Cartoonist Nonoy Marcelo created Tisoy in 1963 for the Manila Times, which tells about the lifestyle of young Filipinos. His main character, Tisoy (slang for “mestizo”), and cast members such as Aling Otik, Maribubut, Caligula, Tatang, Tikyo and Kinse, soon became known in Philippine pop culture. It was adapted later for television in 1968 featuring Jimmy Morato as Tisoy and Pilar Pilapil as Maribubut. Also in the cast were Bert 'Tawa' Marcelo as Tikyo and Moody Diaz as Aling Otik. It was made into a movie in 1969 with almost the same TV cast. In 1977, Direk Ishmael Bernal revived the popular cartoon charcter with Christopher de Leon playing the title role of Tisoy and Charo Santos as Maribubut.
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Bert 'Tawa' Marcelo, Jerry Pons, Ike Lozada/
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