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.
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 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.
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 1991 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1997 aired from 25 March to 27 March 1991.
| Monday to Wednesday|
26 March 1991
|"Nang Si Hudas ay Nadulas"||Joey de Leon|
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1992 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1992 aired from 13 April to 15 March 1992.
| Monday to Wednesday|
13–15 April 1992
|"Ang Angkan ni David"||N/A|
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1997 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 1997 aired from 24 March to 26 March 1997.
24 March 1997
|"Mga Ginoong Marya"||Joey de Leon (Mario), Allan K, Rey Pumaloy|
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2001 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2001 aired from 9 April to 11 April 2001.
11 April 2001
|"Sino Ang Bestfriend Ko"||Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Pinky Amador|
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2003 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2003 aired from 14 April to 16 April 2003.
14 April 2003
|"Sino Ang Bestfriend Ko"||(episode replay of Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2001)|
15 April 2003
|"The Manager"||Francis Magalona, Maxene Magalona, Ruby Rodriguez,|
Vic Sotto, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola
16 April 2003
|"May Isang Bata"||N/A|
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2004 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2004 aired from 5 April to 7 April 2004.
5 April 2004
|"Ama't Anak"||Vic Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto|
6 April 2004
|"Alalay"||Joey de Leon, Janno Gibbs, Gina Alajar,|
Toni Gonzaga, Leila Kuzma, Jose Manalo, Teri Onor
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 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2005 aired from 21 March to 23 March 2005. "Tahanan" was directed by Gina Alajar.
21 March 2005
|"Perfect"||Vic Sotto, Sherilyn Reyes, Diana Zubiri, Pia Guanio,|
Aiza Seguerra, Spencer Reyes, Rochelle Pangilinan
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
23 March 2005
|"Tahanan"||Joey de Leon, Allan K, Keempee de Leon, Jose Manalo,|
BJ Forbes, Michael V, Pen Medina, Daniel Fernando
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2006 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2006 aired from 10 April 2006 to 12 April 2006, with a total of three episodes.
10 April 2006
|"Mama"||Michael V, Pauleen Luna, Francis Magalona, Toni Rose Gayda,
Allan K, Keempee de Leon, Teri Onor, BJ Forbes
11 April 2006
|"Waiting Room"||Pia Guanio, Julia Clarete, Ryan Eigenmann, Ruby Rodriguez,|
Anjo Yllana, Gladys Guevarra, Michael de Mesa, Wally Bayola
12 April 2006
|"Ganyan Kita Kamahal"||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 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2007 aired from 2 April 2007 to 4 April 2007, with a total of three episodes.
2 April 2007
|"Sa Iyong Paglaya"||Vic Sotto, Pia Guanio, BJ Forbes, Edgar Allan Guzman, Wally Bayola|
Jose Manalo, Keempee de Leon, Sugar Mercado, Jimmy Santos
3 April 2007
|"Binhi sa Matabang Lupa"||Joey de Leon, Oyo Boy Sotto, Allan K, Ciara Sotto,|
Ruby Rodriguez, Luis Alandy, Ryan Julio Umengan
4 April 2007
|"Star"||Gina Alajar, Michael V, Julia Clarete, Paolo Ballesteros, Pauleen Luna|
Francis Magalona, Toni Rose Gayda, Alfred Vargas, Cindy Kurleto
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2008 Edit
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.
19 March 2008
|"Ang Mga Anak ng Maestro"||Francis Magalona, Noel Trinidad, Jose Manalo, Michael V,
Wally Bayola, Jimmy Rodriguez, Ruby Rodriguez
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2014 Edit
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".
14 April 2014
|"Karugtong ng Puso"|| Paolo Ballesteros, Susan Roces, Ehra Madrigal, Tito Sotto,|
Raquel Monteza, Mosang, Miggs Cuaderno, Angelu de Leon
|"Ilaw ng Kahapon"|| Julia Clarete, Gladys Reyes, Dennis Trillo, Allan K,|
Perla Bautista, Rez Cortez, Sandy Talag, Marc Justine Alvarez
15 April 2014
|"Hakbang sa Pangarap"|| Michael V, Assunta de Rossi, Bea Binene, Wally Bayola|
Joey de Leon, Joyce Pring, John Edric Ulang, Francine Garcia
|"Kulungan Kanlungan"|| Maricel Soriano, Keempee de Leon, Pia Guanio|
Isabelle Daza, Allan Paule, BJ Forbes
16 April 2014
|"Anyo ng Pag-Ibig"|| Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos|
Valerie Weigmann, Krystal Reyes, Rose Ann Boleche
|"Pangalawang Bukas"|| Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo, Ryzza Mae Dizon,|
Anjo Yllana, Menggie Cobarrubias, Tessie Villarama
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2015 Edit
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".
30 March 2015
|"Biro ng Kapalaran"|| Keempee De Leon, Nova Villa, Paolo Ballesteros, |
Jimmy Santos, Lui Manansala, Robert Correa
|"Lukso ng Dugo"|| Ryzza Mae Dizon, Aiza Seguerra, |
Ricky Davao, Pia Guanio, Julia Clarete
31 March 2015
|"Pangako ng Pag-Ibig"|| Pauleen Luna, Rocco Nacino,|
Jaclyn Jose, Anjo Yllana, Luis Alandy
|"Pinagpalang Ama"|| Jose Manalo, Ryan Agoncillo, Wally Bayola, Joey de Leon|
Pilita Corrales, John Spainhour, Trixie Maristela
1 April 2015
|"Aruga ng Puso"|| Marian Rivera, Ruby Rodriguez, Bianca Umali,|
Irma Adlawan, Wendell Ramos
|"Sukli ng Pagmamahal"|| Vic Sotto, Sef Cadayona, Tito Sotto,|
Allan K, Ina Raymundo
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2016 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2016 aired from 21 March 2016 to 23 March 2016, with five episodes.
