Joey de Leon
José María Ramos de León Jr.
October 14, 1946
Binondo, Manila, Philippines
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, television presenter|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Spouse(s)|| Daria Ramírez (first wife) |
|Children||5 (including Keempee)|
José "Joey" María Ramos de León Jr. (born October 14, 1946) is a Filipino comedian, actor, television presenter and songwriter. He hosts the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga! . He is a member of the comedy trio Tito, Vic and Joey that has made several comedy movies and TV shows.
De León was the second child of José Seoane de León (1918–2008) of Spanish Filipino descent, and Emma Manahan Ramos (1925–2019). His paternal grandfather was the first mayor of Malolos, Bulacan.At the age of three, his parents divorced. His father then moved to Madrid, Spain and eventually remarried. De León is known for his sarcastic style of humor.
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Prior to being an entertainer, de León earned his architecture degree from the National University in Manila. He was also a disc jockey for 12 radio stations when he was starting out. De León started his showbiz career in the 1960s as a radio disc jockey and announcer. He worked for 12 radio stations, including all seven radio stations owned by ABS-CBN Corporation as well as other broadcasters like KBS. His first big break on TV was IBC 13's gag show OK Lang.
In 1975, de León became a co-host of GMA Network's late afternoon variety show Discorama hosted by Bobby Ledesma. He invited his former co-stars at OK Lang, the Sotto brothers Tito, Vic and Val, to join him at Discorama. Only Tito and Vic accepted de León'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.
The sitcom Iskul Bukol gave them nationwide fame as comedians. Soon after, other TV and movie offers came knocking on the trio's door.
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!.
Although de León continued to do movies alongside his showbiz teammates Tito and Vic, he started doing solo performances for other TV shows. He top billed Joey and Son in 1982, a sitcom on RPN where he played father to a young boy named "Jeffrey Laperal" played back then by Ian Veneracion. He was also one of the gag performers on TODAS where his co-stars included Jimmy Santos and Val Sotto. Other TV shows included Apple Pie, Patis, Atbp., the Sharon Cuneta Show , and Let's Go Crazy. He was launched by Viva Films as a solo comedian in She-Man: Mistress of the Universe. He also tried his hand at directing films like Romeo Loves Juliet and Small, Medium, Large.
De León's films include Starzan. He Leon did several TV shows for GMA Network and ABC. In 1995, he made a film comeback via the comedy Bangers for Viva Films as well as Pipti-pipti, Ang Tipo kong Lalake and Takot Ako sa Darling Ko. He hosts Eat Bulaga! which is now the longest-running TV program in the Philippines, and appears in other shows like Mel and Joey , Startalk , Nuts Entertainment and started a new show for ABC, the now-defunct Teka Mona, which replaced Wow Mali , his long-running TV show on the same network. He started hosting Takeshi's Castle with Ryan Yllana. He is also the resident judge of the annual reality-based star search StarStruck and writes the entertainment column "De Leon's Den" once a week in the Philippine broadsheet Manila Bulletin .
In December 2006, de León returned to recording with a novelty song he wrote titled "Itaktak Mo" ("Shake It Off"). Seen by critics as his answer to the other wildly popular hit "Boom Tarat Tarat" (written by Lito Camo and sung by de Leon's rival host Willie Revillame), "Itaktak Mo" was softly launched on Eat Bulaga! shortly before the Christmas season. In January 2007, the song was launched on de Leon's album, Joey to the World 2 and gained airplay in most FM stations. "Itaktak Mo" has also become part of Eat Bulaga!'s segment "Taktak Mo o Tatakbo" that replaced "Laban o Bawi", and is also one of the official dances of the 4th batch of the reality talent search StarStruck .
After "Itaktak Mo" became one of the most requested dance tunes of 2007, de León followed it up with "Kagat Labi Song", which was launched on Eat Bulaga! on September 22, 2007. The "Kagat Labi" dance craze was already sweeping the whole country by storm before de Leon wrote it. On February 24, 2008, de Leon released a song titled "Walang Daya" ("No Cheating") with lyrics comparing his love to his rival host Willie Revillame's misfortunes (Wilyonaryo, Ferrari and Ultra stampede). He first sang it on his own program Mel and Joey.
