ALDUB MaiDen Heaven: Into Deep

#ALDUBMaiDenHeaven The ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode comes at the heels of another challenge. Lola Nidora was not content with the pili nut package that Alden bought from Bicol. She wanted more. She wanted authentic Bicolano laing and pinangat straight from the Bicol peninsula.  The next batch of packages earned Alden half a point.

ALDUB MaiDen Heaven
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At the time that Lola Nidora was preparing for Alden’s next challenge. She was somewhere else that the folks at Eat Bulaga’s main studio did not disclose. Also, she was not with YayaDUB. YayaDUB was left to be with Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora. The clothes they wore were different from the ensemble that Lola Nidora had prepared for the challenge. The ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode went into triple-split screen as it was revealed that Lola Nidora and the Rogelios were elsewhere.

YayaDUB was visibly nervous at what awaits Alden. She is confident at what Alden can do. But she is not blind to seeing how Lola Nidora is starting to push her limits when it comes to challenging Alden. Donya Tinidora and Donya Tidora shared the same sentiment. Ill feelings toward their estranged sister were reopened here at the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode. But there is no going back for Alden. He’s willing to do what it takes to earn even just YayaDUB’s mobile number.

The Rogelios had Alden blindfolded. Lola Nidora did not want Alden to get an idea where he will be taken. He was only given a hint at what the next challenge would entail. It involved going into deep. How deep is Alden’s love for YayaDUB in the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode? Obviously, he’s willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause. And he knew it can only be true for this glorious quest. YayaDUB could only watch from where she stood as the Rogelios held the blindfolded Alden.

ALDUB MaiDen Heaven
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Alden’s basket of gifts was carried by one of the Rogelios as the other two held him by the arms. Lola Nidora tasted each of the Bicolano dishes first for authenticity purposes. She speculated on the ALDUB Getting Closer episode that Alden might just buy laing and pinangat from some random carinderia and pass them off as authentic Bicolano dishes. (Then again, Lola Nidora will always be suspicious of other people of deeds that she herself is guilty of) The ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode gave hope for Alden and half a point. To earn the other half point, Lola Nidora then explained the connection of chilis.

In the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode, Alden had a chance to talk. But he only said “Opo” (Yes) when Lola Nidora asked him if he’s ready for the next challenge. Lola Nidora had 3 boxes of chilis thrown into an Olympic-sized pool. He gave Alden just 5 minutes to collect all 3 boxes. If Alden beat the clock, he earns the other half point needed to complete the episode’s task. YayaDUB and Lola Nidora’s sisters looked on as Lola Nidora dropped the boxes into the pool.

Alden was well-dressed for that day. But he was willing to take a dip and pick up the boxes himself. He then removed his coat, shoes and socks to prepare for the plunge. He just left his white polo and black slacks. YayaDUB expressed her skepticism when she posted on her clipboard “Sanay ka bang lumangoy?” (Are you used to swimming?) Alden gave her a thumbs up. Later he posted a sign affirming his dedication to the challenge at the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode.

ALDUB MaiDen Heaven
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It helped that the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode is live. No double. No camera tricks. It’s really Alden who dived deep into the pool to get the boxes of chili. Donya Tidora was almost disappointed that Alden kept his shirt and pants on while swimming. (The collective sigh at not seeing Alden’s abs was understandable.) YayaDUB posted “Langoy Pa More” on her clipboard in support of Alden.

Everyone was looking at the clock. The 5-minute-limit seemed too short. But Alden turned out to be a capable swimmer.  The crowd at the Broadway Centrum where Joey de Leon, Ryan Agoncillo and Michael V watched was cheering Alden on. YayaDUB may be voiceless here. But she led in cheering him on. Donya Tinidora and Donya Tidora supported YayaDUB. Much to the disappointment of Lola Nidora.

