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Walter James B. Bayola, better known as Wally Bayola, is a Filipino television host, comedian, and actor. He currently hosts the noontime show Eat Bulaga! and has been since 2000.

He joined Eat Bulaga! as an off-screen jester host, which entertained the studio audience during commercial breaks and voiced the introduction for the show's segments. Immediately, Wally Bayola became a regular co-host of Eat Bulaga!.

He was 28 years old when he joined the show.

His roots from a church convent in Naga has flourished into one of the most admired comedians in the Philippine entertainment industry. Wally excels in character comedy, a comedic style that involves playing different characters and producing an overly dynamic personality that is usually based on stereotypes and trends. Notable portrayals include Blacky Lou Blanco of the segment BEBOT, Lola Nidora of Kalyeserye, and Nanay Nunal of Barangay Jokers, and Steve Havey which spoofed American television host Steve Harvey.

Originally paired with Jose Manalo, the tandem has since grown to include Paolo Ballesteros to become JoWaPao, a comedy trio proclaimed by fans as the successor of the industry stalwarts TVJ.

Early life

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Wally and his mother

Walter James B. Bayola was born on 3 May 1972 in Naga, Camarines Sur to Romeo Payoyo Bayola and Fe Smith (née B???). His parents had Wally at a young age, but his father abandoned them thereafter to work abroad as a doctor in Wisconsin, United States 

Fearing commitment, Wally's mother left her child at the care of the church to finish her education. Wally grew up in a convent and was raised primarily by a priest, Fr. Francisco Nepomuceno, who is also his maternal grandmother's brother.  Wally's mother showed up at some point in his life after so many years, but she decided to leave her child once again to work abroad in Hong Kong. After the death of the priest, his maternal grandmother took him in. While his life at the convent was comfortable, his life with his grandparent was filled with hardship, which was the first time he was exposed to life in poverty. 

Wally first went to high school at Ateneo de Naga University, but he was later forced to switch schools after so many absences. Wally then went to high school at Naga College Foundation where he became active in its theater club. He was offered a scholarship by the school to eventually pursue a master's degree in theater or drama so he could manage the university's theater club. Aspiring to become a doctor just like his father, he declined the offer to go there for college. 

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College years

Instead, Wally went to college at Ago Foundation College in Naga, Camarines Sur, earning his degree in radiologic technology in 1993. After graduating, he refused to take the medical licensing exam in fear of developing health problems as a result of radiation exposure. Wally cites one of his professors in college who developed cataracts due to too much exposure to radiation as the reason he did not take the board exam.  

He didn't get to meet his father as well as his half siblings who were living in Illinois, United States until he was 33 years old as part of his challenge in RealEATV, a segment in which the hosts of Eat Bulaga! were asked to complete different challenges.  

Prior to Eat Bulaga!

Into theatre arts

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Newly graduate Wally with girlfriend Riza

Wally’s audience broadened from the parish community to theatergoers when he tried the theater stage in high school. With the help of his theatre mentor William Espejo, he became proficient at improvisational theatre, a skill that would be later be useful for his life as a comedian.

When offered by the Naga College Foundation to pursue a degree in theatrical arts, he declined and studied at a different college to pursue medicine. Owing a debt of gratitude to his high school alma mater, Wally still returned to his former school whenever he was invited back to share his experiences and to facilitate the students. During his visits at Naga College Foundation, Wally met his future wife Riza Ruen, who was in third year high school at that time.

Although Wally graduated with a degree in radiologic technology in 1993, he did not take the medical licensing exam. After deciding to elope with and marry Riza, Wally was forced to grab any small-time job that came his way.

Doing stand-up comedy

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Wally and his bandmates as Mixed Nutz

Wally became a fast food crew member, a warehouse stockman, and a sing-along master at a hotel. In 1994, he became part of the Naga-based band Mixed Nutz as a vocalist. Not only did the band give musical performances, but it also did stand-up comedy during its sets.

When the popular Manila comedy bar The Library had a show at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga, Mixed Nutz became the front act band for comedians like Allan K and Philip Lazaro. After seeing Wally's potential, The Library owner Andrew de Real gave his contact information to Wally Bayola.

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Wally with Andrew de Real, owner of The Library comedy bar

After a few years, Mixed Nutz decided to disband. Wally then decided to migrate to Manila to try his luck in the big city. He became a regular stand-up comedian in The Library.

