Comedian Pooh wants to impersonate more personalities

"Siyempre, natuwa ako dahil nanay ng iniidolo ko. Kumbaga, si Manny [Pacquiao] nakasama ko na, si Jinky [Manny's wife] nakasama ko na, siya na lang. Ayan, kumpleto na ang pamilya," said comedian Pooh about working with Pacmom Dionisia Pacquiao.


"Masaya, hindi kami nabagot," Pooh described the shooting of his newest endorsement, Osteo-Gard, with Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao.

Pooh, who is known for his impersonation of Pinoy Boxing Champ Manny Pacquaio, said it was a dream come true to be able to work Mommy Dionisia, or popularly called Pacmom.

"Pinangarap ko ito, actually," said Pooh, who goes by the name of Manny Poohkyaw whenever he imitates the champ on stage, during the press launch of his endorsement at Aberdeen Court last Friday, November 6.

"Dati, pinangarap ko na makasama ko si Manny na makapag-perform ako sa harapan niya. 'Tapos, biglang lumabas si Nanay Dionisia, sabi ko, 'Ay, gusto ko ring makasama si Nanay Dionisia.' Ito, kumpleto na. Si Jinky [Pacquiao, wife of Manny] nakakausap ko. So, 'yong pamilya Pacquiao, na-meet ko na lahat halos."

How was it working with Boxing Champ's mother?

"Masaya, hindi kami nabagot," answered Pooh. "Kasi, simula pagdating niya hanggang sa natapos kami, hindi siya huminto nang kakakuwento. Lahat ng mga pangyayari, kinukuwento niya. Nakakatuwa siya, sobrang saya namin."

Pooh added that it was easy to get along with Mommy Dionisia, whom he described as naturally hilarious on the set.

He continued, "Nakakatuwa. Noong una, magaan na ang loob ko sa kanya. Wala, pagpasok nga niya ng kuwarto, nagtaas na siya ng paa, nagkutkot na ng kuko. Wala siyang pakialam sa mga nasa gilid niya. Siya na yun!"

Although he's popular as Manny's imitator, Pooh admits that this is not going to be permanent. He knows that someday he has to try other characters so that the audience will not get used to him imitating Manny.

"Marami pa [akong gustong gawin]," said the standup comedian. "Alam mo 'yon, gusto ko pang palawakin [ang talento ko]. Marami pa akong gustong gawing characters. Kumbaga, kung wala namang isyu kay Manny, wala rin akong magagawa. So, paano kung walang isyu? Natutulog lang character."

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Right now, Pooh said he's studying the characters of politicians like presidential aspirant Manny Villar and Senator Chiz Escudero in time for the coming 2010 election.

"Vilbar at Chess ang tawag ko. Sa show namin sa Music Museum baka gawin ko 'yon," Pooh said.

Aside from impersonating, Pooh is also busy taping for his daily afternoon show Banana Split, which airs every Saturday night.

There's also his salon business with fellow comedy actor Pokwang, called Salon de PoohKwang, on West Avenue, Quezon City.


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