Michael V.

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Michael V.
Bitoy in eatbulaga.jpg
Michael V. in the set of Eat Bulaga!
Background information
Birth nameBeethoven Michael del Valle Bunagan
Born (1969-12-17) December 17, 1969 (age 48)
Malate, Manila, Philippines
OriginPandacan, Manila, Philippines
GenresPop, OPM, rap, novelty, parody
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, comedian, TV host, writer
Years active1990–present
LabelsEMI
OctoArts
Polyeast
GMA Records
WebsiteMichael V's Profile in GMANetwork.com

Beethoven Michael del Valle Bunagan (born December 17, 1969), known by his stage name Michael V. and also known as "Bitoy", is a Filipino comedian, actor, impersonator, director, composer, singer, rapper, voice artist, vlogger, and parodist, who appears in the GMA Network show Bubble Gang, and in his own TV show Pepito Manaloto.

Known for his literal "translations" and parodies of popular Filipino and foreign songs, Michael V has also made original songs, such as "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" (You've Hurt My Heart), and "Hindi Ako Bakla" (I'm Not Gay). The song "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" is closely similar to Weird Al Yankovic's "You Don't Love Me Anymore". He also has a YouTube channel named Michael V.#BitoyStory, which has reached more than 300,000 subscribers.

Early life[edit]

Michael V. was born on December 17, 1969 at Clinica dela Rosa in Malate, Manila to Cesar Felix Bunagan and Melba Balonzo del Valle.[1] His father named him after German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, upon seeing a copy of Beethoven's LP in his boss' office, not knowing that "Beethoven" is a surname.[2]

The nickname "Bitoy" was taken from a kiddie TV character played by comedian Bentot. When Bentot, as Bitoy, guested in Iskul Bukol, then-high school student Beethoven saw it and began mimicking Bentot's voice in school. His classmates then called him "Bitoy", to which the nickname stuck to this day.[2] He finished his secondary education in Manila Science High School. Bunagan later earned a degree in mass communications from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He joined a lot of contests on TV. In one contest in Eat Bulaga, judge Ogie Alcasid turned him down. Later, Beethoven became a co-host of Eat Bulaga! and Ogie Alcasid became one of his close friends and co-star in the long-running Bubble Gang and Tropang Trumpo.

During the popularity of Andrew E., the song "Humanap Ka Ng Panget" became wildly popular, to which the then unsigned Beethoven composed a reply song entitled "Maganda Ang Piliin (Ayoko Ng Panget)". At that time, OctoArts was then inviting Beethoven's female friend and rapping partner, Dianne, to submit a demo tape. In that demo tape, Beethoven's "Maganda Ang Piliin" was accidentally included. He and Dianne got individual recording contracts. Beethoven's song and its accompanying album became a hit.

When he entered show business, he and his manager were deciding a stage name for his career as a rapper. Back then, the most popular Filipino rappers were Andrew E. and Francis M. so they opted for a similar stage name: "Michael V.", after Michael Jackson and Gary V., Bunagan's favorite international and local artists respectively.[2]

Michael V.'s first feature film appearance was in Regal Films' comedy film, "Banana Split" topbilled by Joey Marquez. He eventually gained prominence when OctoArts Films started to include him in several comedies alongside Vic Sotto ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "D' Sisters", "Lastikman"), Ogie Alcasid ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "Manolo en Michelle", etc.), Francis M, among others.

Television and film career[edit]

He has won the Asian Television Awards for Best Comedy Performance by an Actor for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. He recently joined MariMar as the voice of the eponymous character's pet dog Fulgoso. After his voice-acting in MariMar, he played a supporting role in Codename: Asero. On August 23, 2008, Michael V, after winning Best Comedy Performance Award at the Asian Television Awards for three consecutive years—was officially informed that he will grace the front cover of Reader's Digest (RD) 5th Annual Humor Special, September issue. Making him the second Filipino whoever landed on the covers of Readers Digest next to former President Cory Aquino.[3]

He also recently had a comedy movie with longtime friend Ogie Alcasid called "Ang Spoiled Brat: The Movie" produced by GMA Films & APT Productions, inspired from a segment of GMA 7's award-winning gag-show, "Bubble Gang". Bitoy also hosted a game show on GMA, Hole in the Wall with Ogie Alcasid in 2009.

