Bago matulog ang Pinoy Big Brother celebrity housemates na sina Jon Avila atRiza Santos kaninang madaling-araw, November 7, nag-usap muna ang dalawatungkol sa mga intrigang natanggap na nila sa showbiz.
Sa kanilang pag-uusap, nagbukas ng kanyang feelings siRiza tungkol sa mga isyu na nag-uugnay sa kanya at sa singer na si Mark Bautista. Una, inamin ni Riza na nagkakilala sila ngsinger sa Canada nang magkaroon ng show sina Mark at Sarah Geronimodoon. Ngunit nadismaya angdalaga nang magsimula na ang pagli-link sa kanilang dalawa.
Nabalitaan daw ni Riza na magma-migrate sa Canada siMark para sa kanya. Ayon sa beauty queen, "While I was away,while I was in Canada, my best friend, she email me this link to YouTube andthe heading was he [Mark] was migrating to Canada for Riza Santos. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh!' I was so mad. For me, I felt disrespected."
Patuloy pa ng former beauty queen, "Then, I saw in Philippine Entertainment Portal that he said that we were dating. The reason why I told you [Jon] about those otherthings... Yeah, we went to the mall, I think that was in Glorietta, the time whenI went with my parents when I came here. We went to the Japanese restaurant,that was the time I went with my friend. We even went to church together and that was the time I went with myparents."
NOT A DATE. Inisa-isa rin ni Riza kay Jon ang mga pagkakataon na nagkasama sila ni Mark. Nilinaw rin na hindi itomaituturing na "date" ang kanilang paglabas-labas dahil may iba pa silang mga kasama.
Ayon kay Riza, ang unang pagkakataon na lumabas sila ni Markay nang dumating siya rito sa Pilipinas. Salaysay ni Riza, "I got to the Philippines and, like, after a week, Istarted contacting people that I'm here na. And then, he's like, ‘Oh, we should meet up. What are you doing tomorrow?' I'm like, ‘Well, I'm going to the mall with my family.' And then, he said, like, ‘Sama ako? Hihi'And I was like, ‘Hehe. You can come if you want.' And there's no harm in thatand he seems like a nice person."
Inamin din ng dalaga na minsan na rin siyang nagpunta sasimbahan na pinupuntahan ni Mark, ang Victory Christian Fellowship. Peronilinaw niyang muli na kasama niya ang kanyang mga magulang noon.
Nasundan pa raw ito nang minsan kasama niya ang isangkaibigan. Aniya, "I was hanging outwith my friend at The Fort and we just had dinner at her house. And he [Mark] was,like, he wanted to meet up with us. Wealready ate but he hasn't eaten yet, so we went to a Japanese restaurant and wekinda waited for him while he ate."
At ang pinakahuling naikwento niya ay nang imbitahin siya niMark sa CD launch party nito.
"He had like a CD launch party and then he invited me togo. And then, I was like, ‘Okay, well,I'm gonna bring my family.' I went withmy mom, my dad, my cousin, my two nieces. And then, the next day I was really surprised. He came out on UNTV, it was like...because they were interviewinghim for a really long time and then I saw the interview the next day. It was like... They made it look like as if Iwas the only one there."
DISMAYED. Inamin ng dalaga na nadismaya siya sa mga lumabas na balita tungkol sakanilang dalawa ni Mark. At bilangbaguhan sa showbiz, hindi rin niya diumano nagustuhan ang pagsasapubliko ng mgaisyu na hindi naman totoo.
Aniya, "I was really mad. Like for me, I mean, it's come up a lot that I don't have a boyfriendand that's because I really wanna wait for someone that was, like, reallyimportant to me. It just bothered mebecause it was, like, him [Mark] and it was so public."
Alam ni Riza na maraming fans ni Mark ang nagalit sa kanyadahil sa mga naglabasang artikulo, kasama na ang paglilinaw ng beauty queen na hinditotoo ang pagde-date nila ng singer.
Paliwanag niya, "Well, I tried to make things clear. I don't like saying this out loud... That'swhat I told the news reporters and everything, but the article that came outsounds like, ‘Na-hurt si Mark Bautista sa pag-deny ni Riza Santos.' I hurt his fans, they got mad at me. Theysaid I was, like, lying and things like that. And then, I came out on all issues with him."Gayunman, sinabi ni Riza na sa kabila ng mgakontrobersiyang lumabas, "I'm still friends with him again."