If you haven’t watched an episode of this noon time show then you’re probably living in the wrong side of the planet. Dubbed as the record holder of being the longest-running program on air in the history of local television, Eat Bulaga continues to win the heart of the Filipinos though the years.
There’s something about this noon-time variety show that keeps it going. There’s a certain spot in our hearts when we hear their joyous theme song starting the show. They’ve been around for more than 30 years and that’s a really long time.
If you know me well, you probably know the fact that I don’t watch TV often. I’m always online searching things on Google or maybe listening to my fave picks on Itunes or reading some of my recently downloaded ebooks. But not today – I magically wanted to watch TV and after a countless search of good channels, I found out that the movie channels are airing some of the movies I watched probably for a million times so I decided to watch Eat Bulaga which of course, I loved eversince. I suddenly found myself tearfully crying over their jokes, their lightheartedness towards the audience. I must say, this show have everything. And I believe it never changed. It was the same show where you feel that you belong, a show that wherein you’ll be yourself and laugh just like a kid.
So I keyed in to Youtube some of their videos and I’m rolling on the floor laughing just a couple of minutes ago. Boy, this show is great! I remember watching it on my grandmother’s house when I was 7 or 8 years old. It never changed. It was still the same family-oriented show.
One thing that makes me proud in this show is that they’re happy with what they’re doing. You can see it in their faces. Forget the money, just be happy and treat your work as your favorite hobby. Though probably they care about the ratings or such, but who cares, right? They’re still great. They give back to people their love through helping them. They helped children in their education. They inspire millions of people everyday. Including me, for my happiness this afternoon.
I remember their downfalls when some of the hosts left the show. It was a very emotional episode, I must say when Francis “Kiko” Magalona died. Suddenly, the whole audience cried when they announced he died. And Bossing Vic said, “Eto ang mahirap sa show. Dapat, it must go on kahit malungkot.” It was probably on of the most horrifying times they had. Some left the show for good and never came back. But some people came and filled their spaces.
People come and go but here they are, the strongest noon-time show. Although the other networks put variety shows to compete Eat Bulaga, it remained strong.
“Hangga’t May Bata, May Eat Bulaga!” (“While There Are Still Children, There will be Eat Bulaga!”) Well, maybe we’ll always be kids and kids at heart.