It’s indeed every fan’s dream to not only see their idols up close and have photos taken with them, but to develop personal relationships with them as well. While this is seem impossible to a majority of us, there are fangirls and/or fanboys who are lucky enough to be able to attain this far-flung ambition, such as the multi-hyphenated artist Vice Ganda.
From being a mere avid fan of the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, he is now considered by her as one of her beloved children in the industry who she supports and protects at all cost as if they are biologically connected.
On her birthday celebration in Magandang Buhay recently, the It’s Showtime host was one of the special guests invited to surprise her and to pay tribute to her colorful and prolific personal and professional life. He reminisced how their unexpected friendship began from his simple act of asking for a picture of them together during the taping of one of her shows in the Kapamilya network a few years ago up to the present that they’re almost inseparable and treat each other as a family member.
WATCH: The start of Maricel & Vice Ganda’s friendship
He also recalled another encounter with her, in which he refused to be introduced to her due to the overwhelming feeling that shrouded him.
“Nakita ko siya isang beses dito sa ABS din tapos ipapakilala ako sa kanya. Sabi ko, ‘Ayoko, hindi ko kaya’”, Vice animatedly narrating what happened at that moment. “Nakatitig lang ako sa kanya hanggang sa umalis siya tinitingnan ko lang siya, tapos sabi ko ‘Diyos ko, si Maricel Soriano nakita ko na. Sabi ko talaga, ‘yon na ang rurok ng career ko no’ng nakita ko si Maricel Soriano.”
WATCH: “Nanay ko yan!”: Vice Ganda, proud na ‘anak’ ni Maricel
Their best friendship unmistakably grew deeper as Vice went on to share how his Nanay Maricel would willingly compromise in order to be present in his milestones and other important events in his life, such as his concerts and birthday celebrations. Besides, she’s also there whenever he cries or having a bad time and always checks on him, endearingly calling him “bata”.
May the other celebrities also find and experience an unconditional love like what Maricel and Vice Ganda have between them in this ever-exciting industry!