MANILA - Cheridel Alejandrino, more popularly known as the "elevator girl," couldn't hold back her tears when she was briefly reunited with her son in an episode of "Pinoy Big Brother" that aired Friday.
The former elevator operator, who rose to fame when a video of hers on the job went viral, was rendered almost speechless when she saw her son, Kyle, inside the famous yellow house.
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"Bakit pumayat ka?" she asked three times, before hugging her son whom she hasn't seen for almost three weeks.
Cheridel joined the reality show competition on June 14, replacing television host and celebrity house guest Alex Gonzaga.
"Masaya po ako na may napasaya po ako kahit naging masakit 'yung katawan namin, parang nababaliwala na din po kasi alam namin napasaya namin si Ate Cheri," said Vicky Rushton.
Along with Daniel Matsunaga, Loisa Andalio, and Manolo Pedrosa, Vicky was asked at the start of the week to bike their way the equivalent distance between Olongapo -- where Cheridel is from -- and the PBB house.
The group managed to finish the physically demanding task in five episodes of the show.
During that stretch, Cheridel, without knowing the reason behind the task, was seen to be extremely caring towards the four housemates.
"Masaya po na na-experience ko po ulit 'yung ganitong feeling na naging daan po ako para mag-meet po 'yung housemate at 'yung baby," said teen housemate Loisa.
"Alam ko 'yung sakit na ito, it will pass maybe tomorrow. Pero alam ko na 'yung ginawa namin [for Cheridel] is forever po," said the Brazilian-Japanese model Matsunaga.
Throughout the week, Cheridel was very vocal about missing her son, especially since the other weekly task involved taking care of a group of 5 children.
She even broke down during one episode and was embroiled in a heated exchange with other task leaders Fourth Pagotan and Maris Racal, with the two noting how she has been extremely emotional as of late.
"Siya po 'yung dahilan kung bakit ako nandito at patuloy na lumalaban," she said. "Siya po ang lahat ng makikinabang nito kaya gagawin ko po ang lahat."
By the end of the episode, Cheridel had to usher her son back to the confession room, where she had to say goodbye.
"Mahal kita. Ingat. 'Wag iiyak," she said to Kyle before closing the door to the room and breaking down in tears once again.