Vice Ganda

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Vice Ganda
Birth name Jose Marie Borja Viceral
Born (1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 38)
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Medium Television, Film, Music
Nationality Filipino
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

Jose Marie Borja Viceral (born March 31, 1976), who uses the 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, three of which are considered the highest-grossing films in Philippine cinema.[1][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[edit]

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 took Political Science at Far Eastern University and became the only man in UAAP history to be the finals MVP in women's division way back in 2003,[6] and at age 19, began writing and performing stand-up comic routines in comedy bars in Ermita, Manila.


Stand-up comedy[edit]

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. "Bromance: My Brother's Romance Cameo 2013. He made another movie called "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy"


On June 15, 2011, Vice released his first studio album, Lakas Tama under Vicor Records. 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.


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 Network
1999 SOP
("Regine Velasquez Birthday Celebration 1999 Opening")
Himself (performer)
GMA Network
Judy Ann Drama Special Antonia
2000 Eat Bulaga!
(segment: "O! Diva")
Himself (contender)
GMA Network
2002 SOP
("Regine Velasquez Birthday Celebration 2002")
Himself (performer)
2007 Comedy Central Market Rica Reyes
Kokey Lyka Horse
Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik Joko
2008 Ligaw Na Bulaklak Tony
Dyosa Salaminsim
Pieta Tita Ganda
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya
(episode: "Bola")
Only You Bicky Tio
May Bukas Pa
2009–present It's Showtime Himself (judge/host)
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Mars
100 Days to Heaven August
Pilipinas Got Talent (Season 3) Himself (guest performer)
2011–present Gandang Gabi, Vice! Himself (host)
2012 The Buzz Himself/co-host (July 1, 2012)
Banana Split Extra Scoop Himself/guest appearance (December 8, 2012)
2013 Showtime Holy Week Special Willy Sacdalan
Pilipinas Got Talent (Season 4) Guest Judge
Juan Dela Cruz Santana


Year Title Role Production Reference
2007 Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat Res' Chinese employer Viva Films [20]
2008 Condo Mandy IndieSine [21][22]
Ikaw Pa Rin: Bongga Ka Boy! Host Viva Films [23]
2009 In My Life Hillary Star Cinema [24]
2010 Noy Jane CineMedia Films [25]
Hating Kapatid Beauty Viva Films [26][27]
Petrang Kabayo Peter Kasimsiman / Petra [28][29]
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Benjamin "Benjie" Santos VIII / Brandon’s girlfriend Star Cinema & Viva Films [29]
2012 This Guy's In Love With U Mare! Lester Reyes [30]
Sisterakas Bernardo "Totoy/Bernice" Laurel Sabroso [31][32]
2013 Bromance: My Brother's Romance Cameo Role Skylight Films and Star Cinema
Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Girlie/Peter/Mark Jill/Panying Jackstone Star Cinema & VIVA Films


Studio album[edit]

Year Title Label
2011 Lakas Tama Vicor Records
2013 Vice Ganda Star Records

Compilation album[edit]

