October 24, 2006

Si Pugo at si Togo: The original comic duo!

Si Pugo at si Togo ay ang original na comic duo na nagbigay katatawanan sa mga Pilipino noong panahon ng gera (Japanese occupation) ng World War II. Ayon sa maraming entertainment historians, hindi nagsimulang kalbo ang dalawa noong naisipan nila pumasok ng showbiz. Naisipan ng dalawa mag-pakalbo (para mas nakakatawa ang kanilang comedy act) noong nagsimula sila sa Vaudeville noong 1934.


"According to legend, during the Japanese Occupation, the comedy team of Pugo and Tugo performed a skit in Avenue Theather, where Tugo was wearing a full-regalia military uniform."

"It didn't help that the Prime Minister of War time Japan was (also named) Togo. Apparently, Pugo and Tugo was picked up by the Kempetai. To the minds of many, the attempt at Free Speech cost them a lot of punches and bruises at the garrison in Intramuros."

--Howie (comment on the article: Tearing down a masterpiece for a parking lot)

Di nagtagal matapos ng ilang successful comedies for LVN, lumabas si Pugo sa tv and starred in tv shows like: Tangtarangtang (which later became Si Tatang Kasi), Wanted: Boarders, Alright, Okay, My Son, My Son, at sa Tawag Ng Tanghalan.

Bihira tayo makakita ng mga litrato nitong dalawang comedy veterans , at nais naming magpasalamat sa ating kaibigan na si Gerry Alanguilan for sending us this wonderful scan taken off the page of an original(!) Liwayway Magazine, Feb 5, 1968.

Gerry has featured Nostalgia Manila in his Komikero Blog in an article entitled: A Trip Down Memory Lane.

Visit Gerry's blog at: www.komikero.com

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janice said...

Very interesting... I didn't know that. Thanks for the little taste of history.

watson said...

Si Pugo, I remember. Pero si Togo... not sure I have heard his name or seen his face before. Ang sayang manood ng early afternoon vintage movies sa RPN9 noon!

Sure, a link exchange will be great! I will include you in my blogroll now. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

During the Japanese occupation, the duo had to change their name to Puging (aka Mariano Contreras) and Tuging, due to the similarity with the name of then Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo.-Diane Grace

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