MANILA—-After 500 days since March 2020, the original hosts of Eat Bulaga Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon return to APT Studios to celebrate the show’s 42nd anniversary.
The live presentation of the longest-running noontime program was shown on July 30, Friday.
Televiewers were teary-eyed to watch the three original hosts’ return to their studio as they were touched by their reunion and of course the show’s anniversary presentation.
“Na-miss ko ‘to, Dabarkads! Five hundred days, hindi ako nakatuntong sa APT,” Joey said with so much happiness shown on his face.
“It’s nice to be back!” quipped Vic, who is so happy that he was able to return to the Eat Bulaga studio. “Masaya ako nandito tayo uli sa studio. Muntik na nga hindi matuloy. Buti na lang, ang ECQ, sa August 6 pa.”
The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will be enforced at the National Capital Region due to the surge of COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.
Vic added, “Para safe, marami tayong health protocols na sinunod.
“At gusto lang naming gamitin ang araw na ito para magpasalamat dahil anuman ang ating pinagdaraanan, pinagdaanan, pinagdaraanan, at pagdaraanan, nandiyan pa rin kayo, nakikitawa, nakikitsika, nakikiiyak, nakikisaya, at nakikikanta.
“Sa araw na ito, pati sa mga darating na araw, gusto rin naming bigyan kayo ng dahilan para manatili na lang sa inyong mga bahay-bahay.
“Kung meron man siguro tayong hiling na sana, e, matapos na ang pandemic at sana, makapagsimula tayong lahat muli nang malusog, kasama ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.”
Vic noticed how his older brother Tito manifested a vice president aura. The senator brother is surely running for vice president in the coming election.
Among the three original hosts of Eat Bulaga, it was Tito who was last introduced. He had a dramatic entrance as he took on the Pope’s stance of kneeling and kissing the floor of the studio.
Tito said, “Una sa lahat, nagpapasalamat kami sa Diyos, higit sa lahat, sama-sama pa rin tayo. Kahit ano mangyari, kahit saan tayo dalhin ng panahon, sa bahay man o hanggang Zoom lang muna, hindi magbabago na magka-Dabarkads tayo.”
“Welcome home” at “Happy 42nd birthday” were the words that welcomed Tito, Vic, Joey, from their Eat Bulaga! co-hosts and Dabarkads Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Maine Mendoza, Ryan Agoncillo, Jimmy Santos, Allan K., Pia Guanio, Pauleen Luna, Ryzza Mae Dizon, abd Alden Richards. (ECD/MTVN)