'Eat Bulaga' rockets to Twitter as netizens speculate on program's future

'Eat Bulaga' hosts (from left) Senator Tito Sotto III, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon (Facebook)

"Eat Bulaga," the longest-running noontime program on Philippine television, climbed to the No. 1 spot on Twitter following rumors that the show will undergo "rebranding."

Netizens woke up to rumors that the "Dabarkads" (friends) of "Eat Bulaga" were also set to disband due to "internal" issues in the show.

Various news sites reported that major changes were underway in the 43-year-old noontime program.

As of March 3, "Eat Bulaga" and GMA Network have yet to issue an official statement on rumors and speculations about the program.

Some comments:

"Outdated na kasi ang Eat Bulaga. Kinabog na sila ng mga pasabog ng It’s Showtime."

"This Eat Bulaga drama is very interesting!"

"Grabe grabe grabe!!! Thank you Eat Bulaga fam HappyBirthdayMaineCute4ever"

"May aalis kila Tito, Vic, at Joey? Or Jose, Wally, Paolo?"

"Lilipat sila sa alltv or collab with kuya will."

"Eat Bulaga" also trended on social media as the rumors coincided with the birthday of Maine Mendoza, one of the co-hosts of "Eat Bulaga."

Netizens also greeted Maine on her 28th birth anniversary.

On the official Facebook page of "Eat Bulaga," fans continued to show their support to the program.

In Jan. 2022, GMA Network and "Eat Bulaga" under TAPE Inc. renewed their blocktime agreement for the airing of the program after the contract signing.

The iconic Eat Bulaga hosts Tito, Vic, and Joey who have been with GMA-7 for 27 years shared their statements then after renewing their ties to the network.

Senator Tito Sotto believes Eat Bulaga wouldn’t be able to reach its 42nd and 43rd year if not for GMA-7. “Maraming salamat sa inyo. Tumulong kayo sa amin at nakatulong kayo sa amin upang through the years Eat Bulaga transformed into public service masquerading as entertainment show. Thank you and mabuhay kayo, GMA-7.”

“Sa tingin ko kaya hanggang ngayon ay tinatangkilik pa rin ang Eat Bulaga ay dahil madali siyang panoorin. Kahit nasa bahay ka kaya mong mag-multitask habang nage-enjoy, nakikitawa at minsan nakikiiyak sa show. Madaling panoorin pero may dating sa puso. Kaya nga rin tayo’y Kapuso dahil ‘yun ang pinaka importanteng ingredient sa ating buhay – puso,” says Vic Sotto when asked about the secret to the show’s longevity.

Joey De Leon, on the other hand, playfully claims how the universe seem to conspire Eat Bulaga to remain in GMA for eternity, “Hindi pa seven ang GMA, seven na kami. Mula Student Canteen, nag-Discorama, hanggang sa nabuo kaming Tito, Vic, and Joey. Palagay ko kung may mother of all, Eat Bulaga na ‘yun. Ngayon, at 27 years sa GMA-7, seven presidents na rin ang dinaanan ng Eat Bulaga at tumatakbo tayo sa ating ika-43rd year. Add mo ‘yun 4 plus 3 equals 7. Kaya hindi lang forever kundi 7-ever na ‘to.”