38 years na ang ‘Eat, Bu­laga!

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LONG­EST run­ning noon­time va­ri­ety pro­gram “Eat, Bu­laga!” marks an­other mile­stone this July as it cel­e­brates its 38th year.

Since the pro­gram started al­most four decades ago, it has lived up to its prom­ise of pro­vid­ing “isang libo’t isang tuwa” to mil­lions of Filipinos through its fun games, jokes and song and dance num­bers.

The show has also be­come a sta­ple in ev­ery­one’s lunchtime habit.

“‘Eat, Bu­laga!’ is sim­ply the ex­ten­sion of our homes,” said Joey de Leon, one of the pil­lars of the pro­gram along­side Tito and Vic Sotto.

The for­mi­da­ble trio was ini­tially tapped by Tele­vi­sion and Pro­duc­tion Ex­po­nents In­cor­po­rated (TAPE) boss An­to­nio Tu­viera in 1979 to head­line a new pro­gram aimed to ri­val “Stu­dent Can­teen,” the num­ber one show dur­ing that time.

With their knack for com­edy, the three turned the tide. “Eat, Bu­laga!” even­tu­ally dom­i­nated the lo­cal noon­time slot.

Over the years, “Eat, Bu­laga!” in­tro­duced over 300 seg­ments that reached out to peo­ple of all ages. Among the most pop­u­lar ones are “Lit­tle Miss Philip­pines,” “That’s My Boy,” “Su­per Sireyna,” “La­ban O Bawi,” “Tak­tak Mo o

Takbo,” “Pinoy Henyo,” “Juan for All, All for Juan,” and “Ka­lye­serye.”

“It was nice to see the seg­ments grow from their hum­ble be­gin­nings to where it is now. It’s such an ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing a part of that help­ing hand, that is ‘Eat Bu­laga!’ but with­out los­ing the fun,” said Ryan Ag­oncillo.

Vic said they try to make ev­ery­one feel like they be­long.

“We make sure that they feel com­fort­able, we make them feel that this is a fam­ily and this is not just work. I think that’s one recipe on the suc­cess of the show.”

Alden and Maine, dubbed to­gether as AlDub, said they owe much of their suc­cess to the pro­gram.

“Sabi nga ni Tito Sen, ‘It’s a pub­lic ser­vice show in the guise of en­ter­tain­ment,” said Alden.

This July, ex­pect a fun-filled an­niver­sary month as “Eat, Bu­laga!” in­tro­duces new and ex­cit­ing seg­ment fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful Filip­inas and the must-see travel des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

View­ers will also be treated to a spe­cial sec­ond an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of AlDub and the an­tic­i­pated re­turn of “Ka­lye­serye”.

The month-long cel­e­bra­tion of “Eat, Bu­laga!” airs at noon from Mon­days to Satur­days on GMA-7.

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