Eat Bulaga celebrates 40th anniversary this 2019

by Louise Danielle Talabis
Jul 29, 2019

This year, Eat Bulaga! marked its 40th anniversary at the “most important place”—the barangay.

On July 27, 2019, Eat Bulaga! celebrated its four decades in the industry with the theme “Umulan man o umaraw, Bayanihan tayo sa tuwa’t saya."

Vic Sotto described this episode as "isa sa pinakamahalang shows ng Eat Bulaga."

Joey de Leon recalled, "Marami nang naging entablado ang Eat Bulaga. Ilang beses na tayong nakapag-show sa Araneta.

"Meron pa tayo sa Aliw Theater."

Ryan Agoncillo added, "Meron pa tayo sa Resorts World Manila."

Ruby Rodriguez continued, "Meron pa tayong 25th anniversary show na ginawa sa Clark Centennial Expo."

Pia Guanio said, "Nakapag-show na rin tayo sa MOA Arena."

Wally Bayola shouted, "Ang isa sa pinakamalaki ang Philippine Arena!"

Vic pointed out, "Ngayon lang kami nagsama-sama sa pinakamahalagang entablado sa puso namin: ang baranggay!"

"Apatnapung taon napatunayan natin na kahit saan tayo makarating, pinakamalaking arena man o sa abroad o sa ilalim ng tulay o sa tabing-ilog man, basta't sama-sama tayo, tuloy ang isang libo't isang tuwa."

In his column published in the July 14 edition of the Philippine Star, Joey wrote a poem wherein he thanked the three TV networks that became the home of Eat Bulaga: RPN-9, GMA-7, and ABS-CBN.

One line goes: "Salamuch Channel 9, Kapuso, Kapamilya."


Launched in July 30, 1979, Eat Bulaga! is now considered the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines.

After spending years at the Broadway Studio in Quezon City, the Dabarkads transferred operations to the APT Studios in Cainta, Rizal in December 2018.

It is also the first show to have an overseas franchise.

For the past years, their anniversary celebrations were held at several events places such as Resorts World Manila, Clark Centennial Airport, MOA Arena, and the Philippine Arena.

They have also celebrated in cities abroad such as Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Canada, New Jersey, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.

As part of their anniversary pasabog, Bossing Vic Sotto announced that their e-mail is now open for everyone to send their wish and by the end of the program, they will choose and grant the wish of a lucky viewer.

For the first time ever, Bossing also revealed that two lucky Dabarkads from Barangay N.S Amoranto, Quezon City were chosen for that day's "Sugod Bahay" in the Juan for All, All for Juan segment.

The 40th anniversary celebration began with a short video clip that reminisced Eat Bulaga’s anniversary celebrations through the years.

It was followed by an opening spiel done by Jose Manalo. In his speech, Jose took the opportunity to thank everyone for the support they gave to the show.

Dabarkads Wally Bayola, Pia Guanio and Luanne Dy then opened the show with a dance number.

Paolo Balleteros rode a bicycle as he joined the performance together with Ryan Agoncillo, Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana, and Ruby Rodriguez.

Pambansang Bae Alden Richards entertained the audience with his solo dance number.

The camera then focused on Alden's AlDub partner Maine Mendoza and Little Miss Philippines 2012 Ryzza Mae Dizon riding a tricycle. The two girls performed a dance number and they were eventually joined by Alden.

Lastly, two of Eat Bulaga’s original hosts, Vic and Joey sang Victor Wood’s "Carmelita."

All the Dabarkads then gathered and danced the Eat Bulaga theme song.

AlDub fans rejoiced over the upbeat number performed by Alden and Maine on the show.

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