The Philippine showbiz industry mourns the death of one of GMA-7's comedians, Babajie, who succumbed to pneumonia earlier today, May 4, 2020.
The 35-year-old celebrity, Alfred Cornejo Jr. in real life, started in showbiz as a fan of Ara Mina.
Thanks to his friend Diego Llorico, Ara's co-star in Bubble Gang, Babajie landed a stint on the Kapuso gag show in the mid-2000s.
One of his last appearances was in an episode of GMA-7's magazine program, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, which featured his life story.
There Babajie talked about the hurtful words that were thrown at him throughout his life because of his appearance.
Babajie had a very pronounced chin.
He remembered some of those words:
"Ayan, o, may naglalakad na buwan. Ang mahiwagang kasoy, ang mahiwagang sandok, may mangga pa nga, e."
He admitted, "Nahu-hurt din, kasi tao lang naman tayo, nasasaktan din."
But his love life was colorful.
In the same Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho episode, which aired September 8, 2019, he talked about the guy who stole his heart.
"Maliit, pogi naman, at saka mabait naman siya," he described the guy.
Babajie also gushed over the guy's sweet gestures.
"Minsan pumupunta siya sa amin, may dalang pagkain. 'Tapos minsan nakikita ko siya sa kanila, nakatambay doon sa tindahan nila. Binibigyan niya ako ng biskwit, softdrinks. Kinikilig naman."
The guy made him feel loved and happy.
"Siyempre, masaya kasi may nagmahal sa iyo, e. Dami-dami taong dapat mahalin, e, di ba? Ikaw ang pinili."
But their relationship did not last long.
Babajie put it this way: "Busy lang kami sa ginagawa kasi nag-aaral siya. Ako nagtatrabaho ako.
"Sabi ko, 'Friend na lang tayo. Marami pa tayong ginagawa. Kasi ang love life, nandiyan lang din naman iyan."
BABAJIE'S VIRAL PHOTOS WITH A FOREIGNER
A week before Babajie's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho feature, his photos with a foreigner became a hot topic on Facebook and Twitter.
The foreigner was identified as Ciro, an Italian model.
Babajie recalled their first meeting.
"Sa may Eat Bulaga!, nag-guest si Diego, ipinakilala ako.
"Kasi sweet siya, e. Niyakap ako. Sabi niya, 'Hello, kamusta?'
"Sabi ko, ang guwapo naman nito, na-in love ako! Napakabait at saka walang arte sa katawan."
Babajie and Ciro were able to keep the connection with each other through Facebook.
And on the day they first met, they took photos, which went viral on social media.
In his solo interview with Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Ciro described Babajie as a "friendly person" and "down to earth."
Ciro used more adjectives when he and Babajie were both interviewed by the program.
Gazing at the Pinoy comedian, the Italian model said, "Ang cute niya. Ang sweet niya. Unique siya. Exotic ang beauty niya."
Babajie remarked, "Masayang-masaya kasi sa dami-dami, bakit ako pa? Nanalo na ang mangga!"
Asked for the real score between them, Babajie admitted, "Friends lang kami! Walang magawa, nagvideo-video lang."
Ciro said he was surprised when their simple videos and photos made the rounds on the Internet.
Babajie quipped about their friendship, "Pero malay mo? Umaasa! Parang gusto ko nga sa kanya ipainom lahat ng alak na iyan, e! Baka sakali, gumanda ako sa paningin niya."
Apart from his TV appearances, Babajie also made extra income from selling canned goods and clothes.
He said, "Nasa tao naman iyon kung mahirap ang buhay. Kumporme naman kasi iyon sa sipag mo."
Days before his death, on April 28, Babajie was confined at the San Lazaro Hospital, generally known as the poor man's hospital.
Rumors went around on April 29 that Babajie had already died, but his family corrected the reports.
On May 4, he succumbed to pneumonia.
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