Paolo Ballesteros Simply Deflects ‘Gay’ Tag

MANILA, Philippines-Closet gays in show business, listen up: Instead of denying to high heavens your sexual orientation, just laugh it off, ''admit'' that you are one and move on---the way Paolo Ballesteros does it.

Though the Eat Bulaga'' mainstay is not gay, some people suspect that he is, perhaps, due to his effective portrayal of homosexual roles in past projects. He goes drag anew in the upcoming movie ''D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers...Weh!?'' starring Wally Bayola and Jose Manolo with leading ladies Pokwang and Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Paolo is the gay gossip---a ''beking parlorista'' as a release puts it---who is fond of delivering famous lines from blockbuster films.

As expected, Paolo is once again being asked about his sexual orientation. As before, he takes everything in stride.

''Talo ang pikon. Kung sasakyan mo na lang---kung gagawin mong in a nakakatawa way---okay lang, wala namang mawawala sa akin,'' he said in an interview during the press conference for the film.

Paolo is a straight guy and even has a daughter named Keira. He is ''loveless'' these days, though, perhaps because ''ayaw nila [women] ng masyadong maganda.''

Considered a very ''beautiful'' man when in drag, Paolo did not let the press down when coaxed to mouth some of the famous line from movies that his character quoted in ''D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers...Weh?'' With no hang-ups at all, he rattled off one line after the other in character which had people in stitches.

[Related: See gallery The cast: “D’Kilabots Pogi Brothers … Weh!?”]

''D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers...Weh?'' tells the story of brothers Justine and Bruno Kilabot who both fall for the same woman played in the movie by comedienne Pokwang. When she eventually chooses Bruno over Justine, the latter becomes a woman hater even when the beautiful character played by Solenn Heussaff falls for him. Later, the brothers reconcile to protect a common interest.

Bankrolled by APT Entertainment and M-ZET TV Production, Inc., the movie opens on Nov. 28 with a premiere might set for Nov. 27, 7 p.m. at SM Megamall Cinema 9. Prior to its run, the cast and crew of ''D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers...Weh?'' will hold mall shows at SM San Lazaro on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.; and at SM Valenzuela on Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.

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