Vice Ganda (Jose Mari Viceral in real life) is truly an “unkabogable” star in showbizlandia.
Since he became the "unevictable" judge in Showtime, the comedian has had a string of TV shows, major concerts and box-office hit movies.
In fact, the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation even created a new category just for Vice Ganda: the new Phenomenal Box Office Star category. Vice Ganda and his co-stars were recognized for the 2011 film, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, which is considered as the top-grossing Filipino movie of all time.
Aside from this, the comedian also received the award for Best Male Concert Performer during the 43rd Box-Office Entertainment Awards held last night, April 29, at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
(CLICK HERE to view the complete list of winners of the Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards)
Last Saturday, April 28, Showbiz Inside Report host Carmina Villarroel had a chat with the “unkabogable star.”
The SIR host asked him what he considered his most painful or saddest experience while growing up.
Vice recalled, “Yung pagkamatay ng tatay ko… Doon nagsimula ang mga malulungkot na pangyayari. Kinailangan umalis ang nanay ko mag-abroad…Ako yung lumaki nang parang walang magulang talaga.”
Carmina asked if Vice had a girlfriend in the past.
The ace comedian laughingly replied. “Oo. Nakakadiri man…di ko maiwasan 'yan at kasama 'yan ng pagkatao ko. Merong eksena diyan sa Caloocan, isa siya doon sa magagandang dalaga. Tapos siya naging jowa [girlfriend] ko. Tapos yung nanliligaw sa kanya, muntik akong umbagin. Tapos eventually…. Ang gwapo kasi nung lalaki…”
When did you realize that you were gay?
“Noong nasa college ako,” he admitted. “May grupo ng mga bakla doon sa FEU [Far Eastern University]. Parang ang saya-saya nila. Ang lava-lava nila. Tapos parang ang lungkot-lungkot ko. Hanggang sa kinayag ako dun. Ang saya-saya. Eto na ang mundo ko.”
He added, “Noong nasa grupo ako ng mga bakla, mayroon kaming contest: one-minute okrayan at kantihan.”
Vice wasn’t able to finish his Political Science degree at FEU since he started working at a comedy bar. He narrated, “Kumikita na ako ng pera. Baka pwede ko pang balikan itong pag-aaral. In fact, kinausap pa ako ng administration ng FEU, pinapabalik pa nila ako, gagawan nila ng paraan i-adjust nila sa schedule ko para matapos ko yung ilang units na naiwan ko.”
Vice Ganda became a household name since he became known as the “unevictable” judge in Showtime.
With the level of success that he has achieved, he continues to share his blessing with family, relatives and close friends. Vice said, “Itong mga biyayang natatanggap ko, ishini-share ko sa pamilya ko, sa pinakamalalapit ng mga kaibigan at mga taong hindi ko kakilala na ikinaganaan ng loob at naniniwala ako sa pag-sharan ko ng blessing ko.”
What do you think are the trade-offs with success?
Vice ruefully expressed, “Ninakaw na yung pagkatao ko. Hanggang ngayon, di pa rin ako pumapayag.
"May mga pagkakataon na tinatanggalan ako ng karapatan na kumilos sa pamamaraang gusto ko kasi hindi magustuhan ng tao….At the end of the day, ikaw rin ang makakahusga kung masaya ka ba sa ginawa mo. Gusto mo ba yung ginawa mo? Hindi ka mapapangiti ng perang dala-dala mo."
Why do you think a lot of people get the impression that you are difficult to work with?
The successful comedian-singer replied: “Iba’t-iba ang intensyon ng tao. Yung isyung mahirap ako pakisamahan at marami akong inaaway na celebrities, 'yan ay likha ng isang taong may masama ang intensyon sa akin. Pagtinatanoong ako ng tao kung totoo ito, ayokong idepensahan ang sarili ko, as much as possible, yung mga katrabaho ko ang gusto kong magsalita…”
Carmina’s next question centered on his lovelife.
Is it easier for you to have a love partner?
“Hindi. Mas madaling magka jowa. Maraming lalaking nakapaligid. Pero ang hirap din. Di mo alam kung sino ang totoo o hindi. Alam nilang lahat ngayon may mapapala sa 'yo. Samantala noong dati noong 'pucho-pucho' ako, yung lalaki di man lang alam kung may mapapala o hindi.”
Vice opened up a bit on the current status of his lovelife and said that he is happy.
“Happy ako. Ewan ko kung happy siya sa akin. Matagal na rin…Nakakalabas [kami] pero di kaming dalawa lang. Dati, nakakalabas kaming dalawa talaga…”
How do you know if the person loves you back?
He said, “Sa tinagal-tagal ng panahon, naramdaman ko na rin ay mahal na ako nito. Unang nagmamahal yung bakla sa lalaki. Pero eventually, may mga lalaking nade-develop na rin yung damdamin nila dahil sa sobrang ganda na pinakapakita nung bakla.”
When asked if he would consider having a family someday, he replied, “Ayokong isara din ang pintuan dahil baka hindi ko mapanindigan. Pero sa ngayon, hindi pa ganoon kalalaki ang mga pamangkin ko. Gusto ko sa kanila. Hindi ako makakabuo ng isang pamilya. Hindi ako makakabuntis. Hindi ko ring iniisip na mag-ampon. Ayoko yung dahil para may mag-alaga sa akin pagtanda. Masyadong selfish yung dahilan...”
