This year, John “Sweet” Lapus will be celebrating his 20thanniversary in showbiz.
During his pictorial last Sunday, April 14, for his upcoming show titled Sweet In A Box, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) witnessed how the comedian transformed into a living Ken and later on donned gowns to become a living Barbie.
“Barbie doll lang ang peg ko ngayon,” he said with a smile.
Sweet explained the concept of his show by saying, “The title of my show is Sweet in a Box.
"In showbiz or even in real life, kinakahon tayo.
"Pag bakla kang artista, dapat komedyante ka. Hanggang diyan ka lang.
“Ang mga models kinakahon at sinasabi mababa ang IQ.
"Si Madam Auring kinakahon natin... we don’t take her seriously.
"Recently, totoo na pala ang sakit niya, pero walang naniniwala kasi kinakahon siya.
“Si Sweet, kinakahon at sinasabi magdo-’Don’t lie to me ’yan’ o ’magbu-buwis buhay na sayaw ’yan.’
“The title is Sweet In A Box but in actuality, si John Lapus is breaking out of his box and show a different side of him.”
He then recounted, “Noong 15th year ko, Sweetilicious ang title ng show ko. Then noong 16th year ko, Sweet 16… noong 18th year ko, debut ang theme.
"At ngayon naman, dapat title ’Sweet at Twenty,’ pero nakakatanda ang 20.
“After ng Must Be Love [the Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo movie], may mga fans akong bata ngayon kaya we opted for the title Sweet In A Box.”
The highlight of the pictorial was Sweet’s impersonation of Kris Aquino.
Wearing a black polo and wearing hair extensions to mimic Kris’s hair tied in a ponytail, Sweet imitated the Queen of All Media’s mannerisms as he tearfully said, "Hindi alam ng mga sisters ko... Sa June 15 sa Music Museum ang last time na mapapanood ako as Kris Anino and on that day, ia-announce ko ang desisyon ko na tumakbo bilang Vice President."
Sweet is, of course, impersonating Kris’s look and aura during her March 21 interview on TV Patrol, where she announced that she will be resigning from all her TV shows.
KRIS’S POLITICAL PLANS. Since Sweet is close to Kris, PEP took this opportunity to ask him if Kris is really planning to run for Vice President in the 2016 elections.
He said, “Iyan, hindi namin napag-usapan but I have to ask her.”
Would Sweet support that decision?
“Of all people, Kris is one of the most capable na tao to run for politics.
“Ever since, sinasabi niya politics is not her cup of tea... hindi niya talaga gusto but kung may clamor, if there’s a need, hindi mo rin naman masisisi.
"Hindi rin naman niya kasalanan na magkaroon ng need to do public service.
“Nasa dugo nila ‘yan, nasa pamilya nila ‘yan to serve other people."
Kris’s father is the slain former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino while her mother is former President Cory Aquino.
Her brother Noynoy Aquino is currently the Philippine President whose term will end on 2016.
Sweet continued, “Kahit nasa showbiz siya, tumutulong siya sa mga kaibigan niya, sa mga fans niya, sa mga kababayan natin na nangangailangan.
“Hindi pa siya politician niyan, ang dami na niyang nagawa.
“What more kapag siya ang naging Vice President, di ba?”
HOW IS BIMBY COPING? Kris was in the news recently when she filed a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband James Yap.
Based on Sweet’s observation, how is Bimby being affected by the rift between his parents?
“Bata pa naman si Bimby... I pray na hindi niya ito dalhin paglaki niya.
“Kasi yung ganyang edad, hopefully makakalimot ‘yan.”
Sweet pointed out, “Bimby is a very intelligent child and mataas ang IQ ng bata so alam niya kung ano ang tama at kung ano ang mali.
“Alam ko, magmu-move on pa siya.
“He can move on from this.”
Is Sweet afraid that Bimby will develop trauma because of this controversy?
“It will be a constant prayer na walang trauma at sana hindi umabot sa point na magkakaroon siya ng trauma sa nangyari sa buhay niya.
“Sana kung ano man ang mangyari, at the end of the day, it would benefit Bimby.
“Pagdating sa bata, medyo naapektuhan ako.
“I will use all my powers, capabilities and my beauty to make sure that Bimby will have a good future and that Bimby will not have a childhood trauma about this.”