Lola Nidora was being deliberately difficult to Alden. She was walking away while Alden was trying to hand her the second box. When Alden found the third box, Lola Nidora walked away. It forced Alden to get up from the pool and run to Lola Nidora. YayaDUB was beyond ecstatic in joy. She was jumping around and all over the floor. Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora almost thought YayaDUB was having a seizure. Lola Nidora was forced to write the second point on the coffee table book for the Countdown to Tamang Panahon. The crowd was chanting Alden’s name in the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode. Alden’s smile is incomparable as he heaves a sigh of relief.

ALDUB MaiDen Heaven
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Donya Tinidora then moved forward to where she left off from the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. She was about to say was YayaDUB’s biological mother when the cliffhanger freeze screen got into them. And now that Lola Nidora is elsewhere shaking. Donya Tinidora faced YayaDUB and tried to tell her the truth. Too bad the cliffhanger freeze screen in the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven beat her to it.

Donya Tinidora may not be Divina’s biological mother. And we don’t know yet when do we stop calling her YayaDUB and start calling her Divina. (Or Maine. Whichever works maybe) But she held the clues to revealing Divina’s true origins. The key to getting out of Lola Nidora’s clutches. Is the day of reckoning near? Tune in to Eat Bulaga Monday to Saturday at noontime to remain updated. Replays of the KalyeSerye like the ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode are found at the Eat Bulaga Facebook Page. Tweet @EatBulaga for your suggestions, feedback and thank-you tweets. 

The ALDUB MaiDen Heaven episode confirmed one thing. The lines between reality and fiction are officially blurred. And we mean that as a good thing. Whether you’re interested to find out the difference or just want to enjoy the first ever KalyeSerye on Philippine television. Follow us on our social media accounts for episode recaps and cultural analyses. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

ALDUB Getting Closer: The Third Sister

#ALDUBGettingCloser The ALDUB Getting Closer episode also gets us closer to the secrets that Lola Nidora had been keeping from YayaDUB. With the arrival of Donya Tidora on the ALDUB Love on Top episode, Lola Nidora has been doing whatever she could to shield YayaDUB from the revelations that Donya Tidora had been up to. From leaving her in the mansion at the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode to keeping her away from Donya Tidora any way possible.

ALDUB Getting Closer
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YayaDUB is bewildered too at the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. She is startled at the events. But she would not dare break her vow to Lola Nidora that she would to nobody. Nobody, nobody but Lola Nidora (clap, clap, clap, point). Her advice of “Bawal ang sad, dapat happy” (Sadness prohibited, happiness always) is quite easy to follow though. Compared to Lola Nidora, YayaDUB has less concerns. Mainly, seeing Alden Richards back from Bicol. Lola Nidora sent him back there after complaining that the pili nut package is not enough.

Alden Richards was shown at the airport bound for Bicol. He made sure to post his messages for YayaDUB and Lola Nidora to see. Lola Nidora had been demanding so much from Alden compared to Frankie. Now that the diary seems like the least of her concerns. In the ALDUB Getting Closer episode, she’s upset at the lengths that Donya Tidora went through in searching for the third sister, Tinidora.

And so the ALDUB nation awaited the arrival of Donya Tinidora. A silver gray car arrived to the beats of “Rico Mambo”. Out came Donya Tinidora with her bodyguards. Her bodyguards were namely Cuando, Cuando, Cuando. (Finally. Jose Manalo agreed to don makeup and go in drag.) As she entered the scene she immediately called the attention of her sisters, Lola Nidora and Donya Tidora. Lola Nidora was not happy. The circle is complete with the JoWaPao (Jose/Wally/Paolo) in drag as the triplets. Donya Tinidora would immediately want to speak with Divina at the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. But Lola Nidora was quick to send her out to an errand.

ALDUB Getting Closer
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Donya Tinidora tried to confirm if she heard her sisters correctly. And so she discovered in the ALDUB Getting Closer episode that Lola Nidora and Donya Tidora call Divina “Yaya”. How dare they call “Yaya” their own relative. Donya Tinidora’s instincts kicked in. She lost Divina and found her again only to see her as her sister’s nanny. A status she didn’t deserve. It reminds viewers of the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode where Lola Nidora admitted that she never had a nanny until now. She basically raised Divina to serve her.

