RS Francisco Soars High as MButterfly by: Mark Anthony Cabrera

RS Francisco Soars High as MButterfly  by: Mark Anthony Cabrera

Cunning, Provocative and Masterfully done- These phrases came to mind after I’ve witnessed the Preview of MButterfly last September 12, 2018 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.

Produced by Tony-winning producer Jhett Tolentino and directed by no less than Kanakan Balintagos, MButterfly finds its way back to Manila after its first staging at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater , UP Diliman.Reprising his role as Song Liling, RS Francisco recalls that it is one major role that definitely solidified his acting capabilities under now Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa who directed it in the 90’s when RS was just 18 years of age alongside Behn Cervantes as Gallimard.

As RS recalls it, he said that he was at first reluctant to take on the role of Song Liling but with the help of his mentors finally decided to give the role a try.Later on, he didn’t realize that he would have the chance to do it again hence the 2018 re-staging of the play.Playing alongside RS is Frenchman Olivier Borten as Rene Gallimard, Pinky Amador as Helga, Norman McLeod as Toulon , Lee O Brien as Marc/Pinkerton , Mayen Estanero as

Ms. Shin , Maya Encila as Rene/Pin up girl and Rica Nepomuceno COpera Singer).The stage was superbly done and space was maximized.It is indeed a task done tastefully as the play requires it.

RS never lost the spark. Every movement of his hands, every nod, every wink was exquisite.

Indeed if there was one thing that stood out in his performance was the fact that he can engage the audience in the way he entices and lures them in his character as Song Liling- cunning, deceptive, gentle yet boldly strong.

Borten on his part did his role with intricacy- every action on point whilst ensuring that the flow of his acting is kept cohesive.I was pleasantly surprised with Lee O’ Brien as transitioning from the big screen on stage requires quite some adaptability. I am impressed by Maya Encila as Rene.This beautiful young lady definitely knows her angles and knows how to act boldly with finesse.

Overall, I love the fact that the main essence of MButterfly has been kept but putting quite a twist at the end kept me wanting more.They were able to bring about something new to the table and to me that was quite a bold move- timely and relevant so to speak.I loved the elaborate costumes and the excellent way how the props were brought together on stage with coherence ( thanks to the people wearing black costumes) who made each scene transition seamless.

Would I watch it again? I will for sure as it is able to present something that the Pinoy audience could truly be proud of .I am sure that when David Henry Hwang sees it, he will be at awe of
one of the best plays he’d ever written.The subject of espionage is interesting because it present a struggle- as to how a plan can be carried out without getting caught.And what better way to do it than mimicry- the act of blending in to make sure that you get to survive in tricking the enemy.

If you’re looking for something creatively done, something that would keep you wanting more, I suggest you head to the Maybank Performing arts Theater and watch MButterfly. The play runs from September 13, 2018 until the 30th of September.

Guadalupe: The Musical … Is It a Fact or Fiction?

Guadalupe: The Musical … Is It a Fact or Fiction?

Whatever you’re searching for in an impressive musical is below– love, dramatization, action, fight scenes, catchy tracks, as well as extra. This is a heartfelt discussion with a stunning message that the entire family will enjoy.

In 1531, the recently overcome land after that referred to as New Spain (recognized today as Mexico), a series of inexplicable events (although others call it amazing) happened, as well as would certainly alter the globe permanently. That unbelievable real tale is currently the basis of Guadalupe: The Music, a new staged manufacturing in English, provided by the Julie Borromeo Performing Arts Foundation.

Certainly, it was a tale that brought so much wonders in the lives of the people– an unconvinced bishop, a brutal governor, and also a passing away male revived from the edge of death.

” The story of Juan Diego of Guadalupe is almost a music already,” says Borromeo, that is both manufacturer as well as choreographer (together with Rose Borromeo), of the program. “But what makes this story various is all the superordinary aspects in it that merely can’t be described.” And the majority of what happened are maintained in public record: the painted images on Juan Diego’s currently famous tilma (or apron), which show no evidence of any type of brushstrokes, and also whose pigments originate from a resource unknown to nature; the seeming impenetrability of the fabric from which it was made; the mystical recuperation of Juan Diego’s dying uncle; the checklist continues.

Although it tackles on amazing taking place, Guadalupe: The Music, which stars stage icon Cocoy Laurel (as Juan Diego), is not a traditional faith-based show. “It’s not a ‘spiritual’ musical therefore,” declares movie theater tale Baby Barredo, that routes the piece. “It’s an effective piece of movie theater that just takes place to consist of spiritual aspects.” It’s an important difference, as well as one that drove the production of the program from the start.”

For scriptwriter and lyricist Joel Trinidad as well as author Ejay Yatco, the innovative job was to use factual, historical occasions as a background for a real story which contains some imaginary components. “A few of the most prominent musicals worldwide incorporate reality as well as fiction this way,” shares Yatco. Yet how can Guadalupe … audiences inform truth from fiction? “You’ll see some things in this show that appear totally doubtful,” states Trinidad. “Those are the ones that really occurred.”

Guadalupe: The Music will take place stage from September 29 to October 14, 2018, at the Meralco Theater. For fundraising or institution task chances, contact Ria Pangilinan at 09175378313 or riapangprojects@gmail.com

Royal residence states Marawi people’s view on Duterte’s problem for Muslims ‘easy to understand’.

Royal residence states Marawi people’s view on Duterte’s problem for Muslims ‘easy to understand’.

MANILA – Malacañang on Friday stated it was ‘easy to understand’ that some citizens of war-torn Marawi City believe President Rodrigo Duterte has no worry for Muslims.

In a survey carried out last April 12 to 15, the Social Weather Stations claimed Marawi homeowners were much less persuaded that Duterte has problem for Muslims.

The survey showed that 30 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City believe that Duterte is worried concerning Muslims, compared with 36 percent who do not think so. This led to a net score of -6.

In contrast, 50 percent of Marawi residents that were not displaced by the battle think Duterte is concerned about Muslims, while 24 percent do not think so. This caused a +26 net score.

” This view … is understandable, given that Marawi City has actually been the facility of the Maute rebellion, which caused its destruction as well as displacement of its locals, as mentioned by 32% of Marawi City participants,” Presidential Spokersperson Harry Roque claimed.

” Nonetheless, it is necessary to note that even after the Marawi siege, majority continuouslies place its rely on the Head of state,” he said.

Terrorists from the Islamic State-linked Maute group had actually laid siege on Marawi for five months last year, compeling thousands to leave and also damaging much of the city.

Roque stated despite this much less rosy sight of Marawi citizens on the President, the Palace is still thankful that 68 percent of IDPs and also 78 percent of non-displaced Marawi citizens think the federal government did good in offering alleviation, shelter and also financial assistance for evacuees.

The same survey showed that majority of Marawi City locals – 56 percent among IDPs as well as 80 percent amongst non-IDPs – believe their quality of life now as compared to a year ago became worse.

The federal government is currently working to rehabilitate the city, which was heavily ravaged by 5 months of combating in between government troops and Islamic State-inspired rebels.

Recovery efforts, nonetheless, remain to experience hold-ups.

Marlon Stockinger and Pia Wurtzbach Unfollowed Each Other on Instagram

Marlon Stockinger and Pia Wurtzbach Unfollowed Each Other on Instagram

[Featured Image Screenie from Marlon Stockinger IG Account] A simple “unfollow” of 2 high profile personalities on the Instagram feed was enough to get tongues wagging. Netizen followers of model-slash-race car champ Marlon Stockinger and 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach saw how the lovebirds unfollowed one another on the image-sharing social media app. It was enough to stoke the fires surrounding rumors that they couple has split.

Marlon Stockinger and Pia Wurtzbach Unfollowed Each Other on Instagram
Image from Marlon Stockinger’s IG Account

Primetime news program TV Patrol got hold of Stockinger in an interview dated 13 July 2017. The latter was quick to nip any speculations of a break-up in the bud. “People just talk about it. But it’s all just that, talk. They’re simply ‘tsismis’.” He added that unfollowing each other on their respective public accounts on Instagram was an effort to keep their relationship private. “You know, there are things that we both had to deal behind two doors. Things we don’t need to share with everyone else.”

An effort to share less details of their relationship on social media does not have to mean that Stockinger had less love for the crowned beauty. With memes circulating that featured their images and highlighting Wurtzbach’s ample bosom, some netizen-followers found the couple’s decision as understandable.

Stockinger expected the rumors to escalate once the act of mutual unfollowing showed up on the public newsfeed. As far as the couple is concerned, in the words of Stockinger, “We are following each other and there’s no issue.”

