Monday, November 22, 2004

Isang Libo't Isang Tuwa... Buong Bansa...

Still missing my lady. I hope she gets well soon…

Anyway, as I mentioned in my previous artik, I am to talk about Eat Bulaga’s 25th anniversary.

I confess. I seldom miss a Saturday show of Eat Bulaga. In my elementary, high school, and college vacation days, I usually stay at home just to watch the longest-running noon-time show of the land. This is the primary reason for my lengthy lunch time, which spans up to 1:30 p.m. Eat Bulaga has truly been a part of my life in my 22 years of existence.

Courtesy of Sunday night’s episode of “Kapuso mo, Jessica Soho,” I have learned little trivial facts about Eat Bulaga:

 Tito, Vic and Joey started out as mere back-ups to the show “Discorama,” originally aired in GMA Channel 7.

 In 1979, they were offered a hosting job for a noon-time show in a nother channel (RPN 9). They signed their contracts in a hotel parking lot.

 The name “Eat Bulaga” was given by Joey de Leon.

 Tito, Vic, and Joey dressed up casually as opposed to the other show’s “formal” motif.

Possibly, every Filipino would know, or at least have heard once, the famous jingle that signals lunch time across the nation… “Mula Aparri (now Batanes) hanggang Jolo, saan ka man ay halina kayo… Isang libo’t isang tuwa, buong bansa, Eat Bulaga.” It might have evolved through the years, but the addicting and inviting music lingers in our memories for a very long time. Every man, woman or child in the generation X or Y knows about this tune. Who wouldn’t?

Not only did Eat Bulaga develop a catchy tune, but it also provided us with the craziest, whackiest, creative and fun-filled games and contests that surely puts you at the edge of your seats… Remember the Bulagaan series? Sige Ano Kaya Mo (SAK MO)? Alaxan Gladiators? And now, Todo Knock-Out (TKO)?

It even provided us with contests that hone the skills of our little children… Who would forget Little Miss Philippine wherein co-hosts Aiza Seguerra and Lady Lee were recruited? Mr. Pogi, where ABS-CBN heartthrob Jericho Rosales had a TV debut. And even modeling contests that enhance the beautry and personality of aspiring young models: She’s got the look, TeeVee Babe, and many others…

Some other networks tried to topple Bulaga’s popularity by pirating hosts or creating new shows. However, Bulaga’s adaptability to change and flexibility to all sorts of struggles made others’ efforts futile. Remember Lunch Date? Salu-Salo Together? Sang Linggo NAPO Sila? Or even Magandang Tanghali Bayan, which tried to build a trio that could topple down Tito, Vic and Joey. They were all lost in the wind…

Eat Bulaga has indeed touched the lives of countless Filipinos not just in Metro Manila, but the entire country. As an estimate, Eat Bulaga has been in our luncheon airwaves at least 7,500 times now.

How has Eat Bulaga captured Filipinos’ appetites? Well, Joey de Leon had the greatest thing to say about that… “Kelangan lang kasi talaga, ilabas mo kung sino ka. Kung ano ka. Para nakakarelate ang nanunuod sa yo.” Well, this words were, indeed, true. When I watch the show, I feel like I’m in one corner of our village, just watching the tambays talk freely about their lives. That’s how these hosts reached out. They were true to themselves.

The legacy of Eat Bulaga shall forever be in the milestones of Philippine television history. Never a noon-time show has touched our Filipino appetites as much as what Eat Bulaga has done. Now on its 25th year, the show never ceases to entertain Filipino viewers across all sectors, tribes or island groups.

Ayan, Do… Sensya na kung mahaba at may mga typo… spontaneous kasi yung pagsulat eh… ayoko nang mag-edit… hehehehe…

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Trivia trivia:

Did you know: Eat Bulaga co-host Toni Rose Gayda was originally part of their 80’s rival show Lunch Date, along with Randy Santiago, Tina Revilla, et. Al.

7 comments :

cat-chan the karaoke princess said...

uy kerby! ang galing, napaka-educational naman ng blog mo, ang dami kong natutunan tungkol sa eat bulaga ^_^

Jurb said...

Ayos ba?! hehehehe... malaking pasasalamat ko kay Bb. Jessica Soho at naipalabas ang segment tungkol sa paborito kong noontime show...

Alam mo bang naging co-host din nito for a time si Bb. Ai-ai de las Alas? hehehehe... yun lang po... bow...

randy balaguer said...

it's nice to know that you are very well-informed about Bulaga!im a fan too, specifically Toni Rose, been watching her since LunchDate days,,yes she is the only original host of LunchDate who's until the end was in the show ( almost 7 years ). parang Eat Bulaga, subok sa panahon, ganyan si Toni,, ;)
randy balaguer
yodi@radio.fm

randy balaguer said...

at alam nyo rin bang mag kumare sina Toni Rose at Ai-Ai, inaanak ni Toni Rose si Nicholo, ang pangalawang anak ni AiAi, at galing kay Toni Rose ang pangalan ni Toni Gonzaga, ang tatay ni Toni G. ay big fan ni Toni Rose, they still text each other up to now, even after Toni G. has transfered to ABS., na nagsimula si Toni Rose sa DelMonte Kitchenomics portion ng Eat Bulaga b4. ipinangalan din ni Ruby Rodriguez ang anak nito kay Toni Rose, at si Toni Rose ang may hawak ng record ngayon as the female TV host in a Noontime Show for the longest time,, ( since 1986 ),,, i just love her! pasensya na,, ; )

randy balaguer said...

kasama rin ni Toni Rose as an original host ng Lunch Date si Chiqui Hollman Yulo, who also happened to be the very first female host of Eat Bulaga ( 1979 )
kasama nila sa nasabing show sina Orly Mercado at Rico J. Puno...
at si Toni Rose ang kaisa-isang kalaban ng eat bulaga sa ere, na lumabas sa Okay Ka fairy Ko ng M-Zet Productions ni Vic Sotto nung ito ay nasa Ch.2 pa,, ang role ni Toni Rose ay isang Fairy na Pinsan ni Alice Dixson,,, ; )

randy balaguer said...

hawak din ni Toni Rose ang record ng Bulaga sa pagkakaroon ng Highest Noontime Rating,, this was last year 2004, when she sang LIVE for the segment, RealEATv...
alagang alaga ng Tito,Vic and Joey at ng TAPE si Toni Rose,,, that's why she has been in the show for more than 9 years now. Thank God! ;)

Jurb said...

Randy, salamat sa napakarami mong kaalaman tungkol kay Toni Rose. Napakasuwerte ni Toni Rose at meron siyang tagasubaybay na tulad mo. :) Cheers!