On July 31, 2008, de Leon tendered his irrevocable resignation as columnist ("De Leon's Den") for Manila Bulletin , and he is currently with The Philippine Star, and has a column, "Me, Starzan".
In late 2009, he wrote another hit Eat Bulaga! song titled "Ba Ba Boom". Then in early 2010, he wrote another song, "Aalog-Alog". He also wrote the theme song for Diz Iz It! .
In 2011, he played as Pablo Apostol, the rock-star father of George Apostol/DJ Heidee played by Sarah Geronimo in the romantic-comedy film Won't Last a Day Without You .
De León wrote most of the lyrics of VST & Co. songs and some Cinderella songs. He also co-wrote "Ilagay Mo Kid" with Mike Hanopol which was performed by Hagibis.He also wrote "Ang Labo Mo" for Sharon Cuneta.
De León has five children. Two with first wife, actress Daria Ramírez: Joseph Joachim ("Keempee") and Jacinda Myrtle ("Cheenee"), and three with his second and current wife Eileen Macapagal: Jocas Eightria, Jako Raphaelle and Jio Sebastiean. De León also has four grandchildren from his eldest daughter Cheenee and one from Keempee.
On October 5, 2017, de Leon elicited controversy from Filipino netizens and high-profile figures advocating for mental health awareness, following a remark he made about depression during the Eat Bulaga! segment "Juan for All, All for Juan", saying in part that the mental disorder is "just something made up by people" and that "they do it to themselves". He apologized the following day.
|2017||Barbi: D' Wonder Beki||Barbie||OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions|
|2016||Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers||Pandoy||OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions, GMA Films|
|2015||My Bebe Love: KiligPaMore||Dom||GMA Films, APT Entertainment, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, MEDA Productions|
|2013||My Little Bossings||SPO2 Bryant||OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions, K Productions|
|2011||Won't Last a Day Without You||Pablo Apostol||Star Cinema & Viva Films|
|2011||Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!||Doctor||Star Cinema|
|2009||Ang Darling Kong Aswang||Mang Kepweng||OctoArts Films|
|2008||Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After||Joey Escalera||OctoArts Films|
|2007||Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka Fairy Ko...The Beginning of the Legend||Karimarimar||M-Zet Productions|
|2006||Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes On and On and On||Shintaro Gokoyami||M-Zet Productions|
|2005||Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend Continues!||Panggay||M-Zet Productions|
|2004||Enteng Kabisote: OK Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend||Mulawit||M-Zet Productions|
|2003||Fantastic Man||Doc||OctoArts Films|
|2001||Super Idol||Pandoy||Neo Films|
|1997||Wow! Multo||Kuya Joe Baruc||MAQ Productions|
|1997||Takot Ako sa Darling Ko||Marky||Neo Films|
|1997||Pipti-pipti: One for You, Two for Me||Jack||Neo Films|
|1996||Ang Misis kong Hoodlum||Andy||Neo Films|
|1996||Ang Tipo kong Lalake (Maginoo Pero Medyo Bastos)||Boy||Neo Films|
|1996||Detective: Michael & Jackson||Ricky Lashley||Movie Arts Productions|
|1995||Run Barbi Run||Bartolome||GMA Films|
|1993||Pandoy, ang Alalay ng Panday||Pandoy||Movie Arts Productions|
|1993||Alyas Batman en Robin||Batman/Bruce||Regal Films|
|1992||Sam and Miguel||Miguel||Regal Films|
