Ken Chan, who plays a transgender woman onscreen, gets used to the question: “Bading ka ba?”

Ken Chan says portraying a transgender woman on television can help people become more accepting of the LGBT community. "Ang Destiny Rose, ito yung magiging instrument para mabuksan ang isip ng iilang Pilipino.”



Ken Chan does not mind if people question his sexual preference.

Since he portrays a transgender woman in GMA-7's afternoon drama, Destiny Rose, Ken admits that he often receives the question, “Bading ka ba?”

“Lalo na ngayon, ang dami,” Ken told PEP.ph in an interview before the Kapuso Masskara Festival show in Bacolod last Sunday, October 11.

“Nakikita ko sa mga Twitter [posts], 'Bading ba talaga siya? Bading ba talaga siya?'

“And nagre-research sila talaga about sa akin. 'Yon iba, 'Ay, hindi pala siya bading. Nagka-girlfriend na pala siya.'”

Instead of being hurt, the 22-year-old actor is actually amused by this kind of reaction from viewers.

He reasoned out, “Kasi natatawa ako na parang sobrang interesado sila sa buhay namin personally dahil sa character namin.

“Natutuwa ako na parang talagang nagre-research sila about us, lalo na sa akin. Tinitingnan nila kung, 'Bading ba talaga siya?'

“'Tapos mayroong, 'Hindi pala kasi nagka-girlfriend siya blah, blah, blah.'

“Pero ang daming nagtatanong. 'Yong iba nga naniniwala na, 'Ay, hindi 'yan straight. Bading talaga 'yan.'

“Masaya dahil ibig sabihin effective ang ginagawa ko.”

Ken also pointed out, “Actually, hindi naman. Nakikita nila sa character ko bilang Joey na hindi siya bading, babae siya. Sobrang feminine niya.

“Nakakatuwa na naipakita ko sa kanila 'yong tamang timpla na ipinakita ko, hindi caricature gay but a woman.”


BEING DESTINY ROSE. Ken must be really doing a good job in bringing life to a transgender woman named Joey if many believe that he is one in real life.

PEP asked Ken, “How do you put yourself into Joey or Destiny Rose's character?”

He answered, “Pagpunta ko ng taping, kakapit kaagad ako sa character ko.

“Kahit offcam, hindi ako bumibitaw, kapit pa rin ako.

“Kapag sinabi na ng director na pack-up, doon lang ako bibitaw.

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“Kasi mahirap mag-on and off ng character kasi mawawala minsan. Kaya the whole day ng taping namin, in character talaga ako.

“Minsan nga jino-joke nila ako kay Fabio [Ide, his love interest], e.

“'Yon din kasi ang advice sa akin ng mga mentors at nagwo-workshop sa akin, huwag daw akong bibitaw kahit offcam.”

Even when there's already a lot of people?

Ken quickly replied, “Sabi naman po nila, kapag marami nang tao, bumitaw ka na.

“Bitaw, bitaw rin kahit papaano.”


PROUD OF DESTINY ROSE. Meanwhile, Ken disclosed that a lot of transgender people have thanked him personally, and through social media, for his portrayal the struggles of Joey in Destiny Rose.

“Sobrang dami, sobrang relate talaga sila, sobrang happy nila,” he said.

“May isa pa nga na nagsabi sa akin na, 'Ken, maraming salamat. GMA thank you so much for making our story more colorful, mas makulay at mas maintidihan ng mga tao.'"

He hopes this project will help pave the way for people to become more accepting of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

“Kasi, may ilan-ilan pa rin dito sa Pilipinas na hindi pa rin tanggap ang ganitong klase ng sitwasyon."

To end, Ken stressed, “Ang Destiny Rose, ito yung magiging instrument para mabuksan ang isip ng iilang Pilipino.”



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