WARNING: This article contains mentions of child abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse.
Social media personality Papi Galang, together with her sister Paye, opened up about the dark chapters of her childhood involving her abusive past with her mother in an emotional revelation.
Papi and Paye, whose real names are Charisse and Lucy Pearl, were the recent guests of celebrity host Toni Gonzaga in an episode of her vlog, Toni Talks, on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Papi shared the allegedly harrowing experiences she went through in an “abusive household” especially at the hands of their mother.
“Puro bugbugan po. Abusive po talaga yung household,” she described about her parents.
Papi recounted an event that stuck to her to this day, “Umiiyak po yung nanay ko tapos naririnig ko na sobra po yung kalabog. Pag-akyat ko, nagdala ako ng tuwalya tapos yung nanay ko pawis na pawis na kakaiyak tapos binubugbog siya ng tatay ko tapos sabi ko tama na, tapos niyakap ko yung nanay ko. Tumigil naman po siya pero hindi na po nawala sa’kin ‘yun.”
She also spoke up about how her mother forced her to work in indecent jobs when she was a minor to make a living for their family.
“Para mabuhay nalang kaming lahat, sige na,” Papi tearfully said on enduring her work.
The content creator also revealed how she used to protect her younger sibling, striving to work to escape from their mother together.
At the age of 15, the siblings were able to get away from their abusive parent after a physical altercation. From then on, Papi was the one who took care of her sister by working in bars and clubs and with the “help” of a “sponsor”.
With their mother no longer around, Papi admits to having forgiven her and seems to understand the challenges they had to face, especially after she gave birth to her first child, Hapi, at the age of 17.
“Nung nagkaanak ako mas lumawak ‘yung pagiintindi ko sa mundo kung ano ‘yung mga nangyari sakin dati. Unti-unti ko nang napa-process, natatanggap sa sarili ko, naiintindihan ko na rin ‘yung nanay ko kahit hindi nya i-explain ‘yung sarili niya,” Papi said.
“Totoo yung sinasabi nila na, maiintindihan mo ko pag naging nanay ka na rin. Kahit hindi ako hingan ng sorry ng nanay ko, mapapatawad ko siya sa puso kasi ako nanay rin ako e,” she added.
Meanwhile, Paye expressed her grievances on her mother and admitted that she had not forgiven her.
“Kasi kaya ko po siyang sabihin na ‘sige napatawad na kita’ pero yung puso ko hindi po talaga,” Paye said.
The siblings lost their mother at the age of 35 from cervical cancer and severe anemia.
When asked about how they felt about their mother’s passing, Papi confessed that she felt relieved.
“Masama [man] po pakinggan, nasaktan ako kasi nanay ko siya pero para rin akong na-relieve. Na-relieve ako kasi kahit papano pahinga ka na rin sa sarili mong gulo,” Papi told Toni.
When asked about lessons they learned from their late mother, Papi lamented about not implicating other people in your pain.
“Basta akin lang, kung nasaktan ka or may nangyari sayo, ‘wag mo nalang din gawin sa kapwa mo kasi wala rin naman magandang mapupntahan. Hindi naman lahat ng tao maiintindihan kung bakit ka ganyan,” shared Papi.
On the other hand, Paye spoke about their strong bond as sisters, “Ang lesson po na natutunan ko sa kanya ay kahit anong mangyari, never naming iiwan ang isa’t isa.”
She continued, “Kasi kahit iwan man kami ng lahat ng tao sa mundo, meron akong ate ko. Kahit minsan ‘di ko sya pinipili, hindi ako iiwanan nito.”
As of writing, the vlog has reached over 400,000 views within six hours of being uploaded on YouTube.