Vhong Navarro

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Vhong Navarro
Vhong Navarro.jpg
Born Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro
(1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 37)
Makati City, Philippines
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer, host
Years active 1990–present

Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro (born January 4, 1977), better known as Vhong Navarro, is a Filipino actor, dancer, singer and host at ABS-CBN. He is part of the dance group Streetboys in the Philippines.

Biography[edit]

As part of the dance group Streetboys, Navarro was discovered by director Chito S. Roño who continues to manage him. Among the products he has endorsed were Sprite, Pop-Cola, RRJ, Lucky Me, Selecta Ice Cream and Blu Tab.

He appears frequently on the Sunday variety show ASAP and in It's Showtime as a host.

Assault incident[edit]

On January 22, 2014, Navarro was attacked and severely beaten by a group of men inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, according to his manager, Chito Rono. Rono said Navarro was invited by a female friend named Deniece Cornejo to visit her in her condominium unit, where he was tied up and blindfolded by several men, threatened and then beaten up.[1] The perpetrator was identified as Cedric Lee, who was also accompanied by several other men during the time of the incident. Following this, it was stated that Navarro would temporarily not be appearing on It's Showtime and other television projects while he continues to recover.[2]

Navarro was accused of alleged attempted rape which he denied. In an interview with TV host Boy Abunda on Buzz ng Bayan, Navarro said he was apparently set up and the people who beat him up were asking for up to P2 million.[3][4] On January 29, 2014, one week after the incident, Cornejo filed a rape case against Navarro. But the National Bureau of Investigation said it was unlikely that there was an attempted rape on Cornejo, based on the CCTV footage.[5][6]

The controversial incident has raised concerns over rape culture and victim blaming, particularly surrounding the negative treatment of Cornejo, the supposed rape victim. Navarro's mauling has earned him sympathy from the public, whereas Cornejo has suffered the brunt of the public's ire.[7] The public quickly dismissed the fact that Navarro willingly cheated on his girlfriend, Tanya Winona, with the unsuspecting Cornejo.[8] Moreover, the public responded to Navarro's mauling by sending Cornejo death threats, and even more rape threats.[9] In an article posted on GMA News Online, Carljoe Javier expressed consternation with the treatment of the alleged rape of Cornejo:

"I understand that there are certain aspects of this case which raise possible opportunities for discussion. The most important point for discussion would be the way that we are now discussing rape. It’s disgusting how certain people have taken this as an opportunity to attempt to discredit rape victims as people who are just crying wolf. Many women are victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse and we must acknowledge this and attempt to prevent these terrible acts from happening. This is a truth regardless of the veracity of the claims of Deniece Cornejo."

When asked to explain her situation, Cornejo reported to the Inquirer and stated, "Victim blaming is a very common practice throughout the world especially for rape victims".[10]

On February 19, 2014, another rape case was filed against Navarro, by a woman named Roxanne Cabanero. Cabanero's lawyer, Virgilio Batalla, maintains that the alleged rape took place in 2010.[11] Netizens were quick to denounce the new case, and voiced their doubt regarding the genuineness of the claim on social media.[12]

On March 8, 2014, Navarro made a return to It's Showtime.[13]

On April 10, 2014, DOJ dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Navarro.[14] A week later, DOJ issued a warrant of arrest against Cornejo and Lee. On April 26, Lee and his accomplice were captured and arrested in Oras, Eastern Samar.[15] On May 5, Cornejo surrendered to Camp Crame.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Totoy Bibbo (2004)
  • Don Romantiko (2005)
  • Chickboy (2007)
  • Let's Dance (2008)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Novelty Hits (2008)

Songs/music videos[edit]

