Charice Pempengco (MNS Photo)

Charice Pempengco (MNS Photo)

If she wasn’t a world-famous singer, Charice Pempengco said she would want to join “That’s My Tomboy,” the first-of-its-kind, popular noontime contest for lesbians.

Ay naman, oo. Kahit ang panglaban ko lang ata ay talent ko, siyempre, I’ll give it a shot,” Pempengco said.

One of the segments on “It’s Showtime,” That’s My Tomboy features lesbians who look masculine. It includes a question-and-answer portion, as well as a talent showcase.

Since it debuted early this month on the ABS-CBN program, “That’s My Tomboy” has consistently figured in the top trending topics on social media platform Twitter. Across its first week, the contest topped the list of local and worldwide trends on the micro-blogging site.

Pempengco, whose coming out in May made international headlines, praised “That’s My Tomboy” for putting the spotlight on other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) community.

The 21-year-old singer noted that while more gay men have earned recognition in recent years, the same may not be the case for lesbians.

Alam mo, watching them, mga contestants sa That’s My Tomboy, nakaka-proud kasi for how many years, for how many decades, mas recognized ‘yung gay men,” she said.

’Di masyadong nare-recognize ‘yung mga lesbians, so to see them na medyo confident sila, to see na ang dami palang poging lesbians, siyempre nakaka-proud na this is who we are. We are good people. We have a good sense of humor at siyempre astig magmahal,” Pempengco said, laughing.

Pempengco is in a relationship with fellow singer, Alyssa Quijano. They celebrated their first anniversary last week.

She spoke of this milestone during a recent concert with another openly gay singer Aiza Seguerra, who expressed support for Pempengco when she admitted struggling with “coming out” amid pressure to stick with her feminine image.

Noting the popularity of That’s My Tomboy, Pempengco added, “This is our time to shine and share to other people who we really are – that we are talented. Someday ‘di na sila mag-le-label na ‘lesbian.’ They will just call us artist, people.”

She also reacted to her name being frequently mentioned during the segment, saying, “Iyon ‘yung mga time na iniisip ko na I made the right choice.” (MNS)