An innocent sounding lady friend of mine blurted out one time, "Is Piolo really gay?". To the non-Filipinos, she is referring to Piolo Pascual, one of the country's formidable leading men in entertainment.
Although I have heard a lot of juicy stuff from people working around him and his alleged lovers, I chose not to share those stories. I simply challenged her to a simple showbiz "tsismis" analysis.
I have never heard of any persistent rumor accusing Robin Padilla or Willi Revillame or even John Lloyd Cruz to be gay. Simply because these actors never gave any reason for the people around them to believe that they are not straight. But the Piolo Pascual story has never died and it has resurrected again and again for almost a decade. Now, what does that tell us?