Joey de Leon

Joey de Leon
Joey De Leon and Travis Kraft (cropped).jpg
De Leon on June 11, 2010
José María Ramos de León Jr.

(1946-10-14) October 14, 1946 (age 74)
Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Occupation Comedian, actor, television presenter
Years active 1969–present
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s) Daria Ramírez (first wife)
Eileen Macapagal
(m. 1982)
Children 5 (including Keempee)

José "Joey" María Ramos de León Jr. (born October 14, 1946) is a Filipino comedian, actor, television presenter and songwriter. He hosts the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!. He is a member of the comedy trio Tito, Vic and Joey that has made several comedy movies and TV shows.

Early life

De León was the second child of José Seoane de León (1918–2008) of Spanish Filipino descent, and Emma Manahan Ramos (1925–2019). His paternal grandfather was the first mayor of Malolos, Bulacan.[1] At the age of three, his parents divorced. His father then moved to Madrid, Spain and eventually remarried. De León is known for his sarcastic style of humor.


Prior to being an entertainer, de León earned his architecture degree from the National University in Manila. He was also a disc jockey for 12 radio stations when he was starting out. De León started his showbiz career in the 1960s as a radio disc jockey and announcer. He worked for 12 radio stations, including all seven radio stations owned by ABS-CBN Corporation as well as other broadcasters like KBS. His first big break on TV was IBC 13's gag show OK Lang.

Tito, Vic and Joey

In 1975, de León became a co-host of GMA Network's late afternoon variety show Discorama hosted by Bobby Ledesma. He invited his former co-stars at OK Lang, the Sotto brothers Tito, Vic and Val, to join him at Discorama. Only Tito and Vic accepted de León's invitation. The newly-formed trio began to do comedy newscast segments interspersed with Top 40 hit-song parodies. Originally, the trio's appearance was supposed to be a one-off invitation as Discorama was set to be axed but after getting good feedback from the viewers and ratings were high, the show was given a new lease on life by GMA management. The trio was later invited to become part of the noontime show Student Canteen as they released 12 albums based on their Discorama Tough Hits segment.

The sitcom Iskul Bukol gave them nationwide fame as comedians. Soon after, other TV and movie offers came knocking on the trio's door.

In 1979, Tito, Vic and Joey began hosting the noontime show Eat Bulaga!, which was pitted against the more established Student Canteen. Not long after, Eat Bulaga! toppled Student Canteen from the ratings. The trio is still active on both Holy Week Dramas every Lenten Season and also on comedy variety show on Eat Bulaga!.

Solo artist

Although de León continued to do movies alongside his showbiz teammates Tito and Vic, he started doing solo performances for other TV shows. He top billed Joey and Son in 1982, a sitcom on RPN where he played father to a young boy named "Jeffrey Laperal" played back then by Ian Veneracion. He was also one of the gag performers on TODAS where his co-stars included Jimmy Santos and Val Sotto. Other TV shows included Apple Pie, Patis, Atbp., the Sharon Cuneta Show, and Let's Go Crazy. He was launched by Viva Films as a solo comedian in She-Man: Mistress of the Universe. He also tried his hand at directing films like Romeo Loves Juliet and Small, Medium, Large.

De León's films include Starzan. He Leon did several TV shows for GMA Network and ABC. In 1995, he made a film comeback via the comedy Bangers for Viva Films as well as Pipti-pipti, Ang Tipo kong Lalake and Takot Ako sa Darling Ko. He hosts Eat Bulaga! which is now the longest-running TV program in the Philippines, and appears in other shows like Mel and Joey, Startalk, Nuts Entertainment and started a new show for ABC, the now-defunct Teka Mona, which replaced Wow Mali, his long-running TV show on the same network. He started hosting Takeshi's Castle with Ryan Yllana. He is also the resident judge of the annual reality-based star search StarStruck and writes the entertainment column "De Leon's Den" once a week in the Philippine broadsheet Manila Bulletin.

In December 2006, de León returned to recording with a novelty song he wrote titled "Itaktak Mo" ("Shake It Off"). Seen by critics as his answer to the other wildly popular hit "Boom Tarat Tarat" (written by Lito Camo and sung by de Leon's rival host Willie Revillame), "Itaktak Mo" was softly launched on Eat Bulaga! shortly before the Christmas season. In January 2007, the song was launched on de Leon's album, Joey to the World 2 and gained airplay in most FM stations. "Itaktak Mo" has also become part of Eat Bulaga!'s segment "Taktak Mo o Tatakbo" that replaced "Laban o Bawi", and is also one of the official dances of the 4th batch of the reality talent search StarStruck.

