Real talent is not hard to find in Cebu. Cebuanos are known to be vibrant people with a zest for life. It’s amazing how many Cebuanos have emerged to shine in the limelight – just like Mike Nacua, or better known as, “Pekto”.
Many of the television viewers may be unaware that the “Pekto” they know as a funny man is actually a true-blood Cebuano. Born on June 14, 1973, this boy grew up to be quick-witted and naturally amusing guy.
His first big break in his acting career started when he took part in the comedic duo of “Cookie” and “Belle” in the top rating gag show, Nuts Entertainment. When asked how he landed in show business, he claims that it was all accidental as he was constantly asked to participate as an “extra” while running as an Art Director in ABC 5 Art Department. The turning point of his life was when he was recognized as Pekto and Mike.
Playing the role of Cookie in Nuts Entertainment, he made his presence felt among several distinguished comedians and impressed the viewing audience. His tandem with Belli Flori (John Feir) brought spectators rolling with laughter as together they delivered hilarious spiels and dressed in funny guises and outfits. He admitted to buying his own female wardrobe and wig to use in the set as he imitated a gay role.
Unknown to many, Pekto is very versatile in his craft. He is able to change roles from being a stand-up comedian to a dramatic actor. In fact, he was able to tape an episode in Magpakailanman.
From being a comedian, he has explored the world of hosting. He is the co-host of Carmina Villaroel in Day Off, a Philippine reality/lifestyle show. This program awards ordinary people with a day off from their job as the hosts fill in the shoes of individuals in various occupations. The program airs in GMA News TV channel.
His flair for natural humor and wit has gained him popularity. He advises aspiring artists to keep a humble heart even when they have reached the peak of their success. Truly, Pekto is one Cebuano we ought to be proud of.
Mike "Pekto" Nacua (2003–2008) - was discovered by Joey De Leon, meanwhile, Nacua was a former segment host of a defunct ABC-5 (now TV5) Gag Show, "Wow Mali" later "Wow Maling Mali
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