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|Format||Variety, Game show, Comedy|
|Created by||Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) Inc.|
|Developed by||TAPE Inc.|
|Directed by||Bert de Leon
Mark A. Reyes V (during Saturdays)
Joey de Leon
|Opening theme||Eat Bulaga! Theme Song|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||10,106 (as of April 1, 2013)|
|Executive producer(s)||Antonio P. Tuviera
|Producer(s)||Antonio P. Tuviera|
|Location(s)||GMA Broadway Centrum (New Manila, Quezon City)|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||2 1/2 hours (Weekdays)
3 hours (Saturdays)
|Original channel||RPN (1979-1989)
GMA Network (1995-present)
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||July 30, 1979 – present|
Eat Bulaga! is a 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 12:00pm to 3:00pm 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 celebrated its 33rd year on Philippine television last August 18, 2012. Eat Bulaga! holds the record of being the longest-running noontime variety program on air in the history of local television.
Its first overseas version was 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.
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 or RPN. Antonio Tuviera, who was the working for the company, thought that the comic troika of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon or 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, which they accepted.
De Leon coined the title of the show: Eat represents lunchtime while Bulaga (which means "surprise" in English) represents their plan to fill the show with lots of 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 of the show. 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, but 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 "Mr. Macho". Production Specialists soon handed production of the show 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 show's "Little Miss Philippines" segment.
The ABS-CBN years (1989-1995) 
In 1989, Eat Bulaga moved to ABS-CBN (under a co-production agreement) along 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. To drum up the shows' move to ABS-CBN, the then-Star Network came up with "..." ("three dots") which stood for the three top-rating daytime shows (Eat Bulaga, Agila and Coney Reyes on Camera) that would air on Channel 2. The three dots are also included in the show's title at the time, Eat...Bulaga!. On January 28, 1989, the show premiered on its new home, which was staged at the Araneta Coliseum.
Reyes left the noontime show in 1991. She was replaced by swimming champion Christine Jacob. 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 to remove Eat...Bulaga! and its sister shows Valiente and Okay Ka, Fairy Ko from its roster of shows 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 the show through Lunch Date 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. Prior to this, month-long promotions were made by coming up with the catchy advertisement, "9-2=7" ("nine minus two equals seven"), 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 hosted Discorama and pinch-hitted for Student Canteen on GMA before leaving the network for Eat...Bulaga!.
In 2001, Eat...Bulaga! became the first to give away the first millions on the 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 (Fight or Back Out), "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. The special won the Best Entertainment (One-Off/Annual) Special at the Asian Television Awards in Singapore on December 1, 2005. The said event was also hailed as the most successful television event on Philippine television, narrowly matched only by the 1st Starstruck Final Judgement. The special presentation, entitled 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 and Eat Bulaga! Indonesia (2004-present) 
In 2006, the SexBomb Girls left the show due to a dispute with the show's producers. The show, in turn, opened auditions for new in-house dancers, under the name "EB Babes", in the form of 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 show's long-time co-hosts, succumbed to leukemia. The following day, the show produced a tribute episode in which the whole cast performed his past 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.
In 2009, Eat Bulaga! celebrated its 30th Anniversary, which was dubbed as Tatlong Dekads ng Dabarkads (Three Decades of the Dabarkads). The show focused on honoring and helping remarkable people, including thirty poor but hard-working students and other everyday heroes as a gesture of paying back to the public who has supported them all these years. 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 on 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). The book was written by Butch Francisco (a veteran columnist and TV host) with Jako de Leon (son of Joey de Leon) behind the entire design concept of the book. Alongside the book, Eat Bulaga also gave away 3000 limited edition CDs of the 2004 Silver Special Anniversary celebration. Additionally, GMA News and Public Affairs produced a documentary entitled Kuwentong Dabarkads hosted by Dingdong Dantes.
On July 16, 2012, Indonesia's SCTV Network started airing the show's first international version, Eat Bulaga! Indonesia. The network, which had considered securing the rights for a local version of the show for the past five years, started formal negotiations with TAPE in April 2012, with approval given in June 2012.
On August 18, 2012, Eat Bulaga aired a special episode celebrating its 33rd anniversary without commercial breaks, first time in Philippine television. Guests include Marian Rivera, Lovi Poe, Ogie Alcasid and Gary Valenciano.
