Vice Ganda and Ion Perez are truly a match made in heaven, if heaven was a noontime show called “It’s Showtime!”
On the episode of podcast “Soundtrip with Jugs & Teddy” released today, September 29, Vice opened up about how his friendship with Ion Perez naturally blossomed into the inspiring romance we know now.
Vice recalled the first time he met Ion was on “It’s Showtime!” where Ion was seeking an escort job position. Prior to meeting Ion in person, Vice already handpicked Ion’s picture among other potential applicants. Despite the management initially opposing Vice’s choice due to Ion’s reserved personality, Vice insisted on keeping Ion around.
As to why Vice chose Ion, he reasoned: “Kasi ‘yung itsura niya parang pang-Titas of Manila. Gusto ko 'yung lalaki na iba ‘yung dating niya. Hindi Hashtags, hindi rin BidaMan, ‘yung ganun.”
Vice explained that his attraction to Ion wasn’t a love-at-first-sight kind of thing, but a feeling that grew stronger over time.
“Nago-grow din. Naku-cute-an din ako paunti-unti, pero ‘di ko talaga siya bet agad,” Vice said. “Ang pinaka na-in love talaga ako sa kanya, ang bait talaga. 'Yung buong circle ko, gusto si Ion. Hindi ko pa gusto si Ion talaga, gusto na siya noong buong circle ko,”
“Wala kaming spark. Pero nagagwapuhan ako sa kanya. Alam mo ‘yung nilalandi ko siya kasi siyempre malandi ako ‘di ba, pero hindi malalim. Hindi agad. Slow burn kumbaga, tapos ang ganda nung pumutok,” Vice added, before saying that initially he wasn’t dating Ion exclusively.
The pivotal moment of their relationship was when Ion confessed on a drunken night with Vice’s friends that he felt hurt by Vice’s ambiguity in showing affection towards him.
Upon his friends’ advice, Vice quickly realized the sincerity of Ion’s feelings, which was a far cry from his hurtful experiences with who he was dating at the time.
“Tapos nung na-hurt ako, sabi ko, ay ‘di ko to deserve. Ang deserve ko talaga, ‘yung mabait, ‘yung matino. Para naman akong tanga, para naman akong gago, dasal ako nang dasal sa Diyos, Lord, bigyan mo naman ako ng mamahalin, bigyan mo naman ako ng magmamahal sa ‘kin pero pinipili ko naman ‘yung di ako mahal. ‘Yung ‘di naman mabuti sa akin. Tapos eto, ‘yung mabuti nasa harapan ko tapos hindi ko naman pinapansin,” Vice said of his moment of epiphany.
From there, Vice focused his affections on Ion and strived to be a better partner for him. But the next hurdle in their relationship was going public with it, of which Vice’s management was opposed.
Vice shared his hurts on keeping the relationship a secret: “'Yan ‘yung nangyayari sa akin dati, ‘yung mahal ko ‘yung tao tapos nasasaktan ako kasi hindi niya ako kayang ipagmalaki.”
“Ayaw ko ‘yun na ginawa sa akin dati, tapos ginagawa ko ngayon sa ibang tao. Kung ano ‘yung deserve niya, ‘yun ang ibibigay ko sa kanya. Kaya dedma kahit ipatawag ako ng management, papagalitan na naman ako. Sasabihin ko na talaga jowa ko si Ion.”
The couple had a full circle moment when Vice decidedly introduced Ion as his partner on the 10th anniversary of “It’s Showtime!”
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