Michael V. (born Beethoven del Valle Bunagan; December 17, 1969), also known as "Bitoy", is a Filipino comedian, actor, impersonator, director, composer, singer, rapper, voice artist and parodist, who appears in the GMA Network show Bubble Gang, and in his own TV show Pepito Manaloto. Known for his "translations" and parodies of popular Filipino and foreign songs, Michael V has also made original songs, such as "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" (You've Hurt My Heart), and "Hindi Ako Bakla" (I'm Not Gay). The song "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" is closely similar to Weird Al Yankovic's "You Don't Love Me Anymore". Beethoven was born on December 17, 1969 in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines. His father named him after German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, because his father saw a copy of Beethoven's LP in his boss's office and didn't know that "Beethoven" is a surname. His nickname is not actually derived from his real name, as earlier speculated. It was taken from a TV character played by comedian Bentot. When Bentot guested in Iskul Bukol, then high school pupil Beethoven saw it. The next day, he was mimicking Bentot's voice in school. His classmates then called him Bitoy. The nickname stuck to this day. In his younger days, he was a very hopeful boy. Spending his days in rooftops of a tenement housing where he lived for almost 20 years, he foresees himself making a difference any way he can. He joined a lot of contests on TV. In one contest in Eat Bulaga, judge Ogie Alcasid turned him down. Later, Beethoven became a co-host of Eat Bulaga and Ogie Alcasid became one of his close friends and co-star in the long-running Bubble Gang and Tropang Trumpo. During the popularity of Andrew E., the song "Humanap Ka Ng Panget" became a monster hit. The then unsigned Beethoven composed a reply song entitled "Maganda Ang Piliin (Ayoko Ng Panget)". At that time, OctoArts was then inviting Beethoven's female friend and rapping partner, Dianne, to submit a demo tape. In that demo tape, Beethoven's "Maganda Ang Piliin" was accidentally included. He and Dianne got individual recording contracts. Beethoven's song and its accompanying album became a hit. Michael V.'s first movie appearance was in Regal Films' comedy film, "Banana Split" topbilled by Joey Marquez. But his star shone more brightly when OctoArts Films started to include him in several comedy flicks that cast him alongside Vic Sotto ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "D' Sisters", "Lastikman"), Ogie Alcasid ("Ano ba Yan", "Ano ba Yan 2", "Manolo en Michelle", etc.), Francis M, and many more. This writer and actor has an academic degree in Mass Communications from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He finished his secondary education in Manila Science High School. He has won the Asian Television Awards for Best Comedy Performance by an Actor for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. He recently joined MariMar as the voice of Fulgoso. After his voice-acting in MariMar, he joined the cast of Codename: Asero which is Bitoy's first soap opera. On August 23, 2008, Michael V, was officially informed that he will grace the front cover of Reader's Digest (RD) 5th Annual Humor Special, September issue. He also recently had a comedy movie with long time friend Ogie Alcasid called "Ang Spoiled Brat: The Movie" produced by GMA Films & APT Productions, inspired from a segment of GMA 7's award-winning gag-show, "Bubble Gang". Bitoy also hosted a game show on GMA, Hole in the Wall with Ogie Alcasid in 2009. Bitoy formerly hosted a comedy-talent show called Bitoy's SHOwwwTIME aired from 2009 to 2010 and also hosted Kap's Amazing Stories Kids Edition while original host Sen. Bong Revilla had left the show shortly for re-election as senator, but Revilla won again as Senator a week later. Bitoy had his first sitcom entitled "Pepito Manaloto" currently airing on GMA 7 and is also currently co-hosting the long running variety game show, Eat Bulaga. In 2010, Bitoy became Nestle Philippines' Laki sa Gatas advocate for Bear Brand Milk. He joined the product's other endorsers, Batangas Governor and actress Vilma Santos, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Miss International 2006 Precious Lara Quigaman, writer and professor José Wendell Capili, actor Marvin Agustin, singer Regine Velasquez, and actress Eugene Domingo. Also in 2010, Bitoy returns to drama via Jillian Namamasko Po! which he plays a Santa Claus which he created a doll and gives to a good little child. In 2011, Bitoy once again to drama via Bantatay which he returns to voice as a dog. it was his 4th GMA 7 Telebabad after Marimar and Codename: Asero and Jillian Namamasko Po!. Bitoy is married to his non-showbiz wife Carol and has 4 children, namely Milo, Yanni, Migo, and Maypaul. His closest friends are Ogie Alcasid, Vic Sotto, Bayani Agbayani and the late Francis Magalona. In August 2013, Michael was hospitalized for dengue fever, according to a tweet from Ogie Alcasid. Both Alcasid and Michael solicited prayers and platelet donations over the following days, promising to update fans once the situation gets better. Michael then later tweeted that he is recovering from his previous condition, thanking his fans for support. Aside from his new album, he is a composer of theme songs not only for his show Bubble Gang but also in other GMA shows. One notable song he composed is "Alinlangan", sung by Jolina Magdangal for the GMA telefantasya Super Twins. He is also notable for creating some parody songs, including "Sabog Sabog Tayo", which was released on February 20, 2009. He also composed "Tim Song Ku" sang by Regine Velasquez for the 14th Anniversary of longest-running comedy show, Bubble Gang.