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First ‘Bulagaan’ in Singapore a lot naughtier

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BUT Tito, Vic and Joey prepared an R-rated show for the OFWs. “Onstage,” said Vic, “we’re free to do anything.”

SINGAPORE—It was a sight as familiar as adobo on the table at lunch.

As the EB Babes gyrated relentlessly onstage, Tito, Vic and Joey dished out mischievous one-liners. Paolo Ballesteros, in drag as Shamcey Mwah Mwah Tsup Tsup, upstaged the girls, including stunning Iza Calzado.

Audience warmer Philip Lazaro convinced the crowd, which included Philippine Ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz, to do the “Jump Brother” dance.

Global activity

As expected, Allan K brought the house down with his Miss Universe monologue. Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, for their part, turned the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment into a global activity—from “sugod barangay” to “sugod silya.” The reigning national parlor game, “Pinoy Henyo,” was likewise tweaked for the mostly OFW audience.

The “Eat Bulaga” theme might have been revised, too: “Mula Aparri Hanggang Singapore?”

ALLAN K does a “Miss Universe” monologue, machine-gun style.

Last Oct. 30, EB’s Dabarkads left their comfort zone at Broadway Centrum in Quezon City to perform for Filipinos at D’Marquee, Pasir Ris, in this city-state.

The venue wasn’t the only marked change. As a production staffer pointed out, the team prepared an X-rated version of “Eat Bulaga” for the Singapore crowd. “[Today] we can crack jokes that we can’t normally do on live noontime TV,” Tito Sotto remarked.

“It’s totally unpredictable,” Vic Sotto agreed. “We’re free to do anything onstage kasi.”

WALLY Bayola and Jose Manalo had to sanitize their act.

“We want to offer our kababayans something new,” added Joey de Leon.

It’s not altogether bawdy humor, explained Tito, “just a little naughty.”

Needless to say, the audience lapped up the TVJ brand of slightly risqué humor.

Sold out

Tickets (S$25-S$65) to the 3,000-capacity venue were sold out, reported the promoters Shadow Inc. Entertainment, led by Haro de Guzman, James Ong and JD Gungon.

There were Filipinos who flew in from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia to watch the show, said the promoters.

Weren’t they worried about the famously strict Singapore censors? Malou Choa-Fagar, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Tape Inc., said she asked the promoters to check with local authorities. “The jokes in Tagalog were fine, but we had to go easy on the hand gestures. We had to trim Wally and Jose’s routine a bit.”

It was no happy accident that the Singapore show coincided with the long Halloween weekend.

PAOLO Ballesteros as Shamcey Mwah Mwah Tsup Tsup pushes the baby carriage of the youngest audience member (4 months old).

Joey noted that the road show was also a chance for the Dabarkads to “bond” as a family. Tito concurred, “It’s not work for us, as we get to relax for a few days.”

Traveling helps them grow closer, said Joey, especially experiencing the highs and lows of being on the road.

Food trip

Case in point: Pauleen Luna helped Ruby Rodriguez and Julia Clarete do their tresses. “Para kaming nagkukutuhan (it was like we were looking for head lice) as we did each other’s hair backstage,” Ruby recalled.

“We don’t earn much from these shows, but we look forward to it because we get to travel as a group,” said Joey, who said he’d like the group to tour Hong Kong next time.

LET’S hear it for the girls: (from left) Iza Calzado, Ruby Rodriguez, Julia Clarete and Pia Guanio.

It’s also one big food trip for the team. Tito and Vic are certified foodies. Tito and Vic enjoyed introducing exotic fare—from chili crabs to barbecued stingray in the Hawkers’ Centers—to their friends Anjo Yllana, Jimmy Santos, Ryan Agoncillo and newly married Pia Guanio.

By the end of the trip, Allan and Jose were complaining of weight gain.

Tony Tuveria, big boss of Tape Inc., said it’s important for the EB team to visit and pay tribute to OFWs with a show that’s different from what they usually catch on GMA Pinoy TV.

“Most OFWs left the country in the late 1970s and 1980s and they know Tito, Vic and Joey quite well,” the producer said. “They’ve been away for years and, with this concert, they get a glimpse of home.”

Vic concurred: “Aside from vacationing together, we also got to entertain OFWs who worked hard and saved up for tickets to our show.”

In on the joke

Julia noted: “It’s our chance to thank them for their support.”

EB is seen twice daily (5 p.m. and 11 p.m.) on GMA Pinoy TV in Singapore and thrice (10:30 p.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m.) in the United States.

The OFWs are updated with the latest happenings back home, said the Tape bosses.

In the middle of a song number, Joey chided Vic for being a playboy. Vic retorted, self-deprecatingly: “Ako nga ang laging iniiwan. Buti na lang may kapalit na apat. (I’m the one who’s always left behind. Good thing, I have four girls on standby.)”

The venue erupted with glee. The Singapore crowd was apparently in on the joke.

(E-mail bayanisandiego@hotmail.com)

Photos by Beyond Photography, MASP and Shifter


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYQ2UB7PHJ34WII42OSCOUGUXA yeoj

    Pnoy Government Gives 5 Million to the Enemy of the State (MILF), 30 million payment to the ABB? – Act of Treason…..
    Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility (playing psp while smoking in office), integrity(keep promising to pass FOI bill), loyalty(KKK), and efficiency(no bills passed as Congressman and Senator), act with patriotism (give 5Million to Enemy of the State) and justice (blame the AFP for ambush), and lead modest lives (sports car addict). 
    Silence, in those situations is equivalent to saying “all is well” or that we are “okay” with what is going on.  If we do not acknowledge the wrong in the world, then it is like we are “accepting” and thus limit the chances that the situation will change for the better.

    • Anonymous

      wrong posting??

    • Anonymous

      And so?? What can we do about it?

    • lucidlynx

      the 5 million was a pledge by the GMA admin to the MILF. any new admin should honor the contracts entered to by the previous. and where did you get that 30 million stuff? besides, this is about eat bulaga, not pnoy.

    • Anonymous

      forum-shopping?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E2V7QUMFK3JR7GWHPUF7MNVIJQ Kudi

      ano daw problema nito? tanungin natin sila tito, vic and joey!



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