BB Gandanghari

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Cariño and the second or paternal family name is Padilla.
BB Gandanghari
Born Rustom Cariño Padilla
(1967-09-04) September 4, 1967
Other names Rustom Padilla
Alma mater Saint Louis University, Baguio City
University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation actress, model, entertainer, comedian, director
Years active 1990–Present
Spouse(s) Carmina Villaroel (m. 1994–2002) annulled
Parent(s) Carlos Roy Padilla
and Eva Cariño

BB Gandanghari (English: Ms. Beautiful King, born Rustom Cariño Padilla on September 4, 1967)[1] is a Filipino transgender actor, model, entertainer, comedian, and director. She is the older sibling of actor Robin Padilla and younger sibling of Royette and Rommel Padilla, all of whom are actors. Gandanghari, then known as Rustom Padilla enjoyed success in Philippine films from the early 1990s before taking a hiatus in 2001. She returned to prominence in 2006 when she joined the Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition where she came out after 44 days. In 2009, she revealed she is a transgender woman and changed her name to BB Gandanghari (sometimes spelled BeBe Gandanghari), saying that the person whom the people used to know is already dead.

In an interview, Gandanghari stated the name is derived from the Filipino words Bb. (abbreviation of Binibini, an honorific equivalent to "Miss") and Gandanghari, a portmanteau of the words ganda (beauty) and hari (king), adding that the "Bb." refers to her motto "'Be' all that you can 'be'".[2][3]


Gandanghari entered show business as a matinee idol and later as an action star. He was also the presenter of Philippine franchise for Wheel of Fortune on ABC 5. After his hosting stint, Gandanghari left the Philippines and studied filmmaking in the United States.

Gandanghari appeared in the film adaptation of the comic book Zsazsa Zaturnnah (her first film role as a gay man) as the gay salon owner Ada (Adrian), the alter ego of Zsazsa Zaturnnah. He appeared in the television series La Vendetta on GMA 7 and the Happy Hearts, later appearing on the ABS-CBN teleserye, Eva Fonda.

In 2009, Gandanghari hosted the National Kidlat Awards on the resort island of Boracay in Malay, Aklan. She appeared again in SRO Cinema Serye: Rowena Joy.

Personal life

Gandanghari was born to Casimiro Padilla, Sr. (aka Carlos Roy Padilla) and Lolita Eva Cariño. She has seven siblings: three brothers and four sisters.[1] Before coming out as a trans woman, Gandanghari married Carmina Villaroel in 1994; Gandanghari filed for annulment after several months, which was granted in June 2002.[4]

She became one of the 14 housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. On March 2, 2006, she came out of the closet on the show by telling fellow housemate Keanna Reeves that he was a gay man[5] On day 45 of the competition, Gandanghari opted to voluntarily leave the house.

In January 2009, Gandanghari came out as a transgender woman. She plans to undergo sex reassignment surgery.[6][7] Her brother, action star Robin Padilla, at first said that he fully accepted the decision, but later he has recanted his earlier statements and admitted that he is still shocked and not on good terms with her. Their mother, and all of Gandanghari's brothers still call her Rustom.[8]

Gandanghari holds a B.A. in economics from St. Louis University, Baguio City and studied filmmaking at UCLA in 2010.



Year Title Role(s) Type of Role Network
2015 2½ Daddies Evangelio "Eva" Pastoran / Gelo Pastoran Main role TV5
2012-2013 Enchanted Garden Queen Michiko / Helfora Main role
2009-2010 Cool Center Herself Co-hostess GMA
2009 SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy Frannie Episode guest
2008-2009 Eva Fonda Patricia "Patty" Rosal Supporting role ABS-CBN
2007 Super Inggo Super Inday's alter ego Guest appearance ABS-CBN
2007-2008 La Vendetta Alfie Camba Extended role GMA
2006 Aalog-Alog Rust Guest appearance ABS-CBN
Komiks: Fun Haus Ring Master Episode guest / Antagonist
Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition Celebrity Housemate
2001 Wheel of Fortune Himself Host ABC
1999-2001 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Alex Recurring role ABS-CBN
1999-2000 Pintados Dr. Virus Extended role / Antagonist GMA
1996 GMA Love Stories Himself Guest appearance
1994 Spotlight Drama Special Episode guest
1993 GMA Telecine Specials
1992-1994 17 Bernard Club Himself Lead host ABC
1995-1997 Valiente Dr. Albert Rosales Supporting role GMA
1992-1995 Valiente Dr. Albert Rosales Supporting role ABS-CBN
1986-1993 Lunch Date Himself Co-host (Monday) GMA
1991 Davao, Ang Gintong Pag-Asa RPN



External links


  1. 1 2 bio. Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  2. Salanga, Elyas Isabelo L. (2009-01-18). Rustom Padilla is now Bebe Gandanghari PEP.Ph
  3. Franco, Berni (2009-01-19). "Good-bye Rustom Padilla, Hello Bebe Gandanghari" (in Tagalog).
  4. Carmina, Zoren open to working with Rustom. (2007-01-31). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  5. "Rustom finds his way home". Asian Journal Online. October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  6. Group backs Bebe Gandanghari’s reported sex change plan. (2010-04-21). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  7. Showbiz Transformations 2: Of Looking Better and Gender Benders. (2008-06-16). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  8. Robin Padilla and his brothers still in "state of shock" over BB Gandanghari; still calls BB "Rustom". Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
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