Celebrity housemates, like many counterparts abroad, play for charity, aside from themselves. Prizes given away from edition to edition can vary, but basically, the cash prize an edition's winner can receive is the same as the prize for that winner's chosen charity organization, i.e. the winner and his/her charity each win the same amount.
The first celebrity edition of Pinoy Big Brother, titled Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition is a special edition of the original show. Its first edition officially began on February 5, 2006 and ran for 56 days (up to April 1, 2006), this new edition auditions Filipino celebrities from different fields such as those from movie and television, sports figures, notable personalities, and professional models. The prizes at stake cost three million Philippine pesos, which includes a million pesos for the winning housemate, another million for the winner's chosen charity, and another million for the charity of Big Brother's choice. Aside from the cash prizes, a condominium unit in Valenzuela City is also at stake.
Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 was the second celebrity edition of the Pinoy Big Brother franchise. It started on October 14, 2007 and ended twelve weeks later on January 5, 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum. It was supposed to end on December 22, 2007, but it was announced on November 19, 2007 to be extended for two more weeks.
Toni Gonzaga reprised her role as the primetime host, while ex-Update host Bianca Gonzalez helmed a brand new show, Pinoy Big Brother Über. UpLate host Mariel Rodriguez also hosted Über for seven days with Bianca; but for rest of the program's duration, she was also the House's first and longest-staying houseguest. This new season also marked the hosting debut of second season winner, Beatriz Saw as she hosted the Updates.