When Eat Bulaga! executive Malou Choa-Fagar sought new talents to join the cast of Eat Bulaga!, Andrew de Real presented some of his comedians to audition. Wally was ultimately selected to join the Dabarkads.

As an Eat Bulaga! Dabarkads

At the turn of the millennium

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Wally with Anjo Yllana and Toni Gonzaga in 2002

Wally joined Eat Bulaga! at GMA Network on 3 May 2000. His first day on the job was on his exact birthday – which he claimed is a truly memorable gift for him. He turned 28 years old at the time he joined the noontime show.

Originally, Wally was simply an off-camera warm-up jester, which entertained the show's studio audience during commercial breaks. He also announced the introduction for some of the show's segments, notably Laban o Bawi.

Eventually, Wally Bayola became a regular co-host of the show. He appeared on segments such as Bulagaan, Pinoy Henyo, and BEBOT.

A dynamic duo with Jose Manalo

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Jose and Wally

Wally also found himself in an unlikely pairing with co-host Jose Manalo after meeting each other on the set of Eat Bulaga!. While Jose is known for observational comedy and is usually heralded as the talkative one, Wally excels at dressing up as different characters. Nevertheless, a comedic chemistry between them exists. One of them would throw a line and the other will catch it, turn it around, and out comes a hilarious gag. The tandem has appeared in various movies and television shows. In 2011, they were given their very own show called The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto.

On 2 March 2012, the dynamic duo became certified concert artists after their very first major concert held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Their sold-out concert, which scored a record-breaking attendance at that time, was titled The Jose And Wally Show: A Party For Every Juan. They followed their success a year later on 15 March 2013 with Jose and Wally Concert: A Party for Juan and All at the same venue.


Staying in character

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Lola Nidora doing the pabebe wave

The segment Juan for All, All for Juan: Bayanihan of d' Pipol began on 28 June 2010. The tandem of Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola were the originally the only barangay hosts of the segment. From time to time, various Eat Bulaga! hosts have joined Jose and Wally in an attempt to add an additional host to the barangay. On 12 October 2010, Paolo Ballesteros hosted in the barangay for the first time. Eventually, Paolo became the third mainstay barangay host of the segment, forming the comic trio of JoWaPao.

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JoWaPao as Lola Tidora, Lola Nidora, and Lola Tinidora

In 2015, the comedy trio eventually became even more popular after finding fame as the Zobeyala triplet sisters in the hit segment Kalyeserye. Wally Bayola played the role of Lola Nidora, the strict and conservative sister who was originally known for opposing the relationship of his granddaughter Yaya Dub with Alden. In addition, Wally Bayola played the characters of Duhrizz and Dra. Dora. Wally's portrayals of the characters were critically praised as they showed his versatility as a comedian.

After Kalyeserye, Wally followed his success with two new characters, Nanay Nunal and Aling Ysing, in the segment Barangay Jokers. In the daily sketch Pamilya Nunal, Wally is joined by his former Kalyeserye co-stars Maine Mendoza, Paolo Ballesteros, and Jose Manalo as the family who is known for having visibly large moles on their faces.

Beyond Eat Bulaga!

Showbiz career

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Movie poster for D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?!? (2012)

Like Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola was included in several of Vic Sotto's sitcoms, including My Darling Aswang (2010), Vampire ang Daddy Ko (2013), and Hay, Bahay! (2016). With Jose, he also starred in the comedy shows H3O: HaHaHa! Over! (2005) and The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto (2011). Other notable television stints include I Laugh Sabado (2010) and Sunday PinaSaya (2015).

He also starred in many of Vic Sotto's films, including the Enteng Kabisote movie franchise (2004–2016), Love on Line (2009), Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! (2011), and My Bebe Love (2015). The comic tandem of Jose and Wally also topbilled the romantic comedy film D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?!? (2012). After the success of the Eat Bulaga! segment Kalyeserye (2015), the comedic trio of JoWaPao topbilled the parody film Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs. Zombies (2017), with Wally playing the conservative Lola Nidora. 

Other ventures

Since the early 2000s, the tandem of Jose and Wally regularly works as stand-up comedians in comedy bars Klownz and Zirkoh, which are partly owned by fellow Eat Bulaga! co-host Allan K. Jose and Wally also became novelty recording artists with the hit 2006 song "Kalabit Penge". The song is included in their 2006 album Try Mo Lang. The duo once again released a song in 2011, "Jump Brother", which featured rapper Elmo Magalona. In 2012, Jose and Wally won the Most Popular Male Novelty Singer award at the 43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Entertainment Awards.

