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"Bulawan" is the Holy Monday episode of the 2019 edition of the annual drama anthology Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special. It aired on 15 April 2019 with a total runtime of 93 minutes.

Each year, the anthology replaces the noontime show's regular programming in observance of the solemnity of Holy Week. Standalone episodes of short dramas are shown from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday, with each episode having different characters, story, and director.

The 2019 Lenten specials coincided with the 40th anniversary celebration of the noontime show. Hence, its three offerings were shot in very distant locations, making the 2019 edition its biggest Holy Week presentation yet. This episode was shot in General Santos City.

It is topbilled by Ryan Agoncillo, Wally Bayola, and Alden Richards. Supporting cast includes Baste Granfon, Pia Guanio, Kenneth Medrano, and Joey De Leon.

The title of the episode is a Visayan word that means "gold" in English. The episode is directed by Real Florido.

Plot

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Makoy carries a big fish to the port

Makoy (Alden Richards) is part of a commercial fishing crew who is becoming worried about the decreasing amount of fish in the sea. With him in the fishing crew are Orly (Wally Bayola) and Erwin (Ryan Agoncillo). All three of them have personal financial problems that have been affected by the decline of fish stocks.

Orly and Erwin hear a radio report about a lost gold somewhere in the ocean. Sir Oscar (Joey de Leon) expresses that treasures should remain in the ocean because people who discover them always reveal their greedy nature. Real treasure is something that a person should work hard for.

One night, Makoy, Orly, and Erwin stumble upon a bag of gold coins trapped in their fishing net. Makoy suggests that they return the treasure to its true owner, but the other two argue that the gold is the answer to all their financial problems. Makoy reluctantly agrees. They assign him to hide the gold for safekeeping.

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Sir Oscar hires an expert to authenticate the gold coins

Eventually, they begin the conversation of how to split the money. Erwin demands that he should get the higher percentage because he worked hard to find a buyer for the gold. Orly and Makoy protest that the split remain equal between them. In the middle of the night, an unknown individual steals the gold coins from Makoy's backpack. They start accusing each other as the thief who took the gold, resulting in a physical fight.

Erwin packs his backpack as he plans to return to his family back in Cebu. Makoy and Orly become suspicious of his sudden decision and forcibly inspect his heavy backpack. They discover the bag of gold coins inside it, revealing that Erwin is the thief. Makoy threatens to throw the treasure back into the ocean because it has destroyed their friendship.

With the help of Sir Oscar, they consult an expert to authenticate the gold coins. After a thorough examination, the expert reveals that the coins are actually made of brass, making them worthless. Regretting their greedy actions, they try to rekindle their broken friendship.

Cast

Main cast

Supporting cast

Also starring

  • Tenten Mendoza as Kenny
  • Pear Angeli Louise Temporal as Bunny
  • Brent Gabriel Piedad as Buboy
  • Sheila Arumpac as Ms. Che
  • Bordi Bungcayo as Rey
  • Tata Echavez as Benjie
  • Alquin Arbasto as buyer
  • Sol Arumpac as fisherman
  • Renato Caminero as fisherman
  • Adonis Gonzales as fisherman

Trivia

  • "Bulawan" was re-aired on Holy Monday, 6 April 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in Eat Bulaga! being unable to produce new content for the 2020 Holy Week, the three episodes of the 2019 Lenten Special were replayed instead.

Full episode

BULAWAN - Eat Bulaga Lenten Special 2019 - Holy Monday

BULAWAN - Eat Bulaga Lenten Special 2019 - Holy Monday

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