On Magandang Buhay this Tuesday, April 19, comedian Vice Ganda took the chance to express forgiveness towards the man who shot his father many years ago.
Sharing how his life was like growing up, Vice recalled, “Hindi naman nakakaluwag-luwag ang pamilya ko nung bata ako. Doon ako bumilib sa nanay at tatay ko kasi lumalaki kaming wala talaga silang ‘yung konkretong trabaho. Niraracket lang nila para hindi kami sumala sa araw.”
Being the youngest among 5 siblings, Vice also admitted that after his mother moved abroad and his father died, he did not grow close to his siblings as they were living independently although under the wing of their grandfather. Saying that he found it a struggle to live without parents, Vice said that he also did not talk much to his siblings in the fear that they will find out his gay. Both of his brothers are also openly-gays. He said that he only opened up about his sexuality when his father died and moved to college, “Pero noong high school, hindi pa masyado kasi subsob talaga ako sa pag-aaral no’n dati.”
Talking about more about his struggles in the past, The Gandang Gabi Vice host recalled the time he saw his father got shot.
“Palaspas ‘yun. Linggo ng Palaspas tapos magsisimba ‘yung buong pamilya ko kasi relihiyoso ang nanay ko. So noong magsisimba na ‘yung buong pamilya ko, nakabihis na sila. Ako, nasa loob pa ng bahay. Tapos ‘yung tatay ko, nasa labas, naka-istambay. Ayon, tapos may tumatakbo, nagkakagulo na naman. Sabi sa nanay ko, ‘si Mang Rey po, napaaway, napa-trouble.’ ‘Pag labas nila, binabaril na ‘yung tatay ko,” he said, adding that the suspect never got jailed although his whole barangay saw what happened.
He then took the chance to forgive the suspect on-air. “Dumating ako sa punto na ipinagpasa-Diyos ko na lang lahat. Binitawan ko siya. Alam mo nga, nalaman kong hindi na maganda ang kalusugan niya kasi doon pa rin siya nakatira sa amin. Sabi ko dun sa mga kaibigan ko, ‘Gusto ko siyang pumunta para sabihin sa kanya matagal na ho kitang pinatawad, ha. At kung ‘yun ho ang nagpapabigat sa kalooban niyo ngayon, kung nanonood siya ngayon, gusto kong malaman mo ang tagal tagal na kitang napatawad. Baka mabigat pa ang kalooban mo, lalong nagpapahina ng katawan mo ito ngayon, gusto kong malaman mo na wala ka ng iisipin sa amin, sa buong pamilya namin, sa nanay ko, sa mga kapatid ko. Napatawad ka na namin. Malayang malaya ka na sa galit mula sa pamilya namin,” he said, adding that he also taught his siblings to never keep hatred as it ruins one’s disposition in life. “Hindi ka magiging matagumpay, hindi ka magiging maligaya kung lagi ka na lang galit,” he said.
Later, Vice also talked about his surprise for his mother in the United States which also happened during Palm Sunday of this year. For the first time, he was joined by his siblings, Emma and Babot on the show.
Vice recalled the event as the happiest part of his life. According to him, his team called his mother to inform her of an interview for Vice’s birthday. Little did his mother know, Vice was already touring his siblings around Los Angeles and was preparing for her birthday surprise.
“’Yung pinost ko sa Facebook, sabi ko Palaspas ‘yun eh noong kulang kulang kami, nalagasan kami ng pamilya kasi namatay ‘yung tatay ko. Palaspas din gagawa ako ng paraan para mabuo kami. Palaspas ‘yun noong sinurprise ko ‘yung nanay ko…” he shared.