And also, if anyone's asking where i get my information(s), are they bogus, fake and entirely fan-made up?, the answer is a definite - "NO!", all the information stated here can also be found on Eat Bulaga's main website, i just edit those to my style of writing, some i get from the tv shows itself (Eat Bulaga, guestings and the like), media (original CD), credible internet sources (i.e. FHM -- no forum/opinion informations included), broadsheet columns/articles (no rumors included) and some from my fellow EB Babes' fans.
Considered as Eat Bulaga's next big thing on TV, the EB Babes were formed from the ground up from hundreds of aspiring females from all over the country in a reality TV type concept, from the eliminations 'till the semi-finals, only 30 remained and were given the chance to prove themselves at the EB Babes training camp. The remaining participants were then honed and taught many different skills to become Eat Bulaga's versatile all-female group, from dancing, singing to acting, everyone was expected to be at their very best, and at the end of the month long training regimen, social activities and nerve-wracking Saturday contestant cut-offs, only 10 were chosen to become Eat Bulaga's new dance group.
Official Debut: August 12, 2006; Saturday
No. of Members: 10
When the SexBomb Girls walked out on the noontime show Eat Bulaga, due to issues with former SexBomb member Sugar Mercado (who at that time, whose contract had already expired on the said group) was being heavily promoted by Eat Bulaga. This caused an unhealthy friction between the management of TAPE (Eat Bulaga) and Focus Entertainment Inc. (SexBomb Girls and Joy Cancio). This unfortunate misunderstanding resulted in the pull-out and boycott of the said group on the noontime show, leaving Eat Bulaga with no dancers on the floor. For the meantime, the co-hosts substituted as the noontime shows' dancers, until Eat Bulaga's manangement finally took action and prompted to look for their very own regular house dancers, hence, the EB Babes was born.
The members of the EB Babes came from droves of female dancers who auditioned for a possible spot in the said dance group. The accepted applicants then had to undergo over a month of training in a dormitory-like facility located in Sitio Lucia in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. As seen on television, some of the young hopeful dancers were eliminated.
Though the producers of Eat Bulaga, TAPE, Inc. could have just taken the easy way by getting a new dance group or hiring established female dancers, they made sure that the latest addition to their family would excite their viewers . Thus they gave it a Reality-TV flavor which their audience enjoyed watching even with the tedious and taxing process of building for Eat Bulaga a new dance troupe all worth it.
As Malou Choa-Fagar quipped proudly, "Para maiba lang."
The smooth rise of the EB Babes is also because of the guidance given not only by Ms. Fagar but by the whole Eat Bulaga family. Off camera, the EB Babes members were advised to be cautious of their actions, to have wholesome recreations, no vices as much as possible and being dignified wherever they are since they too are carrying the name of Eat Bulaga.
Member(s) - Original:
Birthday: December 28, 1984
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Training Camp Designation: Street Jazz Babe
The eldest member and formerly affiliated with the all-female group Wowowee Girls (a.k.a. Bump Girls). Due to her past affiliations, she is also considered to be as the more experienced member of the group. One of her most notable physical trait is her petite stature, which makes her the smallest among the members. At the show, there's this usual running gag where Vic Sotto (a.k.a Bossing Vic) often makes jokes and puns about her underarms, hence, aside from the "foundation jokes", this was one of the main reasons why she was considered as "Bossing's Fave", which is, not meant literally, but more as a comedic relief.
Nickname(s): Ann, Hopia
Birthday: September 29, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Training Camp Designation: Ballroom Babe
The EB Babes unofficial leader (a.k.a. EB Babe Boss) and considered as one of the most versatile dancers in the group. She was formerly affiliated with the all-female group, the ASF Dancers (Anna S. Feliciano Dancers a.k.a. Wowowee Girls). During the 1st EB Babes Talent Search and according to initial reports, she was the one who excelled the most in the training camp, specially in the field of dancing, hence the responsibility to lead the group was assigned to her, where Ms. Malou Choa-Fagar and co-members also agreed upon. One of her most notable traits is her unusual jumpy behavior, this habit of hers resulted in some comedic moments at the show (courtesy of Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Jose Manalo's antics), thus she was given the nickname Hopia.
Name: Marbelynne M. Rivera
Birthday: November 29, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Training Camp Designation: Diva Babe
The EB Babes are first and foremost a dancing group, but among the members, she is the one who excels the most in the field of singing, the hosts even consider her singing talents as quite exceptional, a perfect example of this is when the EB Babes perform a song number, she usually leads the group in this aspect. During the EB Babes' first ever guest appearance at All Star K! The One Million Peso Videoke Challenge TV show, she was one of the few participants who won the coveted 1 Million Pesos (grand prize), where co-member, EB Babe Joyce as her final obstacle. She also sports a tattoo located at her neck and hips.
