Viewers had mixed reactions while watching ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother Otso on Saturday, July 6, 2019. It’s not because of what anyone did inside but because of the behavior of a relative of one of the housemates.
The episode featured the eviction of Diana Mackey, a 21-year-old model from Taguig. During eviction episodes, the PBB hosts normally interview a relative of the evicted housemate.
PBB host Melai Cantiveros stood beside Rowena Cariaga, Diana’s mother, after the eviction was announced. Melai was tasked to interview Rowena while they waited for Diana to exit the PBB house.
Melai asked the first question: “Ano po ang masasabi niyo sa journey sa Pinoy Big Brother Otso?”
The comedienne was surprised when Rowena grabbed the mic from her. The mom couldn’t hide her disappointment when she answered, “Okay lang.”
This drew laughter from the audience standing behind them.
Rowena continued, “At least, lumaban siya talaga hanggang sa... Sa task, lumaban siya.”
When she shed tears, Melai moved closer to embrace her.
Then Melai took the mic back and interjected, “At lahat talaga mamshie…”
But Rowena grabbed the mic again, and pushed Melai away. “Alam ko naman kaya lang nandiyan siya, gusto niya ‘yan, e. Gusto niyang magbakasyon. Gusto niyang magbakasyon.”
This elicited more laughter from the audience.
Then Rowena shouted, “Thank you! Diana come home!” She walked away after that.
Melai, who was left on camera, finally said, “I’m sure na-enjoy ni Diana ang kanyang vacation.”
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Other netizens called out the attitude of Diana's mother.
There were netizens who defended Rowena.
Another PBB host posted an explanation to defend her. In a tweet, Bianca Gonzalez said Rowena was “just being a mom.”
“Mahirap talaga kasi syempre pa-Big Four na tapos dun pa na-evict.. iba iba din talaga tayo ng way ng pag-express ng disappointment o lungkot,” wrote the TV host in her Twitter account.
Finally, Rowena has come out to give an explanation. She posted on a fan page of her daughter that she wanted to apologize to Melai. She said she was emotional and didn’t mean to hurt the TV host.
Rowena's message goes (published as is): "good day po, salamat po sa lahat ng sumuporta sa anak ko na si Diana Mackey. At kay Ms. Melai gusto kong mag apologize di ko naman intention na matabig cya dahil para sa akin biro lng at di ko sinasadya yun. Naging emotional lang ako pero di ako nagagalit. Kung hindi man naging maganda ang dating sa iba paumanhin po lalo na ky Ms. Melai. Salamat po."