The many reasons Vice Ganda became more active on his YouTube channel

by Nikko Tuazon
Apr 19, 2021
Vice Ganda
Vice Ganda celebrates his 45th birthday on March 31, 2021, with his latest milestone on his YouTube channel. "Nag-five million siya nung birthday ko so double celebration, di ba?"
PHOTO/S: @praybeytbenjamin on Instagram

One of the best gifts Vice Ganda received on his 45th birthday last March 31, 2021 was getting five million subscribers on his YouTube channel.

His eponymous YouTube channel has been around since 2014. He has been sharing parts of his life through his vlog, but it was only in March 2020 when Vice Ganda started uploading on his channel more frequently.

"I was just super happy the moment it became five million," Vice Ganda told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at Saridon's press launch last Monday, April 12, 2021.

The It's Showtime host continued, "Kahit iyong mga two million, three million, four million. Kapag may milestone siyang ganun, ang saya-saya.

"Pero it was a bigger celebration kasi lagi siyang nangyayari kapag may mahalagang date katulad nitong birthday ko.

"Nag-five million siya nung birthday ko so double celebration, di ba?"

VICA GANDA'S REASONS FOR BEING ACTIVE ON YOUTUBE

Vice Ganda said he started uploading more content on his YouTube channel as a way to reach out to his audience, especially after ABS-CBN lost its franchise.

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The TV host/comedian was able to go back on free TV via A2Z Channel, after the Kapamilya network signed a blocktiming partnership with Zoe Broadcasting in October 2020.

Vice Ganda said, "Ang saya kasi nga siyempre sa TV, dahil wala na kaming free TV, hindi namin malaman... Walang ratings, di ba?

"Wala nang nag-a-apply na ratings ngayon sa TV, hindi katulad dati, alam mo kung maraming nakakanood sa iyo kasi alam mong may ratings na every now and then, pinepresent sa inyo.

"So since wala ng ganun, hindi ko na alam kung gaano karaming tao ang interesado pa sa akin. Kung gaano ko pa kalawak nase-serve iyong purpose ko.

"Kaso the moment ABS-CBN lost its franchise, so wala na kaming platform, wala na akong platform. And I was told by the management, by the ABS-CBN management, 'It is your obligation to reach out to your audience, whatever happens.'"

He continued, "So since walang TV, anong paraan? So walang paraan. The only way na patok nung panahon na iyon is iyong online shows, di ba?

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"So kailangan ko siyang pasukin so pinasok ko iyong YouTube. 'Tapos nung lumalaki iyong following, lumalaki iyong subscription, nakakatuwa kasi dun ko nari-realize na, 'Ay ang dami pa ring may interes sa akin.'"

Vice Ganda is grateful that he can also serve his purpose—which is to make people happy—through his YouTube channel.

He said, "'Tapos dun ko naise-serve iyong purpose ko na kailangan ko i-serve. This pandemic cannot stop me from serving my purpose.

"Kasi kung ganun lang naman, ano pang siste ng buhay kung wala kang sineserve na purpose. So ayon."

EXTRA INCOME

Vice Ganda noted that his YouTube channel is also a way for him to continue earning amid the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Recently, Vice Ganda and his co-stars in It's Showtime temporarily suspended the live show because of the recent spike of COVID-19 in NCR and nearby provinces.

Vice Ganda said, "Aside from that, I don't want to be a hypocrite, mas maraming subscription, mas kikita iyong channel ko.

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"Siyempre kahit may ipon naman ako, kailangan ko kumita kasi mauubos iyong ipon ko. Ayoko nang bumalik sa paghihirap. Hello, nanggaling na ako dun at nagbabad na ako dun nang bongga."

The Kapamilya host continued, "So ngayong nasa ganito akong posisyon, hindi ko puwedeng pabayaan kung anong meron ako. Kailangan ko pangalagaan iyong estado ng buhay ko, kailangan ko pa ring kumita, di ba? Lahat tayo.

"Some people are trying to survive, some people are surviving, and some people are thriving after they survive. So nandodoon tayo sa ganung stage."

Ultimately, Vice Ganda thanked his fans and YouTube subscribers for their continued support.

"Kaya maraming maraming salamat sa mga subscribers ko dahil hinahayaan niyo pa ring patawanin ko kayo, aliwin kayo sa mga ganitong panahon.

"At the same time, nagkakaroon din ako ng hanapbuhay, ng extrang hanapbuhay. Kaya give and take, di ba? Hindi lang puro give lang nang give, take lang nang take.

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"Kumbaga palitan tayo ng ano, magandang naibibigay sa isa't isa."

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Vice Ganda celebrates his 45th birthday on March 31, 2021, with his latest milestone on his YouTube channel. "Nag-five million siya nung birthday ko so double celebration, di ba?"
PHOTO/S: @praybeytbenjamin on Instagram
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