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THE DABARKADS (from left): Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Pia Guanio

THE DABARKADS (from left): Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Pia Guanio

JUST A THOUGHT: “The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” – Ken Hudgins


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EAT BULAGA!’ MOVES: “Eat Bulaga!” will soon move to its new, state-of-the-art studio in a 3,000-sqm property in Cainta, Rizal by the end of 2016.

Producer Tony Tuviera says the move is meant to accommodate more people who want to experience the show live. For decades, the show has aired at Broadway Centrum in Quezon City.


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NO ISSUES WITH VIC: Pia Guanio says leaving “Eat Bulaga!” never crossed her mind despite the collapse of her years-long romantic relationship with co-host Vic Sotto.

“We had a beautiful separation. There were no issues between us. Everything was settled amicably, intelligently,” the veteran TV host narrated during a set visit.

There are no issues of discomfort, either, on and off screen, she added. Pia, who is happily married and blessed with a three-year-old daughter, says the best way to move on, like a true Christian, is to forgive and forget.


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37 YEARS AND COUNTING: After 37 years of hosting what is possibly the world’s longest-running noontime show, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto says he does think about retirement occasionally.

Then again, Tito Sen, as he is known, says doing “Eat Bulaga!” is therapeutic for him.

“It serves as a breather for me from the stresses of politics,” he told us.

Retirement does cross his mind even as he half-mocks himself in the future, say 20 years from now. “How would we all look (Tito, Vic and Joey) holding canes and speaking like really old men on TV?” he laughed.

It’s just a thought that comes and goes, like a joke that falls flat.

Each day on the “Eat Bulaga!” set at Broadway Centrum in Quezon City continues to pump up Tito Sen’s love for life and the show itself.

“I enjoy doing this more than anything.”

In a more serious tone, he said the income he gets from the daily show is his insulation against corruption.


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ENTERTAINING PUBLIC SERVICE: Last Saturday, July 30, “Eat Bulaga!” turned 37, celebrating close to four decades of serving happiness to viewers all over the world.

The past month has seen ‘EB’ celebrating two other anniversaries, those of Maine Mendoza’s first year in show business and AlDub turning one-year-old as well.

For Tito Sen, the show’s greatest accomplishment isn’t confined to its entertainment value. Without the producers’ or the audiences’ knowing it, “Eat Bulaga!” has transformed from an innocent, often hilarious, entertainment program into one that caters to public service.

“It used to be that ‘Bulaga’ was an entertainment show masquerading as a public service program. Through the years, it has turned around,” he said.


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JOEY COINED ‘EAT BULAGA!’: “Has it been 37 years?” asked Joey de Leon, one third of trio Tito, Vic and Joey that catapulted “Eat Bulaga!” to lifetime membership in every Filipino household.

Joey coined the title “Eat Bulaga!”

When “Eat Bulaga!” first aired on July 30, 1979, TVJ did not expect to be in it for the long haul. They thought they were in it for two things: Exposure and income.

The hosts had to endure long months of salary delays due to the former producers’ financial constraints.

“When we started, my main goal was to earn money and save for a car,” shared Vic. “The first time we got our salary, naiwan pa namin ito sa taxi.”


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FAMILY ATMOSPHERE: The bond created among the hosts, their producers and staff has created an atmosphere of family, reason enough for them to stick together through the years.

“Our producer is like a brother to us,” said Vic referring to Antonio Tuviera, TAPE, Inc. President and CEO.

From a small group of five hosts when it was launched, “Eat Bulaga!” grew to become a large family of 18 whose members see each other six days a week.

Tuviera credits “Eat Bulaga’s!” decades of success by keeping up with the times. “We try to be relevant to our audience.”


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THERE’S GOOD NEWS HERE: A new, little-known school in San Pedro, Laguna offers scholarship to high school graduates interested to train in heavy equipment maintenance.

Monarch Foundation has tied up with heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar in launching the school. Graduates of the two-year course can expect high-paying jobs locally or internationally, according to Elaine Panganiban.