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Vice Ganda
File:Vice Ganda in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Vice Ganda in Toronto Ontario, 2014
Birth name Jose Marie Borja Viceral
Born (1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 39)[1]
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Medium Television, Film, Music
Nationality Filipino
Years active 1999–present
Genres Observational comedy, Satire (for comedy)
Pop, pop rock, OPM, dance (for music)
Subject(s) Popular culture, stereotypes, human sexuality
Influences Roderick Paulate, Dolphy, Allan K, Joey de Leon
Notable works and roles It's Showtime
Petrang Kabayo
Gandang Gabi, Vice!
The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin
Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

Jose Marie Borja Viceral (born March 31, 1976),[1] known by his stage name Vice Ganda, is a Filipino television presenter, endorser, actor, and recording artist. Viceral is a regular host/judge on ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show It's Showtime, and has starred in several films, four of which are considered the highest-grossing films in Philippine cinema.[2][3]

He is best known for his stand-up routines, in which he uses observational comedy, situational irony and sarcasm in pertaining to Filipino culture and human sexuality. He is also the first openly gay endorser for a major product in the Philippines (Globe Telecom).[4][5]

Early life

The youngest of five children, Viceral grew up in the neighbourhood along José Abád Santos Street in Manuguit, Tondo, Manila. His father, a barangay captain, was murdered when he was young, prompting his mother to leave the children for work abroad as a caregiver.

He studied Political Science at Far Eastern University and became the only man in the history of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines to be the Finals MVP in women's division in 2003,[6][dead link] and at age 19, he began writing and performing stand-up routines at comedy bars in Ermita, Manila.


Stand-up comedy

Vice started out as a singer, then as a stand-up comedian for Punchline and The Library, whose owner Andrew de Real gave him the stage name "Vice Ganda".[7] There he spent several years developing his material in the comedy clubs. Vice’s career began to build after appearances on television and reviews from tabloid columns. He works alongside fellow comedians Chokoleit, Pooh, John Lapus and Rey Kilay.


He appeared in several television series and sitcoms such as Dyosa, under the direction of Wenn V. Deramas. Vice also had another supporting role in the drama series Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik. In 2009, he became part of Showtime, a talent search programme where he eventually gained his present role as a regular presenter/judge. His life story of being bullied as a young, closeted homosexual has also been featured in the drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya.[8] Aside from Showtime, he is currently hosting his own Sunday talk show, the consistently top rated Gandang Gabi, Vice!.[9] Currently, he is under the management of ABS-CBN, and handling him is business unit head Deo Endrinal[10] after being managed for four years[11] by local entertainment columnist/host Ogie Diaz.[12]


Vice starred in minor roles until 2009, where he appeared alongside Vilma Santos and John Lloyd Cruz in the film In My Life. A year later he starred in a remake of the comedy film, Petrang Kabayo,[13] which was an instant hit at its release.[14] The following year, Vice starred in Praybeyt Benjamin with Derek Ramsay, directed by Wenn V. Deramas. The movie became the first local film to reach 300 million pesos in ticket sales, and proved to be an even greater box office success than Petrang Kabayo.[15] He is presently under contract with Viva Films.[16] In 2012, he starred in the Filipino comedy film This Guy's In Love With U Mare! under Star Cinema and Viva Films, alongside Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga, directed by Wenn V. Deramas. He had a cameo in the film Bromance: My Brother's Romance in 2013. He made another movie called Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. In 2014, Star Cinema released a movie called The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin an official entry for the MMFF 2014. He participated alongside actress Alex Gonzaga, and actors Richard Yap and James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap. The film was directed by Wenn V. Deramas.


On June 15, 2011, Vice released his first studio album, Lakas Tama under Vicor Music. It features mostly pop and novelty songs, including "Palong Palo", written by Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano.[17] He is also included in the compilation album of Showtime, released by Star Records. On April 30, 2013, Vice Ganda released his 2nd album, self-titled, and debut album under Star Records.

Public reception

Viceral's brand of humor has been viewed as polarizing. Much of his comedy style is sarcasm, making fun of current events, and picking on the physical appearance of other people. The latter has fueled much ire from the Filipino audience.