After "Itaktak Mo" became one of the most requested dance tunes of 2007, de León followed it up with "Kagat Labi Song", which was launched on Eat Bulaga! on September 22, 2007. The "Kagat Labi" dance craze was already sweeping the whole country by storm before de Leon wrote it. On February 24, 2008, de Leon released a song titled "Walang Daya" ("No Cheating") with lyrics comparing his love to his rival host Willie Revillame's misfortunes (Wilyonaryo, Ferrari and Ultra stampede). He first sang it on his own program Mel and Joey.

On July 31, 2008, de Leon tendered his irrevocable resignation as columnist ("De Leon's Den") for Manila Bulletin, and he is currently with The Philippine Star, and has a column, "Me, Starzan".

In late 2009, he wrote another hit Eat Bulaga! song titled "Ba Ba Boom". Then in early 2010, he wrote another song, "Aalog-Alog". He also wrote the theme song for Diz Iz It!.

In 2011, he played as Pablo Apostol, the rock-star father of George Apostol/DJ Heidee played by Sarah Geronimo in the romantic-comedy film Won't Last a Day Without You.

As a songwriter

De León wrote most of the lyrics of VST & Co. songs and some Cinderella songs. He also co-wrote "Ilagay Mo Kid" with Mike Hanopol which was performed by Hagibis.[2] He also wrote "Ang Labo Mo" for Sharon Cuneta.[3]

Personal life

De León has five children. Two with first wife, actress Daria Ramírez: Joseph Joachim ("Keempee") and Jacinda Myrtle ("Cheenee"), and three with his second and current wife Eileen Macapagal: Jocas Eightria, Jako Raphaelle and Jio Sebastiean. De León also has five grandchildren from his eldest daughter Cheenee, one from Keempee, and one from Jako.


On October 5, 2017, de Leon elicited controversy from Filipino netizens and high-profile figures advocating for mental health awareness, following a remark he made about depression during the Eat Bulaga! segment "Juan for All, All for Juan", saying in part that the mental disorder is "just something made up by people" and that "they do it to themselves". He apologized the following day.[4][5]



