UPDATE: Its second overseas version, Eat Bulaga! Malaysia will premiere on Malaysia's TV3 on September 2012. Eat Bulaga! Santomense on São Tomé and Príncipe's TVS on January 2013, will be the first Philippine variety show to be franchised by an African country. Eat Bulaga! Timor-Leste will be shown on East Timor's RTTL on February 2013. While Angola will have the overseas version Eat Bulaga! Angola on TPA on March 4, 2013. The sixth overseas version is Eat Bulaga! Moçambique premiering on Mozambique's TVM on March 11, 2013. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Wait a minute, Eat Bulaga is now shown in Indonesia? Last time I checked, Vic Sotto does not speak Bisaya and the late Francis M still kicked butt. Been a while I watched this long-running show on television. My God, Aiza Seguerra is hooking up with chicks?

Well, the news is really true after all! The Indonesians have successfully got the syndication rights to air this popular variety show in Bahasa Indonesia. In fact, the personalities and the format of the show is spot on meaning, there is a foreign version of Tito, Vic, and Joey that will do all the unadulterated jokes and puns in front of live audience.

Will Willie Revillame follow suit and get its doppelganger in Indonesia? Perhaps a Welyanson Revilyantono will be an appropriate name.

The Indonesian franchise of “Eat Bulaga!” premiered on Jakarta’s Surya Citra Televisi network, carrying the name of the noontime program that has entertained Filipino households for almost 33 years. The four familiar segments “Indonesia Pintar” (“Pinoy Henyo”), “One For All, All For One,” “Bolagaan,” and “Karaoke Stud” are really spot-on with what most Filipino viewers watch on television.

There is also a “Bossing” counterpart in Uya Kuya, who is called “Boss Uya” in Indonesia. The other hosts who make up the “dabarkads”, “bulagang” in their language, are Aja Farid, Reza No, Ramzi, Narji, Ciripa, Rian Ibram, Rio Indrawan, Steven, Leo Consul, Selena Alexandria, Jenny Tan, Bianca Lizza, and Julie Christie. The franchise was the result of a deal between SCTV and TAPE, Inc., the production company behind the Filipino show, which will celebrate its 33rd anniversary at the end of the month.

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