In May 2013, Viceral was widely criticised for making several jokes about gang rape during his I-Vice Ganda Mo Ko! comedy concert show. One of them was directed towards respected news anchor Jessica Soho, whom he mentioned in a joke regarding several personalities starring in a hypothetical adult movie. Philippine women's rights group GABRIELA condemned the joke as being distasteful in light of rape victims. GMA reporter Arnold Clavio, a colleague of Soho, defended the news anchor and expressed his disapproval of Vice's remark in one of the former's radio programs.[18] Although Viceral, initially defended his stance, saying that the brand of humor he uses is based on his roots doing stand-up in comedy bars and karaoke lounges, the comedian eventually issued an apology over the issue during an episode of It's Showtime!.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Network
1999 SOP Himself (performer) "Regine Velasquez Birthday Celebration 1999 Opening" GMA Network
1999 Judy Ann Drama Special Antonia ABS-CBN
2000 Eat Bulaga! Himself (contender) Segment: "O! Diva" GMA Network
2002 SOP Himself (performer) "Regine Velasquez Birthday Celebration 2002"
2005 M.R.S. (Most Requested Show) Himself (performer) ABS-CBN
2007 Comedy Central Market Rica Reyes GMA Network
2007 Kokey Lyka Horse ABS-CBN
2007 Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik Joko
2008 Boy & Kris Himself/guest
2008 Ligaw Na Bulaklak Tony
2008 Dyosa Salaminsim
2008 Pieta Tita Ganda
2008/2009 Wowowee Himself (studio contestant/guest co-host)
2008/2014 The Singing Bee Himself (studio contestant)
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Himself Episode: "Bola"
2009 Only You Bicky Tio
2009 May Bukas Pa Maxie
2009–present It's Showtime Himself (judge/host)
2010 Sharon Himself/guest
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Mars
2011 I Dare You (Season 1) Himself/challenger
2011 100 Days to Heaven August
2011 Pilipinas Got Talent (Season 3) Himself (guest performer)
2011–present Gandang Gabi, Vice! Himself (host)
2012/2014 The Buzz Himself/co-host
2012 Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4 Himself/guest
2012 Banana Split Extra Scoop Himself/guest appearance (December 8, 2012)
2013 Pilipinas Got Talent (Season 4) Guest Judge
2013 The Voice of the Philippines (Season 1) Himself (performer) Production number with Lea Salonga and Mitoy Yonting
2013 Juan Dela Cruz Santana
2014 Showtime Holy Week Special Ruben Quilantang Episode: "The Ruben Quilantang Story"
2014 Pinoy Big Brother: All In Himself/guest
2015 Showtime Holy Week Special Ricardo Marcial Episode: "Tinig ng Pangarap: The Ricardo Marcial Story"
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Himself/guest judge


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat Res' Chinese employer[20] First Movie Appearance
2008 Condo Mandy[21][22]
Ikaw Pa Rin: Bongga Ka Boy! Host[23]
2009 In My Life Hillary[24]
2010 Noy Jane[25]
Hating Kapatid Beauty[26][27]
Petrang Kabayo Peter Kasimsiman / Petra[28][29]
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII / Brandon’s girlfriend[29] Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2011[30]
2012 This Guy's In Love With U Mare! Lester Reyes[31]
Sisterakas Bernardo "Totoy/Bernice" Laurel Sabroso[32][33] Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2012[34]
2013 Bromance: My Brother's Romance Cameo Role
Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Girlie/Peter/Mark Jill/Panying Jackstone Highest Grossing Filipino Film of 2013[35]
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII Highest Grossing Filipino Film of All Time[36]


Studio album

Year Title Label Notes
2011 Lakas Tama Vicor Music
2013 Vice Ganda Star Records featuring the song *KaRaKaRaKa
2014 #Trending Star Records featuring the songs *#BoomPanes, #PushMoYanTe*

Compilation album

Year Title Label
2010 Showtime: The Album[37][38] Star Records

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Stars (with Vic Sotto)[39] Won
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[39] N/A Won
2014 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year[39] Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
2014 1st Paragala: The Central Luzon Media Awards Central Luzon's for a Variety Show Host It's Showtime Won
2013 39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Nominated
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star (with Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas)[40] Sisterakas Won
2013 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Sisterakas Nominated
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star [41] The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
2012 2nd EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi Vice Won
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bola Nominated
2014 4th EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi Vice Won
Best Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi Vice Won
Most Influential Film Actor of the Year Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won