Personal life

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Wally Bayola with his wife and kids

Wally Bayola met his wife Riza Ruen while he was facilitating the drama club of his high school alma mater Naga College Foundation. Wally was first year college while Riza was third year high school at that time. Wally Bayola and Riza Ruen got married on 10 April 1995. Riza became a licensed nurse after passing the Nurse Licensure Examination in February 2012.

They have five children: son Rome and daughters Lyza, Rianne, Zyrine, and Zianne.

In September 2013, Wally Bayola became entangled in a scandal after an anonymous user leaked his sex video with EB Babe Yosh Rivera online. He voluntarily went on hiatus from Eat Bulaga! for five months and made an emotional comeback on 8 February 2014 to make a public apology regarding the incident. Breaking his silence on the controversy, Wally later revealed he though about killing himself but said his family and friends helped him recover.

Segments

Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special

Year Episode Role
2006 "Tahanan"
2007 "Sa Iyong Paglaya" Bino
2014 "Hakbang ng Pangarap"
2015 "Pinagpalang Ama"
2016 "Kaputol ng Buhay" Lola Nidora
"God Gave Me You" Lance
2017 "Prinsesa"
2018 "Hating Kapatid"


Notable roles within Eat Bulaga!

Year Segment Role
2015 Kalyeserye Lola Nidora
Dra. Dora de Explorer
DuhRizz
Rihanna
2018 The Barangay Jokers Nanay Nunal
Aling Ysing

Awards and nominations

The following list only includes the awards and nominations of Wally Bayola for his contributions as a host and comedian on the noontime show Eat Bulaga! as well as other notable accolades for his important contributions to the Philippine entertainment industry. His achievements in the music and film industries as well as television accolades not associated with Eat Bulaga! are not listed. The list also excludes awards that he received as part of a group, such as JoWaPao.

Aliw Awards

The Aliw Awards is an awards ceremony organized by the Aliw Awards Foundation, Inc. that gives recognition to entertainers who perform live in the Philippines and abroad.

Year Category Result
2015 Best Stand-Up Comedian Nominated


Catholic Social Media Awards

The Catholic Social Media Awards are given by church-based organizations Youth Pinoy and Areopagus Communications during the annual Catholic Social Media Summit to recognize personalities and groups in the entertainment industry who are promoting Christian values. In 2015, the production company and the stars behind Kalyeserye became the first recipients of the Catholic Social Media Awards for spreading traditional virtues and good values through the segment.

Year Category Result
2015 Catholic Social Media Inspirational Award Won


Eastwood City Walk of Fame

The Eastwood City Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Eastwood City, Quezon City that serves as a Philippine entertainment hall of fame. It is embedded with hundreds of brass star plaques featuring the names of celebrities for their popularity and contributions to the entertainment industry.

Year Category Result
2015 Eastwood City Walk of Fame Star Inducted


Illumine

Illumine is an annual innovation awards ceremony presented by Global City Innovative College to recognize outstanding and innovative personalities and programs on Philippine television.

Year Category Result
2015 Most Innovative TV Comedian Won


OFW Gawad Parangal

The OFW Gawad Parangal is an award given to pay tribute to individuals, groups, and organizations who unselfishly share their time, skills, and resources for the welfare of overseas Filipinos. It is awarded by KAKAMMPI, Inc., a community-based organization of Overseas Filipino Workers.

Year Category Result
2015 Favorite Actor and Comedian Won


PEP List Awards

The PEP List is presented by the Philippine Entertainment Portal to honor showbiz personalities, television shows, and movies that made a great impact in the year. The list is divided into two categories: Editors' Choice and PEPsters' Choice. The Editors' Choice subcategories will be chosen by the editors and staff of PEP, while the PEPsters' Choice subcategories will be decided upon by PEP users through an online poll. In addition to numerous awards received by its hosts, Eat Bulaga! emerged as the daytime TV show of 2014.

Editors' Choice

Year Category Result
2016 Male Breakout Star of the Year Nominated


PMPC Star Awards for Television

Founded by the Philippine Movie Press Club in 1987, the PMPC Star Awards for Television is a major award-giving body that recognizes the outstanding programming produced by the several television networks in the Philippines.

Year Category Result
2015 Best Male TV Host Nominated