Bitoy formerly hosted a comedy-talent show called Bitoy's SHOwwwTIME, which aired from 2009–10 and also hosted Kap's Amazing Stories: Kids Edition, while original host Bong Revilla had left the show shortly for re-election as senator, but Revilla won again as Senator a week later. Bitoy also won as a Celebrity Inductee to the Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in 2009. Bitoy had his first sitcom entitled "Pepito Manaloto" currently airing on GMA 7 and is also formerly co-hosting the long running variety game show, Eat Bulaga! from 2003 to early 2016.

In 2010, Bitoy became Nestle Philippines' Laki sa Gatas advocate for Bear Brand Milk. In 2010, Bitoy returned to drama via Jillian Namamasko Po! which he plays a Santa Claus which he created a doll and gives to a good little child. In 2011, Bitoy appeared in Bantatay which he returns to voice as a dog. it was his 4th GMA 7 Telebabad after Marimar and Codename: Asero and Jillian Namamasko Po!.

In 2016, it was announced that he was leaving in the 36th season from Eat Bulaga! due to AlDub's popularity.

Personal life[edit]

Bitoy and his wife Carol have 4 children. In August 2013, Michael was hospitalized[4] for dengue fever, according to a tweet from Ogie Alcasid. Both Alcasid and Michael solicited prayers and platelet donations[5] over the following days, promising to update fans once the situation gets better. Michael then later tweeted that he is recovering from his previous condition, thanking his fans for support.[6]

Music career[edit]

Discography[edit]

Michael V. started his showbiz career as a rapper. In 1991 he released his first single "Maganda ang Piliin" (Choose Beautiful) which was a response to the wildly popular hit "Humanap Ka ng Panget" (Find Someone Ugly) sung by Andrew E. The song gained heavy radio airplay and he went on to release two more albums as a rapper in 1992 and 1994.

In 1997, he released a parody album entitled "MTB: Miyusik Tagalog Bersiyon" which contained literal translations of pop music hits from the '80s and '90s. But what made the album a big success was the original single "Sinaktan Mo ang Puso Ko" (You Hurt My Heart). Written by Michael V. himself, the humorous love song gained commercial success and became the "unofficial anthem" for the heartbroken, despite its violently funny lyrics. In 1998, Bitoy released the sequel parody album "MTB: Miyusik Tagalog Bersiyon 2" where he released more original songs than the first album. In 1999, he unleashed "MEV: Miyusik English Version" where he literally translated hit OPM classics into English while his original compositions (led by the hit single "Mas Mahal na Kita Ngayon") were in Filipino.

In 2006, Michael released his studio album, The Bubble G Anthology, which is a compilation of his song parodies from the TV show Bubble Gang under GMA Records. Anthology was described as "an audio-visual venture", with songs such as Mamaw, a parody of Kamikazee's song Narda, and DJ Bumbay, a comical take at the Indian merchants that are doing business in the Philippines. Some the songs in his album, like Wag N'yo Kaming Pansinin, poked fun at his gay colleague, Diego, and Myka, a black woman who is also a regular at Bubble Gang. The album was also released partly due to bootleg recordings of his songs which came in mono and had laugh tracks interspersed throughout them, owing to being ripped from existing Bubble Gang episodes.[7]

Albums[edit]

  • Maganda Ang Piliin (1991)
  • Joke Time (1991)
  • Gusto Kong Sumigaw! (1994)
  • MTB: Myusik Tagalog Bersiyon (1997)
  • MEB: Myusik English Bersiyon (1997)
  • Miyusik Tagalog Bersiyon 2 (1998)
  • The Bubble G Anthology (2006)

As composer[edit]

Aside from his new album, he is a composer of theme songs not only for his show Bubble Gang but also in other GMA shows. One notable song he composed is "Alinlangan", sung by Jolina Magdangal for the GMA fantasy serial Super Twins. He is also notable for creating some parody songs, including "Sabog Sabog Tayo", which was released on February 20, 2009.

He also composed "Tim Song Ku" sung by Regine Velasquez for the 14th Anniversary of longest-running comedy show, Bubble Gang.

