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GMA Network’s well-loved sitcom ‘Pepito Manaloto’ airs prequel via ‘Ang Unang Kuwento’

July 16, 2021 People's Journal 305 views

TRAVEL back to the ’80s and discover where and how it all began in the much-awaited prequel of GMA Network’s award-winning and well-loved family sitcom, Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kuwento,’ premiering this Saturday, July 17.

The prequel introduces the fresh team-up of two of the Network’s highly-talented stars – Sef Cadayona as Pepito Manaloto, a shy but smart boy from Bulacan who always finds ways to earn money for his family and is always ready to lend a helping hand to those who are in need; and Mikee Quintos as Elsa dela Cruz, a book-smart and extremely competitive student transferee from Cebu who loves to cook and whose charm easily captures the hearts of her classmates.

Making Pepito and Elsa’s lives even more colorful and fun are Pokwang as Aling Tarsing Batumbakal, Mang Benny’s sweetheart who owns a cafeteria in the barangay and who treats Pepito as her own son; Gladys Reyes as Aling Rosa Generoso, Patrick’s mother who washes clothes for a living and is a certified gossipmonger in the barangay; Archie Alemania as Mang Benny Manaloto, Pepito’s widowed father who works as a truck assistant and loves money-making bets; Kokoy de Santos as Patrick Generoso, Pepito’s good-for-nothing and clumsy best friend who usually gets the two of them in trouble; EA Guzman as Nando, Patrick’s obnoxious brother and Aling Rosa’s favorite son who excels in sports and brings pride to their family; Kristoffer Martin as Wendell, the closeted classmate of Pepito and Patrick who hides his sexuality by bullying others; Denise Barbacena as Elma, Pepito’s unattractive neighbor who is always teased by his friends and has a secret crush on Pepito; Jay Arcilla as Eric, the haughty best friend of Wendell;

Angel Guardian as Beth, Pepito’s classmate who has a crush on Patrick and is also Elsa’s friend.

Meanwhile, original cast members Manilyn Reynes and Michael V. will also be present in the prequel as narrators.

Discover where and how it all began in ‘Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kuwento’ – under the helm of esteemed director Bert de Leon – beginning Saturday (July 17), 6:15PM, on GMA-7.

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