This was allegedly the second time that Stockinger unfollowed Wurtzbach on Instagram. The first time that it happened was a bigger issue though as Wurtzbach did not unfollow Stockinger after the latter unfollowed her. It was as if the public was more interested with whether the couple followed or unfollowed one another than the images that they uploaded on their respective accounts.

Some netizens chose to speculate though that apart from their respective “official social media accounts”, Stockinger and Wurtzbach have personal (and private) versions of these aforementioned accounts. Either account has yet to be confirmed. And neither Stockinger nor Wurtzbach has confirmed the existence of such accounts. In fact, Wurtzbach has not spoken to any media personality about her side of this mutual unfollowing incident. On whether she or Stockinger did is anyone’s guess. So screenies, as of this writing, has leaked. Perhaps it is a mutual effort to be more of an actual couple than a social media love team? Is that what Stockinger meant when said “We are following each other”?

2017-07-16_2153
Image from Marlon Stockinger IG Account

Stockinger’s last Instagram post pertained to his return to Singapore for a hosting gig with Fox Sports Asia. Once part of the Motorsport racetrack himself, it is now his turn to provide insights about the sport he reigned. Motorsport, as he himself stated on his latest Instagram post “is my passion.” He started his stint as TV presenter for the 2017 Formula 1 as of 16 July 2017.

When can Pia Wurtzbach’s statement ever be heard? Would she even find time to answer this debacle on mainstream media? Any updates would soon be posted here. So make sure to click “Like” on our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you. Thanks for reading.

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila: Celebrate!

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

Any available function rooms for rent in Manila? Metro Manila in general, that is. Searching for that affordable venue for your next meeting or “team building session” should not be a hassle. Especially when you have a ready checklist to glance at once in awhile. Factors like how many people can a function room fit? How much does it cost per hour? What other perks are included? These served as factors in assembling this list of function rooms for rent in Manila.

(DISCLAIMER: Price tags mentioned in these function rooms for rent in Manila are the ones currently enforced as of this writing. Calling said establishments on the phone numbers provided is still the recommended thing to verify.)
Function Rooms for Rent in Manila
Image from Cafe Sweet Inspirations FB Page

Cafe Sweet Inspirations: Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

The restaurant’s name, Cafe Sweet Inspirations, gives you an idea that their specialty leaned towards cakes and pastries. It could not have been farther from the truth. Located at 311 Katipunan Ave, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. This restaurant/cafe/bakery is also known for their Mongolian buffet. This means you get to make your own Mongolian bowl depending on which ingredients found in the buffet suited your taste.

Cafe Sweet Inspirations’ function room can host up to 30 people. That’s almost half a whole class if you plan to have a class reunion or office get-together in here. Possibly one of the function rooms in Manila recommended if you expect an attendance that big.  Call them up at (02)432-4200 if you plan to spend beyond 3 hours in this sweet spot in Katipunan.

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila
Image from Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace FB Page

Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace: Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace has become the place to go for summer workshops. True to its label of being an “artspace”. But most of the buzz came from its menu that features suspended coffee and guyabano ice cream. Names alone just increased this place’s buzz-worthiness. Located at Unit G, Maginhawa Bldg, 154 Maginhawa St, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. The workshops staged here also exposed one of the best function rooms for rent in Manila if you see yourself organizing similar events.

What kind of events have they hosted in the past? 2 of them are the story-telling workshop featuring “Kuya” Bodgie Pascua of Batibot fame and the Basic Stop Motion Animation Workshop for Kids. If you have similar workshops in mind to stage at Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace. The intimate setting here would help. Now, “intimate” means an event that can house up to 20 people. That, dear readers, meant an all-inclusive package to go with the rental fee in one of the most interesting function rooms for rent in Manila. Call them up at (02) 435-2549 for specific quotations including food and drinks.

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila
Image from AfterShift Grill’s FB Page

AfterShift Grill & Restaurant: Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

Sometimes, all you ever wanted in your event is a place to unwind. Some of you, readers, might interpret it as KTV night. This is where one of the upbeat function rooms for rent in Manila is recommended – AfterShift Grill & Restaurant. After securing a niche among call center employees. AfterShift Grill & Restaurant has cornered a market need for function rooms for rent in Manila. How? By having VIP rooms that can house up to 12 people for a night of partying.

Yes, some people can’t find the courage to sing their heart out unless aided by alcohol. You immediately lose your inhibitions that way. Located at 101 Urban Ave, Makati, it’s the essential watering hole to hangout with your friends. Any specifications or particular queries about their VIP rooms may be asked by calling them up at 0917-498-8764.

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila
Image from Ella and the Blackbird’s FB Page

Ella and the Blackbird: Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

Ever had a craving for Truffle Mushroom Pasta? If you are into pasta served with toasted pan on the side while having your frappe. Ella and the Blackbird is the ideal spot for you. Rice meals like Beef Salpicao and fusion cuisine like the Adobo Pasta are some of their recent additions to their offerings in this cafe. It has also become one of the cafes that foodies troop to when searching for function rooms for rent in Manila.

Where is the function room rented here at Ella and the Blackbird? This is one of the function rooms for rent in Manila where the place itself is the one being rented out per hour. Quite economical for the owner. This would simply mean having the place reserved for an occasion of your choice. The laid back look of this cafe seemed like an ideal place for open mic events or acoustic nights. Could be an ideal place to have an intimate event. Located at 88 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, you can call in your queries by dialing (02) 294-1633.

Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

iChill Theater Cafe: Function Rooms for Rent in Manila

Sometimes you arrive in a place that has one of the function rooms for rent in Manila that gives you several choices. A KTV night, an open mic night, a film showing night. And maybe even a night to simply celebrate birthday parties. Any occasion that could be booked in a room that could fit up to 30 people. It also helped that iChill Theater Cafe operated on a musical theater theme. Perfect for musical theater nerds.

The walls are surrounded by posters of musical theater productions from the collection of its owner/proprietor, theater actor Kuya Manzano. It has hosted several events in the past that ranged from the light hearted fare to the casual lectures to the laid back debates. Renting the function room at the second floor is on a per hour basis, regardless of how many guests you expect at your event. And it’s only for P1,400 per hour. All-consumable of food and drinks.

Located at Dos Castillas Dr, Sampaloc, Manila, it is just a few corners away from the University of Santo Tomas. As one of the function rooms for rent in Manila that is easily accessible, calling them is as easy as dialing (02) 521-0056. You can also send your queries on their official Facebook page.

Getting in touch with any of these cafes and restaurants would be a good start to choosing which among these function rooms for rent in Manila fits your bill. Chances are you have a budget to keep in check as well. For more updates regarding which batch of function rooms for rent in Manila to analyze, just follow us on our respective social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. We’d be expecting you.

Affordable Party Venues in Manila: From The Light-Hearted to the Somewhat Big Event

Affordable Party Venues in Manila

Looking for affordable party venues in Manila meant picking a venue based on the number of participants expected, size of the venue and the type of event to be celebrated. Participants that numbered less than 20 is what some organizers would label as “intimate”. Still some of the venues that were researched for this article managed to rake in the patrons whenever special events are to be expected. So for this article, Manila would roughly mean Metro Manila as a whole.

Affordable Party Venues in Manila
Image from Xocolat website

Xocolat: Affordable Party Venues in Manila

Whether it’s for a business meeting or an office party, Xocolat got you covered. Located in 172 B. Gonzales St corner Katipunan Ave, Quezon City, their function room is good for 18 to 20 people. If the name hasn’t given you a hint yet, it started out as a chocolate-themed coffee shop serving flourless chocolate cake slices. With its menu now including pasta and rice meals, it has expanded its customer base beyond the chocoholic market. As for the function room, rent is priced at Php7500 per 3 hours. Ideal for young urban professionals that would like to party in chocolatey style. Reservations are best made by calling them at (02) 929-4186.

Affordable Party Venues in Manila
Image from The Beech FB Page

The Beech: Affordable Party Venues in Manila

Located at 121 Panay Ave, Quezon City, The Beech (yes, that’s how it is spelled) has a function room that serves as karaoke room for groups of 10 people ready to party the night away. As opposed to charging the function room by hour, The Beech chose to have it priced at Php5000 per 3 hours. You only end up worrying about consuming the next 3 hours if you exceeded the first four. Then again, there’s a night worth enjoying in one of the most affordable party venues in Manila. Highly recommended if you would need alcohol to collect enough courage to sing your heart out. So call them up at 09175805116 the soonest time possible to make your reservations.

