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|Genre||Variety, Game show, Comedy|
|Created by||Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) Inc.|
|Developed by||TAPE Inc.|
|Directed by||Bert de Leon
Joey de Leon
|Opening theme||Eat Bulaga! Theme Song|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||10,674 (as of January 28, 2015)|
|Executive producer(s)||Antonio P. Tuviera
|Producer(s)||Antonio P. Tuviera|
|Location(s)||Eastside Studio, GMA Broadway Centrum (New Manila, Quezon City)|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||2 1/4 hours (Weekdays)
3 hours (Saturdays)
|Production company(s)||TAPE Inc.|
|Original channel||RPN (1979-1989)
GMA Network (1995-present)
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||July 30, 1979– present|
|Related shows||Eat Bulaga! Indonesia
The Ryzza Mae Show
Coney Reyes on Camera
Okey Ka Fairy Ko!
Eat Bulaga! is the longest running noon-time variety show in the Philippines produced by Television And Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE) and aired by GMA Network. The show broadcasts from The New TAPE Studios (Eastside Studio) at the GMA Broadway Centrum in New Manila, Quezon City. Eat Bulaga! is aired Weekdays at 12:15pm to 2:30pm and Saturdays at 11:30am to 2:30pm (PHT). The show is also broadcast worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV. The name approximately translates to "Lunchtime Surprise!"
The show will celebrate its 36th year on Philippine television on July 30, 2015, holding the record of being the longest-running noontime variety program on air in the history of Philippine television.
Its first overseas franchise is Eat Bulaga! Indonesia, which premiered on Indonesia's SCTV network on July 16, 2012. Eat Bulaga! became the first Philippine show, variety show in particular, to be franchised by another country.
- 1 History
- 2 Cast
- 3 Current segments (as of January 2015)
- 4 Discontinued/seasonal segments
- 5 Awards
- 6 Studios used by Eat Bulaga!
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The RPN years (1979–1989)
Production Specialists, Inc., a company owned by Romy Jalosjos, brought the idea of creating a noontime show for Radio Philippines Network (RPN). Antonio Tuviera, who was the working for the company, thought that the comic troika of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, better known as TVJ (who had gained fame through GMA Network's Discorama and as pinch-hitters for Student Canteen, but subsequently left both), would be the perfect hosts for the new program. At a meeting at the InterContinental Manila parking lot, Tuviera made the offer to them; they accepted.
De Leon coined the title of the show: Eat represents lunchtime while Bulaga (which means "to surprise") represents their plan to fill the show with big surprises. The title is also a play on two children's games: Eat is the transliteration of It from the game Tag while Bulaga refers to Peek-a-boo!. Because of this, the slogan "Hangga't May Bata, May Eat Bulaga!" ("While There Are Children, There will be Eat Bulaga!") was coined, also by de Leon. Vic Sotto, on the other hand, composed the theme song.
Eat...Bulaga! premiered on July 30, 1979. TVJ, along with Chiqui Hollman and Richie Reyes (a.k.a. Richie d' Horsie) were the original hosts. During its first few months on the air, the show was in danger of cancellation. Not only did it face competition against the longest-running noontime show at that time, Student Canteen, it also lacked advertisers. In addition, TVJ did not receive their salaries for six months.
Eat...Bulaga! slowly gained top-rating status in 1980 after the introduction of the segment "Macho Men." Production Specialists soon handed production to Tuviera's TAPE, Inc. In May 1982, the domestic satellite was launched, allowing Eat...Bulaga! and other RPN programs to be aired nationwide. During the same time, Coney Reyes joined the show while Hollman moved to Student Canteen. In 1987, Aiza Seguerra joined the show after finishing as a runner-up in the "Little Miss Philippines" segment.
In 2004 episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, the episodes of Eat...Bulaga! from 1979 to 1982 had been lost, the first full surviving episode was in August 7, 1982, the third year anniversary of the show, however a clip from 1981 (the second year anniversary) are available on YouTube.
An interview with Joey de Leon revealed that Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon never signed any contract with Eat...Bulaga! when they were offered to become hosts of the show. Vic Sotto confessed that he accepted the offer and would immediately stop once he had enough money to buy a personal vehicle. Joey de Leon also admitted that the show was only supposed to be a short-term employment. However, Eat...Bulaga! defeated Student Canteen in the ratings after 2 years and TVJ decided to stay with the show. Up to this day, no contracts bind Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon to the show or to TAPE, Inc. Friendship and their loyalty to the show are the only factors that keep them together.
