Present logo of Eat Bulaga!
|Format||Variety, Game show, Comedy|
|Created by||Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) Inc.|
Joey de Leon
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Language(s)||Tagalog and English|
|No. of episodes||9,194 (as of March 20, 2010)|
|Executive producer(s)||Antonio P. Tuviera
|Location(s)||GMA Broadway Centrum (Quezon City)|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||2.5 hours (Monday - Friday)
2.5 hours (Saturday)
|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 the Television And Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE) of Malou Fagar and Tony Tuviera. The program is the longest-running and most watched 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 The New Eastside Studios at the GMA Broadway Centrum in Quezon City. As of March 20, 2010, it has a total of 9,194 episodes since the day it started airing.
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 all socioeconomic classes.
The TV program innovated numerous concepts on Philippine television which were later copied by rival TV programs.
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 Coliseum.
In 1992, Tito Sotto left the show after he ran successfully for a Senate seat. He became a 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 removed 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 28, 1995, again at the Araneta Coliseum. 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! celebrated its 25th year on television in October 2004 at the Expo Amphitheater in Clarkfield, Angeles City, Pampanga, 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 Singapore 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 Amphitheater 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.
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 www.eatbulaga.tv. 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). On this anniversary celebration, Eat Bulaga! focused on honoring and helping remarkable people. As the hosts explained, they would rather help the poor people in this anniversary than throw an elegant celebration.
Last December 18, 2009 Eat Bulaga! renewed its contract with GMA Network. The longest-running noontime show will stay in the said network for three more years.
In January 1, 2010 the show occupied the 700-seater Westside Studio of the GMA Broadway TV Complex, which was home to many GMA variety shows in the past.
In March 6, 2010 the show went back to their original studio in GMA Broadway Centrum with a newly digital design and a spacious look.
The SexBomb Girls were an all-wgirl 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Three studio audience members get the chance to win 10, 000 pesos by acting the scene given.
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
Two teams, one pula (red) the other puti (white) battle out for the highest points. They answer or face challenges from categories in this game like: English or Tagalog (spelling), etc. The one that has the highest point will go on to the jackpot round. The jackpot round usually contains a question related with today's contestants, whether the contestants themselves, their jobs, their age, or present-day topics- they are given one minute and the mode of the answer transporting is the person who read the question will whisper it to the people in the team until it gets to the one who will write it.
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 game thoroughly and the other contestant wll continue playing the game unless he/she is out of the game continuously. 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.
This is a game this Summer 2010. Two dabarkads or more go to certain barangays and hold the contest there. The main objective is the host will pick 2 odd numbers and 2 even numbers. The numbers range from 1-100. The people in the barangay are told to bring an object (ei blanket) then they will run to the corresponding numbers while the "Juan For All All For Juan" song is playing for 1 minute. The winners each receive PhP 10,000.
There are three teams with three 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 "circle" 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. If the pair got the lucky number in the bottle cap, they win an additional 30,000 pesos.
Song requests from many different people are sung by Birit Baby 2009 Grand Champion, Jude Matthew Servilla.
Instead of the normal knock-knock joke, Dabarkads face challenges like so that is being done in the olympics. This game is to amp up the fun this summer!