Macho Men 2019 is an edition of Eat Bulaga!'s original dance contest for men who are talented, good-looking, and physically fit. The segment premiered on 30 September 2019 and concluded on 2 November 2019.

The competition was one of the 15 Tatak Eat Bulaga! segments revived as part of the noontime show's 40th anniversary celebration.[1] The short-lived and rapid-fire revival of the segments aimed to give the new generation of Filipinos an opportunity to experience the show's several iconic and original contests. Winners were scheduled to face off in the Tatak Eat Bulaga! Grand Showdown in mid-2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the final competition indefinitely.

The theme music of the segment is the 1978 hit "Macho Man" by the Village People.

Jonas Marabe, the 25-year-old "gymnast" of Pasig City, was hailed as the grand winner at the end of the competition. He astounded the judges by performing aerial gymnastics with a partner while suspended high above the ground on a German wheel.[2]

Overview

Auditions

The contest was open to men between 18 and 30 years old who are talented, good-looking, and physically fit. Early auditions occurred before the beginning of the contest to preselect the first ten contestants who will appear in the pilot episode of the contest. Auditions were held at APT Studios.

The auditions continued during the daily rounds to give more aspirants an opportunity to join the competition. New men were added daily to fill in the vacancies left by the three contestants who competed the day before.

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred on weekdays and were primarily hosted by Jose Manalo. Secondary hosts interviewed the audience judges with their pickup lines and comments about the contestants.

Each day, the hosts randomly drew the names of three contestants who were then pitted against one another. The contestants showcased their dance moves and their physiques while dressed in different outfits that matched the theme of their prepared performances.

A total of 40 people from the studio audience were invited to judge the competition. Each person was tasked to write the name of their chosen contestant inside a folded card. Whichever name received the most votes took home ₱15,000 and advanced to the weekly finals. Eliminated contestants received a consolation prize of ₱10,000.

Wildcard rounds

After the regular daily rounds, eliminated contestants received the opportunity to return to the competition in the wildcard daily rounds. The wildcard winners then competed in the last regular weekly finals, which determined the final contestants who would advance to the grand finals.

Weekly finals

First weekly finalists Joeser, Joco, and Czack

The weekly finals occurred on Saturdays, with the exception of the final week which took place on a Monday. Jose Manalo served as the primary host of the episodes.

The contestants competed once more against each other, showcasing their dance moves and physiques during their performances. Each episode narrowed them down into the three best finalists who would advance to the semifinal rounds. 

A total of 80 individuals made up the panel of judges for the weekly finals. Two or three guest celebrity judges were included in the panel, while the rest of the panel were filled by audience members. Weekly winners received ₱20,000.

Semifinal rounds

Macho Men semifinalists

The four-day semifinal rounds took place from 29 October to 1 November 2019. Three contestants each day were randomly selected to showcase their dance moves and physiques during their production number.

A total of seven finalists advanced to the grand finals. Each of them received ₱10,000 and additional prizes from the segment's sponsors.

Grand finals

The grand finals occurred on Saturday, 2 November 2019. Jose Manalo served as the main host of the segment, while Maine Mendoza, Pauleen Luna, and Wally Bayola acted as secondary hosts who interviewed the audience members with their comments and pickup lines.

Grand winner Jonas Marabe with judges Jak Roberto and Lovi Poe

The opening production was a sing-and-dance number from actress Lovi Poe who performed with the seven Macho Men grand finalists. Lovi Poe also judged the competition along with actor Joshua Zamora, Anytime Fitness-Marcos Highway club manager Concon Lico Rodriguez, Anytime Fitness head coach Clarice Antoinette Aquino, and Kapuso hunk Jak Roberto.

The seven grand finalists then competed against one another for the final time with their ultimate level-up themed performances. After the performances, each contestant exchanged pickup lines with members of the studio audience.

Jonas Marabe of Pasig City, the 25-year-old "gymnast" who danced with a partner while hanging onto a round steel bar, was hailed as the grand winner of the competition. He took home ₱100,000 as the grand prize, ₱5,000 worth of gift certificates from Pampanga's Best Bacon, and ₱10,000 from DCA Powertools. After the competition, he was slated to compete against the winners of other revived segments in the Tatak Eat Bulaga! Grand Showdown. However, the final competition was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paulo "Pau" Magnayon, the "pirate" of Antipolo, Rizal, took home the title of first runner-up. He received ₱30,000.

