‘Kapamilya for life’: Vice Ganda signs exclusive contract with ABS-CBN
Vice Ganda reaffirmed his dedication to ABS-CBN as he signed an exclusive contract with the network, which was unveiled at the “Unkabogable Day” event on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The actor-comedian, who gained widespread fame after becoming a host of the noontime show “It’s Showtime” in 2009, expressed his gratitude to the network during the contract signing event. Vice Ganda’s contract signing was attended by ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, ABS-CBN’s Head of TV Production Laurenti Dyogi, and ABS-CBN’s chief operating officer for broadcast Cory Vidanes, among others.
“Ang sarap palang pagdaanan ng mga napagdaanan ko dito sa bahay ko. Masarap siya. Nakakatao. Nakakabuo. Nakakahina. Nakakalakas. Nakakatalino. Nakakaganda,” he said. “Sobrang daming nangyari sa aking paglalakbay sa industriya dito sa ABS-CBN. Ang swerte-swerte ko lang na 2023 na nandito pa rin ako at nakapostura at pumipirma ng kontrata.”
(It feels nice to go through what I have been through in my life. It’s very nice. It makes me feel human, whole, real, strong, smart, and beautiful. A lot of things had happened in my journey with ABS-CBN. I feel so lucky that I remained with the network in 2023, and I chose to sign my contract.)
Vice Ganda could not help but get emotional as he recalled some of his favorite memories with the network.
“Kung ano man ang pangit na nangyari sa akin before, gusto kong dedmahin kasi [I want to] live in the now… Ang hirap ng [14 years ko with ABS-CBN], sobrang hirap. Pero gusto ko ‘yun. Nagpapasalamat ako sa hirap na ‘yun. Ang laki ng iginanda ko sa hirap na ‘yun,” he said.
“Ang laki ng iginanda ng pamilya ko. Ang laki ng iginanda ng mga malalapit sa akin. Ang laki ng iginanda ng mga taong in-extend ko ng kagandahang ‘yun,” the “Partners in Crime” star added.
(Whatever ugly thing that happened to me before, I want to forget them because I want to live in the now. My 13 years with ABS-CBN were difficult, very difficult. But I enjoyed them. I’m very thankful that I went through those hardships. I feel more beautiful because of the hardships I’ve experienced. My family and loved ones became more beautiful. The people whom I wanted to feel beautiful, now feel beautiful.)
The “Praybeyt Benjamin” star then thanked the network for the doors it opened for his career in the entertainment industry, as he noted that it will be 14 years since “It’s Showtime” first went on air.
“Ang unkabogable ng mga naganap. Ang sarap-sarap lang na pinipili n’yo ako. Ang dami niyo namang pwedeng pagpilian… Sa dami ng mga sumusulpot, umuusbong, na mga bagong nakikilala, pero ako pa rin ‘yung gusto niyo. Yung pintong binuksan niyo, sobrang laki ng pinto na ‘yun dahil ‘yung pinto na ‘yun, nagbigay sa napakaraming tao na masilip ako. Nung binuksan niyo ‘yung pinto, hindi lang pinto ‘yung bumukas, pati puso ng mga tao. [Ipinasok] nila ako [sa kanilang mga puso].”
(The past events had been unkabogable. It’s so nice to think that you have chosen me again. You could have chosen somebody else since a lot of celebrities have emerged in the industry, but you still chose me. You have opened so many doors for me because it allowed many people to see who I am. You did not just open a lot of doors for me, but the hearts of people as well.)
The Unkabogable Star also took to his personal Instagram account to reshare some glimpses of the contract signing event, which included a closer look into his glamorous gown.
Vice Ganda previously starred in the 48th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Partners in Crime” with vlogger-actress Ivana Alawi, which was one of the festival’s highest-grossing films.
Apart from his work with “It’s Showtime”, the actor-comedian also starred in the films “Beauty and the Bestie,” “Praybeyt Benjamin,” and “Fantastica,” among many others.