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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special is an annual drama anthology that 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 a different story, cast, director, and writer.

The special programming features heart-wrenching stories that convey important lessons about life and family as the hosts of the noontime show take a break from their usual funny selves to reveal a much more serious side. The hosts are usually joined by guest actors and well-respected directors of the television and movie industry.

Overview[]

The noontime show's observance of the Holy Week can actually be traced back in 1980. Eat Bulaga! showed a special presentation of its reenactment of the Passion of Jesus Christ, where it ran its rendition of the 1973 musical drama film Jesus Christ Superstar with Vic Sotto as Jesus and Joey de Leon as Pilate.

In 1981, Eat Bulaga! officially started suspending its regular programming to observe the sanctity and the solemnity of the Holy Week. The show is replaced with short dramas from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday featuring serious stories that teaches important life lessons about hope, inspiration, family, and love. That year's drama specials was directed by renowned Filipino director Lino Brocka.

The presentation of drama specials has since become a tradition for the noontime show.

After 2008, Eat Bulaga! stopped producing new episodes for its Lenten special anthology, ending the annual tradition after more than two decades. According to Malou Choa-Fagar, the Lenten specials were halted because the audience was more receptive on doing regular programming, especially since the trend back then was game shows. Only one new episode was produced in 2008 titled "Ang Mga Anak ni Maestro". Either regular programming or previous episodes of the anthology were aired from 2008 to 2013.

In 2014, new episodes for Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special were produced once again after a six-year hiatus. This time, the episodes were inspired by true-to-life stories of former winners of Juan for All, All for Juan: Bayanihan of d' Pipol. The Lenten offerings have been aired annually since then.

Production of new episodes was halted in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the television industry across the globe in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. Replays of previous episodes were aired instead.

Accolades[]

At the PMPC Star Awards for Television, Jose Manalo received the Best Single Performance by an Actor in 2014 for the "Pangalawang Bukas" episode of the 2014 Lenten Special. Alden Richards was nominated for the same category in 2016 for his performance in the "God Gave Me You". In 2017, Alden Richards was renominated and won the Best Single Performance by an Actor for his role in the "Kapatid" episode of the 2017 Lenten Special.

In 2016, Jake Ejercito was awarded the Best New Male TV Personality for his acting debut in "God Gave Me You" at the PMPC Star Awards for Television.

In 2015, Keempee de Leon was awarded the Best Single Performance by an Actor for the "Kulungan Kanlungan" episode of the 2014 Lenten Special at the Gawad Tanglaw Awards.

In January 2019, Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special was awarded the Best TV Special at the 3rd Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Hiyas ng Sining Awards.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1981[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1981 aired from 13 April to 15 April 1981.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1982[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1982 aired from 5 April to 7 April 1982.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1983[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1983 aired from 28 March to 30 April 1983.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1984[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1984 aired from 16 April to 18 April 1984.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1985[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1985 aired from 1 April to 3 April 1985.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1986[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1986 aired from 24 March to 26 March 1986.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1987[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1987 aired from 13 April to 15 April 1987.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1988[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1988 aired from 28 March to 30 March 1988.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1989[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1989 aired from 20 March to 22 March 1989.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1990[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1990 aired from 9 April to 11 April 1990.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1991[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1991 aired from 25 March to 27 March 1991.

Date Episode Cast
Tuesday
26 March 1991
"Nang Si Hudas ay Nadulas" Joey de Leon, Aiza Seguerra, Lady Lee


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1992[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1992 aired from 13 April to 15 April 1992.


Date Episode Cast
Monday-Wednesday
13-15 April 1992
"Ang Angkan ni David" Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Coney Reyes, Ruben Rustia


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1993[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1993 aired from 5 April to 7 April 1993.


