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Boy Abunda

Boy Abunda
Born Eugenio Romerica Abunda, Jr.
(1955-10-29) October 29, 1955 (age 60)
Borongan, Eastern Samar
Occupation Television presenter, publicist, Talent Manager, Newscaster
Years active 1976–present
Partner(s) Bong Quintana (1983–present)

Eugenio "Boy" Romerica Abunda, Jr. (born October 29, 1955) is a Filipino television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser.[1] He is dubbed as the "King of Talk" in local show business.[2]

Early life

Boy Abunda was born in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.[3] He attended Ateneo de Manila University[3] taking up Business Management. However, he failed to finish that course because of his father's death. He left Ateneo and worked in odd jobs to support himself.[4]

At the Metropolitan Theater, he worked as a stage actor and after that, as an assistant stage manager. Later, he became the assistant of the theater's administrator Conchita "Tita Conching" Sunico,[1] who taught him public relations. Within a couple of years, he started Backroom, Inc., a public relations firm.[3] He was working as a public relations consultant for GMA Network when a network executive named Bobby Barreiro, suggested him to try hosting a television show.

Abunda became a host of Show and Tell, a late night variety talk show with Gretchen Barretto, and Startalk, an entertainment talk show. He subsequently moved to GMA Network's competitor ABS-CBN in 1999, where he has hosted the following shows: The Buzz, Private Conversations, Homeboy, Kontrobersyal,[3] SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, a talk show interview.[5] He is also a newscaster for entertainment of the late-night news program Bandila.

He also produced an album entitled Melodic Conversations.[6]

He graduated from Philippine Women's University with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts [7] in 2009 and Master of Arts in Communication Arts in 2011.[8]

Personal life

Abunda is openly gay and has been in a relationship with partner Bong Quintana for 30 years.[9] He is a supporter of gay rights[10] and gay marriage.[11]

On June 23, 2010, he became a part-time professor at Philippine Women's University teaching Radio and Television to Communication Arts students. He currently resides in Quezon City.


In August of 2014, Abunda was not seen on TV for weeks. On September 7, 2014, he revealed in an exclusive interview with The Buzz that he suffered from a medical condition in which 300 ml of abscess was removed from his liver. He was discharged from the hospital August 23.[12]


Television shows

Year Title Role Network
2015–present Your Face Sounds Familiar Guest Jury ABS-CBN
2014–present Aquino & Abunda Tonight Host ABS-CBN
2011–2014 Bandila Anchor ABS-CBN
2009–present The Bottomline with Boy Abunda Host ABS-CBN
2009 Ang Kwento naming Dalawa (Judy Ann-Ryan Love Story) Host / Narrator ABS-CBN
2009–2011 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Anchor ABS-CBN
2008–present Inside the Cinema Host Cinema One
2008 Volta Ama ABS-CBN
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2005–2007 Homeboy Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2004–2005 Morning Star Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2004–2005 Star Circle Quest Judge ABS-CBN
2003–2006 Kontrobersyal Host / Himself ABS-CBN
2001–present Private Conversations Host / Himself ANC
1999–2015 The Buzz 15 (formerly known as Buzz ng Bayan from 2013-2014) Host / Himself ABS-CBN
1995–1999 Startalk Host / Himself GMA Network
1994–1995 Show & Tell Host / Himself GMA Network


Year Title Role Films
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment & GMA Films
2008 Scaregiver Himself OctoArts
2004 Volta Ama Star Cinema


  • 3rd EdukCircle Awards - Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of Year (2013)
  • Winner, Best Showbiz Oriented Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Startalk (1995–1999)
    • The Buzz (1999–2008 and 2010) (tied with Paolo Bediones in 2005)
    • SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (2009)
    • Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Winner, Best Public Affairs Program Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Private Conversations (2004)
    • The Bottomline With Boy Abunda (2010-2011)
  • Winner, Best Magazine Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Kontrobersyal (2004)
  • Winner, Best Celebrity Talk Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV
    • Homeboy (2005–2007)
    • Boy and Kris (2008)
  • Winner, Best Talk Show Host - UPLB Gandingan Awards
    • Homeboy (2006)
    • Boy and Kris (2007–2008)


  1. ^ a b Bonifacio, Tinna S. (August 2005). "Stardom is hard work: Boy Abunda success is "seizing the moment, not winning it"". JobsDB: Interactive Recruitment Network. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Sisante, Jam (31 May 2010). "Noynoy wants Boy Abunda in his government". GMA News Online. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Boy Abunda biography". Wow! Celebrities. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mirror, mirror . . .". 13 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Getting to The Bottomline". The Philippine Star. February 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Procrastination awards, Manila Times
  7. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his first college degree.[dead link]
  8. ^ Boy Abunda obtained his second College degree.[dead link]
  9. ^ The Ballad of Boy and Bong
  10. ^ Comelec is ‘stupid,’ says Boy Abunda
  11. ^ Boy Abunda on being gay: "It's the closest you can get to being an angel."

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