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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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????