Affordable Party Venues in Manila
Image from Ella and the Blackbird FB Page

Ella and the Blackbird: Affordable Party Venues in Manila

If there is one party venue that you can rent per hour, it would be Ella and the Blackbird. Located at 88 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, what made it one of the affordable party venues is the all-inclusive aspect to the hourly rental that it provides. For Php2500 per hour, a group of about 20 people can rent the place. Possibly more. The rent is per hour regardless of headcount. To make sure that reservation is taken note of, call them up at (02) 294-1633.

https://www.facebook.com/ellaandtheblackbird/photos/a.181104795414489.1073741828.181081762083459/638959399629024/?type=3&theater
Image from Amo Yamie Crib FB Page

Amo Yamie Crib Coffee and Movie House: Affordable Party Venues in Manila

This is one venue that you can classify under the “intimate events” as intimate as no more than 10 people. This coffee shop is better known for its mini-theater. Hence, the term “movie house” in its name. The main branch is located at Espana Blvd corner P. Noval St, Manila. Their mini-theater can be rented at Php338 per hour excluding food and drinks. The food and drinks are to be ordered separately. Hot drinks go as low as Php65 per cup while the cold drinks go as low as Php109 per serving. One of the affordable party venues in Manila worth recommending if your event consisted of a small group of family and friends and if your only planned activity so far is watching a movie. The best way to get in touch with them is by liking their Facebook page. They are responsive to messages.

Affordable Party Venues in Manila
Image from iChill Theater Cafe FB Page

iChill Theater Cafe: Affordable Party Venues in Manila

A venue where you may stage your event or have a private film showing is where iChill Theater Cafe is at. Located at Dos Castillas St, Sampaloc, Manila, iChill has become one of the affordable party venues in Manila chosen by students and young urban professionals living around the UST compound. Only a block away, karaoke-themed parties have become the most common choice of event staged in this venue. The function room is located at iChill’s second floor area. With a karaoke machine assisted by an overhead projector, it feels like having a concert venue of your own with widescreen technology available at your fingertips. Renting the function room goes for as low as Php1400 per hour all-inclusive of food and drinks regardless of headcount.

iChill Theater Cafe may be contacted at (02) 521-0056. Their latest promos and updates may be viewed by liking their official Facebook page and by following them on Twitter. Getting in touch with them serves as a positive start to finding one of the most affordable party venues in Manila.

Finding the affordable party venues in Manila should not take that much effort as long as you have the right contact information. Let this serve as your guide in finding areas worth spending that party within the budget allotted. Happy to be of help to you. Don’t forget to like our official Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading.

UST Food Guide: 5 Must-Visit Food Joints in UST

UST Food Guide: 5 Must-Visit Food Joints in UST

Limited the UST Food Guide to just 5 can be tough. There are several excellent places to eat just within walking distance by the compound surrounding the University of Santo Tomas. The main challenge then comes in the moment you try to see which food joints have been around longer than expected. Then again you realize why some of the spots mentioned here made the cut because they kept the UST campus community satiated.

pinoyfiq_cow-wow-sausage-haus_logo
Cow-Wow Sausage Haus (P. Noval St.)

So how would you like your sausage? Big or small? In this UST Food Guide, the terms that usually apply to Cow-Wow Sausage Haus would be “Hungarian” or “Schublig”. Pretty European. Then again, meat really tastes great when eaten with rice for breakfast. Or any other time of the day that you felt like craving for sausage. For folks trying to cut down on rice, you can opt for eating Cow-Wow’s sausages with a bun, a cup of mashed potatoes or some pasta. Highly recommended for folks that wanted their sausage-themed meals to go big.

1070982_orig
Sisig Express (Dapitan St.)

Going a few blocks around the compound, the UST Food Guide would eventually include the Sisig Express. Like there are several eateries around the area offering several viands to go with your cup(s) of rice. But sometimes, all you need is sisig. While other eateries would limit their servings of sisig to chopped pork. Sisig Express chose to offer chicken and bangus versions of this accidental culinary hit. And Sisig Express is one of the food joints that got the alchemy right. Not very far from UST especially when that craving for sisig kicks in.

iChill Theater Cafe Open Mic
iChill Theater Cafe (Dos Castillas St.)

Ah, themed cafes. The kind of areas in the UST Food Guide that you find when it’s not enough to have a cup of coffee. With a menu that would trigger theater nerds into remembering pop culture references in relation to their passion. iChill Theater Cafe ups the ante the moment you choose to chill (pun intended) at the 2nd floor. You’d see musical theater posters that are of collectors’ item level. It helps when an entrepreneur could pour his/her passion into the business. And the customers share the enthusiasm. That enthusiasm is boosted best with a tall tumbler of ice-blended drink and a plate of pasta. Ramen is served for folks that needed a respite from the chilly/rainy weather lately.

sr-thai-cuisine2
S.R. Thai Cuisine (V. Concepcion St.)

Getting around the UST Food Guide. The common misconception about Thai food is that it’s not that different from Filipino food. Then you get served a hearty plate of Pad Thai. Or laksa. Or some other chicken dish served with their trademark S.R. Seafood Fried Rice. You then realize the difference in formulation. Not really alienating taste-wise especially when you like your food spicy yet still authentically Asian. Servings are pretty generous too.

tumblr_ldiyu5bcd41qeh2oo
Mang Tootz Food House

In terms of longevity, Mang Tootz Food House is legen (wait for it) dary. Some foodies that have earned their degrees in UST would come back to this staple in any UST Food Guide known online. And that is just to get their fix of Banana-rhuma. Like imagine your humble turon getting the Mang Tootz culinary treatment. Add cinnamon and milk powder. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds to finish it off. Best eaten with a full meal composed of rice with inihaw na liempo or chicken kebab.

Did we miss anything?

Any other legendary food joint you thought should be included in out UST Food Guide? Post feedback, comments and violent reactions (in case there are any) on our Facebook page after clicking “Like”. Tweet and follow us on Twitter to get the conversation going to. We’d be expecting you.

International Religious Leader Rael Supports Duterte

international religious leader Rael

Philippine President Duterte supported by international religious leader Rael. The international head of the movement called Raelian has pledged support for the embattled president of the Philippines. This support comes at the state leader’s claims that the United Nations is “stupid”.

International Religious Leader Rael
Source: Al Jazeera Inside Story

Part of the comment that the international religious leader Rael made is translated as follows:

“Finally! A head of state may trigger the dismantlement of the US puppet United Nations Organization and inviting China, African nations and other countries to create a rival international body is a wonderful idea! Should be called Anti-Imperialism States Organization.”

It wasn’t the first time that the concept or idea of an international organization separate from the United Nations has been entertained in the past. Maybe the international religious leader Rael was not the first person to think of it. (And certainly, not Duterte either). Then again, for certain organizations and sovereign states that don’t feel that much UN love. They’d rather have economic and political ties with each others without minding UN again. Maybe not ever. But surely not for the long time.

 

Does forming a separate global organization automatically mean going against the UN? No. The European Union was formed with economic cooperation in mind. The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) was formed as a support group for the Latin American countries. BRICS emerged as a group of nations that rely on each other for economic and political power consisting of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

As of late, new acronyms like MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey.) and CIVETS (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.) emerged. These latter groups haven’t been “formalized” in the vein of BRICS. But one can sense an attempt to gather into groups outside the UN system. What does that say about UN’s influence then?

International Religious Leader Rael
Source: Strategic Affairs

Let’s go back to international religious leader Rael’s comment about Duterte. Now that we have analyzed global affairs now. The last sentence says “Should be called Anti Imperialism States Organization.” It’s like a soft shade thrown at UN for having a certain level of favoritism thrown the US way. Globalization wasn’t as controversial as it used to be anymore. Some states have started thinking about themselves more and less about what the international community. This is why EU and other sympathizers feared Brexit. After UK grows a pair and packs its bags. Would the rest of the members dissatisfied with the current EU leadership follow? Could it be another source of inspiration for Duterte’s PHexit?

For Duterte, it’s simple. He’s trying to do his job and he hates interference. And he doesn’t give a rat’s ass on whether it’s the frickin’ UN. He just wanted to serve the people. He lived here in the Philippines all his life. He experienced how hard life had been here. And he wouldn’t let a bunch of bureaucrats interfere in his job when these UN “experts” earned their so-called expertise without ever setting foot in the Philippines. An act lauded by the international religious leader Rael.

International Religious Leader Rael
Source: Al Jazeera Inside Story

As of this writing, President Duterte has returned to the Philippines after a successful stint in the ASEAN Summit and his state visit to Indonesia. Would a meeting with the international religious leader Rael be far behind? Tune in to updates here at The Philippines Web by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. We’d be expecting you.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1: What Did We Miss?

