At 45 years old, Ogie Alcasid is an accomplished singer-songwriter, actor, comedian, TV host, and performer.
After more than twenty years in showbiz, Ogie still has so much to offer to the public.
Although Bubble Gang has been around for a long time, none of Ogie’s other characters in the show have left such a huge impact as Boy Pick-Up.
The bullcap wearing, moustached, hip hop guy Boy Pick-Up has become so popular that GMA Films and Regal Films decided to the turn the segment into a full-length movie.
Ogie admits that his character in this movie is different from all the other characters he has portrayed in the past.
“Si Boy Pick-up is really [an] irreverent character…irreverent character siya, eh.”
“Hindi mo alam kung kaiinisan mo siya o…katutuwaan mo. He’s just someone that believes na…he makes sense.”
“Ang naniniwala lang sa kanya, siya tsaka si Boy Back-up, di ba?”
“Pero for some reason, dahil may convincing power si Boy Pick-up, nacoconvince niya yung surroundings.”
ANTI-HUMOR. Boy Pick-Up is known for uttering statements that are unusual and seemingly unrelated to the topic at hand.
“It’s called anti-humor…” Ogie said about Boy Pick-up’s brand of comedy.
“Kaya siya tinawag na anti-humor...I’m just quoting a reviewer…may reviewer kasi ng Boy Pick-up… a blogger...”
“…Sabi niya, kaya nagwowork daw yung Boy Pick-up ay dahil anti-humor siya.”
Ogie further explains that the reason why anti-humor works is because we’re so used to hearing pick-up lines and trying to guess the punchline.
“Eto, since anti-humor siya, wala siyang punchline. In fact, corny siya. Saksakan siya ng corny…”
“Kaya lang siya nagwowork, kasi walang punchline…Biglang may magsasabi, 'Gets ko yun!'”
“Yun ngayon yung humor dun, it’s called, anti-humor…medyo bago siya…bago siguro sa panlasa ng mga tao na medyo sinakyan ng kabataan.”
“Nagkaroon siya ng following sa mga kabataan and I think…kasi kami ni Bitoy, ganun kami eh.
“Pag nag-uusap kami punchline-an kami ng kacornyhan and then we find humor in it. So kaya siguro nabuo yung film.”
Ogie said he did not expect to get such a response from viewers.
“Hindi eh…kasi nung nagtetaping pa kami ng Bubble Gang, inaasaahan namin na mgapipick-up, yung iniispoof namin yung mga Koreano.”
“Yung Wonder Boys…Meron kaming grupo nun eh…yung Wonder Boys.
“Somehow, parang naging novelty lang, nagstart siyang magpick-up pero parang hindi namin nasustain.
But Ogie admitted that it was partly their fault that they were not able to sustain the story. Instead, something else clicked.
“Eto…simula’t sapul nagkaroon ng reaksyon eh…sa YouTube. Ayan oh, tignan mo yung bihis ng mga batang 'yan,” Ogie pointed to the kids on set who portray the Pick-uperos in the movie.
“Ayan yung sample ng...ginagaya nila si Pick-Up eh.”
BOY PICK-UP THE MOVIE IS BORN. So how did the Boy Pick-Up segment become a movie?
Ogie recalls, “Uhm, Roselle Monteverde called me. And I was doing talks with both camps…GMA and Regal about certain projects...
“We had a few stories in line. May mga concepts in line. My manager said, alam mo, malakas yung Boy Pick-up ah…bakit hindi na lang yun?
“So…ayun…tumawag sa 'kin si Roselle, Boy Pick-Up na lang. At that point wala pa kaming storya,” he remembered with a laugh.
“So I had to write a concept and a storyline, kami ni Eri [Neeman]. And then, uh, siguro isang upuan lang…”
People wonder, will the movie just be all about pick-up lines or will there be a storyline?
“Actually maraming nagtataka, paano mo nagawan ng kwento? Totoo 'yan, totoo 'yan, mahirap.
"Mahirap gawan ng kwento kasi puro pick-upan. So ginawa namin, yung pick-upan, ginawa naming highlights ng film.
"Kasi yan yung hinahanap ng fans ng Boy Pick-Up,” he explained.
“But we were also addressing the issue, paano yung mga hindi kilala si Boy Pick-Up? Pano yung mga hindi naman nanonood ng GMA?”
“Halimbawa, hindi mo naiinitindihan yung humor ng Boy Pick-Up. So we have to…tell a story.”
In short, they wanted the movie to cater to the general public.
“Hindi mo pwedeng i-assume na pag pinakita mo yung pick-up-an, sasakayan ka na ng moviegoers. It’s an entirely different market unto itself, you know.”
“So when we wrote the story, we had to address the issue of…kailangan maintindihan nung mga hindi rin nasasakayan yung pick-upan.”
WHO IS BOY PICK-UP? “Si Boy Pick-Up is yung Boy Pick-Up that we see on TV. Lumalaban sya sa pick-up-an at lagi siyang nananalo.”
“So, naestablish na natin yun sa TV. But we will further reinforce that sa film. So at the opening scene, mae establish natin na…kilala siya.”
Although he is already famous, people are still unaware of Boy Pick-up’s life outside the “Pick-up World.”
Ogie explains, "We will find that his life also has some drama. And then, he goes back to his house. Sa bahay niya, mahirap lang siya, wala siyang pamilya, wala siyang trabaho.”
“At dahil wala siyang trabaho, yung landlord niya, played by Diego, paaalisin na siya.”
But it also filled with comedic tragedy or tragic comedy.
Ogie narrates, “Kung hindi sya makakabayad…sabi nung landlord niya'sige, kailangan patulan mo ko!'”
Unable to pay rent, Boy Pick-up is coerced by his homosexual landlord into having a relationship with him.
“Eh alangan namang patulan ko si Diego? Dahil kinasusuklaman ko yung landlord ko, naghanap ako ngayon ng trabaho,” Ogie said with a laugh.
This is where the story of Boy Pick-up’s adventure begins.
SPECIAL CAST. But on a personal level, does he have anything against homosexuals?
“No, no, no. In fact, I’m glad na Diego is here…kasi, Diego has a huge gay following…”
Diego, who is dubbed as “Ang Pambansang Bading,” became known for portraying roles in Bubble Gang that makes fun of his physical appearance.
Big stars or less-known actors, Ogie is very proud of the cast.
“And I’m happy also kasama dito si Lilia…si Mommy Lilia Cuntapay… and I know she won best actress.”
Lilia won Best Actress at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival last year for the mockumentary, Six Degrees of Separatiom from Lilia Cuntapay directed by Antoinette H. Jadaone.
We may not recognize her name but only a few will not recognize the face of this old woman who would often play the role of a ghost or aswang in movies and television.
Recently, Lilia also walked the red carpet last month wearing an Avel Bacudio gown at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. The said indie film was warmly received by foreign viewers.
Ogie was also happy to have one of his idols as a part of the cast.
“And then I’m with Pepe Smith…yung mga icons ko, natutuwa ako kasi nasasama ko sa film.”
I remember yung very, very first film ko na medyo nagbibida na ‘ko, sinama ko yung idol ko nung bata pa ko si Ramon Zamora. When was still alive and siya yung naging kontrabida ko in one of my first films…idol ko yun eh.”
"And then Pepe Smith, it’s a dream for me because…nung 1970s siya yung iniidolo namin eh…nakikinig kami sa rock.
"I found out so many things about him and I’m so happy that he had resurgence in his career.
"Nirerespeto sya ng lahat ng mga rakista, ng mga musicians. The ultimate rockstar,” he said proudly about Pepe Smith.