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Jonathan Aguilar Garcia

(1970-06-25)June 25, 1970
Davao City, Philippines
DiedMarch 9, 2019(2019-03-09) (aged 48) [1]
Bangued, Abra, Philippines [1]
Resting placeDavao Memorial Park, Philippines (cremated remains)
OccupationComedian, actor, television host
Years active1990–2019
Agent Star Magic (2004–2019)

Jonathan Aguilar Garcia (June 25, 1970 – March 9, 2019), better known by his stage name Chokoleit, [2] was a Filipino comedian, actor, and TV host. He was best known for his role as Pearly Shell in the Philippine television series Marina .



Chokoleit attended Ateneo de Davao University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. [3] [4]


Chokoleit's showbiz career started in 1994 when he was discovered by movie director/ talent manager Maryo J. de los Reyes. His contemporary was fellow stand-up comedian Gil "Ate Gay" Morales. Not soon after, he became a bit player in the GMA Network sitcom Haybol Rambol, sharing screen time with lead stars Dennis Padilla, Benjie Paras and Nida Blanca. He managed to stay with the sitcom until it was cancelled in 1995. He also became part of the talk show Brunch as comic relief to main hosts Bing Loyzaga and Michelle van Eimeren from 1998-1999 and started to appear in movies also as a bit player, while continuing his work as a stand-up comedian in The Library, Punchline and Laffline.

In 2004, Chokoleit bagged the role of Pearly Shell in the ABS-CBN fantaserye Marina after being recommended by director Wenn Deramas, who became instrumental to his career until the director's untimely death in 2016. From Marina, more TV shows and movies came for Chokoleit. His life story was essayed in the drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya and became a talent of the Kapamilya Network's "Star Magic".



2004 Marina Pearly Shell [5] [1] [6]
2004 Maalaala Mo Kaya HimselfEpisode: "Comedy Bar"
2005 Kampanerang Kuba Otlum [7]
2006 Komiks DexterEpisode: "Paa ni Isabella"
2006KomiksTonetteEpisode: "Inday sa Balitaw"
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Bungisngis
2007 Love Spell KitchiEpisode: "Click na Click"
2008 Ligaw na Bulaklak Aljon
2008 Volta Denden
2010 Wansapanataym DexterEpisodes: "Inday Bote Part 1" & "Inday Bote Part 2"
2010-11 Mara Clara CG [8] [7]
2012–13 Aryana Dikya [9]
2013WansapanataymTinayEpisode: "Daddy, Daddy, Doggy!"
2013 Juan dela Cruz Lorelei Cortez [7]
2015WansapanataymGammyEpisode: "Selfie pa More, Sasha no More"
2015 Ipaglaban Mo! MinnieEpisode: "Ang Aking Pagkatao"
2015Mac & ChizThief
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Jonel [10]
2018 Asintado Gracia Nuevadez [11] [7]
2018 Wansapanataym AlbularyoEpisode: "Switch Be With You"


1990Kakampi Ko Ang Diyos
1997Bawal sa Halik
1999Sa Paraiso ni Efren
2004 Volta Denden [12]
2005Bahay ni Lola 2Glory
2006 D' Lucky Ones Bar host [12]
2006Kapag Tumibok ang Puso: Not Once, But Twice
2006Metlogs (Metrosexual Adventures)
2006 Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, ze Moveeh Didi
2008 One Night Only Edward
2008 Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat Cabinet member [12] [13]
2009 BFF: Best Friends Forever Bona [12]
2009 OMG (Oh, My Girl!) Toll Gay
2012 Shake Rattle and Roll Fourteen: The Invasion fat man/barberSegment: "Unwanted"
2013 Call Center Girl Trainer
2015 Etiquette for Mistresses Bailey [12]
2016 Echorsis
2018 Da One That Ghost Away Chicken feet [14]
2018Kusina Kings [15]
2018Sol SearchingCameo [16]
2018 Fantastica BeautyFinal film appearance [17] [18]


Chokoleit died of a heart attack on the evening of March 9, 2019 at the age of 46, shortly after a performance at the Kawayan Festival in Bangued, Abra province. Before his death, he experienced difficulty breathing after his performance and was rushed to a local hospital. [1] [13] His remains were brought to Davao City for the funeral. He was cremated afterwards on March 17. His ashes were interred in Davao Memorial Park. [19]

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