Year Title Role Production Film
2017 Barbi: D' Wonder Beki Barbie OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions
2016 Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers Pandoy OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions, GMA Films
2015 My Bebe Love: KiligPaMore Dom GMA Films, APT Entertainment, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, MEDA Productions
2013 My Little Bossings SPO2 Bryant OctoArts Films, APT Entertainment, M-Zet Productions, K Productions
2011 Won't Last a Day Without You Pablo Apostol Star Cinema & Viva Films
2011 Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! Doctor Star Cinema
2009 Ang Darling Kong Aswang Mang Kepweng OctoArts Films
2008 Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After Joey Escalera OctoArts Films
2007 Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka Fairy Ko...The Beginning of the Legend Karimarimar M-Zet Productions
2006 Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay Ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes On and On and On Shintaro Gokoyami M-Zet Productions
2005 Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend Continues! Panggay M-Zet Productions
2004 Enteng Kabisote: OK Ka Fairy Ko... The Legend Mulawit M-Zet Productions
2003 Fantastic Man Doc OctoArts Films
2003 Pakners Pickpocketer Regal Films
2003 Lastikman Elmer OctoArts Films
2001 Super Idol Pandoy Neo Films
1997 Wow! Multo Kuya Joe Baruc MAQ Productions
1997 Takot Ako sa Darling Ko Marky Neo Films
1997 Pipti-pipti: One for You, Two for Me Jack Neo Films
1996 Ang Misis kong Hoodlum Andy Neo Films
1996 Ang Tipo kong Lalake (Maginoo Pero Medyo Bastos) Boy Neo Films
1996 Detective: Michael & Jackson Ricky Lashley Movie Arts Productions
1995 Run Barbi Run Bartolome GMA Films
1995 Bangers Hip Viva Films
1993 Pandoy, ang Alalay ng Panday Pandoy Movie Arts Productions
1993 Alyas Batman en Robin Batman/Bruce Regal Films
1992 Sam and Miguel Miguel Regal Films
1992 The Wild Cowboys Juan Gomez Movie Arts Productions
1992 The Return of the Long Ranger & Tonton: How the West Was Wrong Davie Bowie a.k.a. Long Ranger Regal Films
1991 Goosebuster Patrick Sisi Regal Films
1991 Onyong Majikero Ervin OctoArts Films
1991 Barbi 2: For President Bartolome/Barbi Movie Arts Productions
1991 Ali in Wonderland Fernando/Ali OctoArts Films
1990 My Funny Valentine Mang Pandoy Regal Films
1990 Tiny Terrestrial: The Three Professors Prof. Edwin Presto Regal Films
1990 Little Boy Blue: Tiny Terrestrial Prof. Edwin Presto Regal Films
1990 Starzan III: The Jungle Triangle Starzan Regal Films
1990 Tangga and Chos: Beauty Secret Agents Ray Tangga Movie Arts Productions
1990 I Have 3 Eggs Ariong Regal Films
1990 Little & Big Weapon Mel Bigson Regal Films
1990 Kabayo Kids Pando/Yellow Banana Regal Films
1990 Ganda Babae, Gandang Lalake Joseph Regal Films
1990 Elvis and James 2 Elvis Presto Viva Films
1990 My Funny Valentine Mang Pandoy Regal Films
1990 Small, Medium, Large Prince/Director Starzan Films
1990 Hotdog Pedro Seiko Films
1989 Romeo Loves Juliet... But Their Families Hate Each Other! Romeo Sr. Starzan Films
1989 SuperMouse and the Robo-Rats Mickey Regal Films
1989 Elvis and James, the Living Legends! Elvis Presto Viva Films
1989 Starzan II: The Coming of the Star Son Stazan Regal Films
1989 Long Ranger & Tonton: Shooting Stars of the West Davie Bowie aka Long Ranger Regal Films
1989 Si Malakas at si Maganda Police Officer Regal Films
1989 Barbi: Maid in the Philippines Bartolome/Barbi Movie Arts Productions
1989 Starzan: Shouting Star of the Jungle Starzan Regal Films
1988 Smith & Wesson James Smith Viva Films
1988 I Love You 3x a Day Fairy godmother Viva Films
1988 Good Morning, Titser Priest Seiko Films
1988 Sheman: Mistress of the Universe Pando/She-Man Viva Films
1988 Wake Up Little Susie Alexander Regal Films
1988 Fly Me to the Moon Jacko Regal Films
1987 Ready Aim Fire Hagler Regal Films
1987 Shoot That Ball Tinggoy Regal Films
1987 Forward March Dodong Regal Films
1987 The Best of Iskul Bukol: The Movie Joey Escalera Regal Films
1986 Horsey, Horsey Tigidig Tigidig Gringo Regal Films
1986 Send in the Clowns Jojo Regal Films
1986 Super Wan, Tu, Tri Baltazar Regal Films
1985 Working Boys Ernie Viva Films
1985 Ma'am May We Go Out? Jeff Soriano Viva Films
1985 Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You Boy Regal Films
1985 Doctor, Doctor We Are Sick Robin Viva Films
1985 Ride on Baby John Seiko Films
1985 I Have Three Hands Carlos "Caloy" Agatep Regal Films
1984 Naku Ha! Billy Jean Seiko Films
1984 Pepe en Pilar Pepper Regal Films
1984 Give Me Five Jackson Regal Films
1984 Goodah! Owen Seiko Films
1983 My Darling Princess Joakim Regal Films
1983 M.I.B.: Men in Brief Eugene Williams Lea Productions
1982 Ang Tapang Para sa Lahat! Raphael Lea Productions
1982 Tatlo Silang Tatay Ko Bronzon 'D Wonder Films
1982 Si Ako at... Tres Muskiteros! Ariong Muskitero GP Films
1981 Mr. One-Two-Three Part 2 Ricky GP Films
1981 Magtoning Muna Tayo Rene Soriano GP Films
1981 Tartan Danny GP Films
1981 D'Gradweyts Jomari GP Films
1981 Bilibid Gays Daria Regal Films
1981 Palpak Connections Katch Regal Films
1981 Age Doesn't Matter Johnny Regal Films
1980 Mr. One-Two-Three Ricky Regal Films
1980 Iskul Bukol (Freshmen) Joey Escalera GP Films
1979 Rock, Baby! Rock! himself Lea Productions
1979 Swing It... Baby! Joey Lea Productions
1979 Mang Kepweng Tres Dwendes GP Films


