Bodjie Pascua

Luisito "Bodjie" Pascua[1] (born 1955) is a Filipino stage and film & TV actor and former children's television host. He is best known as "Kuya Bodjie" ("Big Brother Bodjie"), the iconic character he portrayed on the children's educational television program Batibot.[2]

Bodjie Pascua
Born
Luisito Pascua

1955 (age 6364)
Manila
NationalityFilipino
OccupationActor / Teacher
Years active1974 –present

On Batibot, Kuya Bodjie interacted with the other Batibot characters as part of the show's regular portion. Pascua's unique claim to fame, however, was a segment called "Mga Kwento ni Kuya Bodjie" ("Kuya Bodjie's stories") which featured Pascua telling a new short Children's story in every episode. Pascua called on his theater skills to make the narration lively and to give each character in the stories their own unique voice.[3]

Pascua's stage appearances include "Cabaret;" "Fire, Water, Woman;" "Mass;" "1896;" "Zarzuela;" "Battalia Royale;" "Hamlet;" and numerous musicals written by famed composer Ryan Cayabyab.[2]

His film appearances include: Imahenasyon, Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula Sa Kamulatan, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (local title "Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros"), and the satiric mockumentary Coup B'Etat.[4]

The Iconic status of the Kuya Bodjie character has linked him and his distinctive voice to the childhood memories of the generation of Filipino children who grew up during the late 1980s. Jokes and anecdotes about that period often involve a reference to the character, with the speaker imitating Pascua's signature vocalization, or that of other Batibot characters, such as Kiko Matsing or Pong Pagong, speaking to their "Kuya Bodjie".

Filmography

TV shows

Awards and recognition

  • Winner, Best Childrens Program Host For Batibot - PMPC Star Awards For TV 1987

References

  1. Inquirer.net Archived December 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Belen, Crispina. "Dingdong & Jessa, happier now that they're 'Christians'" in Celebrity World. Manila Bulletin March 29, 2005. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2009-02-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Bodjie Pascua. Batibot : Mga kuwento ni kuya bodjie (audiocasette). Miriam College Library, Quezon City: Ivory Records Corporation, The philippine children's television foundation. Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  4. http://www.kabayancentral.com/video/artist-B.html
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