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Unkabogable Star Vice Gandas rise to stardom

Believe it or not, Vice Ganda has been in the local entertainment scene for more than a decade already. Not many of us arguably know, but he started his television journey in the late 90s by taking on supporting roles in teleseryes and doing guestings in ABS-CBN talk and variety programs. And in recent years, he went on to host his own show, with the much-awaited Everybody Sing as his latest gig.

Before he make all of us sing every weekend night beginning June 5 and 6, let’s take a look back on his phenomenal television journey to becoming an Unkabogable Star through this Kapamilya Spotlight feature!

Those who have followed his journey definitely know that getting to where he is at present didn’t simply happen overnight because he worked hard for it. From being a stand-up comedian performing in comedy bars, he went on to showcase his comedic talent through his small screen appearances. 

He had his debut in the drama anthology Judy Ann Drama Special in 1999, which was succeeded by his supporting stint in the teleserye adaptation of the 1997 film “Kokey.” On that same year, he amused us as Joko, the witty best friend of Toni Gonzaga’s Onay in Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik

In 2008, he became the cunning antagonist Salaminsim in the fantaserye Dyosa and appeared recurrently in the afternoon soap opera Pieta. 

2009 was apparently a busy and big year for Vice as he got cast in two episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya, namely “Taxi” and “Bola”, with the latter being the story of his own life. He also took part in the Filipino remake of the Korean series Only You, as well as in the inspirational drama May Bukas Pa, wherein he was given a guest role as the best friend of Bea Alonzo’s character. 

Most importantly, it was also on that year when It’s Showtime was born, in which he’s been a part of up to the present. He was initially a resident or unevictable hurado when it was still a talent show simply titled Showtime, but later on became one of its full-time hosts when it shifted to its current format.

Aside from his hosting and comedic talent, he was also able to showcase his dramatic prowess on the program via the annual It’s Showtime Holy Week Special that featured the inspiring stories of its segments’ contestants. 

Along with his regular hosting gig, the 45-year-old comedian-actor appeared in the drama anthology Your Song, 100 Days To Heaven, and I Dare You in 2011. Due to impressive hosting flair and comedic brilliance, he was bestowed his own talk show Gandang Gabi Vice on that same year, which had a successful run until it bid farewell in 2011. He also had the chance to be a guest host of the weekly entertainment news and talk show The Buzz from 2012 to 2014.

In 2013, the Unkabogable Star astounded everyone with his stunning performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” alongside Lea Salonga and Mitoy Yonting during the grand finals of The Voice of the Philippines Season 1.

His stint as guest jury in the inaugural season of Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2015 seemed to be a hint of the significant role he’s going to assume in the succeeding years. First was in the seasons 5 and 6 of Pilipinas Got Talent in 2016 and 2018, respectively, then in Pinoy Boyband Superstar that produced BoybandPH. In 2019, he was tapped to become one of the judges of Search for the Idol Philippines alongside Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, James Reid, and Moira Dela Torre.

Three years after working for the first time on television via the 2013 fantasy drama series Juan Dela Cruz, Vice got reunited with his “bestie” Coco Martin in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2016 as he made a controversial guest appearance on the show. It was followed by his guestings in Home Sweetie Home and in I Can See Your Voice.

Apart from having a prolific television journey, Vice’s movie career is truly successful, too! He starred in a slew of blockbuster hit films and is the first actor in the history of Philippine cinema to ever receive the Phenomenal Box-Office Star accolade for five consecutive years! 

Are you excited as us to see Vice Ganda in his newest TV gig? Show your love and support for the Unkabogable Star by not missing an episode of Everybody Sing beginning this weekend, June 5 and 6, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z Channel 11!