Vic Sotto

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Vic Sotto
A closeup of Vic Sotto giving out shawarma.
Sotto in 2017
Marvic Valentin Castelo Sotto

(1954-04-28) April 28, 1954 (age 66)
Manila, Philippines
OccupationActor, singer, comedian
Years active1977–present
Children5, including Oyo and Vico

Marvic Valentin Castelo Sotto (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈsɔtɔ]; born April 28, 1954) is a Filipino actor, singer, and comedian, best known for his various television and film projects on the major Philippine television networks GMA, TV5, and ABS-CBN. He is one of three pioneer hosts of Eat Bulaga!, which is the longest-running Philippine noontime variety show.

He owns the film and TV production company M-Zet Productions. Sotto won four consecutive titles for Philippine Box Office King from 2004 to 2007 awarded by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Awards, and received three nominations for Best Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival.


Family background[edit]

Sotto was born on April 28, 1954. He is the youngest son of Marcelino Antonio Ojeda Sotto Sr. and Dr. Herminia Castelo. He studied at Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He is the brother of Valmar "Val" Sotto, Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, and Marcelino "Maru" Sotto Jr.[citation needed]


Early career[edit]

He started his career as a folk singer and guitarist. During these years, Sotto was also the lead vocalist of the disco funk band VST & Company. He produced such songs as "Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko", "Rock Baby Rock", and "Kung Sakali".

He joined his brothers Tito and Val in the early 1970s gag show OK Lang under IBC 13. This is where he met another comedian, Joey de Leon, who invited the brothers to join him. The trio of Tito, Vic and Joey (TVJ) was thus formed, casting in Iskul Bukol, TVJ (Television's Jesters), Rock and Roll 2000 and hosting Eat Bulaga!.

Tito, Vic and Joey[edit]

In 1976, the Sotto brothers Tito, Vic and Val were invited by former OK Lang co-star Joey de Leon to co-host an episode of GMA Network's late afternoon variety show Discorama hosted by Bobby Ledesma. Only Tito and Vic accepted de Leon's invitation. The newly formed trio began to do comedy newscast segments interspersed with Top 40 hit-song parodies. Originally, the trio's appearance was supposed to be a one-off invitation as Discorama was set to be axed but after getting good feedback from the viewers and ratings were high, the show was given a new lease on life by GMA management. The trio was later invited to become part of the noontime show Student Canteen as they released 12 albums based on their Discorama Tough Hits segment.

The sitcom Iskul Bukol that gave them nationwide fame as comedians. Soon after, other TV and movie offers came knocking on the trio's door.

In 1979, Tito, Vic and Joey began hosting the noontime show Eat Bulaga!, which was pitted against the more established Student Canteen. Not long after, Eat Bulaga! toppled Student Canteen from the ratings. The trio is still active on both Holy Week Dramas every Lenten Season and also on comedy variety show on Eat Bulaga!.

Later career[edit]

In the last three decades, he has done sitcoms and television shows for three networks, ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5 (most of which were for GMA).

Personal life[edit]

Sotto has five children from various relationships. He also has seven grandchildren (two from Danica, four from Oyo, and one from Paulina).

Sotto confirmed his engagement to Eat Bulaga! co-host Pauleen Luna in September 2015. The couple married on January 30, 2016 at Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa.[1] On May 6, 2017, Sotto announced on Eat Bulaga! that he and Luna were expecting their first child together.[2]


Pepsi Paloma gang rape case[edit]

In 1982, the 15-year old actress Pepsi Paloma accused Sotto and fellow comedians Joey de Leon and Richie D'Horsie of gang raping and taking photos of her on June 21 in a room at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.[3] On July 31, Paloma's manager Rey dela Cruz lodged a formal complaint with Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. On August 18, Paloma filed charges of rape and acts of lasciviousness against the three television personalities before the Quezon City fiscal's office.[4] The crime of rape at the time, carried the death penalty in the Philippines, and to prevent his brother from being sent to the electric chair, Tito Sotto quickly went to see Paloma while she was still securing the services of Atty. Rene Cayetano. According to Paloma, Tito Sotto coerced her into signing an "Affidavit of Desistance" to drop the rape charges against his brother and cohorts[5]—Tito Sotto had allegedly placed a pistol on the table in front of Paloma when he went to talk to her.[6]