  • "Hari ng Dance Floor" (It's Showtime the Album)
  • "Mr. Papabol" (I Star 15 album)
  • "Ayos Na Ang Buto-Buto"
  • "Cha Cha Cha"
  • "Chickboy" (from the movie Agent X44)
  • "Don Romantiko" (from the movie D' Anothers)
  • "Huwag Kang Makulit" (from the TV series Kulilits)
  • "Magandang Umaga"
  • "Minahal Kita" (featuring Gloc-9)
  • "Pata-Pata-Pon" (featuring Streetboys)
  • "Pamela" (from the movie Otso-Otso, Pamela-Mela Wan)
  • "Supah Papalicious Man" (from the movie Supah Papahlicious)
  • "Totoy Bibbo"
  • "Da Vhong Song" ('from the movie Da Possessed)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Home Sweetie Home Jerome ABS-CBN
2011–2013 Toda Max Justin Bibbo
2011 100 Days to Heaven Elpidio "Pido" Abucay
2010 Kokey @ Ako Bruce Kho Reyes/Belat
Wowowee Host/himself
Magpasikat Host/himself
2009–present It's Showtime (formerly Showtime) Host/himself
2009 George and Cecil Guest appearance
May Bukas Pa Moy
2008 Pilipinas, Game KNB? Host/himself
I Love Betty La Fea Nicholas "Kulas" Moro
I am KC: Love to Dance Eman
2007 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Eskappar/Miguel Asis/Lastikman
2006–present ASAP Host/himself
2006 Love Spell:Pasko Na Santa Ko Donato
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Gary
Gudtaym Host/himself
2004 Yes Yes Show Host/himself
MTB Ang Saya Saya Host/himself
Pirated CD (Celebrity Disguise) Host/himself
2003 Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis Bok Tyson
Wazzup Wazzup Host/Himself Studio 23
2001 Whattamen Elton ABS-CBN
1999–2001 Pwedeng Pwede as Samson
1997 Spice Boys  ?????
1996–1999 Super Laff-In Host/himself
1992 Home Along Da Riles Hurculies

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Da Possessed Ramon
2014 Starting Over Again Cameo
2012 Shake Rattle and Roll 14:The Invasion Hank
2011 Bulong Conan
2010 RPG: Metanoia Cel/Sargo (voice)
2009 Kimmy Dora Waiter (cameo)
Astig Real Estate Buyer
2008 My Only U Bong
Supahpapalicious Adonis
2007 Agent X44 Reserve Agent King Agila / Agent X44
2005 D' Anothers Hesus Resurrection
2004 Otso-Otso Pamela One Amboy/Dao
Gagamboy Junie/Gagamboy
2003 Mr. Suave Rico Suave
Utang ng Ama Babaero
AsBoobs: Asal Bobo
Pinay Pie Butch
Keka Bhong
Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut Thor
2002 JOLOGS Kulas
Cass And Carry: Who Wants to be a Billionaire Carry
Got 2 Believe Rudolph
May Pag-ibig Pa Kaya? Lesther
2001 Banyo Queen (Navarro's first Viva film) Pating
Oops Teka Lang Diskarte Ko 'To Dencio
2000 Spirit Warriors Thor
Anghel Dela Guardia Raphael
Daddy O! Baby O! Benny
Tugatog Monset
1998 Labs Kita...Okey Ka Lang Jason
1996 Istokwa Macky
1994 Separada Streetboys

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vhong Navarro beaten up, threatened inside Fort condo". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Vice Ganda on Vhong's condition: Nakakapanginig". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ Suerte, Cecille (2013-11-13). "Vhong: I am not a rapist, I was set up | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Vhong Navarro denies rape charge | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  5. ^ Carcamo, Dennis (2013-11-13). "NBI: No attempt to rape Deniece | Nation, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ "CCTV footage appears to bolster Vhong’s version of events | News | GMA News Online". Gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Anne Curtis speaks up, backs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  8. ^ Jansen Tumabing (2014-02-09). "Tanya Winona Bautista and Vhong Navarro after the mauling incident". Amazingnews.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Deniece Cornejo in high spirits despite 'threats' - Calleja". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Deniece Cornejo denies being an escort | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Roxanne Cabanero Acosta: Woman Who Filed Rape Complaint Against Vhong Navarro". Theepochtimes.com. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  12. ^ "How the internet reacted to new rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  13. ^ "WATCH: Emotional Vhong Navarro gives speech on 'It's Showtime'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  14. ^ "DOJ junks Deniece's rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
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