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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Vicente "Tito" C. Sotto III

Vicente "Tito" C. Sotto III (born August 24, 1948 in Manila, Philippines) is a former senator in the Philippines Congress. He served two terms in the Senate, from 1992 to 2004.

The brother of Marvic (Vic), Marcelino, and Val Sotto and a grandson and grandnephew of former Senators (Vicente Yap Sotto and Filemon Sotto).

Political Life:

Vice Mayor of Quezon City (1988-1992):

"Tito" entered politics in 1988, when he was elected Vice-Mayor of Quezon City. While Vice Mayor, he made drug eradication a priority; he was named National Vice-Chairman of the Citizen's Drugwatch, and was twice awarded the International Award of Honor by the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. He also established the Vice-Mayors League of the Philippines and became its first President.

Senator (1992-1998):

Sotto was elected to the Senate in 1992, as part of the Ninth Congress, winning a total of 11,792,121 votes. During his first term, Senator Sotto served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Chairman of the Senate Committees on Local Government, Tourism, Youth and Sports Development, Illegal Drugs, and Rural Development. He was also a member of the Commission on Appointments.

Senator (1998-2004):

Sotto was reelected in 1998, with the highest vote total of any returning Senator. In his second term he was made Chairman of the Senate Committees on Public Services and the Senate Committee on Science and Technology and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. During this period, he also served as Assistant Majority Leader (in the Eleventh Congress) and Minority Floor Leader (in the Twelfth). Sotto's term ended in 2004.

2007 Senatorial Candidate:

Tito Sotto run as a Senator again for the 2007 elections under the administration's Team Unity party. Despite his popularity to many Filipinos, Tito Sotto like most of TEAM Unity's Senatorial candidates suffered a defeat.

Acting career:

Prior to his entry into public service, Sotto was a composer, musician, actor, and television personality. Among his musical compositions is the "Magkaisa", considered the anthem of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. On television, Sotto co-hosted Eat Bulaga, which is the longest running program in Philippine history, and hosted Brigada Siete, a public affairs program. He is also an accomplished bowler, and was a member of the Philippine National Bowling Team.

Sotto is married to Helen Gamboa, a beauty titlist an actress, singer, and beauty pageant winner. They have four children, Romina, Diorella, Gian, and Ciara, and two grandsons, Romino and Victorio.


* Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka fairy ko... The legend goes on and on and on (2006) .... Nador
* I Have 3 Eggs (1990)
* Kabayo kids (1990) .... Pamboy/Orange Juice
* Crocodile Jones: The Son of Indiana Dundee (1990) .... Indiana Dundee
* Hotdog (1990) .... Juan
* Aso't pusa (1989)
* Si Malakas at si Maganda (1989)
* I Have Three Hands (1988)
* Shoot That Ball (1987)
* Ready, Aim, Fire (1987)
* Forward March (1987)
* Super wan, tu, tri (1986) (as TVJ)
* Working Boys (1986)
* Horsey-horsey, tigidig-tigidig (1986) .... Johnny
* Ma'am, May We Go Out? (1985)
* Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985)
* Ride on Baby (1985)
* Doctor, Doctor We Are Sick (1985)
* Naku ha! (1984) .... Aristotle Plato
* Give Me Five (1984) .... Kelly
* Goodah (1984)
* Pepe en Pilar (1984)
* Magtoning muna tayo (1981)
* Palpak Connections (1981)
* Iskul Bukol (1980)

TV Shows:

* Eat Bulaga (RPN 9, 1979-89, ABS-CBN, 1989-1995, GMA Network, 1995-present)
* Brigada Siete (GMA Network, 1994-2001)
* Eat Bulaga Holy Week Drama Specials (1979-present)
* Hapi House (IBC-13, 1986-88)
* Iskul Bukol (IBC 13, 1977-1987)
* Student Canteen (GMA Network, 1976-77)
* Discorama (GMA Network, 1975)
* Friends (MBS-4, 1974)