Popular segments of Eat Bulaga!
Here is a partial list of the popular segments of the noontime variety show, Eat Bulaga!.
Holy Week specials
Due to the Filipinos' observance of Holy Week, the show produces up to three TV-movies, a deviation from their usual variety show format.
In the early years, Eat Bulaga ran its rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar with Vic Sotto as Jesus and Joey De Leon as Pilate.
The younger viewers may no longer remember the dance contests held in Eat Bulaga as they were discontinued in the mid-1990s. From the beginning of the show, record companies would promote their new songs through various dance contests in Eat Bulaga. The more memorable dance contests are "Queen of Xanadu" (to promote Olivia Newton-John's song and movie Xanadu) and "Macho Man" (to promote the Village People's songs and movie You Can't Stop the Music)
Lutuan with Super Kalan
Sometime in the mid-1980s, Pilipinas Shell came up with a new product, a small-container LPG tank, presumably to cater to lower income groups, with a "super kalan." The product was promoted in Eat Bulaga through a cooking show featuring Vic Sotto (as Chef Engelland, derived from the naturalized Filipino basketball superstar, named Chip Engelland, who was very famous at that time) and Joey De Leon (as Kuratitay, a gay character with wig and dressed in a tube).
The portion was later revived when Lunch Date was able to briefly overtake Eat Bulaga in the ratings war. The sponsorship of Pilipinas Shell, however, was not obtained and the portion was renamed "Lutuan sa Eat Bulaga"
Clash of the Titans
When the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans was shown, Eat Bulaga ran a very intellectually stimulating quiz portion about Greek mythology, where the movie is based. The contestants in this portion were very intelligent.
Philippine Bulaga Association (PBA)
In the early 80's, Eat Bulaga honored the Filipino passion for basketball with a basketball competition among teams consisting of two players. It lampooned the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) with a portion called the Philippine Bulaga Association (PBA).
The portion was revived in the late 1990s when ABS-CBN aggressively sponsored another professional basketball league called the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA). The Philippine Bulaga Association (PBA) of the late 90s was characterized with more lampooning with community based teams adopting NBA team names (i.e. Divisoria 76ers, Malinta Jazz). The Eat Bulaga hosts also lampooned the venerable PBA commentators assuming names like Ed Pigsa (after Ed Picson), Chino May Edad (after Chino Trinidad), Anthony Bantay (after Anthony Suntay) and Andy Haw Haw de Carabao (after Andy Jao).
Includes comic skits and song numbers on a classroom-type stage set.
Now famous for its "Knock knock? Who's there?" jokes. The answer to the question would be woven into the song, in comedic effect.
It starts with a number of hosts coming up to the microphones (usually 2 or 3). They then answer the question that the teacher (usually either Joey de Leon, Vic Sotto or Tito Sotto) asks (all the hosts are told the answers beforehand to prepare for their song). The answer fits the category of what the hosts will learn. Then they do the "Knock Knock joke" and the answer is woven, with comedic effect into the song they sung. Vic Sotto and Jose Manalo, aside from singing the song from their knock knock joke, sings the Sesame Street staple Sing. Finally they spin the wheel of ten numbers from 00 to 100 and they get their score. The team with the lowest score (there can be multiple teams) stays in the jail cell in the classroom and they get "showered." All the others throw pies at each other's faces.
A new wheel was introduced in the La Carlota City special on April 24, 2006. It was slightly smaller than the older wheel, but it now includes 60 as a score, rather than the older wheel, which doesn't have the 60. The next two episodes following the special used the old wheel, but the next day and so on, they are currently using the newer wheel.
When Tito Sotto was elected Vice Mayor in Quezon City in 1988, management of T.A.P.E. asked him to tone down his comic demeanor in deference to his public office. In the Bulagaan portion, Tito Sotto's participation was strictly confined to the "Teacher." It is also unclear why Anjo Yllana, who was elected Vice Mayor of Paranaque City in 2004 was allowed to perform irrepressively in the Bulagaan.
Laban o Bawi
Viewers mail in their entries to get a chance to win one million pesos.
The mechanics includes the hosts asking simple questions to the contestants (in groups of three, sometimes two). A single elimination-type of tournament ensues until one contestant is left.
