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Bawal Kumurap! Nakamamatay... Ng Swerte! is a staring contest in which two people must resist the urge to blink for a longer period than their opponent can. The segment premiered on 1 October 2019 and concluded on 19 October 2019.

The record holder for the game is Eat Bulaga! host Paolo Ballesteros who kept his eyes open for 1 hour, 17 minutes, 3 seconds. His feat has been reported on various local and international news sites as a world record-breaker for the longest time a person has gone without blinking. Unfortunately, this record is unofficial because Guinness World Records keeps track of no entries regarding it.

Paolo Ballesteros was matched against Allan K, whose time was 34 minutes, 55 seconds. Both players beat the previous Dabarkads record holder Pauleen Luna, whose record was 30 minutes, 44 seconds.

Gameplay

Elimination round

Players are divided into two teams: Blue and Yellow. Each team is comprised of three players which may include celebrity contestants as well as audience members.

Two players from opposing teams are matched against one another. The goal is to keep their eyes open longer than their opponent can in order to win ₱10,000 and gain a point for their team. The minimum time to gain a point is 1 minute.

If one of the players blinks or gains three "half-kurap" violations before the 1-minute mark, the remaining player must simply keep his/her eyes open for 1 minute in order to gain a point for the team. The player does not get the point if he/she blinks before the 1-minute mark as well.

If both players reaches the 1-minute mark, they may choose to go on as long as they would like. The game ends when one person either fully blinks or gains three "half-kurap" violations.

The first team to earn two points advances to the jackpot round. If a team was able to gain two points after the first two matches, the third match between the final pair does not occur. Instead, the final player of the winning team plays the jackpot round.

If both teams failed to gain two points but one team was able to get a point, then the team with that point advances. If both teams were able to get a point, then whichever team whose point-earning player has a longer time advances to the jackpot round. If both point-earning players from each team were both stopped at the 1-minute mark, then both teams play the jackpot round.

Jackpot round

The winning team chooses their best member to play the jackpot round. The chosen player is presented with four choices containing a certain time duration—00:07:00, 00:10:00, 00:12:00, and 00:15:00—to which he/she must keep both eyes open for. Originally, 00:05:00 was included as one of the choices.

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Pauleen Luna, first record-holder

The minimum prize value begins once the player reaches the 1-minute mark. Then, the jackpot value gradually increases until the specified time length is reached. At that point, the team wins the maximum prize of ₱50,000. The player fails if he/she either gains three "half-kurap" violations or closes one or both eyes.

For record-setting matches, a jackpot round is not played by the winning team.

"Half-kurap" violations

A mixed panel of Dabarkads hosts and audience members closely guards the eyes of the contestants. However, certain eye movements are sometimes difficult to judge whether or not they officially count as blinking. Therefore, the segment later implemented "half-kurap" violations in order to give players at least three chances for semi-closure of the eyelids and other ambiguous eye movements. Players still lose if one or both of their eyelids completely shuts.

Unfortunately, the stricter implementation of the "half-kurap" violations made it more difficult to produce new record-setting players such as Pauleen Luna and Paolo Ballesteros.

Hosts

Below is a list of hosts who have handled the segment at some point in its run. This includes main, co-, substitute, and one-time presenters.

  • Vic Sotto
  • Jose Manalo

  • Allan K
  • Luane Dy

  • Joey de Leon
  • Maine Mendoza


Results

Color key:
     Celebrity edition
     Audience players

Week of 1 October–5 October

Date Blue Team VS Yellow Team
Time Contestant Contestant Time
Tuesday
1 October 2019
00:00:59 Luane Dy CELEBRITY Ryzza Mae Dizon 00:01:10
00:00:29 Baste Granfon CELEBRITY Pia Guanio 00:02:30
00:30:44 Pauleen Luna CELEBRITY Jose Manalo 00:24:41
Wednesday
2 October 2019
00:00:12 Kyline Alcantara CELEBRITY Yasser Marta 00:05:31
00:08:48+ James Atis Jen Pantilla 00:08:48
00:09:15 Ruby Rodriguez CELEBRITY Malaya Macaraeg 00:00:26
00:05:00
₱50,000
James Atis JACKPOT
00:05:00
Thursday
3 October 2019
00:00:18 Juancho Trivino CELEBRITY Arra San Agustin 00:01:02
00:00:29 Malyn Laguerra Tanya Garfin 00:00:11
00:01:01 Echo Calingal CELEBRITY EJ Salamante 00:01:16
JACKPOT
00:10:00
EJ Salamante 00:10:00
₱50,000
Friday
4 October 2019
00:07:02+ Neurie Talaman CELEBRITY Divette Delfin 00:07:02
00:01:00 Lorilae Manego Jhayzar Bagadi 00:00:12
- Diego Furoni CELEBRITY James Carne -
00:03:28
₱10,000
Diego Furoni JACKPOT
00:10:00
Saturday
5 October 2019
00:01:03 Boobay CELEBRITY Sam Pinto 00:00:10
00:01:37 Gladys Reyes CELEBRITY Martin del Rosario 00:01:22
00:34:55 Allan K CELEBRITY Paolo Ballesteros 01:17:03



