Vice Ganda cries over ailing grandfather
MANILA, Philippines -- Vice Ganda turned emotional on Saturday as he expressed concern over the health of his grandfather, who surprised him with a taped birthday greeting on "It's Showtime."
The comedian-host, who turned 37 last March 31, was moved to tears by the appearance of his Lolo Gonzalo in a video shown as part of his birthday celebration on the noontime variety program.
"Kasi 'yung lolo ko, 'yun po 'yung katuwang ng lola ko na nagpalaki sa akin," said Vice Ganda, who was raised in San Juan, La Union.
"Magmula nung namulat 'yung mata ko, natuto akong naglakad, unang-una kumanta, unang-una akong tumula, unang-una akong sumali sa contest, unang-una akong nagkaroon ng medal, nandiyan na 'yung lolo ko," he said.
Vice Ganda said his grandfather was recently hospitalized after he slipped and hit his head.
"Pagkatapos noon, kinausap niya kami, gusto na niyang bumalik sa probinsya (La Union). Eh ayokong pumayag," the comedian-host said.
"Kasi sabi ko nga sa lolo ko, ''Yung nga lang magkahiwalay tayo ng bahay, hindi kita nakakausap araw-araw, angbigat-bigat na sa loob ko, 'yun pa kayang alam kong malayong-malayo ka, na pag gusto kitang silipin, hindi kita masisilip?'" he said.
The "It's Showtime" host said he fears that his grandfather's wish to return home is a sign that he feels he may no longer live long.
"Kinakabahan ako kasi 'yung salitang 'Gusto ko na bumalik sa probinsya' 'yun na 'yung hudyat na magkakahiwalay kami," he said.
"Eh ako, sabi ko nga, huwag naman sana ipahintulot pero okay lang mawala lahat, wag lang lolo ko. Mawala na ang mayroon akong materyal, okay lang, kakayanin ko, huwag lang talaga ang pamilya ko," he added.
Vice Ganda said that for his birthday, he only wishes to spend more years with his grandfather and the rest of their family.
"Ang wish ko lang ngayong birthday ko, sana sa susunod na birthday ko kasama ko pa rin ang lolo ko," he said.