The ALDUB Getting Closer episode is where YayaDUB was actually called “Divina”. It seems as if Donya Tinidora was the one who gave her name. Also, much of the animosity between the triplets against each other were unleashed. Donya Tinidora resented Lola Nidora for losing Divina. Lola Nidora resented Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora for leaving her behind in the Philippines to care for Divina. Lola Nidora was bitter at the thought that you can never choose your family.

Donya Tinidora insisted that this is the right time for Divina to learn of the truth. Lola Nidora was aghast. How dare Donya Tinidora try to tell Divina the truth when she abandoned her to Lola Nidora. Donya Tinidora is happy to see Divina again. It was a stark contrast to the emotions she felt upon seeing her sisters. Donya Tidora went to great lengths to find her in order to tell YayaDUB the truth. (At this point, the terms “YayaDUB” and Divina became interchangeable.)

ALDUB Getting Closer
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But Donya Tinidora had a secret of her own as revealed in the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. Divina is not her daughter. And she resented Donya Tidora for making her believe that Divina is her daughter. As she was about to explain the events that transpired then, Lola Nidora left her. Lola Nidora’s excuse was her shock at seeing Donya Tinidora with a kid. And she reprimanded Donya Tidora as well for making her believe that Divina is her daughter. She discovered that she is in no capacity to bear children.

As Lola Nidora pressed for more information from Donya Tinidora, she saw YayaDUB come back. Calling her again as “Divina”, she tried to cut to the chase and tell her everything. Until Lola Nidora’s phone rang. The ALDUB Getting Closer is getting farther from clarifying events that transpired. As Lola Nidora’s nanny, YayaDUB answered the phone herself. She handed it later to Lola Nidora. The caller was Alden. And he just confirmed his arrival to Bicol. Lola Nidora then warned Alden of the deep challenge ahead for him.

ALDUB Getting Closer
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Donya Tinidora was upset at YayaDUB’s behavior. She thought YayaDUB was having a seizure. Lola Nidora reasoned out that it’s part of her personality. As Lola Nidora tried to send YayaDUB out to an errand again, Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora tried to stop her. Confused, YayaDUB ended up ranting “Walang magbabago sa pamilyang ito!” (Nothing in this family will change!) Donya Tinidora took advantage of the situation to approach YayaDUB. She tried to pacify her here in the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. Asking her why she talks all by herself.

This family drama has started getting into YayaDUB’s nerves. She was not even given an appropriate introduction to Donya Tinidora. Lola Nidora tried to keep her away from her sisters. But now that Donya Tinidora has distracted Lola Nidora. She went straight to YayaDUB. She’s happy that the girl she called Divina is now all-grown up. She did not go for the jugular though. She just mentioned how as a young toddler. Divina was taken by Donya Tinidora by the breakwater. There, she would play with gross things found floating by the breakwater. Donya Tinidora considered those moments as the happiest in her life.

ALDUB Getting Closer
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How did Donya Tinidora lose little Divina? She woke up one day with Divina gone. She went insane and ended up looking like her sisters, Lola Nidora and Donya Tidora. She used to be the prettiest among them. Now years of insanity has deglamorized her as seen in the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. Talking to the person now known as YayaDUB. Donya Tinidora discovered another anomaly. “Kundi makakarinig ng music, hindi magsasalita!” (If she doesn’t hear music, she will not talk!)

Lola Nidora insisted that the raised the kid in a way she knew best. She then accused her sisters of leaving her behind with a kid to raise. Lola Nidora was so confused at this point. She eventually asked the blame game to stop. YayaDUB was ready to listen to the truth when Lola Nidora sent her away again. If she had to buy the whole pharmacy so that she will not come back in time to hear the truth. Lola Nidora would make her do that here in the ALDUB Getting Closer episode.

Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora agreed that the child had to know the truth. Lola Nidora insisted that it is not yet the right time. But she cannot identify when the right time would be. So Donya Tinidora went forward and revealed whose child Divina is. Divina, better known among family and friends as YayaDUB, is the daughter of their younger sister. As Donya Tinidora tried to say their younger sister’s name, the ALDUB Getting Closer episode goes into cliffhanger mode.

