Pugo and Togo were a Filipino comedy team in Philippine movies during the 1940s up to 1950s. Composed of Mariano Contreras (1910–1978) and Andres Solomon (1905–1952), their brand of humor consisted of short skits, slapstick, and funny dialogues presented in Manila's theaters, most particularly Clover Theater and Avenue Theater. Mariano Contreras starred as Pugo, while Solomon portrayed Togo. They were both bald headed.
Contreras and Solomon started out as the Laurel and Hardy of the Philippines. They began their career as vaudeville performers in the '30s and were a hit during the Japanese Occupation, where they poked fun of the Japanese; in that period, they did stage shows and branched out into films before the war. Among the films they made in the early ’40s were Utos ng Hari, Hindi Mababali, Sa Lumang Simbahan and Binibiro Lamang Kita. During the Japanese Occupation, the tandem was renamed Tuguing and Puguing. This was done to avoid confusion because Togo sounded too similar to Tojo, the name of the Prime Minister of Japan during the early 1940s. After the war, Pugo and Togo resumed their film career and did several movies for LVN Pictures: Tambol Mayor (co-starring Jaime de la Rosa and Tessie Quintana), Dalawang Prinsipeng Kambal, Magkumpareng Putik (with Lilia Dizon), Ang Kandidato, Nagsaulian ng Kandila, Dalawang Sundalong Kanin and Biglang Yaman. The comic duo also did a radio sitcom, Edong Mapangarap, with Eddie San Jose and Hollywood starlet Joan Page. Contreras and Solomon would continue to appear in films until 1952, with the latter's abrupt death during the filming of Dalawang Sundalong Kanin, which starred also Togo, Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa.
Before the teaming
Pugo (July 12, 1910 – December 12, 1978) was born Mariano Contreras.
Togo (1905 – November 3, 1952) was born Andres Solomon.
PUGO & TOGO IN "KANDIDATO" (1949)
Scenes of Pugo & Togo 1952 movie, "Kandidato," one of the three surviving films of the popular 40's comic duo. For the accompanying article and ads, visit th...
biglang yaman(1948) 1/6
A hilarious satire of people who have suddenly become rich. Pugo & Togo are balut vendors who fortuitously save Rosa Rosal's life. They adopt her and care fo...
pugo at togo
TOGO'S FUNERAL (1952)
LVN produced a short film, on the life and death of Togo and showed it as an added featurette of the movie, Dalawang Sundalong Kanin (starred Pugo & Togo, Ni...
Nukso nang Nukso (1959) FULL MOVIE - Pugo, Bentot, Sylvia La Torre
NUKSO NANG NUKSO (1959) Starring: Pugo, Bentot, Sylvia La Torre, Eddie San Jose, Rosa Aguirre, Nelda Lopez Navarro, Val Castelo, Merle Tuazon Director: Fred ...
Oh Sendang Full Movie
Pinoy Movie Classic Starring Mariano "PUGO" BateCabesa with Bentot.
kambal tuko(1952) 5/7
First shown at the Life Theater, 25 April -- 4 May 1952, Kambal Tuko is undoubtedly one of Pugo and Togo's best vehicles, with the comic tandem as Siamese Tw...
SMB 1967 Pugo & Bentot
1967 San Miguel Beer Ad featuring comedians Pugo and Bentot.
Drakula Goes to R.P. (1973) Full Movie
Drakula Goes to R.P. (1973) Full Movie TAGALOG COMEDY, ACTiON MOViE... Starring Comedy King Dolphy, Pugo, Panchito, Babalu, Rod Navarro, Marites Revilla, Vir...
Pugo & Bentot Part 1
Part 1 of video clip taken from the 60s Filipino comedy film "Nukso Nang Nukso" featuring the late Pugo (Dean of Philippine Comedy) and the late Bentot.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:41:44 -0700
He reminds me of the comedians of my youth—Pugo and Togo, Eddie San Jose… Jokes these days border on brutal. Mae Paner is a good friend. I've told her that I don't like her character Juana Change—maasim kasi siya, always angry. I told her that ...
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:03:44 -0800
“Remember the days of Pugo and Togo (the pre-and post-WWII comic duo)? At that time, radio plays had actors reading their lines on stage with a live audience. That's how I mastered facial expressions and proper timing in the delivery of lines,” Noel ...
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:30:51 -0700
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