Week of 7 October–12 October

Date Blue Team VS Yellow Team
Time Contestant Contestant Time
Monday
7 October 2019
00:00:05 Julia Gonowon CELEBRITY Shaila Mae Rebortera 00:00:30
00:01:00 Lady Jarell Christian Hibaya 00:00:36
00:00:26 Tommy Peñaflor CELEBRITY Kim Last 00:01:00
00:02:17
₱0
Lady Jarell JACKPOT
00:10:00
Kim Last 00:02:17
₱10,000
Tuesday
8 October 2019
00:01:12 Manly Ocampo CELEBRITY Rangel Fernandez 00:01:34
00:01:00 Novell Bulado Aris Montoya 00:00:20
00:00:33 Thia Thomalla CELEBRITY Ysabel Ortega 00:01:00
JACKPOT
00:15:00
Ysabel Ortega 00:01:38
₱10,000
Wednesday
9 October 2019
00:02:35 Yonica Ra JM Menes 00:02:45
00:00:26 Thea Tolentino CELEBRITY Divine Aucina 00:00:30
00:00:03 Jelly Delfin Gin Gondraneos 00:00:15
JACKPOT
00:12:00
JM Menes 00:02:50
₱10,000
Thursday
10 October 2019
00:00:37 Hazel Boiser Precious Mae Escasinas 00:01:00
00:00:23 Sofia Pablo CELEBRITY Will Ashley 00:01:00
- Reynald Hilda -
JACKPOT
00:10:00
Hilda 00:00:15
₱0
Friday
11 October 2019
00:00:27 Irish Borja Lourdes Buenavides 00:01:00
00:00:41 Julien Agus Daniel Gruta 00:01:00
- Rose Ann Boleche CELEBRITY AJ Lizardo -
00:02:37
(exhibition)
Rose Ann Boleche JACKPOT
00:12:00
AJ Lizardo 00:00:21
₱0
Saturday
12 October 2019
00:00:12 Jon Timmons CELEBRITY Lotlot de Leon 00:00:16
00:00:43 Ogi Meonada Andrea Serna 00:00:40
00:01:04 Maine Mendoza CELEBRITY Carlo Aquino 00:00:11
00:00:35
₱0
Maine Mendoza JACKPOT
00:10:00



Week of 14 October–19 October

Date Blue Team VS Yellow Team
Time Contestant Contestant Time
Monday
14 October 2019
00:00:20 David Licauco CELEBRITY Kim Rodriguez 00:00:39
00:00:50 Jeric Gonzales CELEBRITY Klea Pineda 00:00:36
00:01:00 Ruru Madrid CELEBRITY Inah de Belen 00:00:23
00:01:55
₱10,000
Ruru Madrid JACKPOT
00:15:00
Tuesday
15 October 2019
00:03:14 James Salas CELEBRITY Mae Acosta-Valdes 00:03:08
00:00:10 Jim Salas CELEBRITY Cheche Tolentino 00:01:00
00:01:00 Wowie de Guzman CELEBRITY Aira Bermudez 00:00:38
00:07:00
₱50,000
James Salas JACKPOT
00:07:00
Wednesday
16 October 2019
00:00:03 Lala Banderas CELEBRITY Sexy Megan 00:01:00
00:01:00 Chris Tsuper CELEBRITY Rico Panyero 00:00:10
00:00:42 Nicole Hyala CELEBRITY Rica Herra 00:01:00
JACKPOT
00:10:00
Rica Herra 00:01:39
₱10,000
Thursday
17 October 2019
00:01:00 Sharmaine Arnaiz CELEBRITY Jaypee de Guzman 00:00:43
00:01:00 Lilet CELEBRITY Jojo Alejar 00:00:04
- Tina Paner CELEBRITY Jeffrey Santos -
00:01:30
₱10,000
Tina Paner JACKPOT
00:12:00
Friday
18 October 2019
00:01:00 Chamyto CELEBRITY Kevin Santos 00:00:15
00:01:00 Ericka Herona CELEBRITY Alex Gabriel 00:00:23
- Chichirita CELEBRITY Jelson Bay -
00:00:36
₱0
Chichirita JACKPOT
00:10:00
Jelson Bay 00:00:03
(exhibition)
Saturday
19 October 2019
00:22:46 Pauleen Luna CELEBRITY Paolo Ballesteros 00:36:38
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