Jeepney TV honors direk Bobot
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - May 22, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Jeepney TV honors Edgar “Bobot” Mortiz for his nearly 50 years in entertainment with a special titled Goin’ For Gold on the channel’s Let’s Go Linggo.

Direk Bobot has made a name for himself as a TV/movie actor and director, touted as one of the most influential forces on TV today. In the ’70s, he gained popularity as a teen star and ka-love team of Vilma Santos, but, as he reveals in the special, he actually started out as the love team partner of Nora Aunor. In the ’80s-’90s, he successfully reinvented himself as a formidable creative force behind TV’s highest top-raters, foremost of which were for the gag shows Goin’ Bananas and Tropang Trumpo. Today, the director is recognized as the creator of the long-running kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit and may be credited for launching the careers of some of today’s hottest young stars.

The Jeepney TV special charts Bobot’s journey from singer to matinee idol, to creative director and film/TV director, with direk Bobot’s recollection of stories behind the TV shows he was involved in. It also reveals how his children Frasco and Badji have chosen to follow in his footsteps.

The tribute features a star-studded line-up of interviewees that includes close friends and contemporaries Al Tantay and Tirso Cruz III; Banana Split and Eva Fonda alumna Cristine Reyes, Banana Split mainstay Ryan Bang, writer and creative collaborator Willy Cuevas, and comedians Pokwang and Jason Gainza. Also in the special are the stars that direk Bobot discovered such as Bangs Garcia, Julia Montes, Miles Ocampo and other stars from his hit shows who will share their experiences with the beloved director.

Edgar ‘Bobot’ Mortiz, Goin’ for Gold will be shown on Jeepney TV (SkyCable Channel 9) on May 26 from 9 to 11 p.m. after MMK Classics.

For updates, like its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JeepneyTV.

AL TANTAY AND TIRSO CRUZ BANANA SPLIT BANANA SPLIT AND EVA FONDA BANANAS AND TROPANG TRUMPO BANGS GARCIA BOBOT CRISTINE REYES FOR GOLD GOIN
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