Date Episode Title card Cast
Tuesday
6 April 1993
"Tatlong Kasalanan" EBLentenUndated3.jpg Ruby Rodriguez, Christine Jacob, Rio Diaz, Anita Linda


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1994[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1994 aired from 28 March to 30 March 1994.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
28 March 1994
"Nauntog si Hestas,
Nagising si Dimas"
EBLentenNSHNSD.jpg Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1995[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1995 aired from 10 April to 12 April 1995.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
10 April 1995
"Bakit Naman Ako Pa?" Youtu.be-s0sjHcDw0vg.jpg Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Jimmy Santos, Val Sotto, Richie D' Horsie, Ana Rivera and Soraya Sinsuat of "Fire", Ruby Rodriguez, Christine Jacob, Inday Garutay, Idda Yaneza, Jojo de Leon, Felipe Tauro ("Alaxan Gladiators" referee), Ang TVJ Kids members (Ricky Patrimonio, Tommy, and Mark), Samantha "Gracia" Lopez, Dante Madriaga

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1996[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1996 aired from 1 April to 3 April 1996.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1997[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1997 aired from 24 March to 26 March 1997.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
24 March 1997
"Mga Ginoong Marya" Joey de Leon, Allan K, Rey Pumaloy, Bea Bueno

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1998[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1998 aired from 6 April to 8 April 1998.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1999[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1999 from 29 March to 31 April 1999.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2000[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2000 aired from 17 April to 19 April 2000.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2001[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2001 aired from 9 April to 11 April 2001.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Wednesday
11 April 2001
"Sino Ang Bestfriend Ko" Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Pinky Amador

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2002[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2002 aired from 25 March to 27 March 2002.

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2003[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2003 aired from 14 April to 16 April 2003.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
14 April 2003
"The Manager" Youtu.be-nGkLGIQ1CRc.jpg Francis Magalona, Maxene Magalona, Vic Sotto,
Ruby Rodriguez, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola,
Rochelle Pangilinan and the SexBomb Girls
Tuesday
15 April 2003
"May Isang Bata" N/A
Wednesday
16 April 2003
"Habilin" N/A


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2004[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2004 aired from 5 April to 7 April 2004.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
5 April 2004
"Ama't Anak" Vic Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto
Tuesday
6 April 2004
"Alalay" Joey de Leon, Janno Gibbs, Gina Alajar,
Toni Gonzaga, Leila Kuzma, Jose Manalo, Teri Onor
Wednesday
7 April 2004
"Angel" Francis Magalona, Allan K, Michael V, Wally Bayola
Jimmy Santos, Alicia Mayer, Aiza Seguerra, Gladys Guevarra


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2005[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2005 aired from 21 March to 23 March 2005. "Tahanan" was directed by Gina Alajar.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
21 March 2005
"Perfect" Vic Sotto, Sherilyn Reyes, Diana Zubiri, Pia Guanio,
Aiza Seguerra, Spencer Reyes, Rochelle Pangilinan
Tuesday
22 March 2005
"True Love" Toni Rose Gayda, Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana, Janno Gibbs,
Francis Magalona, Gladys Guevarra, Ruby Rodriguez,
Paolo Ballesteros, Teri Onor, Wally Bayola, Ciara Sotto
Wednesday
23 March 2005
"Tahanan" Youtu.be-ef03Slo6n5c.jpgg.jpg Joey de Leon, Keempee de Leon,
Jose Manalo, BJ Forbes, Michael V,
Allan K, Pen Medina, Daniel Fernando


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2006[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2006 aired from 10 April 2006 to 12 April 2006, with a total of three episodes.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
10 April 2006
"Mama" Michael V, Pauleen Luna, Francis Magalona, Allan K,
Toni Rose Gayda, Keempee de Leon, Teri Onor, BJ Forbes
Tuesday
11 April 2006
"Waiting Room" Youtu.be-rsi9Rg-Clmw.jpg Pia Guanio, Julia Clarete, Ryan Eigenmann,
Ruby Rodriguez, Anjo Yllana, Gladys Guevarra,
Michael de Mesa, Wally Bayola
Wednesday
12 April 2006
"Ganyan Kita Kamahal" Youtu.be-AxTWxohG9pM.jpg Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon,
Jimmy Santos, Paolo Ballesteros, Ciara Sotto,
Jose Manalo, Sugar Mercado, Armida Siguion-Reyna


