Dagul

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Dagul
Born Romy Pastrana
(1958-10-05) October 5, 1958 (age 59)
Victorias, Negros Occidental
Occupation Actor, comedian, model
Years active 1998–present

Romy Pastrana[1] (born October 5, 1958 in Victorias, Negros Occidental, Philippines), commonly known by his stage name Dagul, is a Filipino dwarf actor, comedian and politician.

Acting career[edit]

Dagul was scouted by singer-host Randy Santiago in 1998.[2] Santiago would later dubbed him as "Dagul" which is a colloquial term in Pampanga meaning tall or big which contrasts his short height.[3][4]

From doing smaller roles in movies such as Isprikitik, Walastik Kung Pumitik (1999) and Juan & Ted: Wanted (2000), Dagul gained even more exposure when he became Long Mejia's sparring partner in GMA's defunct comedy sitcom Kool Ka Lang (2001).

Viewers already appreciated the "Long and Dagul" tandem when the former decided to transfer to ABS-CBN. Dagul followed. Long Mejia became a regular co-host of Willie Revillame's Masayang Tanghali Bayan, while Dagul did some guest appearances.

Soon the tandem split up. Long was included in the cast of Home Alone da River (2002) and Home Along Da Airport (2003) and became preoccupied with doing movies. Dagul, on the other hand, became more visible on TV. He was a mainstay of the defunct sitcom Ok Fine Whatever (2003) and, up to now, a regular in Goin' Bulilit.

Dagul is the only adult in the hit children's Sunday gag show, Goin' Bulilit since its inception. Director, Edgar Mortiz was responsible for giving Dagul regular employment by casting him in the show. Unlike the other child cast from the show, Dagul will never "graduate" or leave the show.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

  • Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang (2012)
  • Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (2007)
  • Mr. Suave (2003)
  • Cass & Cary: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? (2002)
  • D'Uragons: Never Umuurong, Always Sumusulong (2002)
  • Burlesk King Daw, O! (2000)
  • Juan & Ted: Wanted - Chuck (2000)
  • Isprikitik, Walastik Kung Pumitik (1999)[5]

Politics[edit]

In October 2010, Dagul was proclaimed kagawad of Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal after receiving the highest number of votes for the position. He campaigned himself as "The Little Man With a Big Heart" and promised to put up daycare centers and deploy additional medical personnel in poor areas if he was elected to the position.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dagul became a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo along with his family last May 2017. As of February 2013, Dagul is married and has five children, three of which are sons, and a daughter. All of Dagul's children except his only daughter who is also the youngest child did not inherit his dwarfism condition.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dagul Will Be The Only Cast Member Of 'Goin Bulilit' Who'Ll Never Graduate From The Show". Showbiz Portal (in English and Filipino). 1 February 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Dumaual, Mario (15 October 2010). "Pagtulong sa barangay, nagtulak kay Dagul para tumakbo" [Opportunity to help in the barangay, pushed Dagul to run (as kagawad)] (in Filipino). ABS-CBN News. Patrol ng Pilipino. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Dagul stands tall after topping barangay polls" (in English and Filipino). ABS-CBN News. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Almo, Nerisa (3 October 2007). "Little actors who made it big in showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal Inc. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Dagul on IMDb