Main hosts 
- EB Babes (2006–present)
- Ha & Ho (2007–present)
- Boom Boom Pow Boys/Sugod Bahay Gang in Juan for All, All for Juan (2009–present)
- Team Imuseño (2010–present)
- Boy Katawan (2011–present)
- Mr. Pogi Hunks/Heartthrobs (2012–present)
- Lance & Vanessa (2013-present)
Former co-hosts 
Current segments in Eat Bulaga (as of May 2013) 
Gymeoke: Exerci-SING 
3 players will show their talents in singing while doing some workout. They need to sing well while completing the workout. The level of difficulty will increase while completing the exercise. They will be scored from 100-80 or lower and the winner will get Php 20,000.
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 is the segment of the show that really shows the true purpose of Eat Bulaga, helping poor people and giving "happiness" to every Juan, as a sign of their thanks and gratitude to their "fans" who supported them throughout the years.
Also 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.
Everyday, Jose, Wally and Paolo visit a chosen barangay, where people have registered from 12pm to 4pm of the previous day. On certain days, their sponsor, Coca-Cola will have a feasting in that barangay, as a celebration of their 100 years in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the host (usually Bossing) will draw an entry from a box containing registration forms from that barangay, and will call the person to confirm their name & address. Jose, Wally and Paolo will then go to that winner's house. There, the host will congratulate the winning contestant, and will instantly be given the food of the day, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Usually two plates of dishes with a bowl of rice, a dessert, and Coca-Cola products. They will also receive three appliances from Hanabishi and 1 sack of rice. After that, they will have a small conversation with their contestant, usually about their family background & present situations, along with Jose's humorous antics.
There the host will hand them a "Bossing Savings" account, courtesy of BPI & Globe's BanKo micro savings bank, containing a certain amount for the contestant to use. The hosts also reminds them to deposit any amount of cash as much as they can. This is where they first coined the phrase: "Kapag may isinuksok, may madudukot...". Before they go, Jose, Wally & Paolo give their final cash prize that usually go between 35,000 to 50,000 pesos.
After that, the "Sugod-Bahay Gang" boys will lay out numbers in the streets from 1-140, and all who wish to be eligible to win 10,000 pesos have to bring 10 plastic bottles, a product of one of their sponsors, and a specific thing that the hosts will ask them, then they will race to the numbers in under a minute. Then the hosts will pick a random number, the chosen number and the number next to it will then receive the winning prize money worth 10,000 pesos, an S.O.S (Sandata on Sakuna), along with other consolation prizes from sponsors. Then the line with the most behaved people, dubbed the "Bayanihan Line", will win 500 pesos each and additional 20,000 pesos total (P1,000 each). In the event of bad weather, the hosts will select a number of entries from the chosen barangay, and they will receive 10,000 pesos each from the hosts.
This segment is done every week, from Mondays thru Fridays and Saturdays. Their location ranges nationwide, from different 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 studio to be drawn the next day.
Barangay Bayanihan 
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 first MUST be well-organized, clean and well-behaved to be included. Everyday a barangay is added to the list of "qualified" barangays, eventually summing up to more or less 20 barangays for the month. Otherwise, even just one violation of the said requirements meant the disqualification of that barangay.
After each month, the hosts will choose 3 barangays who will win a special prize based on their rank, the no. 1 getting 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 winning barangay being the best example of a well-disciplined community.
Eat Bulaga Lucky Truck 
After knowing the "Bayanihan Line", Bossing will draw a number coming from that line and he/she is the lucky dabarkads who will get inside the lucky truck and will get as many colors while it is in the air and put it inside the belt bag. Their "Kaparalan" will rely on what Ryzza had drawn, depending on the color and how many is needed, they will get the prize. If they did not have the said quantity of color, Php 10,000 will be the consolation prize.
Kaliwa o Kanan • Wave wave wave, win win win! 
This is an interactive game which will be played by all the studio audience. There will be Team A, B, C and each will have a team leader. They need to get as many lucky coins they could in 60 secs. They should avoid those cones which decreases their score Each coin is worth Php 1,000. The team leader of the winning team gets Php 2,000 and an Eat Bulaga jacket and an O+ plus Android Phone. Meanwhile 3 studio audiences from the same team gets the cash prize depending on how many coins they got. Each of the studio audience from the winning team will get an Eat Bulaga t-shirt.
