Vice Ganda: Boss Vic and I are okay

Vice Ganda (Marlo Cueto, NPPA Images)Vice Ganda would rather let bygones be bygones between him and Viva Entertainment big boss Vic del Rosario, with whom the comedian-host reportedly had a falling out after the “Eto Na! Vice Ganda Todong Sample” concert at Araneta Coliseum last July 1.

Refusing to get into details because “people will get hurt,” the Globe endorser admitted  he did get hurt, but that Boss Vic already took the first step in resolving the issue.

In fact, the Viva boss offered Vice a package of projects: a repeat of the Araneta concert, the movie “Private Benjamin” under Viva Entertainment and Star Cinema and a debut  album called “Lakas Tama.”

Vice adds that on top of that, the Viva boss manages his endorsements, one of which is  the renewal of his Globe contract in October. The renewal is a sign that Vice’s endorsement of the telecom company’s Super TXTALL 20 has generated a lot of sales.

Rotten practices

Still,  the “Showtime”  Unevictable Judge would rather march to the beat of his own  drummer when it comes to  what he calls are “rotten” showbiz practices.

“Kaya siguro ako tinatawag na maldita kasi ayaw kong makibahagi sa bulok na sistema,” he relates. 

Vice is referring to a typical performer’s working hours.  He finds the system of extending working hours beyond the prescribed time wrong  -- very wrong.

“Sa working hours, kunwari hanggang alas tres lang ang cut-off time. Magtatrabaho ako ng mahusay from call time to 3:00. Pag 3:30 na, nasan yung alas tres na napag-usapan?”

Vice thinks his right to his own time after the cut-off period is violated if he is made to continue working beyond what was first  agreed upon.

“Nasanay sila na kahit tapos na ang cut-off time, hindi pa tapos ang trabaho. Tapos pag umalis ako maldita ako. Hindi  nila nakikita na ninanakaw nila ang oras ko. We must respect each other’s time,” Vice laments.

He admits he is not that powerful to change the long-existing system. But he is doing something about it, starting with himself.

“Ayaw ko maging bahagi ng bulok na sistema.  Itutuwid ko yon,” he promises.


The attitude is very Vice Ganda.  Hit him for wearing  shabby attire in his  show where he’s supposed to be in the  comfort of his home, and  he doesn’t seem bothered.

“Wasak talaga ang damit ko sa bahay; gusto ko presko at hindi naman akong lumaki na maganda ang mga damit,” he explains.

But take him to the mall, he points out, and he will dress differently.

Vice Ganda knows some parents are afraid their children will imitate his ways.  He challenges these detractors:  “Kahit gaano kabulok ang lipunang iniikutan ng pamilya ninyo, kung malakas ang foundation na binigay nyo sa inyong anak, kayo pa rin ang maghahari sa utak ng inyong anak.”

Youngsters' favorite

Speaking of young people, Vice thinks it’s his energy that makes people under 20  watch him on TV and attend his shows.

“I’m a fun person. I’m bubbly. Gusto ng mga bagets yung mataas ang energy.”

And he also does his homework  by updating his Facebook and Twitter accounts for his young followers.

Surprisingly,  Vice Ganda never planned on  being a comedian. 

“I wanted to be a lawyer,”  he admits.  But fate stepped in and Vice has completely  forgotten his plans of  becoming a lawyer.

It is perhaps because of this twist of fate that Vice chooses to live a day at a time.

“I don’t have a dream project,” he admits.  But he has dream guests in “Showtime”: Noli `Kabayan’ de Castro and Joey de Leon.

Vice’s fans will miss him in the next few days since he is flying to the US for a series of shows with K Brosas and Jon Avila on August 31.


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