In the December 2016 issue of YES! Magazine, Vic Sotto and his wife Pauleen Luna-Sotto graciously opened their brand new home in Laguna.
In the course of welcoming YES!, the conversation turned to their married life.
“In a happy bubble” is how Pauleen described how she and her husband have been since they exchanged marriage vows on January 30, 2016, at the St. James the Great Parish in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
“Hindi siya nawala,” she said about married life.
“Well, hindi pa. Hindi pa siya nawawala. Parang kung gaano kami kasaya no’n, gano’n pa rin hanggang ngayon.”
The couple agreed that they didn’t have to make adjustments in their set ways and traits because they have gotten to know each other so well since the start of their romantic relationship in 2011.
In fact, the only major adjustment was that Vic now has to wake up earlier than usual, so that they could leave the house together to report to work on Eat Bulaga, the 37-year-old noontime show where he’s a pioneering host and she’s a co-host.
“Oo, kasi kailangan niyang maaga sa Bulaga,” the TV host and actor explained. “Dati, kahit dumating ako ng mga twelve-thirty.”
VIC THE PRODUCER. Vic talked lengthily about his foray into TV and movie production, which has catapulted him—a former folk singer and band vocalist, and one-third of the Tito, Vic & Joey (TVJ) comic trio, along with his brother Tito Sotto and their buddy Joey de Leon—into the Bossing that he is now.
“Wala lang,” he said, chuckling, when asked why he wanted to be a producer. “Gusto ko lang ’yong pag na-late ako, walang sisita.”
Turning serious, he added: “Gusto ko ’yong kontrolado ko ’yong, kumbaga, quality control.”
Back in the mid-1980s, Vic noticed that there was a dearth of TV fare fit for the whole family. He then came up with a concept for a sitcom about a widowed father with four kids, and named it Daddy Kul.
He produced Daddy Kul’s first episode and presented it to the then head of Channel 13. He was turned down, and he felt very bad about it.
“Parang nanlumo ako,” he recalled. “Nagpapaka-wholesome ako, ayaw n’yo?”
A year or two later, Channel 13 changed management. The new network head called for a meeting with Vic.
They discussed a possible project which, with the help of scriptwriters Bibeth Orteza and Benjie Caparas (now deceased), eventually developed into the hit sitcom Okay Ka, Fairy Ko.
The story of Okay Ka, Fairy Ko revolves around a simple, funny, and hardworking all-around repairman named Enteng Kabisote (played by Vic), who accidentally meets a beautiful fairy called Faye.
Enteng and Faye fall in love and get married—to the consternation of Faye’s mother Ina Magenta, who had been grooming Faye to succeed her as queen of the mythical land of Engkantasya.
Faye chooses to live in the mortal world to be with her husband, but her mother constantly descend on them and often clashes with Enteng.
In casting actors, top of mind Vic wanted a precocious three-year-old girl by the name of Aiza Seguerra, who had placed third runner-up in the 1987 edition of Eat Bulaga’s kiddie pageant “Little Miss Philippines.”
She was cast as Enteng’s adopted daughter, also named Aiza.
The rest of the main cast followed: iconic dramatic actress Charito Solis (now deceased) as Ina Magenta, tap-dancing comedian Bayani Casimiro (also deceased) as Enteng’s father, and beauty queen-turned-actress Alice Dixson as Faye.
Under Vic’s newly formed M-Zet Productions, Okay Ka, Fairy Ko premiered on Channel 13 in 1987 and became an instant success.
The sitcom ran for 10 years, and in those years, underwent several changes. Its host network went from Channel 13 to Channel 2, and finally to Channel 7. The role of Faye went from Alice Dixson to Tweetie de Leon to Dawn Zulueta.
It went on to have two film spin-offs and a film franchise fronted by the male lead character, Enteng Kabisote. In total, there have been nine movies in a span of 21 years, from 1991 to 2012.
A tenth movie, Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, opened last November 30, and is still showing in theaters nationwide.