ALDUB Getting Closer
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The Facebook cut of the ALDUB Getting Closer episode showed Alden buying the laing and pinangat. He neatly packed them in styrofoam containers himself. He prepared the package and took some photos by the Cagsawa ruins. He had to show proof that he really went to Bicol to buy the items that Lola Nidora needed. Alden was happy to buy the items for Lola Nidora. Everything for YayaDUB.

How would the family drama affect the relationship that YayaDUB nurtured with Alden? As the story switches from a nasty case of sibling rivalry to a family secret yet to be revealed. All that YayaDUB could think of is Alden’s safe flight back to Metro Manila. And there would be more to come after the ALDUB Getting Closer episode. In case you failed to see the live telecast, like the Eat Bulaga Facebook Page. Replays are constantly uploaded there for your convenience. Follow them on Twitter @EatBulaga to say “Thank you” and other concerns like signal interruptions. 

There is no stopping the ALDUB social media frenzy. Not even cases of signal interruption. Even non-Filipino speaking audiences have become fascinated with the ALDUB craze. It helped a lot that recaps like this article are regularly posted. So a little favor please? Follow us on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary: Pili and Pillow

#HappyALDUBWeeksary Lola Nidora doesn’t seem like getting into the Happy ALDUB Weeksary vibe. She arrives on scene with only the Rogelios in tow. No Paolo. No Jose. The only people she could talk to are at Broadway Centrum. Home of Eat Bulaga. For the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode. We are joined by Senator Tito Sotto, Joey de Leon and Ryan Agoncillo. And Lola Nidora is worried again at where YayaDUB is.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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Out of nowhere, YayaDUB appears and dances to her Dubsmash beats. Lola Nidora almost scolded her. It took forever for her to buy Lola Nidora’s “chewy-bles”. YayaDUB simply handed her one of the “chewy-bles” for Lola Nidora’s maintenance medication. It was here when Senator Tito and Joey openly wondered if YayaDUB was aware of the things that Donya Tidora said. Lola Nidora begged for the Eat Bulaga founding fathers to not tell YayaDUB anything. As she was trying to shush them, the baskets of pili nut goodies arrived. A convenient distraction for Lola Nidora at the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode.

Lola Nidora checked the package. They were delivered not by the riding in tandem but by different men. (Obviously, just random delivery personnel without anything to do with Lola Nidora’s diary) Shortly, a mini-garden of red roses appeared on the other monitor. It turns out to be Alden. YayaDUB smiled again at seeing him. YayaDUB then wrote “Namiss kita – Maine” on her clipboard. YayaDUB is in a good mood again. Alden obviously prepared for the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode.

Red roses and some Dubsmash exchange later, Alden mentioned his “pasalubong” for Maine. Alden does not hold it. But it reached YayaDUB just the same. It was the pink hat he was shown buying at the pili nut store. YayaDUB happily wore it. Lola Nidora received more gifts than YayaDUB. But YayaDUB was way happier than Lola Nidora is. Then again, almost nothing satisfies Lola Nidora at this point. The hosts are quick to observe how YayaDUB would end her clipboard messages with “Maine” at the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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From behind where Lola Nidora and YayaDUB stood, Jose Manalo came with the Bernardos. (Some were disappointed that it was Jose and not “someone” else that arrived) He was trying to update Lola Nidora about where Donya Tidora had been. Lola Nidora found it hard to shut him up though. Cash, some items from Alden’s package. She even bribed the Bernardos just so YayaDUB would not know of whatever Donya Tidora tried to say. YayaDUB was bewildered at Lola Nidora’s strange behavior at the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode.

