One of the country’s premier hosts, Joey De Leon celebrates his birthday today, October 14.
Can you believe he’s 69 years old? Born Jose Maria Ramos de Leon, Jr., Joey started out as a radio announcer back in the 1960’s. He became part of the TVJ trio in the mid-1970s and was with Eat Bulaga since it started in 1979.
Joey’s showbiz career spans around five decades, During that time, people have come to love or hate him, depending on whose side of the fence you are. Be that as it may, here’s our list of the top 5 things to love about @AngPoetNyo:
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1. He is a brilliant songwriter and lyricist his songs are considered classics.
Do you know that he wrote “Ipagpatawad Mo”, “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”, “Boyrfriend Kong Baduy” and “Ikaw ang Aking Mahal” and many more? He also penned top novelty songs ” Itaktak Mo” and “Kagat Labi Song”.
2. He is a real poet at heart.
Here’s a poem titled ‘Why I’m Patay Na Patay Sa TV’ at Philstar.com.
Joey de Leon writes poems flawlessly at the drop of a hat. He publishes his poems on his “Me Starzan” column at Philippine Star.
3. He is a talented visual artist or painter.
He has mounted several exhibits since 1985. He has interacted with leading Filipino artists like Ang Kiukok, Cesar Legaspi,Malang, Napoleon Abueva and others.
4. He is frank and honest about his opinions and stands by it.
Joey is always known for expressing his strong opinions on just about any issue. He expresses these in his poems and also on his comments while hosting shows. He has found a new medium to express his views, that is, via Twitter wherein he now has more than a million followers.
5. He never fails to make us laugh with his wit and sarcasm.
Throughout his decades of hosting not only Eat Bulaga but other shows, Joey’s simple comments and timely jokes always bring laughter to our dreary lives. One only has to listen closely to his punchlines, to momentarily forget his or her problems.