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Eugenio Romerica Abunda, Jr.

(1960-10-29) October 29, 1960 (age 62)
Borongan, Samar, Philippines
Education Ateneo de Manila University
Philippine Women's University (BA, MA, PhD)
Years active 1976–present
Partner(s) Bong Quintana
  • Maria Fe Abunda (sister)
  • Gemma Silvero (aunt)
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Years active 2020–present
Genre Celebrity interviews
Subscribers 1.28 million
Total views 37.4 million
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 27 January 2022.

Eugenio Romerica Abunda Jr. (Tagalog pronunciation: [ɐˈbʊnda]; born October 29, 1960), popularly known as Boy Abunda, is a Filipino professor, television host, publicist and talent manager.

Early life and education

Boy Abunda was born as Eugenio Romerica Abunda Jr. in Borongan. He attended Ateneo de Manila University, where he took up Business Management. However, he did not finish that course because of his father's death. He left Ateneo and worked in odd jobs to support himself.

At the Metropolitan Theater, he worked as a stage actor and eventually as an assistant stage manager. Later, he became the assistant of the theater's administrator Conchita "Tita Conching" Sunico, who taught him public relations. In a couple of years, he started Backroom, Inc managing singers and actresses and a public relations firm. He also worked as public relations consultant for GMA Network. It was during Abunda's public relations work in GMA7 when one of its executives, Bobby Barreiro, suggested that he should 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, SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, a talk show interview. He is also a newscaster for entertainment of the late-night news program Bandila. He also worked as a radio commentator for DZAR, during the Angel Radyo Asian Artists Agency and Vanessa FM 106.7 DWVN Legazpi City.

He also produced an album titled Melodic Conversations.

He graduated from Philippine Women's University with degrees Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts in 2009, Master of Arts in Communication Arts in 2011, and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development in 2016.

Personal life

Abunda is openly gay and has been in a relationship with partner Elmer "Bong" Quintana since 1983. Although Abunda is a practicing Catholic and Marian devotee, he is a supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, expressing disagreement with the Church's stand on homosexuality. He denounced the 2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting, which has been recorded as the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the United States.

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

Abunda's sister, Maria Fe Abunda, currently serves as a congresswoman for Eastern Samar. She had previously served as the mayor of Borongan.

In 2014, Abunda was hospitalised due to a liver problem.


Television shows

Year Title Role Network
2022 Fast Talk+ & Why of the 2022 Senatorial Candidates with Boy Abunda Host The Boy Abunda Talk Channel
2022 The Interviewer Host The Boy Abunda Talk Channel
2022 The Interviews with the Wives and Children of the 2022 Presidential Candidates with Boy Abunda Host Kapamilya Channel / The Boy Abunda Talk Channel
2022 The 2022 Presidential Interviews with Boy Abunda Host Kapamilya Channel / The Boy Abunda Talk Channel
2019–2020 Your Moment Judge ABS-CBN
2017 I Can Do That Himself
2016 Born for You Himself
2015–2020 Tonight with Boy Abunda Host
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Guest Jury
2014–2015 Aquino & Abunda Tonight Host
2011–2014 Bandila Segment Anchor for "Ikaw Na!"
2009–2020 The Bottomline with Boy Abunda Host
2009 Ang Kwento naming Dalawa (Judy Ann-Ryan Love Story) Host / Narrator
2009–2011 SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon Anchor
2008–present Inside the Cinema Host Cinema One
2008 Volta Ama ABS-CBN
2007–2009 Boy & Kris Host / Himself
2005–2007 Homeboy Host / Himself
2005–2019 Pinoy Big Brother Talk Show Host / Himself
2004–2005 Morning Star Host / Himself
2004–2005 Star Circle Quest Judge
2003–2006 Kontrobersyal Host / Himself
2001–present Private Conversations Host / Himself ANC
1999–2015 The Buzz (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


Year Title Role Films
2018 The Girl in the Orange Dress Star Cinema, Quantum Films, MJM Productions
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment & GMA Films
2010 Noy Himself/Cameo Star Cinema
2008 Scaregiver Himself OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions & APT Entertainment
2004 Volta Ama Star Cinema
Naglalayag Himself/Cameo Regal Entertainment


  • Celebrity Inductee Winner, Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines in 2010
  • 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, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 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)
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2000 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Showbiz-Oriented Show Host The Buzz Won
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