Name: Joana Joyce M. Burgos
Birthday: June 20, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Training Camp Designation: Cheerleading Babe
Formerly the youngest member in the group until EB Babe Maiko was officially added to the roster (she is approximately 3 months older than EB Babe Maiko). She also sports a shooting star tattoo. Her most notable physical trait is her natural white complexion, thus the usual running gag and joke on the show (courtesy of Joey de Leon) states, "maputi ngunit mahirap" (white but poor). Based on her performances on the show, she swings more on the hip-hop style of dancing. Besides from dancing, she also has some potential when it comes to singing, along with co-members, EB Babe Mae and EB Babe Lian, thus considering her a versatile and capable well-rounded member of the group. According to her mom when she participated in the Kontrapelo segment (commonly known as Sa Pula Sa Puti), EB Babe Joyce (like EB Babe Kim) auditioned and participated at GMA-7's reality-tv show Starstruck.
Name: Lian Katrina I. Paz
Nickname(s): Lian, Kat-Kat, Heartbreaker
Birthday: December 4, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Training Camp Designation(s): Dance Stunts Babe, Phoenetic Babe
One of the most controversial and well-known member of the group, a big part of this is due to her past relationships and links with famous Philippine showbiz personalities like Janno Gibbs, ex-boyfriend Mark Herras and Paolo Contis. Considered as a well-rounded member in the group, because besides dancing, she can also sing and act. In her past (also seen at her special acting debut episode in Magpakailanman), she had a traumatizing experience in regards to attempted rape, but this episode in her life did not lean her towards the man-hater route, but instead, she tried to learn lessons from it. She's also very fond of Hello Kitty (items and the like). She also sports a tattoo of a fairy located at her left hip and another set at the lower back. According to her co-movie casts (with the Iskul Bukol family) during her guesting and participation at the TV show Family Feud, she was jokingly nicknamed as "Heart Breaker", mainly because of failed past relationships.
Name: Madelyn C. Palma
Nickname(s): Madel, Madz
Birthday: February 13, 1986
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Training Camp Designation: Gymnastics Babe
Originally hailing from the City of Cebu and obviously very adept in the Cebuano language which shows in her accent when she talks. According to viewers, she can be considered as one of the most versatile dancers in the group along with co-member/leader EB Babe Ann, this is due to the fact that she was once a dancer in her hometown. One of her most notable performances in the show was her jump splits, with a variation of the said move accompanied with a 360 degrees spin, which was dubbed by viewers as "The 360 Degrees Jump Split". Along with Manager (voice only co-host during the "Taktak Mo O Tatakbo" segments), she performed the Cebuano version of the famous Filipino novelty song "Itaktak Mo", entitled "Itaktak Gyud", revealing that she may have some potential in singing as well. According to her in an interview, among the 3 dancers from Cebu to be chosen to compete in the 1st EB Babes Talent Search, she was very grateful that she was the one chosen to be their representative.
Name: Mary Mae dela Cerna
Nickname(s): Mae, Baby
Birthday: May 27, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Training Camp Designation: Acting Babe
Due to her youthful appearance, small face and extra round-doe eyes, she was often mistaken as the groups youngest member, and because of this aspect and also according to interviews, she was known to the group as their Baby. She describes herself as the more serious member of the group. Aside from dancing, she has some potential in the field of acting and singing, which makes her a good well-rounded performer in the group, these unique talent of hers shows in her performances at the show, a perfect example of these are her creative cosplay dance numbers and action themed dance routines.
Name: Mergene E. Maranan
Birthday: November 4, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Training Camp Designation: Photogenic Babe
Considered by many viewers and critics alike as one of the most attractive participant during the 1st EB Babes Talent Search, which in turn garnering her an enormous amount of votes leading the competition. She was also formerly affiliated with the short-lived Honey-Me Dancers, where she waa called as "Muffin" along with her sister Gina. According to interviews, she lives in her very own condominium along with co-members EB Babe Joyce and EB Babe Ann. She also sports a butterfly tattoo located at the upper back (shoulder area).
Name: Saida E. Diola
Birthday: October 17, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Training Camp Designation(s): Belly Dancing Babe, Fashionista Babe
Formerly affiliated with the Wowowee Girls (a.k.a. Bump Girls). According to interviews, being designated as the Fashionista Babe, she loves to accessorize herself with gold, also, she happens to love strawberries as well as shopping. She sports a tattoo of a crown located at her lower back. One of her most notable traits is her squeeky voice, childlike behavior and playful personality, a perfect example of this is during the controversial first ever EB Babes vs. SexBomb Girls showdown, where she gave SexBomb senior member Rochelle Pangilinan a bump from behind, which according to her in the interviews, she didn't mean no disrespect.