The ABS-CBN years (1989–1995)
In February 18, 1989, Eat...Bulaga! moved to ABS-CBN (under a co-production agreement) with other TAPE-produced shows Agila, Coney Reyes on Camera and Okey Ka Fairy Ko! (from Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation) due to problems brought about by the sequestration of RPN. On January 28, 1989, the show premiered on its new home, which was staged at the Araneta Coliseum.
Reyes left in 1991. She was replaced by swimming champion Christine Jacob-Sandejas (later she moved to Magandang Tanghali Bayan in late 1998). By 1992, Tito Sotto started appearing only on weekends after topping the senatorial elections that May.
First decade on GMA and silver anniversary (1995–2004)
By the 1990s, ABS-CBN wanted to buy the airing rights of Eat...Bulaga! from TAPE Inc. However, Tuviera and Malou Choa-Fagar rejected the deal, leading ABS-CBN had to decided not to renew it's contract with TAPE, Inc. and remove Eat...Bulaga! and its sister shows Valiente and Okay Ka, Fairy Ko from its roster and to reformat its Sunday show Sa Linggo nAPO Sila into a week-long show, 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila.
Eat...Bulaga! moved to GMA, whose efforts to dethrone it with Lunch Date (replacement of Student Canteen shortly after the 1986 People Power Revolution) and Salo-Salo Together (SST) had failed. The show made its premiere telecast on its new home on January 28, 1995, again at the Araneta Coliseum. Before this, month-long promotions (from December 1994 to January 1995) were made by coming up with the catchy advertisements, 9-2=7, Totoo ang Sie7e ("Nine minus two equals seven, Seven is really true"), alluding to the show's move from Channel 9 (RPN) to Channel 2 (ABS-CBN) to Channel 7 (GMA). It was also a homecoming for TVJ, who previously hosted Discorama and pinch-hit for Student Canteen on GMA before leaving the network for Eat...Bulaga!.
In 2000, Eat...Bulaga! became the first to give away millions on Philippine television. When Magandang Tanghali Bayan, then the noontime show of ABS-CBN, introduced Pera o Bayong to its audience, it became an instant hit, causing MTB to top the ratings of Eat...Bulaga for two years. This forced the Eat...Bulaga! management to give the first millions, through its segment "Laban o Bawi", "to get the audience interest back."
Eat Bulaga! celebrated its 25th year on television in November 19, 2004 at the Expo Amphitheater in Clarkfield, Angeles City, Pampanga, making it the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines. The television special was attended by an estimated 50,000 spectators and enjoyed the highest daytime TV rating in the Philippines. It won the Best Entertainment (One-Off/Annual) Special at the Asian Television Awards in Singapore on December 1, 2005. The event was hailed as the most successful on Philippine television, narrowly matched only by the 1st Starstruck Final Judgement. The presentation, titled Eat Bulaga Silver Special, was broadcast on November 28, 2004. By this time, Eat Bulaga! had modified its title, dropping the three dots.
In December 2004, GMA signed a five-year contract extension to keep the show on their network until December 29, 2009. After celebrating its 25th anniversary, it was incidentally the 10th anniversary of Eat Bulaga's start in GMA the following year.
Second decade on GMA, 30th anniversary (2005–present)
In 2006, the SexBomb Girls left the show due to a dispute with its producers. The show, in turn, opened auditions for new in-house dancers, under the name 'EB Babes', as a reality competition. The group officially debuted on August of that year. On March 2007, the SexBomb Girls returned as regular cast members. 
On March 6, 2009, Francis Magalona, one of the long-time co-hosts, succumbed to leukemia. The following day, the show produced a tribute episode in which the whole cast performed his songs dedicated in his memory. During the tribute, it was revealed that Magalona coined the word 'Dabarkads', a popular name to the Eat Bulaga family. Ryan Agoncillo, new returnee on GMA Network, replaced Magalona and continued Magalona's role.
In 2009, Eat Bulaga! celebrated its 30th anniversary, dubbed as Tatlong Dekads ng Dabarkads (Three Decades of the Dabarkads). The show focused on honoring and helping remarkable people, including 30 poor, hard-working students and other everyday heroes as a gesture of paying back to the public who supported them. On December 18 of that year, the show renewed its contract with GMA Network. In addition, the show signed an extended contract with GMA Network in March 2011 which would last until 2016.
On October 6, 2011, Eat Bulaga! launched its coffee table book called Ang Unang Tatlong Dekada (The First Three Decades). It was written by Butch Francisco (a veteran columnist and TV host) with Jako de Leon (son of Joey de Leon) behind the design concept. Alongside the book, Eat Bulaga! gave away 3000 limited edition CDs of the 2004 Silver Special Anniversary celebration. Additionally, GMA News and Public Affairs produced a documentary titled Kuwentong Dabarkads hosted by Dingdong Dantes.
