Rica Paras (born on November 8, 1982) was the first and only transgender housemate who entered the Philippine Pinoy Big Brother house. Her controversial task of pretending to be a lover of Fil-Austrian Housemate caught the public’s attention. Philippine viewers were even more fascinated by her funny and witty personality making her stay in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Season 2 for 10 weeks. Her unexpected length of stay in the Pinoy Big Brother house was already considered a success by the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines - promoting the advocacy of the organization which is transgender rights awareness and gender equality. Rica's media exposure pave a way for the observance of the proper use of the word transgender in media.
Being a Star Magic Artist, Rica did several TV show guestings and hostings like, Your Song Isla, ASAP, Melason In the City, Melason In Love, Melason Promdi Heart, Panahon Ko ‘To, PBB Unlimited, Wowowee, Showtime, The Buzz, Entertainment Live. Empowered by her knowledge in transgender rights and issues as a STRAP officer, Rica saw herself appearing to various popular public affairs programs, ABS CBN’s Bottomline with Boy Abunda,TV Patrol, GMA’s Saksi, May Tamang Balita, and TV5’s Dokumentado.
Rica Paras is not just an entertainer and a gender advocate, she's also a math wizard. She has a Mathematics degree earned from Ateneo De Manila University. Back then, she was the President of Ateneo Mathematical Society, Dean's lister for 5 semisters, Math scholar, topped all Math majors in her batch and a lot more.
Currently, Rica is working in a multinational IT company and the President of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines.
Association of Transgenders in the Philippines