Sotto in 2017
Marvic Valentin Castelo Sotto
April 28, 1954
|Occupation||Actor, singer, comedian|
|Children||5, 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.
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.
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
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.
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!.
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. On May 6, 2017, Sotto announced on Eat Bulaga! that he and Luna were expecting their first child together.
Pepsi Paloma gang rape case
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. 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. 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—Tito Sotto had allegedly placed a pistol on the table in front of Paloma when he went to talk to her.
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.
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. 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), and damaging to his current reputation as a Senator.
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. Dela Cruz was murdered years later.
|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|
|1982||Si Ako at... Tres Muskiteros!||Poldong Muskitero|
|1982||Tatlo Silang Tatay Ko||Eastwood||'D Wonder Films|
|1983||Buhay Misis||Ilyo||GP 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||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||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|
|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.
Kris Aquino Productions
|2014||My Big Bossing's Adventures||Bossing/Vince/Torius||OctoArts Films |
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
|2015||My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore||Vito Carillo||OctoArts Films |
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
|2016||Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers||Enteng Kabisote||OctoArts Films |
M-Zet TV Productions, Inc.
|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|
|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||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|
|1982–1983||2+2||Host||City 2 Television|
|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
|Guillermo Mendoza's Entertainment Awards||Five-time Box-Office King||Won|
|PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
Okay Ka Fairy Ko
Daddy Di Do Du (GMA)
|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
|2009||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Comedy Box Office King||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||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)||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)||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)||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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