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Eat Bulaga! is a local noon-time variety show in the Philippinesmarker produced by the Television And Production Exponents Inc. of Malou Fagar and Tony Tuviera. The program is the longest-running variety show on Philippine television. It also holds the Philippine record of all-time number of live TV episodes. (Bulaga means "surprise" in Tagalog, although it should not be taken as the literal translation of the word surprise; its closest English equivalent is Peek-a-boo!. Eat is the transliteration of It!, the Tagalog game-slang for "lost (in the game)" and Eat was chosen because the show plays at lunch time) The show is broadcast from TAPE Studios at the Broadway Centrum in Quezon Citymarker. As of October 31, 2009, it has a total of 9,080 episodes since the day it started airing.


Eat Bulaga Logo during 80's
Eat Bulaga premiered on July 30, 1979 on Radio Philippines Network at Broadcast City, Diliman, Quezon City.

RPN outsourced the idea to TAPE. At that time, comic troika Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon were the most popular movie comedians. They were hired together with Chiqui Hollman and Richie Reyes (a.k.a. Richie d' Horsie) as co-hosts. It was Joey who coined the title of the show, "Eat... Bulaga!" to attract both classes namely, the social and the masses.

The TV program innovated numerous concepts on Philippine television which were later copied by rival TV programs.

The Show during 80's

In 1989 due to the sequestration of RPN, the show 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 IBC). To drum up promotions for Eat Bulaga's move to ABS-CBN, the then-Star Network came up with a creative promotion of "..." (three dots) which stood for three top-rating daytime shows (Eat Bulaga, Agila and Coney Reyes on Camera) that will finally air on Channel 2. The "three dots" also figured prominently in the early logos of "Eat...Bulaga!". The show's move helped strengthen the network's programming. The premiere telecast of Eat Bulaga at their new home was on February 18, 1989 and for this momentous event, the show was staged at the Araneta Coliseummarker.

In 1992, Tito Sotto left the show after he ran successfully for a Senate seat. He became the topnotch senator during the May elections, which saw Fidel V. Ramos winning the presidency. However, despite leaving the show, he still managed to appear on special occasions, mostly Christmas and New Year. Sotto was able to serve 2 terms in the Senate, from 1992 until 2004. In his last year at the Senate, he went back to Bulaga on a weekly basis (usually on Saturdays).

The show once again moved to another network, this time on GMA Network because ABS-CBN wanted to buy the airing rights of Eat Bulaga from TAPE, Inc. When the group led by Tony Tuviera and Malou Choa-Fagar reneged on the proposed deal, ABS-CBN kicked Bulaga and its sister shows Valiente and Okay Ka, Fairy Ko from its roster of shows and decided to reformat its Sunday-only show Sa Linggo nAPO Sila into a week-long show, 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila. Eat Bulaga premiered on GMA on January 21, 1995, again at the Araneta Coliseummarker. Prior to Eat Bulaga's premiere on its new home, month-long promotions were made by GMA Network by coming up with the famous catchy TV ad, "9-2=7" (nine minus two equals seven), which was a pun on Eat Bulaga's move from Channel 9 (RPN) to Channel 2 (ABS-CBN) to Channel 7 (GMA).

In 2001, Eat Bulaga was the first to give away the first millions on the Philippine television. When Magandang Tanghali Bayan, a former noontime show of ABS-CBN, introduced Pera o Bayong to its audience, it became an instant hit. MTB topped the ratings of Eat Bulaga for two years. This forced the Eat Bulaga management to give the first millions "to get the audience interest back."
Eat Bulaga in Black and White

Eat Bulaga! celebrated its 25th year on television in October 2004 at the Expo Amphitheater in Clarkfieldmarker, Angeles Citymarker, Pampangamarker, making it the longest-running television show in the Philippines. The television special was attended by an estimated 60,000 spectators and enjoyed the highest daytime TV rating in the Philippines. The special was cited as winner in the Asian Television Awards in Singaporemarker on December 1, 2005. The said event was also hailed as the most successful television event on Philippine TV and was narrowly matched only by the 1st Starstruck Final Judgement. The special presentation entitled Eat Bulaga Silver Special was broadcasted on November 2004 before the broadcast of show's 25th year event in Expo Ampitheater and it was produced by TAPE Inc. & GMA News and Public Affairs and it was hosted by News and Public Affairs personalities Rhea Santos and her Unang Hirit co-host and one of Eat Bulaga's former contestants Arnold Clavio.

In December 2004, GMA signed a 5-year contract extension to keep the show on their network until December 29, 2009. After celebrating 25th anniversary, it was incidentally the 10th anniversary of Eat Bulaga's start in GMA the next year.