|1992||The Wild Cowboys||Juan Gomez||Movie Arts Productions|
|1992||The Return of the Long Ranger & Tonton: How the West Was Wrong||Davie Bowie a.k.a. Long Ranger||Regal Films|
|1991||Goosebuster||Patrick Sisi||Regal Films|
|1991||Onyong Majikero||Ervin||OctoArts Films|
|1991||Barbi 2: For President||Bartolome/Barbi||Movie Arts Productions|
|1991||Ali in Wonderland||Fernando/Ali||OctoArts Films|
|1990||My Funny Valentine||Mang Pandoy||Regal Films|
|1990||Tiny Terrestrial: The Three Professors||Prof. Edwin Presto||Regal Films|
|1990||Little Boy Blue: Tiny Terrestrial||Prof. Edwin Presto||Regal Films|
|1990||Starzan III: The Jungle Triangle||Starzan||Regal Films|
|1990||Tangga and Chos: Beauty Secret Agents||Ray Tangga||Movie Arts Productions|
|1990||I Have 3 Eggs||Ariong||Regal Films|
|1990||Little & Big Weapon||Mel Bigson||Regal Films|
|1990||Kabayo Kids||Pando/Yellow Banana||Regal Films|
|1990||Ganda Babae, Gandang Lalake||Joseph||Regal Films|
|1990||Elvis and James 2||Elvis Presto||Viva Films|
|1990||My Funny Valentine||Mang Pandoy||Regal Films|
|1990||Small, Medium, Large||Prince/Director||Starzan Films|
|1989||Romeo Loves Juliet... But Their Families Hate Each Other!||Romeo Sr.||Starzan Films|
|1989||SuperMouse and the Robo-Rats||Mickey||Regal Films|
|1989||Elvis and James, the Living Legends!||Elvis Presto||Viva Films|
|1989||Starzan II: The Coming of the Star Son||Stazan||Regal Films|
|1989||Long Ranger & Tonton: Shooting Stars of the West||Davie Bowie aka Long Ranger||Regal Films|
|1989||Si Malakas at si Maganda||Police Officer||Regal Films|
|1989||Barbi: Maid in the Philippines||Bartolome/Barbi||Movie Arts Productions|
|1989||Starzan: Shouting Star of the Jungle||Starzan||Regal Films|
|1988||Smith & Wesson||James Smith||Viva Films|
|1988||I Love You 3x a Day||Fairy godmother||Viva Films|
|1988||Good Morning, Titser||Priest||Seiko Films|
|1988||Sheman: Mistress of the Universe||Pando/She-Man||Viva Films|
|1988||Wake Up Little Susie||Alexander||Regal Films|
|1988||Fly Me to the Moon||Jacko||Regal Films|
|1987||Ready Aim Fire||Hagler||Regal Films|
|1987||Shoot That Ball||Tinggoy||Regal Films|
|1987||Forward March||Dodong||Regal Films|
|1987||The Best of Iskul Bukol: The Movie||Joey Escalera||Regal Films|
|1986||Horsey, Horsey Tigidig Tigidig||Gringo||Regal Films|
|1986||Send in the Clowns||Jojo||Regal Films|
|1986||Super Wan, Tu, Tri||Baltazar||Regal Films|
|1985||Working Boys||Ernie||Viva Films|
|1985||Ma'am May We Go Out?||Jeff Soriano||Viva Films|
|1985||Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You||Boy||Regal Films|
|1985||Doctor, Doctor We Are Sick||Robin||Viva Films|
|1985||Ride on Baby||John||Seiko Films|
|1985||I Have Three Hands||Carlos "Caloy" Agatep||Regal Films|
|1984||Naku Ha!||Billy Jean||Seiko Films|
|1984||Pepe en Pilar||Pepper||Regal Films|
|1984||Give Me Five||Jackson||Regal Films|
|1983||My Darling Princess||Joakim||Regal Films|
|1983||M.I.B.: Men in Brief||Eugene Williams||Lea Productions|
|1982||Ang Tapang Para sa Lahat!||Raphael||Lea Productions|
|1982||Tatlo Silang Tatay Ko||Bronzon||'D Wonder Films|
|1982||Si Ako at... Tres Muskiteros!||Ariong Muskitero||GP Films|
|1981||Mr. One-Two-Three Part 2||Ricky||GP Films|
|1981||Magtoning Muna Tayo||Rene Soriano||GP Films|
|1981||Bilibid Gays||Daria||Regal Films|
|1981||Palpak Connections||Katch||Regal Films|
|1981||Age Doesn't Matter||Johnny||Regal Films|
|1980||Mr. One-Two-Three||Ricky||Regal Films|
