|Born||Rustom Cariño Padilla
September 4, 1967
|Other names||Rustom Padilla|
|Alma mater||Saint Louis University, Baguio City
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||actress, model, entertainer, comedian, director|
|Spouse(s)||Carmina Villaroel (m. 1994–2002) annulled|
|Parent(s)||Carlos Roy Padilla
and Eva Cariño
BB Gandanghari (English: Ms. Beautiful King, born Rustom Cariño Padilla on September 4, 1967) is a Filipino transgender actor, model, entertainer, comedian, and director. She is the older sibling of actor Robin Padilla and younger sibling of Royette and Rommel Padilla, all of whom are actors. Gandanghari, then known as Rustom Padilla enjoyed success in Philippine films from the early 1990s before taking a hiatus in 2001. She returned to prominence in 2006 when she joined the Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition where she came out after 44 days. In 2009, she revealed she is a transgender woman and changed her name to BB Gandanghari (sometimes spelled BeBe Gandanghari), saying that the person whom the people used to know is already dead.
In an interview, Gandanghari stated the name is derived from the Filipino words Bb. (abbreviation of Binibini, an honorific equivalent to "Miss") and Gandanghari, a portmanteau of the words ganda (beauty) and hari (king), adding that the "Bb." refers to her motto "'Be' all that you can 'be'".
Gandanghari entered show business as a matinee idol and later as an action star. He was also the presenter of Philippine franchise for Wheel of Fortune on ABC 5. After his hosting stint, Gandanghari left the Philippines and studied filmmaking in the United States.
Gandanghari appeared in the film adaptation of the comic book Zsazsa Zaturnnah (her first film role as a gay man) as the gay salon owner Ada (Adrian), the alter ego of Zsazsa Zaturnnah. He appeared in the television series La Vendetta on GMA 7 and the Happy Hearts, later appearing on the ABS-CBN teleserye, Eva Fonda.
Gandanghari was born to Casimiro Padilla, Sr. (aka Carlos Roy Padilla) and Lolita Eva Cariño. She has seven siblings: three brothers and four sisters. Before coming out as a trans woman, Gandanghari married Carmina Villaroel in 1994; Gandanghari filed for annulment after several months, which was granted in June 2002.
She became one of the 14 housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. On March 2, 2006, she came out of the closet on the show by telling fellow housemate Keanna Reeves that he was a gay man On day 45 of the competition, Gandanghari opted to voluntarily leave the house.
In January 2009, Gandanghari came out as a transgender woman. She plans to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Her brother, action star Robin Padilla, at first said that he fully accepted the decision, but later he has recanted his earlier statements and admitted that he is still shocked and not on good terms with her. Their mother, and all of Gandanghari's brothers still call her Rustom.
|Year||Title||Role(s)||Type of Role||Network|
|2015||2½ Daddies||Evangelio "Eva" Pastoran / Gelo Pastoran||Main role||TV5|
|2012-2013||Enchanted Garden||Queen Michiko / Helfora||Main role|
|2009||SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy||Frannie||Episode guest|
|2008-2009||Eva Fonda||Patricia "Patty" Rosal||Supporting role||ABS-CBN|
|2007||Super Inggo||Super Inday's alter ego||Guest appearance||ABS-CBN|
|2007-2008||La Vendetta||Alfie Camba||Extended role||GMA|
|Komiks: Fun Haus||Ring Master||Episode guest / Antagonist|
|Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition||Celebrity Housemate|
|2001||Wheel of Fortune||Himself||Contestant||ABC|
|1999-2001||Saan Ka Man Naroroon||Alex||Recurring role||ABS-CBN|
|1999-2000||Pintados||Dr. Virus||Extended role / Antagonist||GMA|
|1996||GMA Love Stories||Himself||Guest appearance|
|1994||Spotlight Drama Special||Episode guest|
|1993||GMA Telecine Specials|
|1992-1994||17 Bernard Club||Himself||Lead host||ABC|
|1995-1997||Valiente||Dr. Albert Rosales||Supporting role||GMA|
|1992-1995||Valiente||Dr. Albert Rosales||Supporting role||ABS-CBN|
|1986-1993||Lunch Date||Himself||Co-host (Monday)||GMA|
|1991||Davao, Ang Gintong Pag-Asa||RPN|
- Happy Hearts (2007)
- Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, ze Moveeh (2006)
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001)
- Ganito ako magmahal (1999)
- Bilib Ako Sa'yo (1999)
- Ako'y ibigin mo... Lalaking matapang (1999)
- May isang pamilya (1999)
- Ganito na akong Magmahal (1998)
- Walang katapusang init (1998)
- Abuso: Case #6433 (1997)
- Paano Kung Wala Ka Na (1997)
- Bilang Na Ang Araw Mo (1996)
- Maruja (1996)
- The Jessica Alfaro Story (1995)
- Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko (1995)
- Marami ka pang kakaining bigas (1994)
- Darna (1994)
- Mistah (1994)
- Brat Pack (1994)
- Kadenang Bulaklak (1994)
- Ikaw (1993)
- Gagay, Ang Prinsesa Ng Brownout (1993)
- Kapag Iginuhit ang Hatol ng Puso (1993)
- Hanggang Saan Hanggang Kailan (1993)
- Ngayon at Kailanman (film) (1992)
- Narito ang Puso Ko (1992)
- Magnong Rehas (1992)
- Onyong Majikero (1991)
- Hindi Magbabago (1990)
- AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ (1989)
- 1992 PMPC Star Awards for Television – Best New Male TV Personality
- 2007 Gawad Urian Best Actor award
- 2009 National Kidlat Awards Foundation, Host
- bio. Robinpadilla.net. Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- Salanga, Elyas Isabelo L. (2009-01-18). Rustom Padilla is now Bebe Gandanghari PEP.Ph
- Franco, Berni (2009-01-19). "Good-bye Rustom Padilla, Hello Bebe Gandanghari" (in Tagalog). ABS-CBN.com.
- Carmina, Zoren open to working with Rustom. Gmanews.tv (2007-01-31). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- "Rustom finds his way home". Asian Journal Online. October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
- Group backs Bebe Gandanghari’s reported sex change plan. Abs-cbnnews.com (2010-04-21). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- Showbiz Transformations 2: Of Looking Better and Gender Benders. Pep.ph (2008-06-16). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- Robin Padilla and his brothers still in "state of shock" over BB Gandanghari; still calls BB "Rustom". Pep.ph. Retrieved on 2012-08-17.