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Tropa Moko Unli is Hot, and Bubble Gang is Not

After only two episodes ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ became a trending topic on Twitter, fueled by the revival of the ‘Battle of the Brainless’ skit.

They may have aired two episodes so far, but TV5’s newest gag show ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ is quickly becoming a hot trending topic in social media, not only in the Philippines, but also globally. So much so that it has the potential to put the long-running gag show ‘Bubble Gang‘ of GMA out of the airwaves, just like what that program did to the Kapatid network‘s original gag show ‘Tropang Trumpo‘.

It can be argued that Ogie Alcasid‘s decision to leave GMA and sign with TV5 was a blessing in disguise. After all, Alcasid spent 18 years as part of the ‘Bubble Gang’ cast after initially leaving ‘Tropang  Trumpo’ alongside buddy Michael V. However, Alcasid appears unsatisfied in playing the sidekick role, thus he moved over as a Kapatid talent and was tapped to be the ‘face’ and leader of the ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ gang. Alcasid was joined by fellow ‘Tropa’ Gelli de Belen, and by bringing in younger talent from the ‘Lokomoko‘ gag show, it unified both of TV5’s past and present gag shows into one, which became ‘Tropa Moko Unli’. And so far the union has been beneficial.

The strength of ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ lies on a carryover skit from the ‘Tropang Trumpo’ days. The decision to bring back the classic ‘Battle of the Brainless’ skit has been met with both critical and popular acclaim; the segment itself was also a social media hit. In addition, a parody of ‘The Ryzza Mae Show’, entitled ‘Lasa May Toyo’, also contributed to the show’s popularity. For tomorrow’s episode, Alcasid will play host to the ‘Show Show A All the Way’, a parody of ‘The Medyo Late Night Show’ starring Jojo Alejar.

While ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ is gaining momentum, ‘Bubble Gang’ is losing steam. GMA’s long-running gag show is suffering from the lack of interesting skits, the worst of the bunch happens to be Diego Llorico’s ‘Atlit’ segment which took out the more popular ‘Ba’t Ganun?’ skit. The retirement of ‘Boy Pick Up’ and other characters played by Ogie Alcasid also factored into the show’s loss of audience. While Michael V. tried to make things interesting with his ‘Tata Lino’ and ‘Mr. Assimo’ skits, it is apparent that ‘Bubble Gang’ is past its prime, and with its placement on the late night Friday slot opposite ABS-CBN and TV5’s newscasts, audiences seem more interested in watching the news than a gag show like ‘Bubble Gang’.

‘Bubble Gang’ needs to get out of its so-called ‘group of death’ if they want to extend the show’s proven longevity. A move to Saturday nights is a logical move; GMA can place the program in the more favorable 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. slot where the program once enjoyed its peak of popularity. And it should benefit the program, considering that ABS-CBN’s ‘Banana Split’ and the aforementioned ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ airs on Saturdays, thus giving ‘Bubble Gang’ some much-needed competition. The revival of the popular ‘Ba’t Ganun?’ and the creation of more interesting and relative characters is what the program desperately need.

With the popularity and social media trending that ‘Tropa Moko Unli’ has enjoyed so far, they may have the potential to oust ‘Bubble Gang’ as the most popular gag show in the Philippines. And they seem poised to do so, just as ‘Bubble Gang’ did with ‘Tropang Trumpo’ back in its heyday.


20 thoughts on “Tropa Moko Unli is Hot, and Bubble Gang is Not

  1. gabby says:

    Looks like improvement underway for the 4-month gag show kahit ayaw pakialam sa BG at Banana Nite na puro “sexist” ang mga gags.

    • Tropa has a lot of good skits, though still limited compared to Bubble Gang and Banana Split. And they always like to spoof other networks’ programs, such as The Ryzza Mae Show (Laysa Mae Toyo) and Battle of the Brainless (Battle of the Brains).

  2. KG says:

    It’s a three-way battle this coming October, according to sources, Bubble Gang will be moved their day and timeslot. They will be aired every Saturday. (possibly after Celebrity Bluff)

    • In time for their 19th season, perhaps, after 18 years on Fridays. Pero baka ma-overexpose si Bitoy rito, since may Pepito pa siya along with his occasional appearances on Eat Bulaga tuwing Saturday. Kung nais nilang ilipat ang BG sa Sabado, dapat magpalit muli ng timeslot ang Pepito at Vampire ng Daddy Ko.

      BG vs. Banana Split will be a good matchup. Matagal na kasi nating inaasam ito.

  3. muning says:

    di pala sila patok sa mga parody version nila sa mga panggagaya ng mga shows ng abs cbn at gma. pero kahit di sila pumatok , ginagawa na rin ng bubble gang ito. at sa mga gag show ng abs cbn, ayaw nila gayahin maliban lang sa sariling istasyon, baka ibig sabihin sa kanila ay nagpopromote ng ibang shows sa ibang ntework

      • muning says:

        For Tropa Mo Ko on TV5, they are not popular with their parody versions and imitating the shows of ABS-CBN and GMA-7. But the Bubble Gang, they imitates the creativity of Tropa Mo Ko. And for the gag shows ABS-CBN like Goin Bulilit and Banana Split, they do not produce and imitate the other shows of the other networks except for own shows in station, means to them promotes the other shows on other networks.

      • Wait, Bubble Gang imitating Tropa Mo Ko? I think it’s the other way around since BG is older than Tropa Mo Ko.

        For sure, Bubble Gang and Tropa Mo Ko have the creative freedom to parody other networks’ shows. And it’s very unfortunate that ABS is not willing to parody other networks’ shows.

      • muning says:

        Opo, ginaya po ng Bubble Gang ang palabas na T3 ng TV5 ng dalawang beses. Ito lang ang ginaya nila sa ibang network.

      • Meron pa. Yung si Bonggang Bongbong, halatang panggagaya rin sa mga Tulfo brothers.

        Saka unintentional ang nangyari sa BG regarding their T3 parody. And besides, mas maganda yung T3 parody sa Bubble Gang kaysa sa Tropa Mo Ko.

  4. muning says:

    Nauna po ang Sumbong Sumbong kay Bonggang Bonggang Bongbong na 2008 pa nagsimula kaysa sa T3 na nagsimula noong 2011. Pwedeng ginaya lang nila ang Imbestigador o Bitag Live ni Ben Tulfo.

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