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2007[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2007 aired from 2 April 2007 to 4 April 2007, with a total of three episodes.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
2 April 2007
"Sa Iyong Paglaya" SaIyongPaglaya1238-652-0.jpg Vic Sotto, Pia Guanio, BJ Forbes,
Edgar Allan Guzman, Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo,
Keempee de Leon, Sugar Mercado, Jimmy Santos
Tuesday
3 April 2007
"Binhi sa Matabang Lupa" BinhiSaLupa1280x720.jpg Joey de Leon, Oyo Boy Sotto, Allan K, Ciara Sotto,
Ruby Rodriguez, Luis Alandy, Ryan Julio Umengan
Wednesday
4 April 2007
"Star" Sdssdsdsds.jpg Gina Alajar, Michael V, Julia Clarete,
Paolo Ballesteros, Pauleen Luna, Francis Magalona,
Toni Rose Gayda, Alfred Vargas, Cindy Kurleto, Mark Fresco


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2008[]

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2008 aired only one drama episode titled "Ang Mga Anak ng Maestro" on Wednesday, 19 March 2008. Monday and Tuesday featured regular programming.

After this year's edition, Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special went on hiatus and the production of new episodes halted until the anthology's comeback in 2014.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Wednesday
19 March 2008
"Ang Mga Anak ng Maestro" Francis Magalona, Noel Trinidad, Jose Manalo,
Michael V, Wally Bayola, Jimmy Santos, Ruby Rodriguez


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2014: Hulog ng Langit[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2014 aired from 14 April 2014 to 16 April 2014 with a total of six episodes. This year marked the comeback of the Lenten special presentation. Unlike before, two episodes are now aired each day and are inspired by true-to-life stories of the winners of Juan for All, All for Juan: Bayanihan of d' Pipol.

The theme of the 2014 presentations is "Hulog ng Langit".

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
14 April 2014
"Karugtong ng Puso" 10173710 703243566389845 2611105126066822091 n.jpg Paolo Ballesteros, Susan Roces, Ehra Madrigal,
Tito Sotto, Raquel Monteza, Miggs Cuaderno,
Mosang, Angelu de Leon
"Ilaw ng Kahapon" 1236935 703243549723180 7083707863319389925 n.jpg Julia Clarete, Dennis Trillo, Gladys Reyes,
Allan K, Perla Bautista, Rez Cortez,
Sandy Talag, Marc Justine Alvarez
Tuesday
15 April 2014
"Hakbang sa Pangarap" 10268664 703243516389850 7194782516016088371 n.jpg Michael V, Assunta de Rossi, Bea Binene,
Wally Bayola, Joey de Leon, Joyce Pring,
John Edric Ulang, Francine Garcia, Rolando Inocencio
"Kulungan Kanlungan" 10011157 703243619723173 8644648689797804140 n.jpg Maricel Soriano, Keempee de Leon, Pia Guanio,
Isabelle Daza, Allan Paule, BJ Forbes
Wednesday
16 April 2014
"Anyo ng Pag-Ibig" 10154063 703243699723165 3904922955139951816 n.jpg Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo,
Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, Valerie Weigmann,
Krystal Reyes, Ann Boleche
"Pangalawang Bukas" 1010717 703243733056495 270243791216228175 n.jpg Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo, Ryzza Mae Dizon,
Anjo Yllana, Menggie Cobarrubias
Erika Padilla, Tessie Villarama


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2015: Misteryo[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2015 aired from 30 March 2015 to 1 April 2015, with six episodes.

The theme of the 2015 presentations is "Misteryo".