Television shows[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Network Notes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Philippines Himself/Host GMA Network Main Host with Iya Villania
2015 Sabado Badoo Himself GMA Network Cameo Footage Featured
2014 Hakbang Sa Pangarap: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special 2014 ???? GMA Network
2013–2014 Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman Main Host TV5
2013 The Ryzza Mae Show Mr. Assimo GMA Network Guest Star
2012–present Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento Pepito Manaloto GMA Network Lead Role
2012 Pare & Pare Himself/Host GMA Network Main Host with Ogie Alcasid
2010-2011 Bantatay Dog Voice GMA Network Supporting Role
2010-2011 Jillian: Namamasko Po Santa Claus GMA Network Supporting Role
2010-2012 Pepito Manaloto Pepito Manoloto GMA Network Lead Role
2010 Diz Iz It Himself/Judge GMA Network Special Guest
2009-2010 Bitoy's SHOwwwTIME Himself/Host GMA Network Lead Host
2009 Hole in the Wall Yaya GMA Network Main Host with Ogie Alcasid
2008 Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards Host Nickelodeon Main Host
2008 Codename: Asero Bodjie X GMA Network Supporting Role
2007-2008 MariMar Fulgoso GMA Network Voice
2007 Eat Bulaga's Holy Week Specials Himself GMA Network Main Cast
2004–2016 Eat Bulaga! Himself/Performer GMA Network Co- Host
2004-2009 Bitoy's Funniest Videos Etoy/Betong/Bebang/Bitoy GMA Network Lead Host
2004 Celebrity Turns with Junee and Lani Junee GMA Network Lead Role
1995–present Bubble Gang Himself/Various roles GMA Network Main Cast
N/A Ooops! Himself/Director GMA Network Director
1994-1995 Tropang Trumpo Himself ABC (now TV5) Main Cast
  • Bitoy's Adventures In Bilibkaba! (GMA Network) - Himself (host)
  • Bilibitornat! (GMA Network) - Himself (host)
  • Bitoy's World (GMA Network) - Etoy, Betong and Bebang
  • Ready, Text, Go! (GMA Network) - Himself (host)
  • Haybol Rambol (GMA Network) - Charlie
  • Ready, Get Set, Go! (ABS-CBN) - Himself
  • Pare and Pare (GMA Network) - Himself

Filmography[edit]

  • Banana Split
  • Oha! Ako Pa?!
  • Isko Adventures in Animasia
  • Si Ayala at si Zobel
  • Biboy Banal: Pagganti Ko, Tapos Kayo! - Ching
  • Mama's Boys
  • Ang Tatay kong Nanay
  • Halik ng Bampira
  • Rubberman: Up, Up and Away! - Bitoy/Rubberman
  • Ano ba Yan
  • Ano ba Yan 2
  • Ten Little Indians - Vincent
  • Anting-anting
  • Bitoy Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin - Bitoy
  • Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko - Miguel
  • D' Sisters: Nuns of the Above - Michael
  • Manolo en Michelle
  • Kwentong kayumanggi - Narrator
  • Bestman: 4 Better, Not 4 Worse - Joey
  • Lastikman - Junee Lee
  • Fantastic Man - Professor Manalo
  • Enteng Kabisote: Okay ka fairy, the legend - Itim
  • Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka fairy ko... The legend goes on and on and on - Kabayo (voice cast)
  • Paraiso: Tatlong Kuwento ng Pag-asa - Didoy
  • Urduja - Kukut (voice cast)
  • Dayo - Narsi (voice cast)
  • Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie - Yaya Rosalinda Lucero (Cha-Cha)
  • Boy Pick Up The Movie - MC Bits
  • Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat[8] (upcoming movie, Bitoy's 1st Viva Movie)
  • D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! - MMDA Traffic Enforcer

Entertainment/Performance awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Category Result Ref.
2015 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Nominated [9]
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Nominated [10][11]
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag/Comedy Program Won [12]
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Nominated
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program Won [13]
2013 Pillars of Hope Awards Eton Pillar of Hope for Entertainment TV Won [14]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Highly Commended [15]
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Won [16]
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program Nominated [17]
2012 26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Nominated
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program Nominated [18]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Nominated [19]
2011 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program Nominated [20]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Nominated [21]
FMTM Award Top TV Series Senior Artists Included
2010 Reader's Digest Asia Reader's Digest "Philippines' Most Trusted Individuals of 2010" (Comedian and TV host category) Included [22]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Nominated [23]
2009 1st MTRCB TV Awards Best Actor Won [24]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress Highly Commended [25]
2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Nominated
2007 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Runner-up
2006 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Won
Awit Awards Best Novelty Recording (Hindi Ako Bakla) Nominated
Awit Awards Best Dance Recording (Hindi Ako Bakla) Nominated [26]
2005 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Won [27]
Malacañang The Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) Award Won [28]
2004 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Won [27]
2002 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor (tied with Ogie Alcasid) Won
2001 Awit Awards Best Novelty Song (Ilong, with Bob M. Guzman & Larry Chua) Won
Asian Television Awards Best Performance by an Actor (Comedy) Won [29]
2000 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Won
1998 Awit Awards Song of the Year (Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko) Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Won

References[edit]

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