Ion Perez is a Filipino entertainer who became famous as Escort in the noontime show It’s Showtime of ABS-CBN Channel 2. Jump to movie list.
Real Name –> Benigno Perez
Nickname –> Ion
Birthdate –> November 27, 1990 (Age 32)
Birthplace –> Conception, Tarlac, Philippines
Father –> Eufronio, a jeepney driver
Mother –> Zenaida, a food peddler
Siblings –> 14 (Ion is the 11th)
Height –> 5’10”
Life Before Showbiz
Ion Perez grew up in a big family. At the age of 11, he was bullied by two schoolmates who told him he was ugly and smelly. With that experience, he vowed to make himself more presentable. He did not pursue college education due to poverty and instead helped her mother sell food stuff to neighbors and passers-by. Later, he went to Manila to find work. For three years, he was constantly pursuaded by Yhuong Botor, a photographer, to join male pageants.
Ion is currently in a romantic relationship with co-host Vice Ganda. On February 6, 2019, Ion called Vice “Lab” on the set of It’s Showtime. Later, on March 13, Ion revealed on Gandang Gabi Vice program how tiresome it is to deny a relationship. He went further to say that if you really love someone, you should be proud of it. Although it is not yet a direct admission, many viewers already concluded that the two are indeed a couple.
In early May, 2019, Ion accompanied Vice Ganda in a series of shows in the United States. In one of the shows, he declared his love for Vice Ganda saying “Me too, Me too, I love Vice Ganda!”. Also, he introduced his US-based sister to Vice.
On July 15, 2019, Ion and Vice gathered their respective family met in another hint of real life romance. Their photos went viral. A few days later, Ion showed a tattoo on his leg that looks like the birthday of Vice Ganda.
Just look at the photo below to see how sweet Ion and Vice are in each other’s arms.
After winning the Mr. Universe – Tourism award, Ion was accepted as the Kuya Escort (Brother Escort) in the ABS-CBN noontime show replacing Greg Hawkins in the Miss Q & A segment.
2018-present – It’s Showtime
2022 – Partners in Crime
2020 – Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng mga Bandanang Itim
2019 – M & M: The Mall, The Merrier
2018 – Fantastica
2019 – Breakthrough Artist of the Year by RAWR Awards of the entertainment website LionHearTV
2018 – Mr. Universe – Tourism (Note: He was stripped of his crown in late August of 2018 due to non-compliance of the terms of the award. He was replaced by Mr. Indonesia.
2017 – Misters of Filipinas
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Know more about Ion by watching the video below.
From “ugly and smelly” to Mr. Universe. Not bad! 😉