|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||10,505 (as of July 15, 2014)|
|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 1/4 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 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 12:15pm to 2:30pm and Saturdays at 11:30am to 2:45pm (PHT). The show is also broadcast worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV. The name approximately translates to "Lunchtime Surprise!"
The show will celebrate its 35th year on Philippine television on July 30, 2014, holding the record of being the longest-running noontime variety program on air in the history of Philippine 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.
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 "Mr. Macho." 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.
In 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. 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 were included in the 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 in 1991. She was replaced by swimming champion Christine Jacob (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.
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 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 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. Before 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-hit for Student Canteen on GMA before leaving the network for Eat...Bulaga!.
In 2001, 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.
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.
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 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.
On February 8, 2014, co-host Wally Bayola returned to Eat Bulaga in Juan For All, All For Juan, joining his partners Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros and Valerie Weigmann for his birthday. Also, Wally apologized to the public after a sex video with an EB Babe was released.
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 version, 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.
This popular, funny contest segment features flamboyant gay contestants impersonating popular actresses at the barangay. A spin-off of Super Sireyna Worldwide, each gay contestant competes in food challenges, skits and question and answer portions. The daily winners have now moved on to the month-long daily grand finals held in the barangays daily, competing in wacky obstacle courses.
The upcoming international version of the successful "Super Sireyna" contest series, featuring transgender women from various countries around the world.
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 that 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 or Allan K when Vic Sotto 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. This is where Vic first coined the phrase: "Kapag may isinuksok, may madudukot...". 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 (e.g., a family where the husband was crippled by electrocution was awarded 70,000 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.
The "Sugod-Bahay Gang" boys will lay out numbers on the streets from 1 to 140. All who wish to be eligible to win 10,000 pesos have to bring 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 and the number next to it (sometimes 3 numbers after the chosen number, in what they call "chunod-chunod", a play from the word "sunod-sunod" meaning in sequence) receive P10,000 in cash, an S.O.S (Sandata on Sakuna), and sometimes with other consolation prizes from sponsors. 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 entries from the chosen barangay, 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.
Dubbed as the "Pambansang Laro" or "Laro ng Bayan" (contextually translates to "Everybody's Game"), it is similar to 20 Questions, but instead of limiting the number of questions, the game is limited to two minutes. Every day, three teams with two players each must guess the word they pick before or within the time limit.
In the qualifying round, the player chosen to sit on the "Henyo" seat asks questions to guess the word, while the other player must only answer with Oo, Hindi and Pwede. Other replies will incur a three-second penalty for every wrong reply, which will be added to their official time. Four Dabarkads are also put into play, corresponding to the team's potential prize: 10,000, 15,000, or 20,000 pesos. "The Dabarkads chosen by the host will go into a "flushroom" Currently, the one mermaid chosen of the three mermaids sits on the collapsing chair.. If the pair answers correctly, they win the prize their Dabarkads is holding. If the pair answers incorrectly, the Dabarkads inside the flushroom is poured with slime/the mermaid's chair is released and gets dunked into the water. The pair who answered fastest proceeds to the Jackpot round. Additionally, 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 shirt.
In the Jackpot round, the winning pair will need to choose a category: Tao, Hayop, Bagay, Lugar, and Pagkain. This time, they have to guess at least three out of the five words, taking turns when one answers correctly. They can opt to "pass" to the next word if they're having trouble guessing. Each correct answer nets them an additional 10,000 pesos per word on top of their prize earlier, i.e. 1 word, plus 10,000; two words, plus 20,000. If they answer the third word, they win the jackpot prize of 50,000 pesos. If they failed to get the jackpot, they still receive their cash prize and gift packs from sponsors.
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, on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Sometimes, there are special guest stars.
This segment introduces the hosts and co-hosts (Tito, Vic, and Joey and/or the rest of the dabarkads) as they showcase their talent in singing and/or dancing. Sometimes joined by special guests, this segment is held every Saturday or, on occasion, to celebrate an event, e.g. birthday.