The winning contestants then chooses a box from a group of six. Inside the box is either a "1" or a "0". The contestant must be sure that the box contains the number "1" for him to win the one million peso jackpot. The boxes are then arranged so that the box that was chosen would be in the leftmost panel, hence the panel would read "1000000," with another "0" automatically placed on the hundred-thousand digit. If the leftmost box is zero, the location of "1" would be revealed, the contestant would have to take care that "1" should not land on the right most side, for he/she would win only one peso.
In order to have a third choice, the host offers money that would make the contestant think if she'll go through with it (Laban, or fight in English), risking a minimum prize of one peso, or she would withdraw (Bawi) and win the prize the host offered.
In a new version of the rules, the elimination round is changed, instead of asking simple questions, the hosts would show a hidden word with two exposed letters, in which the contestants must answer correctly. Three correct answers will propel the contestant to the Jackpot round, where the mechanics were retained.
The boxes have also changed since the new version of the rules occurred. The numbers on each box have changed from plain numbers to computer-like numbers. The tops of those new numbers are the same, but below, it is different, causing suspense to whether the box contains a one or a zero. The new boxes are being used today.
In Eat Bulaga! specials, instead of a cart to hold the boxes, the hosts use smaller boxes. One is given to each host, and they are obliged to keep still while each box is revealed. The numbers on those smaller boxes are similar to the bigger ones used in non-specials today.
When the SexBomb Girls left the show, a new dancing and singing segment was initiated in order to find replacements. The search and founding of the EB Babes was not limited to pretty faces and skinny bodies as the finalists had to undergo five weeks of grueling workshops before the final ten were chosen. They were given personality development classes, stunt sessions and acting workshops. Dance classes were also conducted, which includes break dancing, jazz and belly dancing. The EB Babes now serve as back-up dancers in the opening and closing credits of the show, as well as in its game show portion. Since their debut, the EB Babes have generated a respectable following of fans and many have considered them as a worthy replacement of the SexBomb Girls.
Fresh young and beautiful, the EB Babes are composed of Joyce Burgos (18-years-old), Belle Rivera (18), Ann Bolech (19), Saida Diola (18), Angel Coronel (21), Kim Guevarra (19), Mergene Maranan (19), Madel Palma (20), Lian Paz (18) and Mae Dela Cerna (19).
An official page of the EB Babes is available for viewing at Eat Bulaga's website at http://www.eatbulaga.tv/ebbabes/ebbabes.htm
Meron o Wala
Similar to Laban o Bawi, the process of elimination is basically the same, the only difference is that the contestants would guess if the object is in (Meron) or is not present (Wala) in the box.
On the jackpot round, the winning contestant receives an automatic 50,000 pesos.
In the earlier version, the winning contestant must choose a box among a group of three. The labels inside the box maybe either "Bopol", wherein the contestant wins nothing, "Dobol", where the P50,000 cash prize is doubled to P100,000, and "Tripol," where the cash prize is tripled. An innovation is the introduction of "quadropol," where the cash prize is quadrupled. To add to the excitement, the host pulls the three rightmost letters of the label "-pol" (later the four right most letters "-opol", when quadropol was introduced). The bidding process is the same in Laban o Bawi.
In the later version, the winning contestant must choose a box among a group of three. The labels are "50,000", "100,000" or "000,000". The contestant must choose "100,000" in order to win the maximum prize. An innovation was when the prize wasn't won, an additional 50,000 pesos would be added to the following day's cash pot.
Little Miss Philippines
This is the junior version of the Binibining Pilipinas pagaent. There is a talent and a question and answer portion to determine the daily winner. The daily winners qualify for the weekly finals, and so on up to the Grand Coronation Day.
The ultimate winner is awarded a college scholarship, 100,000 pesos and other prizes.
The first winner was Glaiza Herradura who was featured in the afternoon soap Heredero which was produced also by T.A.P.E. and aired after Eat Bulaga.
That’s My Boy
This is the male version of Little Miss Philippines. Originally known as "Little Mr. Pogi", the portion won the hearts of the noontime audience primarily because it became another venue to discover male child stars in the mold of Nino Muhlach, who became popular in the 1970s, at the time "Eat Bulaga" was not yet born. "That's my Boy" also became controversial in 2003 when host Joey de Leon asked a child contestant if he was playing with his bird during the portion's question and answer. As a result, Joey was suspended from the show by the MTRCB for a month.
