This Is Vice Ganda's Biggest Takeaway as a Pre-Law Student

It proved useful even in stand-up comedy.
by The Candy Staff   |  Jun 17, 2021
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Vice Ganda is a name most TV viewers would recognize in a heartbeat. Vice has starred in blockbuster comedy movies like The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin, Beauty and the Bestie, and Fantastica and is also a regular host of It's Showtime. Outside of showbiz, Vice stands as the CEO of homegrown makeup line Vice Cosmetics. 

What many casual viewers may not know about Vice, however, is that she went to Far Eastern University and took up political science, hoping to one day pursue law as a profession. But despite not finishing school and switching career paths, Vice shares that there were a lot of lessons from being a political science major that she still carries until now.

In a virtual conference with Summit Media editors, Vice tells Candy that, aside from the laws they had to religiously memorize, there's one other thing she learned from being a political science student that is still useful even in her current line of work: having the confidence to speak your mind.

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Vice shares: "Marami akong nakabisado na nare-recite ko pa ngayon at tsaka nasha-share ko. Meron akong mga mangilan-ngilan na laws na alam. Pero siguro yung political science and yung dynamics doon sa loob ng classroon ng nag aaral ng political science at yung mga estudyanteng nakasama ko, it taught me to be free and confident to say your thoughts."

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Vice shares that the kind of environment they had in college was one that encouraged discourse. "Kasi yung mga classmates ko, opinionated! Pati yung mga teachers ko parang, pre-law pa lang yung kurso namin pero parang lahat sila husgado na. Parang lahat sila judge na, huwes, ganoon na agad. Ang lala ng diskurso lagi. So sa ganoong training, parang mas naging confident ako na magsabi ng mga thoughts ko," Vice recalls.

Aside from being confident, Vice also picked up the habit of reading the newspaper and staying up-to-date with social issues. Vice shares, "Especially at that time when I was schooling, dapat talaga socially relevant ka. Yung laman ng diyaryo alam mo, kasi yun yung pinagdidiskursuhan namin sa loob ng classroom. So nabitbit ko yun hanggang ngayon."

Being quick-witted and knowing the latest social happenings also helped Vice when she first started doing stand-up comedy. "Noong nasa comedy bar ako, merong media dati na nanood sa akin. Ang sabi niya, kaya raw lagi siyang nanonood sa akin kasi socially relevant daw yung mga jokes ko. Kaya hindi raw ako nauubusan ng sinasabi or ng punch lines kasi hindi naman daw nauubos ang social issues. Kasi nga araw-araw may bagong ganap. So yun siguro yung nabitbit ko, kahit hanggang dito sa trabaho ko. Kahit sa Showtime, sa Tawag ng Tanghalan, ang dami ko doong nadi-discuss na may kinalaman sa society, sa politics."

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