Bubble Gang

Bubble Gang is a Philippine television sketch comedy show broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Bert De Leon, it stars Michael V. and Antonio Aquitania. It premiered on October 20, 1995 on the network's Friday night line up replacing Vilma. The show is the longest running comedy show in the Philippines.[5]

Bubble Gang
Bubble Gang title card.jpg
Title card since 2019
GenreSketch comedy
Created byMarivin Arayata
Directed by
  • Uro Dela Cruz (1995–2016)[1]
  • Bert de Leon (since 2016)
  • Frasco Mortiz (since 2021)[2]
Creative directorMichael V.
Starring
Theme music composerMichael V.
Opening theme"Bubble Gang (Pwede!)" by Michael V.
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageTagalog
No. of episodes1,254
Production
Executive producers
  • Camille Hermoso
  • Jan Navaro[3]
Production locationsStudio 4, GMA Network Center, Quezon City, Philippines[4]
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time90 minutes
Production companyGMA Entertainment Group
Release
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseOctober 20, 1995 (1995-10-20) –
present
External links
Website

The series is streaming online on YouTube.[6]

PremiseEdit

The show emphasizes pop culture parody. Skits and sketches are performed in a manner similar to variety shows. It also spoofs other television shows, adverts, and famous people.[7]

OverviewEdit

Bubble Gang premiered on GMA Network on October 20, 1995.[5] It was inspired by the gag show Tropang Trumpo.[8] The original cast consisted of Ogie Alcasid, Antonio Aquitania, Sunshine Cruz, Jackie de Guzman, Assunta De Rossi, Eric Fructuoso, Susan Lozada, Aiko Melendez, Wendell Ramos and Michael V. Production personnel of the show, Diego Llorico and Marissa "Mykah" Flores later joined the show as cast members.

In March 2020, principal photography was halted due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] The show resumed its programming on August 21, 2020.[10]

CastEdit

Current cast
Michael V.
Betong Sumaya
Jak Roberto
Former cast
Ogie Alcasid
Wendell Ramos
Toni Gonzaga
Jackie Rice
Sam Pinto
Max Collins
Carla Abellana
Juancho Trivino
Ara Mina
Former cast

TimelineEdit

Recurring characters and segmentsEdit

Home media releaseEdit

The series was released on DVD by GMA Music in 2009. The DVD contained "the best of the best" episodes of Bubble Gang throughout the years.[14]

ControversiesEdit

In September 2002, the show was sued by L.A. Lopez after the show made a character named as El Aye Lopez in 2001. According to Lopez, the spoof affected him emotionally. He asked 5 million pesos for damages and a public apology from the show. The case was later dismissed.[15][16]

In 2013, Michael V., Rufa Mae Quinto, and GMA Network's executives, were summoned by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairman, Eugenio Villareal for a mandatory conference after a sexually sensitive comedy sketch called "The Adventures of Susie Lualhati" which aired on November 29, 2013. Villareal was alarmed after what he had found of a derogatory and discriminatory portrayal of a woman in the show.[17] Michael V., Quinto, and executives of the network met with MTRCB on December 9, 2013 to discuss the issue. It led to an agreement that the show will implement proposed measures that will ensure audiences about gender-sensitivity contents by December 16, 2013.[18]

