Rustom Cariño Padilla
September 4, 1967
|Other names||Binibini Gandanghari|
|Alma mater||Saint Louis University, Baguio|
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Actress, model, entertainer, comedian, director|
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
(m. 1994; ann. 1997)
|Parent(s)||Roy Padilla Sr. (father) |
Eva Cariño (mother)
|Relatives||Jose Padilla Jr. (uncle) |
Carlos Padilla Sr. (uncle)
Arsenio Padilla (uncle)
Carlos Padilla Jr. (cousin)
Rudy Fernandez (cousin)
Zsa Zsa Padilla (niece)
Daniel Padilla (nephew)
RJ Padilla (nephew)
Kylie Padilla (niece)
Bela Padilla (niece)
Mark Anthony Fernandez (nephew)
Renz Fernandez (nephew)
Zia Quizon (grandniece)
Karylle Tatlonghari (grandniece)
Grae Fernandez (grandnephew)
|Family||Robin Padilla (brother)|
Rommel Padilla (brother)
Royette Padilla (brother)
Jose Padilla Sr. (grandfather)
She is the older sister of actor Robin Padilla and younger sibling of Royette and Rommel Padilla, all of whom are actors. Gandanghari enjoyed success in Philippine films in the early 1990s (as "Rustom Padilla"), 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.
Gandanghari entered show business as a matinee idol and later as an action star. She was also the presenter of Philippine franchise for Wheel of Fortune on ABC 5. After her 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. She 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. In September 2017, Gandanghari signed with The Brogan Agency in the United States. On August 9, 2019, she made her U.S. television debut in the Netflix series GLOW, where she played a fortune teller named Patricia in the eighth episode of the series' third season.
Binibini Gandanghari was born Rustom Cariño Padilla to Roy Padilla Sr. and Lolita Eva (née Cariño). She has seven siblings: three brothers and four sisters. Prior to her public gender transition, Padilla married Carmina Villaroel in 1998; She filed for annulment after several months, which was granted in June 2002.
She became one of the 14 housemates in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. On March 2, 2006, she came out as gay on the show. On day 45 of the competition, Gandanghari opted to voluntarily leave the house.
In January 2009, Gandanghari came out as trans, and chose to undergo gender confirmation surgery. Her brother, action star Robin Padilla, at first said that he fully accepted the decision, but later recanted his earlier statements and admitted that he was still shocked and not on good terms with her. Their mother, and all of Gandanghari's other siblings, still refer to her by her deadname.
Gandanghari stated her full 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'".
|2015||2½ Daddies||Evangelio "Eva" Pastoran / Gelo Pastoran||TV5|
|2012-2013||Enchanted Garden||Queen Michiko / Helfora|
|2009||SRO Cinemaserye: Rowena Joy||Frannie|
|2008-2009||Eva Fonda||Patricia "Patty" Rosal||ABS-CBN|
|2007-2008||La Vendetta||Alfie Camba||GMA|
|2001||Wheel of Fortune||Herself||ABC|
|1999-2001||Saan Ka Man Naroroon||Alex||ABS-CBN|
|1994||Spotlight Drama Special|
|1993||GMA Telecine Specials|
|1992-1994||17 Bernard Club||Herself||ABC|
|1995-1997||Valiente||Dr. Albert Rosales||GMA|
|1992-1995||Valiente||Dr. Albert Rosales||ABS-CBN|
|1991||Davao, Ang Gintong Pag-Asa||RPN|
- Happy Hearts (2007)
- Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, ze Moveeh (2006)
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001)
- Ganito ako magmahal (1999)
- Bilib Ako Sa'yo (1999)
- Ako'y ibigin mo ... Lalaking matapang (1999)
- May isang pamilya (1999)
- Ganito na akong Magmahal (1998)
- Walang katapusang init (1998)
- Abuso: Case #6433 (1997)
- Paano Kung Wala Ka Na (1997)
- Bilang Na Ang Araw Mo (1996)
- Maruja (1996)
- The Jessica Alfaro Story (1995)
- Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko (1995)
- Marami ka pang kakaining bigas (1994)
- Darna (1994)
- Mistah (1994)
- Hindi Magbabago (1994)
- Brat Pack (1994)
- Kadenang Bulaklak (1994)
- Ikaw (1993)
- Gagay, Ang Prinsesa Ng Brownout (1993)
- Kapag Iginuhit ang Hatol ng Puso (1993)
- Hanggang Saan Hanggang Kailan (1993)
- Ngayon at Kailanman (film) (1992)
- Narito ang Puso Ko (1992)
- Magnong Rehas (1992)
- Onyong Majikero (1991)
- AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ (1989)
- bio. Robinpadilla.net. Retrieved on August 17, 2012.
- "BB Gandanghari bids goodbye to Rustom Padilla". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- "BB Gandanghari signs with U.S.-based talent agency". CNN Philippines. September 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- "BB Gandanghari appears in Netflix show 'Glow'". CNN Philippines. August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- Carmina, Zoren open to working with Rustom. Gmanews.tv (January 31, 2007). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- "Rustom finds his way home". Asian Journal Online. October 11, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007.
- "Group backs Bebe Gandanghari's reported sex change plan". ABC-CBN. April 21, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- Showbiz Transformations 2: Of Looking Better and Gender Benders. Pep.ph (June 16, 2008). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
- Robin Padilla and his brothers still in "state of shock" over BB Gandanghari; still calls BB "Rustom". Pep.ph. Retrieved on August 17, 2012.
- Salanga, Elyas Isabelo L. (January 18, 2009). Rustom Padilla is now Bebe Gandanghari (archived) PEP.Ph
- Franco, Berni (January 19, 2009). "Good-bye Rustom Padilla, Hello Bebe Gandanghari" (in Tagalog). ABS-CBN.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
- Report, Staff (December 7, 2017). "BB Gandanghari is now Uber driver in US". The Filipino Times. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- "BB Gandanghari appears in Netflix show 'Glow'". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.