We Found Out Vico Sotto's Go-To TV Shows Before Becoming Mayor In His Sister's Podcast
Before being the awesome Pasig City mayor who’s been making headlines left and right these days, Vico Sotto appears to be just like any other kuya we have (or wish we had!) when he spends time with his younger half-sister, Paulina Sotto Llanes.
Can't imagine Mayor Vico off-duty? (We're sure he hasn't had time off in a while...) We have receipts from Paulina and husband Jed Llanes’ podcast called Kanin Konvos. In an old episode, which was recorded on June 16, 2019 (the eve of Vico’s 30th birthday), Paulina and Jed put the seriousness of politics aside and got to have a fun chat with Vico about their memories growing up, their fave TV shows, and more, weeks before he was officially sworn in as mayor on June 30. (Remember when he hilariously asked to have tarps with his face and birthday greeting taken down?)
To give you a refresher, Vico and Paulina are half-siblings. Their father is well-known comedian Vic Sotto. Vico’s mom is actress Coney Reyes while Paulina’s mom is former actress-slash-model Angela Luz. Their other half-siblings include Danica Pingris and Oyo Boy Sotto, and two-year old Tali.
Paulina is currently an artist. She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication.
She got married to Jed in 2017, and they are now expecting their first child, a baby girl to be named Sachi, later this year. Vico Sotto also attended Ateneo, finishing an undergraduate degree in Political Science before taking his master's in Public Management.
Throughout the podcast, we discover new and fun things about the millennial mayor his relationship with his sibling:
Vico was around five years old while Paulina was three years old when they saw each other for the first time (from what Vico remembers, at least).
He wasn't sure about the exact age, but during the beginning of the podcast, Vico recounted his first impression of his little sister when he met then-toddler Paulina. He asked their dad, “Papa, why is there a siopao? I thought you were going to introduce me to my little sister. Why is there a siopao? It should be a human.”
Apparently the two siblings just looked at each other for a long time, and the two disclose that they were both quite shy then and neither Vico nor Paulina were that talkative as kids. They spent most of their weekends together watching movies, and playing video games on Play Station 1 (including Dance Dance Revolution, even though they say neither of them can dance very well).
Paulina got annoyed at Vico on her wedding day.
Paulina and Jed married in 2017 in Batangas. During their wedding reception, Vico jokingly pinched Paulina without realizing how tired his sister was from the celebration. “I was like ‘awww, my sister is so cute, she just got married’ and then biglang nag-walk out? Ano ba ‘yan,” he recalls jokingly.
His favorite movie is Zoolander.
Vico reveals that his favorite movie of his dad is Enteng Kabisote: OK Ka Fairy Ko…The Legend. His favorite TV show is The Office, but recognizes that Friends as the most ~iconic~. He also likes watching the Ukranian political satire Servant of the People. ("I'm pretty interested in government...") He obviously likes comedy!
He got a semi-kalbo cut before.
Paulina remarks, “I kind of remember that and I was secretly judging you.” Only sisters can be this honest.
He doesn’t listen to music nowadays.
“My problem is that my Spotify expired. I haven’t paid for it,” Vico jokes. He says he has a Premium account but the last payment didn’t process, so he wasn't listening to much music then. Lol! Considering it's been almost a year since, here's to hoping the issue has been resolved!
He's already had surgery on both knees.
Vico played a lot of basketball in his mid-20s. It somehow took a toll on his knees which required surgery. But he’s okay now and we’re guessing he’s still a big Toronto Raptors fan!
He has a bad habit of forgetting keys.
Yikes! Because of this, Vico wasn’t able to go to one of Paulina’s birthday parties. He came from playing basketball and found out that nobody was home to open the door for him. He had no keys so he couldn’t go inside and get changed. He didn’t want to show up at a party looking all sweaty and wearing a jersey. So Vico texted Paulina and said “Hey, sorry I couldn’t make it.” Paulina says she was supposed to reply “Okay lang, 'di ka naman invited!” to which they all laughed.
Watch more of Paulina and Vico’s sibling asaran below:
With additional reporting by the Candy Staff
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.