On August 18, 2012, Eat Bulaga! aired a special episode celebrating its 33rd anniversary without commercial breaks, the first time in its history. A soundtrack, Dabarkads D' Album: A Party for everyJUAN, featuring songs popularized by the Eat Bulaga! cast, as well as the theme tunes used by the show, was released in July 2013.
Due to public demand, Eat Bulaga! revived its traditional Lenten season drama specials during the 2014 Holy Week after an eight-year lull. Unlike its previous productions, the six heartwarming stories were inspired by true to life stories of former contestants of the popular segment, Juan for All, All for Juan. Two episodes were shown each day from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday.
On July 16, 2012, Indonesia's SCTV Network aired the show's first international franchise, Eat Bulaga! Indonesia. The network, which had considered securing the rights for a local version for the past five years, started formal negotiations with TAPE, Inc. in April 2012, with approval given in June 2012. Eat Bulaga! Indonesia ended on April 3, 2014. However, the show eventually returned to the airwaves on November 17, 2014 on its new home network, antv, with the new title, The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia.
Voyager Innovations, a Philippines-based technology company, released the official mobile app of the show on January 23, 2015. Eat Bulaga! is the first noontime show to launch their own mobile application that would allow their fans to stay connected with the hosts. The app also contains exclusive videos from the show's thirty-five years on television as well as a game version of its one of the most memorable game segments of the show, Pinoy Henyo.
- Main hosts
- EB Babes (2006–present)
- Team Imuseño (2010–present)
- Dasuri Choi (2014–present)
- FHHM Grand Finalists (a.k.a 6Bomb) (2014–present)
- Former co-hosts
Current segments (as of January 2015)
Pinoy Henyo High
On Saturdays, Three high school teams with two players each must guess seven words within two minutes. The two players take turns asking questions to guess the word and responding with only Oo, Hindi, and Pwede. They can opt to "pass" to the next word if they're having trouble guessing.The team with the most words wins and receives 50,000 pesos. Each high school also shows off their dance moves before the game begins, and the group that receives the highest score from the judges also receives 50,000 pesos.
GGSS: Gayang Gaya, Siyang Siya!
A segment that features contestants who are judged on how good they can copy the look of their chosen local or foreign celebrity.
Juan for All, All for Juan: Bayanihan of d' Pipol (One for All, All for One)
Dubbed by Joey de Leon as "Bayanihan na may kasamang swerte", this segment shows the true purpose of Eat Bulaga! — to help less fortunate Filipinos and to give happiness to every Juan who supported them throughout the years. Included in this segment is the "Plastic ni Juan Project, where the plastic bottles they collect from the barangays they visit are turned into school armchairs, to be given to their chosen school in a specific barangay.
Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros are the primary hosts in this segment, who are on-location at the chosen barangay for the day, with Vic Sotto, Tito Sotto and Joey de Leon (Allan K, Anjo Yllana, Ryan Agoncillo or Jimmy Santos when one of them is absent) hosting in the Broadway Studio. Jose, Wally and Paolo are sometimes accompanied by other Dabarkads when needed. Currently, they are accompanied by Marian Rivera. Valerie Weigmann is a Filipina-German intern-turned-host who was discovered by Jose while at one of the barangays they went to during the October 2, 2013 episode. Weigmann accompanied the trio until she announced her temporary leave in May 2014.
To start the segment, Vic draws an entry from a box containing registration forms from the chosen barangay and will call that person to confirm their name and address. Jose, Wally, Paolo then go to the winner's house, congratulate them and give food, courtesy of Coca-Cola: usually two to four dishes with 2 bowls-full of rice, dessert, and Coca-Cola products plus P5,000 cash prize. They also receive three appliances from Hanabishi, an O+ smartphone (a US-brand smartphone maker), a truck-load of cement bags from Lafarge Republic Cement, gift packs from Purefoods (Purefoods Star Corned Beef, Purefoods Star Jumbo Hotdog, etc.), a motorcycle (usually a Honda CB-110 or a Suzuki GD-110 motorcycle) plus a helmet, jacket and other prizes form Motortrade, as well as a grocery showcase and P5,000-worth of gift certificates from Puregold. They will then have a short interview with their contestant, usually asking about their family background and situation, and the hosts providing comic relief.
Vic will also hand a Bossing Savings account, courtesy of BPI and Globe's BanKo micro-savings bank, containing a predetermined amount for the contestant. The hosts remind them to deposit any amount of cash they can. Before they go, Jose, Wally, Paolo and Valerie give their final cash prize, usually 35,000 to 50,000 pesos. On rare occasions, the final cash prize is greater than 50,000 pesos.
