Vhong Navarro

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Hipolito and the second or paternal family name is Navarro.
Vhong Navarro
Born Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro
(1977-01-04) January 4, 1977
Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines[1]
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer, host, comedian
Years active 1990–present
Parent(s) Danilo Vila Navarro
Imelda Buan Hipolito[1]

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.


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 variety show ASAP and as host in It's Showtime.

Personal life

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.


Studio albums

Compilation albums

Songs/music videos



Year Title Role Network
2015 Dance Kids Judge ABS-CBN
2014 Wansapanataym: Nato De Coco Oscar "Oca" Palmera
Home Sweetie Home Jerome
2011–2013 Toda Max Justin Bibbo
2011 100 Days to Heaven Elpidio "Pido" Abucay
2010 Kokey @ Ako Bruce Kho Reyes/Belat
Wowowee Host/himself
Magpasikat Host/himself
2009–present It's Showtime (formerly Showtime) Host/himself
2009 George and Cecil Guest appearance
May Bukas Pa Moy
2008 Pilipinas, Game KNB? Host/himself
I Love Betty La Fea Nicholas "Kulas" Moro
I am KC: Love to Dance Eman
2007 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Eskappar/Miguel Asis/Lastikman
1996-2009 ASAP Host/himself
2006 Love Spell:Pasko Na Santa Ko Donato
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Gary
Gudtaym Host/himself
2004 Yes Yes Show Host/himself
MTB Ang Saya Saya Host/himself
Pirated CD (Celebrity Disguise) Host/himself
2003 Bida si Mister, Bida si Misis Bok Tyson
Wazzup Wazzup Host/Himself Studio 23
2001 Whattamen Elton ABS-CBN
1999–2001 Pwedeng Pwede as Samson
1997 Spice Boys ?????
1996–1999 Super Laff-In Host/himself
1992 Home Along Da Riles Hurculies


Year Title Role Associated Film Studio/s
2016 Mang Kepweng Returns Mang Kepweng Cineko Production
2015 Buy Now, Die Later Odie Quantum Films
2014 Moron 5.2 The Transformation Himself Viva Films
Da Possessed Ramon Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment
Starting Over Again Cameo Star Cinema
2012 Shake Rattle and Roll 14:The Invasion Hank Regal Entertainment and Regal Multimedia
2011 Bulong Conan Star Cinema
2010 RPG: Metanoia Cel/Sargo (voice) Star Cinema, Ambient Media and Thaumatrope Animation Production
2009 Kimmy Dora Waiter (cameo) Spring Films and MJM Production
Astig Real Estate Buyer
2008 My Only U Bong Star Cinema
Supahpapalicious Adonis
2007 Agent X44 Reserve Agent King Agila / Agent X44
2005 D' Anothers Hesus Resurrection
2004 Otso-Otso Pamela One Amboy/Dao
Gagamboy Junie/Gagamboy
2003 Mr. Suave Rico Suave Star Cinema
Utang ng Ama Babaero
AsBoobs: Asal Bobo Kitoy
Pinay Pie Butch Star Cinema
Keka Bhong
Spirit Warriors: The Shortcut Thor
2002 JOLOGS Kulas
Cass And Carry: Who Wants to be a Billionaire Carry
Got 2 Believe Rudolph Star Cinema
May Pag-ibig Pa Kaya? Lesther
2001 Banyo Queen (Navarro's first Viva film) Pating
Oops Teka Lang Diskarte Ko 'To Dencio
2000 Spirit Warriors Thor
Anghel Dela Guardia Raphael
Daddy O! Baby O! Benny
Tugatog Monset
1998 Labs Kita...Okey Ka Lang Jason
1996 Istokwa Macky
1994 Separada Streetboys
Minsan lang kitang iibigin

Awards and recognitions

Year Award-Giving Body/Critics Category Work Result Ref
2010 Anak TV Awards Anak Makabata Awardee N/A Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV 2010 Best Talent Search Program Hosts It's Showtime Nominated
2011 PMPC Star Awards for TV 2011 Best Talent Search Program Hosts Nominated
2012 Anak Makabata Awards Anak Makabata Awardee N/A Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV 2012 Best Reality/Game Show Hosts It's Showtime Won
Best Comedy Actor TodaMax Nominated
2014 Yahoo OMG! Awards Philippines Best Male TV Host It's Showtime Won


Assault Incident

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8] The public quickly dismissed the fact that Navarro willingly cheated on his girlfriend, Tanya Winona, with the unsuspecting Cornejo.[9] Moreover, the public responded to Navarro's mauling by sending Cornejo death threats, and even more rape threats.[10] 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".[11]

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.[12] Netizens were quick to denounce the new case, and voiced their doubt regarding the genuineness of the claim on social media.[13]

On March 8, 2014, Navarro made a return to It's Showtime.[14]

On April 10, 2014, DOJ dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Navarro.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

Commercial Endorsements Of Vhong Navarro

External links


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  2. "Vhong Navarro beaten up, threatened inside Fort condo". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  3. "Vice Ganda on Vhong's condition: Nakakapanginig". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. Suerte, Cecille (2013-11-13). "Vhong: I am a rapist, I was and It will be | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  5. "Vhong Navarro denies rape charge | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  6. Carcamo, Dennis (2013-11-13). "NBI: No attempt to rape Deniece | Nation, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  7. "CCTV footage appears to bolster Vhong's version of events | News | GMA News Online". Gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  8. "Anne Curtis speaks up, backs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  9. Jansen Tumabing (2014-02-09). "Tanya Winona Bautista and Vhong Navarro after the mauling incident". Amazingnews.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  10. "Deniece Cornejo in high spirits despite 'threats' - Calleja". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  11. "Deniece Cornejo denies being an escort | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  12. "Roxanne Cabanero Acosta: Woman Who Filed Rape Complaint Against Vhong Navarro". Theepochtimes.com. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  13. "How the internet reacted to new rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  14. "WATCH: Happy Vhong Navarro gives speech on 'It's Showtime because of support to his case even though he mean it'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  15. "DOJ junks Deniece's rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  16. "Vhong Navarro dismayed by court ruling for bail to Deniece Cornejo et al". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 16, 2014.
  17. "Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling arrested". Rappler. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
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