The Philippine entertainment industry has a lot of talented comedians. They have made the Filipino people laugh throughout the years, which has made more entertainment in every Filipino home. Many have regarded Filipinos as the happiest people in the world since they tend to cheer themselves up though problems may come along the way.
There are many great comedians in the Philippines which include Dolphy, Palito, Pugo and Togo, Renato “Rene” Requiestas, Marvic “Vic”,, Castelo Sotto, Pablito Sarmiento, Jr. Babalu, Panchito Alba, Jimmy Santos, Cipriano “Dodoy” Cermeño II and Ricardo Castro.
These comedians make Filipinos have a good laugh and drown them with a lot of entertainment. Due to their talent in entertainment, they are most loved and less forgotten by their Filipino fans. To seek more pieces of information about them, read the details below.
Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. and mostly known as Dolphy, is the King of Comedy in the Philippines. Sometimes people would call him Pidol or Golay. He was born on July 25, 1928, and died on July 10, 2012. He was known for entertaining people with his comedic acts on stage, radio, television, and movies.
To honor Dolphy, the late President Benigno “Ninoy,” Aquino III declared July 13, 2012, as “National Day of Remembrance” because of his outstanding contribution to the Philippine Entertainment Industry.
The real name of Palito is Reynaldo Alfredo Hipolito. He was an actor and a slapstick comedian in the Philippines. He was then a dishwasher in a restaurant frequented by movie stars. Lauro Santiago of Santiago Productions then discovered him at the age of 21.
The height of his career is between 1970-1980. He starred in many movies, sitcoms, and TV series and was known by many Filipinos for his great comedic acts.
He is greatly remembered by many because of his contribution to Philippine entertainment.
Pugo and Togo
Pugo and Togo are some of the best comedy teams in the country. The dynamic duo is composed of Mariano Contreras and Andres Solomon. Contreras starred as Pugo, while Solomon portrayed Togo.
They were both bald. They have funny and entertaining short skits, slapstick, and funny dialogues presented in many theaters in the country, including Manila’s theaters, notably Clover Theater and Avenue Theater.
They started as the Laurel and Hardy of the Philippines. Even up to this day, many Filipinos still remember how the funny duo has entertained them.
Renato “Rene” Requiestas
Rene Requiestas is one of the top comedians in the country, and the height of his career is between 1980- 1990.
He was paired with many stars like Kris Aquino, who became his partner in a romantic comedy and a sidekick to Joey de Leon.
Rene has a distinctive gaunt, toothless appearance which became his identity. He has been to many films and sitcoms.
He was nominated and won awards such as Box-Office King in 1991 for Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo. Though he died of tuberculosis and complications on July 24, 1993, his name was engraved in the memories of the Filipino people on how he entertained them.
Marvic “Vic” Castelo Sotto
Marvin “Vic” Castelo Sotto is professionally known as Vic Sotto and is a comedian, actor, and TV host to the longest-running Philippine noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga.” Vic is known as a veteran actor and host in the entertainment industry.
Vic Sotto also owns a TV production company M-Zet Productions. Vic started his career in the entertainment industry as a folk song singer and a guitarist.
He was well known in the country due to his acting talent and comedic acts. He won many awards such as Five-time Box-Office King, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Male Variety Show Host, Best Male Variety Host, and more.
Pablito Sarmiento, Jr.
Pablito Sarmiento, Jr. has a famous screen name called Babalu. He is known in the country as an actor and comedian. In most of his television exposure, he was ridiculed for his appearance.
Due to his talents in comedic acts, he was referred to as one of the most famous, beloved, and greatest comedians” in the Philippines. Dolphy is the one who discovers Babalu’s talent in comedy. He has had many roles in sitcoms, films and was given a position on the Philippines’ leading comedy-variety show Buhay Artista.
He was remembered by many of his fans and won’t forget how he has provided laughter to many.
The real name of Panchito Alba is Alfonso Discher Tagle Sr. He is an actor and mostly appears in comedy roles. He was FAMAS award-winning Filipino film actor for his comedic roles in the entertainment industry.
Panchito mostly appears on television alongside his real-life best friend, Dolphy. He has made more than 50 movies in his career as a comedy actor.
Many have remembered him for the laughter that he shared with his fans.
Jimmy Santos is a well-known actor, comedian, TV host, and former professional basketball player. He started his career in acting with some supporting roles alongside the Action King, Fernando Poe Jr. He also has many comedic roles in some movies. He is currently one TV host in the longest-running Philippine noontime variety show, “Eat Bulaga.”
Cipriano “Dodoy” Cermeño II
Cipriano “Dodoy” Cermeño II is famously known as Redford White. He was recognized by many for his comedic roles in many movies. His screen name was derived from his albinism, making it Redford White.
He was famous for his role as Sol in the TV sitcom Buddy en Sol, with Eric Quizon playing as Buddy. Redford White has starred in many movies and sitcoms and brought laughter to many Filipino fans.
Ricardo Castro is known as Carding Castro in the Philippine entertainment. He is an entertainer and a comedian. He is part of the singing duo called Reycard Duet, together with Rey Ramirez. After the death of his pair, he appeared in many comedy sitcoms and movies together with Babalu and Redford White. Many have remembered him for his talent in singing and comedic acts.