Vic Sotto says he's committed to entertain people and to "make a little difference in our country"

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"Natutuwa ako kasi kahit papaano, you get to make their day. Makakamayan mo sila and have a picture taken with them," says Eat Bulaga! host Vic Sotto, who recently visited a sari-sari store with co-host Michael V.


What would you do if Vic Sotto and Michael V showed up at your sari-sari store?

This happened to a lucky resident of Barangay Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City when Procter & Gamble Philippines turned over a kabuhayanshowcase last month.

Renalyn Cailo, who lives in the area's Muslim compound, is the proud owner of Aling Rena's store for 10 years.

She missed the surprise visit of Bossing and Bitoy (Vic and Michael V's nicknames, respectively), but her brother Ebnoraji Cailo, who is now in charge of the small business, met the two stars.

The makeover of Aling Rena's sari-sari store was part of P&G's "Ka-AsensoBlowout" promo for Puregold supermarkets's sukishoppers. Over 75 kabuhayan packages were given away.

Two of P&G's most popular endorsers are Bossing and Bitoy—who have been promoting household products like laundry soap and dishwashing gel.

The 41-year-old comedian-singer and star of Bubble Gang is proud to be part of the project.

In an interview, Michael V says, "Bihira yung mga ganitong bagay. Actually, sa Eat Bulaga!, araw-araw ginagawa namin ito.

"Pero minsan lang nag-tie-up ang mga produkto at nagtulung-tulong talaga. I'm pretty sure na masusundan pa ito. Kaya ako, I'm hoping makasama pa sa iba pang opening na ganito."

For his part, Vic says, "As long as I have time, I attend mga events na ganito... I am usually up in the morning kasi may Eat Bulaga! pa ako after this.

"This is a dual-purpose project. It's a project by Puregold and P&G. So, okay na okay," he tells PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

COMMITTED CELEBRITY. Aside from entertaining people, Vic said stars should get more involved in cause-oriented activities.

"Pagdating sa pakikipag-kapwa tao, my brother Tito is very good at it. I consider him my idol," Vic says about his kuya, Senator Tito Sotto.

He adds: "It's our commitment—not only of Eat Bulaga!, it is also my personal commitment—na hindi lang puro patawa, hindi lang puro entertainment. I mean you can make a little difference in our country."

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Vic says the show he's been hosting for 31 years has given him the opportunity to improve the lives of Pinoys.

"We have this new thing at Eat Bulaga! Yung mga basurang plastic, iniipon namin. We started it last Saturday [October 9 ] and the response has been very good.

"We go to the barangays sa 'Juan for All and All for One,' and we ask people to bring empty plastic bottles—yung mga itatapon na nila, yung mga patapon, yung mga naiwan na lang sa mga kanal at drainage," he says.

"We tell them to give collect plastic bottles. We have a truck there na puwede nila pag-iwanan. 'Tapos, itong mga naipon namin na plastic, they are converted into school chairs. We give them away to schools na kulang ang silya."

Vic considers it a wonderful concept because it requires the participation of people.

He adds, "Maganda ang response. In two to three days, we were able to buy six school chairs para sa mga schools na mahihirap na kulang ang silya. It starts small, pero, in time, malaking bagay para sa mga bata.

"Dapat naman kasi ganoon, kung may maitutulong ka. Start ka sa isang maliit na bagay para sa kapwa mo at sa bayan. It will definitely make a difference."


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