Vice Ganda admits having a hard time returning to 'Showtime' after lockdown

Leah C. Salterio

Posted at Jul 24 2020 03:13 PM


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MANILA -- With everything that happened lately to the personal and professional life of TV host-comedian Vice Ganda, he initially got worried how he would deliver his jokes when he faced the cameras anew for “It’s Showtime,” after the lockdown.

“The things that happened in my life, ang laki ng effect sa akin as a performer,” disclosed Vice. “Nalungkot ako, na-depress ako, nag worry ako, natakot ako, na-stress ako. Ang laki ng effect sa work ko. Hindi ko mabigay ang full potential ko. Ang hirap magpatawa kung malungkot ka at marami kang iniisip o natatakot ka.”

The first few weeks when he returned to “It’s Showtime,” Vice felt the need to talk to the staff. “I felt so bad,” he said. “Ang feeling ko hindi maganda ang performance ko o binibigay ko sa ‘Showtime.’

“I acknowledged hindi ako masyadong masaya. Ang daming tumatakbo sa isip ko at nangyayari sa paligid. Ang daming issues. Na-stress ako talaga. When we started airing again, I asked for their help to reset. I told them, ‘Mag-focus tayo sa kung anong dahilan bakit tayo nandito. Isigaw natin. Iiyak natin, labas lahat ng galit natin sa pa. Pero magdasal tayo.’ We have to be aware about our purpose -- to make people happy.”

Thankfully, Vice was able to re-focus to his work. “Seriously, ayoko na kasing masyadong magtanong nang magtanong,” he honestly said. “Alam ko ang daming uncertainties at maraming bagay na hindi ko naman talaga masasagot. 'Pag nagtanong pa ako sa sarili ko at alam ko naman hindi ko masasagot, ma-stress lang ako, kasi pipilitin ko na namang sagutin.

“Ibibigay ko na lang sa Diyos at sasabihin ko, ‘Lord, sa ‘Iyo na ‘yan. Hindi ko na kaya.’ I acknowledge my weakness right now and the things I cannot do. I lift everything to the Lord. I don’t want to stress myself about the things I don’t know. Sa ngayon, ang kailangan ko lang gawin, pangalagaan itong buhay na pinapahiram sa akin at serve my purpose.”

When everything will normalize, Vice is aware they will all have to make many adjustments anew. His present schedule is hardly toxic unlike before. “My scheduled series of concerts abroad for this year, na cancel lahat,” he said. “Malaking oras ang naibalik sa akin. I’m not too busy now. I only do ‘Showtime.’ Hindi madugo ang schedule.”

At present, Vice is only too grateful for everyone and everything that make him happy. He cited his partner, Ion Perez, his family, “It’s Showtime” and the audience.

Right now, the thing that will make me happy the most is peace,” he stressed. “With everything happening around us, when we feel peace, that will not make us worry. That will make us really happy.”

Vice certainly didn’t bide any time when his late-night program, “Gandang Gabi Vice” or “GGV” was forcibly scrapped along with many other shows in the unceremonious closing of ABS-CBN.

As early as May, Vice started going online with “Gabing-Gabi Na, Vice,” a late-night show with a similar format to his “GGV.” After only two months, Vice will now even launch his own digital Vice Ganda Network (

Vice has already conquered TV, scored hit movies and even launched his own make-up line, Vice Cosmetics but come July 24, Friday, he gets to unveil the Vice Ganda Network, which will exclusively carry the digital program, “Gabing-Gabi Na, Vice,” update the public on the latest news about him, share beauty tips, and initiate hilarious fun games with celebrity guests.

He will be joined by sexy guests, wacky personalities and even the “hot” ones in his maiden offering. “We have something for everybody,” assured Vice, who is poised to bring laughter and happiness once again to his millions of followers.

Vice is undoubtedly one of the most widely followed celebrities in the country. His social media network proves his popularity and mass appeal. His Instagram alone has close to 10 million followers. He also has millions of followers in his YouTube Channel.

“This might be my brainchild, but I am not alone,” insisted Vice about his digital network. “Madaming taong nagtulong-tulong dito. That’s why it’s rather easy to run this. Imagine if you are alone doing something so big? That will not be possible.”

Since he became a businessman when he launched his cosmetics line, Vice is aware of the “bigger responsibility” of running a digital network. “It will be very challenging,” he admitted.

“I am just very lucky because magaling ang team ko. If not, magiging mahirap ito. I thank God because He introduced me to brilliant people to make up Team Vice and make everything achievable and possible.”

He was supposed to host a reality show, “Everybody Sing,” that was set to premiere last March on ABS-CBN. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pilot airing was delayed. Then, the inevitable happened, so the show will no longer be seen on TV.

“Hindi ako takot sa digital now, unlike on TV,” Vice asserted. “Even late-night sa TV, the show should be more sanitized. We cannot even say ‘utot’ or ‘tinga.’ Pinatawag pa kami to call our attention. In this digital network, we can engage in a naughty chat together.”

Although providing content is nothing new to him, Vice feels the pressure to provide good content to his audience in his own network and see if they will like it. He doesn’t hide his doubts, but he remains positive with his new endeavor.

“The big challenge is that we are in a pandemic right now,” Vice said. “It’s so hard to produce a content, shoot and work. Even if we are just at home, pero magkakahiwalay naman. We are not seeing each other physically.

“The mode of creation and production is very challenging for everyone. We have to follow and observe protocols. I had questions at first, but I consulted a number of people and after talking to them, I was convinced that we can pull this off.”

Aware that Vice Ganda Network is a pioneering project, Vice insisted the need to reach out to his audience was what prompted him to push through with this project.

“I have been so blessed that I have been given this opportunity to work with so many brilliant people,” he admitted. “There are so many people in ABS-CBN who gave their full support to me, like Sir Deo (Endrinal). They are so generous to share their wisdom and knowledge. I am very fortunate because the brilliant people in the industry are all around me. I know I will not go wrong.”

The focus of his Vice Ganda Network is “very basic.” He simply wants to make people happy and reach out to his audience. “We all need to be aware, not just me, but tayong lahat, kung paano tayo kinakain ng lungkot, takot at stress at kung ano ang nangyayari sa paligid,” he maintained. “Hindi na tama.”

He acknowledged and thanked all those who supported him in his latest endeavor – from his Viva Entertainment family to his online producers, writers, creative team and his bosses at ABS-CBN. Even before he ventured into this network, he asked for the blessing of the ABS-CBN management. 

He also thanked his advertisers and sponsors, who will become part of Vice Ganda Network. He is grateful that his product endorsements have expressed their support early on to his new endeavor.