21 March 2016
|"Dalangin ng Ama"|| Joey de Leon, Ryan Agoncillo, Andrea Torres|
Pia Guanio, Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana
|"Kaputol ng Buhay"|| Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros,|
Jose Manalo, Maine Mendoza
22 March 2016
|"Walang Kapalit"|| Allan K, Kenneth Medrano, Ruby Rodriguez, Patricia Tumulak, |
Rodjun Cruz, Marco Alcaraz, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Kim Last
|"Panata"|| Vic Sotto, Danica Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto,|
Pauleen Luna, Baste Granfon, Luis Alandy, Ryzza Mae Dizon
23 March 2015
|"God Gave Me You"||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 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2017 aired from 10 April 2017 to 12 April 2017, with six episodes.
10 April 2017
|"Inay"||Paolo Ballesteros, Ai-Ai delas Alas,|
Allan K, Sinon Loresca, Kier Legaspi
|"Kapatid"||Alden Richards, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez,|
Pia Guanio, Jade Lopez, Jerald Napoles
11 April 2017
|"Pagpapatawad"||Patricia Tumulak, Taki Saito, Jennica Garcia, Lorna Tolentino|
Baste Granfon, Kenneth Medrano, JC Tiuseco, Marc Abaya
|"Prinsesa"||Maine Mendoza, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Wally Bayola,|
Anjo Yllana, Tommy Peñaflor, Joel Palencia, Gov Lloyd
12 April 2017
|"Mansyon"|| Jose Manalo, Miggy Tolentino, Barbie Forteza, Jake Ejercito,|
Tito Sotto, Jimmy Santos, Kim Last, Jon Timmons, Yasser Marta
|"Kaibigan"|| Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Bianca Umali|
Kim Rodriguez, Shyr Valdez, Jim Pebanco
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2018 Edit
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2018 aired from 26 March 2018 to 28 March 2018, with a total of six episodes.
26 March 2018
|"My Carinderia Girl"|| Ruby Rodriguez, Kenneth Medrano, Pauleen Luna, Luane Dy,|
Kyline Alcantara, Sinon Loresca, Tommy Peñaflor, Kim Last
|"Haligi ng Pangarap"|| Alden Richards, Tirso Cruz III, Tito Sotto, Joey de Leon,|
Jon Timmons, Joel Palencia, Perla Bautista
27 March 2018
|"Pamilya"|| Paolo Ballesteros, Ryan Agoncillo, Ronaldo Valdez|
Jake Ejercito, Baste Granfon
|"A Daughter's Love"|| Ryzza Mae Dizon, Nora Aunor, Pia Guanio,|
Julia Gonowon, Ana Roces, Luis Manansala, Ricky Davao
28 March 2018
|"Hating Kapatid"|| Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola,|
Miggy Tolentino, Buboy Villar, Simon Ibarra
|"Taray ni Tatay"|| Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, Allan K, Rita Avila,|
Jimmy Santos, Anjo Yllana, Tenten Mendoza
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2019 Edit
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.
15 April 2019
|"Bulawan"|| Alden Richards, Wally Bayola, Ryan Agoncillo, Joey de Leon,|
Kenneth Medrano, Baste Granfon, Pia Guanio, Tenten Mendoza
16 April 2019
|"Byaheng Broken Hearted"|| Maine Mendoza, Paolo Ballesteros, Jennica Garcia, Ruby Rodriguez,|
Tommy Peñaflor, Rafael Rosell, Anjo Yllana, Chiqui Hollman
17 April 2019
|"Ikigai"||Vic Sotto, Jose Manalo, Ryzza Mae Dizon,|
Pauleen Luna, Allan K, Jimmy Santos, Luane Dy
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special 2020 Edit
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the suspension of all live shows and production, the Lenten Special 2020 was due to air on 6 to 8 April, but it was cancelled. Eat Bulaga! opted to replay throwback videos of some of its most iconic segments and other special presentations from way back in the past, including the Lenten Special.
3 April 2020
|"Anyo ng Pag-Ibig"||16 April 2014|| Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez,|
Jimmy Santos, Krystal Reyes, Valerie Weigmann
4 April 2020
|"Pinagpalang Ama"||31 March 2015|| Jose Manalo, Ryan Agoncillo,|
Wally Bayola, Pilita Corrales, Joey De Leon
6 April 2020
|"Bulawan"||15 April 2019|| Ryan Agoncillo, Baste Granfon, Pia Guanio,|
Wally Bayola, Alden Richards, Joey De Leon
7 April 2020
|"Byaheng Broken Hearted"||16 April 2019|| Ruby Rodriguez, Maureen Wroblewitz, Anjo Yllana,|
Rafael Rosell, Tommy Peñaflor, Maine Mendoza,
Paolo Ballesteros, Jennica Garcia
8 April 2020
|"Ikigai"||17 April 2019|| Pauleen Luna, Allan K, Jimmy Santos,|
Luane Dy, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Jose Manalo, Vic Sotto
13 April 2020
|"Lukso ng Dugo"||30 March 2015|| Ryzza Mae Dizon, Pia Guanio,|
Julia Clarette, Ricky Davao, Aiza Seguerra
18 April 2020
|"God Gave Me You"||23 March 2016|| Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Jake Ejercito,|
Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Ciara Sotto, Michael De Mesa