“Vice Ganda is a brand, it’s an image. But Tutoy is the person.”
This is what the celebrated comedian said as he reminisced about the simpler times of his life during his birthday episode on “Gandang Gabi Vice.” On Sunday, April 1, the ‘unkabogable‘ star was surprised by some special guests to celebrate his 42nd birthday. This time, it wasn’t any of his contemporaries in showbiz, but his old friends that he met during his early days in Tambunting.
With Vice’s reaction, it’s safe to say that he has never received a more precious birthday gift than the presence of his childhood peers.
It started when guest host Karla Estrada presented a basketball and made Vice guess who his surprise guests could possibly be.
Just when Vice Ganda thought that a former lover would show up (he was once linked to a basketball player in the past), three of his old friends suddenly entered the stage. All the same, the comedian was taken by surprise.
The guests introduced themselves as Vice’s former basketball teammates. Fun fact: the four used to be called “Rumboys” in their area, since the comedian and his friends would always drink cheap rum cola in front of the former’s home.
With all the old friends and acquaintances in front of him, Vice couldn’t help but become sentimental.
“Ang saya lang kasi ang dami kong naging karanasan dun sa lugar namin. At lahat ng ‘yon, naging bahagi yun ng maraming maraming masasayang kwentong na-ikwento ko sa inyo dito sa showbiz… na kung sa iba, nakakatawa, sa amin, yun ang reyalidad.”
This is where the man in black, later identified as Melvin, presented his very thoughtful gift to Vice: a framed photo taken from their childhood days.
On the verge of tears, the comedian could only say good things about the simpler times he had in his hometown.
“Sa mga pagkakataon talaga na sobrang nabuburyong na ‘ko, na sobrang bwisit na ‘ko, binabalikan ko lang talaga ‘tong mga panahon na ito, Kasi misan ‘di ba, ‘pag masyado kang maraming blessings, tatanunging mo na, ‘Ang dami mong blessings pero para saan ba ito?’, ‘di ba? Parang, ang dami kong blessings pero bakit parang hindi ako masaya. Pero ‘pag bumabalik ako sa lugar na yun, nare-realize ko ang sarap bumalik dun sa lugar kung saan ka nag-hirap dati, kasi dun sa paghihirap na yun nakatagpo ako ng matitinong tao, matitinong kaibigan. At yung Tambunting kung saan ako lumaki, ipinagmamalaki ko yun.”
Watch Vice’s tear-jerking speech here.
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