Words: Elijah Mendoza
1. Eat Bulaga!
Eat Bulaga! and its original hosts Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey De Leon have entertained Filipinos for nearly 30 years. More than just a household name, the show has become a part of Filipino culture with its originally Pinoy take on noontime variety shows.
Whether it’s the original Mexican version or the wildly popular local remake, MariMar is a telenovela that Pinoys from different demographics enjoy. Women love it for the gripping storyline, kids like it because of the talking dogs, and men just can’t get enough of the opening credits.
3. Bubble Gang
The cast has changed over the years, but the tandem of Ogie and Bitoy is still its main draw. Its timely humor and cutting-edge political references are unique in today’s telenovela-heavy TV lineups.
Angel Locsin as Darna—reason enough for this show to be a hit. More than featuring the bodacious heroine, however, Darna was a breakthrough in Philippine TV because of its well-choreographed fight (and flight) scenes and its mix of accomplished and up-and-coming actors and actresses.