Filipinos are indeed currently mourning the demise of former President Benigno C. Aquino III, who was pronounced dead at 6:30 AM of June 24 at the age 61, due to renal disease secondary to diabetes as confirmed by his family.
We may have perceived him as someone who’s diligent, serious, and tough, especially during his regime, but there were also instances when he subtly exhibited his funny facet in some of the public events and television and radio programs that he graced.
Of course, who would forget his remarkable appearance in Gandang Gabi Vice in 2015, when comedian-host Vice Ganda had the rare opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with PNoy, as what he’s fondly called, right inside the Malacañang Palace? Let’s reminisce about it in this feature.
As the Unkabogable Star commenced their fun conversation by asking the “national question” regarding the brand of shampoo that he uses, the ex-president gamely answered by mentioning a popular brand. Vice quipped that it’s probably also the reason why his hair got cleared as well.
He excused himself to quickly answer his phone, with PNoy patiently waiting. Vice relayed that someone called to warn him to only ask appropriate questions, or else something unpleasant would happen to his family. PNoy laughingly denied that the person on the other line could be someone related to him, but Vice insisted that it was and mimicked the voice of Queen of Multimedia – and presidential sister – Kris Aquino.
Having spent his elementary up to his collegiate days in Ateneo de Manila University, it’s definitely apt to say that PNoy is a “True Blue Atenean.” In fact, he’s the first-ever president of the Republic of the Philippines from the said school. Thus, the host took the opportunity to quiz him about the stuff his Alma Mater is known for – from its Blue Eagle symbol up to the way Ateneo students speak.
PNoy also imparted the beautiful memories he had throughout his student life, from the first time he set his foot at the said school to how he was appointed to become the Biology Club president when he was in high school. Vice also showed a throwback photo of PNoy taken from his high school yearbook, which the host compared to superstar Justin Bieber.
As Vice told him that he’s the most handsome president the country has ever had, PNoy timidly thanked him, but the comedian quipped that it was because he’s still the one in the office.
The GGV host then asked PNoy to describe the people who would be flashed on the screen in just one word, which included some of his cabinet members and the personalities close to him. Among them were then-3rd District Representative Leni Robredo, late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, his then-Vice President Jejomar Binay, celebrity stylist Liz Uy, his ex-girlfriend television host Grace Lee, and his youngest sister Kris Aquino.
Since that interview happened a year before his term ended in 2016, Vice quizzed him regarding his plans once he’s not the president anymore. According to PNoy, he would love to take his well-deserved vacation in the tourist spots he used to only quickly visit before, such as Boracay. He also longed to eat in the food hubs and restaurants situated near their ancestral home in Quezon City, which he hadn’t done for a long time because of his status and hectic schedules.
Meanwhile, when asked if it really didn’t cross his mind to also enter show business like Kris, he jested that it might be already too late for him and also implied that he’s not keen on playing “lolo” roles.
Aside from giving us a tinge of his sense of humor, PNoy also willingly gave us a short ‘sample’ by singing the classic Freddie Aguilar hit “Estudyante Blues,” to which, according to him, he could really relate so much at that time.
Vice praised his singing voice and asked why he didn’t try recording. PNoy disclosed that Filipino-American artist Apl.de.Ap actually offered to produce him music but he declined, saying that doing so could ruin his career.
The fun and insightful conversation concluded with the Unkabogable Star expressing his gratitude and utmost respect to PNoy.
“Gusto ko hong magpasalamat sa inyo. Ito po seryoso po ito. Magmula ho no’ng nagkaroon ako ng muwang dito sa mundo at naimulat ang mata ko, masasabi kong kayo po ang pinakamatinong presidente ng bansa ko na naranasan ko, matapos ang nanay n’yo. Magmula po nong bumoto ako, kayo lang po yata ang binoto ko sa presidente na hindi ko pinagsisihan,” he stated.
He continued, “Bilang isang normal na tao, meron kayong mga kahinaan, may mga sablay kayo minsan, pero masasabi ko po, nagpapasalamat pa rin ako at kayo ang pangulo ng bansang ito sa ngayon dahil nakakatulog ako sa gabi at sigurado ako na hindi ako nanakawan ng pangulo ko. Maraming, maraming salamat po.”
Thank you for everything that you’ve done for the country, President Noynoy Aquino! Rest in peace.