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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Tribute to Philippine comedy icons in ‘Bubble Gang’

For them, the laughter never stops.

The longest-running and well-loved gag show in the country – GMA Network’s Bubble Gang – continues to offer non-stop entertainment to Filipinos. The show celebrate its 21st anniversary this month.

Bubble Gang is the country’s most popular gag show and the audience loves it (proof of which is the two decades it has stayed on the air without interruption) for the unique, amusing and extraordinary parodies, sketches and gags about television commercials, politicians and current events.

Creative Director of “Bubble Gang” Michael V with gag show regulars Andrea Torres (center) and Antonio Aquitania (leftmost)

Kapuso comedy genius and Bubble Gang’s Creative Director Michael V. said during the press meeting a week ago the cast of the show is simply giving back to the audience, whom they consider as their motivation and inspiration. It is to them they owe the feat the show has achieved through the years making it a cut above the rest.

Palagi kong sinasabi sa mga kasamahan ko dito na binabalik ko lang yung success ng show – yung glory and staying power naming – sa mga manunuod. Kasi for me, maganda yung relationship ng Bubble Gang sa audience. We get inspiration from them e. Kumbaga kung wala yung society, hindi kami makakagawa ng parody, sketches, and jokes na about sa society. And we’re glad na-a-appreciate naman ng mga nakakapanood yun,” he said.

Pantasya ng Bayan Kim Domingo

Bubble Gang will have a two-part TV special. One will air tonight and the other on Dec.2. The special is a tribute to 21 gems of comedy in Philippine cinema and television. The cast will performing some of their famous sketches and scenes dubbed as “21 GANG Salute.”

The Bubble Gang are Michael V., Andrea Torres, Antonio Aquitania, Arra San Agustin, Arny Ross, Betong Sumaya, Boy 2 Quizon, Chariz Solomon, Denise Barbacena, Diego Llorico, Jackie Rice, Jak Roberto, James Macasero, Jan Manual, Juancho Trivino, Kim Domingo, Mikael Daez, Myka Flores, Paolo Contis, RJ Padilla, Rodfil Obeso, Sef Cadayona, and Valeen Montenegro.

Gag show heartthrobs Mikael Daez (left) and Jak Roberto (right)  

Bert de Leon has taken over the directing job after Uro Q. de la Cruz bade everyone goodbye and joined the Creator. The show airs Fridays after Someone To Watch Over Me on GMA Telebabad.

Get the latest updates of Bubble Gang from their official website of GMA Network and official Facebook page


Maine Mendoza has ignited the whole country with her bubbly personality and inimitable entertainment style.

How is Maine, or the other half of Aldub as she is fondly known by her millions of admirers, taking her sudden shoot to fame?

“I think it’s safe to say that I am still in the process of familiarizing. I still have a lot of things to learn and I think it would take me a long time to get used to everything.”

Just recently, a big milestone in her career happened — she got married to Alden Richards in Eat Bulaga’s “Kalyeserye.”

In the short period she has stayed in the limelight, she has proven to be a true crowd darling.  Her appearance at any time is a hit and everything she touches seems to turn to gold.

Maine proudly shared another milestone. Her favorite Young Pork Tocino is now the no.1 tocino in the market. It is dubbed as the country’s Top-selling Tocino!

“I am a proud endorser and I’m happy and flattered that I helped somehow in making CDO Funtastyk Young Pork become the top-selling tocino here in the country.”

Maine Mendoza has been tapped to endorse CDO's most recognizable and top-selling product

CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino is known for its superior product attributes —made from 100 percent young pork, walang salitre and low shrinkage when cooked.

“Fan talaga ako ng CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino ever since kaya happy ako na no.1 na siya. It’s delicious, tender kasi hindi ito gawa sa  inahing baboy and hindi ito malitid. It doesn’t shrink easily when cooked unlike other brands kaya young talaga ang love ko!”

And speaking of love, Maine is keeping everyone in kilig mode as she and love team partner Alden Richards keep everyone guessing about.  Are they or aren’t they?

Fresh from a short vacation in Europe, the two also shot scenes for their upcoming guest appearance in Enteng Kabisote in which they appear as guest stars.

What more can we expect from them? “We are currently working on something outside Eat Bulaga, at dapat abangan nila ito,” she says.

Maine’s busy schedule won’t stop her from spending time with her loved ones this Christmas. She goes on to say that she’s sure that the holidays would be more memorable with CDO Funtastyk Young Pork Tocino on the table. “Naman!” she exclaims, “It should be part of every family’s breakfast table, especially this Christmas season.”


BDO Unibank won the Best Social Media Initiative award at the recently concluded Asian Banker Country Awards for its “Project Kiss” campaign that featured one of its celebrity endorsers — Maine Mendoza.

The campaign, anchored on the message “Abot ang Pangarap ‘pag BDO ang Kausap”, was a social media megahit, with the video reaching more than 5.6 million Facebook users since its launch in March this year. 

Television darling Maine Mendoza is also the face of BDO's financial campaign 

“BDO effectively took advantage of the social media to advertise and market its products. One of the bank’s most engaging initiatives was the ‘‘Project Kiss’’ campaign to promote its savings account, which has reached more than 5.6 million people in Facebook,” The Asian Banker said. “The bank also implemented a social media e-learning program to provide its employees with adequate knowledge on existing social media policies and effective ways to properly engage and handle customers.”

The Bank also received the Best Deposit Initiative in the Philippines and Best Mobile Payment Initiative citations during the Country Awards, which was held in conjunction with the Philippine International Banking Convention.

“BDO’s Peso Savings Account significantly contributed to the Bank’s retail deposit growth of 23 percent in the first half of 2016. Extending banking hours and offering weekend banking have helped to boost the bank’s deposits,” The Asian Banker added. “BDO opened new branches in malls to reach more customers.”

As for its successful mobile platform, the Singapore-based publication pointed out that by enabling person-to-person transfers on its mobile platform, it allowed customers to send up to P10,000 to any Philippine recipient without the need for the other party to activate an account.

“This initiative captured consumers’ interest even without a marketing campaign, contributing an estimated 16 percent share of financial transactions completed through the mobile app,” The Asian Banker said.

The convention is the leading annual conference designed for bankers and financial services professionals to discuss transformational issues that are shaping the country’s banking industry.

The Asian Banker runs several international award programs that have emerged within the industry and used as benchmarks by the best banks in the region.


Two kind-hearted women, mothers to their constituents, sit down with host Ricky Reyes and talk about worthy projects for women.

“Dogs are a man’s best friend” isn’t just a saying but a fact. Here, Uno, Dos, Tres show how they give happiness to cancer-stricken children at Childhaus.

See how some women who suffered from thinning hair got their confidence back with natural wigs from Ricky Reyes.

Workaholic “Momprenuer” Flor Santos takes a break from her busy schedule for a total makeover, and Pier 7, which offers rainbow-colored burgers with different toppings as well, is one of them.

All these and more, 9 to 10 a.m. in tomorrow’s episode of Gandang Ricky Reyes Todo na Toh (GRR TNT) on GMA News TV.                                                                                               

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