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Michael V.
Birth name Beethoven del Valle Bunagan
Born December 17, 1969 (1969-12-17) (age 40)
Origin Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
Genres Pop, OPM, Rap/Hip-Hop, Novelty, Parody
Occupations Singer, Actor, Comedian, TV host
Years active 1990-present
Labels EMI
OctoArts
Polyeast
GMA Records
Website http://www.igma.tv/profile/michael-v

Michael V. (born December 17, 1969 Beethoven del Valle Bunagan), also known as "Bitoy" or "Toybits", is a Filipino comedian, actor, director, composer, singer, rapper, voice artist and parodist, who appears in the GMA Network show Bubble Gang, and in his own TV show Bitoy's Funniest Videos.

Known as the "Weird Al" Yankovic of the Philippines for his "translations" and parodies of popular Filipino and foreign songs and has also made original songs, such as "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" (You've Hurt My Heart), and "Hindi Ako Bakla" (I'm Not Fag). The song "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" is closely similar to Yankovic's "You Don't Love Me Anymore".

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Life and career

Beethoven was born on December 17, 1969 in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines. His father named him after German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, not because they shared almost the same birth date (199 years later), but because his father saw a copy of Beethoven's LP in his boss's office and didn't know that "Beethoven" is a surname.

His nickname is not actually derived from his real name, as earlier speculated. It was taken from a TV character played by comedian Bentot. When Bentot guested in Iskul Bukol, the then high school pupil Beethoven saw it. The next day, he was mimicking Bentot's voice in school. His classmates then called him Bitoy. The nickname stuck to this day.

In his younger days, he was a very hopeful boy. Spending his days in rooftops of a tenement housing where he lived for almost 20 years, he foresees himself making a difference any way he can.

He joined a lot of contests on TV. In one contest in Eat Bulaga, judge Ogie Alcasid turned him down. Later, Beethoven became a co-host of Eat Bulaga and Ogie Alcasid became one of his close friends and co-star in the long-running Bubble Gang and the defunct Tropang Trumpo.

During his early days, he was an extremely shy young man. He was often pessimistic about his life, thinking that he was too dumb to have a future. One day, little did he know that while drunk and singing a certain song, his voice was actually being recorded by his wife.[1]

During the popularity of Andrew E., the song Humanap Ka Ng Panget became a monster hit. The then unsigned Beethoven composed a reply song entitled "Maganda Ang Piliin (Ayoko Ng Panget)". At that time, OctoArts was then inviting Beethoven's female friend and rapping partner, Dianne, to submit a demo tape. In that demo tape, Beethoven's Maganda Ang Piliin was accidentally included. He and Dianne got individual recording contract. Beethoven's song and its accompanying album became a hit.

Michael V.'s first movie appearance was in Regal Films' comedy flick, "Banana Split" topbilled by Joey Marquez. But his star shone more brightly when OctoArts Films started to include him in several comedy flicks that cast him alongside Vic Sotto ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "D' Sisters", "Lastikman"), Ogie Alcasid ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "Manolo en Michelle", etc.), Francis M, and many more.

This writer and actor has an academic degree in Mass Communications from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He finished his secondary education in Manila Science High School.

He has won the Asian Television Awards for Best Comedy Performance by an Actor for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

He recently joined MariMar as the voice of Fulgoso. After his voice-acting in MariMar, he joined the cast of Codename: Asero which is Bitoy's first soap opera.

On August 23, 2008, Michael V, was officially informed that he will grace the front cover of Reader's Digest (RD) 5th Annual Humor Special, September issue.[2]

He also had comedy movie with long time friend Ogie Alcasid called "Ang Spoiled Brat: The Movie" produced by GMA Films & APT Productions, inspired from a segment of GMA 7's award-winning gag-show, "Bubble Gang".

Bitoy also hosted a game show on GMA, Hole In The Wall with fellow comedian and buddy Ogie Alcasid in 2009.

Bitoy also hosted a comedy-talent show called Bitoy's Showwwtime aired from 2009 to 2010.

Bitoy will also launched his 1st sitcom and his upcoming sitcom "Pepito Manaloto" will be aired sometimes this March 2010.

Michael V. is now co-host in a new musical variety show on GMA, Party Pilipinas with his fellow hosts Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Regine Velasquez & Jaya Ramsey.