Hosts

The following hosts were involved in the presentation of the segment at some point in its run.


Contestants

A total of 48 contestants competed in the 2019 edition of Macho Men. The following table sorts them alphabetically based on their last names.

List of Contestants
Contestant Origin Theme
Jacee Alfon Valenzuela City hiker
Majed Al-Jadani General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite mechanic
Cym Muñez Andante San Isidro, Northern Samar pilot
Cristobal Barila Binangonan, Rizal firefighter
Jericho Bautista Tayabas, Quezon bartender
Mark Blase Makati City forest ranger
Czack Buenafe Quezon City cowboy
Christian Castillo Floridablanca, Pampanga warrior
John Conmel Castro Balagtas, Bulacan football player
Jimuel Cruz Hagonoy, Bulacan Arabian prince
Justin Cruz Bacoor, Cavite boxer
Adrian de Jesus Montalban, Rizal lifeguard
Kenn Paolo dela Cruz Norzagaray, Bulacan baseball player
Jimmy Elauria Biñan, Laguna gym instructor
Jelo Guevarra Caloocan City nerd boy
John Nietzche Hipolito Malolos, Bulacan soldier
Giovan Lee Cavite City, Cavite bodyguard
Jesus Norbert Macaraeg Malasiqui, Pangasinan masquerade king
Paulo Magnayon Antipolo, Rizal pirate
Joemhar Mangi Oriental Mindoro biker
Jonas Marabe Pasig City gymnast
Marlon Marcia Iba, Zambales matador
Raymond Marquez Santa Rosa, Laguna hip-hopper
Peter Mendijar Caloocan City surf boy
Ralmon Mendoza Angono, Rizal architect
CJ Mercado Malabon City festival hottie
Hilario Mirasol III Montalban, Rizal basketball player
Mhack Morales Santa Ana, Manila magician
Robert Morata, Jr. Dasmariñas, Cavite baker
Ronie Palermo Angono, Rizal tennis player
Carlo Pasion Laoag, Ilocos Norte archer
Myc Priestley Brisbane, Australia Wushu master
Cristel John Rada Sibuyan, Romblon chef
Edison Ramos Taguig City construction worker
Amir Reyes Santa Cruz, Laguna racecar driver
Junrey Rollum Bacoor, Cavite barber
Rex Roque San Mateo, Rizal seaman
Kenneth Sadiang-Abay General Santos City painter
Kevin Sagra Surallah, South Cotabato journalist
Paolo San Miguel Imus, Cavite rockstar
JM Segui Cainta, Rizal action star
Wacky Serreon Santa Mesa, Manila soccer player
Joeser de Leon Sinfuego Baao, Camarines Sur Hawaiian hunk
Neil Suarez Plaridel, Bulacan martial artist
Mark Anthony Tatel Catanduanes disc jockey
Alexander Untalan, Jr. Cainta, Rizal photographer
Henrick Ybañez Angono, Rizal flight attendant
Rostum Zafra Imus, Cavite postman


Results

Daily rounds and weekly finals

The daily rounds and weekly finals were primarily hosted by Jose Manalo. Contestants showcased their dance moves and their physiques while dressed in different outfits that matched their themed performances. Daily winners advanced to the weekly finals where they once again competed against one another. Only three contestants emerged victorious from each weekly finals and advanced to the semifinal rounds.

Week of 30 September–5 October

In the first weekly finals, the two celebrity judges were model Sam Pinto and comedian Boobay.

Date Contestant Origin Theme Result
Monday
30 September 2019
Peter Mendijar Caloocan City surf boy Eliminated
Edison "Edz" Ramos Taguig City construction worker Advanced
Joemhar Mangi Oriental Mindoro biker Eliminated
Tuesday
1 October 2019
Cym Muñez Andante San Isidro, Northern Samar pilot Eliminated
Mhack Morales Santa Ana, Manila magician Advanced
Cristobal "Cris" Barila Binangonan, Rizal firefighter Eliminated
Wednesday
2 October 2019
Hilario "Third" Mirasol III Montalban, Rizal basketball player Eliminated
Joeser de Leon Sinfuego Baao, Camarines Sur Hawaiian hunk Advanced (tied)
Paolo San Miguel Imus, Cavite rockstar Advanced (tied)
Thursday
3 October 2019
John Nietzche "Ahyen" Hipolito Malolos, Bulacan soldier Eliminated
Adrian de Jesus Montalban, Rizal lifeguard Eliminated
John Conmel "Joco" Castro Balagtas, Bulacan football player Advanced
Friday
4 October 2019
CJ Mercado Malabon City festival hottie Eliminated
Kenn Paolo "Kimpoy" dela Cruz Norzagaray, Bulacan baseball player Eliminated
Czack Buenafe Quezon City cowboy Advanced
WEEKLY FINALS | Saturday, 5 October 2019
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Edz Ramos Mhack Morales Joeser Sinfuego Paolo San Miguel Joco Castro Czack Buenafe
Eliminated Advanced Eliminated Eliminated Advanced Advanced


