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‘Pepito Manaloto’ shares untold stories in new chapter

By Areeya Tatjana Ho

Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kwento, the prequel to the award-winning Filipino sitcom, premiered on July 17 featuring a fresh set of stars adding color to the already well-loved story of Pepito, Elsa, their family, and friends.

According to Michael V, they opted for a prequel because it was the “best direction,” and it was a part of the story that is yet to be explored.

Sef Cadayona and Mikee Quintos play young Pepito and Elsa in ‘Pepito Manaloto’ prequel.
Sef Cadayona and Mikee Quintos play young Pepito and Elsa in ‘Pepito Manaloto’ prequel.
“I think lahat ng kasing edad namin siguradong mage-enjoy because they can relates to the story,” the comedian said adding that the details of the set as well as the costumes were “very controlled” to give audiences the 1980s nostalgia.

Despite the shift in the timeline, the show retains the “formula” that made it a success since its inception in 2010. Michael revealed that the plot of “Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kwento” took inspiration from the personal stories of the cast, crew, and writers.

“I think it’s the relatability that made it this far. Kasi as much na luma yung setting, bago yung interaction ng characters, bago yung feeling na nararamdaman at ‘di siya naluluma talaga. And we’re keeping the family, friendship, and love themes of the sitcom,” Michael V shared.

Sef Cadayona and Mikee Quintos are the show’s new cast members. Sef portrays the young Pepito while Mikee tackles young Elsa.

Joining them are Kokoy de Santos, Gladys Reyes, Pokwang, Archie Alemania, EA Guzman, Jay Arcilla, Kristoffer Martin, Denise Barbacena, and Angel Guardian; while original cast members Michael V. and Manilyn Reynes narrate the love story between their younger versions.

Pepito Manaloto first aired in 2010 on GMA’s Sunday evening lineup and has won several awards since its debut. It followed the life of Pepito Manaloto, who won the lottery, his wife Elsa, their children, friends, workers, and neighbors.

Topics: Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kwento , Michael V , Sef Cadayona , Mikee Quintos , GMA 7
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