‘EAT Bulaga’ is currently celebrating its 41st anniversary, making it no doubt the country’s longest running show. It’s no mean feat to be able to be on the air continuously for 41 years. They’ve gone through several presidents, they went through martial law, the EDSA revolution and now they’re going through the new normal amidst the worldwide pandemic.
Joey de Leon, Tito and Vic Sotto were young men when they started hosting the show. Now they’re all gray-haired and are grandfathers. At their recent reunion, they just saw each other on screen while they’re in their respective homes.
Joey de Leon says: “At least nagkikita-kita pa rin tayo kahit sa video call lang. Ang mahalaga, napapanatili nating malakas at malusog ang ating pangangatawan.”
Tito says the first telecast of their show happened on July 30, which is also the International Day of Friendship. “Pero dito sa atin, araw ito ng mga Dabarkads, araw para magpasalamat sa Dabarkads all over the world sa UK, France, Italy, Singapore, Japan, UAE, Oman, USA at dito sa bansa natin, mula Batanes hanggang Jolo.”
Vic, in turn, says: “Iba ang panahon natin ngayon. Sinusubok tayo. Pero challenge accepted. Sasabayan natin ang mga Dabarkads sa pagharap sa new normal nang may tuwa, saya, pag-asa at panalangin.”
As they celebrate their 41st anniversary, they will focus on their EB scholarship program that will send students to medical schools as doctors and nurses so they can become health frontliners who can help the country in times of crisis. “We’ll help yung mga board exam na lang, tapos pwede nang mag-practice at pwede nang tumulong sa panggagamot sa mga ospital sa kani-kanilang bayan at barangay.”
Vic says they were inspired by a tribal doctor in Bukidnon named Jeffrey Mambucon who is the first member of the Tigwahanon-Manobo tribe who finished medicine. They met Jeffrey when he joined “Bawal Judgmental” and he’s very thankful for the project of EB to help cultural minorities in their health and medical needs.”