Charice’s grandmother, Tess Relucio, says she has already accepted her granddaughter’s sexuality, as she has been exhibiting signs of being a tomboy ever since she was a child. However, she says that she is frowning upon the international singer’s relationship with her rumored girlfriend, Alyssa Quijano.

Hindi kami nagagalit, anak, kasi may pamilya naman tayong tomboy, e, 'di 'ba (I’m not mad, because being a tomboy runs in our family, right?)?" she was quoted by PEP.ph as saying on GMA-7's entertainment show, Startalk. She then explained that her daughter and Charice’s mother, Raquel Pempengco, also had a brief lesbian relationship when she was younger.

Noon, oo, nag-uuwi rin ng ganyan… babae… oo, nag-uuwi rin siya ng ganyan,” she said. “Pero 'nung sinabi kong 'Anak, gusto ko mag-asawa ka,' kaya pinakasal ko siya diyan sa daddy [ni Charice] (She also brought home a girl long ago…yes, she would also bring home girls. But I told her, ‘I want you to get married,’ so I made her marry [Charice’s] dad.).”

“At least, ang mommy mo, anak, naging masunurin sa akin, kasi nanay niya ako, e. Kasi mahal niya ako. Ikaw ba, sweetheart, mahal mo ba ang mommy mo (At least your mommy was obedient to me, because I’m her mom. Because she loves me. How about you, sweetheart, do you love your mom?)?” Tess chided her granddaughter.

Ngayon, nandiyan ka sa kanila. Sila ang binubusog mo. Sila ang ipinaglalaban mo,” she went on, referring to Alyssa and her family. “Huwag mo naman sanang pabayaang tapak-tapakan ng mga pamilyang iyan ang pagkatao mo. Mula’t mula pa, anak, tinapakan 'yan. Ang masakit, sa damdamin ng mommy mo, nakikita niya kung papa'no ka nila laitin… tapos sila pa ngayon ang binuhay mo (Now, you’re there with them. They’re the ones you’re feeding. They’re the ones you’re fighting for. Please don’t allow that family to trample upon your person. They have been stepping on you from the very start. What’s more painful for your mom is that she saw how they would say bad things about you… then now, they’re the ones you’re supporting.).”

However, Charice maintains that she does not regret being with Alyssa, and she hopes that her family will be able to eventually understand her situation.

Kasi ang hirap kasi sa family ko ngayon, siyempre ang iisipin nila hindi 'yung kung ano 'yung naiisip natin ngayon... na I’m free,” she said. “Sana, again, intindihin na lang dahil hindi madali na tanggapin 'yung ganitong sitwasyon and I know na it will take time. (What's difficult with my family right now is that they’re not thinking about what we’re thinking of right now… that I’m free. Let’s just understand them because it’s not easy to accept this situation and I know that it will take time.).”


(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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