Just like other M-Zet Productions’ movie projects, Vic’s latest output is a co-production with perennial partners APT Entertainment and OctoArts Films.
ON ENTENG KABISOTE. Vic considers his now-iconic TV and movie character as “eighty percent” similar to his own personality.
“Si Enteng naman kasi ano siya, e, ’yong tipong nakapangasawa ng engkantada, pero hangga’t maaari, medyo mataas ’yong pride niya sa pagiging tagalupa niya,” he said.
“Hindi siya umaasa sa magic ng asawa niya at sa nakapaligid sa kanya. May anak nga siyang engkantado, si Benok, ’tsaka may isa pa, si Ada.
“Kung tutuusin, madali ang buhay dahil may magic sila. Pero siya, bilang mabuting ama, mabuting asawa, pinaninindigan niya na ‘Kaya ko ’to kahit walang magic, basta tiwala ka sa sarili at higit sa lahat, may tiwala ka sa Diyos.’
“If you notice, karamihan ng mga Enteng namin, pag dating sa dulo, sa Diyos pa rin siya parati kumakapit.”
In Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers, Vic introduced a few tweaks to the film franchise.
For starters, Faye and Ina Magenta are no longer part of the storyline.
Ina Magenta has relinquished the throne to her daughter Faye, and Faye has to perform her queenly duties in Engkantasya.
“Medyo nahirapan kami sa casting,” Vic admitted, “so we came up with something na wala si Faye, wala si Ina Magenta.”
Meanwhile, Enteng’s adopted daughter Aiza runs her poultry business in Mindanao, and Enteng and Faye’s youngest child Ada studies in Cebu. Their first-born and only son Benok has his own family.
Enteng has changed from being a lowly repairman to a big-time businessman. He lives with Benok (played by Vic’s real-life son Oyo Sotto) and Benok’s wife (Ryza Cenon) and son (Alonzo Muhlach).
Enteng clashes with his son because the lolo tends to spoil his grandson. But they soon mend fences to fight a villain (Epy Quizon as Doctor Kwak-Kwak) that originates from Engkantasya.
They find allies in seven other Engkantasya denizens who have assumed human forms: Nini (Wally Bayola as Lola Nidora with a deadly voice), Tinids (Jose Manalo as Lola Tinidora with powerful speed), Dory (Paolo Ballesteros as Lola Tidora with a mighty vision)...
Lukas (Jerald Napoles as the high pitched muscleman), Oring (Cacai Bautista as the fortuneteller with a literal third eye), Remo (Jelson Bay as the Bohol tourist guide whose hands turn into old-fashioned irons), and Beki (Sinon Loresca as the drag performer who can camouflage himself).
Together, they are called The Abangers, an allusion to the American comic book and movie superhero characters The Avengers.
“Maganda ’yong istorya,” Vic said of his new movie. “Medyo drama, comedy… May pagka-millennial ang dating.”
There are also many guest appearances, including Aiza Seguerra, Joey de Leon, Allan K, and Pauleen Luna-Sotto in a surprise role.
This December, we’re taking you to the brand-new contemporary home of Vic and Pauleen Luna-Sotto. Inside this two-story Laguna house, the construction of which Pauleen personally supervised as project manager, the Box-Office Comedy King and the comely actress talk about their life as a happily-married couple. Aside from the joys of marriage, Bossing and Poleng also open up about the adjustment and the sacrifices that they have to make since their grand wedding, their discoveries about each other, and their love for regularly hosting dinners and barbecues with Vic’s kids and the rest of the Sotto clan. Also in this issue are the official photos from the prenup shoot and the much-awaited wedding of Kalyeserye’s phenomenal loveteam, Alden and Maine. Relive the tender, sweet, and funny moments between these characters whose love story enamored viewers here and abroad. #YESDecember2016 issue, out now in stands. For digital subscriptions, visit http://bit.ly/yesmagapple or http://bit.ly/yesmagph for more details.