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8 Famous Filipino Celebrities Who Came Out This 2017.

Here Are The Pinoy Showbiz Personalities Who Have Come Out Of The Closet.

Whether it's in an interview, tweet, or FB post or on the cover of a national magazine, a celebrity coming out of the closet is always big news. While some celebrities tiptoe around the topic of their sexuality, there are others who’ve done away with the dark, stuffy closets and outed themselves as loud and proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some famous Showbiz names who came out of the closet.

1. Jon Santos

Comedian and impersonator Jon Santos are gay, and it is no secret. It’s a pretty obvious fact, as far as he is concerned. “Wala namang na-curious. Wala nang um-overthink pa niyan,” he said. But it may be surprising to know that the ever-so-flamboyant Santos grew up in a family of military men. “Sundalo ang tatay ko. ‘Yung nanay ko, anak ng heneral. Ang lolo ko ang kauna-unahang may titulong valedictorian na nabigyan ng espada [sa Philippine Military Academy] noong 1937,” he said. “So napakalaking challenge sa akin na huwag guluhin ang mundo nila.” Having a military background, however, proved to be a non-factor when it came to acceptance. Unconditional love trumped old, familiar ways and differences in values. “Walang effort! Mahal nila ako eh,” Santos said when asked how he “came out” to his family. “Pamilya ako ng mapagmahal na ama.”

2. Rosanna Roces

Rosanna Roces has come out as gay after 22 years in the showbiz industry. She came out on Tonight With Boy Abunda last night and revealed that she actually met her current partner and future spouse when she was 15 years old. Now that she and her lesbian partner are back together after nearly three decades, Rosanna reports feeling whole and happy. “Isn’t it obvious?” she asked Boy before revealing their plans of getting married. “All the wrongdoing I’ve done in my life, I feel like I’m correcting already, including my cigarette habit.”

3. Charice Pempengco / Jake Zyrus

On June 19, the singer officially changed his name on social media to Jake Zyrus – a move that drew both support and criticism. While many fans online cheered him on, his grandmother took to Facebook to say that she would never accept him with his new name.

4. Rustom Padilla / BB Gandanghari 

Gandanghari was born to Casimero Padilla, Sr. 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 an 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.

5. Monique Wilson

She is a theatre actress who became famous for starring in Miss Saigon. In 2012, Monique came out of the closet. She has continued her acting and music recording careers, splitting her time between Manila and London. Her films include Bad Boy 2, for which she received a nomination for the Best Newcomer in Film award at the Star Awards, Kapag Iginuhit Ang Hatol Ng Puso for which she won Best Supporting Actress Award in the Film Academy of the Philippines, Ikaw and SA Isang Sulok Ng Mga Pangarap. In 1998, she portrayed Maria Clara in José Rizal and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the Metro Manila Film Festival. For the 2001 film Laro sa Baga, she won the Best Supporting Actress at the URIAN.

6. Aiza Seguerra

On August 18, 2007, Seguerra came out publicly as a lesbian. However, in August 2014, he came out as a transgender man after previously identifying as female. Aiza broke into showbiz through GMA’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga.” The former star came out of the closet after a hiatus from showbiz.

7. Paolo Ballesteros

The “Eat Bulaga” star revealed that he was in a relationship with a guy. He has a daughter named Keira Claire. He also joined the cast of I Heart You, Pare which premiered on February 7, 2011, starring Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes. Paolo portrayed the role of Vodka, a drag queen. Vodka was the star performer of Club Love and Tonette’s (played by Regine Velasquez) biggest rival among the club's gay performers. The show ended its run on May 27, 2011. To this date, he is kept busy with his hosting job in Eat Bulaga! doing a segment for "Juan for All, All for Juan" along with the comic duo Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.

8. Mark Bautista

The Filipino singer Mark Bautista shared his realizations and insights into career, moving on, and facing problems after publicly admitting his gender orientation. Mark Bautista shares in a chapter on his book about having an intimate affair with a male friend which really shocked the people. shocking as it may seem his revelations are, some people are happy for him for bravely telling the truth about himself.

And in another report, Lolit Solis disclosed that the first two persons to know about his gender orientation are his friends Sarah Geronimo and Rachelle Anne Go.

We hope you had fun reading our article. Thank you.

Source: GMA


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