Legendary Filipina actor Gina Pareno comes out as queer: ‘Is there a problem?’
Veteran Filipina actor Gina Pareno has come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pareno, who began her career in the 1960s, came out casually during a YouTube interview with Filipino comedian Ogie Diaz.
When asked about her identity, the 72-year-old quipped: “Yes [I am an LGBTQ+ member] – why, is there a problem?”
She went on to talk about her love for the late, legendary Filipino actor Nenita Vidal, who was a huge star in the 50s for films such as Puppy Love (1956).
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She affectionately referred to her as “Doctor Bong”, and explained: “She loved me so much. She watched my projects, she really liked my acting and I grew close to her.”
They were so close, in fact, that after Vidal died her home was entrusted to Pareno, who also started to carry her urn around as a lucky charm.
“It’s not like I don’t want to let go. It’s just that I owe her a lot,” the actor reflected, saying she was done with love for now.
Pareno also opened up about how Vidal supported her through her drug addiction.
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Gina Pareno rose to fame during the 60s with films such as Mama (1968). Throughout her storied career she has kept her romantic life private, though it’s known she has a daughter and grandchildren.
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Pareno joined the TikTok bandwagon over lockdown, documenting her life and becoming something of a viral sensation.
She started it as a way to stay connected to her profession, but has said she hopes to appear on bigger screens once more.
She most recently appeared in the GMA series Lolong.
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