'Pinoy Big Brother Double Up' evictee Carol Batay says she is just being sweet to her housemates.
Carol Batay’s stint on Pinoy Big Brother Double Up had its share of controversies. The 22-year-old Fil-Chinese Born Again Christian was introduced to viewers as the conservative type, but as weeks passed she ended up doing things that shocked many viewers. In an interview with ABS-CBN.com, the ex-housemate explained why she considers herself the conservative type. “Conservative ako in the sense that ayokong magsuot ng mga revealing clothes. Sa Fan Dance ayoko talagang mag-T-back. Nung synchronize swimming nag-shorts ako pero sabi ni Sam (Pinto) bawal. Nag-doble-doble na lang ako ng suot. That’s how I am conservative. Pero that doesn’t mean hindi na ako marunong mag-enjoy at mag-express ng feelings ko. I think kahit anong gawin ko may masasabi talaga ang iba. Kapag conservative naiinis ‘yung mga tao. Kapag masyadong outgoing naman nalalandian na ‘yung iba. Ano ba talaga ang gusto niyong gawin ko?”
Carol also clarified about her show of affection towards the guy housemates that many deemed as flirtation. “Iba-iba ang definition ng flirt. Being sweet and flirty are two different things for me. Some people might misinterpret the two. For me, ang flirting is may sexual motive ka na sa actions mo. Ako sweet lang ako because I was just playing around. I just want to be funny with my housemates. That was just how I showed my sweetness sa kanila. Kung sa ibang tao flirt ang tingin nila sa akin wala akong magagawa. Sa mga boys kung i-hug ko man sila parang kuya lang talaga. Hanggang yakap o akbay lang ako sa mga boys but not kiss.”
She further revealed that she is not the type who would be intimate with the opposite sex. However inside Kuya’s house, she was able to become comfortable with all the guys which was why a casual touch or hug doesn’t mean anything sexual to her. “Kung ibang boys ‘yun talagang hindi ko sila malalapitan o maha-hug. Sa simula conservative talaga ang tingin sa akin ng mga housemates. Pero later on naging comfortable na ako sa kanila. Alam ko nang kapatid ang turingan naming lahat kaya okay lang sa akin. Close na kaming lahat kaya I don’t give meanings sa mga actions.”
Carol was proud that although she had a great time during Sam’s birthday party inside the house, she managed to refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking. “That was my first time to party like that. Pero hindi ako uminom. Gumawa ako ng sarili kong drink, strawberry juice lang pero hindi ko sinabi kasi kapag nalaman nilang hindi ako umiinom lalagyan nila ng alcohol ‘yung drink ko. I wasn’t wild. Ginawa ko lang ‘yung mga bagay na hindi ko pa nagagawa sa labas. But I still knew my limitations.”
Looking back on her PBB experience, Carol said that she feel more pride rather than shame about her stay. “Feeling ko pa nga napa-proud ko ‘yung mga taong nakakakilala sa akin. Shy person kasi ako, I’m afraid to show who I really am. But because of PBB I was able to try new things without feeling ashamed after. Kahit Born Again ako, from a Chinese family at nasa academe, nakapag-loosen up pa rin ako without going beyond my values. Ngayon mas matapang na akong mag-try ng mga bagong bagay. Pero still important pa rin na you hold on to your values. Hindi ako nag-drink ng alcohol, nag-smoke, humalik kung kani kanino. ‘Yun ang mga limitations ko.”