Tito, Vic, & Joey emotional as Eat Bulaga! celebrates 42nd anniversary

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jul 31, 2021
(L-R) Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon turn emotional as they looked back on the journey of Eat Bulaga! 42 years after its pilot episode aired on July 30, 1979.
PHOTO/S: Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)

Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon—the original hosts of Eat Bulaga!—got emotional as they returned on the stage of the noontime show for the first time during the pandemic.

This is for the live celebration of Eat Bulaga's 42nd anniversary on July 30, 2021.

As part of the celebration, a video presentation of Eat Bulaga's milestones through the years played.

Looking back at their journey, Tito remembered, "Kami ni Pareng Joey, noong nagsimula ang Eat Bulaga! noong 1979, mabe-verify niyo sa kanya, akala namin isang taon lang kami."

The presentation brought Vic to tears.

He said, "Yung 25 years ng Eat Bulaga!, naiyak na ako noon, e."

When Joey asked why he cried, Vic answered, "E, kasi naman sa bawat yugto ng aming buhay—bilang ama, bilang asawa, bilang Enteng Kabisote, Starzan, bilang Vice President este Senador pa lang..."

Enteng Kabisote and Starzan were the iconic roles respectively portrayed by Vic and Joey, while Tito, currently a senator, has already expressed his intention to run as vice president in 2022.

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Vic continued, "Salamat sa inyo, Dabarkads, dahil tinanggap at pinagkatiwalaan nyo kami bilang Dabarkads nyo sa maraming taon at sa mga darating pang panahon.

"Pero saan man tayo makarating, si Joey, kapag nagbukas na mga airport at makakabyahe na, nandito pa rin kami."

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Vic also recalled how Aiza Seguerra started calling Tito "Tito Vice" when he won vice mayor in Quezon City up to how he is currently being called "Tito Sen."

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This story also made Tito emotional.

As he cried, Tito said, "Ang lakas ko naman at lakas ng loob ko, e, nanggagaling sa inyo, Eat Bulaga! [at sa] pagmamahal ng mga kababayan natin.

"Iba-iba ang daang tinatahak—mahirap, masaya, malungkot, mapanghusga... pero bawal sumuko, bawal umayaw.

"Tuloy lang tayo sa paghahatid ng isang libo’t isang tuwa at pag-asa."

Vic then told his co-hosts: "Mabuhay ka, Tito. Mabuhay ka, Joey. Mabuhay ka, Eat Bulaga! Happy Anniversary sa atin, happy birthday."

The segment ends with the TVJ trio giving each other high fives.

Eat Bulaga! started on July 30, 1979, on RPN-9. In 1989, it transferred to ABS-CBN after RPN-9 changed management.

In 1995, Eat Bulaga! transferred to GMA-7 after TAPE, Inc., the producer of the noontime show, declined the Kapamilya network's offer to buy the show's airing rights.

Eat Bulaga! is now touted as the longest-running noontime show in the country.

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(L-R) Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon turn emotional as they looked back on the journey of Eat Bulaga! 42 years after its pilot episode aired on July 30, 1979.
PHOTO/S: Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7)
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