MANILA - Loisa Andalio and Maris Racal, the two youngest housemates in "Pinoy Big Brother," had an emotional reunion with their respective fathers to clarify concerns about their family.
In the episode of the reality show that aired Monday, Big Brother told Loisa and Maris that they can both see their dads, but must first accomplish a task in the activity area.
After successfully filling a container with "gold," which in turn pulled up a big door it was attached to with a rope, the two had the chance to finally ask their dads a question they had long wanted to ask.
In earlier episodes of "Pinoy Big Brother," Loisa and Maris admitted having doubts on whether their respective parents still love each other, amid problems they have been facing as a family.
Loisa, who was the first to welcome her father Leo, directly asked him if he still loves her mother. While at first the two appeared to make light of their conversation, Henry cried as he confessed his insecurities as a father.
While emphasizing that he still loves his wife, Leo admitted to Loisa that they have been having problems due to their age gap. The main reason, an emotional Leo said, was his insecurity about not having a job and not being able to provide for his family.
Admitting he handled the situation poorly, he told Loisa that he would not want the same for her when she starts a family, moving the 15-year-old to tears.
Leo asked forgiveness from his daughter for what's become of their family. Likewise, Loisa said sorry to her father for answering back disrespectfully and saying hurtful things.
Before exiting the house, Leo gave Loisa a necklace with a cross for a pendant, and told his daughter to keep praying.
In the confession room, Loisa said she feels relieved to have finally confronted her father about their situation.
"Iyon po ang kinakatakutan ko, pero noon nagawa ko na siya, mas masarap sa pakiramdam na wala kang tinatagong gusto mong sabihin so papa mo. Masaya po ako na nasabi ko na pa 'yung mga bagay na gusto kong sabihin," she said.
MARIS FACES FEARS
Maris shared a similar sentiment to "Kuya" after her reunion with her father, Henry, who has yet to be married to her mother after decades of building a family together.
"Sobrang masaya po ako kasi hinarap ko 'yung fears at nilakasan ko ang loob ko para matanong lang iyon," Maris said. "Parang isang malaking blessing po ito para sa akin."
When Maris asked her father whether he still loves her mother, Henry readily answered: "Sobra, love ko mama mo."
Maris' doubts stem from the apparent distance between her parents, who no longer share a room. The 16-year-old told Henry that she is worried they might grow even more distant as they get older.
Speaking with Big Brother, Henry said he and Maris' mother have sacrificed not having the same room, believing it is a sin that they are raising a family together despite not being married.
Admittedly, Henry said this has strained their relationship.
Responding to his daughter's concerns, Henry assured Maris that the situation in their home will get better, and that he will make up for his shortcomings as a provider.
Maris and Loisa are among the last five housemates vying for a spot in the "Big 4," which will be determined once a last contestant is evicted from the house this Saturday.
The naming of the "Big Winner" will take place at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay on Sunday night, with a live telecast on ABS-CBN.