Afterwards, Jose, Wally, and Paolo will announce the barangay's name and the phrase, "Bayanihan na!". The word "bayanihan" is a Filipino term taken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, town or community. The whole term "bayanihan" refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective.
Numbers are laid out on the streets from 1 to 140. All who wish to be eligible to win 10,000 pesos have to bring more than 15 plastic bottles and a specific object that the hosts will mention. They will then race to the numbers in under a minute. The hosts pick a random number. The people standing on that number and the four next numbers receive P10,000 in cash and other consolation prizes. The line with the most behaved people, dubbed as the "Bayanihan Line", wins 500 pesos each and an additional 1,000 pesos each (for a total of 20,000 pesos). In the event of bad weather, the host at the Broadway Studio selects 7 entries from the chosen barangay have to bring more than 15 plastic bottles and a registration form, and they will receive 10,000 pesos each from Jose, Wally, and Paolo.
Sometimes, the Bayanihan Line comes before Jose, Wally, and Paolo go to the winner's house.
This segment is done on every show, Monday to Saturday, with locations ranging nationwide - from barangays and subdivisions across Metro Manila, all the way to provinces in Visayas and Mindanao. There, they usually have their selected contestant registered the previous day, with a copy of their entries sent back to the Broadway Studio to be drawn the next day.
Next to Juan for All, All for Juan is a special segment called Barangay Bayanihan. This applies to the chosen barangay of the day. For it to qualify, it must be well-organized, clean and well-behaved. Everyday a barangay is added to the list of "qualified" barangays, eventually summing up to more or less 20 barangays for the month. Otherwise, just one violation of the said requirements means the disqualification of that barangay.
After each month, the hosts choose three barangays who will win a special prize based on their rank, with the no. 1 barangay winning the grand prize and the title of being a Barangay Bayanihan. This is a way of gratitude by the hosts for all barangays to follow, the winner being the best example of a well-disciplined community.
Laban o Bawi
Eat Bulaga has chosen to bring back one of its classic and most famous segments, "Laban o Bawi" for the holiday season to thank their faithful Dabarkads who have been with them for the past 35 years.
In “Laban o Bawi”, the hosts asks the contestants simple questions, who are either studio audience members or contestants who pre-auditioned. A selected player has the chance to answer the hosts’ simple question. They have 5 seconds to answer the question, and only their first answer will be honored. If they answer correctly, they get to choose right away from the several prizes from the Dabarkads that will be revealed after the elimination round. If they answer incorrectly, they still have a chance to win. They get to choose another contestant that will get to answer another question, possibly someone who they think cannot answer the next question correctly. If their selected contestant gets their answer wrong, the original contestant moves on and wins a prize. However, if their selected contestant answers their question correctly, they get to select their prize while the original contestant is eliminated. This single elimination-type of tournament ensues until one contestant is left, who chose the present with the 1 million jackpot round. The prizes may consist of O+ cellphones, a grocery showcase, an Eat Bulaga T-shirt in addition to cash prizes. The winning contestant then plays a similar game of "Deal or No Deal", but instead chooses a box from a group of six in the jackpot round. Inside the box is either a "1" or a "0". The contestant must be sure that the leftmost box contains the number "1" in order to win the one million peso jackpot. The boxes are then arranged so that the box that was chosen would be in the leftmost panel, hence the panel would read "1000000," with another "0" automatically placed on the hundred-thousand digit. If the leftmost box is zero, the location of "1" would be revealed, the contestant would have to take care that "1" should not land on the right most side, for he/she would win only one peso. The possible prize amounts if the contestant fights are: 1,000,000 pesos, 10,000 pesos, 1,000 pesos, 100 pesos, 10 pesos and 1 peso. The hundred-thousand digit is an automatic zero, so the only the way the contestant could win 100,000 pesos or more is if they accept the bet of the host that is 100,000 pesos or more.
During the jackpot round, the host offers them a consolation prize that would make the contestant think if they’ll go through with the game (Laban, or fight in English), risking a minimum prize of one peso, or she would withdraw (Bawi).
Bulagaan is a segment of "knock-knock" jokes in a classroom scenario, with the Bulaga hosts are divided into groups, dressed in school uniforms, and singing their answers to the teacher's question. After performing, the group spins a giant roulette (numbered from 00 to 100) which is the basis of their score.The group with the lowest score will be punished at the end of the segment and later going free-for-all, throwing cream pies at each other. This segment occurs once in a while.
