Pepito Manaloto

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Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento
Pepitomanaloto2014titlecard.jpg
Logo used since 2014
Format Reality, sitcom
Created by GMA Entertainment TV Group
Developed by Michael V.
Directed by Bert de Leon
Creative director(s) Michael V.
Starring Michael V.
Manilyn Reynes
Jake Vargas
Angel Satsumi
Jessa Zaragosa
Nova Villa
Opening theme "Pepito Manaloto"
Composer(s) Michael V.
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of seasons 5
Production
Executive producer(s) Roy San Luis
Location(s) Philippines
Singapore (two episodes only)
United States (two episodes only)
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMA Network
Picture format 480i NTSC
Original run As Pepito Manaloto:
March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28) – March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)
As Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento:
September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16) – present
External links
Website

Pepito Manaloto, now known as Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento (Pepito Manaloto: The Real Story) is a Philippine award-winning live situational comedy created by Michael V. for GMA Network which premiered on March 28, 2010. The show premiered on GMA Pinoy TV on April 5, 2010, one week after its original premiere. The show is currently on its fifth season (with the new, revised title),[1] which premiere on September 16, 2012 in the Philippines and September 22, 2012 worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. The show moved every Saturdays @ 6:00pm (PST) after 24 Oras Weekend.

History[edit]

Dubbed as a reality-sitcom, the show features (Michael V.), together with his family Elsa (Manilyn Reynes) and Chito (Joshua Pineda), whose "simple and underprivileged life significantly changes when he becomes the lone winner of P700 million in the national lottery." Although it was perhaps presumed impossible to win such amount on a single lotto ticket, it actually happened on November 29, 2010 – a winner took home P741.1 million, more than Pepito's prize.

The first season started on March 28, 2010, which focused on the adventures of Pepito and his family who are still quite unaccustomed to the life of luxury and excess that they now have to enjoy after winning from the lottery. On November 21, 2010, GMA Network picked up the show for a second season, which followed Pepito buying the Maricar del Valle's (Carmina Villaroel) because of financial problems. Towards the end of the season, Elsa got pregnant. The show started its third season in July 2011, which focused on Pepito's life after Elsa has given birth. The fourth season started on December 4, 2011, which saw the Manaloto's lives after 5 years. The children have grown up – Chito, now played by Jake Vargas, and Clarissa, played by Angel Satsumi. The characters' new location and new characters were introduced as the series went. On the January 8, 2012, it was explained that Maricar traveled to the US to manage her father's business. In actuality, Villaroel, who plays the role, transferred to ABS-CBN. A two-part episode was shown during the season, which detailed the Manaloto family's trip to Singapore. The fourth season ended on March 25, 2012. On April 8, 2012, a special episode aired before Party Pilipinas titled Sarap Balikan: A Pepito Manaloto Special. It featured different episodes as well as bloopers and gags.

Due to public demand, GMA Network decided to bring back the Pepito Manaloto and renew it for a fifth season. Titled Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, the show departs itself from the previous seasons. The Manalotos' rags-to-riches experience earned them a TV show, but because they thought their show didn't reveal the true story, the network scrapped the project. As a result, the family came up with an idea to show exactly what goes on in the Manaloto household by having their own camera crew film their lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Several characters were given more importance this season – househelpers Patrick (John Feir), Maria (Janna Dominguez), Robert (Arthur Solinap) and Baby (Mosang); neighbor Tommy (Ronnie Henares); and the mother-daughter tandem of Deedee (Jessa Zaragosa) and Mimi (Nova Villa).

In Season 4, it was stated that Patrick and Maria were married and that they had a child. However, in season 5, it was not stated that they were married in any episode.

Season 4 title card used from 2011 to 2012.
Title card used from 2012 to 2014.

Casts[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Special guests and former cast[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Catholic Mass Media Award
    • 2011 Winner: Best Comedy Show
    • 2013 Winner: Best Comedy Program
  • PIRA Awards
    • 2011 Winner: Special Award for Insurance Education
  • ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards
    • 2011 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
    • 2013 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
    • 2013 Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program: John Feir
    • 2014 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
    • 2014 Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program: Michael V.
    • 2014 Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program: Nova Villa
  • PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • 2011 Winner: Best Comedy Show
    • 2013 Winner: Best Comedy Show
  • USTv Awards
    • 2012 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
    • 2013 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
  • FMTM Awards
    • 2012 Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Sitcom/Gag Program: John Feir
    • 2012 Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Sitcom/Gag Program: Nova Villa
    • 2011 Awardee: TOP TV SERIES Senior ARTISTS: Michael V. - Top 9
    • 2010 Winner: Best Weekend Series
    • 2010 Winner: Best Comedy/Musical Series
    • 2010 Winner: Best Musical/Comedy Lead Actress: Manilyn Reynes

Reception[edit]

Critics[edit]

Pepito Manaloto received generally positive reviews especially how it shows the lessons each episode. The comedy was also praised for being original and highly favorable. It was also one of GMA's highest rated shows and has already won awards. The show's cast was also praised being very much talented for the show and how they make audience impact. Also, how the show ended and when it was announced that it would be back on air was both critically acclaimed.

DVD release[edit]

The series will be released onto DVD-format by GMA Records. The DVDs will be in volumes, there will be succeeding volumes as the show progresses.[2]

See also[edit]

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