Year Title Label
2010 Showtime: The Album[33][34] Star Records


Year Award Category Work Outcome Reference
2014 Northwest Samar, Samar State University Awards Best Talk Show Host (and show) GGV Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy Won
Central Luzon Media Awards Central Luzon's Choice for a Variety Show Host It's Showtime Won
2013 MMFF 2013 Awards Best Actor Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Netizen Twitter, Facebook trends Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Male Fashionista Dress Style Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Movie Of The Year This Guy's In Love With U Mare Nominated
ASAP Platinum Circle Awards Platinum Circle Awardee Vice Ganda (self-titled album, Star Records) Won
ASAP 24K Gold Awards 24K Gold Awardee Vice Ganda (self-titled album, Star Records) Won
Record Label Award Platinum Record Award Vice Ganda (self-titled album, Star Records) Won
27th PMPC Star Awards For Television Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi Vice Won
Celebrity Style Studio Awards People's Choice On Stage Stylista Male Dress Style Won
Record Label Award Gold Record Award Vice Ganda (self-titled album, Star Records) Won
Yahoo OMG! Awards 2013 Comedian of the Year Gandang Gabi Vice, Showtime Won
44th Box Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star Sisterakas Won
9th USTv Awards Best Variety Show Showtime Won
The EdukCircle MOPIP TV Awards Most Outstanding Personality in Philippine Television in the Field of COMEDY Showtime / Gandang Gabi Vice Won
2012 38th Metro Manila Film Festival 3rd Best Picture Sisterakas Won
38th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor Sisterakas Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Movie Of The Year Praybeyt Benjamin Won
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Show Gandang Gabi Vice Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Twit Twitter (@vicegandako) Nominated
26th PMPC Star Awards For Television Best Celebrity Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Gandang Gabi Vice Nominated
26th PMPC Star Awards For Television Best Reality Game Show Program Showtime Won
26th PMPC Star Awards For Television Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Male Host Gandang Gabi Vice Won
26th PMPC Star Awards For Television Best Reality Game Show Hosts (It's Showtime Barkadas) It's Showtime Won
43rd Box Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
Yahoo! OMG! Awards Comedian of the Year Gandang Gabi, Vice! / It's Showtime Won
Yahoo! OMG! Awards Movie Of The Year Praybeyt Benjamin Nominated
Tambayan OPM Awards Phenomenal Artist of the Year The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
Tambayan OPM Awards Novelty Song of the Year "Ayoko na Sa'yo" (Vice Ganda Lakas Tama Album) Won
Globe T@ttoo Awards Trending TV Gandang Gabi Vice Won
8th USTv Students Choice Awards Best Talk Variety Program Won
2011 ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Show Showtime Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Show Gandang Gabi Vice Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Male Fashionista Magazine Covers Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Twit Twitter (@vicegandako) Nominated
Globe T@ttoo Awards Most Likable Celebrity Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Funniest Comedian Gandang Gabi, Vice!/ Showtime Won
2010 ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Screen Kiss (with Luis Manzano) Petrang Kabayo Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Movie Love Team of the Year (with Luis Manzano) Petrang Kabayo Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Movie of The Year Petrang Kabayo Nominated
42nd Box-Office Entertainment Award Bert Marcelo Achievement Award for Excellence in Comedy Showtime/ Petrang Kabayo Won
StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards Most Stylish Comedian Dress Style Won


  1. ^ Neil Ramos (November 17, 2011). "'Praybeyt Benjamin' earns P327M". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Vice Ganda's 'Praybeyt Benjamin' now the 'Highest-Grossing Filipino Movie of All Time'". November 8, 2011. 
  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]
  5. ^ "Globe Prepaid Superlahat20". April 11, 2011. 
  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]
  18. ^ "Rape joke ni Vice Ganda tungkol kay Jessica Soho, binatikos" (in Tagalog). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Vice Ganda publicly apologizes to Jessica Soho". Yahoo! (Yahoo! OMG! Philippines). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat". July 10, 2011. 
  21. ^ "'Condo' Groundbreaks 2008 IndieSine Line-up". January 17, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Condo: 2008 movie". January 23, 2008. 
  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. ^ NESTOR CUARTERO (June 1, 2011). "'Two and a Half Sisters' and an indigenous cultural exhibit". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  31. ^ Vice-Kris Movie Vice Ganda Web. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  32. ^ Kris-Vice Team up for MMFF this 2012 ABS-CBN Entertainment News. Retrieved 06-17-2012
  33. ^ "Showtime the album, an early Christmas treat". Star Records. October 19, 2010. [dead link]
  34. ^ "Show Time The Album". October 19, 2010. 
  35. ^ Rañoa-Bismark, Maridol (6 July 2012). "Vice Ganda won as Comedian of the Year of Yahoo! OMG! Awards 2012". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  36. ^ Mary Grace Keiner (September 1, 2011). "Vice Ganda received an award at 2011 T@tto Awards". 
  37. ^ Jason Domantay (Jun 24, 2011). "OMG! Awards winners thank voters". Yahoo! OMG! Philippines. 
  38. ^ JEFFREY O. VALISNO (June 30, 2011). "Bisyo na ’to". Business World Weekender. 
  39. ^ Manila Santos (October 6, 2010). "Fashion reigns at the first ever StarStudio Celebrity Style Awards". ABS-CBN News. [dead link]

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