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‘Eat Bulaga!’ 24 years with GMA Network and counting

  • Read about the humble and difficult beginnings of the longest running noontime show ‘Eat Bulaga!’
  • ‘Eat Bulaga!’ renewed its contract under GMA Network, marking its 24th year with the network
  • The show used to transfer from its home network several times since 1979.

‘Eat Bulaga,’ the longest running noon time show on TV, renewed its contract under GMA Network.

In an Instagram post, Rams David showed the contract signing of the show to the network. “”Isang Libot isang Tuwa, Buong Mundo… EAT BULAGA! GMA, Mananatiling Tahanan ng Paborito nating Kasama sa Pamaghalian mula Lunes hanggang Sabado. Salamat Kapuso!”

It was recalled that the show used to stay under different networks in the past. Below is the timeline of the history of ‘Eat Bulaga’ and where it used to house its production team and who were the celebrities that used to be part of the show.

‘Eat Bulaga!’ first premiered on July 30, 1979 and was filmed by APT Studios in Cainta, Rizal, under RPN Live Studio in Broadcast City. According to sources, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon did not received their salaries for six months for the show to be able to survive. This is that part of the story which proves that, despite all the hard beginnings, but with all the dedication, passion, and hard work, it will go somewhere else.

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On May 18, 1982, the show was first aired nationwide together with other RPN shows after the domestic satellite was launched. Due to sequestration of RPN-9 and the changes on the network’s management, Tony Tuviera eventually decided to transfer to ABS-CBN in 1989. By late 1994, ABS-CBN wanted to buy the airing rights of the show, but Tony Tuviera and Malou Choa-Fagar rejected the deal, leading them to not renew the contract with the network.

From the year 1995 to the present, ‘Eat Bulaga!’ has stayed with its home network, GMA Network, where a lot of milestones and success happened. One of the most significant achievements of the show was the accidental formation a tandem between co-hosts Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, the phenomenal Love team AlDub, which made the show hold ten out of 10 highest rated episodes in 2015.

Not only that, AlDub has been trending all over social media and worldwide. By July 2019, Eat Bulaga! will celebrate its 40th anniversary; proving once again that it’s the longest running noontime show in Philippine history.


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