Week of 7 October–12 October

The guest celebrity judges for the second weekly finals were Kapuso hunks Jak Roberto and Rodjun Cruz.

Date Contestant Origin Theme Result
Monday
7 October 2019
Marlon Marcia Iba, Zambales matador Advanced (tied)
Mark Anthony "Marco" Tatel Catanduanes disc jockey Eliminated
Majed "Jed" Al-Jadani GMA, Cavite mechanic Advanced (tied)
Tuesday
8 October 2019
Jimuel Cruz Hagonoy, Bulacan Arabian prince Eliminated
Christian Castillo Floridablanca, Pampanga warrior Advanced
Wacky Serreon Santa Mesa, Manila soccer player Eliminated
Wednesday
9 October 2019
Neil Suarez Plaridel, Bulacan martial artist Eliminated
Jesus Norbert "JN" Macaraeg Malasiqui, Pangasinan masquerade king Eliminated
Jericho "Echo" Bautista Tayabas, Quezon bartender Advanced
Thursday
10 October 2019
Justin Cruz Bacoor, Cavite boxer Eliminated
Jelo Guevarra Caloocan City nerd boy Advanced (tied)
Jimmy Elauria Biñan, Laguna gym instructor Advanced (tied)
Friday
11 October 2019
Rex Roque San Mateo, Rizal seaman Eliminated
Alexander Untalan, Jr. Cainta, Rizal photographer Eliminated
Carlo Pasion Laoag, Ilocos Norte archer Advanced
WEEKLY FINALS | Saturday, 12 October 2019
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Marlon Marcia Jed Al-Jadani Christian Castillo Echo Bautista Jelo Guevarra Jimmy Elauria Carlo Pasion
Advanced Eliminated Eliminated Eliminated Advanced Eliminated Advanced


Week of 14 October–19 October

Third week's judges for the weekly finals were actor Ruru Madrid and actresses Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Lovi Poe.

Date Contestant Origin Theme Result
Monday
14 October 2019
Amir Reyes Santa Cruz, Laguna racecar driver Advanced
Jacee Alfon Valenzuela City hiker Eliminated
Myc Priestley Brisbane, Australia Wushu master Eliminated
Tuesday
15 October 2019
Raymond "Mond" Marquez Santa Rosa, Laguna hip-hopper Eliminated
Mark Blase Makati City forest ranger Eliminated
Cristel John "CJ" Rada Sibuyan, Romblon chef Advanced
Wednesday
16 October 2019
Junrey Rollum Bacoor, Cavite barber Eliminated
Giovan "Gio" Lee Cavite City, Cavite bodyguard Advanced (tied)
Ralmon "Mon" Mendoza Angono, Rizal architect Advanced (tied)
Thursday
17 October 2019
Robert "Miko" Morata, Jr. Dasmariñas, Cavite baker Eliminated
Paulo "Pau" Magnayon Antipolo, Rizal pirate Advanced
Ronie "Ron" Palermo Angono, Rizal tennis player Eliminated
Friday
18 October 2019
JM Segui Cainta, Rizal action star Eliminated
Rostum "Tom" Zafra Imus, Cavite postman Eliminated
Jonas Marabe Pasig City gymnast Advanced
WEEKLY FINALS | Saturday, 19 October 2019
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Amir Reyes CJ Rada Gio Lee Mon Mendoza Pau Magnayon Jonas Marabe
Advanced Eliminated Eliminated Advanced Eliminated Advanced


Week of 21 October–28 October (+wildcard rounds)

The celebrity judges for the fourth weekly finals were hunks Wendell Ramos and Polo Ravales.

