Pugo (comedian)

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Mariano "Pugo" Contreras
Birth name Mariano Contreras
Born (1910-07-12)July 12, 1910
Died December 12, 1978(1978-12-12) (aged 68)
Resting place Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque, Philippines[1]
Nationality Filipino

Mariano Contreras (July 12, 1910 – December 12, 1978), better known by his stage name Pugo, was a Filipino actor, comedian, vaudevillian, and film director, famous as one half of the comedy team Pugo and Tugo during the 1930s up to 1950s.[2][3] He has sometimes been credited as Mang Nano and was known as the original King of Philippine Comedy.[4]

As an actor, Contreras has performed in movies such as "Nukso ng nukso", released in 1960, "2 Sundalong Kanin" (1952), and "Kambal tuko" (1952), in which he portrayed Momoy. Pugo was also a movie director and has worked on "Kababalaghan o Kabulastugan?", released in 1960.

After Tugo's death in 1952, Contreras teamed up with Bentot in movies, radio and television.[5] His popular TV shows were "Tangtarangtang", "Si Tatang Kasi" and "Wanted Boarders".



  1. ^ "Our Heritage and the Departed: A Cemeteries Tour". Presidential Museum & Library (Philippines). Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Pugo, people.theiapolis.com
  3. ^ Pugo, movie-industry.blogspot.com
  4. ^ http://www.newsflash.org/2003/05/sb/sb003113.htm
  5. ^ Pugo and Bentot, qrst.wordpress.com

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