Saturday, September 6, 2008

JM Cobbarubias: Successfully Out

(JM Cobbarubias playing a cameo role as a reporter in "Antonio's Secret")

Former Probe Team reporter and TV Executive JM Cobbarubias made the Filipino gay community proud when he came out on national television through the very first TV show catered to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual (GLBT) community, aptly called "OUT" produced by GMA.

Before coming out, he was one of the charming segment hosts of Probe Team . He was the local travel feature host visiting the different destinations in our country. I remember watching him swim in his shorts in a segment in Bulacan and I was almost fixated to his half naked image onscreen.

A graduate of Development Communication from UP Los Banos, he started his career in Call Center in the early 2000. His first work for TV is acting in a re-enactment segment for Probe Team, where he happily played a male sex worker. After this interesting stint, JM applied and was accepted as a production assistant for Cheche Lazaro's much respected news team.

JM is now program manager in the News and Public Affairs Division of GMA. And he played a cameo role as the reporter at the end of our film "Ang Lihim ni Antonio/ Antonio's Secret"

For me, this man continues to be a positive image for gay men in the Philippines.

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