Many would feel lucky to be in the shoes of John "Sweet" Lapus even for just a day. The TV host-comedian is enjoying the peak of his career as one of the hosts of the GMA-7 Sunday afternoon talk show Showbiz Central, as a cast member in the primetime comedy series Adik Sa 'Yo, and he has an upcoming sitcom to boot. His recent "Sweet 16" anniversary concert was a riot!
But what's most special about Sweet is that he will forever stay 30 years young. Or so he jokingly claimed during his birthday party last Monday, July 6, at Taumbayan restaurant in Kamuning, Quezon City.
"Maraming-maraming salamat because you're here for my 30th birthday party!" Sweet happily announced to his friends. "I assure you, sa marami ko pang mga birthday, I will always be 30! Todo na po 'yan wala nang tawad, pasensiya na."
Among the guests were Pia Guanio and Rufa Mae Quinto, Sweet's co-hosts in Showbiz Central; comedians Eugene Domingo, Chokoleit, and Philip Lazaro; actress Angelika dela Cruz; actor-singer DJ Durano; directors Wenn Deramas and Eric Salud; and The Library owner Andrew de Real.
The Showbiz Central host who was born on July 7, 1973 told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that his only birthday wish is to enjoy good health despite getting on with age. "Tumatanda na ako. I'm not getting younger. Nagiging sakitin na ako. Ang dami ko na ngang iniinom na gamot."
Sweet was recently diagnosed with a mild case of Bell's palsy, a rare illness that can paralyze one side of a person's face. An early diagnosis, and treatment with steroids, proved fruiful as he was able to arrest the disease's development.
"Dati maliit yung isa kong mata. Pag umi-smile ako, tabingi. Two weeks lang ako ng steroids, pero mababang dosage lang. Kasi di naman major, hindi naman masyadong nadistort yung mukha ko," Sweet said thankfully.
The comedian-actor added that since the disease may have been caused by stress, he now ignores people who don't like him.
"Huwag na pansinin ang mga taong ayaw sa 'kin because it's a given fact that we cannot please everybody. Gusto ko mag-concentrate sa mas marami na naniniwala. Hindi pa nakaka-Bell's palsy yun!" he said with a laugh.
What can he say to his fans?
"Salamat sa suporta. After 16 years in the business it's a big deal for me. Kaya ako siguro tumagal dito is because of the people who support me. Sa mga naniniwala sa aking God-given talent. Maraming-maraming salamat!" Sweet said.
John "Sweet" Lapus may be celebrating his 36th birthday, not his 30th, but it's worth rejoicing because he is surrounded by people who love him. This may be Sweet's sweetest birthday ever.