Bubble Gang pays tribute to Tropang Trumpo


Caronia… HOOHAH… Caronia… HOOHAH… ikabupini… paniguradi!

I remember when this was first launched. Ogie Alcasid was basically starting out as an actor, Gelli de Belen was one of Viva’s emerging stars (alongside Vina Morales and Regine Velasquez) while Michael V was a mainstay in Ready, Get Set, Go and was known as an alternative to Francis M and Andrew E. The show was bundled with the Richard Gomez/ Vandolph starrer Tondominium and their ensemble included Noni Buencamino, Earl Ignacio, Shielu Bharwani, Manny Castaneda, among others (one of my favorite gags back then was when Bitoy spoofed Vandolph by making his cheeks bloat).

Anyway, Douglas Quijano found ways to put his talents in the show when the show re-formatted. Carmina Villaroel joined the cast with Jomari Yllana, Mark Anthony Fernandez, and Eric Fructuoso becoming featured performers. This was when former Bad Bananas Edgar Mortiz and Al Tantay, alongside former Goin Bananas writer Dan Salamante joined the show as off-stage creatives. Former Goin Bananas Whitney Tyson and Caloy Alde also joined the show at one point. This gave Alde a chance to have an own show called Ogag (a la Mr. Bean). Earl Ignacio would also have a Mr. Bean-like show in GMA called Si Tsong, Si Tsang. This was ABC-5’s first victory as a station and this molded the fact that they are innovators. Earl Ignacio returned to the show and together with Bitoy, Ogie, Mina, and Gelli became unstoppable in that Saturday night spot. They would also have constant run-ins with other shows, particularly with Sang Linggo nAPO Sila.





When GMA signed Bitoy and Ogie, Bubble Gang was created. The show was not a direct competitor of Trumpo, although they did throw barbs at each other. Earl, Gelli and Mina were joined by Smokey Manaloto, Hyubs, Binoe, former DLSU Green Archer Maoi Roca, among others but at this point, their popularity has dropped significantly. Gelli and Mina will then leave the show and this would signal revamp of the show.

Then and there, Tropang Trumpo ended and Ispup was born.

Amongst the contributions of the program was the super popular Battle of the Brainless, Bahaw: Kaning Lamig, Baliw Balita, Noon at Ngayon, Bitoy the Little Boy, and the short gags that led to the Chicken Dance 9 (and Carmina Villaroel’s constant usage of the word “Pustiso” or false teeth).

I think the recognition Bubble Gang showed for Trumpo was awesome. Although, it would have been better if they do a whole show a la these gag shows (the best tribute episode I have seen in the current Pinoy TV landscape was the Palibhasa Lalake tribute the kids from Goin Bulilit did).

Anyway, while Bubble Gang would go down in Philippine TV history as one of the most successful entertainment programs of All-Time that is still airing (I will hold Eat Bulaga, Maalaala Mo Kaya, and Startalk in that same category)…





Tropang Trumpo also left a lasting mark nonetheless.

CHICKEN!

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