Ervic Vijandre actually thanks Karen delos Reyes for calling him "batugan" because it has given him a tag besides "Marian Rivera's ex."
The power-player henchman to "mastermind" Aubrey Miles—and now a guy everyone seems to hate—reached the Final 4 of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown, together with Aubrey, Akihiro Sato, and Solenn Heussaff.
The live finale will be shown on December 3, Friday, and is hosted by Richard Gutierrez.
They will face the jury composed of Jon Hall, Aira Bermudez, Michelle Madrigal, Ahron Villena, Elma Muros, Moi Bien, and another castaway who will come from the Final 4.
At the very first press conference of this GMA-7 reality show held August 30—a week before it premiered on air—Ervic was worried that he would only be asked questions about his relationship with ex-girlfriend, Marian Rivera.
That's now water under the bridge for the former De La Salle basketball player-turned-model.
"Ayokong masabing ginagamit ko siya sa pagpasok ko [sa showbiz] kasi matagal na yun. May kanya-kanyang buhay na kami," said Ervic at the pocket presscon on the Final Four held last Wednesday, November 24.
ACCIDENTAL MEETING. Ervic and Marian are okay now. In fact, two years after having no communication, they met, by accident, at the lobby of GMA-7. Marian was with her manager Popoy Caritativo.
"Nagkagulatan kaming dalawa," said Ervic.
"Natulala ako, hindi ako nakapagsalita, hindi rin siya nakapagsalita.
"Si Popoy ang nag-break ng ice. Sabi niya sa akin, 'O, Ervic, batiin mo naman si Marian.'
"Binati ko [siya], so that was it."
All's well that ends well for a relationship that lasted seven—or was it eight years—and which began when they were both teenagers.
Ervic said, "Nag-split kasi kami ng isang taon noong pumasok siya sa showbiz, tapos nagkabalikan ulit. Tapos, nag-split noong nag-Dyesebel siya."
Ervic is single and not looking to hook up with anyone at the moment.
"BATUGAN." Back on the island, Ervic has been called names—lots of them.
He is "ampaw" to Jon Hall.
But he became famous as "batugan," thanks to Karen delos Reyes.
"Tinawag niya akong batugan," Ervic said.
He continued, "Pero dahil sa editing ng Survivor, hindi nila nakita yung trabaho ko sa tribe.
"Ako palagi ang taga-sibak ng kahoy. Ako ang nag-aayos ng bahay.
"Hindi ito napapanood ng audience.
"Pero may video support sila kapag ako nagpahinga na, magagamit ito kapag tinatawag na akong 'batugan' ni Karen. Pero okay lang.
"Yung mga nakakakilala sa akin, alam naman nila hindi ako batugan.
"Basta sa mga trabaho ko, ang palagi ko lang nagiging kasalanan, ay ang pagiging late.
"Naging positive pa nga ang tingin ko sa pagsabi sa akin ng batugan ni Karen. Kasi kahit paano, kahit hindi totoo, nakilala ako, hindi lang basta ex ni Marian."
AUBREY'S WINGS. Ervic has been accused of falling for Aubrey's charms and that he would do anything for her.
"Hindi nila nakita ang strategy ko," he said. "Game 'yan, e. Ayun ang strategy ko, ang makakuha agad ng alliance.
"Hindi naman nila ako masasabing mahina. Nung merge na, nakadalawa akong immunity necklace.
"Hindi naman ako nakaabot sa merge dahil lang kay Aubrey. May ginawa rin naman ako para sa akin," he said, defending himself.
Now that they are about to be judged by the jury, Ervic wants to think positive despite the fact that he is hated by almost everyone, including the audience.
"Okay lang yun, kung magalit man sila, ginawa ko lang ang game na nasa isip ko. Ganoon talaga, e," he said.
NEW CAR. Now a winner of a brand new car, a Honda Civic, Ervic plans to give his old car, a Toyota Altis, to his father.
"Ang dad ko noon, sabi sa akin, makapasok lang ako sa magandang school, bibigyan niya ako ng kotse," he said.
"Dalawa kaming lalaki, parehong may kotse. Siya nagmu-motor lang. Dati nga bike lang kasi gusto niya rin ng exercise.
"Ang father ko, handang magsakripsyo talaga para sa mga anak niya.
"Marunong na rin naman siyang mag-drive. Bago niya ibinigay yung kotse sa kapatid kong lalaki, doon muna siya nag-aral.
"Ngayon may sarili na rin siyang kotse, kaya okay na rin ang naging experience ko sa Survivor," Ervic said.