‘Magprangkahan tayo’: When ‘friendly’ chats harm relationships, according to Vice Ganda

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2019 08:03 PM

MANILA — Short of confirming he’s in a relationship, Vice Ganda said he has decidedly changed from the days when he would engage in “friendly” conversations through online chat, with the actual intent of flirting.

‘It’s Showtime’ host Vice Ganda warns against ‘friendly’ chats outside of a committed relationship in a video that’s going viral. ABS-CBN

The topic came up during the Saturday episode of “It’s Showtime,” where a “Tawag ng Tanghalan” contestant opened up about a recent relationship that ended because of his girlfriend’s discovery that he had been chatting with someone else.

“Ang daming relasyon ang nagsimula at natuloy nang dahil sa pakikipag-chat, at ang dami ring sinira ng chat na ‘yan,” he said, as seen in the official video that has garnered nearly half a million views.

When the contestant, James Alfafara, clarified that his chats with different women were “friendly,” and had no romantic context, the comedian protested: “Gasgas na gasgas na ‘yang linyang ‘yan — ‘Bilang kaibigan lang.’”

Drawing from his own experience, Vice Ganda admitted that he, at one point, engaged in such conversations under the guise of “friendship.”

“May mga taong ka-chat mo, pero alam mo kung bakit mo sila ka-chat. Magprangkahan na tayo. Kaya kayo nag-cha-chat, kasi naglalandian kayo,” he said.

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“E, nagkaroon ka ng girlfriend, dapat stop na ‘yung chat ng pakikipaglandian. Kasi puwede ka rin namang makipag-chat sa mga barkada mo, e. That’s normal. Pero alam mo sa sarili mo kung sino roon ang ka-chat mong tropa mo talaga, at kung sino roon ang ka-chat mong kalandian mo,” he explained.

Providing an example, Vice Ganda went on: “Alam mo ‘yung, ‘Kumain ka na ba,’ malandi ‘yun, ha. Bakit kailangan mo alamin kung kumain na ‘yung tao, kung hindi naman ganu’n kalapit sa ‘yo?”

Citing his personal experience, Vice Ganda shared that he has done the same — flirting through chat — until his involvement with one person made him “behave.”

“Puwede namang aminin na, ‘Kalandian ko ‘yan dati,’ pero deadma na ako. Kasi kahit naman ako, may kalandian ako dati, pero noong dumating ka, hindi na ako lumandi,” he said.

Vice Ganda has been rumored to be in a relationship with showbiz newcomer Ion Perez, who recently made headlines when he referred to the comedian as someone “special” to him.