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1

What happened in ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1? If you were a late-bloomer into the ALDUB fandom, what do you know apart from YayaDUB breaking into a smile upon seeing Alden? And could it really be just spontaneous for her to smile. It’s not a far-fetched possibility that it wasn’t YayaDUB that smiled on Alden but Maine Mendoza herself. Who knows? With a month away from the ALDUB Anniversary, it’s a good idea to look back.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

YayaDUB was introduced a month before the ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 as the girl Friday of Donya Esperanza Zobeyala viuda de Explorer. The latter was then known as “Lola Nidora” from “Lola ni Dora” (Dora’s grandmother/granny) at Eat Bulaga’s segment “ EB Problem Solving”. “Lola ni Dora” was the character that replaced Dok Dora de Explorer at the same segment in an effort to revamp the segment. With the hosts constantly referring to her as “Lola ni Dora” , her name eventually evolved into “Nidora”. Hence “Lola Nidora”.

As for YayaDUB, she was the proverbial “langaw sa ibabaw ng kalabaw” (fly on top of a water buffalo or carabao). It was an idiomatic expression that referred to a person that is more arrogant or haughty than the master she serves. So prior to ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. YayaDUB’s character’s bitchy arrogance is played for laughs. Hence her scenes involving selfies. Her limitation to DUBsmash lines aggravated her addiction on social media apps.

At EB Problem Solving. Lola Nidora just makes a few side comments to problems consulted to them. They are joined by resident “dabarkads” Paolo Ballesteros and Jose Manalo. If ever YayaDUB’s comment is sought, she sticks to her DUBsmashed answers. Pouty lips, big mouth and a rubber face that rivaled Mr. Bean himself. A comic relief without actual lines until she saw Alden Richards. Looking back, ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 lasted only a few minutes.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

It all started when YayaDUB was trying to reply to Jose’s question. YayaDUB was cranky just like before. She was so cranky that her DUBsmash didn’t make sense either. Before she finished her DUBsmash clip, the camera on the other monitor showed Alden Richards, watching at her. She realized who was watching her and ended up smiling. Allan K saw that it was the conscious kind of smile. “Hala, yaya. Nako-conscious ka kay Alden.” (Oh no, nanny. You’re becoming conscious of Alden’s presence.) ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 was that simple.

YayaDUB had to cover her face. She was caught smiling. A conduct unbecoming of someone like her. Paolo egged her further upon seeing her face behind the folding fan. “Tumatawa!” (She’s laughing!) Allan K kept on picking on YayaDUB. “Yaya, nagpapa-cute ka!” (Nanny, you’re trying to be cute!) Allan K’s comments were the main force behind ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. Otherwise, ALDUB remained as an afterthought/comic relief on Eat Bulaga.

What most new ALDUB fans today may not have realized is how Lola Nidora viewed Alden. “Ang pogi ni Alden.” (Alden looked handsome.) Allan K refused to stop. “Pinapanood kasi ni Alden. Hala! Nagpapa-cute si Yaya!” (Alden is watching her. Oh dear! Nanny is trying to look cute!) At the ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. Paolo joined Allan K on picking on YayaDUB. “Yaya, nagpapabebe ka! Si Yaya, nagpapabebe!” (Nanny, you’re trying to look cute! Nanny is trying to look cute!)

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

Boss Joey found YayaDUB’s smile to be out of character too. “Ngayon lang ba ngumiti yan?” (Did she smile only now?) Jose replied. “Ngayon lang tumawa yan.” (She laughed only now.) Boss Joey realized what made YayaDUB tick. “Yun lang pala.” (So that was it.) Prior to Alden’s appearance. Jose did everything to make YayaDUB smile or laugh. Nothing happened. All that Alden did is appear to YayaDUB and she smiled. ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 provided a cute twist to the character of YayaDUB.

YayaDUB’s lip-sync clips are mostly dependent on what the in-house spinner would play. But the Chipmunks’ cover of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I’ve Got a Feeling” ended up supporting YayaDUB’s change of character at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. Enough to give the audience an idea how happy YayaDUB ended up feeling. It may not be the typical boy-meets-girl scenario. Then again, that’s the point.

Jose found this change in YayaDUB amusing. “Kumekerengkeng!” (She’s starting to flirt!) Alden waved at YayaDUB. Boss Joey called YayaDUB’s attention at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. “Kinakawayan ka ni Alden.” (Alden is waving at you.) Allan K repeated what Boss Joey said. Alden looked like he’s waiting for a reaction from YayaDUB. YayaDUB then waved back at Alden. Hence the first “pabebe wave” was seen at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

YayaDUB tried to react to how Jose and Boss Joey handled her change of character by DUBsmashing Nora Aunor’s winning line at the critically-acclaimed film “Himala”. “Walang himala! Ang himala ay nasa puso ng tao! Nasa puso nating lahat!” (There is no miracle! The miracle is in the heart of man! In the hearts of all of us!) Alden could only reply by blowing a kiss her way since he doesn’t have a microphone at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1.

Boss Joey looked at YayaDUB again. “Si Yaya. Maganda eh, ano?” (Nanny. She’s pretty after all, right?) Jose agreed. Boss Joey then completed his statement. “Maganda iihaw.” (She’s pretty to roast with.) Everyone laughed. Boss Joey then corrected his own statement. “Hindi. Maganda. Maganda.” (No, really. She’s pretty. She’s pretty.) Jose joined in chiding YayaDUB too. “Wet lips oh!” (She wet her lips!)

Jose tried to reply to Boss Joey’s quip at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. “May hitsura naman. May hitsura. Hindi nga lang maganda hitsura.” (She has the face. That face. It’s just that her face wasn’t pretty.) Boss Joey tried to get to know YayaDUB better. “Kelan ang birthday niyan?” (When is her birthday?) Jose was sarcastic in his answer. “Walang birthday yan, Boss Joey. Singaw lang.” (She doesn’t have a birthday. She just sprouted from the earth.)

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

Allan K tried to make sense of Jose’s comment. “Kumulog. Kumidlat. Umusbong.” (There was thunder. There was lightning. And she sprouted.) Lola Nidora relayed the question to YayaDUB instead. “Yaya, kelan ba ang birthday mo?” (Nanny, when is your birthday?) Jose was sarcastic again. “Pano yan magsasalita?” (How will she speak?) YayaDUB DUBsmashed some techno track. Lola Nidora interpreted it. “March 3 daw.” (She said that it’s March 3.)

Allan K found the translation rather vague. “Naintindihan ni Lola?” (Granny understood it?) Paolo relayed the comment to Lola Nidora. “Naintindihan mo yun?” (You understood that?) Jose had a different speculation. “Di ba birthday mo yun?” (Isn’t that your birthday?) Lola Nidora said no. Minutes later, it rained lightly at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1.

Jose hasn’t given up on hopes that YayaDUB will finally speak though. “Ano masasabi mo sa ulan, YayaDUB?” (What can you say about the rain?) Lola Nidora ended up commenting first. “Ang lamig. Basang basa yung likod ko.” (It’s cold. My back side was so wet.) YayaDUB stuck to her schtick at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 though. She DUBsmashed a line from Maria Sofia Love. “Pak! Pak! Legs! Pak! Katawan! Pak! Ano pa? Pak! Aray ko! Ano yun? Dios ko!” (Look at my legs! Look at my body! Ouch! What the? My God!)

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

Jose put a hat on YayaDUB. “Yan! Nakatingin sa yo si Alden. Kaya kailangan naggaganyan ka. Yes.” (There! Alden is staring at you. So you need to fix yourself.) YayaDUB arranged the hat and waved again at Alden. Allan K found it cute. “Gusto ko yung kaway.” (I like the way she waved.) YayaDUB then switched to DUBsmashing JaDine’s “Bahala Na”. “Naniniwala na ako sa forever.” (I now believe in forever.)

Jose was impressed. “Ang galing galing mo, YayaDUB.” (You were great, YayaDUB.) YayaDUB threw a flying kiss towardss Alden. Alden caught it with his hand. Lola Nidora was her snobbish self when she tried to get YayaDUB’s attention. “Yaya, tapos ka na ba?” (Nanny, are you done?) YayaDUB tried to go back to her stiff-upper lipped facade. She didn’t want to piss off her employer at this point at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1.

