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Rustom Padilla, was a celebrity housemate on Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1.

Inside the house, Rustom was best known for his historic coming out on Philippine national television. On the evening of Day 25, while having a private conversation with housemate Keanna Reeves in the garden area, Rustom confessed and came out as gay. As a famous matinee idol in the 1980s and 1990s, his coming out inside the house became an instant widespread topic that shook the country, since he was born to a family of actors and celebrities, and being a brother of the Filipino action star, Robin Padilla.

On Day 45, Rustom has opted to voluntarily leave the house, a day before the 6th Eviction Night in which he was among the nominees. At dawn of Day 44, Rustom aired his dissatisfaction over his stay at the Big Brother house to a friend John Prats. He felt that his other housemates had missed the point on his reason for staying at the house. He lamented that his main reason for entering Pinoy Big Brother was to gain friends and now he felt that his purpose has been met when he came out. He officially left the house on Day 46.

After initially coming out as gay in Pinoy Big Brother, Rustom subsequently came out as a transgender woman in 2009 and underwent gender confirmation surgery. She has since adopted a new name, BB Gandanghari. Her name was derived from an abbreviation of Binibini (Miss), and a portmanteau of Ganda (Beauty) and Hari (King).


Rustom Padilla is a famous matinee idol, who later turned action star.

He is a member of the Padilla family, a renowned family of actors in the Philippines. He was born to the 1950s actress, Eva Cariño and Carlos Roy Padilla, 1950s actor turned Governor of Camarines Norte.

Being in a family with a long line of reputation as public figures, Rustom had to follow his family's legacy.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Louis University, Baguio City and studied filmmaking at University of California, Los Angeles in 2010.

Player's History - Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1[]

Week Nominated Nominated By Final Position
2 Rudy Fernandez
Angela Calina
Christian Vasquez
3 No Nominations
4 Christian Vasquez
Roxanne Barcelo
Zanjoe Marudo Nominated
5 Aleck Bovick
Bianca Gonzalez
Rico Robles
6 Zanjoe Marudo
Bianca Gonzalez
7 Zanjoe Marudo
Bianca Gonzalez
Zanjoe Marudo
Bianca Gonzalez

Post Big Brother[]


Bebe Gandanghari in 2017

  • After leaving the Big Brother house, he faced controversies surrounding him through attending numerous interviews.
  • In 2007, his coming out story inside the Big Brother house was featured in the Big Brother UK special documentary called Big Brother Around the World .
  • He appeared in the film adaptation of the comic book Zsazsa Zaturnnah (his first film role as a gay man) as the gay salon owner Ada (Adrian), the alter ego of Zsazsa Zaturnnah. He appeared in the television series La Vendetta and the Happy Hearts on GMA 7, later appearing on the ABS-CBN telenovela, Eva Fonda.
  • In 2009, Rustom came out as a transgender woman and legally changed her name to BB Gandanghari (sometimes spelled BeBe Gandanghari which literally means MissBeautifulKing), saying that (Rustom) the person whom the people used to know is already dead.
  • In 2009 She planned to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Her brother, action star Robin Padilla, at first said that he fully accepted the decision, but later he has recanted his earlier statements and admitted that he is still shocked and not on good terms with her.
  • In an interview, Gandanghari stated the name is derived from the Filipino words Bb. (abbreviation of Binibini, an honorific equivalent to "Miss") and Gandanghari, a portmanteau of the words ganda (beauty) and hari (king), adding that the "Bb." refers to her motto "'Be' all that you can 'be'".
  • In 2016, Bb. Gandanghari posted on her Instagram post saying Goodbye Rustom as she revealed that she was legally a woman.


Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1 Housemates
PBBCE1Keanna Small
PBBCE1John Small
PBBCE1Bianca Small
PBBCE1Zanjoe Small
PBBCE1Budoy Small
PBBCE1Rustom Small
PBBCE1Rico Small
PBBCE1Roxanne Small
PBBCE1Gretchen Small
PBBCE1Aleck Small
PBBCE1Christian Small
PBBCE1Rudy Small
PBBCE1Mich Small
PBBCE1Angela Small