Eat Bulaga! (partially found Filipino noontime variety show; 1979-present)

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Status: Partially Found

Eat Bulaga! is a Philippine variety show aired on GMA Network and produced by TAPE Inc. It is mainly hosted by Tito Sotto, Joey De Leon, and Vic Sotto. Premiered on July 30, 1979, it is the longest-running noontime variety show in the Philippines, and as such it has a lot of lost footage.


Premiered on July 30, 1979, it first aired on RPN-9 from 1979 to 1989. Chiqui Hollman and Richie D'Horsie also served as hosts. Initially produced by Production Specialists, Inc., it was later handed to TAPE, Inc. Coney Reyes joined in 1982. The show was temporarily off the air due to People Power Revolution in 1986 due to RPN's transmitter shutting down due to the event.

In 1989, the show moved to ABS-CBN with a TV special titled "Eat... Bulaga!: Moving On."[1][2] Ruby Rodriguez and Rio Diaz became co-hosts in 1991. In 1995, the show moved to GMA Network, its current channel. A special titled "Eat... Bulaga!: The Moving!" was aired in January 28, 1995.[3] Several showbiz personalities became hosts such as Toni Rose Gayda, Allan K., Samantha Lopez, and Francis Magalona. The 25th year celebration of the show was aired on November 19, 2004, from Expo Filipino. Its daytime ratings were high and there were an estimated 60,000 spectators. The presentation, titled "Eat Bulaga Silver Special" was broadcasted on November 27 and 29, 2004.[4]

Eat Bulaga! went on to introduce segments like Laban o Bawi, and the iconic Juan for All, All for Juan. In 2015, Kalyeserye started with the loveteam AlDub (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza). Due to this, its ratings tripled and a benefit concert dubbed "Tamang Panahon" was held.


Uploads by private collectors

Several footages of Eat Bulaga! in the 80s to 1990s was uploaded on YouTube way before the show themselves uploaded footage. However, the first three years of the show were nowhere to be found, with the earliest full surviving episode from August 7, 1982, uploaded by Eat Bulaga! themselves. The earliest known footage of Eat Bulaga however, was uploaded by Music Child on December 6, 2015, a video of singer Sampaguita on Eat Bulaga!.

A user uploaded an earlier episode of Eat Bulaga circa 1980 on March 8, 2023.[5]

Archives of TAPE, Inc.

It is known that TAPE, Inc. has archives of the show. On July 27, 2017, its 1980s, 1990s, and even some of its early to late 2000s and early 2010s episodes were uploaded by Eat Bulaga.[6] However, a lot of it is unavailable to view on YouTube as it is geoblocked, especially its 1980s-1990s and early 2000s footage. Several specials are also either missing or got deleted, such as Kwentong Dabarkads, a documentary special about the show, which got deleted on YouTube. Some were reaired like the Eat Bulaga Silver Special anniversary (which reaired last 2020), but it's either not recorded or got terminated.

Other archives

Several of its lenten specials, such as from the 1980s-1990s, were lost. Lenten specials like "Mga Ginoong Marya", made in 1997 were reaired in 2019.

Many of its episodes in the 2010s that aren't included in the videos uploaded to the YT channel were also lost. (particularly episodes from 2009 and 2011-2012) Fortunately, several channels that hosted GMA's and other channels' shows recorded it, and a large portion of the show from 2010-2012 was recorded.[7]

A picture from the pilot episode.

A supposed pic of the show's pilot episode was shared by someone on Twitter.[8]


Earliest known footage of Eat Bulaga! circa early 1980s

Eat Bulaga! - Silver Sunday Special

Eat Bulaga's 3rd anniversary (August 7, 1982).

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