Was it a smooth transition for YayaDUB halfway through ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1? Not really. As EB Problem Solving is preceded by the Sugod Bahay segment, there was enough time for YayaDUB to revert back to her old, bitter self. But her tears were spotted by Jose towards the end of their Sugod Bahay stint. “Ba’t ka umiiyak, YayaDUB?” (Why are you teary-eyed?)

ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1
Source: Eat Bulaga YouTube channel

YayaDUB wiped off the stray tear from her upper cheek. Jose insisted that YayaDUB teared up. “Hindi. Umiyak siya talaga. Walang biro.” (No. She really teared up. No kidding.) Boss Joey is starting to see YayaDUB differently. “Mukhang mabait naman siya eh.” (She looked nice after all.) Jose then started chiding YayaDUB again at ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. “Alam mo si Alden. Diyan mahilig sa babaeng umiiyak.” (You know Alden. He’s into girls that tear up.)

YayaDUB stole a moment to wave at Alden again. Jose continued. “Yung iyakin. Yung mababa ang loob.” (One who tears up. One with a humble disposition.) The latter comment was more like a snide remark to YayaDUB’s snooty image prior to ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1. YayaDUB then faked her act of trembling while crying. Boss Joey had to remind her. “Hindi yung hagulgol. Yung iyak lang.” (Not the trembling part. Just the tears.) YayaDUB then stopped. YayaDUB repeated her DUBsmash of “Bahala Na”.

Like Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page to catch the rest of the KalyeSerye replays. More clips like the ALDUB KalyeSerye Day 1 replay are also found in Eat Bulaga’s official YouTube channel.

No truck horn. Not even a script. But it developed a following massive enough to spin this segment into a full-blown series within a variety show. How did it evolve into a soap opera parody segment at Eat Bulaga? Succeeding episode recaps will reveal them. And the best way to get updated on the latest episode recaps is by following up on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary: Grazie Per Tutto Quello

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary

Divina was happily browsing some photos at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ang ganda naman dito. Naku! Tiyak pupuntahan namin ito. Hindi puedeng hindi namin malagpasan ni Alden. Ganda oh! Venice! Tapos eto rin sa Vatican. Ang dami namang puedeng puntahan. Ano pa?” (It looked so beautiful here. Oh my! For sure we’d go here. We of Alden should not miss this. Awesome! Venice! And at the Vatican too. There are so many places for us to go. What else?)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Divina browsed further. “Ay! Eto yung Leaning Tower of Pisa. Kelangan nakaganun din kami ni Alden dun. Grabe oh. Sa Milan Cathedral, naku. Dalhin kaya ako ni Alden dito?” (Here’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We should pose in a leaning way too. Damn. At the Milan Cathedral, oh my. Would Alden bring me here?) The audience present at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode screamed at the idea of Alden taking Divina to the cathedral. [If you know what they mean.]

Divina exclaimed. “Dami pa. Dios ko! Sana kumasya yung oras namin. Sana may panahon para makapaglibot-libot kami. Yung kaming dalawa lang.” (So many sights. My God! I hope we have enough time to roam. Just the two of us.) Alden appeared on the other monitor as Divina was in the middle of browsing at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. He DUBsmashed Savage Garden’s “I Knew I Loved You”.

Alden then asked Divina. “Ano sabi mo, Divina?” (What did you say, Divina?) Divina was a little startled. Alden had to clarify his question at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Anong sabi mo dun sa mga lugar? Maganda?” (What did you say about the places? They’re beautiful?) Divina looked at Alden. He continued. “Mas maganda ka diyan.” (You look more beautiful.) Divina thanked Alden in Italian. “Grazie. Grazie.”

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Alden liked it that Divina is learning a little Italian. “Ayan na yung mga Buongiorno.” (There goes the Buongiorno.) Divina showed the pics from her smartphone to Alden too. “Yung mga pictures. Ayan oh! Naghahanap kasi ako ng mga puede nating puntahan. Leaning Tower of Pisa. Magpi-picture tayo. Ganun kunwari.” (Here are the pictures. I’ve been looking for places for us to go. Like the Leaning Tower. We’d have a picture like that.) Alden finished Divina’s sentence at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Tinutulak mo yung tower.” ([Like] You’re pushing the tower.)

Divina went back to browsing her phone at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Eto pa. Florence.” (Here’s more. Florence.) Alden was unfamiliar with it. “Ano yun? Parang mga tore?” (What? Are they like towers?) Boss Joey had other ideas. “Florence de Mayo. Diyan na kayo mag-Santacruzan.” (Have the Santacruzan there.) Divina agreed with Boss Joey. “Sakto. May pa. Tapos eto. Amalfi Coast. Talon tayo dito, Alden, ha?” (Perfect. It’s still May. Then this. Amalfi Coast. Let’s dive here, Alden, okay?)

Alden asked. “Gusto mo?” (You want to?) Divina replied. “Oo. Tatalon tayo dito sa ayaw at sa gusto mo.” (Yes. We will dive here whether you like it or not.) Alden remembered something else at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Sa ayaw at sa gusto mo. Eh sa Enchanted, umiyak ka eh.” (Whether you like it or not. At the Enchanted Kingdom, you cried.) Divina was taken aback. “Eh bakit binabalik mo?” (Then why are you bring it up again?) Alden immediately backtracked. “Oh hindi na. Hindi na.” (Okay I’ll stop. I’ll stop.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Divina asked Alden. “Inaano ka ba? Weeksary na weeksary natin, ganyan ka! Inaano ka ba?” (What have I done to you? It’s the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary, and you’re doing that! What have I done to you?) Divina ended up wondering. “Saan kaya dito tayo magsu-shoot?” (Which spots will be filmed with us?) Alden tried not to spoil it for the audience present at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Pero nabasa mo yung script di ba? Kelangan talaga Italy natin i-shoot eh.” (But you read the script, right? We really need to shoot it in Italy.)

Divina remembered what Alden said. “Oo nga eh. Kelangan naman pala talaga. Kelangan sa storya eh. Kaya pala pumayag sina Lola.” (Yes indeed. It’s needed after all. It’s needed in the story. No wonder granny agreed.) Alden had to ask Divina at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Kumusta na pala yung surprise?” (How is the surprise going?) Divina directly answered Alden’s question. “Okay na. Naiayos ko na. At sana ma-appreciate nila Lola. Pero okay na. Wag ka nang mag-alala, Alden.” (It’s okay now. I got it set up. And hopefully granny will appreciate it.)

Alden agreed. “Oo. Basta galing sa puso.” (Yes. As long as it’s from the heart.) Divina wasn’t done browsing her phone when Alden DUBsmashed at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Sabihin mo sa akin. Kelan mali ang pag-ibig? Kelangan bang masaktan pa?” (Tell me. When is love wrong? Do we have to get hurt?) Alden was half-DUBsmashing the song and half-singing it. He dared Divina to sing too. She somewhat did.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

When Alden DUBsmashed True Faith’s “Dahil Ikaw”. Divina replied by DUBsmashing “Miss na Miss Kita”. [Somebody tell us please the title of the song and artist who sang it.] Alden even tried to pinch Divina’s nose at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Alden DUBsmashed Blue’s “Best in Me”. Lou Bega’s “Sweet Like Cola” then started blaring in the background. It signaled Donya Tinidora’s arrival at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

Divina paid her respects to Donya Tinidora. Donya Tinidora was in an okay mood. “Hay naku! Tingnan mo naman. Umulan tapos sumingaw yung init. Ang sarap dito.” (Oh my! Look at this [weather]. It rains then heat [from the ground] seeps out. It smelled great here.) Alden greeted Donya Tinidora. “Hello, lola.” Donya Tinidora greeted Alden back. “Ready na ba kayo sa Italy. Ready na ba kayong dalawa sa pagpunta nyo?” (Are you ready for Italy? Are you ready to go?) Alden replied at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Medyo hindi pa, lola, eh.” (Not that much yet, granny.)

Divina expressed her concern to Donya Tinidora. “Saka, lola, hindi pa po kasi kami marunong mag-Italian language.” (Granny, we are not yet that good in speaking Italian.) Donya Tinidora replied. “Yun na nga iniisip ko. Siempre bago nyo naisip yan, naisip ko na yan. Kaya eto. Me dala akong libro ng mga Italian language para pag-aralan.” (That’s what I thought too. Of course, before you even thought of that, I already thought of it. So here. I have an Italian language book for you to learn from.) Divina liked the idea and checked Donya Tinidora’s book at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora continued. “Ayan na oh. Yan eh mga basic lang naman yan.” (Here they are. They’re just basic stuff.) Divina asked. “Pano po yung Hello?” (How do you say Hello?) Donya Tinidora was half-sarcastic when she waved “Hello.” Divina had to clarify her question at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Lola, iba po.” (No, the other one.) Both of them ended up checking the book. Divina saw it. “Ciao.”

