No one will ever evict Ricky Reyes again.
Recalling that he would be awakened at night as a boybecause his family was being evicted again, "Mader Ricky" is nowprobably the country's wealthiest openly gay businessman, ruling over an empirethat stretches from beauty to tourism to philantrophy.
As part of I-Witness's documentary series on Philippineicons, the famed beauty tycoon opens up about his Cinderella childhood andintroduces reporter Howie Severino to the world of gay success.
What has he meant to the nation's gays? Is he a pioneer oran exception?
Mader Ricky opens a rose-colored window on the bittersweetlives of gays in the beauty business. Howie explores parlors in malls and smalltowns, weighs their contributions to the community, and appreciates theircultural and economic power.
Will gay beauticians one day also be powerful in politics?Ricky Reyes offers intriguing clues.
Watch tonight's episode entitled "Ricky Reyes: Ang mother ngganda." This I-Witness documentary airs tonight, March 26, on GMA-7right after Saksi.
Executive Producer: Ella Marie C. Evangelista
Director: JJ Villamarin
Cinematography: Egay Navarro