Atong Redillas holds the distinction for being named the first "Little Mr. Pogi" and moved on to have a fruitful career in Philippine showbusiness as a child star, and later on as a teen star in the now-defunct youth-oriented variety show "That's Entertainment". Other child actors who were discovered via "That's my Boy" were Steven Claude Goyong, who went on to star alongside Janno Gibbs and Anjo Yllana in the now-defunct GMA Network sitcom "Beh Bote Nga" (as the bumbling genie in the bottle) and who also became a semi-regular in "Bulaga", Eisen Bayubay, who headlines GMA Network's Sunday primetime show "Mahiwagang Baul" and BJ "Tolits" Forbes, whose claim to fame was when he starred in a detergent commercial blurting out the famous line "Ako, ako lagi na lang ako." (Me, me, it's always me). Currently he is part of the "Bulaga" cast and has appeared in several GMA Network shows.
This is the adult version of Little Miss Philippines where contestants paraded in swimsuits and in evening gowns. Miss international 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman was Tee Vee Babe First Runner Up, Nadine Schimdt was also one of the TeeVee Babe winners who became popular and even co-hosted the show.
- Search for Caribbean Queen
- Beautiful Girl
This is the adult version of That's My Boy. Pogi is handsome in Tagalog.
Jericho Rosales and Danilo Barrios are two of Mr. Pogi winners that became famous.
2006 Mr. Pogi Winner Edgar Allan Guzman is currently co-hosting the show with two other Mr. Pogi runners-up Ryan Julio and Mark Ariel Fresco.
This is the sarcistic version of Mr. Pogi, where not-so-handsome contestants perform their gimmicks to impress the audience.
This is the transvestite version of TeeVee Babe.
Translated into "man's music", the contestants (usually a band), use their body parts in order to produce music. The ultimate winners were then able to perform the show's jingle.
This is also the segment where terms such as boombuga, armpitik and asthmatik were coined.
This contest is the most unique contest in Eat Bulaga because it is aired every 10 years via celebrating the anniversary of Vicor Music Company. On this year of the Pig (2007), many people are waiting for the 40th Anniversary of Vicor Music Corporation, because last 1997, the said Music Company created a contest for the Filipino people who loved OPM or Original Pilipino Music ranging from 1967 up to the present.
In this contest, in Eat Bulaga Book of Records, this contest segment holding the record of the contestant named Edgar Ebro as the 11 times champion and undefeated (no other contestant in Eat Bulaga came back at least 11 times) until his 12th fight for the other contestant he gave his crown to a new champion, but the new contestant shouldn't reigned as Edgar's did on the contest because he lose his crown and become only a one time champion.
- Music Maestro 1997 (day 1) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDAyqC4Dms
- Music Maestro 1997 (day 2) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFVhYz_hopE
- Music Maestro 1997 (day 3) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2ed2y5i7A
- Alaxan Gladiators
- Heart to Get - a dating segment every Valentine season
- Sige…Kaya Mo? Sakmo! - a derivation of Fear Factor Challenges
- Pwede, Eto…Kaya Mo? Pekmo! - the extreme version of Sige... Kaya Mo? Sakmo!
- Sige…Kaya Mo? Math ang Labanan Dito: SakMATH! - aside from obstacle courses, contestants would have to contend with Math problems
- BEBOT (Binibini ng Eat Bulaga on Television) - the male hosts would be cross-dressed, with each male co-host bening managed by a female co-host
- Macho Macho Man
- Kaserola Ng Bayan
- Maid In The Philippines
- Give Love On Christmas Day
- Pinoy Henyo - a general information quiz segment
- T.K.O - a music quiz segment
- Kaya Mo To
- Ikaw at Echo
- Lottong Bahay
- Singing Soldiers - members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines show off their singing abilities
- Banda Rito, Banda Roon
- Del Monte Kitchenomics - a cooking segment sponsored by Del Monte, where recipes that are economical are shown
- Taktak Mo O Tatakbo - a segment replacing Laban O Bawi. It's background music is the chorus of Itaktak Mo. During Mondays and Fridays, the Sexbomb girls are the ones featured. While the E.B Babes take their place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.