MANILA - Evicted "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Jayme Jalandoni turned emotional when she talked about celebrity housemate Jane Oineza, who has become the target of criticisms for her actions inside the famous yellow house.
In a live interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Wednesday, Jalandoni was asked by co-host Boy Abunda if she dislikes Oineza.
When Jalandoni answered "No," Kris Aquino asked if she likes the young actress.
"I love her, and love is a different thing," Jalandoni said.
The 23-year-old nurse became emotional when she explained her answer, and recalled how she and the older housemates would counsel Oineza about her problems.
"Because even ako, I told her, 'I love you, Jane," Jalandoni said, trying to hold back tears. "I try to understand her... Kasi parang may certain times sa bahay na parang iba 'yung sinasabi niya sa ginagawa niya, and that's why we talked to her, kami nila Michele (Gumabao). We try to tell her kung ano ang nakikita namin."
In recent episodes of "Pinoy Big Brother," Oineza's closeness with fellow housemate Joshua Garcia worried the older housemates, including Jalandoni and Gumabao.
Oineza was also seen to be distant from the female housemates, and would mostly spend time with Garcia.
Housemates also observed Oineza to be doing things contrary to what she says, such as when she would constantly show affection for Garcia despite denying that she is reciprocating his admiration.
Most recently, Oineza apologized to colleague Kathryn Bernardo, who visited the "Pinoy Big Brother" house, for supposedly raising doubt as to whether the "Got to Believe" actress underwent cosmetic surgery.
Jalandoni recalled that after she and Gumabao confronted Oineza about the issues involving her, the actress started to change her behavior for the better.
"Nakita rin naman namin na somehow, naging mas maayos 'yung relationship niya sa aming lahat, kaya kung makikita niyo, mas close na sila nila Nichole (Baranda) ngayon ulit. Kasi, after we talked to her, naging mas close na ulit siya sa amin. Nabawasan narin 'yung touchy-touchy," she said.
Her experience interacting with the younger housemates, Jalandoni said, was one of the reasons why she considers "striving to be an inspiration" as one of the most important things she learned from her stay in "Pinoy Big Brother."
"Strive to be an inspiration, not because gusto mong magpasikat, not because gusto mong magpakitang-gilas. But because people need you and because we need each other. Iyon 'yung natutunan ko sa loob, especially because of the teens," she said.
"They need guidance or they need someone, an ate, to teach them 'yung experiences in life. That's why I said, 'You should strive to be an inspiration.'"
"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.
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