Pinoy master of disguises Michael V succesfully created a new character, Yaya, a hapless and naïve nanny who always gets the losing end in the mischievous exploits of "her" ward Angelina, played by Ogie Alcasid.
After their characters' debut in the Bubble Gang skit "Ang Spoiled" last year, Yaya and Angelina will soon topbill GMA Films and APT Entertainment, Inc.'s new film Yaya and Angelina (The Spoiled Brat Movie).
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chance to talk to Michael V, nicknamed Bitoy, yesterday, September 1, in the movie's presscon held at Gerry's Grill on Tomas Morato, Quezon City. He said the idea for the skit came from Bubble Gang director Uro Q. dela Cruz.
"There was a time na ikinuwento niya sa amin kung gaano siya naiinis sa mga batang Bisaya dahil sa yaya. May narinig siya, sabi ng bata, 'Mommy, I want to eat my jili [jelly].' Kasi hindi natutukan ng magulang," he explained.
This situation inspired the Bubble Gang team to form the concept of a yaya from the Visayas who must contend with a spoiled, rich kid. The skit instantly became a hit, and Yaya and Angelina with their original 'loser' hand sign, became household names.
Did Michael ever think the characters would become so popular?
"May point din na ganun na nga. Hindi na ma-contain ng telebisyon kaya kailangan nang ilabas sa big screen," he replied.
Yaya and Angelina, which will start showing on Sept. 23, is larger than their occasional skit—it has an assassination plot, kidnapping, and terrorism. Bitoy said the movie still has the Yaya-Angelina confrontation scenes that fans love.
What if these scenes send a wrong message to kids in the movie audience that it's all right to be spoiled?
"Hindi ako masyadong concerned sa mga kids na nanonood. Mas concerned ako sa mga parents na pinapayagan silang manood nang walang guidance," Bitoy asserted.
The comedian added that the movie can teach valuable lessons.
"Ang underlying theme kasi nito, walang batang maitim ang puso," he said. "Kung ano lang ang kinalakihan nila, baka maling pagpapalaki lang."
Bitoy also shared an important philosophy to all the yayas in the country.
"Iko-quote ko yung kanta: 'Don't give up on your baby,'" Bitoy said. "Minsan kung wala ang mga magulang, nasa kamay n'yo kung ano ang kahihinatnan ng inyong mga alaga... Mahalin sila, at may reward palagi. 'Wag mo na asahan, pero ultimately darating 'yan. Lahat ng mabuting gawain, may kapalit."
TV RATINGS. Bitoy is also the longtime host of GMA-7's Bitoy's Funniest Videos, which previously ruled Saturday night viewership ratings. The spot is now cornered by TV5's Talentadong Pinoy.
Despite this, Bitoy said he's still happy doing the five-year-old comedy show because it exceeded his initial expectations.
"Kasi nung kino-conceptualize yun, ang idea ko, two years at the most lang [tatagal]," he said.
He added that he will agree with GMA-7's management if it orders the show's revamp.
"Not necessarily, pero it's an option," Bitoy explained. "Okay nga kung babaguhin, e."
Hole in the Wall, which he co-hosts with Ogie Alcasid, is now coming to an end. "Hanggang October na lang ang Hole in the Wall. Babalik kasi ang Family Feud [to be hosted by Richard Gomez]."