It was on October 24, 2015 when “Tamang Panahon” concert was held at Philippine Arena, where 50,000 spectators gathered together to witness Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards as well as the triplet lolas — Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola), Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo) and Lola Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) and the rest of the Eat Bulaga hosts joining together — to celebrate the most-celebrated loveteam of the year being given the “right time” by Lola Tidora as part of the KalyeSerye story flow. The concert itself is also for the benefit of the selected schools for which the ALDUB Library will be constructed for. Prior to the ALDUB library project, Eat Bulaga, thru its Juan for all All for Juan segment, has been doing a “Plastic ni Juan” project which involves collection of empty plastic bottles from donators to be recycled and create monobloc chairs for public schools. Eat Bulaga has also introduced EB Scholarship program that offers scholarships to the financially poor but deserving students a couple of years ago.
You guys may question Eat Bulaga and their intentions, but they will never be called “institusyon sa noontime show” for nothing if all they do is simply for cheap antics. Based on my observation, no noontime show or its producers has created projects for causes like what Eat Bulaga has been doing. In fact, I even witnessed Eat Bulaga holding their Give Love on Christmas Day segment featuring financially uncapable people who wants to have their dreams fullfilled. The said segment is what I can call the predecessor (or shall we say…) to “EB Send-in-your-dreams”. I can even recall a certain episode featuring a college student (she happens to be an engineering or architecture student, I guess) who also works as a vendor in a meat-and-vegetable-market just to support her studies. She wrote to Eat Bulaga, and she was given necessary items relevant to her studies. That was early nineties, and I was within Grade 2-4, I guess. Aside from contests and other segments, Eat Bulaga never failed to come up with charitable segments such as EBest (Eat Bulaga’s Excellent Students Awards, where scholarships are given to poor but deserving students), EB Heroes (where they give honor to people — who coming from different social and professional backgrounds — made a difference to the community), Juan for All All for Juan (sa mga nanonood ng EB, self-explanatory na iyan sa inyo), Plastic ni Juan (where people donate empty plastic bottles to be recycled and transformed as monobloc chairs to be donated to public schools).
Eat Bulaga also built classrooms to public schools, and prior to ALDUB Library, there was EB LIBRARY.
These charitable stuff are the reasons why EB maintained its staying power for three decades now. Aside from all these segments Eat Bulaga has created, their charitable side made them “institusyon“, and “pader na mahirap nang tibagin“. I have watched noontime shows such as Kalatog-Pinggan, Lunch Date, ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila, Magandang/Masayang Tanghali Bayan, Wowowee or even It’s Showtime and even enjoyed it, but no one does it better than Eat Bulaga. You guys can call me a fantard, but Eat Bulaga gave me A LOT of reasons why I am their proud fan of their show. Well, I no longer watch TV more often but I still consider the THE BEST THING HAPPENED on noontime TV.