Reality show reveals voting twist
MANILA - TV host-model Phoemela Baranda admitted she was shocked by the viral photo of her daughter, "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Nichole, which was addressed by the 15-year-old in the reality show's episode aired Wednesday.
In the Thursday telecast of "Pinoy Big Brother: All In," Baranda was asked for her reaction to the photo, which shows Nichole flashing her middle finger. The photo made the rounds online last April 27, when Nichole was introduced as the "Sweet Revelation of Makati" joining this edition of the reality TV series.
"Right now, medyo shocked pa ako sa mga nangyayari. Ang dami talaga naming kailangang pag-usapan ni Nichole," Baranda said. "Hintayin ko nalang na siya ang magsabi sa akin."
"Hindi ako nakikialam sa Instagram, Twitter, Facebook niya, which is dapat yata talagang gabayan ko pa siya. Pero kasi teenager eh, so parang ayaw niya masyadong tinitingnan ko 'yung social network sites niya. But I think kailangan talagang bantayan."
Asked to share the story behind the photo in Wednesday's episode of "Pinoy Big Brother: All In," Nichole explained that she was making random poses on a "normal day" and posted some of the photos she took on Twitter.
Speaking with "Kuya" in the confession room, Nichole also aired her concern over her mom possibly getting disappointed with her gesture in the photo.
In the same episode, Nichole confessed that she has difficulty opening up to her mom, saying she even finds it awkward to express her love for her. Nichole also turned emotional when asked how much she values her mother. She answered that her biggest fear is losing her as she has no other family members.
Baranda, 33, first introduced Nichole as her daughter in October 2013 in a televised interview. At the time, Baranda revealed that Nichole grew up thinking they were sisters, as she was raised by her maternal grandmother. The death of her mother, Baranda recalled, pushed her to finally fulfill her responsibilities to Nichole as a parent.
Asked for her reaction to Nichole's confession, Baranda said, "Siyempre I want to tell her that I'm sorry for all my shortcomings. I'm here for her now. Nandito ako para sa aming dalawa."
"Ewan ko, parang ngayon kasi, nagugulat pa ako sa mga nangyari din," an emotional Baranda said. "Pagpasensyahan narin niya ako kasi tao rin ako ngayon na nahihirapan din ako sa mga naririnig ko."
Addressing her daughter, Baranda added: "I love you, Kimmy. She's my life. And I just want to be a good mom for her and sana magampanan ko 'yung mga role ng isang ina, tatay, at kapatid sa kanya. I hope she gives me a chance to make up doon sa mga nawala naming panahon."
Trending, voting twist
As the episode aired on Thursday night, "Pinoy Big Brother: All In" once again dominated conversations on Twitter, with the episode's official hashtag, "#PBBALLINDay11," ranking first in local and worldwide trends on the micro-blogging site.
Other trending terms related to the episode were "Spin the Bottle," a game played by the housemates at the swimming pool area; and "#DiKoPaLike," a tag used by housemates in identifying anyone in the house they are not friends with yet.
Meanwhile, in the same May 8 episode, the reality show revealed the ability of viewers to vote for any housemate they wish to get nominated for eviction -- a first for "Pinoy Big Brother" since its 2005 debut.
A nominated housemate, as in previous editions, will be among those in danger of getting evicted from the show. The viewing public can then vote for any of the nominated housemates to save them and let them stay in the running as the season's "Big Winner."
"Pinoy Big Brother: All In" airs weeknights on Primetime Bida, and on Saturdays and Sundays as part of ABS-CBN's Yes! Weekend line-up. Afternoon updates are also aired via "Uber" on weekdays.