Over the years, many people have predicted that the show would move to another network every time their contract with GMA was close to expiry. But, in interviews with GMA executives led by Atty. Felipe Gozon and Jimmy Duavit - GMA expressed their desire to keep the show for as long as they can as there is no vacant timeslot in other TV station and to let its ratings rise. Joey de Leon on the other hand, is also considered as an important factor to Bulaga's stay in GMA since he has been fiercely loyal to the station and his efforts have been rewarded.

Eat Bulaga is considered by many as an institution - becoming a launchpad for many different Filipino comedians and showbiz newbies who have had large success on the show. Tony Tuviera identified the show as a "way of life" when they beat MTV's Tsunami Aid special at the Asian Television Awards.

In 2006, the SexBomb Girls left the show due to a dispute with the show's producers, which pushed them to auditioning dancers for the new EB Babes

On January 2007, Gladys Guevarra left to undergo therapy. In May 2007, the casting for the show was affected when three of its hosts, Tito Sotto, Anjo Yllana and Teri Onor ran for public office. Sotto and Yllana were re-electionists for Senate and Paranaque Vice Mayor respectively. However they lost to more formidable opponents. Only Onor (real name Dexter Dominguez) won a seat as Vice Mayor of his hometown in Abucay, Bataan. Moreover, the line-up of hosts for "Bulaga" was reduced after some hosts either resigned or ended contract.

The show also went online when they launched their own website The loyal viewers can access the hosts' biographical information, as well as the past episodes of the show.

On March 6, 2009, one of Eat Bulaga's long-time co-host Francis Magalona succumbed to leukemia. The following day, the show produced a special tribute episode where the whole cast performed his past songs dedicated in his memory. During the tribute, it was revealed that Francis Magalona came up with the word Dabarkads that became a popular name to the Eat Bulaga family.

In 2009, Eat Bulaga! celebrates its 30th Anniversary known as Tatlong Dekads ng Dabarkads (Three Decades of the Dabarkads). To celebrate it, the show created segments to honor and help remarkable people. One of the segments includes EBest: Eat Bulaga's Excellent Student Awards where Eat Bulaga helps top honor students reach high school and also help them with their needs. They were also inspired by the children that they started a project called Eat Bulaga Classroom, a project where Eat Bulaga will help classrooms all around the Philippines be rebuilt with a cleaner atmosphere and complete supplies. Another segment honors everyday heroes and their hardwork called EB Heroes. Also is the returning of Kaserola ng Kabayanan. A last segment is the raffle draw and jackpot play-offs called Tatlong Dekads ng Dabarkads where new people gets a chance to be added to the list of the Dabarkads Millionaire


Main Hosts


  • Jimmy Santos (1980-present)
  • Keempee de Leon (1989-present)
  • Ruby Rodriguez (1989-present)
  • Anjo Yllana (1995-present)
  • Allan K. (1995-present)
  • Toni Rose Gayda (1995-present)
  • Jose Manalo (2002-2009)(on an indefinite leave)
  • Priscilla Monteyro (2009-present)
  • Jude Matthew Servilla (2009-present)(singer of Songs from the Heart)

Previous/Guest co-hosts

  • Maricel Soriano (1985-1987),(1995-1996)
  • Mark Ariel Fresco (2006–2007)
  • Marvin Valdoria
  • Michelle van Eimeren (1994)
  • Mickey Ferriols (1998)
  • Millette Advincula (1987-1995)
  • Mitoy Munting
  • Nadine Schimdt (2002-2009, Winner,TV Babes)
  • Nova Villa (1989-1995)
  • Ogie Alcasid (1988-1989)
  • Onemig Bondoc (1996-1997)
  • Patani Daño (2008)
  • Plinky Recto (1990-1992)
  • Pops Fernandez (1983-1984)
  • Rannie Raymundo (1993)
  • Rey Pumaloy (Aminin segment)(1995-1997)
  • Ritchie D'Horsie (Real Name: Richie Reyes)(1979)
  • Robin da Roza (1997-1998)
  • Ruffa Gutierrez (1995-1997)
  • Ryan Julio (2006–2007)
  • Sharon Cuneta (1983-1984)
  • Sherilyn Reyes
  • Sheryl Cruz (1985-1989),(1990-1995)
  • Stefanie Walmsley
  • Steven Claude Goyong
  • Sugar Mercado (2001–02, 2004–2007)
  • Sunshine Cruz (1995-1996)
  • Sunshine Dizon
  • Teri Onor (Real Name: Dexter Dominguez)(2002-2007)
  • Tessie Tomas (1981-1987)
  • Toni Gonzaga (2002-2005)
  • Vanna Vanna (1995-1997)

Deceased co-hosts

Sexbomb Girls and The EB Babes

SexBomb Girls

The SexBomb Girls were an all-girl group that performed dance skits. In March 2006, they were dropped from the show following a dispute between their manager and the show's producers.

