Michael V will be heading to his home in Orange County, California for the holidays.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) visited the set of Pepito Manaloto at Casa Milan, Fairview, Quezon City last Thursday, December 6.
The cast had to shoot double-time for episodes which will be shown while they all take a break for Christmas.
Bitoy (his nickname) relates how he and his family spent Christmas last year.
He said, “Nag-Christmas day muna kami dito. Flight namin, gabi.
“So, dumating kami 25 pa rin, inabot pa namin yung buntot,” he related jovially.
He clarified that their holiday trip happened spontaneously, “Hindi naman namin pinaplano na ganun.
“Pero ideally, may ganun. Kasi twice a year nagpupunta kami dun, e. Yung summer vacation ’tsaka Christmas vacation.”
SANTA CLAUS BELIEVER. Asked if they observe any Christmas tradition, the Pepito Manaloto lead star said, “A, yung Santa Claus, hindi nawawala sa ‘min.
“Until now, firm believer kami ni Santa. Kahit yung panganay ko, medyo ano pa, e, hindi pa siya ganun ka-convinced na hindi totoo, e.
“Actually, strike that out, I didn’t say that,” said Bitoy, taking back his statement that Santa is fictional.
So, do his children hang Christmas stockings expecting a gift from the guy in red?
He fervently asserts, “Meron! Gumagawa sila ng mga note, nagsusulat sila.”
Michael V displayed his childlike devotion when we inquired if he dresses up and plays Santa to his kids.
“No, no, hindi ako! Ano ba? Ano ka ba? Ano ba kayo, hindi kayo naniniwala?” he said conspiringly.
And Michael V believes in Santa Claus? “Hanggang ngayon,” he answered with a smile.
He was never disillusioned by the idea of Santa Claus? “Hindi. Hindi,” Bitoy said.
Did Santa give you everything you asked for? “E, at this point, yes, e,” he replied.
Bitoy says the first gift he asked from Santa Claus was a Voltes V action figure. Did Santa grant him that one?
He responds with a laugh, “Hindi. Mahal, e. Hahaha!”
SANTA TO HIS KIDS. Bitoy has three kids with non-showbiz wife Carol, namely, Milo, 18; Yanni, 14; Migo, 9, and Maypaul, 4. What kind of presents do his kids ask for?
Bitoy says, “Uhm, ano naman, e, may kanya-kanya kasi silang personalidad, e.
“Like yung panganay, si gadget boy yun, e. So, any gadget na basta more than three buttons, okay yun.
“Minsan specific yung hinihiling nila, minsan hindi. Yung dalaga ko, mahilig sa music.
Tapos yung mga uso ngayon na, anything related to them, okay. O kaya musical instruments.
“Yung susunod, mahilig sa laruan. Yun, naka-focus yun, e. Minsan pag napag-tripan niyang eto, like before, Godzilla.
“So, hindi ko alam kung bakit biglang naging Dragon Ball! E, lumang-luma na yung mga yun, e.
“Tapos at one point, naging Star Wars. Ngayon Beyblade, na medyo luma na nga rin pero ewan ko, he’s into it, e.
“Yung baby girl, princess-princess naman yun,” he said.
COLLECTION. As there were things he couldn’t afford as a child, Bitoy now collects action-figures he wanted to have then.
He recounts, “Yung mga, mostly yung mga things na hindi ko na-experience nung bata ako.
“Like, for example, yung mga robots na ’yan, yung mga napapanood ko dati sa GMA, ’tsaka sa ibang networks, binili ko yung mga replica nila.
“Tapos sa ngayon, yung Hot Toys. Yung mga Hot Toys na figures.
“More than just action figures. Pero yung mga laruan per se, hindi.
“Basta Hot Toys, yung kamukha talaga nung mga nasa pelikula.”
The prices of these toys range from P7, 000 to P16, 000 but they can get even more expensive when demand rises.
“Yung Michael Jackson na unang, sila naglabas, e…
"Before namatay, binenta yun ng P7, 000. Nung namatay, umabot ng P50 [thousand],” he revealed.