Date Contestant Origin Theme Result
Monday
21 October 2019
Henrick Ybañez Angono, Rizal flight attendant Eliminated
Kenneth Sadiang-Abay General Santos City painter Eliminated
Kevin Sagra Surallah, South Cotabato journalist Advanced
Tuesday
22 October 2019
WILDCARD
Christian Castillo Floridablanca, Pampanga warrior Eliminated
Jericho "Echo" Bautista Tayabas, Quezon bartender Eliminated
Cristel John "CJ" Rada Sibuyan, Romblon chef Advanced
Wednesday
23 October 2019
WILDCARD
Paulo "Pau" Magnayon Antipolo, Rizal pirate Advanced
Peter Mendijar Caloocan City surf boy Eliminated
Rex Roque San Mateo, Rizal seaman Eliminated
Thursday
24 October 2019
WILDCARD
Paolo San Miguel Imus, Cavite rockstar Eliminated
Neil Suarez Plaridel, Bulacan martial artist Eliminated
Majed "Jed" Al-Jadani GMA, Cavite mechanic Advanced
Friday
25 October 2019
WILDCARD
Giovan "Gio" Lee Cavite City, Cavite bodyguard Advanced
CJ Mercado Malabon City festival hottie Eliminated
Hilario "Third" Mirasol III Montalban, Rizal basketball player Eliminated
WEEKLY FINALS | Monday, 28 October 2019
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Kevin Sagra CJ Rada Pau Magnayon Jed Al-Jadani Gio Lee
Eliminated Advanced Advanced Advanced Eliminated



Semifinal rounds

The semifinal rounds took place from 29 October to 1 November 2019. Three contestants each day were randomly selected to showcase their dance moves and physiques during their themed performances. A total of seven winners moved on to the grand finals.

Semifinalists
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Jed Al-Jadani
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Czack Buenafe
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Joco Castro
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Jelo Guevarra
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Pau Magnayon
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Jonas Marabe
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Marlon Marcia
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Mon Mendoza
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Mhack Morales
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Carlo Pasion
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CJ Rada
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Amir Reyes
Date Contestant Origin Theme Result
Tuesday
29 October 2019
Czack Buenafe Quezon City cowboy Advanced
John Conmel "Joco" Castro Balagtas, Bulacan football player Eliminated
Jelo Guevarra Caloocan City nerd boy Eliminated
Wednesday
30 October 2019
Ralmon "Mon" Mendoza Angono, Rizal architect Advanced (tied)
Mhack Morales Santa Ana, Manila magician Eliminated
Cristel John "CJ" Rada Sibuyan, Romblon chef Advanced (tied)
Thursday
31 October 2019
Amir Reyes Santa Cruz, Laguna racecar driver Eliminated
Jonas Marabe Pasig City gymnast Advanced (tied)
Marlon Marcia Iba, Zambales matador Advanced (tied)
Friday
1 November 2019
Majed "Jed" Al-Jadani GMA, Cavite mechanic Eliminated
Paulo "Pau" Magnayon Antipolo, Rizal pirate Advanced (tied)
Carlo Pasion Laoag, Ilocos Norte archer Advanced (tied)



Grand finals

The grand finals occurred on Saturday, 2 November 2019. The seven grand finalists competed against each other for the final time with their level-up performances. Jonas Marabe of Pasig City, the "gymnast" who danced with a partner while hanging onto a round steel bar, was hailed as the grand winner of the competition.

Grand Finalists
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Czack Buenafe
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Pau Magnayon
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Jonas Marabe
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Marlon Marcia
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Mon Mendoza
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Carlo Pasion
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CJ Rada


Order of Performances
Contestant Origin Theme
Czack Buenafe Quezon City cowboy
Ralmon "Mon" Mendoza Angono, Rizal architect
Cristel John "CJ" Rada Sibuyan, Romblon chef
Jonas Marabe Pasig City gymnast
Marlon Marcia Iba, Zambales matador
Paulo "Pau" Magnayon Antipolo, Rizal pirate
Carlo Pasion Laoag, Ilocos Norte archer


Final Results
Contestant Origin Theme Result
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winner
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runner-up


Trivia

  • The grand finals of Macho Men 2019 was re-aired on Thursday, 19 March 2020. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on live programming, Eat Bulaga! opted to replay episodes of some of its most iconic segments and other special presentations from the past.[3]


References

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