Is this a new trend on TV? Joross Gamboa as transwoman; Lovi Poe as lesbian

by Nikko Tuazon
Jan 25, 2016
Joross Gamboa as Sashi on Maalaala Mo Kaya and Lovi Poe as Jack in Magpakailanman last Saturday, January 23.

Is it becoming a trend for stars to portray members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on television?

It will be recalled that Coco Martin recently disguised himself as a woman on FPJ's Ang Probinsyano while Ken Chan portrayed a transgender woman on Destiny Rose. 

(Read: Who's prettier: Coco Martin as Paloma or Ken Chan as Destiny Rose?) 

This time, viewers got to see touching performances from ABS-CBN actor Joross Gamboa and GMA-7 actress Lovi Poe as they portrayed members of the LGBT community last Saturday, January 23.

Joross was seen on ABS-CBN's drama anthology program Maalaala Mo Kaya while Lovi was featured in Magpakailanman.

MAGKARIBAL. For the "Magkaribal" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, Joross played a transwoman named Sashi who fell in love with Rex (played by Polo Ravales). Sashi eventually found out that Rex is still in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend Fats (played by Roxanne Guinoo).

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Both Sashi and Fats didn't want to end their relationship with Rex until circumstances led them to live under one roof. During this time, Fats gave birth to her second baby with Rex. As days passed, Sachi and Fats got to know more about each other. Eventually, Rex found a new girl and had an on-off relationship with his new mistress. In the end, both Sashi and Fats learned to let him go. Sashi and Fats ended up being close friends.

MMK ngayong sabado January 23 na 8pm! With @roxanneguinoo and @poloravales kakaiba itong episode na toh :)

A photo posted by Joross Gamboa&Katz Saga-Gamboa (@jorossandkatz) on

Here's a snippet of his performance from the episode:

Lovi Poe and Louise delos Reyes played a lesbian couple on GMA-7's anthology show Magpakailanman. Lovi was cast as Jack while Louise played her girlfriend Kat.

In the story, Jack was raped by her boss in a construction site after getting drunk. Jack got pregnant and Kat helped her during her pregnancy.

After Jack gave birth to her son, Kat continued to stay by her side to help her raise the baby.

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Towards the end of the story, Kat asked financial help from her mother. When Jack saw Kat begging for her mom's help, she decided to walk away so that Kat will be able to live her life without holding her back. Still, Kat followed her beloved and promised to stay with Jack.

Huwag palampasin Ang episode Ng Magpakailanman mamayang gabi!! 2 Ina 1 anak mamaya pong 7:30 pm. ?? #mpk2ina1anak

A photo posted by Lourdes Virginia M. Poe (@poevirginia) on

Here's a clip of Lovi's peformance on Magpakailanman:

Narito ang isa sa mga eksenang mapapanood ninyo ngayong Sabado sa Magpakailanman presents "Dalawang Babae, Isang Anak":Official hashtag: #MPK2Ina1Anak

Posted by Magpakailanman on Friday, January 22, 2016
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Joross Gamboa as Sashi on Maalaala Mo Kaya and Lovi Poe as Jack in Magpakailanman last Saturday, January 23.
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