Magandang Gabi, Bayan
|Magandang Gabi, Bayan|
|Created by||ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs|
|Starring||Noli de Castro (1988–2001, 2001–2004)|
Kat de Castro (2004–2005)
Erwin Tulfo (2004–2005)
Henry Omaga-Diaz (2001, 2004–2005)
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||898|
|Running time||60 minutes (1988–1991, 2004–2005)|
90 minutes (1991–2004)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||August 21, 1988– December 31, 2005|
|Related shows||XXX: Exklusibong, Explosibong, Exposé|
Magandang Gabi, Bayan (Good Evening, Countrymen) named after the signature open and close of Noli de Castro, is a news magazine program in the Philippines. The show's last broadcast was on December 31, 2005 aired on ABS-CBN.
The program started on August 21, 1988, with its first anchor "Kabayan" ("compatriot" or "fellow countryman") Noli de Castro. The program's aim is to expose illegalities of some Philippine government officials as well as to render public service to the Filipinos. It continues to hold the title for the leading and longest public service program in the Philippines.
The program was styled in the lines of US news magazine programs 60 Minutes and Dateline. The program was also known for its famous Halloween specials featuring various horror stories from in and around the Philippines.
MGB has been loved by many Filipinos and foreigners due to its Halloween Specials or Undas (Season of the Dead) episodes. Majority have praised the re-enactments of paranormal incidents and the theatrics used for the Undas Special's ominous atmosphere. Some stories that have been featured are Manila Film Center, Baguio City, Clark Air Base, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Tugatog Cemetery (Satan's Statue), Laperal White House, Malacañang Palace, and many others, each segment featuring De Castro standing in the said haunted locations for introductions and endings of each segment.
For the 2004 special with De Castro's daughter Kat and Tulfo, the show's studio settings were filmed in Diplomat Hotel while the ruins of Clark Hospital served as the show's studio setting in the 2005 special with the addition of Omaga-Diaz.
During Undas 2006, a similarly-styled version, entitled "Kaba Kutob Kilabot: Mga Kwentong Kababalaghan" (lit. Nervousness, Fear, Shivers: The Scary Stories), premiered on ABS-CBN. Katherine De Castro returned as the show's host with veteran actor and director Albert Martinez as the guest host. This special featured the 1995 Marivic Chan rape-slay case (People v. Larry Mahinay), Silliman University, a topic on demonic possession, and Judge Florentino Floro, who is known as the "Healing Judge".