Mr. Pogi is a long-running and iconic "Tatak Eat Bulaga!" segment. It is a male talent search for the next heartthrobs who are talented, intelligent, and good-looking.

Since its inception in 1987, Mr. Pogi has been an important stepping stool for male teens aspiring to launch their careers into the Philippine entertainment industry. The competition has acquired some heft and clout due to the fact that two of its past winners were Jericho Rosales in 1996 and Edgar Allan Guzman in 2012, who have made a name for themselves as some of the industry's most successful television and film actors. The 1993 edition also produced an all-male dance group called Male AttraXIon, which became a regular dance group of the noontime show.

The segment is known for its signature "Mr. Pogi" pose, which involves framing the chin with a spread out index finger and thumb, and then cocking that imaginary gun under their grinning faces. The hand gesture can be seen on its recent logos.

Mr. Pogi 1987[edit | edit source]

Mr. Pogi 1987 is the first edition of the iconic male talent search.

Rich Galyer became the first-ever grand winner of Mr. Pogi. He was 19 years old when he won the competition.

Contestant Result
Rich Galyer Winner
First runner-up


Mr. Pogi 1988[edit | edit source]

Mr. Pogi 1988 is the second edition of the iconic male talent search.

Arden Christopher Kaksarao was declared as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi. He was notable for his gymnastics performance in the talent portion. He was 19 years old when he won the competition.

Other contestants is semi-finalist Ramir Magsangkay.

Contestant Result
Arden Christopher Kaksarao Winner
First runner-up


Mr. Pogi 1993: Dobol ni Idol[edit | edit source]

Mr. Pogi 1993 is an edition of the iconic male talent search.

Roderick de los Santos was declared as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi. Other grand finalists of the edition include Vincent Sierra, Allan Concepcion, John Canero, and Mark de Leon. Together with six other weekly finalists, they were formed into an eleven-member dance group known as the Male AttraXIon.

Contestant Result
Roderick de los Santos Winner
First runner-up


Mr. Pogi 1995[edit | edit source]

Mr. Pogi 1995 is an edition of the iconic male talent search. Known contestant is fourth runner-up Jay Will Zapanta and third runner-up Joseph Ryan Palero.

John Jordan Jocson was declared as the grand winner of the 1995 edition. After the competition, he subsequently joined as the fourth member of Eat Bulaga!'s resident teenage dance group called Ang TVJ Kids.

Contestant Result
John Jordan Jocson Winner
First runner-up
Second runner-up
Joseph Ryan Palero Third runner-up
Jay Will Zapanta Fourth runner-up


Mr. Pogi 1996[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 1996 is an edition of the iconic male talent search. It is notable as the launchpad for the successful showbiz career of actor Jericho Rosales. Mr. Pogi 1996 is arguably the most successful edition of the segment for producing one of the most sought-after leading men of the Philippine entertainment industry.

Jericho Rosales of Marikina City, who claimed to be the look-alike of Charlie Sheen, was declared as the grand winner of the competition. He was only 17 years old when he claimed the title.

Other known contestant is semifinalist Aldwin Huvalla, the "Aljon Jimenez" look-alike of Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Contestant Result
Jericho Rosales Winner
First runner-up


Mr. Pogi 1999: Chickboy ng Bayan [edit | edit source]

Mr. Pogi 1999 is an edition of the iconic male talent search.

Dave Mercado, who claimed to be the look-alike of Nick Carter, was declared as the grand winner of the competition. He received ₱30,000 in cash as well as ₱100,000 worth of pension plans from Platinum Plans Phil. Inc.

"Ryan Agoncillo" look-alike Jeffrey Freeman was hailed as the first runner-up and received ₱10,000. "Tonton Gutierrez" look-alike Ricky Ricardo became the second runner-up and received ₱7,000. "Keanu Reeves" look-alike Carlos Canlas was declared as the third runner-up and received ₱5,000. The runners-up also received ₱25,000 worth of pension plans.

Contestant Result
Dave Mercado Winner
Jeffrey Freeman First runner-up
Ricky Ricardo Second runner-up
Carlos Canlas Third runner-up


Mr. Pogi 2002[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2002 is an edition of the iconic male talent search.

Nicolette Eliezer Omaña, who claimed to be the look-alike of Danilo Barrios, was declared as the grand winner of the competition.

Benjamin Basa, Jr. was hailed as the first runner-up, while Andrew Schimmer became the second runner-up.

Contestant Result
Nicolette Eliezer Omaña Winner
Benjamin Basa, Jr. First runner-up
Andrew Schimmer Second runner-up


Mr. Pogi 2003[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2003 is an edition of the iconic male talent search.

Romeo Anthony Dower of Angeles City, Pampanga was declared as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2003. He was only 16 years old when he won the competition. His talent was singing.

Meanwhile, Andrew Miguel was proclaimed as the first runner-up of the talent search.

Ray Leonard Ferrer was a Mr. Pogi 2003 finalist.

Contestant Result
Romeo Anthony Dower Winner
Andrew Miguel First runner-up

Mr. Pogi 2004[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2004 is an edition of the iconic male talent search.

Christopher Canizares was declared as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2004. His winning song is "Just Once", a 1981 song by James Ingram.

Contestant Result
Christopher Canizares Winner
First runner-up


Mr. Pogi 2006[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2006 is an edition of the iconic male talent search. It is notable for successfully launching the showbiz career of actor Edgar Allan Guzman.

Edgar Allan Guzman was declared as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2006. He was only 16 years old when he became the winner. The grand finals was held on Saturday, 8 April 2006.[1]

Meanwhile, Ryan Julio Umengan was proclaimed as the first runner-up of the talent search, while 16-year-old Mark Ariel Fresco of Mandaluyong Cityq was hailed as the second runner-up.

Contestant Result
Edgar Allan Guzman Winner
Ryan Julio Umengan First runner-up
Mark Ariel Fresco Second runner-up


Mr. Pogi 2012[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2012 premiered on 18 June 2012 and concluded on 15 September 2012.

John Edric Ulang, the 21-year-old "Jake Vargas" look-alike of Binagonan, Rizal was proclaimed as the grand winner of the competition.   

Meanwhile, Bryann Carlo Jaofrancia of Dasmariñas, Cavite and Jaylord Casiño of Cagayan de Oro were tied as first runners-up. Chryst Josef Almazar of Sta. Rosa, Laguna and John Paul Duray of Olongapo City were declared as the second and third runners-up, respectively.   

Contestant Result
John Edric Ulang Grand winner
Bryann Carlo Jaofrancia First runners-up
Jaylord Casiño
Chryst Josef Almazar Second runner-up
John Paul Duray Third runner-up


Mr. Pogi 2019[edit | edit source]

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Mr. Pogi 2019 premiered on 22 July 2019 and concluded on 3 August 2019.

It is a two-week long special edition of the iconic talent search as part of the show's 40th anniversary resurgence of its iconic "Tatak Eat Bulaga!" segments. The edition was done in "limited engagement" only. The winner then competed in a "Tatak Eat Bulaga!" ultimate showdown against the winners of other revived segments.

Oscar San Juan, Jr. II, the "Jericho Rosales" look-alike of San Pedro, Laguna, was proclaimed as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2019. Elias Point of Iligan City was declared as the first runner-up, while Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr. of Tondo, Manila was hailed as the second runner-up of the competition.  

Contestant Result
Oscar San Juan, Jr. II Grand winner
Elias Point First runner-up
Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr. Second runner-up


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mr. Pogi winner is now part of Star Magic Batch 15, 19 May 2007, Philippine Entertainment Portal.
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