Vins Santiago: The Filipino Who Became a Woman, but Later Became a Man Again (Video)
If you have been following foreign news, you know about Caitlyn Jenner. She is the latest highlight of the Vanity magazine cover. She used to be a man with the name, Bruce Jenner. Bruce is known as an Olympic athlete, and was married to a woman for almost 24 years. Here in the Philippines, we have Vins Santiago.
Jenner has undergone some cosmetic surgery, but Vins underwent a sex change operation in 1986 at the age of 24. In fact, he is the first Filipino who has transitioned himself from being a man to a woman. On the same year that Filipinos made the historical People Power Revolution, local media were also interested in him.
But unlike the American celebrity, the Filipino transgender later decided to become a man again, and admitted he made a mistake. As a woman, Vinna (Vins) had many boyfriends, and became a famous club entertainer abroad. In short, she became the envy of many women and homosexuals as well.
She later married a British national named Steve Robinson. Vins almost has everything she wanted that time, including being able to pursue his master’s degree in business in a school in London. Nevertheless, she admits still being confused about her real sexual identity. They eventually separated after five years.
In earlier interviews, Vins Santiago admitted he suffered from emotional unrest but was touched by God through the 700 Club TV show. So after he and Steve have divorced, Vins decided to be a man again. But because the surgery is irreversible, Vins was not able to have his original male organ again.
Vins is now a Christian pastor and serves as counselor for Filipino gays. Although his actions may still be similar to a homosexual and his breast implants have been taken out, Vins says he is now a man again, in his thoughts and in his heart. Below is the interview to him by Karen Davila, aired this Tuesday, June 1, 2015.
Here at TN, we think that homosexuality is a complicated topic. But whether we like it or not, the Christian faith has always been a huge opposition of both gays and lesbians. With Philippines being dominated by Catholics, the LGBT community is not 100% accepted, and same sex marriage is unlikely to be legalized.
We admire people who fight for their right to live the way they want, as long as they are not forcing anyone to join them. And yes, we believe in freedom of choice, including the freedom to choose Christianity and one’s sexuality. But at the end of the day, there is only one word we should always have to each other – Respect.