- President Duterte gave a video message for “Eat Bulaga” on its 37th anniversary
- Duterte sent his greetings and congratulated all the people involved in the show
- The President also hoped that the show would continue to air for many more years to come
As “Eat Bulaga” marked its 37th anniversary on July 30, the popular noontime variety show received a special message from a special someone: President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
The President sent a video message to the GMA noontime show which was then uploaded on the Twitter account of “Eat Bulaga.” Duterte greeted and congratulated the hosts and those who work on the show behind-the-scenes and expressed his wishes for the TV program.
“Good day, I am Rody Duterte. I would like to greet the men and women, all these years, who are responsible for the program Eat Bulaga. It has its staying power, and I pray to God that Eat Bulaga would continue to exist for a thousand years,” Duterte said.
Since “Eat Bulaga” aired on TV 37 years ago, there have already been seven Presidents who have assumed office in the Philippines. They are Presidents Duterte (2016), Benigno Aquino III (2010-2016), Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001-2010), Joseph Estrada (1998-2001), Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998), Corazon Aquino (1986-1992), and Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986).
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The longest running noontime show in the country premiered on July 30, 1979, hosted by Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Tito Sotto, Chiqui Hollman, and Richie Reyes. It aired on Radio Philippines Network (RPN) from 1979 to 1989. The show was then transferred to ABS-CBN on 1989 and stayed there until 1995. From 1995 up to the present, “Eat Bulaga” has been airing consistently on GMA Network.
The show is currently under fire for some of its hosts’ comments during a segment of one of its episodes. Tito Sotto, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola apparently blamed a contestant who is a sex abuse victim for her misfortunes in life. Sotto reacted by saying that his statements were taken out of context and that he was merely protecting the institution of marriage. - Kami Media