Ara Mina sat on the "hot seat" of Showbiz Central when the show's Central Jury—composed of Mo Twister, Dolly Anne Carvajal, and Jun Lalin—grilled her yesterday, May 6, with questions about the text message she received from ex-boyfriend Jomari Yllana.
Last week, Jomari reportedly invited Ara to Anjo Yllana's campaign sortie/ birthday party through text. Ara accepted.
Considering that they have had no communication for nearly three years, what did Ara feel when Jomari texted her?
"Nagulat ako! 'Totoo ba itong na-receive kong text?'" Ara said.
Mo Twister probed some more: "Was it a sweet message or was it direct to the point, like ‘Ara, invited ka sa party ni Anjo' or was it ‘Hello, Ara, I miss you?'"
"Well, it wasn't a sweet message," she replied. "Pag silip ko sa phone ko, nakita ko text niya na, ‘If you're not busy, can I call you?' and ‘I have a favor lang.' As in ganoon ka-casual lang. Tapos, after that, tinawagan ko siya."
Dolly Anne asked Ara whether it was a kind of favor that would take much of Ara's time. Did she hesitate?
"Well, parang ginawa ko na din for his brother [Anjo], e. Kumbaga, halos lahat ng friends ko na may kapatid na politican," Ara explained.
"With Jomari kasi," Mo interrupted, "nakita namin na galit na galit ka, sobrang hurt ka [when you broke up]. So siyempre, nakita mo yung text message, so why did you respond? There must be something there."
Ara answered: "Actually, nag-text ako. Sabi ko, ‘Nagte-take lang ako [for Bubble Gang].' After the that, tumawag na ako nung may time na akong mag-return call."
Jun, the third member of the Jury, asked: "Exchange deal daw ang pagpunta mo sa campaign ni Anjo, sa pakiusap ni Jomari, dahil may usapan daw kayo ni Jomari na pupuntahan niya ang campaign ng tatay mo na si Chuck Mathay sa second district ng QC?"
Ara answered, "Sabi niya [Jomari], ‘If you need me, pwede akong magpunta sa father mo.' Pero hind ako nag-ask sa kanya. So walang exchange deal."
Ara went on to say that she had spoken to Anjo Yllana earlier. "Si Anjo kasi, bumili ng ticket sa akin noong nag-fundraising concert ako. Aside from that, nagkita kami sa Eat Bulaga! before. Sabi ko, ‘Pag kailangan mo tulong ko, willing ako. Kaya lang, baka hindi mo ako imbitahin dahil baka magkita kami ng brother mo [Jomari].' Tapos tumatawa-tawa lang siya."
The Central Jury also took the chance to grill Ara about her true feelings for Jomari today. They asked: When Ara said "pag kailangan mo ako," does that mean any kind of need? Is she expecting that someday she and Jomari will go back to each other?
"Not at all. May Pops na siya, e," Ara said, referring to Pops Fernandez, who is Jomari's current girlfriend.
Mo Twister interrupted, "Kung walang Pops? The real question is, do you still have feelings for Jomari? Hindi kasi normal sa isang tao na sobrang nasaktan, like you did, na mag-respond ulit [sa text message]."
Ara responded, "You know what, we're okay na. Ako kasi ang tao na hindi marunong magtanim ng galit. Sa amin naman ni Jom, ang dami nang dumaan sa amin. Nagkaroon na din ako ng boyfriend. Ang sa akin, hindi ka makakapag-move on pag may hatred ka pa sa isang tao. So napatawad ko na si Jom."