Super Tekla

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Super Tekla
Birth nameRomeo Librada
Born (1982-01-13) January 13, 1982 (age 39)
Pigcawayan, Cotabato, Philippines
MediumTelevision
NationalityFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
Years active2016–present
Genres
Notable works and roles

Romeo Librada (born January 13, 1982), better known in his stage name Super Tekla or simply Tekla, is a Filipino actor, comedian and television host. He is best known for appearing in GMA Network's variety show, Wowowin as one of its hosts. [1]

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Early life

Librada was born in the small town of Pigcawayan, a town in Cotabato wherein he was raised by the Manobo tribe and was trained to be a farmer. His mother died at an early age. [2] Due to this, he supported his own education until he finished high school. He has seven siblings. [3]

Career

Stand-up comedy

Out of curiosity, Librada went alone to Manila wherein he found himself singing on stage at malls and comedy bars for fun. He was then discovered and got regular stints as a singer first, then a stand-up comedian, at a popular comedy bar. [2] He is best known for his Celine Dion and Whitney Houston voice impersonations. [3]

Television

In 2016, Librada appeared as a contestant in GMA Network's game show, Wowowin wherein main host Willie Revillame saw his potential in comedy and hired him as one of his co-hosts. He later formed a comedic duo with Donita Nose in the said show. [4] [5] A year after, he was allegedly fired by Revillame due to his alcoholic and gambling vices, in which Librada denied. On 2020, he was once welcomed again by Wowowin after guesting. [6] [7]

In 2017, Librada was signed by GMA Artist Center and appeared on several GMA Network shows like Alyas Robin Hood , Trops , and Celebrity Bluff . [8]

In 2018, Librada got his first major role in Inday Will Always Love You when he was cast as Kimberlou, the gay sidekick of lead actress Barbie Forteza. [9] His life story has been featured on the Kapuso drama anthology Magpakailanman , which gained high ratings for the show. Since then, he has been guested by the drama show twice, appearing in various true-to-life lead roles.

He is currently hosting comedy talk show The Boobay and Tekla Show along with comedian Boobay. [10]

Personal life

Although visually presented as gay, Librada identifies himself as a straight man. He has a daughter from his ex-wife named Irene Gonzales. [11] [2] [12]

Sexual misconduct allegation

In October 2020, Librada's live-in partner, Michelle Bana-ag, alleged in Raffy Tulfo in Action that the comedian had repeatedly sexually abused her and her child from an earlier marriage. This included demanding sexual intercourse in exchange for food while Michelle was ailing due to side-effects of contraceptive injection. [13] [14] Librada denied any wrongdoing, contending he would never rape Bana-ag as he has a daughter. Librada was later exonerated when Bana-ag was unable to provide sufficient evidence against the comedian, and testimonies from Librada's colleagues revealed past abuses from Bana-ag, namely her methamphetamine addiction as well as her lesbian relationship with a female partner. [15] This ultimately led to Raffy Tulfo withdrawing his previous pledge to support Bana-ag after the latter declined to take a drug test to prove her innocence. [16]

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2020 All-Out Sundays Co-host / Performer GMA Network
2019 Magpakailanman: Lotto Winner naging Loser Erwin
2019–present The Boobay and Tekla Show Host
2018 Studio 7 Host
Inday Will Always Love You Kimberlou
All Star Videoke All Star Laglager
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Tatlong Bibe Bibingi
2017 Alyas Robin Hood Yvonne Lady
Sunday PinaSaya Himself / Performer
Trops Tiffany
Celebrity Bluff Himself / Celebrity Bluffer
2016 Magkapakailanman: The Happy and Sad Adventures of Tekla: The Romeo Librada Story Himself
2016–2018, 2020–present Wowowin Himself / Co-host

Film

YearTitleRoleStudio
2019 Kiko en Lala [17] Kiko / Lala GMA Pictures

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