- 1987-2008: Best Variety Show
- 1989-2008: Best Variety Male Host-Vic Sotto
- 1990-2008: Best Variety Male Host-Tito Sotto
- 2003-2008: Best Variety Male Host-Joey De Leon
- 2009: PMPC Star Awards Hall of Fame
- 2010: PMPC Star Awards Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement-Tony Tuviera
- 2010: Best Variety Male Host: Allan K
- 2005: Best Entertainment Program: Eat Bulaga Silver Special
- 2007: Hall of Famer-SexBomb Dancers
- 2002-2008: Most Popular Dance Group-SexBomb Dancers
- 2008: Most Popular Dance Group - EB Babes
- 2009: Most Popular Dance Group - EB Babes
- 2012: Most Popular TV Program Musical Variety
- 2013: Most Popular TV Program Musical Variety
- 2014: Top Rating Noontime Musical/Variety Program
- 2009, 2011-2013: Most Admired Male TV Personality- Vic Sotto & Ryan Agoncillo
- 2010: Best Emcee Hall of Fame-Ryan Agoncillo
- 2005: Outstanding Male TV Host for a Musical or Variety Show-Joey De Leon
- 2005: Outstanding Female TV Host for a Musical or Variety Show-Pia Guanio
- 2011: Best Variety Show
- 2011: Best Male Variety Show- Vic Sotto
- 2011: Best Female Variety Show-Julia Clarete
- 2011: Helen Vela Lifetime Achievement Award For Entertainment/Comedy-Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, & Joey De Leon
- 2012: Outstanding Variety Program
- 2012: Best Variety Show
- 2013: Best Variety Show
- 2013: Outstanding Female TV Host for a Musical or Variety Show-Julia Clarete
- 2013: Outstanding Male TV Host for a Musical or Variety Show-Ryan Agoncillo
- 2014: Outstanding Variety Program
- 2014: Outstanding Male TV Host for a Musical Variety Program-Allan K
- 2014: Special Citation as the Youngest TV Host-Ryzza Mae Dizon
- 2012: Best Variety Show
- 2013: Best TV Program
- 11th Filipino Franchise Show
- 2012 Galing Pinoy Franchise Excellence Award-Tony Tuviera for Franchising Eat Bulaga to Indonesia
- 44th Box Office Entertainment Awards
- 2013: Most Popular TV Program for Musical Variety Show
- 2013: Most Popular Novelty Singers-Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, & Ryzza Mae Dizon
- 2013: Male Concert Performers of the Year-Jose Manalo & Wally Bayola
- 2013: Most Popular Female Child Performer-Ryzza Mae Dizon
- Reader's Digest Most Trusted Awards
- 2013: Most Trusted TV Host for Entertainment and Variety-Vic Sotto
- Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards
- 2013: Best Noontime Show
- 2013: Favorite Male TV Host of the Year-Vic Sotto
- 2013: Child Star of the Year-Ryzza Mae Dizon
- LPU Manila Umalohok Juan Awards
- 2014: Best Entertainment Program
- 2014: Best Male TV Personality-Vic Sotto
- Northwest Samar State University Students Students Choice Award for Radio and Television
- 2014: Outstanding Variety Program
- 2014: Best Variety Show Host-Vic Sotto
- PUP Mabini Media Awards
- 2014: Best Entertainment Program
- Gawad Tanglaw Awards
- 2014: BATA (Bibo, Aktibo, at Talentadong Anak) ng Sining Award-Ryzza Mae Dizon
- PEP List Awards
- 2014: TV Show of the Year (Daytime)
- 2014: Male TV Star of the Year-Vic Sotto
- 2014: Child Star of the Year-Ryzza Mae Dizon
- 2014: Male Showbiz Treasure of the Year-Joey de Leon
Studios used by Eat Bulaga!
- Broadcast City Live Studio 1 (July 30, 1979 – January 27, 1989)
- ABS-CBN Studio 1 (now Dolphy Theatre) (February 18, 1989 – 1994)
- ABS-CBN Studio 2, ABS-CBN Broadcast Centre (during special occasions)
- ABS-CBN Studio 3 (1994-January 27, 1995)
- Celebrity Sports Plaza (first home studio on GMA) at Capitol Hills, Quezon City (January 28, 1995 – August 31, 1995)
- TAPE Studio (Eastside Studio), GMA Broadway Centrum (September 1, 1995 – December 31, 2009; March 6, 2010–present)
- Westside Studio, GMA Broadway Centrum (GMA Broadway Live Studio; used while Eastside Studio was renovated) (January 1, 2010 – March 5, 2010)
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