Goin’ Bulilit may not be as nostalgia-inducing as That’s Entertainment or Ang TV, but with an entire decade under its belt, it has certainly given rise to a new generation of showbiz movers and shakers.
Let’s take a look at some of the former cast members and see how they’re doing at present, shall we?
Best Known For: Doing a lot of telenovela spoofs during her tenure, including Sana Bulilit Muli and Flordeluha.
Post-Bulilit Cred: Starred in a key role in Angelito: Batang Ama, and even had a run-in with the lengthy Enteng Kabisote franchise in 2007. She flexes her acting chops quite a bit in multiple episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya.
Best Known For: His Boy Abunda impression, which some argue was better than Jayson Ghainza’s, as currently seen in Banana Split. That’s pretty high praise, but certainly debatable.
Post-Bulilit Cred: Aside from a supporting role in Mara Clara, EJ also had a nice bit in Bakit ‘Di Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? as Max Veloso.
Best Known For: He was the go-to leading man in any teleserye spoof or pseudo-loveteam required by the show. This explains why he was paired with nearly every female drama star currently active in ABS-CBN that came from Goin’ Bulilit.
Post-Bulilit Cred: Even while part of the show, John Manalo had several acting awards to his name. He’s also starred in Tayong Dalawa, Mara Clara, and was part of the films Wapakman (Yes, that horrible Manny Pacquiao film with Batista in it.) and Mano Po 6.
Best Known For: Mostly portraying teen dramatic roles. The transition was easy for her.
Post-Bulilit Cred: She starred as Sarah Geronimo’s sister in the entire Sarah-John Lloyd trilogy of films. She also starred in the Kimerald film Paano Na Kaya. While she’s mostly found herself in supporting roles, her reliability as a talented actress always comes to the fore.
Best Known For: Playing Margarina in Margarina, Komrad in Agent X Pulpol and Rosario in Ysabellat. He’s also one of the show’s original and most prominent players.
Currently Doing: Teen Clash, reportedly Star Cinema’s most anticipated film this year. He’s starring alongside Alexa Ilacad in this Wattpad adaptation. 2014 was a big year for Aguas as he starred in the recently concluded controversial teleserye Bagito, where he played a teenage single dad.
Best Known For: Having a pseudo-loveteam with John Manalo.
Currently Doing: Gangbusters. She played Clara in the remake of Mara Clara, and unlike the original Clara, Gladys Reyes, she managed to break free of the “forever kontrabida” typecasting, and still showed up in programs like Walang Hanggan, and films like The Reunion. And we know she’s only just begun.
Kiray started out in the show and was mainly featured as part of the third batch graduates, and still featured in the show here and there until 2009. Then and now, her very peculiar looks never fail to capture the people’s attention.
Best Known For: Being one of the most picked-on cast members during the show, mostly because of her looks.
Post-Bulilit Cred: A whole lot, really. She was also in Mara Clara with our #3 and #1, and she ironically stands as an anti-bullying icon with how she has endured despite all the teasing she got because of her unique look. In 2013, she wowed people with a series of photos depicting her “transformation.”
Best Known For: A pseudo-love triangle with Julia Montes and John Manalo.
Post-Bulilit Cred: Marvelous. After Mara Clara, her loveteam with Daniel Padilla took off around 2012, which has led to multiple teleseryes, Got To Believe perhaps being the most successful of them, and a host of movies, including She’s Dating the Gangster and Crazy Beautiful You, where Daniel Padilla proved why people actually recognize him as a competent actor—because they can compare his singing to his acting.