TOTOO BA: Did one province get mad at Eat Bulaga because of its theme song?

Jan 31, 2020
(L-R) Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon are the original hosts of Eat Bulaga!

Did you know that Eat Bulaga! originally did not have a theme song when it first aired on television in 1979?

The theme song wasn't released until 1982, the year when the noontime show launched its first domestic satellite airing. On that year, the whole country was able to watch Eat Bulaga! at the same time.

This is the reason why the first line of the theme song was written as "Mula Aparri hanggang Jolo."

This trivia was shared by TAPE, Inc. executive Malou Choa-Fagar during an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) for a special report.

Choa-Fagar used to be the show-runner of Eat Bulaga! when it was conceptualized in 1979. Eat Bulaga! was still being aired on RPN-9 in the year 1982.

She said, "Kami rin ang unang nag-DomSat—Domestic Satellite.

"Dati kasi ano ka lang, e, parang relay stations ba. You only relay. Hindi siya sabay-sabay.

"And then nag-launch ang Channel 9 ng DomSat—Domestic Satellite.

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"Yun yung first time na nakita lahat ng shows sabay-sabay sa Pilipinas. Kung hanggang saan, hindi ko alam. [Kaya] mula Aparri hanggang Jolo."

Aparri is located in Cagayan, Luzon while Jolo is in Mindanao, signifying that Eat Bulaga! is seen from north to south of the Philippines.

Choa-Fagar continued, "We changed pala our theme song. Because we didn’t have a theme song that time, e.

"It was only an 'Eat Bulaga! Eat Bulaga,' ganun lang.

"Tapos noong nagkaroon ng DomSat, kinompose yung Eat Bulaga! theme song, yung mula Aparri hanggang Jolo."

However, the theme song also became a cause of controversy between Eat Bulaga! and the province of Batanes.

This happened sometime in the 1990s.

According to Choa-Fagar, people from the province of Batanes were hurt because, being the northernmost province in the Philippine map, they were excluded from the theme song.

Choa-Fagar recalled, "Nagalit ang mga taga Batanes.

"[Sabi nila], 'Kasali rin kami diyan.'

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"Meron silang circular. Alam mo, yung barangay, sumulat sa amin.

"Kaya naging mula Batanes. Mula Batanes hanggang Jolo."

The theme song is still being used today, with a few modifications to the names being mentioned.

The original theme song used to mention former Eat Bulaga! hosts Coney Reyes and Aiza Seguerra.

At present, instead of their names, the theme song only mentions "Barkada'y dumarami," signifying the addition of new cast members to the show every now and then.

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(L-R) Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon are the original hosts of Eat Bulaga!
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