Bert Marcelo

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Bert Marcelo
Born Norberto J. Marcelo, Sr.
(1936-06-06)June 6, 1936
Baliuag, Bulacan
Died December 16, 1995(1995-12-16) (aged 59)
St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City
Cause of death brain stroke (cerebellar infarct)
Resting place Baliuag, Bulacan
Nationality Filipino
Other names Tawa
Occupation Actor, comedian, TV personality
Years active 1967–1995
Spouse(s) Alicia Castro-Marcelo
Children Norberto "Albert" Marcelo, Jr.
Barry Marcelo
Gerard Marcelo
Buboy Marcelo

Norberto "Bert" "Tawa" Joya Marcelo (June 6, 1936 – December 16, 1995) was a prominent Filipino television personality whose trademark high-pitched infectious laughter earned him the popular moniker "Tawa", after the Tagalog word for laugh.


Born in Baliuag, Bulacan, Marcelo's persona as the Filipino everyman, enhanced by his fluency in the Tagalog language and his easy-going friendly nature, made him ideal as the most recognized endorser of the popular San Miguel Beer. Apart from his classic commercials for San Miguel Beer such as Isang Platitong Mani, Marcelo was also best known as the co-host with Pilita Corrales of Ang Bagong Kampeon, a long-running television talent show which discovered Regine Velasquez among other talents. He was also an occasional actor in films, as well in television sitcoms such as Baltic and Company in the 1970s.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to non-showbiz wife, Alicia Trinidad Castro with 4 sons: Norberto Jr. (Albert), Barry, Gerard & Buboy.


Marcelo died at the peak of his career when he suffered a fatal stroke on December 16, 1995 and two days before the death of fellow actor/comedian Panchito Alba.

Memorabilia of Bert Marcelo (Baliuag, Bulacan museum).




  • Everlasting Love (1989)
  • Isang Platitong Mani (1986)
  • Mga mata ni Angelita (1978)
  • Kapten Batuten en his super batuta (1977)
  • Tisoy! (1977)
  • Wanakosay (1977)
  • Oh Margie Oh (1974)
  • The Panther (1973)
  • Ang pangalan ko'y Luray (1971)
  • Padre, si Eba (1971)
  • D' Musical Teenage Idols! (1969)
  • Tisoy (1969)
  • Brownout (1969)
  • Teenage Escapades! (1969)
  • Tore ng diyablo (1969)
  • Pomposa: Ang kabayong tsismosa (1968)

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