Alden reminded YayaDUB. Happy ALDUB Weeksary! He then showed his pillow with a printed photo of YayaDUB on the pillow cover. He then sent the other pillow to YayaDUB printed with his own photo. For consolation, he sent a pillow to Lola Nidora too. It had Lola Nidora’s face. YayaDUB was so happy to have something to hug while waiting for the day that she finally meets Alden in person. It’s the closest thing they have for an eyeball. For now. The Happy ALDUB Weeksary served as an opportunity to show Alden as a generous lover. And affectionate person overall. The kind of personality that Lola Nidora is still in denial of liking.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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In this vein, Lola Nidora found another reason to not like Alden’s package. It has as many pili nut products as possible. He should have sent some Bicolano dishes too. Like “laing” and “pinangat”. Dishes that contained chilis and coconut milk. Jose somewhat agreed to what Lola Nidora commented. (The wonders of bribery!) She then declared that Alden failed this challenge in the Happy ALDUB Weeksary. And the only way he could make up to that mistake is by going back to Bicol for the “laing” and “pinangat”. Jose also cautioned him that coconut milk makes these dishes quick to spoil. So he better make it quick.

There was a problem though with the challenge. Lola Nidora is undecided as when she wanted the dishes delivered. But she made it clear that if Alden is serious. Alden should deliver the dishes himself. The crowd at Broadway Centrum was jubilant again. If Alden delivers the next package himself to Lola Nidora, it might be another opportunity for him to meet YayaDUB.  It was at this point in the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode that Jose received a phone call.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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Jose could not contain his shock. He talked loud enough to get Lola Nidora paranoid again. The caller was Donya Tidora. She told Jose that the third sister has been found. After scouring all of the television and radio programs, the third sister has been found. Lola Nidora wanted her sister to get lost again. Also she tried to tone down Jose’s voice. YayaDUB might hear him.

YayaDUB was looking at Lola Nidora and Jose. She then wrote on the clipboard “Ano bang meron?” (What is going on?) Lola Nidora then reiterated what she told YayaDUB early in the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode. That she will believe nothing and no one but Lola Nidora only. She promised her unlimited internet connection, new gadgets, anything. Anything to keep YayaDUB happy. Too bad it does not include Alden. For now.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary
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Pili nuts for Lola Nidora. A pink hat and a pillow for YayaDUB. Then it was revealed the level of preparations that Alden went through for the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode. Rose petals neatly arranged to show a heart and the letters formed. The letters spelled out the words “ALDUB You”. It was the ALDUB way of saying “I love you”. Alden maximized all efforts available for him to express his love for YayaDUB. He topped it off with a bouquet of white roses for YayaDUB. With less restrictions from Lola Nidora, the only thing left for her to do is pinch YayaDUB.

With Lola Nidora getting too preoccupied with the family affair, would this mean more leniency towards ALDUB? Everyone is still guessing whether the next package delivery would mean Alden meeting YayaDUB finally in person. And no one will know when that day comes unless you are consistently tuned in to Eat Bulaga. Monday to Saturday at noontime. Like their official Facebook page, Eat Bulaga, for the Happy ALDUB Weeksary episode replay. Follow them on Twitter too @EatBulaga.

Happy ALDUB Weeksary to Alden and YayaDUB. And to the entire ALDUB nation too. Everyone is itching for updates and recaps like the articles published here. So following us on our social media accounts would be much appreciated. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola: Secrets and Lies

#ALDUBAngLihimNiLola The ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode would end up focusing on the volatile relationship between the twin sisters. Donya Tidora has arrived to mess around with Lola Nidora further. Lola Nidora is already having problems raising the money needed for ransom. She also had to worry about as she keeps on getting irritated at practically anything that Alden did.

ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola
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YayaDUB was not around. Lola Nidora reasoned that she got too preoccupied with Dubsmash. She then showed some clips of YayaDUB DUBSmashing the best lines that Lola Nidora delivered on the ALDUB KalyeSerye so far. From the ALDUB Against All Odds episode to the instances where she was berating the Rogelios. To the moments where she had nothing positive to say to Alden. It was like Lola Nidora’s greatest hits compilation. Everyone was waiting whether YayaDUB would appear on the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode. It has happened before when everyone thought she wasn’t around only to pop out of nowhere.

