Singer-actor Ice Seguerra recalls her fears before launching her song “Pagdating ng Panahon.”
It’s almost been two decades since he talked about his sexual orientation but Ice Seguerra said he still recalls how one television interview changed everything. “Actually the first coming out, nung I thought I was a lesbian, I didn’t really come out come out na tipong, ‘Yes I am a lesbian!’ It’s actually the way the video editor edited my statements. Parang it came out as if I said yes I am lesbian. So I was actually very scared kasi papalabas pa lang yung ‘Pagdating ng Panahon’ nun. And that was in 2001 so sobrang different noon sa ngayon eh,” he shared during the Kwerdas concert presscon.
At the time, Ice said he feared her revelation would affect the sales of his latest single which ended up being a tremendous hit. “Sobrang laki ng pagbabago ngayon. Talagang iba yung kaba ko nun kasi pabalik pa lang ako and then here’s come that (issue) na si Aiza tomboy, ganyan, ganyan. I was very scared because in my head, no chance to fly yung song. But I was proved wrong and I was very happy I was proved wrong,” he explained.
Ice said the popularity of his song “Pagdating ng Panahon” is proof that Pinoys can be be open-minded about the LGBTQ community. “We all know what happened to the song. Talagang lumaki siya ng malaking malaki. Happy ako na it’s a step towards people not really caring about ano yung gender identity or sexual orientation ng tao, but they’re more focused on the music, on the talent and not really on what they see,” he said.