Lunch Break (Philippine TV program)

Lunch Break is a Philippine noontime show produced by the company Mateo Management Group through its MMG Entertainment Group division aired over IBC from November 4, 2000 to December 12, 2003, replacing Alas Dose sa Trese and was replaced by It's Chowtime!.

Lunch Break
Also known asLunchbreak Muna (2002–2003)
GenreVariety show
Created byMateo Management Group
Developed byIntercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Directed byJR Ledesma
Presented byMaribeth Bichara (2002–2003)
Dang Cruz (2000–2003)
Earl Ignacio (2000–2002)
Leonard Obal (2000–2003)
Joy Viado (2000–2002)
Opening theme"Lunchbreak Theme" by the cast
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodesN/A
Executive producerErvin Mateo
Production locationsLive Studio 2, IBC Studio, Broadcast City, Quezon City, Philippines
Running time90 minutes (Weekdays) 150 minutes (Saturdays)
Original networkIntercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04) –
December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12)


Early years (2000–2001)Edit

After its predecessor Alas Dose sa Trese ended its run on November 3, 2000, the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation and Mateo Management Group co-produced a brand new variety show to compete with ABS-CBN's Magandang Tanghali Bayan (which was later reformatted as Masayang Tanghali Bayan during the show's final year) and GMA Network's Eat Bulaga!. Lunch Break debuted on November 4, 2000, at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, with Dang Cruz, Earl Ignacio, Leonard Obal and Joy Viado as its original main hosts.[1] Jojo Abellana, Michael Laygo, Ronald Gan Ledesma, Yam Ledesma, Geraldine Roxas, Ben Sagmit and Yoyoy Villame (with his daughter, Hannah) also serves as its additional hosts. The new show was preceded by the game show also produced by MMG Entertainment Group, Alas Suerte hosted by Nanette Inventor which is aired at 11:30 a.m.[2]

First revamp (2001–2002)Edit

In 2001, big changes were added to the cast of Lunch Break. Aga Muhlach's cousin Niño Muhlach, Natassia Nave and Japanese-based actor Jacky Woo were added as its hosts along with Patrick Ervin Mateo Jr., son of the show's Executive Producer Ervin Mateo was also added as its main host. In addition, the show's theme song was remixed and a new opening billboard was also introduced on occasion of the show's first anniversary on November 5, 2001.

Lunchbreak Muna, final years (2002–2003)Edit

Despite the investment scam regarding the show's producer in 2002,[3] Lunch Break was reformatted as Lunchbreak Muna (Lit: "Lunchbreak First") in November, Abellana, Ignacyo, Laygo, Ledesma, Roxas, Sagmit, Viado and the Villames left the show and were replaced by new hosts Lorraine Baretto, Maribeth Bichara, Lara Fabregas, Jerome John Hughes, Melisa Henderson, Everly Locsin, Glydel Mercado and Cody Moreno; and with Bichara were promoted as main hosts. Cruz, Muhlach, Nave, Obal and Woo remained as hosts during the show's final run. The show made their final broadcast on December 12, 2003. After five months of hiatus, the show was eventually replaced by It's Chowtime! produced by PROADS Marketing Inc. on May 17, 2004.


  • Jojo Abellana (2000–2002)
  • Lorraine Baretto (2002–2003)
  • Maribeth Bichara (2002–2003)
  • Dang Cruz (2000–2003)
  • Lara Fabregas (2002–2003)
  • Melisa Henderson (2002–2003)
  • Jerome John Hughes (2002–2003)
  • Earl Ignacio (2000–2002)
  • Michael Laygo (2000–2002)
  • Yam Ledesma (2000–2003)
  • Ronald Gan Ledesma (2000–2002)
  • Everly Locsin (2002–2003)
  • Patrick Ervin Mateo Jr. (2001–2003)
  • Niño Muhlach (2001–2003)
  • Glydel Mercado (2002–2003)
  • Cody Moreno (2002–2003)
  • Natassia Nave (2001–2003)
  • Leonard Obal (2000–2003)
  • Geraldine Roxas (2000–2002)
  • Ben Sagmit (2000–2002)
  • Joy Viado (2000–2002)
  • Hannah Villame (2000–2002)
  • Yoyoy Villame (2000–2002)
  • Jacky Woo (2001–2003)
^[†] Indicates deceased


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  • Pinoy Heartthrob (2000–2003)
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  • Super Girlash (2000–2003)
  • Christmas Wish Tree (December 2000)
  • Beach Buddies (2001–2003)
  • Charing Squad (2001–2003)
  • Dance Dynamica (2001–2003)
  • Exotic Divas (2001–2003)
  • Glamour Mom (2001–2003)
  • Honda TODA King (2001–2002)
  • Little Darling (2001–2002)
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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lunch Break Teaser Plug". YouTube. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "P205,000 jackpot sa 'Alas Suerte'". Pilipino Star Ngayon. December 3, 2000. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Zinnia B. Dela Peña (November 29, 2002). "SEC uncovers another investment scam". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 3, 2019.