Boy Abunda

Eugenio "Boy" Romerica Abunda Jr. (born October 29, 1958) is a Filipino professor, television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser.[1]

Boy Abunda
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Eugenio Romerica Abunda, Jr.

(1958-10-29) October 29, 1958 (age 62)
Borongan, Samar, Philippines
OccupationTelevision presenter, publicist, talent manager, newscaster
Years active1976–present
TelevisionYour Moment
Partner(s)Bong Quintana (1983–present)

Early life and educationEdit

Boy Abunda was born in Borongan.[2] He attended Ateneo de Manila University,[2] where he took up Business Management. However, he did not finish that course because of his father's death. He left Ateneo and worked in odd jobs to support himself.[3]

At the Metropolitan Theater, he worked as a stage actor and eventually as an assistant stage manager. Later, he became the assistant of the theater's administrator Conchita "Tita Conching" Sunico,[1] who taught him public relations. Within a couple of years, he started Backroom, Inc managing singers and actresses and a public relations firm.[2] He also worked as public relations consultant for GMA Network. It was during Abunda's public relations work in GMA7 when one of its executives named Bobby Barreiro, suggested that he should try hosting a television show.

Abunda became a host of Show and Tell, a late night variety talk show with Gretchen Barretto, and Startalk, an entertainment talk show. He subsequently moved to GMA Network's competitor ABS-CBN in 1999, where he has hosted the following shows: The Buzz, Private Conversations, Homeboy, Kontrobersyal,[2] SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, a talk show interview.[4] He is also a newscaster for entertainment of the late-night news program Bandila. He also worked as a radio commentator for DZAR, during the Angel Radyo era.

He also produced an album titled Melodic Conversations.[5]

He graduated from Philippine Women's University with degrees Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts in 2009,[6] Master of Arts in Communication Arts in 2011,[7] and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development in 2016.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Abunda is openly gay and has been in a relationship with partner Elmer "Bong" Quintana since 1983.[9] Although Abunda is a practicing Catholic and Marian devotee,[10][11] he is a supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, expressing disagreement with the Church's stand on homosexuality.[10] He denounced the 2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting,[12] which has been recorded as the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the United States.

On June 23, 2010, Abunda became a part-time professor at Philippine Women's University, teaching radio and television to Communication Arts students. He currently resides in Quezon City.[citation needed]

Abunda's sister, Maria Fe Abunda, currently serves as a congresswoman for Eastern Samar. She had previously served as the mayor of Borongan.[13]


In August 2014, Abunda was not seen on TV for weeks. On September 7, 2014, he revealed in an exclusive interview with The Buzz that he had suffered from a medical condition in which 300 milliliters of abscess was removed from his liver. He was discharged from the hospital on August 23.[14]


Television showsEdit

Year Title Role Network
2019–2020 Your Moment Judge[15] ABS-CBN
2017 I Can Do That Himself
2016 Born for You Himself
2015–present Tonight with Boy Abunda Host
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Guest Jury
2014–2015 Aquino & Abunda Tonight Host
2011–2014 Bandila Anchor
2009–2020 The Bottomline with Boy Abunda Host
2009 Ang Kwento naming Dalawa (Judy Ann-Ryan Love Story) Host / Narrator
2009–2011 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Anchor
2008–present Inside the Cinema Host Cinema One
2008 Volta Ama ABS-CBN
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Host / Himself
2005–2007 Homeboy Host / Himself
2005–2019 Pinoy Big Brother Talk Show Host / Himself
2004–2005 Morning Star Host / Himself
2004–2005 Star Circle Quest Judge
2003–2006 Kontrobersyal Host / Himself
2001–present Private Conversations Host / Himself ANC
1999–2015 The Buzz (formerly known as Buzz ng Bayan from 2013-2014) Host / Himself ABS-CBN
1995–1999 Startalk Host / Himself GMA Network
1994–1995 Show & Tell Host / Himself


Year Title Role Films
2018 The Girl in the Orange Dress Star Cinema, Quantum Films, MJM Productions
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment & GMA Films
2010 Noy Himself/Cameo Star Cinema
2008 Scaregiver Himself OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions & APT Entertainment
2004 Volta Ama Star Cinema
Naglalayag Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment


  • 2014: Make Your Nanay Proud (ABS CBN Publishing, Inc.)
  • 2017: It's Like This (ABS CBN Publishing, Inc.)
  • 2018: Nanay's Gay Boy: Two Speeches (ABS CBN Publishing, Inc.)


  • Celebrity Inductee Winner, Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in 2010
  • 3rd EdukCircle Awards - Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of Year (2013)
  • Winner, Best Showbiz Oriented Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Startalk (1995–1999)
    • The Buzz (1999–2008 and 2010) (tied with Paolo Bediones in 2005)
    • SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (2009)
    • Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Winner, Best Public Affairs Program Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Private Conversations (2004)
    • The Bottomline With Boy Abunda (2010-2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Winner, Best Magazine Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Kontrobersyal (2004)
  • Winner, Best Celebrity Talk Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Homeboy (2005–2007)
    • Boy and Kris (2008)
  • Winner, Best Talk Show Host - UPLB Gandingan Awards
    • Homeboy (2006)
    • Boy and Kris (2007–2008)

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2000 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Showbiz-Oriented Show Host The Buzz Won[16]


  1. ^ a b Bonifacio, Tinna S. (August 2005). "Stardom is hard work: Boy Abunda success is "seizing the moment, not winning it"". JobsDB: Interactive Recruitment Network. Archived from the original on January 20, 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Boy Abunda biography". Wow! Celebrities. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Mirror, mirror . . ". 13 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Getting to The Bottomline". The Philippine Star. February 27, 2010.
  5. ^ Procrastination awards Archived March 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Manila Times
  6. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his first college degree. Archived April 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his second College degree. Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Boy Abunda graduates with a doctoral degree from PWU. July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. ^ The Ballad of Boy and Bong Archived June 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "Boy Abunda on being gay: How can love be a sin?", ABS-CBN Corporation, 7 October 2014, retrieved 7 December 2016
  11. ^ "The Marian devotee in me",, 7 October 2014, retrieved 7 December 2016
  12. ^ Serato, Arniel (July 5, 2016), "What Boy Abunda's partner Bong Quintana said when Boy asked him if they want to get married", Philippine Entertainment Portal, retrieved December 8, 2016
  13. ^ Gabieta, Joy (May 17, 2019). "Boy Abunda sis is new Eastern Samar rep". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Meet the judges of 'Your Moment,' ABS-CBN's 2-in-1 talent competition". ABS-CBN News. October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Happy, triumphant faces at the 14th PMPC Star Awards for TV". The Philippine Star. October 9, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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