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
30 March 2015
"Biro ng Kapalaran" 11080571 888195814561285 1063878278614294921 o.png Keempee De Leon, Nova Villa, Paolo Ballesteros,
Jimmy Santos, Lui Manansala, Robert Correa
"Lukso ng Dugo" 11079539 888200694560797 2020740877443498081 o.png Ryzza Mae Dizon, Aiza Seguerra,
Ricky Davao, Pia Guanio, Julia Clarete
Tuesday
31 March 2015
"Pangako ng Pag-Ibig" 11096609 888209234559943 2719966386619361561 o.png Pauleen Luna, Rocco Nacino,
Jaclyn Jose, Anjo Yllana, Luis Alandy
"Pinagpalang Ama" 11080325 888216737892526 131803459207462516 o.png Jose Manalo, Ryan Agoncillo, Wally Bayola, Joey de Leon
Pilita Corrales, John Spainhour, Trixie Maristela
Wednesday
1 April 2015
"Aruga ng Puso" 10547733 888230837891116 7481268745950528857 o.png Marian Rivera, Ruby Rodriguez, Bianca Umali,
Irma Adlawan, Wendell Ramos
"Sukli ng Pagmamahal" 10845737 888238801223653 6465729469351217005 o.png Vic Sotto, Sef Cadayona, Tito Sotto,
Allan K, Ina Raymundo


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2016[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2016 aired from 21 March 2016 to 23 March 2016, with five episodes.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
21 March 2016
"Dalangin ng Ama" Youtu.be-uUWjruGSoBE (3).jpg Joey de Leon, Ryan Agoncillo, Andrea Torres,
Pia Guanio, Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana
"Kaputol ng Buhay" Youtu.be--JfqE87oRjs.jpg Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros,
Jose Manalo, Maine Mendoza
Tuesday
22 March 2016
"Walang Kapalit" Youtu.be-w6PmuYFh7Vs.jpg Allan K, Kenneth Medrano, Ruby Rodriguez,
Patricia Tumulak, Rodjun Cruz, Marco Alcaraz,
Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Kim Last, Ann Boleche
"Panata" Youtu.be-uUWjruGSoBE (1).jpg Vic Sotto, Danica Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto,
Pauleen Luna, Baste Granfon, Ryzza Mae Dizon,
Luis Alandy, Erlinda Villalobos
Wednesday
23 March 2016
"God Gave Me You" GodGaveMeYou2.jpg Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Jake Ejercito,
Michael de Mesa, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola,
Ciara Sotto, Jon Timmons, Tommy Peñaflor


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2017[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2017 aired from 10 April 2017 to 12 April 2017, with six episodes.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
10 April 2017
"Inay" Youtu.be-UJlLbkGb6as.jpg Ai-Ai delas Alas, Paolo Ballesteros, Allan K,
Sinon Loresca, Kier Legaspi, Cris Villanueva
"Kapatid" Youtu.be-2C LHAf7cJw (6).jpg Alden Richards, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez,
Pia Guanio, Jade Lopez, Jerald Napoles
Tuesday
11 April 2017
"Pagpapatawad" Youtu.be-2C LHAf7cJw (5).jpg Lorna Tolentino, Patricia Tumulak, Jennica Garcia,
Taki Saito, Baste Granfon, Kenneth Medrano,
JC Tiuseco, Marc Abaya, Ashley Cabrera
"Prinsesa" Youtu.be-2C LHAf7cJw (4).jpg Maine Mendoza, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Wally Bayola,
Anjo Yllana, Tommy Peñaflor, Joel Palencia, Gov Lloyd
Wednesday
12 April 2017
"Mansyon" Youtu.be-2C LHAf7cJw (2).jpg Jose Manalo, Barbie Forteza, Miggy Tolentino,
Jake Ejercito, Tito Sotto, Jimmy Santos, Jon Timmons,
Kim Last, Yasser Marta, Menggie Cobarrubias
"Kaibigan" Youtu.be-2C LHAf7cJw-0.jpg Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Bianca Umali,
Kim Rodriguez, Shyr Valdez, Jim Pebanco,
Vince Gabriel Villanueva, Marc Justine Alvarez