In exchange for the dismissal of the charges of rape, Vic Sotto, de Leon and D'Horsie issued a public apology to Paloma:

We hope that you will not allow the error we have committed against you to stand as a stumbling block to that future which we all look forward to. We therefore ask you to find it in your heart to pardon us for the wrong which we have done against you.[7]

Despite the suspects' earlier apology, Tito Sotto has maintained his position against any involvement in the whitewashing of the rape case and alleges that the scandal was a gimmick by Paloma's party for publicity. Again, in spite of a live apology issued to the people, Sotto said that he was not involved as a perpetrator in the rape of Paloma and he denied using his position in government to influence the court decision. Sotto became Vice Mayor in Quezon City in 1988 before being elected as a Senator in 1992.[8][9] In 2018, Sotto requested The Philippine Inquirer to remove published articles available online mentioning the Pepsi Paloma Case, claiming them to be "fake news" (though clearly was not the case),[10] and damaging to his current reputation as a Senator.[11][12]

Three years later, Paloma was found dead in an apparent suicide, though evidence suggests this was actually murder in order to prevent her from testifying against Sotto in court.[13] Dela Cruz was murdered years later.[14]



Year Title Role Production Company
1979 Swing It Baby Vic Lea Productions
1979 Rock Baby Rock Vic
1979 Mang Kepweng Tres Dwendes (TVJ) GP Films
1979 Mamang Sorbetero Ariston (1st Comedy Solo Movie) JE Productions
1980 Ako, Ikaw...Magkaagaw Greggy (first dramatic role) JPM Productions
1980 Mr. One-Two-Three Toto (as TVJ)
1980 Iskul Bukol Vic Ungasis (as TVJ) GP Films
1981 Age Doesn't Matter Enteng Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1981 Palpak Connection Jaworsky GP Films
1981 Mr. One-Two-Three Part 2 Toto
1981 Bilibid Gays Dina Maria Bombolina Estofada y Bonnevie (as Vic)
1981 D'Gradwets Maverick (as TVJ) Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1981 Mag-toning Muna Tayo Evita (as Vic) GP Films
1981 Iskul Bukol Vic Ungasis
1981 Tartan Tartan
1982 Si Ako at... Tres Muskiteros! Poldong Muskitero
1982 Tatlo Silang Tatay Ko Eastwood 'D Wonder Films
1983 Buhay Misis Ilyo GP Films
1984 Goodah Renato Seiko Films
1984 Give Me Five! Michael (as Vic) Viva Films
1984 Naku Ha! Toribio Seiko Films
1985 Ride on Baby Paul Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1985 Super Wan-tu-tri Gaspar (as Vic)
1985 Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick Ricky (as TVJ) Viva Films
1985 I Have Three Hands Jovito 'Bitoy' Agatep (as Vic) Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1985 Mama Said Papa Said I Love You Bogs (as Vic)
1985 Ma'am May We Go Out Chip Soriano Viva Films
1986 Working Boys Bert
1986 Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig Eddie Seiko Films
1986 Send in the Clowns Ricky (as TVJ) Seiko Films
1987 Forward March Omeng Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1987 The Best of Iskul Bukol: The Movie Vic Ungasis
1987 Shoot That Ball Manoy
1987 Ready!... Aim!... Fire!... Sugar Ray Seiko Films
1988 Fly Me to the Moon Galileo Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1988 Wake Up Little Susie Napoleon Timawa
1988 Good Morning, Titser Pedro Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1988 Smith & Wesson Jessie Wesson Viva Films
1989 Si Malakas at si Maganda Oyo/Malakas Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1989 Gawa Na ang Bala Para sa Akin Nanding
1990 My Funny Valentine Florante
1990 Hotdog Jose
1990 Twist: Ako si Ikaw, Ikaw si Ako Bogart
1990 Ganda Babae, Ganda Lalake Victor
1990 Crocodile Jones: The Son of Indiana Dundee Crocodile Jones
1990 Kabayo Kids Jockey Nanding
1990 I Have 3 Eggs Sylvester
1990 Samson & Goliath Samson
