Boy Abunda

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Boy Abunda
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Born
Eugenio Romerica Abunda Jr.

(1955-10-29) October 29, 1955 (age 63)
OccupationTelevision presenter, publicist, Talent Manager, Newscaster
Years active1976–present
Partner(s)Bong Quintana (1983–present)

Eugenio "Boy" Romerica Abunda Jr. (born October 29, 1955) is a Filipino television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Boy Abunda was born in Borongan.[2] He attended Ateneo de Manila University[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] 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,[2] SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, a talk show interview.[4] He is also a newscaster for entertainment of the late-night news program Bandila.

He also produced an album titled Melodic Conversations.[5]

He graduated from Philippine Women's University with a degrees of Bachelor of Arts in communication arts in 2009,[6] Master of Arts in communication arts in 2011,[7] and Doctor of Philosophy in social development in 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Abunda is openly gay and has been in a relationship with partner Elmer "Bong" Quintana since 1983.[9] Although a practicing Catholic[10] and Marian devotee,[11] Abunda is a supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, and has expressed disagreement over the church's stand on homosexuality.[10] He denounced the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting,[12] which has been recorded as the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history.

On June 23, 2010, Abunda became a part-time professor at Philippine Women's University teaching radio and television to communication arts students. He currently resides in Quezon City.

Health[edit]

In August 2014, Abunda was not seen on TV for weeks. On September 7, 2014, he revealed in an exclusive interview with The Buzz that he had suffered from a medical condition in which 300 milliliters of abscess was removed from his liver. He was discharged from the hospital on August 23.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2016 Born for You Himself as Tonight with Boy Abunda ABS-CBN
2015–present Tonight with Boy Abunda Host
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Guest Jury
2014–2015 Aquino & Abunda Tonight Host
2011–2014 Bandila Anchor
2009–present The Bottomline with Boy Abunda Host
2009 Ang Kwento naming Dalawa (Judy Ann-Ryan Love Story) Host / Narrator
2009–2011 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Anchor
2008–present Inside the Cinema Host Cinema One
2008 Volta Ama ABS-CBN
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Host / Himself
2005–2007 Homeboy Host / Himself
2005–present Pinoy Big Brother Talk Show Host / Himself
2004–2005 Morning Star Host / Himself
2004–2005 Star Circle Quest Judge
2003–2006 Kontrobersyal Host / Himself
2001–present Private Conversations Host / Himself ANC
1999–2015 The Buzz (formerly known as Buzz ng Bayan from 2013-2014) Host / Himself ABS-CBN
1995–1999 Startalk Host / Himself GMA Network
1994–1995 Show & Tell Host / Himself

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Films
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment & GMA Films
2010 Noy Himself/Cameo Star Cinema
2008 Scaregiver Himself OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions & APT Entertainment
2004 Volta Ama Star Cinema

Awards[edit]

  • Celebrity Inductee Winner, Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in 2010
  • 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, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 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. Archived from the original on January 20, 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Boy Abunda biography". Wow! Celebrities. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Mirror, mirror . ." INQ7.net. 13 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Getting to The Bottomline". The Philippine Star. February 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Procrastination awards Archived March 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., Manila Times
  6. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his first college degree. Archived April 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his second College degree. Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Boy Abunda graduates with a doctoral degree from PWU. Push.abs-cbn.com. July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. ^ The Ballad of Boy and Bong Archived June 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b "Boy Abunda on being gay: How can love be a sin?", ABS-CBN Corporation, 7 October 2014, retrieved 7 December 2016
  11. ^ "The Marian devotee in me", Philstar.com, 7 October 2014, retrieved 7 December 2016
  12. ^ Serato, Arniel (July 5, 2016), "What Boy Abunda's partner Bong Quintana said when Boy asked him if they want to get married", Philippine Entertainment Portal, retrieved December 8, 2016
  13. ^ BOY ABUNDA SUFFERED FROM LIVER PROBLEM, NOW RECOVERING

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