Juan Ariel Muñoz Ureta (Tagalog: [ˈaɾjɛl ʊˈrɛtɐ]; born November 5, 1946) is a Filipino comedian, actor and TV host. Ureta is a comedic icon in the Philippines during the 60's and the 70's.[1][2] He has done many Filipino films. This includes Zoom Zoom Superman, Si Popeye at iba pa, Jack en Poy, Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo, Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo, Kimmy Dora and its sequel and Of All The Things.

Ariel Ureta
Ureta in 2006
Juan Ariel Muñoz Ureta

(1946-11-05) November 5, 1946 (age 77)
EducationUniversity of Santo Tomas
Occupation(s)Host, radio commentator, actor, comedian
Years active1972–present
SpouseBoot Ureta



Early years


Ureta's first movie was Zoom Zoom Superman a fantasy comedy movie with the former child wonder Niño Muhlach in 1973, followed by his next comedy movie, Si Popeye ATBP Movie was also released the same year. On television, he co-hosted the mid-day variety show Noontime Matinee with Tina Revilla over GMA-7 which later became, Ariel con Tina over BBC-2 (now ABS-CBN 2). He also hosted Ariel and Co after 6 in the same television network. He also hosted a variety show called Patok na Patok was formerly aired on MBS 4 (now PTV 4) from 1975 to 1977.[2]



He also hosted a party themed night musical variety program RSVP on the Kapuso Network GMA 7 from 1991 to 1995 with co-host Dawn Zulueta.[2] Ureta was also a host of a short-lived comedy game program Go For It on ABC 5 (now TV5) from 1998 to 1999. He is also a former sitcom director of a comedy show Ober Da Bakod, formerly aired on GMA from 1993 to 1997.

2000s to present


Ureta was a replacement host for Eddie Mercado on the final grand draw of Hope and More Mega Million Stakes on July 10, 2004 during the untimely hospital confinement of the latter.

Ureta is a segment host of the Philippine morning television show, Umagang Kay Ganda[3] and a former co-anchor of DZMM's Todo-Todo Walang Preno with Winnie Cordero until August 28, 2020.

Ureta became a part of Kimmy Dora and its sequel as Luisito Go Dong Hae, Kimmy and Dora's father.[4] The film is a box-office success in the Philippines earning PHP80 million and PHP133,963,009 for the first and second film respectively.[5]

Personal life


Ureta graduated with a degree in architecture at the University of Santo Tomas.[6] He is married to Boot Anson (née Roa), the niece of Boots Anson-Roa. Together they have four children.[7]







TV director



  • Todo-Todo Walang Preno (DZMM-AM 630 kHz, 2004–2020)


  • Winner, Best Morning Show Hosts UKG Barkadas - 2012-2017 PMPC Star Awards For TV)
  • Winner, Best Male TV Host RSVP - 1992 PMPC Star Awards For TV


  1. ^ Mendoza, Ruel J. "Ariel Ureta says the "Sa ikauunlad ng Bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan" story about him is an urban legend". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Carballo, Bibsy M. "Ariel Ureta: No need to relive past glories". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Umagang Kay Ganda". ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Pumaloy, Rey. "Ariel Ureta appears in Of All the Things; says he owes revival of career to Kimmy Dora". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  5. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. "Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme grossed P80 million in its 6-week run". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  6. ^ San Diego, Jr., Bayani. "Ariel & company, forever". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "Ariel would rather be faithful and true". Philstar.com. December 21, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2024.