Michael V.

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Michael V.
Bitoy in eatbulaga.jpg
Michael V. on the set of Eat Bulaga!
Born
Beethoven Michael Del Valle Bunagan

(1969-12-17) December 17, 1969 (age 51)
Malate, Manila, Philippines
Other namesMichael V., Bitoy, Toybits, Beethoven
OccupationActor, comedian, impersonator, director, composer, singer, rapper, voice artist, vlogger
Years active1990–present
Musical career
Origin Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
Genres Pop, OPM, rap, novelty, parody
Labels EMI
OctoArts
Polyeast
GMA Music
Website Michael V's Profile in GMANetwork.com

Beethoven Michael Del Valle Bunagan (born December 17, 1969), known professionally as Michael V. and also known as "Bitoy", is a Filipino actor, comedian and recording artist, who appears in the GMA Network show Bubble Gang , and in his own TV show Pepito Manaloto .

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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 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 1.3 million subscribers as of May 2021.

Early life

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 Magalona 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: Hapi Together", etc.), Francis Magalona, among others.

Television and film career

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 and 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 and is also formerly co-hosting the longest-running noontime variety show, Eat Bulaga! from 2003 to 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 Telebabad after Marimar and Codename: Asero and Jillian Namamasko Po!. In 2016, he conceptualized Tsuperhero along with Caesar Cosme.

In 2016, it was announced that he was leaving in the 37th year of Eat Bulaga! due to AlDub's popularity.

In 2019, Bitoy planned to return and make his directorial debut film Family History via GMA Pictures (formerly GMA Films).

Personal life

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 was recovering from his previous condition, thanking his fans for support. [6]

On July 20, 2020, Michael V. announced in a vlog that he had tested positive for COVID-19. [7] On August 11, Michael V. announced in another vlog that he had already recovered. [8]

Music career

Discography

Michael V. started his showbiz career as a rapper. In 1991 he released his first single "Maganda ang Piliin" (Choose Someone Beautiful), an answer 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. [9]

Albums

As composer

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 .

Filmography

Television

Television
YearTitleRoleNetwork
2021Running Man PhilippinesHimself GMA Network
2019 Eat Bulaga! Himself GMA Network
2019 Dear Uge Himself GMA Network
2018 Sarap Diva Himself GMA Network
2017 Wowowin Himself/Co Host GMA Network
2015 Sabado Badoo Himself GMA Network
2013 Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman Host TV5
2012 Pare & Pare Himself/Host GMA Network
2010–2021 Pepito Manaloto Pepito Manaloto GMA Network
2010–2011 Bantatay Teacher Voice GMA Network
2010 Diz Iz It Himself/Judge GMA Network
2009–2010 Hole in the Wall Julian GMA Network
2008 Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards Host Nickelodeon
2008 Codename: Asero Bodjie X GMA Network
2007–2008 MariMar Fulgoso GMA Network
2004–2016 Eat Bulaga! Himself/Performer GMA Network
2004–2009 Bitoy's Funniest Videos Host GMA Network
2004Celebrity Turns with Junee and LaniJunie Lee GMA Network
1995–present Bubble Gang Himself/Various roles GMA Network
1999–2000Ooops!Himself/Director GMA Network Director
1994–1995 Tropang Trumpo Himself ABC (now TV5)

Film

Awards and nominations

YearAward Giving BodyCategoryNominated WorkResults
1998 Awit Awards Song of the Year"Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko"Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy ActorN/AWon
2000 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Bubble Gang Won [11]
2001 Awit Awards Best Novelty Song(Ilong with Bob M. Guzman & Larry Chua)Won
Asian Television Awards Best Performance by an Actor(Comedy)Won [12]
2003 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor (tied with Ogie Alcasid)N/AWon
2004 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/AWon [13]
2005 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/AWon [13]
Malacañang The Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) AwardN/AWon [14]
2006 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/AWon
Awit Awards Best Novelty Recording"Hindi Ako Bakla"Nominated
Best Dance Recording"Hindi Ako Bakla"Nominated [15]
2007 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/ARunner-up
MYX Music Awards Favorite MYX Celebrity VJN/AWon
Favorite Male ArtistN/ANominated
2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy ActorN/ANominated
20091st MTRCB TV AwardsBest Actor Bubble Gang Won [16]
Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Bubble Gang Highly Commended [17]
2010 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/ANominated [18]
Reader's Digest Asia Reader's Digest "Philippines' Most Trusted Individuals of 2010(Comedian and TV host category)N/AIncluded [19]
2011 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Pepito Manaloto Nominated [20]
FMTM AwardTop TV Series Senior ArtistsN/AIncluded
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy ProgramN/ANominated
2012 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Bubble Gang Nominated [21]
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy ProgramN/ANominated
26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy ActorN/ANominated
2013 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an ActorN/AHighly Commended
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag or Comedy ProgramN/ANominated
Pillars of Hope AwardsEton Pillar of Hope for Entertainment TVN/AWon [22]
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Bubble Gang Won [23]
2014 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag/Comedy ProgramN/AWon [24]
28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy ActorN/ANominated
2015 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Pepito Manaloto Nominated [25]
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Gag/Comedy Program Pepito Manaloto Won [26]
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actor Pepito Manaloto Nominated [27]
2020 MYX Music Awards MYX Celebrity VJ of the YearN/ANominated [28]

Books

In 2015, in conjunction to Bubble Gang's 20th Anniversary,he wrote two books. These books are IMBG: The Bubble Gang Coffee Table Book and The Bubble Bible by Bitoy. These two books were published by Summit Media and delves into the history of the Philippines' longest-running gag show and Bitoy's famous characters such as Tata Lino, Mr.Matapobre, Don Miguel, Sexballs, Mr. Assimo, and many more.

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