Almost a month since being hailed as the Pinoy Big Brother Connect Big Winner, Liofer Pinatacan still feels overwhelmed, considering that his big win happened during a pandemic.
“Hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin po nagsi-sink in. Sobrang blessed ko po dahil marami nang nagmamahal sa akin. Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako. Hindi ko po ine-expect na mangyayari ito sa buhay ko,” he said.
The ‘Dong Diskarte ng Zamboanga Del Sur’ can’t contain his happiness after learning how the public, even strangers, supported him in his journey. He cried out of joy, extremely grateful and amazed of how things happened.
Liofer showed complete devotion to his mother all throughout the season. He would always dedicate his dreams and wins to her. Growing up, he witnessed his mother’s sacrifices to support nine kids. “Talagang tumatak sa isip ko na, ‘Balang araw, ‘Nay, mangangarap ako para sa’yo. Makakapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral para may diploma naman akong ibibigay sa’yo.’ Siya ‘yung inspirasyon at motivation ko sa lahat ng hamon,” he shared.
Bringing home a million peso cash prize, Liofer plans to settle first his mother’s debt which she spent on their tuition fees and daily needs, “Gusto kong bayaran ‘yun para hindi na siya balisa sa pagtulog.” He also plans to grow his money by investing in a business.
Liofer mentioned the ‘Slay Task’ as his most unforgettable experience inside the PBB house. It was a happy moment wherein the housemates got along well and displayed selflessness by sharing their gifts to deserving fellow housemates. “Nang dahil po sa ‘Slay Task,’ nabigyan ko ng pustiso si Nanay. Hindi ko po makakalimutan ‘yun kasi sobrang bait ng mga housemates. Tinulungan nila kami, nag-sakripisyo sila” he said.
In a virtual meet and greet, Liofer answered questions from two of his supporters, Angelica Serquina from Canada and Princess Aguilera from Norway. They lauded Liofer for proving himself worthy of becoming a Big Winner, calling him “madiskarte” and “selfless.” His life story also tugged at their heartstrings.
Asked to pick another Big Winner from their batch, Liofer named Ralph Malibunas, “Kasi pinakita niya na kahit hindi siya laging nananalo sa task, pursigido talaga siya sa buhay.”
His biggest fear is to see his parents go without fulfilling his dreams for them, “Gusto ko pong makita nila na makapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral at maging successful na nandiyan pa sila. Gusto kong maiparanas po sa kanila na hindi lang puro kayod nang kayod para sa mga anak. Gusto kong maranasan nila na may time silang mag-enjoy para sa sarili nila.”
To wrap up the episode, Liofer is joined by fellow Big Four housemates Kobie Brown, Jie-Ann Armero, and Andrea Abaya. The four of them currently stays at the PBB House since they cannot go home yet to their families due to lockdown.
Looking back on the momentous Big Night, the housemates said they were floating in bliss. Liofer couldn’t believe how one night changed his life, “Hindi po ako makatulog. Sabi ni Kobie, ‘Parekoy! May bahay ka na!’ Sabi ko, ‘Oo nga pala!’ Hindi po ako makapaniwala.”
Andrea shared she slept so late that night and it felt different waking up at the house without the usual tasks. They got so used to the wake-up call and hearing Big Brother’s voice. And they think it will take more time before they could learn to let go of the habit.
The housemates are looking forward to the opportunities waiting for them in the outside world, apart from reuniting with their families. Andrea is excited to explore showbiz industry and she believes Kuya’s tasks prepared her for that moment.
Liofer revealed that he also wished to be an actor when he was a kid. He even used to dub movie scenes with his mother. He promised that fame and success will never break his true self. He will remain grounded.
The Big Four can’t thank their families and supporters enough for helping them make their dreams happen. With their big hearts, determination, and genuine connection to fans, the sky’s truly the limit for these four young dreamers.