1990 Iputok Mo... Dadapa Ako! (Hard to Die) Bruce OctoArts Films
1991 Onyong Majikero Onyong Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1991 Rocky Plus V Rocky
1991 Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!: The Movie Enteng M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
1992 Ano Ba Yan? Victor OctoArts Films
1992 Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!: Part 2 Enteng M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
1992 Boy Anghel: Utak Pulburon Boy Anghel Movie Arts Productions
1992 Sam & Miguel (Your Basura, No Problema) Sam Regal Entertainment, Inc.
1992 Ang Tange Kong Pag-ibig Restituto Roso Movie Arts Productions
1993 Ano Ba 'Yan 2 Victor Dimasupil OctoArts Films
1993 Ang Kuya Kong Siga Johnny Movie Arts Productions
1994 Hindi Pa Tapos ang Labada, Darling Victor "Toryo" Dimasupil Star Cinema
1994 Tunay na Magkaibigan, Walang Iwanan... Peksman! Estong Movie Arts Productions
1994 Once Upon a Time in Manila Jet
1995 Isang Kahig, Tatlong Tuka... (Daddy Ka Na, Mommy Ka Pa!) Victor
1996 Enteng and the Shaolin Kid Enteng
1997 Lab en Kisses Lab OctoArts Films
GMA Films
1997 Biyudo si Daddy, Biyuda si Mommy Victor Star Cinema
1997 Enteng en Mokong: Kaming mga Mababaw ang Kaligayahan Andrew MAQ Productions
1998 D'Sisters: Nuns of the Above Victor Dimasupil / Sister Victoria GMA Films
1999 Basta't Ikaw... Nanginginig Pa Enteng Viva Films
2000 Bakit Ba Ganyan? (Ewan Ko Nga Ba, Darling) Ricky Belo M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
2003 Lastikman Larry / Lastikman OctoArts Films
2003 Fantastic Man Fredo / Fantastic Man
2004 Enteng Kabisote: OK Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend Enteng Kabisote
2005 Perfect: Eat Bulaga Special Himself TAPE Productions
2005 Ispiritista: Itay, May Moomoo! Victor OctoArts Films
2005 The GMA All-Star Special Himself GMA Network
2005 Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend Continues! Enteng Kabisote OctoArts Films
2006 Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes On and On and On Enteng Kabisote
2007 Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka Fairy Ko...The Beginning of the Legend Enteng Kabisote
2008 Dobol Trobol: Lets Get Redi 2 Rambol! Arthur Calaycay RVQ Productions
2008 Scaregivers Specialist Doctor APT Entertainment
2008 Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After Vic Ungasis (as Vic) OctoArts Films
2009 Love on Line (LOL) Samson Alumpihit Jr.
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Victor Lagman
2010 Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote Enteng Kabisote GMA Films
2011 Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Angelo Star Cinema
2011 Enteng ng Ina Mo Enteng Kabisote
2012 D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! Bossing Chairman APT Entertainment
2012 Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Ako Enteng Kabisote GMA Films
2013 My Little Bossings Torky Villanueva OctoArts Films
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
APT Entertainment
Kris Aquino Productions
2014 My Big Bossing's Adventures Bossing/Vince/Torius OctoArts Films
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
APT Entertainment
2015 My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore Vito Carillo OctoArts Films
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
APT Entertainment
MEDA Productions
GMA Films
2016 Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers Enteng Kabisote OctoArts Films
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
APT Entertainment
2017 Meant to Beh Ronaldo Balatbat
2018 Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles Perfecto "Popoy/ Pops" Fernandez CCM Film Productions, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions
2019 Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions


