Mother and daughter from Antipolo win the one million in Happy Yipee Yehey’s Pera o Bayong
Celebration shook the noontime showHappy Yipee Yehey this Friday when for the first time the one million peso grand prize in the Pera O Bayong game segment is taken home. Eleven year old Mimi Paladan and her thirty-two-year-old mother Laila turned down the P200,000 cash offer and held on to their chosen bayong, which to their shock contained the one million peso grand prize.
Mimi bested other young aspiring singers in the P.O.B. elimination round for the slot to play in the jackpot round. But since she was too young to decide over the ‘tawaran portion’ her mother Laila was called in to help her. In an interview after the program, Laila recalled the experience that lead to their win. “Parang pakiramdam ko lang na dapat mag bayong ako. Kinakabahan talaga ako. Gusto ko na sanang kunin ‘yung P200, 000 kasi malaking halaga na rin ‘yun dahil sa May, kapag hindi pa namin nabayaran ‘yun utang namin sa upa, papaalisin na kami sa bahay namin sa Antipolo. Pero parang may nagbulong sa akin na nasa bayong ‘yung isang milyon. Ayaw rin ng anak ko na mag pera. Thank God talaga na nanalo kami kasi malaking tulong ito sa amin.”
Before playing the game, Mimi enchanted the audience with her rendition of the song “May Bukas Pa.” In an interview with reporters after Happy Yipee Yehey, the young girl shared that during the game, she already has a gut feel that the one million pesos was inside their chosen bayong. She then asked her mother to change her decision and stick to the bayong. Mimi said that she was very happy to finally have the money to support her education. She is an incoming Grade 6 student at the Sumulong Elementary School. Her father drives a public utility jeepney for a living while Laila is a stay-at-home mother.
Host John Estrada congratulated Laila and Mimi for their win. “Masayang-masaya kami kasi matagal na talaga naming ipamigay ang one million peso jackpot prize sa Pera o Bayong. It’s a game of chance perodeserving talaga silang manalo dahil nasagot naman ni Mimi lahat ng tanong. Para sa kanila yata talaga ‘yung prize. Sana alagaan nila ‘yung premyo. Hinihintay ko na nga ‘yung adoption papers kasi magpapa ampon na ako sa kanila. Magkapatid na kami ni Mimi, ha ha ha!” the host said happily.
John then thanked all the Kapamilya who continuously watch Happy Yipee Yehey everyday. “Ang hangarin naman talaga natin dito ay makatulong sa ating mga Kapamilya. Salamat sa pagtitiyaga ninyo sa araw araw na audition. Kung pwede lang e araw araw kaming mamimigay ng milyon para lang makatulong sa inyo.”