John en Marsha

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John en Marsha
The Puruntóng family in 1975 (from top left: Matutína and Dely Atay-Atayan; bottom left to right: Maricel Soriano, Dolphy, Nida Blanca, and Rolly Quizon)
Genre Situational comedy
Created by Ading Fernando
Directed by Ading Fernando, Al Quinn
Starring Dolphy Quizon
Nida Blanca
Rolly Quizon
Maricel Soriano
Dely Atay-Atayan
Ryan "Atong" Redillas
Sheryl Cruz
Opening theme "Rubber Ducky" by Quincy Jones
Country of origin Philippines
No. of episodes 405
Running time 1 hour
Original network RPN
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release May 1973 (1973-05) – July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
Related shows John En Shirley

John en Marsha (English: John and Marsha) was a Philippine television sitcom that aired on the Radio Philippines Network from May 1973 to July 30, 1990. Created by Adíng Fernando, the series starred Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Dely Atay-Atayan and Maricel Soriano.

A spin-off from the series, John En Shirley, aired on ABS-CBN in 2006 with Dolphy and Maricel Soriano reprising their roles from the original series.


Marsha Jones marries the impoverished John Puruntóng, much to the dismay of her wealthy mother, Doña Delilah. The latter often pays a visit to their house along with her serving-maid Matutína. When money was needed, she would tell Matutína to go sweep peso bills off the floor.

Despite this, John rejects all the financial assistance Doña Delilah offers his family, resulting in a hilarious exchange of insults between the two. The show usually ends with Doña Delilah screaming her catchphrase "Kayâ ikaw, John, magsumikap ka!" ("Therefore you, John, must work hard!") to insult John's capability as the father of the household. They end up making amends, giving each other abrupt hugs with Doña Delilah exclaiming "Peace man!".


  • Dolphy as John H. Puruntóng
  • Nida Blanca as Marsha J. Puruntóng (John's wife)
  • Dely Atay-Atayan as Doña Delilah G. Jones (John's mother-in-law)
  • Evelyn Bontogon-Guererro as Matutína (Doña Delilah's maid and sidekick)
  • Rolly Quizon as Rolly J. Puruntóng (eldest son)
  • Maricel Soriano as Shirley J. Puruntóng (daughter)
  • Madel de Leon as Madél Puruntóng (daughter-in-law)
  • Atong Redillas as John-John J. Puruntóng (son, Vandolph played the role in the spin-off John En Shirley)
  • Isko Salvador as Iskô (the neighborhood storekeeper and Shirley's suitor)
  • Sheryl Cruz as Shirley J. Puruntóng (replacing Maricel Soriano in later years only before she came back)


The series spawned multiple movie incarnations from 1974 to 1991:

  • John en Marsha sa Pelikula (1974)
  • John en Marsha Part Two sa Amerika (1975)
  • John en Marsha '77 (1977)
  • John en Marsha '80 (1980)
  • Da Best of John en Marsha (1983)
  • Da Best of John en Marsha 2 (1984)
  • John en Marsha '85 sa Probinsya (1985)
  • John en Marsha T.N.T. sa Amerika (1986)
  • John en Marsha Ngayong '91 (1991)

Songs used[edit]

Aside from "Rubber Ducky" by Quincy Jones, "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson was also used.

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