Donya Tinidora knew a different “Ciao” at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Kumbaga sa mahjong, Ciao.” (It’s like in the mahjong board game. Ciao.) Divina almost scratched her head. “Lola naman eh.” (Granny please.) Donya Tinidora saw the alternate suggestion. “Puede ring SALVE.” (You can also use SALVE.) Divina repeated it so she could remember it better.

Alden then asked Divina. “Naalala mo yung tinuro ko sa yo?” (Remember what I taught you?) Divina asked back. “Ano yun?” (What is it?) Alden continued. “Yung maraming salamat sa lahat ng ginawa mo. Sige nga. Gawin mo.” (The ‘Thanks for everything that you’ve done’. Go ahead. Do it.) Divina tried to say it correctly. “Grazie per tutto quello che fai per de.” Allan K liked it. [The commentary panel present at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode consisted of Allan K, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.]

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora liked it too. “Aba! Magaling ang apo ko. Magaling. Eto pa. Eto pa isa. Good morning.” (Wow! My grand-niece is amazing. Amazing. Here. Here is another one.) Divina then read the translation. “Buongiorno.” Donya Tinidora repeated it at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Buongiorno. Pag rocker, Bon Jovi. Okay? Sabi ni ate, pag may nakita kang rocker sa umaga, sabihin mo Bon Jovi.” (If you’re greeting a rocker, say BON JOVI. Elder sister said that if you saw a rocker in the morning, say BON JOVI.)

Alden asked Donya Tinidora. “Lola, pano po yung Goodbye?” (Granny, how about GOODBYE?) Donya Tinidora was tried to sound serious. “Goodbye? Dapat hawak mo yung kutsilyo. Magsaksak ka. Goodbye. Patay na.” (You should hold a knife. Stab yourself. Goodbye. You’re dead.) Divina found something else on the book. “Good evening. Buonasera.” Alden repeated what Divina learned at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Buonasera.”

Donya Tinidora asked Divina. “Tapos yung good afternoon naman?” (Then for “Good afternoon?”) Divina read the translation. “Buon pomeriggio.” At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Donya Tinidora reminded Alden and Divina. “Okay. Wag kayong malilito. Importante yan ha? Yung umaga ano?” (Don’t be confused. It’s important. What’s the morning greeting?) Alden replied. “Buongiorno.” Divina followed suit. “Buongiorno, lola.”

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora tested them again. “Yung gabi?” (For the evening?) Divina replied. “Buonasera.” Donya Tinidora reviewed them further at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Yung madaling araw?” (How about early morning?) Divina made a wild guess. “Buon buon?” Donya Tinidora’s answer wasn’t any serious either. “Tulog na buon buon okay?” (A sleeping buon buon okay?) Donya Tinidora then found the answer to Alden’s question. “Goodbye. Eto na yung hinahanap mo.” (Here’s what you’re looking for.)

Divina read the translation. “Arrivederci.” Donya Tinidora repeated it. “Arrivederci. Ayan. Alam nyo na ha? Bakit? Magu-goodbye ka ba sa kanya?” (There. Now you know, okay? Why? Are you saying goodbye to her?) Divina felt a little hurt in agreeing with Donya Tinidora. At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Alden found an excuse. “Hindi, lola. Marami lang po akong gustong malaman na words.” (No, granny. I just want to learn more words.)

Donya Tinidora went back to her Italian book. “Ano pa gusto mong malaman, Alden?” (What else would you like to learn, Alden?) Alden replied. “Lola, yung Thank You po.” (Granny, how about “Thank you”.) Donya Tinidora checked the book again for Divina to read. Divina read the word out loud. “Grazie.” Donya Tinidora repeated the word “Grazie.” At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Alden continued with his questions. “Eh lola, yung I Love You?” (How about “I love you”?)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora let Divina answer. “Ano I love you?” (What’s I love you in Italian?) Divina understood the question differently. “I love you too.” Donya Tinidora exclaimed. “Hindi!” (No!) In less than a minute, Divina realized what she just said at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ay! Ano ba, lola?” (Wait! What, granny?) Donya Tinidora went sarcastic again. “Espanol!” (Say it in Spanish!) Divina slightly protested. “Lola naman eh!” (Granny please!)

Donya Tinidora tried to regain composure. “Sa Italiano!” (Say it in Italian!) Divina apologized halfway. “Akala ko po kasi …” (I thought …) Donya Tinidora gave Divina a tip. “Ti.” Divina then found what Donya Tinidora was referring to at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ti amo. Ti amo.” Donya Tinidora felt relieved. “Yan! Madalas ginagamit sa mga boss nyo.” (There! It’s often used when referring to your boss.)

Alden then told Divina. “Ti amo, Divina.” Divina repeated what Alden said but in an asking tone. “Ti amo?” Alden then DUBsmashed “Ikaw” to calm down Divina. Donya Tinidora had to help Divina snap back to reality. “Ti amo raw, sabihin mo.” (He said “Ti amo”, say it too.) Divina ended up DUBsmashing Coco Lee’s “Before I Fall in Love”. Then she tried to give a decent reply. “Kuya Amo.”

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Alden’s eye brows almost met as he felt amused with Divina’s answer at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ano ba yun? Pangalan?” (What the? It’s a name now?) Divina repeated her answer. “Ti amo eh. Kuya amo.” [“Ti” sounds like an abbreviated “Ate” when pronounced with a Visayan accent. “Amo” in Filipino means boss or employer. Even Allan K acknowledged it later at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.]

Alden just tested his Italian knowledge to Divina again. “Mi manchi.” Donya Tinidora understood Alden differently. “Naku, si Allan yun. Manchi.” (Oh that’s Allan K.) [“Manchi” sounds a little like “matsing”. “Matsing” means monkey.] Allan K snapped at Donya Tinidora. “Bastos ka, lola.” (You’re rude, granny.) Divina had to translate it to Donya Tinidora. “Ano po yun, I miss you.” (It means “I miss you.”) Donya Tinidora repeated what Divina said at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “I miss you.”

That’s when Divina had to remind Alden. “Teka lang. Parang may nakakalimutan ka. May nakakalimutan ka.” (Wait. It seems like you’ve forgotten something. You’ve forgotten something.) Alden denied it. “Hindi ako nakakalimot.” (I don’t forget.) Divina insisted her observation at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Hindi. Nakakalimot ka eh.” (No. You’ve forgotten.) Alden had to ask. “Hindi. Ano ba yun? Ano ba yun?” (No. What is it? What is it?)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Divina then said it. “Weeksary natin eh.” (It’s the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary.) Donya Tinidora ended up remembering more. “Bakit nga walang bulaklak? Walang lobo? Walang isaw?” (How come there are no flowers? No balloons? No chicken intestines?) Divina was half-hurt. “Ano ba yan, Alden? Naninibago, Alden. Nagbabago ka.” (What gives, Alden. You’ve changed, Alden. You’ve changed.)

Alden denied forgetting the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary. “Hindi, lola. Eto po.” (No, granny. Here it is.) Divina looked around. “Wala pong riding in tandem.” (No riding in tandem.) Shortly, the SUV horn was heard on the background. A girl appeared in a red Italian dress and sung “O Sole Mio”. [While most fans watching the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode would recognize “O Sole Mio” as the Italian version of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never”. Wikipedia says otherwise.]

Once she’s done singing. Divina thanked her. “Prego. Prego.” Donya Tinidora tried to speak Italian but failed. That’s when Alden explained. “Siempre, Divina. Hindi ko nakalimutan ang monthsary. Weeksary pala.” (Of course, Divina. I did not forget out monthsary. I mean out weeksary.) Divina confirmed her point. “Oh. Tingnan mo nga.” (See?) Alden had a ready answer to his gaffe at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Eh kasi feeling ko araw araw monthsary. Kaya ngayon pa lang, pinadala ko na yung Italy sa yo.” (It feels like our monthsary everyday. So as early as now, I sent Italy to you.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Alden then tried to introduce the singer. “Actually yung singer natin, kaibigan siya ni Yaya Glo.” (Our singer is Yaya Glo’s friend. I just asked a favor from her.) [He should have at least mentioned her name at the ALDUB 42nd Weekend episode.] Divina thanked her. “Prego. Prego.” The singer was just as thankful to Divina. “Grazie mille, signorina.” (Thank you very much, ma’am.) Donya Tinidora can’t help but quip. “Ang galing. Siguro syota mo yung DJ dito.” (Brilliant. The spinner must be your fling.) Both Alden and Divina found Donya Tinidora’s comment awkward.

