Cristine Reyes's fight is also Ara Mina's battle.
Speaking once more in behalf of her "aggrieved" sister, Ara Mina spoke to Showbiz Central in a taped interview with John "Sweet" Lapus yesterday, November 18,and aired her opinion about the entire Cristine Reyes vs. Carlene Aguilar brouhaha over matinee idol Dennis Trillo.
Last November 7, Carlene reportedly taunted Cristine during the taping of All Star K in Broadway Centrum. Reports said that aside from the short verbal assault, Carlene also got physical with her supposed tormentor by twisting her hand. The former Bb. Pilipinas-World 2005 and Ms. Internet World 2006 was reportedly alarmed by the budding romance between Dennis and Cristine, triggering her to throw jealous fits.
Last November 13, Cristine formally filed a legal complaint against Carlene before Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Wilfredo Andres. Accompanied by her sister Ara, Cristine cited grave scandal and oral defamation in the lawsuit as Carlene's offense.
MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING. Shedding light on the real status of Cristine and Dennis before the incident, Ara said: "Alam ko, gustong-gusto ni Dennis si Cristine, and si Cristine parang si Dennis lang ang ini-entertain [sa mga suitor niya]."
When the former beauty queen found herself pregnant courtesy of Dennis, Ara revealed that her sister even advised the young actor to fix the relationship owing to Carlene's delicate condition.
"In fairness kay Cristine, binigyan niya ng time si Dennis," defended the sexy actress, "na 'try n'yo, try ninyong ayusin ni Carlene kung ano pa ang puwedeng maayos,' di ba? Kasi nagkakausap si Carlene and Cristine sa phone before nangyari yung incident."
A few hours after the infamous All Star K confrontation, Cristine immediately holed herself in a restaurant and called her Ate to solicit emotional support.
"Well, nasa bahay ako noon, relaxed na relaxed ako, bigla siyang tumawag. 'Tapos sabi niya, ‘Ate, punta ka dito, punta ka dito' sa isang restaurant kasi tapos na 'yong taping. 'Tapos ikinuwento niya, nagulat ako. Parang ako rin na-shock kasi dinemo niya pa sa akin, e, 'pag-handshake," Ara vividly recounted.
According to Ara, Dennis also showed up, although he seemed too dazed to even say a word that would appease the building tension.
"Sumunod din si Dennis, e, parang tulala siya," Ara wryly laughed before adding, "tapos text siya sa akin after that, naming magkita, nag-text siya na hindi na raw mauulit 'yon, pasensiya na."
BABY BLUES. Many attributed Carlene's action as a sign of post-partum depression. Postpartum is also commonly called "the baby blues" wherein new mothers experience an emotional letdown or depression due to hormone changes after giving birth.
"Naiintindihan ko," said Ara about Carlene's present condition. But she also thinks that Carlene should have been more responsible in dealing with her emotions, especially with her status as a celebrity.
"Kahit papaano, public figure siya. Sana ni-reserve niya muna or kinausap na lang muna niya ‘yong mga kaibigan niya, ilabas niya 'yong sama ng loob. Kumbaga, sa kanya din magri-reflect. Hindi ko inaaway si Carlene, naiintindihan ko siya na gusto niyang ipaglaban...pero hindi sa ganoong paraan," explained Ara.
As of the moment, Cristine rejects all of Dennis's efforts to reach out.
Showbiz Central co-host John Lapus asked Ara about her reaction to the tag "homewrecker," which is currently being said of Cristine.
"Hindi mo matatawag si Cristine na homewrecker dahil hindi nga sila [Dennis and Carlene] kasal," Ara protested.
Ara also asked Dennis to face the music and issue a statement to keep the problem from getting out of hand.
"Hindi matatapos ‘to kung tatahimik lang, e. Para kasing nakikita ko, wala, hindi niya napanindigan si Cristine. Kumbaga, feeling ko lang sa kapatid ko, naiwan siya sa ere, di ba? Hindi ko sinisiraan si Dennis, kaibigan ko si Dennis, boto nga ako sa kanya, e," she fumed.
"Sorry to say, pero 'yong mga tinext mo sa akin parang hindi ko nakikita. Na hindi mo hahayaan na ma-ganoon na lang si Cristine. Pero wala pa akong nakikitang effort. But open pa rin kami, we're still waiting for your explanation kasi ikaw lang makaka-explain nito sa publiko."
THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Meanwhile, Showbiz Central managed to corner the enigmatic Dennis Trillo yesterday, November 18, at the backstage of UP Theater where SOP had a remote telecast.
"Masaya siyempre na kahit na, alam mo na, meron tayong mga intriga na hindi natin gusto, mga pangyayaring hindi natin inaasahan, at least hindi naapektuhan 'yong trabaho," an evasive Dennis said.
"'Yong blessings, e, patuloy pa rin and talagang mabait 'yong Diyos, balanse pa rin ang buhay," he went on, before bolting out.