What I've Learned

"Mayabang ba kapag sinabi kong alam ko na ang lahat tungkol sa babae?"–Joey de Leon

From the archives: The 'Eat Bulaga' host talks women, children, and the state of Pinoy humor.
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WHAT I'VE LEARNED

JOEY DE LEON
71, comedian and television personality

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As you grow older, humahaba na iyong love. Iyong sex, umiikli. Ang love lang talaga ang naiiwan. Family lang ang love. Doon lang nage-endure ang love.

Importante sa love and sex, unang-una, [ay ang] smell. Bumabagsak ang lahat ng interest mo kapag pangit iyong smell. Humahaba na iyong love, umiikli ang sex. Ganoon talaga. Minsan, mas masarap [pa ang] matulog. At saka minsan, may mga [ibang] interest ka na like, travel, art, kuwela, kuwentuhan. Iyon ang totoong buhay. Iyon ang real life adventure.

What have I learned from my kids? Wala, eh. Nasa [stage] pa kami na they’re learning from me.

"Mayabang ba ako kapag sinabi kong alam ko na ang lahat tungkol sa mga babae?"

One of my first jobs was to expose slidesmga slides para malaman natin iyong pollen incidence sa Metro Manila. Nagtatrabaho ako noon sa National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). Sa bubong ng La Concordia College, two places every day, from Monday to Friday, binabalikan ko iyon para kunin iyong slides para pag-aralan ng mga doktor kung ano ang pollen incidence, para sa asthma o sa allergy. [Sa] Centro Escolar University (CEU), pumapannik ako sa fire escape from the ground to the roof. Walang [harness] iyon. Dire-diretso iyon. Ganoon ako katapang. If you badly need the job, ang courage mo, mataas. Kapag successful ka na, hihina na iyong courage mo. Nag-iingat ka na, eh.

[Sa Eat Bulaga] hindi na courage iyon, passion na iyon. Love for the show. Love for what you do.

If I could choose my last meal? Callos, isa sa favorite ko iyon. Pero palagay ko hindi na ko makakakain iyon, eh. Dessert na lang. Mocha ice cream ang favorite ko

Best thing I ever did with money is travel.

Mayabang ba [ako] kapag sinabi kong alam ko na ang lahat [tungkol sa mga babae]?

Ngayon, [pikon na pikon ako] sa mga buwisit at walang utak na basher. Pero minsan, nilalaro ko na rin, ini-enjoy ko [na lang]. [At saka] iyong mga mahina sa oras, mga hindi punctual. Sa oras, masyado kaming mahigpit.

My father taught me: “A good life is expensive. There is something cheaper but it is not life.” Huwag kang magtipid. Hindi life iyan kapag nagtipid ka o [naghangad ng] mura.

We knew we had something special back in the mid-70s [shows] Discorama and Student Canteen when we did Tough Hits and Wacky News.

Noong [AlDub: Sa Tamang Panahon] sa Philippine Arenanaiyak kaming lahat. Openly saka kani-kaniya. Ako, lagi naman eh, basta natuwa ako, at karaniwan, tungkol sa show. Hayop ang ano namin, eh... 36 years, record siya. Eto[ng AlDub], bago pa sa amin ito. Akalain ba naming sikat na kami, ganito pa katindi pala iyong [mangyayari]?

Being with Vic and Tito, I learned that being three in the photo is not bad luck!

When we started doing Eat Bulaga, we paid for our own lunches... in our first 10 years!

Best thing about fame? Pinapauna ka. Worst is nahuhuli ka rin dahil sa kodakan!

What have I sacrificed? No sacrifice, all fun.

You asked me if comedy in the Philippines will ever grow up. I don’t know about “growing” but it will stay.

I don’t have idols but I have great respect for those who write and who can write comedy.

Best advice I ever got: Be on time always and don’t stop learning.

AlDub is one of our greatest successes. Being here for almost four decades, hindi pa ba success ‘yun?

What keeps me up at night? Writing.

Ang controversyhindi ko pinapansin.

Hindi totoo iyong comedy = time + tragedy. Comedy is never pain. Sino man nagsabi niyon, sasaktan ko!

This article originally appeared in our December 2015-January 2016 issue.

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