|Years active 1990–present|
Name Vhong Navarro
Height 1.78 m
|Full Name Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro|
Born January 4, 1977 (age 44) (1977-01-04) Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer, host, comedian
Parent(s) Danilo Vila NavarroImelda Buan Hipolito
Spouse Bianca Lapus (m. 1998–2008)
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Mr. Suave | Vhong Navarro, Angelica Jones | Supercut
Jeepney TV Show Bits: Vhong Navarro and the Comedy King Dolphy
Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro (born January 4, 1977), better known as Vhong Navarro, is a Filipino comedian, actor, dancer, singer and TV host of ABS-CBN. He is part of the dance group Streetboys in the Philippines.
- Mr. Suave | Vhong Navarro, Angelica Jones | Supercut
- Jeepney TV Show Bits: Vhong Navarro and the Comedy King Dolphy
- Personal life
- Studio albums
- Compilation albums
- Songs/music videos
- Assault Incident
- Commercial Endorsements Of Vhong Navarro
As part of the dance group Streetboys, Navarro was discovered by director Chito S. Roño who continues to manage him. Among the products he has endorsed were Sprite, Pop-Cola, RRJ, Lucky Me, Selecta Ice Cream, Blu Tab, NeoZep and SalonPass.
He appears frequently on the Sunday musical show ASAP and as host in the daily noontime variety show It's Showtime.
Born Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro on January 4, 1977. He has two sons. His son Frederick Bruno is from a non-showbiz girl while Isiah's mother is former actress Bianca Lapus. He is now in a relationship with ABS-CBN writer, Tanya Winona Bautista.
On January 22, 2014, Navarro was attacked and severely beaten by a group of men inside a condominium unit in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, according to his manager, Chito Rono. Rono said Navarro invited a female friend named Deniece Cornejo to visit to his condominium unit, where he was tied up and blindfolded by several men, threatened and then beaten up. The perpetrator was identified as Cedric Lee, who was also accompanied by several other men during the time of the incident. Following this, it was stated that Navarro would temporarily not be appearing on It's Showtime and other television projects while he continues to recover.
Navarro was accused of alleged attempted rape which he accepted. In an interview with TV host Boy Abunda on Buzz ng Bayan, Navarro said he was apparently taking the clothes of the model and then suddenly there are many armed guy beaten him. On January 29, 2014, one week after the incident, Cornejo filed a rape case against Navarro. But the National Bureau of Investigation said it was unlikely that there was an attempted rape on Cornejo, based on the CCTV footage.
The controversial incident has raised concerns over rape culture and victim blaming, particularly surrounding the negative treatment of Cornejo, the supposed rape victim. Navarro's mauling has earned him sympathy from the public, whereas Cornejo has suffered the brunt of the public's ire. The public quickly dismissed the fact that Navarro willingly cheated on his girlfriend, Tanya Winona, with the unsuspecting Cornejo. Moreover, the public responded to Navarro's mauling by sending Cornejo death threats, and even more rape threats. In an article posted on GMA News Online, Carljoe Javier expressed consternation with the treatment of the alleged rape of Cornejo:
"I understand that there are certain aspects of this case which raise possible opportunities for discussion. The most important point for discussion would be the way that we are now discussing rape. It’s disgusting how certain people have taken this as an opportunity to attempt to discredit rape victims as people who are just crying wolf. Many women are victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse and we must acknowledge this and attempt to prevent these terrible acts from happening. This is a truth regardless of the veracity of the claims of Deniece Cornejo."
When asked to explain her situation, Cornejo reported to the Inquirer and stated, "Victim blaming is a very common practice throughout the world especially for rape victims".
On February 19, 2014, another rape case was filed against Navarro, by a woman named Roxanne Cabanero. Cabanero's lawyer, Virgilio Batalla, maintains that the alleged rape took place in 2010. Netizens were quick to denounce the new case, and voiced their doubt regarding the genuineness of the claim on social media.
On March 8, 2014, Navarro made a return to It's Showtime.
On April 10, 2014, DOJ dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Navarro. A week later, DOJ issued a warrant of arrest against Cornejo and Lee. On April 26, Lee and his accomplice were captured and arrested in Oras, Eastern Samar. On May 5, Cornejo surrendered to Camp Crame.
On September 16, 2014, the Taguig court set a PhP 500,000 bail for Lee, Raz and Cornejo.
On January 25, 2015, businessman Ferdinand Guerrero was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) inside the penthouse of Ritz condominium in Makati City as one of the suspects.