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In the vibrant world of Philippine television, few shows have captured the hearts of viewers like “Eat Bulaga.” This noontime variety show, produced by the Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE), has been an integral part of Filipino culture for decades. Despite facing legal battles and changing hosts, the show continues to thrive, bringing joy and entertainment to millions of households daily.

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Recently, TAPE found itself embroiled in a legal dispute with the trio of Tito, Vic, and Joey, fondly known as TVJ, who were once hosts of “Eat Bulaga.” The battle centered around the ownership of the show’s trademark. The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) played a pivotal role in the resolution of this dispute. On June 14, 2013, TAPE successfully registered the trademarks “Eat Bulaga” and its abbreviation “EB.” The registration was renewed for another 10 years on June 14, 2023, securing the rights until June 14, 2033.

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Despite the petition for the cancellation of the trademark filed by TVJ on June 2, 2023, TAPE received a glimmer of hope when the IPOPHL issued the Certificate of Renewal of Registration for “Eat Bulaga.” This significant development solidified TAPE’s claim as the rightful owner of the beloved show’s trademark until 2033. With the legal complexities addressed, “Eat Bulaga” continues its legacy as a symbol of Filipino entertainment.

The question that arises is, why do Filipinos love “Eat Bulaga” so deeply? The show’s enduring popularity can be attributed to several factors:

Warmth and Connection: “Eat Bulaga” has been a part of Philippine television since its debut on July 30, 1979. For over four decades, it has become a daily habit for many Filipinos, bringing them together during lunchtime. The show’s hosts and segments create a sense of connection and camaraderie with the viewers, fostering a warm and friendly environment.

Iconic Hosts: Throughout its run, “Eat Bulaga” has been graced by some of the country’s most beloved entertainers. The trio of Tito, Vic, and Joey, along with a rotating cast of talented co-hosts, have left an indelible mark on the hearts of Filipinos. Their comedic timing, genuine chemistry, and relatable banter have endeared them to audiences across generations.

Variety of Segments: “Eat Bulaga” is renowned for its diverse array of segments that cater to various tastes and interests. From game shows, talent competitions, and comedic skits to heartwarming stories and charity initiatives, the show offers something for everyone. This versatility keeps viewers engaged and entertained.

Inclusivity and Community Outreach: The show’s commitment to inclusivity and community outreach has garnered widespread admiration. “Eat Bulaga” is actively involved in charitable endeavors, touching the lives of countless Filipinos in need. Their efforts to create a positive impact on society have further endeared them to the public.

Juan for All, All for Juan: This segment showcases the hosts’ visit to various barangays (neighborhoods), engaging with the local community and giving away prizes to lucky residents.

Bawal Judgmental: Contestants share their life stories, and the hosts try to guess their professions without being judgmental.

Pinoy Henyo: A word-guessing game where contestants wear blindfolds and try to identify the word their partner describes.

Sugod Bahay: Hosts surprise lucky viewers at their homes and grant their wishes or provide assistance.

Boom: A fast-paced quiz show with exciting challenges for contestants.

Karaoke Stud: Contestants showcase their singing talents in this entertaining singing competition.

Kalyeserye: A scripted soap opera parody featuring the “AlDub” love team, played by Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

Problem Solving: Contestants seek advice from the hosts regarding personal issues, and the hosts offer solutions.

Miss Millennial Philippines: A beauty pageant that celebrates the diverse beauty and culture of different provinces in the Philippines.

That’s My Tambayan: A fun-filled segment where contestants attempt to perform various tasks to win prizes.

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As this variety program continues to evolve with the times and the changing landscape of television, one thing remains constant—its unwavering place in the hearts of Filipinos. With its renewed trademark, TAPE ensures that the show’s legacy will endure for many more years, bringing joy, laughter, and a sense of community to homes across the nation.