SexBomb Girls Dispute

The SexBomb Girls (both dancers and singers) rebelled and stayed away from working on Eat Bulaga when one of the show's producers hired Sugar Mercado and promoted her heavily after her contract with Joy Cancio, the girl group's manager, had expired. Cancio claimed she decided to take the famous group off the show in protest of the said decision. There were even speculations that the producers had actually preplanned a way to get the SexBombs off the show, most likely due to salary issues.

As a result, media sources reported rumors that the SexBomb Girls were going to be hired by ABS-CBN to move to Wowowee, ABS-CBN's noontime Variety/Game Show, but Cancio denied the rumor and stressed that the group still has a long term contract with GMA Network, especially with regard to the hit afternoon drama show Daisy Siete.

The producer of Eat Bulaga accepted a texted apology from Cancio, but also said the time was right to move on. A return to Eat Bulaga by the SexBomb Girls was then thought to be unlikely, and they were later "replaced" by a new dance group: The EB Babes.

The EB Babes

With the loss of the SexBombs, the producers of Eat Bulaga decided to form a brand new in-house dance group, the EB Babes (the EB standing for "Eat Bulaga!"). The group was formed using a reality competition with open auditions. The new group officially debuted later during August 2006.

The Return of the SexBomb Girls

On December 16, 2006 the SexBomb Girls appeared on Eat Bulaga for the first time in nine months during the "Give Love on Christmas Day" segment with a song and dance number. Former SexBomb Girl Sugar Mercado rejoined the girls in the said number and some Eat Bulaga hosts were happy to see them again. On March 12, the SexBomb Girls returned as "guest dancers" once again - but only appearing during Fridays.

SexBomb vs. EB Babes

The two groups finally met each other in a "showdown" on February 3, 2007, as requested by the public, especially the fans of both groups. The episode gained a 31.2% share of the ratings for that day. Rumors later surfaced about a possible rematch between the two groups, but in a TV interview with the SexBombs, it was revealed that there would be no rematch with the EB Babes for a while, but, a couple of weeks later, they met each other for another showdown, but, it was less popular than the previous one. Right now, the SexBombs are currently seen on Fridays on a temporary basis, while the EB Babes are also seen on the rest of the week. Occasionally, the two groups can be seen together during opening numbers on Saturday episodes.

Shows Abroad


PMPC Star Awards for Television

  • 1989-2008 Winner, Best Variety Show (tied with ABS-CBN's Wowowee in 2008)
  • 2003 & 2008 Winner, Best Variety Male Host - Vic Sotto
  • 2008 Best Female Host - Pia Guanio
  • 1989-2008 Best Female - Host Coney Reyes
  • 1987-2008 Best Male TV Host - Tito Sotto
  • 1990-2008 Best Male Host - Joey de Leon
  • 2009 PMPC Star Awards Hall of Fame

Asian Television Awards - Singapore

  • 2005 Winner, Best Entertainment Program "Eat Bulaga Silver Special"

Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Awards

  • 2009, Most Popular Dance Group, EB Babes
  • 2009, Box Office Comedy King, Vic Sotto

Current Segments in Eat Bulaga

  • Ang Pinakamadaling Gameshow sa Telebisyon (Coca-Cola Christmas Edition) (2009-Present)
Three studio audience members get the chance to win 10, 000 pesos by answering the most easiest questions.

Hosted by: Allan K., Ruby, Julia, Lougee, Paolo, and Vic Sotto

  • EB Heroes (Saturdays)(2009- Present)
Part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, Eat Bulaga! gives way to outstanding heroes that gives inspiration, hope, and joy, including the group Black Pencil Project.

  • EB San Marino Photo Wall (Mondays-Fridays)(2009-Present)
Before the show starts, studio audience gets a chance to take a picture with a cardboard picture of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. During the show, the studio audience with the hottest picture with Marian and Dingdong will received P3,000 and giftpack from San Marino Corned Tuna

  • Kahit Sino, Pwede! (2009-Present)
Three ordinary contestants show their unique talents and receive scores from judges. There are seven judges, three Dabarkads, two home viewers, one Balikbayan, and one excursionist. The participant with the highest point plays the jackpot round. The consolation prize is 5, 000 pesos. In the jackpot round, the total amount of points they received is their time for collecting coins and place them on a weighing scale. The weight of the coins will be their subtotal jackpot (Ex. 49.36 = P49,360). He/she will also be able to double, triple, or add a certain amount of money in his subtotal. That will be the total jackpot prize for the day. Contestants also have a chance to win more cash prize in the weekly finals. From the weekly finals, the winning contestant collects more coins. The winner chooses a number that holds a number of months, varying from 3–12 months. The number of months equals to how many months he/she will receive the prize money he/she gathered. The highest month would be 12 months, meaning that contestant will receive their prize money every month for a year.

