Star Magic presents John Lapus on Spotlight

#WorkingBeksNowShowing #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Jonathan Anthony Lapus better known as John Lapus had an unconventional way of getting into show business and in ABS-CBN, for that matter. In fact, the first time that he set foot in the ABS-CBN Network almost 23 years ago was all because he wanted to become an employee and not a talent. He was a Working Beks in the most literal sense of the word as he started from the bottom as a researcher and eventually climbed up the ladder as he was offered to become an executive producer. Although Sweet graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, his theater background as a member of University of Santo Tomas’ Teatro Tomasino became his edge for his first job under Deo Endrinal. “I remember five pages pa ang resume ko kasi sabi ng mga bakla ilagay ko lahat ng nagawa ko sa Teatro Tomasino kasi HRM grad nga ako, wala akong experience sa TV dahil hindi naman ako masscomm or film graduate,” he recalled. After a single, two-minute interview on May 17 1993 and an endorsement from his “older sisters” from Teatro Tomasino, Sweet got in as a researcher for then showbiz-oriented talk show “Showbiz Lingo.” @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Sweet immediately finished his probationary researcher status after a week. Sweet rose from being a researcher to a head researcher, to a segment producer, a segment host and eventually a co-host over the years of being part of the show. Apart from teaching him the technicalities of TV production, the show also became his acting training ground, which he practices whenever he would take part on the reenactment segment of their show. But how did he end up working behind the camera to working in front of it? One day, while covering the first Goma Cup in Boracay, Sweet decided to fool around by doing on-cam reporting. Quite surprisingly, his boss eventually asked him to cover his succeeding events with the same approach after enjoying that little stunt of his @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #TeatroTomasino #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Another important aspect that helped Sweet get through his production and eventually his acting life, was the fact that he was trained in Teatro Tomasino. Teatro Tomasino is the only university-wide organization that he joined into during college. Luckily, it was also where he met his “gay family” who has been with him all throughout his college years and until today. It was while he was part of the theater when he learned to wear make up and high heels, and even join gay beauty contests. Ultimately though, the Teatro Tomasino was responsible for honing his acting prowess as he consistently participated in productions, workshops and plays. “Ako lagi kong sinasabi ‘yan. Malaking advantage sa mga gustong mag-artista sa TV at sa pelikula kung magsisimula kayo sa theater. Kasi malaki nga ang acting sa theater tapos pagdating sa TV at movies magbabawas ka nalang,” Sweet explained. Sweet says he made a number of productions during his college years. He even jokes, “Ay nako basta may cast na bakla hindi pwedeng hindi ako kasali.” He proudly shares that, even until today, he remains to be an active honorary member of the guild as its professional adviser. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #PrangkaKaJohn #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Sweet’s name started gaining following after he became one of “Showbiz Lingo’s” co-hosts along with Butch Francisco and Cristy Fermin. But even though he was covering event complete with costume like Sheryl Cruz, Inday Badiday or Pia Moran, Sweet never considered himself popular at that time. For him, he only became popular when he was tapped to join Cristy Fermin’s daily talk show “Cristy Per Minute” along with other hosts. His first segment on the show, which lasted for almost a year, was titled “Showbiz History” where he reported about, well, showbiz history while sometimes impersonating people. But what really launched Sweet as a host was his five-minute segment titled “Prangka Ka John” which had him bluntly lambasting some celebrities’ outfits on air. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #PrangkaKaJohn #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Although his show might appear a little too harsh for some, especially since he’s finding faults in celebrities, Sweet believes that “Prangka Ka John” has been revolutionary for the members of the gay community. But, while he gained affirmation from the gay community, he gained notoriety in the show business industry as more and more celebrities found his comments offensive. In fact, there was even a time when a showbiz-oriented show from the other network gathered all the celebrities he lambasted in order to blast him back. He recalls that he was especially brazen during those days in lambasting celebrities because he has nothing to lose. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #PrangkaKaJohn #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ As with all things, even good things had to come to an end. Not too long, Sweet decided to end his stint on the show when he realized that he’s starting to become “biased.” Sweet felt “limited” when he became friends with stars like Judy Ann Santos and some Star Magic artists. Being friends with them meant that he could no longer find fault on them. After realizing this, much to his co-hosts shock, Sweet decided to indiscriminately leave the show. At that point he just focused on other things like doing TV and movie guesting, being part of the production and venturing into the stand-up comedy scene. When 1999 came, Sweet was asked to choose between being an executive producer and becoming a full-fledged actor, since the network was growing big and fast at that time. At that point he decided to “strike while the iron is hot” and to continue becoming an on-cam artist. Along with this decision, Sweet had to resign in being part of the production department. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #TheUniversalSweet #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ From being the feisty host of “Prangka Ka John,” he earned the title The Universal Sweet also in 1999. He recalls that while most comedians these days started by being part of the comedy bar scene, he only became part of it a few years since joining the industry. “Si John Lapus, binigyan nako ng title as Universal Sweet kasi artista ako sa TV, artista ako sa theater, may stand up shows ako sa comedy bars and at the same time production staff rin siya sa ABS-CBN,” he explained. His nickname Sweet, meanwhile, was born out of his love for Sheryl Cruz. It came out one management meeting when instead of finding an adjective that starts with the letter J, to go along with his name John, he called himself “Sweet Sheryl” after following the tripping of his gay colleagues aka “Women of ABS-CBN.” “Sweet is the least adjective na made-describe mo kay John Lapus noon dahil mataray ako, maldita ako,” he said. But Sweet stuck with many people since then until today. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #TheUniversalSweet #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ It was also 1999 when he shot his first blockbuster movie along with Regine Velasquez and Robin Padilla titled “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw.” The blockbuster movie, which came out in February 2000, cemented his title as the Universal Sweet as the moviegoers came to love his character on the film as Regine’s sidekick. Since Sweet didn’t have any regular shows in ABS-CBN at that time, he started entertaining ideas of transferring to a different network. But it was Kapamilya executive Cory Vidanes who persuaded him to wait just a bit more. The following day he was given the iconic sitcom “Arriba! Arriba!” starring Jolina Magdangal, which fortunately lasted for six years. Sweet played the role of Jolina’s bestfriend whose name was Sweet on the show. After that he was launched as one of the co-hosts of the Sunday showbiz-oriented show “The Buzz,” which he fondly recalled was one of his former training grounds as a staff. For Sweet, 2000 to 2004 was his golden years in show business. Sure he was sleepless but Sweet vividly recalls having at least three films a year and appearances left and right from here and abroad during that time. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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#WorkingBeksNowShowing #TheUniversalSweet #Repost @starmagicphils with @repostapp ・・・ Even the yard filled with sweetest apples has days when its fruits are not too sweet. Such was what happened with Sweet when he reached his “dark days.” While he still had a few projects and appearances, Sweet experienced becoming “laos” from 2005 to 2006. It was during his time when he considered returning to the production scene. Thankfully though, his gay friends in ABS-CBN suggested that they embark on a business venture. Eventually, they chose to put up EsQuinita, a food park where they each have their own stalls. Sweet made sure to go all out on his first business venture by putting in all his 11-year worth of savings. Unfortunately, though, their business venture failed. @korekkajohn #SPOTLIGHTonSWEET

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