After Donya Tinidora’s half-successful attempts at speaking Italian. Alden greeted Divina. “Happy 42nd Weeksary, Divina.” The singer gave a little box to Divina. Divina tried to untie the ribbon. “Ano kayang laman nito?” (What does it contain?) It was a little heavy. Divina was startled when the box’s content almost fell. At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary. Donya Tinidora was worried about something worse. “Muntik nang magmura.” (She almost let out an expletive.)

Divina then lifted the little gift. “Ano to? Para san to?” (What’s this? What is it for?) Donya Tinidora speculated. “Divina, alam ko na yan. Padlock.” (I know what that is. It’s a padlock.) Divina asked further at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Pambagahe po?” (For the baggage?) Donya Tinidora somewhat confirmed her hunch. “Para sa maleta mo.” (For your luggage.) Divina thanked Alden.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Alden tried to correct Donya Tinidora. “Di po, lola.” (No, granny.) Donya Tinidora kept on guessing though. “Padlock para di malagyan ng bala.” (A padlock to avoid getting inserted with bullets.) [The bullet issue has yet to die down as of the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.] Alden explained. “Lola, hindi po. Ano po yan. Love lock po.” (Granny, no. It’s a love lock.)

Donya Tinidora repeated what Alden said. “Love lock ang tawag diyan?” (It’s called a love lock?) Alden clarified the object at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Yan po ang sumisimbolo po sa laman ng puso namin ni Divina. Kasi di ba, lola? Sa ibang bansa po. Halimbawa, pupunta kayo ng Paris. Ganyan. Or Korea. Meron silang mga lock lock na nilalagay.” (It symbolizes what is in our heart of Divina. Isn’t it, granny? In other countries. Like if you’d go to Paris. [Or some other destination.] They leave locks.)

Donya Tinidora then asked Alden. “So ilalagay nyo dun yan?” (So you’d place it there?) Divina felt excited. “Ilalagay natin ito?” (We’d leave this?) Alden refused to divulge the details. “Basta dadalhin natin yan.” (We’d just bring it.) Divina tried to clarify what Alden said at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Dadalhin lang natin. Hindi natin ilalagay?” (We’d just bring it? We won’t put it?) Alden didn’t reveal anything more. “Basta.”

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Divina felt a little cheated but excited. “Ayaw ko yang mga BASTA mo ha? Yang mga ganyang tono mo.” (I don’t like your BASTA plans. With a tone like that.) Still, she thanked Alden for the heart-shaped lock. Alden replied. “Siempre. Ikaw pa eh.” (Of course. For you.) The singer then bade them goodbye. Donya Tinidora tried to speak Italian again. “Grazie mille. Dumaan ka ng palengke para mamile, ha?”

Donya Tinidora turned her attention back to Divina. “Handa na ba kayo sa plano nyo para kay ate? Yung mga pagkain, naayos nyo na ba? Darating na si ate any monument.” (Are you plans for elder sister ready? The food, is it all set now? Elder sister is arriving any moment.) Divina verified it. “Opo, lola. Nakahanda na po sa loob.” (Yes, granny. It’s prepared inside.) The SUV horn was heard on the background. Lola Nidora then appeared at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

Donya Tinidora was amused to see Lola Nidora arrived from behind the tree. “Galing sa puno. Si ate, naging nuno sa punso.” (From the tree. My elder sister became a dwarf from an anthill.) She called out to Lola Nidora. Lola Nidora slightly explained her entrance. “Nagpahangin lang ako sa taas.” (I just refreshed myself above.) Divina paid her respects to Lola Nidora. Donya Tinidora saw Lola Nidora’s long face again at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ang lungkot mo.” (You look sad.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Alden greeted Lola Nidora too. “Lola, kumusta po kayo?” (Granny, how are you?) Lola Nidora replied. “I’m okay.” Alden didn’t believe Lola Nidora’s answer at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. But he sounded concerned. “Di naman po namin kailangan manghula para malaman kung ano ang nararamdaman nyo eh.” (We don’t need to guess what you’re feeling.)

At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Lola Nidora was resigned to her sadness. “Hindi mo naman maalis sa akin ito, Alden.” (You can’t avoid me from feeling this way, Alden.) Donya Tinidora chose to be happy. “Dapat maging masaya ka na ngayon, ate. Kasi ilang araw na lang, aalis na si Alden at si Divina. Di ba? Makakapunta na sila sa Italy.” (You should be happy now, elder sister. Because in a few days from now, Alden and Divina will be leaving. They will get to Italy.)

Donya Tinidora thought how luck ALDUB was. “Napakaswerte. Gagawa ng pelikula. Unang pelikula, dun kaagad nila gagawin. Ayaw mo ba nun? Iba yun, ate.” (They’re very lucky. They’d be filming. Their first film would be shot there. Don’t you like that? That’s something else, elder sister.) Lola Nidora thought Donya Tinidora was too worried of her at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ano ka ba, Tinidora?” (What the heck, Tinidora?)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Despite looking sad. Lola Nidora tried to be optimistic at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Mababait naman yung mga bata. They deserve it. Alden. Divina. Mag-iingat kayo dun ha?” (The kids are well-behaved. They deserve it. Alden. Divina. You better be safe there, okay?) Alden and Divina replied consecutively. “Opo, lola.” (Yes, granny.) Alden assured Lola Nidora. “Ako pa po? Ako na po bahala kay Divina. Aalagaan ko po siya.” (Me? I would take charge of Divina. I would care for Divina.)

Lola Nidora continued with her reminders. “Magte-text kayo. Tapos mag-send kayo ng pictures.” (Send SMS. Then send photos.) Alden agreed. Divina agreed as well. “Opo, lola. Saka behaved naman po kami ni Alden dun. Makikinig po kami lagi sa director.” (Yes, granny. And we of Alden will be behaved. We’d be obedient to the director.) Lola Nidora agreed. “Dapat lang.” (You better be.) Donya Tinidora agreed as well. “Importante yun, ate.” (That’s important, elder sister.)

Divina then invited the grannies inside. Donya Tinidora thought they better be. “Oo. Wag tayo dito. Tingnan mo hitsura natin. Zoom out nyo.” (Yes. We shouldn’t be here. Look at us. Zoom out your camera.) The cameraman at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode did as he was told. Donya Tinidora mentioned the obvious. “Para tayong firing squad. Para tayong babarilin dito.” (We’re like in a firing squad. Like they’re about to shoot us.) Allan K then joked. “Fuego!”

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Lola Nidora didn’t think it was reason enough to get inside though. “Bakit ba tayo pupunta pa sa loob?” (Why do we have to go inside?) Donya Tinidora replied. “May sorpresa sa yo.” (There’s a surprise for you.) Lola Nidora thought otherwise. “Puede naman dito eh.” (It can be received here.) Alden egged them to go inside. “Lola, sama na kayo.” (Granny, just go along.) Divina gave Lola Nidora some ideas at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Hinanda po namin ito para sa inyo. Kami ni Alden.” (We prepared this for you. We of Alden.)

Lola Nidora then saw the picnic set. “Bakit may ganito? Anong meron?” (Why is this here? What’s up?) Donya Tinidora reminded Lola Nidora. “Weeksary nina Alden at Divina ngayon.” (It’s the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary today.) Divina invited the grannies on the mat. Donya Tinidora further reminded Lola Nidora. “Di ba? Laging nagse-celebrate yang dalawa na yan?” (Isn’t it? That couple always celebrate [their weeksary].)

Divina explained the picnic set. “Ayan po, lola. Naghanda kami ng pagkain at saka bulaklak po para sa inyo.” (There it is, granny. We prepared food and flowers for you.) It got Lola Nidora worried about something else. “Nung nasa labas kayo, sino nagbantay nito? Baka inano ‘to ng pusa.” (When you were outside, who watched over this? The cat might have touched these.) At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Divina didn’t think so. “Hindi po, lola. Malinis po yan.” (No, granny. It’s clean.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora was her sarcastic self again. “Wag kang ano. Yung pusa talaga ang nagbantay diyan.” (Don’t be silly. It’s the cat who watched over these.) Divina told both grannies. “Tara na po, lola. Upo na po tayo.” (Let’s go, granny. Let’s sit down.) Lola Nidora thought of Alden. “Wala naman dito si Alden. Hijo, makakapunta ka ba?” (But Alden isn’t here. Son, can you make it?)

