Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento (lit. Pepito Manaloto: The Real Story) is a Philippine television situational comedy series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Bert de Leon, it stars Michael V. in the title role. It premiered on March 28, 2010 as Pepito Manaloto and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV on April 5, 2010. It was relaunched on September 16, 2012 with a new title.
Title card used from 2012-2014.
Dubbed as a reality-sitcom, the show features Pepito (Michael V.), together with his family Elsa (Manilyn Reynes) and Chito (Jake Vargas), whose "simple and underprivileged life significantly changes when he becomes the lone winner of ?700 million in the national lottery." Although it was perhaps presumed impossible to win such amount on a single lotto ticket, it actually happened In November 2010 a winner took home ?741.1 million, more than Pepito's prize.
The first season started on March 28, 2010, which focused on the adventures of Pepito and his family who are still quite unaccustomed to the life of luxury and excess that they now have to enjoy after winning from the lottery. On November 21, 2010, GMA Network picked up the show for a second season, which followed Pepito buying the Maricar del Valle's (Carmina Villarroel) because of financial problems. Towards the end of the season, Elsa got pregnant. The show started its third season in July 2011, which focused on Pepito's life after Elsa has given birth. The fourth season started on December 4, 2011, which saw the Manaloto's lives after 5 years. The children have grown up Chito, now played by Jake Vargas, and Clarissa, played by Angel Satsumi. The characters' new location and new characters were introduced as the series went. On the January 8, 2012, it was explained that Maricar traveled to the US to manage her father's business. In actuality, Villaroel, who plays the role, returned to ABS-CBN, but she returned recently during Season 6. A two-part episode was shown during the season, which detailed the Manaloto family's trip to Singapore. The fourth season ended on March 25, 2012. On April 8, 2012, a special episode aired before Party Pilipinas titled Sarap Balikan: A Pepito Manaloto Special. It featured different episodes as well as bloopers and gags.
Due to public demand, GMA Network decided to bring back the Pepito Manaloto and renew it for a fifth season. Titled Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, the show departs itself from the previous seasons. The Manalotos' rags-to-riches experience earned them a TV show, but because they thought their show didn't reveal the true story, the network scrapped the project. As a result, the family came up with an idea to show exactly what goes on in the Manaloto household by having their own camera crew film their lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Several characters were given more importance this season – househelpers Patrick (John Feir), Maria (Janna Dominguez), Robert (Arthur Solinap) and Baby (Mosang); neighbor Tommy (Ronnie Henares); and the mother-daughter tandem of Deedee (Jessa Zaragosa) and Mimi (Nova Villa).
In Season 4, it was stated that Patrick and Maria were married and that they had a child. However, in Season 5, it was not stated that they were married in any episode, instead Patrick was married to Janice (Chariz Solomon) for this season & they had a child named Janrick and Patrice while Maria remained single.
Cast and characters
Michael V. portrays Pepito Manaloto.
- Michael V. as Pepito "Pitoy/Bitoy" Manaloto: a once-impoverished man who, by a stroke of luck, won the lottery jackpot which turned his and his family's fortunes around overnight. Now a proprietor and manager of a water bottling company, Pepito still has trouble adjusting to his newfound wealth and tries to be a helpful benefactor to his old friends in the slums, a benevolent boss to his employees and a doting husband and father to his wife and children.,
- Manilyn Reynes as Elsa Dela Cruz-Manaloto: Pepito's wife and the matriarch of the Manaloto household. A stay-at-home mom (who occasionally ventures in cottage businesses), she spends most of her time keeping their (now large) home spic and span and listening to the problems of their neighbors. Her running gag is she would often spank Pepito on his arms everytime he teases her, because of either her weight or habitual eating habits.
- Jake Vargas as Luisito "Chito" Manaloto / Michael "Jordan" Castillo
- Angel Satsumi as Clarissa Manaloto
- John Feir as Patricio "Patrick" Generoso: Pepito's long-time best buddy who now serves as his driver, personal assistant and confidant. A running gag of the show is his inability to obtain for himself a decent means of living despite his friend Pepito's frequent admonitions, his insatiable appetite as well as his penchant to smooch off the Manaloto household uninvited, which earns him the ire of Baby.
- Carmina Villarroel as Maricar Del Valle: the friend of the Manaloto family. (Season 1-3; 6-present)
- Ronnie Henares as Tommy Diones (pronounced Jones): Pepito's former supervisor who is now unemployed. One of the show's running gags is his constant scheming and engagement into zany schemes to scam other people from their money, which Pepito calls him out for.
- Arthur Solinap as Robert "Bert" Santos: the Family Driver of the Manalotos, whose personal vanity and effeminate behavior contrasts the usual macho traits associated with his profession. His employers, however, never bother to inquire about his actual sexual orientation. He marries Berta, his love interest and a maid of Deedee and Mimi.
