Boy Abunda

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Boy Abunda
Born Eugenio Romerica Abunda, Jr.
(1955-10-29) October 29, 1955 (age 58)
Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines
Years active 1976-present
Partner(s) Bong Quintana (partner since 1983)

Eugenio "Boy" Romerica Abunda, Jr. (born 29 October 1955) is a Filipino television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser.[1] He is dubbed as the "King of Talk" in local show business.[2]

Early life[edit]

Boy Abunda was born in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.[3] He attended Ateneo de Manila University[3] taking up Business Management. However, he failed to finish that course because of his father's death. He left Ateneo and worked in odd jobs to support himself.[4]

At the Metropolitan Theater, he worked as a stage actor and after that, as an assistant stage manager. Later, he became the assistant of the theater's administrator Conchita "Tita Conching" Sunico,[1] who taught him public relations. Within a couple of years, he started Backroom, Inc., a public relations firm.[3] He was working as a public relations consultant for GMA Network when a network executive named Bobby Barreiro, suggested him to try hosting a television show.

Abunda became a host of Show and Tell, a late night variety talk show with Gretchen Barretto, and Startalk, an entertainment talk show. He subsequently moved to GMA Network's competitor ABS-CBN in 1999, where he has hosted the following shows: The Buzz, Private Conversations, Homeboy, Kontrobersyal,[3] SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, a talk show interview.[5] He is also a newscaster for entertainment of the late-night news program Bandila.

He also produced an album entitled Melodic Conversations.[6]

He graduated from Philippine Women's University with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts [7] in 2009 and Master of Arts in Communication Arts in 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Abunda is openly gay and has been in a relationship with partner Bong Quintana for 30 years.[9] He is a supporter of gay rights[10] and gay marriage.[11]

On June 23, 2010, he became a part-time professor at Philippine Women's University teaching Radio and Television to Communication Arts students. He currently resides in Quezon City.

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014-present Aquino & Abunda Tonight Host ABS-CBN
2011–2014 Bandila Anchor ABS-CBN
2009–present The Bottomline with Boy Abunda Host ABS-CBN
2009 Ang Kwento naming Dalawa (Judy Ann-Ryan Love Story) Host / Narrator ABS-CBN
2009–2011 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Anchor ABS-CBN
2008 Inside the Cinema Host Cinema One
2008 Volta Ama ABS-CBN
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2005–2007 Homeboy Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2003–2006 Kontrobersyal Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2001–Present Private Conversations Host / Himself ANC
1999–Present Buzz ng Bayan Host / Himself ABS-CBN
1995–1999 Startalk Host / Himself GMA Network
1994–1995 Show & Tell Host / Himself GMA Network

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Films
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment & GMA Films
2008 Scaregiver Himself OctoArts
2004 Volta Ama Star Cinema

Awards[edit]

  • 3rd EdukCircle Awards - Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of Year (2013)
  • Winner, Best Showbiz Oriented Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Startalk (1995–1999)
    • The Buzz (1999–2008 and 2010) (tied with Paolo Bediones in 2005)
    • SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (2009)
    • Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Winner, Best Public Affairs Program Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Private Conversations (2004)
    • The Bottomline With Boy Abunda (2010-2011)
  • Winner, Best Magazine Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Kontrobersyal (2004)
  • Winner, Best Celebrity Talk Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Homeboy (2005–2007)
    • Boy and Kris (2008)
  • Winner, Best Talk Show Host - UPLB Gandingan Awards
    • Homeboy (2006)
    • Boy and Kris (2007–2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bonifacio, Tinna S. (August 2005). "Stardom is hard work: Boy Abunda success is "seizing the moment, not winning it"". JobsDB: Interactive Recruitment Network. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Sisante, Jam (31 May 2010). "Noynoy wants Boy Abunda in his government". GMA News Online. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Boy Abunda biography". Wow! Celebrities. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mirror, mirror . . .". INQ7.net. 13 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Getting to The Bottomline". The Philippine Star. February 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Procrastination awards, Manila Times
  7. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his first college degree.[dead link]
  8. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his second College degree.[dead link]
  9. ^ The Ballad of Boy and Bong
  10. ^ Comelec is ‘stupid,’ says Boy Abunda
  11. ^ Boy Abunda on being gay: "It's the closest you can get to being an angel."

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