AccoladesEdit

Accolades received by Bubble Gang
Year Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
1996 10th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [19]
1997 11th PMPC Star Awards for Television Won
1998 12th PMPC Star Awards for Television Won
1999 13th PMPC Star Awards for Television Won
2000 14th PMPC Star Awards for Television Won
Best Comedy Actor Michael V. Won
2001 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [19]
2002 16th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won
2003 17th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won
2004 2004 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Programme Won
18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won [19]
Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [19]
1st USTv Students' Choice Awards Won
2005 2005 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Michael V. Won [20]
2005 Golden Screen Awards Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Gag Show Ogie Alcasid Won
19th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [19]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won
2006 20th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won [21]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [19]
2007 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Michael V.
Runner-up
[22]
21st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won [23]
Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won
2008 2008 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Programme
Highly Commended
[24]
Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress Ogie Alcasid
Highly Commended
2008 Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Show Bubble Gang Nominated
22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won [25]
Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Nominated
5th USTv Students' Choice Awards Nominated [19]
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Nominated [25]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won
5th USTv Students' Choice Awards Won [19]
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won [26]
Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Nominated
2010 UP Gandingan Awards Won [19]
6th USTv Students' Choice Awards Won
2011 8th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [27]
9th Gawad Tanglaw Best Gag Show Won [28]
25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid
Michael V.
Won [29][30]
Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated
Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won
2012 8th USTv Students' Choice Awards Won [31]
26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy/Gag Show Nominated [32]
Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won [32][33]
2013 2013 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress Michael V.
Highly Commended
[34]
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [25]
Best Comedy Actor Michael V. Won
Ogie Alcasid Nominated [35]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won [25]
11th Gawad Tanglaw Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [36][37]
2013 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Gag Program Won [38]
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Program Ogie Alcasid Won
Michael V. Nominated [39]
9th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [40]
4th Northwest Samar State University Students’ Choice Awards for Radio and TV Best Comedy Program Won [41]
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Sef Cadayona Won [42]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won
Hall of Fame Bubble Gang Won
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Show Sef Cadayona
Albert "Bentong" Sumaya
Won [43]
Nominated
Outstanding Gag Program Bubble Gang Won
5th NSSU Students’ Choice Award for Radio and Television Best Comedy Program Won [44]
10th USTv Students’ Choice Award Students’ Choice of Comedy Program Won [45]
1st PUP Mabini Media Awards Best Television Comedy Program Won [46]
1st Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Central Luzon's Choice for a Gag Show Won [47]
2015 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Sef Cadayona Nominated [48]
Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Nominated [49]
2016 Asian Television Awards Best Comedy Programme Bubble Gang Nominated [50]
2017 2017 Golden Laurel LPU Batangas Media Awards Best Comedy Show Nominated [51]
31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Sef Cadayona Nominated [52]
Michael V. Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Chariz Solomon Nominated
2018 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Sef Cadayona Nominated [53]
Michael V. Nominated
Best Comedy Actress Chariz Solomon Nominated
Best New Male TV Personality Kelvin Miranda Nominated
2019 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actress Chariz Solomon Nominated [54]
2021 34th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Faye Lorenzo Nominated [55]

Spin-offsEdit

  • Bubble Gang Jr. premiered on May 8, 2005 and featured child actors.[56]
  • DoSeNa, a television film to celebrate the show's 12th anniversary.[5]
  • Bungallow, a horror television film to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary.[57]
  • Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie, a film based on the segment Ang Spoiled. It was released in theaters on September 23, 2009.[58]
  • Boy Pick-Up: The Movie, a film based on the character Boy Pick-Up from the Pick-Up Lines segment. It was released on theaters on June 6, 2012.[59]
  • Hole in the Wall, a Philippine version of the American game show series of the same title aired in 2009. Hosted by Yaya and Angelina - two characters created by Bubble Gang were portrayed by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid respectively.[60]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ YouTube comedy duo, more popularly known as "Moymoy Palaboy", that gained fame after recording and lip syncing songs. The duo now became part of the show in 2009, where they debuted with their own segment, "Iyotube" parodying the video sharing website YouTube.
  2. ^ Recent additions to the show, known collectively as the "Bubblets."[61]
  3. ^ Diego Llorico is also a segment producer for the show.
  4. ^ Salvador, Cosme, and Francisco are the trio that was well known with the "Ang Dating Doon" which aired from 1998 to 2000 and 2005. In 2011, the segment was revived with the trio reprising their roles as Brothers Pete, Willie, and Jocel.[62][63]
  5. ^ Newest additions to the comedy show. They were introduced on August 2, 2013. They are collectively known as the "Bagong Gang".[64]

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