TV host Melai Cantiveros defended the actions of Rowena Cariaga, the mother of Pinoy Big Brother Otso ex-housemate Diana Mackey.
Rowena went viral this past weekend because of her perceived conduct during an episode of the Kapamilya reality show.
She was being interviewed on cam when she was seen pushing Melai away.
Melai was asking Rowena about the eviction of her daughter, Diana.
Rowena was also seen to be have rudely answered Melai’s questions, before walking out of the scene.
A video of the whole moment was viewed half a million times on Twitter, and many rebuked Rowena’s attitude.
In the July 12 episode of Melai’s morning show, Magandang Buhay, Melai and her co-hosts were interviewing Diana so she had time to explain what happened.
Melai said the mother was just in shock because she just heard the eviction results before she was pulled to do an interview in front of the camera.
The TV host also explained that Rowena did not have enough time to formulate the answer to her question about Diana’s journey in the PBB house because she felt a lot of emotions.
“Alam naman niya na binigay ng anak niya ang best niya sa loob ng Bahay ni Kuya. So ngayon, parang nalungkot siya,” Melai said.
Rowena then tried to joke around.
Melai added, “May pagka-joker kasi si mamshie. So sabi niya, okay lang. Nung sinabi niya kasing okay lang tumawa kasi yung lahat ng mga tao.”
Melai admitted Rowena pushed her, but only playfully. The walk-out also was not out of rudeness, but confusion.
"Nagmamadali na kasi kami sa PBB, kasi nga kailangan na, kailangan na naming tapusin. And then yung comment na, Diana come home. So nag-walk out siya, akala naman niya, sagot lang siya at alis. Hindi niya alam na nandun lang siya mag-stay,” she explained.
Melai also mentioned that she looked for Rowena after the taping so she could console her. People did not see that off-cam, Melai and Rowena actually hugged each other behind the scenes.
Diana shed tears while Melai was explaining her side.
The model and reality show contestant thanked the comedienne for defending her mother.
"Sobrang na-appreciate ko lang po na tina-try niyong i-clear sa mga tao yung totoong nangyari kasi sobrang naapektuhan ako," said the former housemate.
Diana also confirmed that her mother is a joker by nature. “Ganyan po yung biruan namin talaga. Parang sobrang friends lang kasi talaga kami ni mommy. Ganyan yung relationship namin talaga.”
Rowena, who was a surprise guest, also had the chance to explain her side.
She said she did not expect PBB Otso viewers to criticize her.
“Sobra akong na-shock. Nagulat ako nung paglabas namin ng PBB. Mas sumikat pa ako kay sa kay Diana!” she said.
She also explained how she decided to apologize to Melai. “Nung una sabi ko, bakit ako magso-sorry? Wala naman akong kasalanan kay Ms. Melai? Sabi ko, sige na nga kako, kahit na walang nangyari, mainam na rin na mag-sorry ako para maisip nila na hindi talaga ako ganun kasi kung ano-ano na ang sinabi nila, e.”