MORE than just a TV host, King of Talk Boy Abunda also proves he is a loving Filipino son as he divulges his early life in Samar, his precious time with parents, as well as his aspirations for the Philippines in the book “Nanay’s Gay Boy” by ABS-CBN Books.
Boy recalls his early life as a young child residing in Borongan, Eastern Samar, where he merrily participated in fiestas, went caroling during Christmas, and waited for his Tatay to finish his “bulangan” (sabong). A happy kid loved by both his parents, the author has always been driven and outspoken as he entered various declamation contests. His Nanay would always be excited to pin ribbons on his shirt every school year.
The now renowned talk show host shared that he was bullied by “normal boys” during the days. “I fought back by facing the bullies head-on or I’d run away fast! Running was my weapon.”
The multi-awarded television personality, who is celebrating his silver anniversary as a host this year, also disclosed an inspiring rhetoric on “Why can’t we have a gay president?” in this latest read. “If gays were accepted long ago, the world would be a better, kinder place,” he said.
In the book, Boy discussed how being gay is not an ailment. He referred to it as a power that should be embraced. With new generations being more open minded, he also believes that the Philippines will be ready for their first gay president very soon.
When asked if he was willing to run for the post, he simply replied, “No. I would much rather work for the first gay president.”
Get to more about the “Tonight With Boy Abunda” host in “Nanay’s Gay Boy,” available in National Book Store and Powerbooks branches for only P395.