Household
13 2-Marielle Sorino
1-Kath Lopeña-Ortega
3-Johan Santos
2-Paul Jake Castillo
2-Steve Jumalon
2-Cathy Remperas
1-Marielle Sorino
1-Kath Lopeña-Ortega


  • Rica is the first transgender to enter the Pinoy Big Brother House.
  • Rica was the only housemate to receive an Automatic Nomination given by the opposite house.
  • Rica appeared on the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Pinoy Big Brother in 2015 where she became part of the jury for the Pinoy Big Brother: 737 - Teen Edition's concert task together with some of Big Brother's former housemates.
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