Year Show Role Network
2017 Kaibigan: Eat Bulaga Lenten Special Jeff GMA Network
2016 Dalangin ng Ama: Eat Bulaga Lenten Special Omar GMA Network
2015–2016 CelebriTV Host GMA Network
2015 Pinagpalang Ama: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special 2015 Papsy GMA Network
2015 Wow Mali: Lakas ng Tama Host TV5
2014 One of the Boys DJ TV5
2014 Hakbang Sa Pangarap: Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special 2014 Abe GMA Network
2013–2015 Wow Mali Pa Rin! Host TV5
2013–2014 Sunday All Stars Judge GMA Network
2013 Hayop sa Galing Host TV5
2012 Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break Judge GMA Network
2012–2013 Game 'N Go Host TV5
2012 The Biggest Game Show in the World - Asia Host
2011–2012 Celebrity Samurai Host
2011 Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break Judge GMA Network
2011 Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Win Mo, Kapuso! Host
2011 Big Shot Jackpot Host TV5
2011 Mind Master Host GMA Network
2010 Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Press It! Win It! Host
2010–2011 House or Not Host (as Don Joey) TV5
2010–2011 Wow! Meganon?! Host
2009 Suwerteng-Suwerte sa Siyete: Spin It! Win It! Host GMA Network
2009 Joey's Quirky World Host
2008 Jungle TV Host
2007 Slingo Host ABC
Takeshi's Castle Host Q (now GMA News TV)
GMA Network
2006–2007 Teka Mona! Host ABC
2006 Wow Maling Mali! Host
2004–2011 Mel and Joey Host GMA Network
StarStruck Judge
2003–2004 SOP Rules Guest co-host
2003–2008 Nuts Entertainment Host
2002–2003 Sana ay Ikaw na Nga Dr. Ricardo Peron
2002 Kiss Muna Host
2001 Korek na Korek Ka Diyan Host
1999–2000 Back to Iskul Bukol Josemari "Joey" Escalera IBC
1999 Beh Bote Nga Tio Pot GMA Network
Wow Mali Host ABC/TV5
1994–1997 Mixed Nuts: Numero Unong Terrific Show Host GMA Network
1992 Rock n' Roll 2000 Teodoro Enriquez ABC
1992 TVJ on 5 Various ABC
1990 TVJ Various IBC
1988–1997 The Sharon Cuneta Show Co-host ABS-CBN
1982 Joey and Son Joey RPN
1979–present Eat Bulaga! Host RPN
GMA Network
1980–1988 T.O.D.A.S.: Television's Outrageously Delightful All-Star Show Host IBC
1978–1988 Iskul Bukol Joey Escalera IBC
1976 Student Canteen Co-host GMA Network

Albums/songs discography

  • TVJ Tough Hits series (12 albums) (Vicor Music Corp.)
  • 1990: Joey de Leon Tough Hits 1990 (OctoArts International, now PolyEast Records)
  • 1993: JoeyRassic (MCA Music)
  • 1999: Mga Pakyuuuut ni Joey de Leon (OctoArts-EMI Music, now PolyEast Records)
  • 2003: "Spageti Song" (duet with Sexbomb Girls from the album Round 2) (Sony BMG)
  • 2004: "Halukay Ube" (duet with Sexbomb Girls from the album Bomb Thr3at) (Sony BMG)
  • 2004: Joey to the World (Sony BMG Music)
  • 2007: Joey to the World 2 (Sony BMG Music) (featuring "Itaktak Mo")
  • 2008: Kagat Labi (EMI Philippines, now PolyEast Records)


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work/Nominee Result
2008 38th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Novelty Singer[6] Itaktak Mo! Won
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Nuts Entertainment Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host (with Mel Tiangco) Mel and Joey Nominated
Best Male Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host Startalk Nominated
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male TV Host Eat Bulaga! Won
Eastwood City Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Star Inductee[7] Himself Inducted
2011 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Male Host in a Musical or Variety Program[8] Eat Bulaga! Nominated
2014 PEP List Awards Pepsi' Choice: Male Showbiz Treasure of the Year[9] Himself Won
2015 63rd FAMAS Awards FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award[10] Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon Won
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2000 PMPC Star Awards for Television Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award(shared with Tito Sotto and Vic Sotto) N/A Won[11]
2008 Awit Awards Best Novelty Recording "Itaktak Mo" Won

See also


  1. ^ Gay Ace, Domingo (26 March 2007). "Our pal, Joey de Leon". GMA News. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Filipinas Heritage Library | The Himig Collection".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Joey de Leon draws flak on social media for depression statement". Rappler. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Bacungan, VJ (October 6, 2017). "Comedian Joey de Leon apologizes for depression remark". CNN Philippines. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "The 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Part 2)". Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  7. ^ Cuartero, Nestor (October 12, 2014). "Walk with the stars". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Calderon, Ricky (October 29, 2011). "Golden Screen TV Awards nominees bared". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Calderon, Ricky (23 May 2014). "Winners at the PEP List awards". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  10. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, FAMAS Awards 2015". Rappler. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Happy, triumphant faces at the 14th PMPC Star Awards for TV". The Philippine Star. October 9, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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