In his audition video for Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), the 27-year-old from Iloilo talked about his life as a medical frontliner and how he chose to forego an overseas opportunity to help the country. He spoke about battling two "crowns": coronavirus and a crown from a competition.
"Ako po ay isang COVID nurse na dapat maga-abroad pero mas piniling manilbihan dito sa bansa bilang isang frontliner. Sa araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos, ang buhay ko po ay ospital-bahay."
Neil says he wants to share these painful experiences with the public should he be chosen to be part of the show. He went on to compare the challenges of isolating himself physically from loved ones to being left by someone he loves for "the crown."
"Minsan ay masisilayan mo ang mga huling hininga ng mga pasyente."
"Nakakalungkot man na ma-isolate ng ilang buwan, mas nakakalungkot pala na maiwan ka ng taong mahal mo dahil sa pangarap nitong korona."
"Coronavirus at korona sa patimpalak ay ilan lamang sa mga hamon sa aking buhay. It's about time for me to share my story, how I conquered them and how will I inspire other people. Bagong bahay, bagong buhay, bagong mga hamon sa buhay."
Neil and Rabiya were together for six years. Neil was Rabiya's first boyfriend.
In May 2021, netizens noticed that Neil deleted Rabiya's photos on his IG feed, sparking rumors that the two had broken up. Rabiya, later on, said in an interview that she and Neil were in a "complicated situation" but that they remain friends.
In June 2021, Neil confirmed his breakup with Rabiya on IG Stories.
"The real thing is, we're not together anymore, but we're both okay, moving forward, we talked and we're both happy with our own lives. We both believe that God placed us in this kind of situation for a reason, and that is for the better."