Vhong Navarro, latest victim of the Showtime curse

VHONG Navarro, is the latest victim of a curse that has befallen hosts of their noontime show, It’s Showtime.

Navarro, recently beaten black and blue plus accused of attempted rape, is the fifth of ABS-CBN’s noontime musical variety show’s hosts who have experienced crippling blows to their respective careers and personal lives.

The Showtime hosts - Cursed? Photo from ABS-CBN

The Showtime hosts – Cursed? Photo from ABS-CBN

This was last night’s scenario building by the boys as we knocked off some post client meeting brews somewhere in the LegaspiVillage concrete jungle. It’s funny when you really think about it, especially when the talk turns to postulating what the cause for the jinx is.

First it was Vice Ganda, who was brought down to his… ah, her… uh, its (?) knees by a barrage of internet haters coupled with massive indignation from the news reportorial staff of rival station GMA after he… ah, she… uh, it (??!) made their news chief Jessica Soho the but of a totally distasteful fat joke in Araneta Coliseum.

Then it was Kim Atienza, poster boy for super health and fitness, suddenly collapsing while training for a triathlon. He landed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for almost a week with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which one’s body’s immune system attacks the nerves.

Billy Crawford followed suit with long time squeeze Nikki Gil dumping him because she did not want to be… uh… squeezed. Before the right time, that is. Plus of course he was caught doing his squeezing elsewhere.

And we all know Anne Curtis’ drunken slap spree and I-can-buy-you-and-this-club fiasco, also a rave on the Net, sending all the lovers and haters a-twittering, and her retreating, a teary-eyed mess..

Now Vhong Navarro… who could possibly be next? Is it rival station GMA with its long running Eat Bulaga sending negative vibes down the road? Or is it Willie Revillame, hexing the noontime slot to get it back now that he’s also out of third stringer TV5?

Woooh. Kitakot! Hahaha… waiter, another round!

Truth is, funny as this may seem it does point to some truth: that their celebrity may indeed be that curse that haunts their lives. Here they are, pushing their lives to the limit, feeling invincible as they bathe in all this fame and audience adoration and the fortune that comes with it. All the worldly treasures and pleasures are there for the taking.

Guided by that, where else would one end up? You’d believe that whatever you say is for all to praise, even if it is of no value or simply hurtful. You’d end up betraying others, including those you love and love you, believing that your way and your pleasures are superior. You’d end up rejecting the right for what’s wrong, consorting with temporal desires until you find yourself being devoured by them.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.…The Bible says in 1 John 2:15-16

It is a theme repeated again and again, like in James 4:4: You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

And even Jesus Christ had to resist it, as told in Matthew 4:7-9: Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'” Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”

It should be a no-brainer, really. Yes, the celebrity, the fame, the fortune is a curse when guided to the wrong direction. But done the right way these will be the highest blessings ever.




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