Source of news about 'flop' show of "Eat Bulaga!" in L.A. comes out; apologizes for false report

An avid fan, who identified himself/herself as Joweedeame,admitted circulating the photos of empty bleachers at the LosAngeles Sports Arena, which were taken during the show of Eat Bulaga! inLos Angeles.


Last week, Eat Bulaga! host Joey de Leon announced hisresignation from Manila Bulletin as a weekly columnist in theentertainment section. His decisionwas provoked by the report of the entertainment editor of Balita, the sister publication of the broadsheet Manila Bulletin.

In the article titled "Bakit nag-flop sa U.S. ang Eat Bulaga?,"the writer apparently questioned the lack of success of Eat Bulaga's show in LosAngeles, California last July 19. The columnist even wrote "GMA-7 executive mismo and nagkumpirma sa amin nito."

Joey dared the columnist to identify that GMA-7executive. Joey said, "Yung flop, okey lang sa akin. Nasulat na, e. Yun lang parteng 'yon. Doon natin malalaman nachummy-chummy ka sa mga GMA-7 executive, e. Hindi ko alam yun, e."

Days after this issue came out, no one can still figureout the source of the claims of the Balita entertainment editor. However, in People's Journal today,August 6, an e-mail from someone named joweedeame was published. He identified himself/herself as a fan whostarted the rumor that the show of Eat Bulaga! in Los Angeles SportsArena was a flop.

PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) later found out that joweedeame used to be a PEPster, the term used for the avid followers of PEP.

The letter was sent to some entertainment writerslast Monday, August 4, to apologize to those who have been affected by the false report.

The letter read: "Totoo poh 'yan! I AM SORRY!



"Humihingi ako ng paumanhin to Eat Bulaga, to Mr. Jun Nardo [entertainmentcolumnist], to Mr. Joey de Leon and to everyone na nasaktan in any way by mye-mails!



"Walang nagsabi sa akin na gawin ito. Ginawa ko ito ng kusa!



"This past few hours nagmuni-muni ako at narealize ko na wala namang magandangnaiududulot ang mga email ko!



"Isa lamang poh akong fan na nasasaktan kung may masamang naisusulat sa mgainiidolo kong programa/artista. Gumagawa ng paraan para sila eh maprotektahanat matulungan!

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"Napagtanto ko na sa kagustuhan kong ipromote ang mga gusto kongprograma/artista eh hindi ko namamalayan nakakasakit na ako ng iba.



"Ginagawa ko na pala ang kinaiinisan ko na ginagawa ng ibang mga writer. Yun ayang siraan ang isang programa/artista para lamang ipromote ang mga gusto nila.



"Naisip ko na ang Eat Bulaga ay marami din namang tinutulungan. Maramingumaasa sa Eat Bulaga! Marami ding napapasaya! Gaya din ng sa Wowowee. (Hindi lang sa kaso ng dalawang programa kundi sa mga artista din katulad nilaMarian, Angel, Richard, Piolo, Ding Dong, John Loyd, Sarah, Claudine at Juday..etc)."

After apologizing, the letter senderrequested Joey, entertainment columnist Jun Nardo, and other writers to avoid bad-mouthing the rival network of GMA-7, particularly its showsand talents.



"Pakiusap ko lang sa ibang manunulat, gaya ni Mr. JunNardo, na kung gusto nilang ipromote ang kanilang gustong artista o programa ehisulat na lang ang mga magagandang bagay tungkol dito at huwag ng siraan pa angkatapat (hindi kalaban) nitong programa.



"To: Mr. Joey, minsan poh hinay hinay naman sa pagtira sa katapat niyongprograma at sa iba pang programa ng ABS-CBN... hindi naman poh lahat ng tao ehkapuso meron ding mga loyal na kapamilya na nasasaktan sa bawat tira niyo... atisa pa poh Mr. Joey kung may nasulat man yung Mr. Dindo na hindi maganda ehmapatawad niyo din siya...malamang eh naimpluwensiyahan din siya ng mga opinionko sa email ko... huwag niyo na pong idamay kung aatend man siya ng press condiyan sa GMA... malamang eh isa yan sa source ng kanyang kinabubuhay...



"(not in anyway connected poh ako kay dindo baka yan ang isipin niyo, promise!)



"May puwang para sa dalawang programa! at siguro sa mas marami pang programa!"

EXPLAINING THE PHOTOS. In connection with this issue, a series of photos showing empty bleachersinside the Los Angeles Sports Arena circulated to prove the allegationsthat the show was a flop.

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Entertainment writers, who were present during the show, alreadyclarified that only part of the arena was opened for the show. In fact, Allan Diones, one of theentertainment writers who attended the show, explained in his column in Abante,"Hindi binuksan ang uppermost section ng OA sa laking LA Sports Arena namahigit 16,000 ang total seating capacity.

"Normal na ginagawa ‘yon ng mga live stage show sa nasabing venue na hindiinookupa ang buong lugar para mas ma­ging intimate ang au­dience at manageableang crowd lalo na kung hindi naman ito isang major sports event."

He added that only the arena area (floor section) and lodge area (middlesection) were opened for the Eat Bulaga! show. Meaning, there were really no tickets sold for the concourse area(bleacher section), which was shown in the photos.

The anonymous doweedeame explained that the photoshe/she forwarded to entertainment press were obtained from different Internetforum. For this, he/she again apologized.



The sender continued, "Kinaclarify ko lang poh ulet (re: EB ayflop sa LA)... Hindi ko poh alam ang tunay na audience turn out ng palabas ng EB...May mga nag post lang ng picture sa Internet...



"Isa galing sa mga DongYan (DingDong-Marian) fans at isa naman galing saaudience ng Wowowee...Pinag tabi ng ibang mga ka forum ko ang mgapictures at mula doon ay gumawa na ng kuwento...



"Ni hindi alam sa forum namin na hindi pala talaga ibinebenta ang mga ticket sableacher seats...at dahil sa may kopya ako ng mga email ng mga manunulat ehnaisipan kong kuhanin sa forum and dalawang picture at i-send...



"Kung kumita poh ang EB sa LA dapat ay maging masaya ako dahil bukod sanapasaya ang mga taga LA eh yung mga taong umaasa sa EB! Sana ay maraming pangpalabas ang tangkilikin ng mga Filipino sa tate.

In the end, the letter sender wished that the two rivalafternoon shows, Eat Bulaga and Wowowee, would be able toentertain more Filipinos abroad and not only in the U.S.

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"Mabuhay sa dalawang programa at sana ay hindi lang sa US kayo makapunta atmakapag dala ng ligaya!



"Muli ay humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa lahat!



"Sana ay maging mabuti na ang lahat!



"Here Signing off,



"Jowee Deame



"Trivia: Ang jowee deame poh ay hindi ko tunay na pangalan... ito ay mula sapangalan ni Mr. Joey De Leon at Willie Revillame....



"GOD BLESS YOU ALL!"


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