- Mosang as Bettina "Baby" Reyes: the older of the two resident household helpers of the Manalotos. While extremely loyal to her employers, her sassy attitude almost always puts her at odds with her cousin, Patrick, who always calls in uninvited to the household.
- Janna Dominguez as Maria Magtigan Cruz: the younger of the Manaloto's resident household helpers. Hailing from a rural town and without formal schooling, she almost always has a hard time grasping even the most basic of figurative concepts, a common running gag of the show being her inability to grasp figures of speech and almost always taking orders and instructions literally.
- Nova Villa as Mimi Kho: the Manaloto's greedy neighbor and the chairwoman of their village, who is always influenced by all things free or with monetary value that she thinks will benefit her greatly. She also teams up with Tommy in his usual schemes, both often getting into hilarious consequences in the process. She and her daughter manages a souvenir shop, which sometimes had been known to have sketchy operations though.
- Jessa Zaragoza as Deedee Kho: the daughter of Mimi Kho and the more responsible one compared to her mom, but oftentimes fall victim to sketchy schemes just to earn some income.
- Jen Rosendahl as Roberta "Berta" Santos: the Kho's resident household helper, who is well-known for her deadpan and robotic voice and snarky side remarks, much to the consternation of her employers. She is Robert's wife.
- Chariz Solomon as Janice Generoso: Patrick's wife and one of Pepito's office employees in his company, known to be the most responsible one among all of her co-workers.
- Cherry Malvar as Tere: one of Pepito's office employees
- Maureen Larrazabal as Mara Quijanos: one of Pepito's office employees, she is a bit gossipy and flirty and is in an on-off relationship with Tommy. She is revealed to be transgender who was originally a male.
- Toni Lopena as Vincent Bautista: one of Pepito's office employees who is sometimes the starter of trouble for his co-workers and Pepito in general.
- Julie Anne San Jose as Nicollete "Nikki" Villamil: Chito's girlfriend and partner in their music duo.
- Mikoy Morales as Rosauro "Roxy" Ocampo: Chito and Nikki's unorthodox bestfriend and self-proclaimed celebrity because of his online vlogs.
- Jak Roberto as Erik Mercado: one of the trio's friends who often hangs out with them.
- Jeric Gonzales as Ronnie Castro: one of the trio's friends who also hangs out with them.
- Thea Tolentino as Mandy Ramos: Ronnie's girlfriend and one of the trio's friends.
- Catholic Mass Media Award
- 2011 Winner: Best Comedy Show
- 2013 Winner: Best Comedy Program
- 2014 Winner: Best Comedy Program
- 2016 Winner: Best Comedy Program
- Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards
- 2014 Winner: Best Sitcom
- 2015 Winner: Best Sitcom
- PIRA Awards
- 2011 Winner: Special Award for Insurance Education
- ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards
- 2011 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
- 2013 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
- 2013 Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program: John Feir
- 2014 Winner: Outstanding Comedy Program
- 2014 Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program: Michael V.
- 2014 Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Gag or Comedy Program: Nova Villa
- PMPC Star Awards for TV
- 2011 Winner: Best Comedy Show
- 2013 Winner: Best Comedy Show
- 2015 Winner: Best Comedy Show
- 2016 Winner: Best Comedy Show
- 2016 Winner: Best Comedy Actress: Manilyn Reynes
- USTv Awards
- 2012 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
- 2013 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
- 2015 Winner, Students' Choice of Comedy Program
- FMTM Awards
- 2012 Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Sitcom/Gag Program: John Feir
- 2012 Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Sitcom/Gag Program: Nova Villa
- 2011 Awardee: TOP TV SERIES Senior ARTISTS: Michael V. - Top 9
- 2010 Winner: Best Weekend Series
- 2010 Winner: Best Comedy/Musical Series
- 2010 Winner: Best Musical/Comedy Lead Actress: Manilyn Reynes
- Gawad Duyan Awards
- 2014 Winner, Tanglaw ng Tahanan Award Natatanging Dulang Komediya Award
- BPSU Pinakamagiting na Programang Pantelebisyon
- 2016 Winner: Pinakamagiting na Programang Pang-Komedya
- 2016 Winner: Pinakamagiting na Personalidad sa Programang Pang-Komedya: Michael V.
- US International Film and Video Festival
- 2016 Winner: Certificate for Creative Excellence in the Comedy category
- 2nd Alta Media Icon Awards
- 2016 Winner: Best Comedy Program
- 2017 Chenize Clei Ballesteros
- Silverscreen Entertainment Award
- 2016 Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (TV Gag/Comedy) Michael V.
- 2016 Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (TV Gag/Comedy) Nova Villa
- 2017 Winner: Best Comedy Program
According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Pepito Manaloto earned a 28.2% rating. While the first episode of the show as Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento scored a 26.6% rating.
Home media release
GMA Home Video released the series on DVD in volumes.