Vhong Navarro

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Vhong Navarro
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BornFerdinand Hipolito Navarro
(1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 38)
Makati City, Philippines
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, host,
Years active1990–present
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Vhong Navarro
Vhong Navarro.jpg
BornFerdinand Hipolito Navarro
(1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 38)
Makati City, Philippines
OccupationActor, dancer, singer, host,
Years active1990–present

Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro (born January 4, 1977), better known as Vhong Navarro, is a Filipino comedian, actor, dancer, singer, host at 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 and Blu Tab.

He appears frequently on the Sunday variety show ASAP and as host in It's Showtime.

Assault incident[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5][6]

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 because of fame It covers his true identity, whereas Cornejo has suffered the brunt of the public's ire.[7] The public quickly dismissed the fact that Navarro willingly cheated on his girlfriend, Tanya Winona, with the unsuspecting Cornejo.[8] Moreover, the public responded to Navarro's mauling by sending Cornejo death threats, and even more rape threats.[9] 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".[10]

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

On March 8, 2014, Navarro made a return to It's Showtime.[13]

On April 10, 2014, DOJ dismissed the rape complaint filed by Deniece Cornejo against Navarro.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Songs/music videos[edit]



2014Wansapanataym: Nato De CocoOscar "Oca" PalmeraABS-CBN
Home Sweetie HomeJerome
2011–2013Toda MaxJustin Bibbo
2011100 Days to HeavenElpidio "Pido" Abucay
2010Kokey @ AkoBruce Kho Reyes/Belat
2009–presentIt's Showtime (formerly Showtime)Host/himself
2009George and CecilGuest appearance
May Bukas PaMoy
2008Pilipinas, Game KNB?Host/himself
I Love Betty La FeaNicholas "Kulas" Moro
I am KC: Love to DanceEman
2007Mars Ravelo's LastikmanEskappar/Miguel Asis/Lastikman
2006Love Spell:Pasko Na Santa KoDonato
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro PendukoGary
2004Yes Yes ShowHost/himself
MTB Ang Saya SayaHost/himself
Pirated CD (Celebrity Disguise)Host/himself
2003Bida si Mister, Bida si MisisBok Tyson
Wazzup WazzupHost/HimselfStudio 23
1999–2001Pwedeng Pwedeas Samson
1997Spice Boys ?????
1996–1999Super Laff-InHost/himself
1992Home Along Da RilesHurculies


2014Moron 5.2: The TransformationVhong Navarro
2014Da PossessedRamon
2014Starting Over AgainCameo
2012Shake Rattle and Roll 14:The InvasionHank
2010RPG: MetanoiaCel/Sargo (voice)
2009Kimmy DoraWaiter (cameo)
AstigReal Estate Buyer
2008My Only UBong
2007Agent X44Reserve Agent King Agila / Agent X44
2005D' AnothersHesus Resurrection
2004Otso-Otso Pamela OneAmboy/Dao
2003Mr. SuaveRico Suave
Utang ng AmaBabaero
AsBoobs: Asal BoboKitoy
Pinay PieButch
Spirit Warriors: The ShortcutThor
Cass And Carry: Who Wants to be a BillionaireCarry
Got 2 BelieveRudolph
May Pag-ibig Pa Kaya?Lesther
2001Banyo Queen (Navarro's first Viva film)Pating
Oops Teka Lang Diskarte Ko 'ToDencio
2000Spirit WarriorsThor
Anghel Dela GuardiaRaphael
Daddy O! Baby O!Benny
1998Labs Kita...Okey Ka LangJason

Awards and recognitions[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Vhong Navarro beaten up, threatened inside Fort condo". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Vice Ganda on Vhong's condition: Nakakapanginig". ABS-CBN News. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Vhong Navarro denies rape charge | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  5. ^ Carcamo, Dennis (2013-11-13). "NBI: No attempt to rape Deniece | Nation, News, The Philippine Star". philstar.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ "CCTV footage appears to bolster Vhong’s version of events | News | GMA News Online". Gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Anne Curtis speaks up, backs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  8. ^ Jansen Tumabing (2014-02-09). "Tanya Winona Bautista and Vhong Navarro after the mauling incident". Amazingnews.ph. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Deniece Cornejo in high spirits despite 'threats' - Calleja". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Deniece Cornejo denies being an escort | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Roxanne Cabanero Acosta: Woman Who Filed Rape Complaint Against Vhong Navarro". Theepochtimes.com. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  12. ^ "How the internet reacted to new rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "DOJ junks Deniece's rape case vs Vhong". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
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  16. ^ "Vhong Navarro dismayed by court ruling for bail to Deniece Cornejo et al". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 16, 2014.