Isko Salvador – Wikipedia

Filipino comedy writer and actor

Herman “Isko” Salvador Jr. (born (1958-05-21)May 21, 1958), also known as Brod Pete, is a Filipino actor and comedian. He is known for his “Ang Dating Doon” parody segment in the comedy show Bubble Gang, as a host of Celebrity Bluff, and his frequent use of the word “alien”.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Herman Salvador was born in the municipality of Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1980 with a Bachelor of Communication Arts.[2] He has mentioned that his idol is Dolphy, a Filipino comedian.[2]

Salvador started his career as a scriptwriter.[3] He began writing gags in the early 1980s.[4] In the 1980s he was a comedy writer[3] for the Philippine’s longest-running comedy sitcom, John en Marsha, in which he also played a character named Iskô – giving rise to his stage name.[5] After that sitcom ended, he wrote for other shows, including Plaza 1899, Home Along Da Riles, Champoy, Going Bananas, and Buddy en Sol.[3]

Brod Pete[edit]

Salvador became a head writer for the Bubble Gang TV show in the 1990s.[4] He achieved national celebrity for a segment he wrote for the show, “Ang Dating Doon“, a spoof of a popular late-1990s Philippine religious program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).[5] Salvador as Brod Pete would caricature televangelist Brother Eliseo Soriano), as he with his co-actors Cesar Cosme (as Brother Willy) and Chito Francisco (as Brother Jocel) quoted English fairy tales and Tagalog nursery rhymes in place of religious scripture.[5][6] The audience was promoted to join in a “fanatical chanting” of “Alien” instead of “Amen”.[5] Salvador’s “Brod Pete” persona is a name pun on American actor Brad Pitt, as the latter’s name is prone to mispronunciation with a thick Filipino accent.

In the 2007 version, the sketch was called “Doon Dati” or “Du’n Dati”.[6] In 2011 the sketch was renamed “Ang Bagong Dating Doon”, focusing on questions or opinions from the other Bubble Gang cast members and fans on social media. The hosts answer the questions through song lyrics that are meanwhile being reinterpreted by Brod Pete in a more humorous way.

Salvador has also appeared as Brod Pete in various films and television shows, including Boy Pick-Up: The Movie, Pidol’s Wonderland, Mr. Suave: Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! Hoy!, Nobody Nobody But Juan, and Klasmeyts.[7] His Brod Pete character anchors a talk radio show, The Saturday 3 p.m. Habit with Brod Pete, on which he responds to call-in queries with wacky answers, and is a paid celebrity endorser for the Pollen-B line of health supplements.[2]

Celebrity Bluff[edit]

Salvador is a former host of Celebrity Bluff, a Philippine game show. His role is the gangnam and his job is to help the contestants answer questions shown on the board.[8]

Other credits[edit]

Salvador has also appeared in various sitcoms, gag shows, and films.[5] His credits include the television shows Kapitan Awesome, John en Shirley, Love Spell, Daboy en da girl, Lastikman, Most Wanted, and the Yes! Yes! Show.[7]

5-Minute Brod Pete Show[edit]

In September 2015, Isko Salvador launched his own online show, the 5-Minute Brod Pete Show or stylized as #5MBPS. It runs 5 minutes from Monday to Friday, and features various segments such as Internet memes, phone callers, current events, commentary, spoofs, challenges, and Q&A.


In 2016, PSICOM Publishing Inc. published Salvador’s first book “#BASA”. The book contained witty gags and jokes of the comedian himself. Spoofs and scenes from his online show 5-Minute Brod Pete Show are in the book as well.





  1. ^ Parena, Teddy S. (July 31, 2011). “My alien experience with Brod Pete”. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Galang-Perena, Nenette (May 27, 2013). “Brod Pete, the Busy Bee of Comedy”. The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Adonay, Charise Lauren C. (July 16, 2004). “Raising comedy through the roof: Isko Salvador”. The Varsitian. LXXVI (2).
  4. ^ a b Policarpio, Allan (June 20, 2011). “Brod Pete to raise the roof anew”. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e Galang-Pere, Nenet (July 11, 2005). “Will the real Isko Salvador please stand up?”. The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  6. ^ a b “Bubble Gang trivias and information”. Telebisyo. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03.
  7. ^ a b “Isko Salvador”. Internet Movie Database. 2014.
  8. ^ “Ryan and Eugene’s big crossover”. The Manila Times. March 7, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (22 October 2007). “Brod Pete hosts “Kapete na! Totally Outrageous Behavior” on ABS-CBN”. Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 9 February 2021.

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