Member - New:
Birthday: May 3, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Training Camp Designation: none
As opposed to the members of the EB Babes who joined the group, all of them were sorted and picked through competitions and contest-like events (i.e. 1st and 2nd EB Babes Talent Search), but in her case, it's quite different, she first appeared in the group without any known introductions and such, she was included in the roster there and then. During Eat Bulaga's February 10, 2009 episode, she was already seen performing with the group, leaving the viewers (mostly the fans of the EB Babes) scratching their heads as to who that new face was.
Originally based in Cebu City, she once took up residence at Muntinlupa City where she also studied (Muntinlupa National High School). More known as a temporary member of the SexBomb Girls and the SexBomb Wannabes. She was also affiliated with the all-female dance group known as the Pink Butterflies (2006), a sub dance group who also happens to be handled by the same company as the SexBomb Girls (specifically, Focus Entertainment Inc.). Back in her hometown in Cebu City, she was once a member of a band, so aside from dancing, she can sing as well, which makes her a good well-rounded new addition to the roster. Her diverse talents, past affiliations and experiences may have been the reasons why she was added to the roster, simply put, "the overall package".
Due to her addition to the roster, it's not surprising that such speculations like "how she would fit in with the EB Babes" would arise, since the EB Babes and the SexBomb Girls have mostly been considered by hardcore fans and casual viewers alike as stereotypical rival dance groups in the same noontime variety show (namely, Eat Bulaga).
When EB Babe Kim was temporarily put on inactive status due to pregnancy. This prompted the management to look for replacements from the previous eliminated finalists of the 1st EB Babes Talent Search to fill in the missing slot and as well as to further expand the group, this was later dubbed by most viewers as the 2nd EB Babes Talent Search which was held on February, 2008.
Finalists from the 1st EB Babes Talent Search who were eliminated during the Saturday episodes of the show were again given the chance to become part of the EB Babes. They were officially declared as the newest members on March 1, 2008. Ironically, all the supposedly new members chosen to be the newest additions of the group have all retired officially from the roster due to different reasons and such.
- Maiko Eleva P. Ison
- Brendalyn Gromeo
- Divina Necessito
Nickname(s): Kim, Suray
Birthday: June 18, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Training Camp Designation: Comedy Babe
The 10th and final -- original -- member to be picked during the 1st EB Babes Talent Search and unfortunately, the first original member to leave the group. She sports a tattoo located at her lower back.
At the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (2006) awarding ceremonies, she was reported to have collapsed at the duration of the event due to fatigue, also, during the controversial first ever showdown with the SexBomb Girls, she suffered a scratch at her back, an accident resulting in a quarrel with one of the members of the said group, specifically SexBomb Mhyca, according to initial reports and interviews, other members of the EB Babes also suferred minor bruises.
She also participated in GMA-7's reality talent search Starstruck III The Nationwide Invasion: Dream, Believe, Survive and was included in the final 20. According to Startalk (episode aired on February 16, 2008), it was reported that she was pregnant. She is currently a proud mother of a heathy boy.
Name: Brendalyn Gromeo
Training Camp Designation: Affable Babe
Along with new co-member EB Babe Maiko, she had her debut on March 25, 2008 at Eat Bulaga and the EB Babes weeks after they were officially announced as new members of the group. She decided to leave the roster unofficially due to reasons unknown, reports state that she has prioritized her studies over her career.
Name: Maiko Eleva P. Ison
Birthday: March 8, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Training Camp Designation: none
Hailing from the city of Makati and taking the title of the youngest member of the EB Babes from EB Babe Joyce by 3 months. She was one of the participants from the 1st EB Babe Talent Search who was booted out early on in the contest, but fortunately, was the first EB Babe contestant to be featured on FHM, since all the members of group were featured in the said magazine. She was officially declared as (1 out of 3) the newest member of the EB Babes on March 1, 2008, and debuted on TV weeks after on March 25, 2008. Along with EB Babe Saida and EB Babe Angel, she was also formerly affiliated with the Wowowee Girls (a.k.a. Bump Girls). At FHM Philippines, December 2006 Issue, according to the magazine interview, her name was derived from what Japanese dolls were called.
Along with Brenda and Divina -- who were the 3 chosen finalists to be added to the roster --, she decided to leave the group unofficially for reasons unknown, which makes her the 3rd member to leave the roster.