Music career

Discography

In 2006, Michael released his newest studio album, The Bubble G Anthology, which is a compilation of his song parodies from the TV show Bubble Gang under GMA Records. His new album can be described as "an audio-visual venture", with songs such as Mamaw, which is a parody of Kamikazee's song Narda, and DJ Bumbay, a comical take at the Indian merchants that are doing business in the Philippines. Some the songs in his album, like Wag N'yo Kaming Pansinin, poked fun at his gay colleague, Diego, and a black woman from Bubble Gang, Myka, which is also a regular at Bubble Gang.

It was also said that he needed to re-master some of his song parody performances, since because it was first played on TV, it came out as mono, and to make it distinguishable from pirated versions. Hindi Ako Bakla became a hit over the radio stations in 2007. Hindi Ako Bakla has a message almost similar to Tuesday Vargas's song Babae Po Ako.

Notable songs from Michale V.'s different albums:

  • Original songs:
    • Joy In My Heart
    • Hindi Ako Bakla
    • DJ Bumbay
    • Mas Mahal Na Kita Ngayon (later covered by hiphop duo YM)
    • Nandito lang ako
    • Sinaktan Mo ang Puso Ko
    • Ba Ba Boom (The current game in Eat Bulaga!)

As Composer

Aside from his new album, he is a composer of theme songs not only for his show Bubble Gang but also in GMA shows. Notable song he composed is Alinlangan, sung by Jolina Magdangal for GMA telefantasya Super Twins. He is also notable for creating some parody songs, including Sabog - sabog tayo, which was released in February 20, 2009.

He also composed "Tim Song Ku" sang by Regine Velasquez for the 14th Anniversary of longest running comedy show, "Bubble Gang".

Television Shows

  • Pepito Manaloto (GMA) - various
  • Party Pilipinas (GMA) - co-host/performer (march 6, 2010)
  • Diz Iz It (GMA) - judge
  • Bitoy's SHOwwwTIME (GMA) - host
  • Hole in the Wall as Yaya (GMA) - Host
  • Codename: Asero (GMA) - Bodjie X
  • MariMar (Philippine TV Series) (GMA) - Pulgoso (vocal role)
  • Eat Bulaga's Holy Week Specials (GMA)
  • Eat Bulaga (GMA) - Himself (co-host)
  • Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA) - Etoy, Betong and Bebang (host)
  • Bubble Gang (GMA) - Various
  • Ooops!... - Director
  • Bitoy's Adventures In Bilibkaba! (GMA) - Himself (host)
  • Bilibitornat! (GMA) - Himself (host)
  • Bitoy's World (GMA) - Etoy, Betong and Bebang
  • Ready, Text, Go! (GMA) - Himself (host)
  • GMA Love Stories (GMA) - Various
  • Campus Romance (GMA) - Various
  • Mikee (GMA) Various
  • Tropang Trumpo (ABC now TV5) - Various
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - Various
  • ASAP - Co Host/himself
  • Young Love, Sweet Love (RPN now SOLAR TV) -Various
  • Teysi Ng Tahanan: Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang (ABS-CBN) - Various
  • Ready, Get Set, Go! (ABS-CBN) - Himself

Filmography

  • Banana Split
  • O-ha! Ako pa?
  • Isko Adventures in Animasia
  • Si Ayala at si Zobel
  • Mama's Boys
  • Ang Tatay kong Nanay
  • Halik ng Bampira
  • Rubberman - Bitoy/Rubberman
  • Ano ba Yan
  • Ano ba Yan 2
  • Anting-anting
  • Bitoy Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin - Bitoy
  • Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko
  • D' Sisters: Nuns of the Above - Michael
  • Manolo en Michelle
  • Kwentong kayumanggi - Narrator
  • Bestman: 4 Better, Not 4 Worse - Joey
  • Lastikman - Junee Lee
  • Fantastic Man - Professor Manalo
  • Enteng Kabisote: Okay ka fairy, the legend - Itim
  • Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka fairy ko... The legend goes on and on and on - Kabayo (voice cast)
  • Paraiso: Tatlong Kuwento ng Pag-asa - Didoy
  • Urduja - Kukut (voice cast)
  • Dayo - Narsi (voice cast)
  • Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie - Yaya

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