Today, July 30, marks Eat Bulaga’s 41st anniversary, and to celebrate this special milestone, Dabarkads Pauleen Luna took to Instagram to walk us all down memory lane.
Pauleen looked back to the day she first set her foot in the studio of Eat Bulaga!. In her post, she uploaded a throwback photo of her 16-year-old self standing right beside comedian Michael V during her first appearance in the program.
“My first day in Eat Bulaga,” she began her lengthy post. “I remember how nervous and excited I was as I entered the studio and saw very familiar faces.”
Pauleen recalled that she easily felt comfortable and confident on that day as everyone welcomed her with open arms despite her being a newbie in the industry at that time.
“I must admit that joining a group of very successful people at the age of 16 was very intimidating, but, the intimidation disappeared the moment I stepped into the studio.
“They were very welcoming, as a matter of fact, if you see this video on youtube, you would see how comfortable I was to ask for a take 2 in front of all the hosts and audience, totally forgetting that we were live!”
Pauleen now logs 15 years of being a Bulaga host. The show, she said, not only became her avenue to showcase her talent, but it also gave her a tool to become a better person overall.
“Here we are 15 going 16 years after. Oh boy how Eat Bulaga changed my life! I've learned a lot by just being in the background, knowing and meeting people from different walks of life. I would say I grew up, found my real authentic self in the show. Honed some talents because of their support.”
Moreover, it was in Eat Bulaga! where she met, became friends with, and fell in love with her now-husband, Vic Sotto.
“In this show, they give you the floor to reach your full potential, and I will forever be grateful for that. I've also met the most amazing people! From the people behind the camera to my amazing co-hosts, I still can't believe I’m friends with you all. And most of all, I have found the man that my heart loves in this show. From that young teenager to the mom that I am today, Eat Bulaga was always there.”
In the latter part of her caption, Pauleen affirms that despite her being part of the show, she will forever be a fan of Eat Bulaga! which continues to bring happiness to millions of Filipinos all around the world.
“I am only one of the millions that Eat Bulaga has helped. I may be in front of the camera but deep inside I am still that girl who will always be a fan of Eat Bulaga.
“Happy 41st Anniversary! You are a gift to all of us! I thank the Lord every day for you! @eatbulaga1979.”