BB Gandanghari

Binibini Gandanghari (born Rustom Cariño Padilla;[1] September 4, 1967), commonly known as BB Gandanghari, is a Filipina actress, model, entertainer, comedian, and director.

BB Gandanghari
Rustom Cariño Padilla

(1967-09-04) September 4, 1967 (age 53)
NationalityFilipino, American
Other namesBinibini Gandanghari
Alma materSaint Louis University, Baguio
University of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActress, model, entertainer, comedian, director
Years active1990–present
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
(m. 1994; ann. 1997)
Parent(s)Roy Padilla Sr. (father)
Eva Cariño (mother)
RelativesJose 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)
FamilyRobin 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.

In 2009, she came out as trans. In 2016, her registered name and gender were changed by order of the Orange County Superior Court.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

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'".[10][11]

Gandanghari holds a B.A. in economics from St. Louis University, Baguio and studied filmmaking at UCLA in 2010.

In 2017, Gandanghari reportedly obtained employment as a driver for Uber in the United States.[12]



Year Title Role(s) Network
2019 GLOW [13] Patricia Netflix
2015 2½ Daddies Evangelio "Eva" Pastoran / Gelo Pastoran TV5
2012-2013 Enchanted Garden Queen Michiko / Helfora
2009-2010 Cool Center Herself GMA
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
1999-2000 Pintados Dr. Virus GMA
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
1986-1993 Lunch Date Herself GMA
1991 Davao, Ang Gintong Pag-Asa RPN

Feature filmsEdit

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b bio. Retrieved on August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "BB Gandanghari bids goodbye to Rustom Padilla". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "BB Gandanghari signs with U.S.-based talent agency". CNN Philippines. September 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "BB Gandanghari appears in Netflix show 'Glow'". CNN Philippines. August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Carmina, Zoren open to working with Rustom. (January 31, 2007). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  6. ^ "Rustom finds his way home". Asian Journal Online. October 11, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007.
  7. ^ "Group backs Bebe Gandanghari's reported sex change plan". ABC-CBN. April 21, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Showbiz Transformations 2: Of Looking Better and Gender Benders. (June 16, 2008). Retrieved on 2012-08-17.
  9. ^ Robin Padilla and his brothers still in "state of shock" over BB Gandanghari; still calls BB "Rustom". Retrieved on August 17, 2012.
  10. ^ Salanga, Elyas Isabelo L. (January 18, 2009). Rustom Padilla is now Bebe Gandanghari (archived) PEP.Ph
  11. ^ Franco, Berni (January 19, 2009). "Good-bye Rustom Padilla, Hello Bebe Gandanghari" (in Tagalog). Archived from the original on February 23, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  12. ^ Report, Staff (December 7, 2017). "BB Gandanghari is now Uber driver in US". The Filipino Times. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "BB Gandanghari appears in Netflix show 'Glow'". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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