Hosted by: Pia, Joey, Allan K.,Tito Sotto.

  • Let's SING-EAT! (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) (2009-Present)
The latest and the newest singing contest for teens, a group should have 3-4 members, each member within the age of 14-17 years.

  • Ba Ba Boom (Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays) (2009-Present)
A new game on Eat Bulaga entitled "Ba Ba Boom" has the main goal to avoid the 1 Peso coin and Listen clearly to the hands of the Ba Ba Boom Girls. There are 20 Hands means that pair of hands to each Ba Ba Boom Girls. Each hands have a Gloves designated, one is the Regular and Special Gloves. Two Contestants will play for the P200,000 Jackpot Prize. Before the game Starts a Toss Coin will be determined who will go first but it will depends on the player who shall go first has the option to play first or pass it to his/her opponent. They will choose 17 Hands without getting the 1-peso Coin. As the Games Progesses, they will choose who among the Ba Ba Boom Girls who they think that it has no 1-peso Coin for to be able to continue the Game. If the Contestant chose the hand containing the 1-peso coin he/she is out of the game but not thoroughly, it depends on the Special Ring that the Girl Hand is wearing. If the Color of the Ring is Green, it means the contestant can still play the Game but the Jackpot Prize will be divided into Half bringing down to P100,000, But if the Color of the Ring is Red. it means the contestant is out of the the game thoroughly and the other contestant wll continue playing the game unless he/she is out of the game continously. Now if the solo contestant left chose the Other Ring containing the Color Red, It means that the contestant is out the game and no one won the game but the offer or cash prize will be given to the Studio Audience with numbers. The Offer depends on the Host Itself to when it will be given to solo or two contestants, If the offer is given out they have the option to walk away with the offer or if they can choose to play as possible for the Jackpot they can still move on and continue play the Game.

Hosted by: Vic Sotto Special Apperance: 10 Ba Ba Boom Girls

  • Pinoy Henyo (2009-Present)
There are three teams with two people in each. It is similar to the game of 20 Questions, but instead of limiting the number of questions, the game limits the time of the game to 2 minutes. The guesser must only reply Oo (Yes), Hindi (No) and Pwede (Can Be). One will have to guess whatever the answer is while the other answers with those three words mentioned before. A Dabarkad will be selected to go into a flushroom. Nine Dabarkads play, three holding 10, 000 pesos, three holding 15, 000 pesos and three holding 20, 000 pesos. If a Dabarkad name is selected and has a "cirle" immunity , they may choose another to go into the vault for them. If the pair answers correctly, they win whatever the prize the Dabarkad is holding and if they have the fastest time, will head to the Jackpot round. Each pair must finish in two minutes. In the Jackpot round, the winning pair will play again except this time they give clues and hints to the answer and pass if they cannot get it. If they answer one correctly, 10, 000 pesos, two, 20, 000 pesos and three is 50, 000 pesos. Consolation prize is 5, 000 pesos. There is a celebrity edition during Saturdays.

Hosted by: Joey De Leon and Vic Sotto

  • Songs from the Heart by Jude Matthew (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays)(2009-Present)
Song requests from many different people are sung by Birit Baby 2009 Grand Champion, Jude Matthew Servilla.

Hosted by: Tito Sotto, Lougee, Paolo, Pia Guanio & Jude Matthew Servilla

  • What's Your Number? (Saturdays) (2009-Present)
Home viewers win special prizes by sending their cellphone number. A Dabarkads gives two numbers, and if one has the two numbers within their cellphone number, they can win a prize.

