'Amalayer' girl starts over, joins church
MANILA, Philippines – With God as her center, Paula Jamie Salvosa turns over a new leaf and moves on from her controversial “amalayer” video.
Far from her feisty disposition in the viral YouTube clip, Salvosa is now cool, calm and collected as she responds to her Twitter “bashers” with the statement “Forgiven. You are loved.”
This after the college student recently joined the Grace Testament Church, which is based in Caloocan City.
On Twitter, members of the Grace Testament Church welcomed Salvosa and expressed their support for her amid the “amalayer” incident.
“Hello Ate Paula. I am Jonathan from Grace Testament Church. I just wanna say JESUS LOVES YOU and he will restore it. GB!” said Jonathan Quijada.
“Hi there! I’m Lhoi from Grace Testament Church. Glad to meet you here. Just wanna tell u, u are still LOVED! He’s up there!” said Eloisa Montoya.
“LOVE ka rin po ng GRACE TESTAMENT CHURCH!!” said Adam Delgado.
“The Lord loves you so much. Don’t forget that the Grace Testament Church Family is always here for you. We love you much,” said Jhanelle Aycardo.
Salvosa, for her part, said: “I love my Grace Testament Church family!!! Miracles do happen. Thank you, Lord!!!”
Before joining the Grace Testament Church, Salvosa shared on Twitter that the “amalayer” incident, which drew a lot of criticism, had taken a toll on her health.
She also mentioned that she is having a hard time leaving the house for fear of being bullied.
“Wish ko lang ngayong Pasko, sana bumalik na sa normal buhay ko. ‘Yung pwede na ko ulit lumabas mag-isa nang walang takot sa puso ko,” she tweeted.
“I just want my life back,” she added.
Chris Lao, others express support
Aside from the members of the Grace Testament Church, several Filipino netizens also gave their support to Salvosa, who was seen in a YouTube clip raising her voice at a lady security guard inside the LRT-2 Santolan station.
Among them is lawyer Christopher Lao, who was also a victim of cyberbullying after a report showed him unwittingly driving his car into a flooded Metro Manila street.
He was known for the line “I should have been informed.”
On Twitter, Lao asked users of the microblogging site to “stop the abuse” hurled at Salvosa.
“Got to talk to [Paula Salvosa]. The harlow account which is fueling more hatred is FAKE. Stop the abuse. Paula is hurting inside,” he tweeted.
To which Salvosa replied: “Thank you so much, sir! Tuloy ang laban sa hamon ng buhay.”
Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano, who happens to be a friend of Salvosa, also defended the “amalayer” girl, saying: “[Paula Harlow Twitter account] is a poser! Please don’t believe her. I know Paula Salvosa. We don’t know the real story behind the Amalayer video. Don’t judge!”
The Philippine Star columnist Wilson Lee Flores, who used to be a professor of Salvosa, for his part said: “You’re smart and have a great future ahead.”