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Vice Ganda: Money and fame not everything

Stacy De Jesus

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What is your measurement of success?

MANILA, Philippines – That was the message of Vice Ganda’s speech on a noontime show, Tuesday, May 28.

The comedian took the “It’s Showtime” stage to apologize to ABS-CBN executives and explain why he was “AWOL” (absent without leave) for a couple of days.

Despite the success of his ‘record-breaking’ concert and his second Phenomenal Box Office Star Award from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (GMMSFI), the actor said he experienced depression.

“Nilamon ako ng depression. Iyak ako nang iyak.” he admitted. (I experienced depression. I kept crying and crying.)


He said he was unhappy in spite of the all the congratulations.


Pagtingin ko sa paligid, wala pala akong kasamang pamilya. Nasaan na nanay ko? ‘Yung lolo ko? Sa sobrang tutok ko sa trabaho … mayroon pala akong pamilyang napabayaan,” he said. (I looked around me and realized my family was not with me. Where was my mother? My grandfather? I was so focused on work that I forgot about my family.)


He said he woke up one morning and decided to travel to La Union to fetch his grandfather without informing his superiors. He said he just had to move quickly to get his family back.


Pagkakita ko sa lolo ko, sobrang payat na niya. Pinangakuan ko. Sabi ko after ng birthday production number ko sa ‘It’s Showtime’ susunduin ko siya. March 31 iyon. Anong date na? May 18 na nung na-realize ko na hindi ko pala natupad yung pinangako ko,” the actor said. (My grandfather was so thin when I saw him. I promised him I would fetch him on March 31, but it was May 18 when I realized I forgot about my promise.)


Tinanong ko lolo ko ano gusto niya gawin. Gusto niya raw mag-Boracay, so the same day bumili ako ticket.” he said. (I asked my grandfather what he wanted. He said he wanted to go to Boracay so I bought a ticket that same day.)


The television host apologized for leaving his job behind, but said he also did not want to leave his family behind.


He said his grandfather now lives with him.


“Kaya excited akong pumasok sa ‘It’s Showtime’ kasi feeling ko mas magaling ako ngayon, mas buo na ang puso ko, mas totoo na yung pagpapasaya ko,” he added. (That’s why I’m excited to go back to “It’s Showtime,” I feel I am better now. My heart is full. I’m more sincere when it comes to making people laugh.) 


Vice Ganda was also at the center of controversy today after being denounced by GMA network broadcast anchor Arnold Clavio for allegedly joking about rape and GMA executive Jessica Soho in his recent concert. –

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