His father is Roy Padilla, Sr. and Eva Lolita Cariño. His grandfather was Bulacan Governor Jose Padilla, Sr.. His uncles were the famous matinee idols of the 40s and 50s Pempe Padilla and Carlos Padilla, Sr..
In January 2009, he announced that he was no longer Rustom Padilla but BeBe Gandanghari.
Rustom was born on September 4, 1965 at Childrens Hospital, Quezon City. He went to San Sebastian College Elementary School. He continued studies in St. Louis University Laboratory Boys High School in 1982, when the family transferred to Baguio. He pursued university studies at St. Louis University where he was a dean's lister majoring in economics.
He started working at Security Bank. He then worked at Philippine Airlines as a flight steward, finishing at the top of his training class. In 1991 he placed in Faces for Men, thereby starting his career in enterntainment and show business.
Life in the Movies
In 1992 he started his showbiz career with supporting roles in Viva Films, signing a six-picture and two-year buildup contract. On his fourth film he assumed his first major role as a bida-contra bida in Kapag Iginuhit ang Hatol ng Puso under director Celso Ad. Castillo. Rustom earned his first acting award nomination with his first movie.
In 1993 after a string of movies, including Ikaw, Gagay, Hanggang Saan, Hanggang Kailan, and Kadenang Bulaklak. He was cited as the most promising TV personality during the 1993 Star Awards for television. In that year GMMF Awards also cited him as the most promising movie actor.
Venturing into action movies, Rustom acted in Brat Pack, Bilang na ang Araw Mo and Marami Ka Pang Kakaining Bigas sharing top billing with Eddie Garcia. His landmark film as an action star was Mistah, where he starred with his brothers Robin, Rommel and Royette Padilla.
In 1994 Rustom was launched as a leading man with Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko directed by Laurice Guillen. He then starred in two films with Carmina Villaroel--Hindi Magbabago and the remake of 60s classic Maruja under Jose Javier Reyes, each receiving acting nominations for the two films. Their teamup was so well received that they were adjudged the most popular love team for two consecutive years, converting their real love to reel. Rustom and Carmina were married in secret on June 4, 1994.
Rustom's movie career was ran a gamut from drama, action, and even comedy: Paano Kung Wala Ka Na, Ganito Ba ang Magmahal, Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure. He starred in Happy Hearts as the gay father of Alvin. He appeared as the effeminate salon owner Ada (Adrian) in the filmed version of the comicbook Zsazsa Zaturnnah. In 2007 he won the Best Actor award in that year's URIAN.
Apart from films Rustom exhibited interest in the stage where he played the role of Simoun in Jose Rizal's El Filibusterismo staged by GANTIMPALA. He essayed several TV shows, including Davao (the mini-series), directed by Chito Roño. He hosted TV shows Lunch Date, Vilma, Pops. He ventured into soap operas Valiente, and Saan Ka Man Naroroon.
He was the first host of Wheel of Fortune Philippines in 2001. He undertook an Asian mini-series called Paradise alongside MTV veejays Nadia Hutagalung and Mei Yi. He hosted different award bodies including STAR Awards, Film Academy of the Philippines, URIAN for a good number of years.
In 2002 he left the Philippines to pursue a certification program for film, television and digital entertainment at University of California at Los Angeles. He finished his course in 2004. In 2005 he returned to the Philippines.
In the 2006 season, he appeared as one of 14 housemates in the first Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. On the March 2, 2006 episode a magical thing happened: a butterfly alighted on him, presaging his very public confession of being gay to Keanna Reeves, becoming Big Brothers most popular episode. On Day 45 of the competition, Rustom voluntarily left the house.
In October 2008, he created a sensation at the Gawad Urian. Upon being called to present the Best Actor Award, he came onstage wearing a pink outfit and projecting a female persona. In a post-event interview, he said that he was "Gandanghari".
After taping for Eva Fonda, he left the Philippines for a three-month stay in New York. On his return to the country in January 2009, he announced to the media that he would no longer be Rustom Padilla but BB Gandanghari.
Award & Recognitions
• 2007 Gawad Urian Best Actor award
• 2007 Gawad Tanglaw Best Actor award
• 1992 PMPC Star Awards for Television - Best New Male TV Personality
• Eva Fonda on ABS-CBN 2 (2008) as Patty
• La Vendetta as Alfie Camba (1 episode, 2008)
• Super Inggo 1.5 in Ang bagong bangis (2007)
• Aalog-Alog as Rust (2007)
• Showbiz Central (2007) TV series as Guest Co-Host
• Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition as Housemate (1 episode, 2006)
• Komiks (1 episode, 2006)
• Fun Haus (2006) TV episode
• Maalaala Mo Kaya (1 episode, 2000) in Wedding Cake
• Saan ka man naroroon (1999) TV series as Alex
• Wansapanataym (1 episode, 1999) in Hello God (1999) TV episode
• Wheel Of Fortune - ABC 5 (1997)
• GMA Love Stories - GMA Network (1996)
• Spotlight Drama Special - GMA Network (1994)
• GMA Telecine Specials - GMA Network (1993)
• 17 Bernard Club - ABC 5 (1993)
• Lunch Date - GMA Network (1992)
• Davao, Ang Gintong Pag-Asa - RPN 9 (1991)
• Happy Hearts (2007) as Enrico
• ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh (2006) as Ada
• Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001)
• Ganito ako magmahal (1999)
• Bilib ako sa'yo (1999) as Mike
• Ako'y ibigin mo... Lalaking matapang (1999)
• Alipin ng aliw (1998)
• Walang katapusang init (1998)
• Abuso: Case #6433 (1997)
• Paano kung wala ka na (1997) • Bilang na ang araw mo (1996)
• Maruja (1996)
• Jessica Alfaro Story (1995)
• Sana dalawa ang puso ko (1995)
• Marami ka pang kakaining bigas (1994) as Jun
• Darna: Ang pagbabalik (1994)
• Mistah (1994)
• Brat Pack (1994)
• Hindi magbabago (1994) as Dennis
• Kadenang bulaklak (1993)
• Gagay: Prinsesa ng brownout (1993) as Raul
• Kapag iginuhit ang hatol ng puso (1993)
• Ikaw (1993)
• Narito ang puso ko (1992)
• Ngayon at kailanman (1992) as Dags de Leon
• Eto na naman ako (2000) (screenplay)
• Eto na naman ako (2000) (line producer)
- Rustom Padilla at the Internet Movie Database
- San Diego Jr., Bayani. “Books: Rustom Padilla.” In Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 6, 2008.
- Gandanghari on Philippine Online Chronicles.