Hosted by: Shivaker, Ruby, Julia and Wally

Former Segments of Eat Bulaga

  • AFP Singing Soldiers Contest
  • Aiza's Kiddie Corner
  • Ang Joke Ko (2008-2009)
  • Arte De Gulat (2009)(Charade Challenge)
  • Band Singing Contests
  • Banda Rito Banda Roon 2009
  • Banda Rito Banda Roon 2009: Tunog Tao Edition (2009)
  • Beautiful Girl (Beauty Paegant)
  • Birit Baby 2009
  • Bulaga Book Of Pinoy Records
  • Bulagaan Olympics (2008)
  • Bulagaan 2009
  • Cheez Whiz Pop & Lock Kids Dance Challenge: Kaya Mo Buto? (2009)
  • Coca-Cola Mag Smile Ngayong Pasko (Christmas Edition 2008)
  • Coke Smile (Audience Portion) (January- March 2009)
  • Dance Dance Revolution Dance Contest (late 90s)
  • Doble Kara
  • Eat Bulaga Holy Week Drama Specials (Now happens once in a Holy Week)
  • Eat Bulaga (EB) Dance Station (Dance Contest)(2009)
  • EB Babes (2006-2007) (Beauty and Talent Search for the next Dance group EB Babes)
  • E-Banda (2008)
  • EB Bebot (Gay Beauty Pageant)(2005-2007)
  • EB Babes Bebot 2006
  • EB Dabarkads Dance Challenge (2007)
  • EB Dance Station (2009)
  • EBest: Eat Bulaga Excellent Student Award (2009)
  • EB Fone Home
  • EB MRT (Most Requested Trip) (2008)
  • Fatalbugan
  • Feeling Pogi (2009)
  • Give Love On Christmas Day
  • Heart To Get (Dating Game)
  • Hi-Lo Todo Panalo (Card Shark)
  • Ikaw at Echo
  • Kabarangay Dance Showdown (2008)
  • Kakaibang Bida (2009)
  • Kaserola ng Bayan (1995-1996)
  • Kaserola ng Kabayanan: Summer Caravan (April- July 2009)
  • Kaserola ng Kabayanan: 2nd Round (August- October 2009)
  • Kayang-Kaya Mo 'To
  • Kontrapelo: Sa Pula, Sa Puti (2008-2009)
  • Korek Ka Dyan, Kolek Mo Yan!
  • Laban O Bawi (2001-2006)
  • Let's Vault In (2009)
  • Little Mr. Pogi (mid-80's)

  • Love OnLine (LOL) Dating Game (2009)
  • Little Miss Philippines (1987)(1995)(2007)
  • Lottong Bahay (1996)(2008)
  • Macho Men Grand Showdown
  • Maid In The Philippines (The First And Only Maid Beauty Contest) (2009)
  • May Key sa TV
  • Meron O Wala
  • Miss Gay Philippines (1980)
  • Modelo
  • Mr. & Ms. EB University (2009)
  • Mr. Pogi (1996)(2006)
  • Mr. and Ms. Seksi (2009)
  • My Monster Mom Acting Contest
  • Nationwide Kabarangay Dance Showdown (2008)
  • On The Spot...Jackpot (2007-2008 version)
  • On The Spot...Jackpot (2009 version)
  • Open Coke, Open Happiness (April - June 2009)
  • PBA (Philippine Bulaga Association)
  • PikMO (Pick for the Day) (2008)
  • Pinoy Henyo (1996)(2006)(2009)
  • Pretty Boy
  • Pussycat Dolls Dance-a-like Contest (2009)
  • Pwede!!! Eto... Kaya Mo?!? PEKMO!
  • Ram-Bulaga!
  • RapPublic of the Philippines Contest
  • SakMath (2006)
  • Send in Your Dreams (2007)
  • She's Got The Look
  • Sige!!!Ano...Kaya Mo? SAKMO!
  • Sing-Eat
  • Solmux Batang May Ibubuga Baranggay Singing Idol (2009)
  • Stop the Clock
  • Super SiReyna (mid 90s)(2007)
  • Survivor Philippines: Palau (Eat Bulaga Edition)(2009)
  • TakTak Mo O Tatakbo (2007-2009)
  • Talent Todo-Todo! (2008)
  • Tatlong Dekads ng Dabarkads Raffle Promo (2009)
  • T.K.O. (Todo Knock-Out)
  • That's My Boy
  • The First Bulaga High Inter-School Dance Competition (2008)
  • TRIOKE Showdown
  • Tunog Tao (2009)
  • TV Babe (Beauty Contest)
  • Yaya and Angelina Acting Contest (2009)
  • Laban o Bawi

Studios used by Eat Bulaga

  • Broadcast Citymarker - at RPN (1979-1989)
  • ABS-CBN Studio 1 (now Dolphy Theatre) (1989-1995)
  • ABS-CBN Studio 2, ABS-CBN Broadcast Centre (during special occasions)
  • Celebrity Sports Plaza - at Capitol Hills, Quezon City (the first home of the show on GMA-7 while TAPE Studios was being built) (January 1995-August 1995)
  • TAPE Studios, GMA Broadway Centrum (September 1995-Present)

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