10 Reasons Why Vice Ganda Deserves the FAMAS Dolphy Award

  • The FAMAS Awards has recently announced their list of nominees.
  • This became a hot topic online as a columnist questioned the decision of the jury of choosing Vice Ganda as one of the nominees, claiming other actors deserved it more than him.

The oldest award-giving body—Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (also known as FAMAS Awards) has recently announced their list of nominees for the upcoming ‘Gabi ng Parangal’ this coming June 10.

Their announcement of nominees was objected by an entertainment columnist and radio host named Gorly Rula through an article on PEP.ph.

The said columnist questioned the decision of the jury of choosing Vice Ganda for the Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award, saying, “Bakit hindi muna si Vic Sotto na mas marami nang na-achieve kesa kay Vice kahit consistent siyang box-office winner at most bankable star? Meron pa ngang Joey de Leon. Dahil ba sa ABS-CBN ang airing?”

The columnist’s disapproval of the jury’s decision caused the Unkabogable comedian to be emotional as he got offended by the remarks made against him.

This led to the comedian posting a series of tweets expressing his sentiments over the matter, stating, “Gorgy Rula di ko po kayo kilala at di ko po alam ang mga napatunayan niyo sa buhay kaya di ko din po alam kung bakit masyado kang apektado at di niyo po kayang irespeto ang FAMAS, ang mga tao sa likod nito at ang kanilang desisyon.”

Now, the question is: does Vice Ganda really deserves such honor?

Well, we counted down the 10 Reasons Why Vice Ganda Deserves the FAMAS Dolphy Award like no other.

10. Vice Ganda’s Unique Brand Of Humor.

For the past years, we Filipinos have been used to watching slapstick humor in movies and television. It is no wonder that Vice Ganda’s unique humor, mostly inspired by his work before as a stand-up comedian for Punchline and The Library, was quite refreshing to audiences and immediately clicked with a lot of people, making him a hit.

9. “May Nag-text!”

Around 2009. during Showtime’s early years, Vice Ganda popularized a trending joke that clicked with audiences, with him taking out his cellphone and announcing, “May Nag-text!”. This was a very popular joke everywhere during that time, particularly with teens and youngsters.

8. “Boom Panes!”, “Eh di Wow”, “Pabebe” and other slangs.

Aside from “May Nag-text!”, Vice Ganda also popularized the now famous slang, “Boom Panes!”. The slang became famous through his show, “Gandang Gabi Vice” and is now being used in everyday language.

In addition to this, he also popularized other funny slang that are now part of every Filipinos’ normal conversation, like “Eh, di Wow!”, “Pabebe”, “Agad-agad?” and “Di ba puwedeng…”

7. He even published a comedy book!

Who would have thought that Vice Ganda will also publish his own book one day? Vice launched his satire comedy book entitled “President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas” back in July 16, 2016.

In the book, he discussed how he would deal with problems of the Filipinos in case he was elected the next president of the Philippines in creative, mostly humorous ways. The book was published under ABS-CBN Publishing. And guess what, it was a best-seller!

6. Sold-out Solo Major Concerts.

Vice Ganda’s first comedy concert in the Smart Araneta Coliseum back in 2010, titled “May Nag-Text.. ‘Yung Totoo! Vice Ganda sa Araneta” was a solid hit.

And since then, he has been filling up the Araneta Coliseum with his series of comedy concerts, from “Eto Na: Vice Ganda, Todong Sample sa Araneta” (2011); “I-Vice Ganda Mo Ako sa Araneta” (2013); “Vice Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta.. Eh Di Wow!” (2015) and “Pusuan Mo Si Vice Ganda sa Araneta” (2015). Aside from these, he also had sold-out comedy concerts abroad. Plus, he even had 3 Certified Gold albums under his belt.

5. “It’s Showtime!”

Vice Ganda has been a regular host/judge on ABS-CBN’s long-running noontime variety show ‘It’s Showtime” since it started airing in 2009. Since then, he had already started multiple trending jokes and slang that became a part of our everyday lives, from “May Nag-text” to “Eh di Wow” and many more.

His humor is one of the biggest driving force why “It’s Showtime” is a favorite among viewers during it’s timeslot.

4. “Gandang Gabi, Vice!”

Originally intended for only thirteen episodes, his comedy talk show “Gandang Gabi, Vice!” became an instant hit among viewers back in 2012, and has now become one of the longest running comedy talk show in Philippine television, running for almost 6 years.

The show also got him the “Best Male Celebrity & Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Host” in the 2012 PMPC Star Awards for Television.

3. His Cultural Impact on Society.

In a study by University of the Philippines Los Baños, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Lablynn Yvette F. Bautista, she reinforced the impact of Vice Ganda’s jokes among Filipinos, particularly the young generation. She concluded that “Vice Ganda jokes and expressions are considered new and popular by the most number of respondents.

The respondents strongly agree that Vice Ganda has a good sense of humor and that they are able to relate on the jokes and expressions of Vice Ganda” and that “50% of the respondents say that they gain more confidence when they imitate the jokes of Vice Ganda.”

2. His Box-Office Impact.

Vice Ganda can be considered as one of the many factors that helped revitalize the country’s movie industry because of his comedy films attracting millions of moviegoers every year.

His first starring role in a movie, “Petrang Kabayo” (2010) was an instant hit, grossing ₱115.4 million in it’s entire run. It was followed by a slew of box-office hits, like 2011’s “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” (₱331.6 million); 2012’s “This Guy’s in Love with U Mare!” (₱200 million); “Sisterakas” (₱393,439,711); 2013’s “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” (₱421 million); 2014’s “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” (₱455 million); 2015’s “Beauty and the Bestie” (₱529 million); 2016’s “The Super Parental Guardians” (₱598 million) and 2017’s “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad” (₱571 million).

All in all, that’s equivalent to more 3 billion peso earnings for the movie industry!

1. His Awards and Recognitions as a Comedian.

This is not the first time that Vice Ganda received recognition for his work as a comedian and as an artist. He has received multiple awards, from the Bert Marcelo Achievement Award for Excellence in Comedy (2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards); Best TV Comedian (2nd EdukCircle Awards); Movie Actor of the Year (30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies); Best Male TV Host (29th PMPC Star Awards for Television), 5 time Phenomenal Box-Office Star (GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards) and Pak na Pak na Comedian (3rd LionhearTV RAWR Awards).

Aren’t these enough reasons already to make Vice Ganda deserving of the FAMAS Dolphy Award?




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