Magandang Gabi... Bayan

Magandang Gabi... Bayan (transl.good evening...nation) is a Philippine television news magazine show broadcast by ABS-CBN. Hosted by Noli de Castro, it premiered on August 20, 1988. The show concluded on December 31, 2005.

Magandang Gabi... Bayan
Title card in 2000-2001
GenreNews magazine
Presented byNoli de Castro (1988–2004)
Kat de Castro (2001–2005)
Erwin Tulfo (2001–2005)
Henry Omaga-Diaz (2001–2005)
Theme music composerEdgar Rustia
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodes890
Running time60 minutes (1988–1991, 2004–2005)
90 minutes (1991–2004)
Production companyABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Original release
ReleaseAugust 20, 1988 (1988-08-20)[1][2] –
December 31, 2005 (2005-12-31)



The program, styled in the lines of U.S. news magazine programs 60 Minutes and Dateline, was first broadcast on August 21, 1988, with its first anchor Kabayan (transl. compatriot or fellow countryman) Noli de Castro along with the live studio audience. The program's aim was to expose illegalities of some Philippine government officials as well as to render public service to the Filipinos.

On August 26, 1989, the program was moved to Saturday and its was reformatted without the studio audience.

MGB was known for its themed special episodes. One example is the Undás (All Saints' Day or Season of the Dead), wherein every year, special episodes featuring horror stories, with a number of them having ties to atrocities in history, were broadcast. These included reenactments of alleged paranormal incidents around the country, with famous allegedly haunted spots such as Manila Film Center, Laperal Guesthouse, Diplomat Hotel, Clark Hospital, Baker Hall, Malacanang Palace, among many others, acting as studio settings.[3][4][5][6]

On the first week of January every year, it features the reports about the highlights of the New Year activities were broadcast. These included the victims of the illegal firecrackers around the country and the New Year Celebrations throughout the world as well as the recaps of the entry films to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

After de Castro's election as Senator of the Philippines in 2001 and subsequent election as Vice President of the Philippines in 2004, the show had substitute hosts, including Kat de Castro (De Castro's daughter), Erwin Tulfo and Henry Omaga-Diaz.

The final episode was broadcast on December 31, 2005.


Main hosts
Substitute hosts

See also



  1. ^ "TV Guide". Manila Standard. Manila Standard News, Inc. October 9, 1988. p. 15. Retrieved November 2, 2020. 6 ( 2) Magandang Gabi, Bayan
  2. ^ "TV Guide". Manila Standard. Manila Standard News, Inc. August 14, 1988. p. 15. Retrieved November 2, 2020. 6 ( 2) Sunday TV Patrol
  3. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (October 27, 2017). "#THROWBACK: Terrifying memories from Magandang Gabi Bayan Halloween specials". Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  4. ^ De La Cruz, Christa I. (October 31, 2017). "10 Halloween Things Only Filipinos Would Understand". Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "'90s kids, this Halloween TV special is back to spook you". October 26, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Kilabot ni Kabayan: Noli de Castro, binalikan ang karanasan sa 'Magandang Gabi Bayan'". ABS-CBN News. October 28, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2019.