MANILA - "I am proud to say na mukha akong kabayo."
These were Vice Ganda's words in urging housemates of "Pinoy Big Brother" to embrace their own imperfections during his brief visit, as shown in the reality show's episode aired on Monday.
In the confession room, the "It's Showtime" co-host explained to Big Brother that he was moved after watching a recent episode where housemate Fifth Pagotan, a 22-year-old commercial model from Pasay, admitted that he is bisexual.
Vice Ganda, who is openly gay, said that among the nine housemates, he was most looking forward to meeting Fifth to express his support and to give words of encouragement.
But first, Vice Ganda was tasked by Big Brother to teach the housemates the steps to his dance hit "Boom Panes," which the comedian noted was fitting with the message he wished to impart to the remaining hopefuls.
The song, according to Vice Ganda, is about being comfortable in one's own skin despite imperfections. Its message, he added, is to remain true to oneself.
'Hindi ka matatakot'
In the living room, Vice Ganda opened up to the housemates about being teased for resembling a horse. He said that while he was hurt at first from the constant teasing, he has learned to embrace it and use the supposed imperfection to his advantage.
"Sinisigawan ako sa eskwelahan na 'kabayo,' 'horselita,' 'horselinda.' Naiiyak ako, kasi feeling ko maganda ako, eh. Maganda ako, pero bakit ang tingin nila sa akin kabayo ako? Tapos noong tinanggap ko na... Tinitigan ko 'yung sarili ko sa salamin, sabi ko, 'Eh, mukha naman pala kasi ako talagang kabayo,'" he said.
"Tapos noong na-realize ko na mukha akong kabayo, ginawa ko siyang material sa comedy bar. At from that simple material sa comedy bar, ni-launch ako sa pelikula bilang 'Petrang Kabayo,'" he added, referring to the 2010 blockbuster film by Wenn Deramas.
Vice Ganda has since starred in several box-office hits -- "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin," "Sisterakas," "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," among others -- and has been awarded time and again as a "Phenomenal Box-Office Star" for having consecutive films top yearly grosses in local cinema.
"Ito palang mukhang kabayong 'to, kung gagamitin ko, makakatulong sa akin. In-embrace ko, kinlaim ko, and I am so proud to say na mukha akong kabayo. Magiging lait lang naman ang isang bagay pag itinanggi mo 'to, at ginamit mo 'tong dahilan para masaktan ka.
"And when you learn to embrace yourself, accept yourself, and be proud of yourself, you won't have to worry. Hindi ka matatakot," he said.
In a preview of the Tuesday episode of "Pinoy Big Brother," Vice Ganda was seen asking housemate Vickie Rushton about her relationship with actor Jason Abalos, with whom the comedian has worked with in past projects.
"Pinoy Big Brother: All In" airs weeknights on Primetime Bida, and on Saturdays and Sundays as part of ABS-CBN's Yes! Weekend line-up. Afternoon updates are also aired via "Uber" on weekdays.