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    Vice Ganda is all set for his third major concert

    Box-office star and record-breaking concert artist Vice Ganda is all set to conquer the Big Dome once again on May 17 as he mounts his third major solo concert titled I-Vice Ganda Mo ‘Ko Sa Araneta.

    Compared to his previous shows, Vice said this would be his biggest in terms of his participation and preparation.

    “Deo Edrinal [ABS-CBN executive] told me that I have to professionalize everything with this show, at dapat magmukhang legit ang concert and hindi pang comedy bar dahil sa estado ko ngayon. So mas nahimay ang concept, script at mas areglado lahat,” the gay comedian elaborated at a press conference this week.

    “Sobrang involved din ako dito at lahat pinakialaman ko talaga. Lahat dapat may approval ko kaya kailangang magtagpo kami ng direktor at writer. Even the guests were all my choices and thankfully they all said yes.”

    Joining Vice in the comedy-cum-musical extravaganza are some of the biggest names in the industry namely Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, Paulo Avelino, Dawn Zulueta and Ai Ai delas Alas. The show will be directed by Bobet Vidanes and musical director Marvin Querido.

    An exceptional proof of his involvement was personally selling tickets to the show at the Araneta box office for an entire afternoon. “Pag-babalik ko iyon ng pabor sa mga bumili ng ticket, at naging magandang marketing gimmick na din dahil sigurado akong may mga dumaan na walang planong bumili pero bumili na din dahil libreng pa-picture na may TV coverage pa!”

    Vice’s supposed one-hour appearance, however, went on for four. “Mula 3:30 hanggang 7 p.m. ako nagbenta ng ticket kasi nahiya naman akong umalis sa mga nakapila kaya inubos ko talaga sila. Na-appreciate ko na kahit gaano kahirap ng pera, bumibili pa rin sila kaya dapat bigyan ko talaga sila ng magandang show.

    The outcome? Vice was able to sell P500,000 worth of tickets during his stint at the box office.

    Overwhelmed by the public’s support, Vice promised a different string of surprises and gimmicks including “non-stop mind-blowing production numbers” and the never-before-seen versions of Vice Ganda that will surely shock everyone.

    “I will also ‘vice-ify’ my inspirations in the show—sila Rhianna, Lady Gaga, etc. Hindi maramami ang kakantahin ko kasi hindi naman yon ang strength ko, pero siguradong mas maraming daldal at patawa.”

    The Manila Times then asked Vice if he believes he paved the way for other gay artists from comedy bars to make it big in showbiz

    “Hindi ko masabing I paved the way for gay comedy artists kasi nauna naman sa akin ang tulad nila Alan K. Pero siguro, masasabi ko na I paved the way para sa mga baklang bakla na girl na girl na gay artists. Yung nagbibihis babae talaga.”

    His advice to gay comedians who hope to follow in his footsteps? “Aminin nila kung sino sila at ipagmalaki nila ito. Minsan kasi sabi sa akin ni Direk Wenn [Deramas] ang kailangan niya bading na pa-min [a gay person who looks like a man]so sabi ko, hindi ako yon. Hinintay ko lang ang panahon ko. Kung babaguhin ko kasi yung sarili ko hindi na ako yon. So dapat ipaglaban nila na wag silang baguhin ng pamantayan dahil kung papayag sila, sa umpisa palang bawal na ang bading sa TV, eh ngayon, isang bading ang nikikta nila araw araw hanggang gabi.”

    Vice added even he is surprised by the public’s reception of his character.

    “Ako rin nabibigla pa din sa lahat ng nangyayari sa akin ngayon—mula Showtime, Gandang Gabi Vice, and yung mga box office movies. Lahat naman tayo pinagpapala pero tamang panahon lang ito siguro para sa akin kaya ngayon dumadagsa ang lahat.

    “Ang wish ko ngayon para sa sarili ko—at hindi na ako magpapaka-plastic—sana wag akong malaos agad kasi ine-enjoy ko pa po talaga ang lahat ng ito.”

    Tickets for Vice Ganda’s concert are available at Ticketnet outlets and theSmart Araneta Coliseum Box Office. Call 911-5555 or log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph for more information. For updates on the show check out www.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

    TMA

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