Top 10 Longest-Running TV Programs In The Philippines

These Filipino TV shows stood the test of time and are probably older than you.
posted on: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Filipinos really love watching TV. Which television programs did you watch ever since you were a child?

Here are the longest-running TV programs in the Philippines:

10. I-Witness (1999)


All I can say is that GMA7 do make excellent documentary and news programs. With more than 600 episodes, I-Witness has been on air since January 1999 and it hasn’t stopped making relevant documentaries and earning international awards such the Peabody Awards.

9. Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman (1997)


It’s what Mr. Germs do best, keeping you awake all night. For those of you who rarely watch TV late at night, Walang Tulugan is a variety show hosted by Mr. German Moreno that aims on launching and developing fresh new artists. It’s tagline “Walang tulugan!” made the show popular.

8. Bubble Gang (1995)

With the first episode aired on October 20, 1995, Bubble Gang is the longest-running comedy show in the country. The recent departure of the mainstay member Ogie Alcasid left the show with only two remaining original members: Michael V. and Antonio Aquitania.

6. Saksi (1995)


Saksi is a late night news program originally anchored by Mike Enriquez and Karen Davila. Later on, Mel Tiangco joined the crew when she transferred from ABS-CBN. Karen Davila would later leave the program to transfer to ABS-CBN.

7. Startalk (1995)

Startalk is the longest-running showbiz talk show in the Philippines with almost a thousand episodes already broadcast. Startalk’s first episode was aired on October 2, 1995, just one day before Saksi. One of the most remembered host of the show was Rosanna Roces who helped bolster the show’s ratings.

Did you know that the  of the show are Lolit Solis, Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino?

5. ASAP (1995)

The definitive Sunday show after it has beaten is long time rival, GMA7’s SOP. ASAP means All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party (now I know). It’s number of episodes already surpassed a thousand, making it one of the few Filipino TV programs to do so.

4. Maalaala Mo Kaya (1991)

This show is the longest-running drama anthology in the country and in Asia. It is hosted by ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio who doesn’t seem to grow old. The show is known for it’s catchphrase, “Dear Ate Charo”. The first episode was aired on May 15, 1991 entitled “Rubber Shoes” starring Romnick Sarmenta and Vina Morales.

Did you know that the artist who have the most number of MMK episodes is Eula Valdez with 32 episodes? She is followed by Ricky Davao and Cherry Pie Picache with 31 episodes.

3. TV Patrol (1987)

The longest-running Filipino news program has been on air since March 2, 1987. Its original anchors were Noli de Castro, Robert Arevalo, Mel Tiangco, and Angelique Lazo. Noli de Castro opens the program with his famous catchphrase, “Magandang gabi, Bayan”.

2. Eat Bulaga! (1979)

At first, the show was broadcast on RPN, then on ABS-CBN, then finally settled on GMA where the show celebrated its most fruitful years. Eat Bulaga! has been on air since 1979 with over 10,000 episodes produced. The show has been hosted since its inception by Tito, Vic and Joey. It was Joey de Leon who coined the title of the show.

The show’s first overseas version was Eat Bulaga! Indonesia which premiered in 2012.

1. Kapwa ko, Mahal ko (1975)

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This public service program was originally hosted by longtime Red Cross volunteer Ms. Rosa Rosal, Orly Mercado (who later became a Senator and Defense Secretary) and Dr. Antonio Talusan, a nephrologist. The show currently airs on GMA7 every Sunday at 5:30 AM and is hosted by Mercado, Connie Angeles and Camille Angeles.

Not to start a network war, but the list has 7 GMA shows. Which Filipino TV shows do you think would last decades and would make it to the top 10 list?