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Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento
Logo used since 2014
Created by GMA Entertainment TV Group
Developed by Michael V.
Directed by Bert de Leon
Creative director(s) Michael V.
Opening theme "Pepito Manaloto"
Composer(s) Michael V.
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of seasons 5
Executive producer(s) Roy San Luis
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes-1 hour
Original channel GMA Network
Picture format
Original release
  • As Pepito Manaloto:
  • March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28) – March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)
  • As Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento:
  • September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16)
 – present
External links

Pepito Manaloto, now known as Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento (Pepito Manaloto: The Real Story) is a Philippine award-winning live situational comedy created by Michael V. for GMA Network which premiered on March 28, 2010. The show premiered on GMA Pinoy TV on April 5, 2010, one week after its original premiere. The show is currently on its fifth season (with the new, revised title),[1] which premiere on September 16, 2012 in the Philippines and September 22, 2012 worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV.


Dubbed as a reality-sitcom, the show features (Michael V.), together with his family Elsa (Manilyn Reynes) and Chito (Joshua Pineda), 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 on November 29, 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 Villaroel) 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, transferred to ABS-CBN. 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.

Season 4 title card used from 2011 to 2012.
Title card used from 2012 to 2014.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Special guests and former cast[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Catholic Mass Media Award
    • 2011 Winner: Best Comedy Show
    • 2013 Winner: Best Comedy Program
    • 2014 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
  • USTv Awards
    • 2012 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
    • 2013 Winner: Best Situational Comedy
  • 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



Pepito Manaloto received generally positive reviews especially how it shows the lessons each episode. The comedy was also praised for being original and highly favorable. It was also one of GMA's highest rated shows and has already won awards. The show's cast was also praised being very much talented for the show and how they make audience impact. Also, how the show ended and when it was announced that it would be back on air was both critically acclaimed.

DVD release[edit]

The series will be released onto DVD-format by GMA Records. The DVDs will be in volumes, there will be succeeding volumes as the show progresses.[2]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Wed, 20 May 2015 03:32:34 -0700

24 Oras, Born to be Wild, Pepito Manaloto, AHA! and Biyahe ni Drew complete the nine Kapuso programs distinguished by Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU). Also last April, GMA won 14 awards from the first Platinum Stallion Media Awards at the ...

Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Mon, 18 May 2015 03:30:00 -0700

GMA's longest-running gag show, Bubble Gang, and the sitcom Pepito Manaloto were named Outstanding Gag Program and Outstanding Comedy Program, respectively. Eugene Domingo took home the Outstanding Game/Talent Program host while the ...

Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Sat, 09 May 2015 03:52:30 -0700

Other top-rating regular programs for the month were Magpakailanman, Empress Ki, Pepito Manaloto, The Half Sisters, 24 Oras, Once Upon A Kiss, Celebrity Bluff, and Pari 'Koy, among others. *****. GMA Network was one with thousands of proud and excited ...
Vox Bikol
Wed, 06 May 2015 06:41:15 -0700

GMA-7's flagship primetime newscast 24 Oras, headlined by GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, and Vicky Morales; Doc Ferds Recio and Doc Nielsen Donato's weekly wildlife education program Born to be Wild; comedy show Pepito Manaloto ...

Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Cited as the Student's Choice of Comedy Program, meanwhile, was family sitcom Pepito Manaloto with Michael V. Pepito Manaloto. AHA! and Biyahe ni Drew host Drew Arellano and Chris Tiu of I Bilib brought home the trophies for the Students' Choice of ...

Vox Bikol

Vox Bikol
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:37:30 -0700

This Saturday (September 20), Pepito Manaloto (Michael V.) and his wife Elsa (Manilyn Reynes) will bring romance to Kapuso viewers as they spend quality time together away from their kids. The viewers can only expect hilariously sweet moments in this ...
Wed, 14 May 2014 05:22:30 -0700

SUMMER fun never stops as the much-awaited Asian cruise of Pepito Manaloto (Michael V.) and his family continues this Sunday, May 18. After the fun adventure to Singapore, they are next headed to Vietnam for another memorable trip. While Pepito seems ...
Mon, 18 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Busy rin si Julie Anne sa iba niyang shows tulad ng Day-Off, Pepito Manaloto, at Sunday All Stars. Sa Tuesday (May 19) ay lilipad patungong U.S. si Julie Anne para sa ilang shows. One week daw siya roon dahil magsu-shoot pa siya ng mga music video ...

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