Herbert Bautista Reprises His Role As “Puto” In TV5’s Sequel Of The Hit ‘80s Film
The show starts airing on Saturday, June 19!
If you’re looking for more reasons to spend time with the whole family this Saturday, a dinner date while watching TV sounds like a great idea, especially since a well-loved character from the 1987 comedy-fantasy film “Puto” is coming back for a TV sequel! Tap your mom and dad for this one, because they are surely in for a fun and kwela ride!
A quick flashback to the ‘80s: Herbert Bautista starred as Ivanhoe “Puto” Dela Cruz, the shy, kind-hearted student who sells puto and gets bullied by his more popular classmates. Thirty years later, Ivan is now a devoted father to his only son, Uno, played by McCoy de Leon.
Herbert’s role as “Puto” is more mature this time around, as he desperately tries to save his son from being a victim of bullies as in his own childhood.
Uno, despite being likeable (and not as awkward as his father), still finds himself at the bottom of his school’s popularity ladder. When Uno learns that he is half-duwende, however, that’s when the real adventure begins.
Asked about McCoy’s selection to play Uno, series director Raynier Brizuela said, “Ang nakikita ko kay Uno kasi ‘yung tipong parang Ryan Reynolds, gwapo na kayang magpatawa, charming. Pangalawa, passionate talaga si Mccoy. Inaaral niya kahit ‘di ko siya pinu-push.”
He says that because of McCoy’s outstanding performance, he could not imagine anyone else playing the role. “Si Uno talaga ‘yung character na hybrid ang perspectives. Na-mention nga ni McCoy na si Uno, may ‘binibigay na ibang flavor. Nakakatuwa! Wala na akong maisip na ibang Uno na babagay dahil sa ginawang performance ni McCoy.”
To complete the nostalgia factor, the series will also feature the cast from the original film: Puto’s best friend Juanito (Janno Gibbs) and former schoolmates Mindy (Gelli de Belen) – now a cook at Uno’s school canteen – and Tere (Bing Loyzaga), a life insurance agent and plantita.
“Si Gelli, Janno, at Bing, magba-barkada kami sa original nito eh. Of course, nagawa namin na makabalik sila dito as friends,” says Herbert. “Ang conversation namin ng mga OG [original] ay kung ano ‘yung buhay namin noong araw at kung ano ‘yung buhay namin ngayon, ‘yung mga challenges bilang magulang. Si Bing, siya ‘yung nagsasabi kay Puto na ganyan talaga ang buhay ng magulang, pati si Gelli. Abangan niyo ‘yung kay Janno, isang magandang character talaga ‘yung kanya. Magkakaroon ng spin.”
We know you’re excited for the TV sequel of this iconic ‘80s movie, but as we wait for its release on June 19, 2021, check out PUTO’s official trailer below!
Catch PUTO on Saturdays, 6PM, beginning June 19 on TV5, with catch-up airing on Sundays, 5PM, beginning June 20 on Sari Sari Channel, available on Cignal ch. 3 and SatLite ch. 30. Viewers can also watch via TV5’s livestream on the Cignal Play app, available for FREE for iOS and Android users.