|1980||Iskul Bukol (Freshmen)||Joey Escalera||GP Films|
|1979||Rock, Baby! Rock!||himself||Lea Productions|
|1979||Swing It... Baby!||Joey||Lea Productions|
|1979||Mang Kepweng||Tres Dwendes||GP Films|
|2017||Kaibigan: Eat Bulaga Lenten Special||Jeff||GMA Network|
|2016||Dalangin ng Ama: Eat Bulaga Lenten Special||Omar||GMA Network|
|2015||Pinagpalang Ama: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special 2015||Papsy||GMA Network|
|2015||Wow Mali: Lakas ng Tama||Host||TV5|
|2014||One of the Boys||DJ||TV5|
|2014||Hakbang Sa Pangarap: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special 2014||Abe||GMA Network|
|2013–2015||Wow Mali Pa Rin!||Host||TV5|
|2013–2014||Sunday All Stars||Judge||GMA Network|
|2013||Hayop sa Galing||Host||TV5|
|2012||Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break||Judge||GMA Network|
|2012–2013||Game 'N Go||Host||TV5|
|2012||The Biggest Game Show in the World - Asia||Host|
|2011||Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break||Judge||GMA Network|
|2011||Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Win Mo, Kapuso!||Host|
|2011||Big Shot Jackpot||Host||TV5|
|2011||Mind Master||Host||GMA Network|
|2010||Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Press It! Win It!||Host|
|2010–2011||House or Not||Host (as Don Joey)||TV5|
|2009||Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Spin It! Win It!||Host||GMA Network|
|2009||Joey's Quirky World||Host|
|Takeshi's Castle||Host|| Q (now GMA News TV)|
|2006||Wow Maling Mali!||Host|
|2004–2011||Mel and Joey||Host||GMA Network|
|2003–2004||SOP Rules||Guest co-host|
|2002–2003||Sana ay Ikaw na Nga||Dr. Ricardo Peron|
|2001||Korek na Korek Ka Diyan||Host|
|1999–2000||Back to Iskul Bukol||Josemari "Joey" Escalera||IBC|
|1999||Beh Bote Nga||Tio Pot||GMA Network|
|1994–1997||Mixed Nuts: Numero Unong Terrific Show||Host||GMA Network|
|1992||Rock n' Roll 2000||Teodoro Enriquez||ABC|
|1992||TVJ on 5||Various||ABC|
|1988–1997||The Sharon Cuneta Show||Co-host||ABS-CBN|
|1982||Joey and Son||Joey||RPN|
|1981–1988||T.O.D.A.S.: Television's Outrageously Delightful All-Star Show||Host||IBC|
|1978–1988||Iskul Bukol||Joey Escalera||IBC|
|1976||Student Canteen||Co-host||GMA Network|
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|2008||38th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Novelty Singer||Itaktak Mo!||Won|
|2009||23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Comedy Actor||Nuts Entertainment||Nominated|
|Best Magazine Show Host (with Mel Tiangco )||Mel and Joey||Nominated|
|Best Male Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host||Startalk||Nominated|
|2010||24th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Male TV Host||Eat Bulaga!||Won|
|Eastwood City Walk of Fame||Walk of Fame Star Inductee||Himself||Inducted|
|2011||Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program||Eat Bulaga!||Nominated|
|2014||PEP List Awards||Pepsi' Choice: Male Showbiz Treasure of the Year||Himself||Won|
|2015||63rd FAMAS Awards||FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award||Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon||Won|
|Year||Award Giving Body||Category||Nominated Work||Results|
|2000||PMPC Star Awards for Television||Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award(shared with Tito Sotto and Vic Sotto)||N/A||Won|
|2008||Awit Awards||Best Novelty Recording||"Itaktak Mo"||Won|
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