Donya Tinidora didn’t think so. Alden had to excuse himself. “Lola, me kailangan po akong asikasuhin eh.” (Granny, I need to take care of something.) Lola Nidora was slightly grumpy with Alden’s answer. “Hmp! Palagi ka namang ganyan.” (You’re always like that.) Divina explained the surprise at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Kasi, lola, ilang araw na po kayong malungkot eh. Kaya naisip po naming maghanda.” (Granny, we noticed that you’ve been sad these past few days. So we thought of preparing this.)

Alden supported Divina’s explanation at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Opo. Saka po mas ginusto ko po na magkasama po muna kayo ni Divina ngayon.” (Yes. And I chose that Divina be with you for now.) Lola Nidora felt hurt. “Akala ko kasi, hijo, pupunta ka.” (Son, I thought you’d be coming over.) Alden knew how sad Lola Nidora could get. “Para makapag-bonding po kayo ni Divina. Kasi sa totoo lang po, matagal-tagal po kaming mawawala.” (So that you would bond with Divina further. Because actually, we’d be away for quite a long time.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Lola Nidora replied. “Yun na nga eh. Gusto ko rin sanang makita doon.” (That’s the point. I’d like to see it too.) Alden continued at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ilang araw na lang po kayong magkakasama. So para po mas marami kayong bonding moment. Para po sa inyo yan, lola.” (You only have a few days left to be together. So it would increase your bonding moments. It’s for you, granny.)

Donya Tinidora noticed Lola Nidora’s persistence. “Bakit mo ba pinipilit si Alden? Siguro crush mo talaga si Alden.” (Why are you pushing Alden? Maybe you really have a crush on Alden.) Divina chided Lola Nidora for Donya Tinidora’s comment at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Allan K could only laugh off Donya Tinidora’s sarcasm. “Malisyoso si Tinidora.” (How malicious of Tinidora.)

Lola Nidora explained. “Hindi. Siempre. Gusto ko man lang makita si Alden bago sila umalis.” (No. But of course. I just want to see Alden before they go.) At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Alden assured Lola Nidora. “Magkikita po tayo, lola. Wag po kayong mag-alala. Sa Sabado po. May sorpresa po kami sa inyo.” (We’d still see each other, granny. Don’t worry. On Saturday, we have a surprise for you.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora got intrigued with Alden’s choice of words again at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Bakit ba ganyan lagi? Para kang nagpapaalam, Alden.” (Why do you do that? As if you’re saying goodbye, Alden.) Alden has a good reason for Saturday’s surprise. “Saka, lola. Mother’s Day po. Since kayo naman, lola, yung tumayong nanay ni Divina. Celebrate din po natin yun.” (And granny. It’s Mother’s Day. Since you took over the role of a mother to Divina. We’d celebrate that too.)

Lola Nidora felt wistful at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary. “Mother’s Day. Sana maalala ako ng mga anak ko. At ng mga apo ko.” (I hope my children would remember me. And my grandchildren.) Divina replied. “Lola, ang totoo po niyan. Gusto po naming magpasalamat ni Alden sa inyo. Kasi kundi po dahil sa inyo. Baka hindi po kami magkakaroon ng pelikula. Kaya hindi po kami makakapunta ng Italy kundi po dahil sa inyo. Kaya maraming salamat po.” (Granny, the truth about it is if not for you. Maybe we would not end up having a movie. We won’t get to Italy if not for you. So thank you very much.)

Divina then introduced the surprise. “Eto po. Simpleng pasasalamat po namin.” (Here. A simple thanksgiving from us.) Alden then DUBsmashed an Italian song. Divina explained what the song is. “Kanta po yan sa pagmamahal po sa ina. Kasi kayo na po ang tumayong nanay sa ‘min.” (It’s a song about motherly love. Since you have been like a mother to us.) Alden thanked Lola Nidora too. “Lola, thank you po. Pinalaki nyong mabuting bata si Divina.” (Granny, thank you. You raised Divina to be a good person.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Bossing Vic almost sung “O Sole Mio” himself. Allan K tried to stop him. “Nagulat lang. Nainggit sa Italian song.” (He just got perplexed. He envied the Italian song.) Bossing Vic stopped after singing only the words “O Sole Mio”. Divina continued. “Lola, kakantaan po namin kayo ni Alden. Alden sabayan mo ako ha?” (Granny, we will sing for you of Alden. Alden, sing with me, okay?) Alden got ready at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

Divina just got interrupted with a minor sound. She had to suppress her laughter at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. When the commentators asked Divina, she had to explain. “Kasi po may nagpaano ng masamang hangin dito.” (Somebody [unleashed] some bad wind here.) Bossing Vic thought otherwise. “Baka may nag-text.” (Somebody might have sent an SMS.)

After regaining her composure. Divina started singing at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. She sang Tyler Collins’ version of “Thank You”. Alden joined her in singing after the first line. Shortly, both of them shifted to DUBsmash. After their duet, Divina consoled Lola Nidora. “Lola, wag na po kayong malungkot.” (Granny, don’t be sad.) Alden thanked Lola Nidora too. “Maraming salamat po sa lahat, lola.” (Thank you for everything, granny.)

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Lola Nidora thanked both Alden and Divina. “Salamat. Lalo ko kayong mami-miss. Sweet kasi ng apo natin, Tinidora.” (Thank you. I’d miss you more. How sweet of our grandchildren, Tinidora.) Donya Tinidora agreed. Lola Nidora continued. “Pero masaya ako sa kanila. Salamat sa kanta ninyo.” (But I am happy for them. Thank for the song.) Donya Tinidora was pleased at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Ako rin nga. Na-touch sa kanta nila. Magaling ang mga bata.” (Me too. I was touched with their song number. The kids are great.)

Divina commented about her singing though. “Di po kami nakapag-ensayo. Pero thank you po, lola.” (We didn’t practice that much. But thanks for appreciating.) Lola Nidora replied. “Walang anuman.” (Don’t mention it.) Alden chose to be optimistic. “Mag-ensayo pa po kami, lola.” (We’d practice more, granny.) Lola Nidora went back to her reminders at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. “Mag-iingat kayong dalawa.” (You both be safe.)

Divina assured Lola Nidora. “Opo, lola. Love na love po namin kayo ni Alden.” (Yes, granny. We of Alden love you so much.) Lola Nidora reciprocated ALDUB’s love. “Love ko rin kayo. Love ko rin kayo. Tandaan nyo yan.” (I love you too. I love you too.) Divina brought her camera for the picture-taking. “Lola, hindi ko na po itataas yung kamay ko ha? Alam nyo na.” (Granny, I won’t be raising my hands up anymore, okay? You already knew why.) Alden found it funny at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Divina took a snapshot. Lola Nidora noticed how unique Divina’s camera was. “Ano bang tawag sa ganyan?” (What do you call that?) Divina replied. “Polaroid po. Mamaya po makikita po natin yung imahe natin.” (It’s called a Polaroid. Later, we’d see our images.) At the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode. Alden found Divina’s choice of word amusing. “Imahe. Ang lalim ng Tagalog.” (That’s deep Tagalog.) Divina repeated it. “Imahe. Matalinghaga na ba yun?” (Is that word metaphoric?)

Alden just reminded Divina. “Basta sa Sabado, tuloy na. Di ba, Lola Tinids?” (Just remember on Saturday, it’s set. Right, Granny Tinids?) It took awhile for the photo to be developed. Once it’s ready, Divina showed it to the camera. Once the image is clear, it was Donya Tinidora’s turn to ask. “Divina. Alden. Ready na yung mga plano ninyo?” (Are your plans set?) It turns out that Donya Tinidora has her share of plans at the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode.

ALDUB 42nd Weeksary
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tinidora proclaimed. “Ako naman ang masusunod. At ako naman ang may plano. At may ibibigay ako sa inyo. Sa Sabado, magkakaroon ng Despedida Party.” (I would take charge from here. It’s my turn to plan. And I have something to give you. This Saturday, we’d have a Send-off Party.) Lola Nidora was startled. “Aalis na sila sa Sabado?” (They’re leaving this Saturday?) Divina’s happy DUBsmash was cut short by the truck horn. Ending the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode on a cliffhanger.

So the ALDUB’s trip to Italy was on 7 May 2016. What could possibly happen? Tune in to Eat Bulaga. Monday to Saturday at Philippine noontime. They livestream at their official YouTube channel. Like Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page to catch the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode replay.

What did we miss in the ALDUB 42nd Weeksary episode recap? Send us your feedback, suggestions and [violent] reactions at our social media accounts. Like us on our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.