Dabarkads Awards was an annual awards ceremony that recognizes exemplary productions and performances of the Eat Bulaga! hosts for the yearly Holy Week special drama presentations.
It was held on the Saturday of the week the noontime show returned its regular programming after the Holy Week.
The prestigious Dabarkads Awards ceremony was first held in 2014, which was the same year that the Lenten specials returned on television after its seven-year hiatus.
Prior to shooting the 2014 episodes, the Dabarkads hosts weren't informed that there was going to be an awards ceremony. They were surprised to learn about the acting awards later on. Malou Choa-Fagar, one of the executives of TAPE, Inc. explained that the management didn't "want the awards to be the motivation, but more of a reward for a job well done, for a job that is unfamiliar to most of them".
Throughout the years, the awards ceremony featured different categories to recognize the actors and stories of each Lenten episodes. An esteemed panel of judges selected the winners of each category. In the 2014 and 2015 edition, home viewers were given the ability to vote for the winners via text message.
The ceremony was not held in 2017, but occurred the following year in 2018. It has not been held since then.
Dabarkads Awards 2014Edit1st Dabarkads Awards took place on 26 April 2014.
It featured five award categories: Best Story, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Role, and Best Child Performer.
The judges who decided the winners for each category included multi-awarded actor Philip Salvador, veteran and master director Mel Chionglo, The Philippine Star columnist Butch Francisco, Golden Screen Awards executive Ricky Calderon, and Philippine Movie Press Club vice president Mell Navarro.
- Best Story – "Pangalawang Bukas"
- Best Actor – Jose Manalo ("Pangalawang Bukas")
- Best Actress – Isabelle Daza ("Kulungan Kanlungan")
- Best Supporting Role – Wally Bayola ("Hakbang sa Pangarap")
- Best Child Performer – Ryzza Mae Dizon ("Pangalawang Bukas")
Dabarkads Awards 2015Edit2nd Dabarkads Awards took place on 11 April 2015 with Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon as the hosts of the ceremony.
Unlike the first awards ceremony, the 2nd Dabarkads Awards only featured three award categories: Best Story, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
A drastic change in the second annual awards ceremony is that there was no panel of judges to select the winners of the awards ceremony. The show's home viewers were given the ability to decide the winners for each category via SMS text voting.
- Best Story – "Sukli ng Pagmamahal"
- Best Actor – Jose Manalo ("Pinagpalang Ama")
- Best Actress – Aiza Seguerra ("Lukso ng Dugo")
Dabarkads Awards 2016Edit3rd Dabarkads Awards took place on 2 April 2016 with Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo (as Lola Tinidora), and Wally Bayola (as Lola Nidora) as the hosts of the ceremony.
It featured five categories: Best Story of the Year, Dabarkads Choice Award, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Most Dramatic Performance of a Lead Star, Darling of the Screen Awards, and Exceptional Performance in a Supporting Role.
It also brought back the jury to decide the winners for each category. The judges included veteran and master director Mel Chionglo, veteran writer and director Tony Mabesa, The Philippine Star columnist Butch Francisco, actress and MTRCB board member Gladys Reyes, Seattle Film Institute film graduate Anne Monique Mangente, and UP Diliman film graduate Christianne Deligero.
The winner of the Dabarkads Choice Award was decided by Facebook voting.
- Best Story of the Year – "Dalanging ng Ama"
- Dabarkads Choice Award – "God Gave Me You"
- Most Dramatic Performance of a Lead Star – Alden Richards ("God Gave Me You")
- Darling of the Screen Award – Maine Mendoza ("God Gave Me You")
- Exceptional Performance in a Supporting Role – Pauleen Luna ("Panata")
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year – Patricia Tumulak ("Walang Kapalit")
Dabarkads Awards 2018Edit4th Dabarkads Awards took place on 7 April 2018 with Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon as the hosts.
It marked the return of the awards ceremony after going on hiatus in 2017. The awards ceremony did not retain any categories from previous years. Instead, it featured three new and unique categories: Hugot Line of the Year, Best Confrontation Scene, and Balde-Baldeng Luha Award.
The voting system for the year's ceremony was not disclosed.