With two highly successful box-office hit films Petrang Kabayo and Praybeyt Benjamin under his belt, what goals does he still want to achieve?
Vice remarked, “Mayroong pang isang bagay…yung Nanay kong matigas ang ulo. Ayaw tumigil sa pagtratrabaho.
"Nay, yung ngang mga lalaki hindi ko naman nakasama ng habang buhay, nabibigyan ko ng pera, ikaw ka pa ba? Yung mga jowa ko, nakikinabang sa akin, yung nanay ko pa kaya?”
How do you see yourself five to ten years from now?
Vice revealed, “Matandang bakla. Gusto ko pa rin makapagpasaya. Sa paanong pamamaraan? Pwede pa rin sa showbiz pa rin. Gusto ring mag-direct ng mga shows, mga comedy concerts. Baka gumawa ako ng script para sa ibang artist. Idi-discover rin ng mga batang artist na para ma-develop. Marami ring mahuhusay na komedyante. Pagkatapos ng liwanag ng ningning ko, i-share ko naman yon sa iba.”
MEET THE “DOUGIE KING.” Another phenomenal star on the rise is young handsome heartthrob Enrique Gil.
Known as the “Dougie King” for his signature dance moves to the song “Teach Me How to Dougie,” Enrique has quite a big fan base.
SIR host Janice de Belen had the chance to interview the young actor who plays Prince Jao in the teleserye Princess and I.
How is it growing up in the Gil household?
“Sobrang fun! Yung mom and dad ko kasi, steward and stewardess. Everytime na umuuwi sila from abroad, Tuwing umuuwi sila from abroad, may uwi silang costumes… Growing up, sobrang saya, parang Disney,” recalled Enrique.
The young star is very close to his family. He even considers himself a “mama’s boy. He speaks fondly of his dad who succumbed to leukemia in 2008.
"Si Papa…graduation naaalaala ko yun sa Montessori, every party, siya yung nagma-magician na clown. Every school, siya yung taga hatid sundo. Nagmo-movie kami. Si Mama naman, nasa office. Siya yung talagang nakaka-bonding namin."
Enrique recalled that he was the last person his dad spoke with. “Ako yung last person na nakapag-usap sa kanya…nag-pray ako ng sobra. I’ll be a good boy na, mga ganoon…worst thing noon, nasa school pa kami, may nag-text sa akin, kaklase ko yata, ang sabi 'Condolence.' [Ako naman nagtanong: 'Bakit?' Yung project ko sa computer, nasa family ko pa. Di pa tapos yung project ko, pinapasa na. Tinapos ko muna, tapos lumabas ako ng classroom, hinintay kong tumawag yung mom ko, tapos, yun na…"
What do you miss about your dad?
“Kumakain kami ng dinner sa bahay, he’ll make sure that lahat tumatawa. He likes to 'cook' happiness. 'Yan yung nami-miss ko minsan. It’s quiet. It’s not the same.”
The “Dougie King,” who belongs to Star Circle Batch 16, started commercial modeling at first. He then had several acting stints in the action-drama series Pieta, the sitcom George & Cecil, and became one of the hosts in the youth-oriented show Shoutout.
He fondly recalled that when he auditioned at ABS-CBN that he didn’t even have any idea who Mr.M [Mr Johnny Manahan] was at the time. “Hindi talaga. Kasama po namin sa elevator.”
Projects weren’t plentiful when he entered showbiz but the young actor persisted and patiently waited for good breaks to come his way. He philosophizes, “Kung binigyan ka ng trabaho, own it lang. Yung saying ko, ‘huwag kang maging artista, maging actor ka.'”
He became part of the cast of Good Vibes, Mula sa Puso and Budoy and the upcoming youth-oriented film tentatively titled The Reunion. The film stars Enchong Dee, Kian Cipriano and Xian Lim among others.
How does it feel that he is considered as the “hottest hunk”?
“Hindi po,” he answered with a sheepish smile.
Enrique is grateful to learn that his fans have allowed him to become a trending topic on the micrblogging site Twitter. “Na-realize ko lang lately na it is very important to trend…Grabe pala.”
On his love life, the young actor disclosed that he is “single now. I don’t know yet. If everything is in the right place and it feels right. Puwede na siguro.”
He would go for someone who "kahit di siya marunong magluto pero trying hard magluto para mapasaya ako, okay na yon…malambing and simple.”
As Prince Jao in the primetime teleserye Princess and I, Enrique is one of the leading men young star Kathryn Bernardo.
Janice asked him to describe the similarities between him and Prince Jao. The young hunk replied, “The heart is always the way. Kasi in the end, [you follow] kung anong masaya."
You talk about your heart being the way. Will you always follow your heart?
Enrique remarked, “Kung ano yung gusto mo, minsan hindi rin tama yung gusto mo. Sometimes, listen to your mom.”
If your dad were around, how would he feel?
“He’ll be proud,” was the young star’s answer.
Showbiz Inside Report, hosted by Janice de Belen, Carmina Villarroel, Joey Marquez and Ogie Diaz, airs every Saturday afternoon on ABS-CBN.