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2018[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2018 aired from 26 March 2018 to 28 March 2018, with a total of six episodes.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
26 March 2018
"My Carinderia Girl" Youtu.be-bp7gGN0wCAA-0.jpg Ruby Rodriguez, Kenneth Medrano, Kyline Alcantara,
Pauleen Luna, Luane Dy, Sinon Loresca,
Tommy Peñaflor, Kim Last
"Haligi ng Pangarap" Youtu.be-bp7gGN0wCAA (5).jpg Tirso Cruz III, Alden Richards, Tito Sotto, Joey de Leon,
Jon Timmons, Joel Palencia, Perla Bautista
Tuesday
27 March 2018
"Pamilya" Youtu.be-bp7gGN0wCAA (3).jpg Ronaldo Valdez, Paolo Ballesteros, Ryan Agoncillo,
Jake Ejercito, Baste Granfon, John Rendez
"A Daughter's Love" Youtu.be-SDsZjQH2C9s (1).jpg Nora Aunor, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Pia Guanio,
Julia Gonowon, Ana Roces, Lui Manansala, Ricky Davao
Wednesday
28 March 2018
"Hating Kapatid" Youtu.be-bp7gGN0wCAA.jpg Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Miggy Tolentino,
Buboy Villar, Simon Ibarra, Jhiz Deocareza
"Taray ni Tatay" Youtu.be-bp7gGN0wCAA (1).jpg Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, Rita Avila,
Allan K, Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana,
Tenten Mendoza, Mikoy Morales


Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2019[]

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Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2019 aired from 15 April 2019 to 17 April 2019, with a total of three episodes. This year's Lenten special coincides with the 40th anniversary celebration of the noontime show. The episodes were shot in Benguet, General Santos City, and Japan. The credits at the end of all three episodes features photos of the Dabarkads' trip to the Holy Land the month before.

After this year's edition, Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special went on indefinite hiatus and production halt in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic the following year.

Date Episode Title card Cast
Monday
15 April 2019
"Bulawan" Maxresdefault-0.jpg Alden Richards, Wally Bayola, Ryan Agoncillo,
Joey de Leon, Kenneth Medrano, Baste Granfon,
Pia Guanio, Tenten Mendoza
Tuesday
16 April 2019
"Byaheng Broken Hearted" ByahengLent2019.jpg Maine Mendoza, Paolo Ballesteros, Jennica Garcia,
Ruby Rodriguez, Tommy Peñaflor, Rafael Rosell,
Anjo Yllana, Maureen Wroblewitz, Chiqui Hollman
Wednesday
17 April 2019
"Ikigai" Youtu.be-RSP1slOWexA.jpg Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo, Ryzza Mae Dizon,
Pauleen Luna, Allan K, Jimmy Santos, Luane Dy


Undated episodes[]

Date Episode Cast
Tuesday "Walang Kapatawaran" Tito Sotto
- "Ang Biktima" -
- "Sugong May Krus, Diablong May Hesus" Joey de Leon
Wednesday "Wala sa Lupa ang Langit" Ruby Rodriguez, Rio Diaz, Aiza Seguerra


Replays[]

In 2020, Eat Bulaga! re-aired several of its most memorable Lenten specials due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the three-month suspension of its live production. During the 2020 Holy Week, the three episodes from the 2019 Lenten Special were aired instead.

Year Replay date Episode Original air date
2003 Holy Monday
14 April 2003
"Sino Ang Bestfriend Ko" 11 April 2001
2009 Holy Wednesday
8 April 2009
"The Manager" 15 April 2003
2013 Holy Monday
25 March 2013
Holy Tuesday
26 March 2013
"Ganyan Kita Kamahal" 12 April 2006
Holy Wednesday
27 March 2013
"Tahanan" 23 March 2005
2020 Friday
3 April 2020
"Anyo ng Pag-Ibig" 16 April 2014
Saturday
4 April 2020
"Pinagpalang Ama" 31 March 2015
Holy Monday
6 April 2020
"Bulawan" 15 April 2019
Holy Tuesday
7 April 2020
"Byaheng Broken Hearted 16 April 2019
Holy Wednesday
8 April 2020
"Ikigai" 17 April 2019
Monday
13 April 2020
"Lukso ng Dugo" 30 March 2015
Saturday
18 April 2020
"God Gave Me You" 23 March 2016

Trivia[]

  • In the certain episode of Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2002, the episode's scene in which SexBomb Girls member Jopay Paguia acts crying, inspired frontman Monty Macalino of Filipino alternative rock band Mayonnaise to write a song about the aforementioned SexBomb Girls member in the same year. The band's single, entitled "Jopay", topped the charts and became one of the band's famous OPM hits.
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