National Youth Commission chairperson Aiza Seguerra commended fellow singer and self-confessed transman Charice Pempengco’s decision to change his name into Jake Zyrus.
Note that Aiza identified himself as a transman and not a lesbian in 2014.
In his Twitter post yesterday, June 20, Aiza said there’s nothing wrong with Jake wanting to assert his gender identity.
The 33-year-old singer wrote, “Kung ang pangalan ay isa lamang hadlang sa pagpapalaya ng totoo mong pagkatao, wala akong nakikitang masama sa pag palit nito. #congratsjake”
Aiza gave this statement amid some netizens’ negative reactions to Charice’s recent move to change his name into Jake Zyrus.
Although he has yet to obtain a court-ordered name change, Jake at least wants it recognized that he has chosen to go by a new name.
For his part, Jake did not take offense from people poking fun at his name change.
The 25-year-old singer even reposted the apology article of Esquire Magazine’s online counterpart, which carried the headline “We Were Wrong to Make Fun of Jake Zyrus, and We’re Sorry.”
Jake was also thrilled over his new name being listed as a trending topic on Twitter.
Nakakakilig pala talaga. I'm so happy. Thank you all. I love you. No, really, I LOVE YOU. pic.twitter.com/JfthZf2UIv— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 20, 2017
forever grateful. let's just love one another. i love you all. I really do. I reaaaaalllyyyy ddddoooo. ??????— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 20, 2017