Pinoy Henyo (currently "Super Pinoy Henyo") 
Dubbed as the "Pambansang Laro ng Bayan" (the National Game of the Country), this game is similar to 20 Questions, but instead of limiting the number of questions, the game limits the time to only 2 minutes. Everyday, three teams with two players each must guess the word they pick before or within the time limit. The guesser must only reply Oo (Yes), Hindi (No) and Pwede (Can Be or Possible). Other replies will incur a 3-second penalty for every wrong reply, which will be added in their official time.
In the qualifying round, the player chosen to sit on the dubbed "Henyo seat", will have to guess whatever the answer is, while the other player answers with those three words mentioned before. Four Dabarkads play, each holding 10,000 pesos, 15,000 pesos and 20,000 pesos. The Dabarkads chosen by the host will go into a "flushroom". If the pair answers correctly, they win whatever the prize the Dabarkads chosen for them is holding. If the pair fails to answer correctly, the Dabarkads inside the flushroom will be pour out with slime. The pair who answered fastest than the other pairs, will head to the Jackpot round. Also, if the contestants answer the "Pinoy Henyo Word of the Day", they will receive an additional 5,000 pesos, while the Henyo word sender will receive a cash prize and a limited-edition Pinoy Henyo t-shirt.
In the Jackpot round, the winning pair will play again following the same concepts with a category of Tao, (Person), Hayop (Animal), Bagay (Thing), Lugar (Place), & Pagkain (Food) . Except this time, both of them would have to guess 5 words each, taking turns when one fails to answer correctly, he or she may say "Pass". Also, they are only given one category and answer three out of the ten provided words correctly in under 3 minutes. If they answer one correctly, they get an additional 10,000 pesos on top of their early winning prize, two words, an additional 20,000 pesos, and if they answer a third word, the win the Jackpot prize of 50,000 pesos, plus their early winning prize.
After this, they will choose either to accept or not to accept the challenge for the Super Pinoy Henyo Word. If they accept the challenge, they will return Php 25,000 from their winning prize and get a chance to win the Super Pinoy Henyo word for about Php 100-300 thousand pesos for 2 minutes. If they didn't get the Super Pinoy Henyo word, they will get whatever had left in their cash prize and a gift pack from the sponsoring brands.
Pinoy Henyo High 
Held every Saturdays, played by 6 high school students, together with their cheerdance group from three different schools. The objective of the game is to guess as many words as they can in 3 minutes. They are only 7 words in a set. Quite different from the normal "Pinoy Henyo", both students will sit on a round, covered and electric chair and the other chair is what they call Pinoy Henyo HIGH-tech chair, equipped with a seatbelt, which moves sideways, backwards and forwards. The 2 high school students with the most guessed word in 3 minutes will be the winner. They will get 100,000 pesos. Meanwhile, in the cheerdance group competition of the schools, the winning group will get 50,000 pesos. If ever the winner of the "Pautakan" and the "Pambato sa Sayawan" is from the same school, they will get additional 50,000 pesos for a total of 200,000 pesos cash prize.
Bulagaan is a segment of "knock-knock" jokes where the Bulaga hosts are divided into groups, dressed in school uniforms sings their answers to the teacher's question. After performing, the group will spin a giant roulette which is the basis of their score. The group with the lowest score will be punished at the end of the segment and then they will all go wild, throwing icing to each other.
Dabarkads in Concert 
This segment introduces the hosts and co-hosts of the show in singing and dancing. Tito, Vic and Joey or the rest of the dabarkads perform their talent in singing and dancing. There can be some special guests, showdowns and etc. This segment is always held during Saturdays, where they held specials every week.
Discontinued/seasonal segments 
- 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 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
- 2009-2010: Box-Office Comedy King-Vic Sotto
- 2009,2011-2012: Most Admired Male TV Personality- Vic Sotto and 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
- 2012: Best Variety Show
- 2013: Best TV Program
Studios used by Eat Bulaga 
RPN years 
- Broadcast City Live Studio 1 (July 30, 1979–January 27, 1989)
ABS-CBN years 
- ABS-CBN Studio 1 (now Dolphy Theatre) (January 28, 1989–January 28, 1995)
- ABS-CBN Studio 2, ABS-CBN Broadcast Centre (during special occasions)
GMA years 
- 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)
See also 
- List of Philippine television shows
- List of programs broadcast by GMA Network
- List of shows previously aired by ABS-CBN
- List of shows previously aired by RPN
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