Since the EB Babes are exclusively under the management and property of Eat Bulaga and TAPE, it was expected of them to appear only on the said noontime show (since the group itself carries the noontime TV shows name). But as their career progressed, they were given the opportunity to appear and work on many different shows and projects on GMA Network, it's affiliate QTV 11 and such.
Mel & Joey
Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman
Bahay Mo Ba 'To
All Star K! The One Million Peso Videoke Challenge
- The EB Babe Lian Story
Whammy! Push Your Luck
- feat. EB Babe Lian & EB Babe Saida along with Ehra Madrigal.
- feat. EB Babe Lian
- feat. EB Babe Lian (individual guesting)
- feat. EB Babe Belle (individual guesting)
Kung Ako Ikaw
- feat. EB Babe Lian along with Chynna Ortaleza & Tessbomb as the celebrity guests. (episode aired February 25 - February 27 of 2008)
- feat. EB Babe Belle along with Julia Clarete & Lovi Poe as the celebrity guests. (episode aired June 2 - June 4 of 2008)
Eat Bulaga! Holy Week Presentation
- EB Babe Belle and EB Babe Madel were not featured in this special holy week presentation. (episode aired March 19, 2008; Wednesday)
GMA Kapuso Summer Plug
- feat. the two new members of the EB Babes, EB Babe Brenda and EB Babe Maiko. (aired on the month of April, 2008)
- feat. EB Babe Lian along with Allan K. and Anjo Yllana. (episode aired July 11, 2008)
- feat. EB Babe Lian along with Chyna Ortaleza and Stef Prescott at the "Fear The Record" segment. (episode aired August 23, 2008)
- feat. EB Babe Ann and EB Babe Mae along with two other couples, Diego with Myka and Aljur Abrenica with Kris Bernal at the "Fear The Record" segment. (episode aired on August 30, 2008)
- feat. EB Babe Lian at the "Iyotube - Moymoy Palaboy" segment.
- feat. EB Babe Lian along with 3 of the Iskul Bukol movie cast. (episode aired on December 14, 2008)
H3O Ha Ha Ha Over
- feat. EB Babe Madel who was the lucky winner and chosen to have an exclusive day-off special package with family and friends, while Pecto (one of the main hosts of the show) takes her place in the EB Babes for the duration of the day.
- feat. EB Babe Lian. (episode aired on January 24, 2009)
-feat. EB Babe Lian. (episode aired on February 14, 2009)
Dobol Trobol: Let's Get Redi 2 Rambol!
- starring Dolphy and Vic Sotto, premiered on August 13, 2008.
- first ever movie appearance.
Iskul Bukol 20 Years After
- starring Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, premiered on December 25, 2008.
- MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entry.
- April 2007 issue cover girls
- as special guests and endorsers
Events, Achievements & Awards:
For a newly formed group like the EB Babes, they were considered mostly as back-up dancers of Eat Bulaga, and since most of the members were new to the world of show business, they were considered by many critics and viewers alike as amateurs. But after all the criticism, they were able to achieve different awards and work on different projects.
- performed by Joey de Leon from the album Joey To The World 2. The background vocals were performed with Maricor Sanchez, Sushi Reyes and the EB Babes. (2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Phils., Inc.)
Most Promising Dance Group (2006)
Cover Girls of April 2007 Issue
2007 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women 2007
- includes rank and their respective captions:
- EB Babe Lian (No. 18 - Lunchtime Wonder)
- EB Babe Joyce (No. 25 - Rural Legend)
- EB Babe Angel (No. 31 - The Tested)
- EB Babe Kim (No. 44 - Feverish)
- EB Babe Madel (No. 62 - Southern Comfort)
- EB Babe Mergene (No. 79 - Sure Win)
- EB Babe Belle (No. 86 - Instant Oodles)
- EB Babe Saida (No. 87 - Primal Force)
- EB Babe Mae (No. 91 - Laser Vision)
- EB Babe Ann (No. 95 - The Boss)
- They were also accompanied by Ms. Aina Gonzales (April 24, 2007)
2007 FHM 100 Sexiest Women In The World Victory Party
- Live performance (August 12, 2007)
FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women 2008
- includes rank:
- The EB Babes (No.15)
Title: Nakahanda Na Ba Kayo
Composer: Michael V.
Performed By: Ciara Sotto, Julia Clarete & Svetlana Jalosjos
EB Babes Opening Theme Song(s):
- Choosy Choosy
- Pot Pot Pot Jackpot
- Iskul Bukol - EB Babes Ver.
- Bonggang Bongga
EB Babes Wikipedia
EB Babes Republic (EBBR)
*as blogger (contributor)
Frey and Ryu's Blog
*my other blog site for the EB Babes
*my friendster page
*Eat Bulaga Official Website for the EB Babes