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  2. ^ Neil Ramos (November 17, 2011). "'Praybeyt Benjamin' earns P327M". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  3. ^ Ricardo F. Lo (November 16, 2011). "FUNFARE:Who's the real Box-Office star? Why Pacquiao entered politics". The Philippine Star. 
  4. ^ Crispina Martinez-Belen (September 7, 2011). "Celebrity World:'Thelma' star stirs heated brawl between actors Coco and Matteo". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
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  6. ^ Ricardo F. Lo (April 9, 2008). "FUNFARE:Vice Ganda teaches ‘tormentor’ a whammy lesson". The Philippine Star. 
  7. ^ Ricky Lo (May 9, 2010). "Vice Ganda: Feeling Beautiful". The Philippine Star. 
  8. ^ Rhea Manila P. Santos (February 20, 2009). "Laugh and cry with Vice Ganda’s life story on Maalaala Mo Kaya". ABS-CBN. [dead link]
  9. ^ Kaye Villagomez (September 3, 2011). "Vice Ganda explains anti-teleserye stance". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Ogie Diaz no longer Vice Ganda's manager". ABS-CBN News. November 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Rommel R. Llanes (November 22, 2011). "Ogie Diaz confirms Vice Ganda is no longer his talent; Deo Endrinal is Vice's new manager". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  12. ^ Maureen Marie Belmonte (October 3, 2011). "Vice and Ogie's 'love-hate' relationship continues". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  13. ^ Alex Valentin Brosas (January 15, 2010). "Vice Ganda to star in ‘Petrang Kabayo’ remake". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  14. ^ Jullie Y. Daza (November 1, 2010). "Who's Laughing at Vice Now?". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  15. ^ Boy Abunda (November 10, 2011). "Anne ayaw makipag-agawan ng korona kay Vice Ganda". Pilipino Star Ngayon. 
  16. ^ Alex V. Brosas (August 31, 2011). "Vice Ganda clears the air on rumored rift with Vic del Rosario and concert director GB Sampedro". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  17. ^ Punch Liwanag (July 1, 2011). "Audio Junkie:'Masa' music overload". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
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  20. ^ "Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat". July 10, 2011. 
  21. ^ "'Condo' Groundbreaks 2008 IndieSine Line-up". January 17, 2008. 
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  23. ^ "Ikaw Pa Rin: Bongga Ka Boy! Full Cast & Crew". May 14, 2008. 
  24. ^ Ricky F. Lo (July 23, 2009). "Straight from the 'horse's' mouth". The Philippine Star. 
  25. ^ "Coco Martin pushes his film "Noy" for Oscars entry". November 16, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Vice Ganda sacrifices for his siblings". Viva Entertainment. July 19, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Viva Films' Hating Kapatid is a rare casting coup". The Philippine Star. May 24, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Vice Ganda Stars Remake Petrang Kabayo". ABS-CBN News. January 15, 2010. 
  29. ^ a b "Vice Ganda's transformation from Petrang Kabayo to Praybet Benjamin". The Philippine Star. September 29, 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Top on Highest Grossing Filipino Film of Year 2011". August 9, 2014. 
  31. ^ NESTOR CUARTERO (June 1, 2011). "'Two and a Half Sisters' and an indigenous cultural exhibit". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  32. ^ Vice-Kris Movie Vice Ganda Web. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  33. ^ Kris-Vice Team up for MMFF this 2012 ABS-CBN Entertainment News. Retrieved 06-17-2012
  34. ^ "Sisterakas Highest MMFF and Highest Grossing Filipino Film of Year 2012". August 9, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Highest MMFF and Highest Grossing Filipino Film of Year 2013". April 27, 2014. 
  36. ^ {{cite web|url= Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Highest MMFF and Highest Grossing Filipino Film of All Time|date=April 27, 2015}}
  37. ^ "Showtime the album, an early Christmas treat". Star Records. October 19, 2010. [dead link]
  38. ^ "Show Time The Album". October 19, 2010. 
  39. ^ a b c "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.
  40. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  41. ^ "43rd Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2013-05-19.

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