Year Show Role Network
2019 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Ikigai: Buhay Ng Buhay Ko Tonio GMA Network
2018 Daddy's Gurl Barak Otogan
Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Taray ni Tatay
2017 Bossing & Ai Himself / Host
Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Kaibigan Vito
2016–2017 Hay, Bahay! Vio
2016 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Panata Moises
2015 Sabado Badoo Cameo footage, featured
2015 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special: Sukli ng Pagmamahal Greg
2014–2015 Lucky Me Nam Nam Dear Bossing Host
2013–2016 Vampire ang Daddy Ko Victor Ventura
2012–2013 The Million Peso Money Drop Host TV5
2011–2012 The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto Direk Vic
2011 R U Kidding Me! Host
2010–2011 LOL: Laugh Or Lose Host
2010–2011 My Darling Aswang Victor
2009–2015 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Host
2007–2009 Ful Haus Ful GMA Network
2004 Eat Bulaga Silver Special Host
2001–2007 Daddy Di Do Du Kul
2005 A Telefantastic Christmas: The GMA All-Star Special Various
2001 Korek na Korek ka Dyan Host
1997 1 for 3 Host
1994–1997 Mixed Nuts! (Numero Unong Terrific Show) Host
1992 Rock n' Roll 2000 Host/Performer ABC (now TV5)
TVJ on 5 (TeleVision's Jesters on 5) Host
1989 TVJ (TeleVision's Jesters) Host IBC
Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! Enteng Kabisote IBC
GMA Network
1982–1983 2+2 Host City 2 Television
1979–present Eat Bulaga! Host RPN
GMA Network
1979–1981 C.U.T.E. (Call Us Two for Entertainment) Host IBC
1978–1988 Iskul Bukol Vic Ungasis
1977 Student Canteen Co-Host GMA Network

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year(s) Award Category Result
Guillermo Mendoza's Entertainment Awards Five-time Box-Office King Won
1986, 1987,
1989, 1990,
1992, 1996,
2001, 2003
and 2004
PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Okay Ka Fairy Ko
Daddy Di Do Du (GMA)
1989, 1990,
1992, 1995,
1997, 1998
2000, 2003,
and 2008
PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Variety Show Host Won
Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
Enpress Best Male Variety Host Won
Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
2007 Guillermo Mendoza's Entertainment Awards Comedy Box Office King Won
2008 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards All Time Box-Office King
Special Award[15]
2009 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Comedy Box Office King[16] Won
(with Dolphy for Dobol Trobol)
2009 35th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor for Ang Darling Kong Aswang Nominated
2010 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Comedy Box Office King[17] Won
2010 GME Comedy Box Office King Won
2010 Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Celebrity Inductee Won
2010-11 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Game Show Host Won
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (TV5)
2011-12 NSSUU Best Variety Game Show Host Won
Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box-Office Kings (with Bong Revilla)[18] Won
Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote
2011 37th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor for Enteng Ng Ina Mo Nominated
2012 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box-Office Tandem (with Ai Ai delas Alas)[19] Won
Enteng Ng Ina Mo
2013 Reader's Digest Most Trusted TV Host for Entertainment and Variety Won
Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
2013 Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Favorite Male TV Host of the Year Won
Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
2013 39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor for My Little Bossings Nominated
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Stars (with Vice Ganda)[20] Won
My Little Bossings
2016 6th EdukCircle Awards Most Influential Film Actor of the Year for My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore Won


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  18. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "Vice Ganda named Phenomenal Box-Office Star; Derek Ramsay is Box-Office King while Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes share Box-Office Queen title". Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  20. ^ "Star Cinema named most popular film producer". Star Cinema. Retrieved May 19, 2014.

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