Cebu City Takes Down Vice Ganda’s “Sexually Suggestive” Billboards

Billboards of gay comedian Vice Ganda promoting his concert has alerted the attention of the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board.

Cebu City Administrator Lucelle Mercado  has ordered the removal of billboards citing its promotes sex and indecency.

She said that as chairman of the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board, she was acting on complaints about the billboard image of the gay comedian who wears a revealing red gown and a blonde wig surrounded by shirtless, muscled men.

“It’s sexually suggestive. The board hasn’t met yet about it but as chairman of CCAIB, I already took action. We don’t want to just wait since there are already a lot of people who’ve seen that,” Mercado told Cebu Daily News.

Local concert organizers TSE Live Inc, said the image they used for the billboards was given by ABS-CBN, the home network of Vice Ganda.


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“The Cebu leg of the concert is part of a series. TSE Live was only staying in line with its format. TSE Live accepts the Mayor’s call to change the material and is in the process of doing so,” the organizers said in a statement sent to CDN.

The show is scheduled on Sunday, July 19, at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

In separate but related news by CNN Philippines, Cebu City is ranked number one in terms of prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) among all cities in the country, an official from the Department of Health-7 (DOH-7) noted in a report Monday (June 8).

DOH-7 Assistant Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi said that based on the most recent data, Cebu City reported an HIV prevalence rate of 7.7%, ahead of Manila and Quezon City which logged 6.7% and 6.6%, respectively.

Legaspi added that males who engage in sex with males is one of the top reasons why HIV cases is fast growing in numbers.

DOH noted that the rapid rise of HIV/AIDS prevalence is alarming, and suggest the people should be careful in dealing with paid sex.

/Inquirer/CNN Philippines/Carla Gamboa/