By Rowena Joy Sanchez
It was Jerome Ponce’s turn to tell his version of his love story with ex-girlfriend Elisse Joson upon his entrance as house guest on “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” last night, July 31.
Similar to Elisse’s story, the 21-year-old actor said their relationship wasn’t planned at all as they didn’t expect they would click. The turning point was when they hung out with their “Be Careful With My Heart” co-stars one time – a moment that allowed them to open up to each other.
However, Jerome had to succumb to the pressures of his early rise to stardom, at the cost of the relationship.
“That time, aminado naman po talaga ako bago lang po ako sa industriya,” he told Big Brother inside the confession room. “Kailangan ko pong pangalagaan ‘yung binibigay sa’kin na chance… Sabi lang sa’kin na bawal daw akong mag-girlfriend. Siyempre sumusunod po ako pero kahit naman papa’no gusto ko ring sundin ang kaligayahan ko.”
Jerome added, “Pinagpatuloy ko pa rin po ‘yung kay Elisse at tinago po na nagiging safe lang kahit na minsan alam ko na pangit para sa babae na itago at hindi ipakilala. Pero mas masakit din naman po sa’kin bilang lalaki na ultimo mga pamilya ko hindi pa niya nakikilala.”
Mrs. Joson wasn’t pleased, since she wanted no one but a guy who would be proud of her only daughter.
“Dumating ‘yung point na nalaman nung mama niya,” Jerome said. “Gusto naman nung mama niya na patunayan ko daw na ipagmamalaki ko ‘yung anak niya kasi gusto daw niya para sa anak niya hindi ‘yung kinakahiya.”
And Jerome did her bidding.
“Pinost ko sa social media na mahal na mahal ko si Elisse,” he said. “Natuwa naman ‘yung nanay niya.”
However, Elisse became a target of bashers. That painful period led to their breakup.
“Na-offend na ‘yung mama niya,” said Jerome. “Sabi na mali na raw ’to. Pinaghiwalay po kami nang tuluyan. Kaya hindi ko rin po alam ang gagawin ko. Basta maghihintay lang po ako ng tamang panahon.”
It’s not only memories, but also feelings, that remain fresh for Jerome.
Tearful, he confessed, “Hindi naman po nagbabago ‘yun eh. Mahal ko pa rin ‘yung taong ‘yun siyempre.”
He went on to declare how much he still loves Elisse.
“Gusto kong sabihin sa kanya na eto lang ako, willing kong ibigay ‘yung buong buhay ko para sa kanya. Kung anumang meron ako, kahit kakailanganin po ang isa pang buhay. Wala po akong gustong makuhang sagot. May gusto lang po akong makuhang reaksyon,” he said.
When Kuya asked what kind of reaction Jerome was talking about, he replied, “Masaya po. Masaya man na maka-move on siya, masaya man na malaman niya na nandito pa rin ako, masaya man siya na kung ano’ng ginagawa niya ngayon, okay na po ako dun eh.”
Elisse and Jerome have yet to meet since Big Brother has opted to keep his entrance to the “PBB” house a secret – save for the boys – for now. And the person he tasked to make sure of that is her “ka-love team” inside the house, McCoy de Leon.
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