“Ang saya-saya!,” It’s Showtime host Anne Curtis led the noontime show’s hosts in greeting Vice Ganda and his partner Ion Perez on their fourth anniversary. The couple has been public about their relationship for some time now and even shared snippets from their November 2021 Las Vegas wedding ceremony in Vice’s Youtube channel.
Yesterday, on It’s Showtime, Vice and Ion were treated to video greetings from their loved ones. To which Vice reacted with gratitude. “Maraming salamat sa buong Showtime family ko! Naiyak kami ni Ion. Sa lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa amin. Sa mga supporters and lovers ng Vice-Ion, mga Little Ponies ko. Sa buong Madlang Pipol, thank you very much for supporting our love for each other.”
Vice was overwhelmed by the love, support, and approval they have been getting. Ion, in turn, expressed his gratitude as well, and even acknowledged the fans who were inside the studio during the live show.
“We are just so grateful, ‘no, Babe?,” Vice Ganda asked Ion. The typically shy partner smiled and agreed.
Vice went on to say, “Parang ino-normalize ko na na tinatawag ko si Ion na Babe on national TV. Hindi kami masyado nagtatawagan ng Babe pag may camera. Pero sabi ko, gusto kong i-normalize na naririnig ng mga taong nagtatawagan kami ng Babe. Kung normal as inyong nanonood ng dalawang taong nag-aaway. Dapat normal din sainyo nakakakita ng mga taong nagmamahalan. Anuman ang kasarian nila.”
Always a trailblazer, Vice Ganda has been known to contribute to destigmatizing the LGBT community in the entertainment industry and in general.