Vice Ganda wraps up work on ‘Juan dela Cruz’

Vice Ganda debuts as ‘tikbalang’

MANILA, Philippines — Host-comedian Vice Ganda has finished taping for ABS-CBN’s fantasy hit series “Juan dela Cruz” starring his good friend Coco Martin.

“Done taping JDC. Thanks so much to the cast and crew of Juan Dela Cruz for a fun experience. Hope to work with u guys again. More power!” Ganda shared in his official Twitter account on Wednesday.

In the soap, Ganda plays the tikbalang Santana, a creature that is supposed to be half-man, half horse.

“Saksihan ang mga pambubwisit ni Santana ang Reyna ng mga Tikbalang sa mga Diwata at sa Tagabantay. #ViceGandaInJDCDay2,” Ganda added.

On Monday, Ganda made his debut in the soap as Santana leads other tikbalangs against the fairies, who sealed them off to rot in a dense forest.

When a portal to the realm of fairies opened, Santana wastes no time to plot their revenge and kidnap Mira (Shaina Magdayao), the well-loved princess of their rivals.

Meanwhile, in the human world, Juan (Martin) starts working on unleashing the holy whip as a new weapon formed by the steel cross, or “bakal na krus.”

Vice Ganda is the latest star to make a guest appearance in the series, after Gretchen Barretto, Jhong HIlario, Bugoy Carino, Epi Quizon, Ella Cruz and Jane Oineza.

The top-rating series airs weeknights after “TV Patrol,” during ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida block.

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Vice Ganda wraps up work on ‘Juan dela Cruz’

Jessica Soho to Vice Ganda: Rape Is Not A Joke


GMA News anchor Jessica Soho has reacted to a joke made by comedian Vice Ganda about the popular media personality and an imagined rape scenario, which has drawn criticism from many sectors.

In his concert last May 17, Vice Ganda joked that if Soho were a bold star in a movie, the scene would have to involve a “gang rape.” The comedian made fun of Soho’s physique for a full two minutes before moving on to other celebrities.

In a statement sent to GMA News Online on Tuesday, Soho said: “Rape is not a joke and should never be material for a comedy concert.”

She added: “I thank all those who shared my hurt and expressed their support, but this should not be about me but about rape victims who suffer tremendously from this terrible crime. The horrors they go through are unspeakable and should never be taken lightly, especially by way of a cruel joke.”

Soho is the host of the evening news program State of the Nation on GMA News TV and of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA. The latter is the network’s top-rated program. She is also the Vice President for News Programs of GMA Network.

She has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Peabody Award, in her career as a broadcast journalist for more than two decades. Soho has also repeatedly ranked as among the most trusted news personalities in the country. – YA, GMA News

Jessica Soho to Vice Ganda: Rape Is Not A Joke