While many know her as the long-time partner of Cong TV, one of the top local vloggers in the country, Viy Cortez has easily established herself in the world of vlogging.
As of December 16, 2021, she has an impressive 5.29 million subscribers on YouTube alone.
She was even listed as one of the top YouTube personalities in the country in 2020.
Like Cong TV, Viy's vlogs are funny and relatable. She is also a member of Team Payaman, the group of vloggers headed by Cong TV.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) gives you five things you need to know about Viy.
She owns multiple businesses and inspires others to follow her example.
Viy has used her savings and earnings from YouTube to start her businesses.
At 25, she now has her own clothing, beauty, cosmetics, and personal care company called Viy Line, and two milk-tea shops.
As she documented her journey toward entrepreneurship in her vlogs, she was able to inspire a lot of people to follow suit.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph via Zoom on September 16, 2020, she recounted, "Simula nung nag-business din talaga ako, maraming nag lakas-loob na kagaya ko na mag-negosyo din.
"Simula nung nagbi-business ako, isa sa achievement ko is yung ang dami nagme-message na, ‘Ate, 14 years old lang ako, nag-start na ako mag-business dahil sa iyo.’
"Dun ko mas na-feel na nakaka-impluwensiya ako ng magaganda sa mga nanonood sa akin."
Viy also shared how she makes sure to save from her earnings.
"Mas gusto kong nakikita yung pera kong umiikot kesa nasa bangko lang siya.
"Kung meron akong 100 pesos, yung 30 pesos itatabi ko yun. Yung 70 pesos, gagawin ko lahat para maging 140 pesos, ganun."
She bought her parents their own house.
At the age of 24, Viy was able to fulfill what most children dream of doing for their parents: to buy them their own house.
She gave her viewers a tour of their new humble abode on her YouTube channel last August 11, 2020.
Viy also told PEP.ph why she decided to buy her parents their own home. In the same interview, she said, "Nagrerenta lang naman kasi kami...
"Itu-tour ko sila sa luma naming bahay. Hindi ko pa siya kasi na-vlog kasi sabi ko bibili muna ako ng bahay para i-before and after."
She then described the home she grew up in.
"Kasi ang kusina namin, ang kainan namin walang bubong, tent lang, as in.
"'Tapos alam mo yung pag may nabalitang babagyo, ang tatay ko, aakyat iyan ng bubong, lalagyan na niya ng mga gulong para hindi lumipad.
"Ganun ko kagusto kaya ko inunang magkabahay yung magulang ko kaysa sa akin.
"Kasi gusto ko na habang nandito pa sila, mabigay ko yung magaan na buhay sa kanila."
Viy and Lincoln Velasquez (a.k.a. Cong TV) celebrated their 6th anniversary as a couple this year.
The love story of Viy and Cong TV was featured in GMA-7's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho in October 2020.
Asked how they met, Viy said that she was a fan of Cong TV, who at the time was already making a name as a YouTuber.
“Crush ko siya na may halong takot. Ini-chat ko siya kasi crush ko siya,” Viy shared.
Cong added, "Nagulat ako kasi sino itong magandang dilag na nag-chat sa akin. Sabi ko ang ganda nito. Pero nung nakita ko siya sa personal, mas maganda!
“Pagkakita ko sa kanya, 'I love you' kaagad. The rest is history after nun. As time goes by, na-realize ko na ito talaga yung taong para sa iyo,”
It was Cong who encouraged Viy to venture into vlogging so that they could spend more time together.
“Madalas kaming nagkakalayo, so umisip ako ng way para lagi na kaming magkasama," Cong explained.
In June of this year, the two went to Amanpulo to celebrate their 6th anniversary as a couple.
She has a collection of Louis Vuitton bags.
Viy has started collecting her own Louis Vuitton bags. The brand is considered as one of the top choices for luxury bags.
In her Instagram, she can be seen sporting the following LV bags: Onthego, Palm Springs, Petite Boite Chapeau monogram canvas, and Alma BB.
The prices of these bags range from USD 1,480 - USD 4,850 (PHP 71,000 - PHP 235,000).
She is currently pregnant.
On December 2, 2020, Viy revealed in a vlog titled "PLASWAN" that she and long-time partner Cong TV are expecting their first child.
The video documented her first visit to her obstetrician, where it was confirmed that she was six weeks along the way.
As Viy had a miscarriage about a year ago, this pregnancy is happy news for the couple.