- Rustom Cariño Padilla was formerly an action star and matinee idol who was also notable for his hosting skills on ABC 5's 'Wheel of Fortune'
- Since Padilla has now become BB Gandanghari, she has petitioned to officially change her name and status in California
- Gandanghari came out as a gay man in 2006, but it was in 2009 that she has completely transformed herself into a transgender woman
'CHANGE is coming - big time!' was the statement of BB Gandanghari on her latest Instagram post.
Gandanghari, formerly known as Rustom Cariño Padilla, posted on the social media app a document of the petition she made in California. In the document, the former-actor-turned-model filed to officially change her name and gender.
'And then...it's really just a matter of time now,' she stated in a previous post.
Before Gandanghari became who she is right now, she started out as an action star and matinee idol. As Rustom, she was also married to actress Carmina Villaroel but their marriage was annulled in 2002.
After his split from Villaroel, he became known as the host of one of America's longest-running game shows, 'Wheel of Fortune', on ABC 5.
She only came out in 2006 when she joined 'Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition' after 44 days inside the house.
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Three years after her revelation, she shocked the nation by becoming the woman she is today. During her announcement, she boldly declared that her former male self is already dead, much to the dismay of her brothers initially.
After appearing in a few acting jobs, she went abroad and eventually got a gig as an androgynous model. However, the call of acting was strong and she decided to return home to go back on what she missed the most.
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Gandanghari has petitioned to change her birth name to 'Binibining Gandanghari' which is the spelled-out version of her current name.
In previous interviews, she said that her new first name also refers to her motto in life: " 'Be' all that you can be."-Kami Media