Lola Nidora’s day was ruined again at the arrival of Donya Tidora. The ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode almost sparked into a showdown between the vertically-conflicted twins. Donya Tidora obviously took pleasure at seeing Lola Nidora feel uncomfortable at her presence. Again, she brought some gifts. A packed duck dish for Jose Manalo. And a jar of atchara to Lola Nidora so she can tolerate her face more. Lola Nidora returned the jar of atchara. Maybe because Lola Nidora viewer herself and her sister as cursed with the same face.

ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola
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Donya Tidora then went to presenting another set of incriminating photos. Days of their childhood in Massachusetts. She had them saved in her smartphone. Every photo seemed random until a picture of the twins was observed as torn. The photo showed Lola Nidora and Donya Tidora. One of the founding fathers of Eat Bulaga, Joey de Leon, was one of the first to notice the torn part. As if someone was deliberately removed from the photo. The plot thickens in the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode.

This was the part in the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode were Donya Tidora started playing with Lola Nidora’s head. She deliberately slowed down her manner of talking. It was as if she was waiting for the truck horn to signal the screen freeze. But no. She just enjoyed seeing Lola Nidora squirm. With the several times that she said “Eto na talaga” (This is really it), it can get a lot of viewers burned pretty quick. And so she really went for the jugular. She spat out what Lola Nidora had been keeping for so long.

According to Donya Tidora, YayaDUB is her niece. And no, YayaDUB is not Lola Nidora’s daughter. Both Lola Nidora and Donya Tidora are YayaDUB’s biological aunts. This means that YayaDUB’s biological mother is the third sister. The ALDUB Ang Lihim Ni Lola episode teased who that third sister may be. Jose was suggesting that the third sister is dead though. With YayaDUB nowhere in sight, Lola Nidora could at least take comfort at not having her hear what Donya Tidora has to say. She just made YayaDUB believe that Donya Tidora is a bad influence.

ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola
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If YayaDUB is Lola Nidora’s biological niece, why did she end up becoming her nanny? At the ALDUB Love on Top episode, Lola Nidora openly bewailed how Donya Tidora had the best in life way back when they were toddlers. Donya Tidora already had nannies and bodyguards at her service even then. Lola Nidora on the other hand managed to have a nanny only late in life. But does it have to be her niece?

Just in case you thought that Donya Tidora has totally stolen the spotlight, Alden is shown in between the sister’s verbal tussles. He even called Jose Manalo to confirm his arrival in Bicol. Alden was then shown standing in front of a Bicolano pasalubong (souvenir) shop. Jars and jars of pili nut products for Alden to choose from. Then again why choose when you can buy as much as you want? The ALDUB Ang Lihim Ni Lola episode added another pain in the ass for Lola Nidora. She miscalculated again what Alden can do for YayaDUB. To think that by this time, Lola Nidora has received more gifts from Alden.

ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola
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Then again, it doesn’t mean Alden won’t buy a gift for YayaDUB too. Since YayaDUB often went out with Lola Nidora, he found it sensible to buy her a hat. YayaDUB’s fainting tendencies may not have yet been totally cured. So it was very considerate of Alden to buy a hat for YayaDUB. It may not be as glamorous as Lola Nidora’s head dresses. But lovely enough to keep her face exposed. The ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode was a win-win situation for Alden and Donya Tidora.

In lieu of these revelations, what lies ahead for the ALDUB pair? Lola Nidora has gotten away with too many lies by now. It would be tough to think that Alden’s efforts would be enough. Donya Tidora turned out to be a convenient distraction for ALDUB in this case. With the secrets and lies unfolding. The ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode has just begun the end for Lola Nidora. Keep tuned in to Eat Bulaga, Monday to Saturday at noontime, in order not to miss out. Like their official Facebook page, Eat Bulaga, for the ALDUB Ang Lihim ni Lola episode replay.

A monkey wrench here and several baskets of pili nut goodies later. Everyone is agitated to know more about the hit ALDUB KalyeSerye. More articles to come from us constantly posted on our social media accounts. So following them would be highly advisable to get updated. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

ALDUB Love on Top: MikMik Pa More

#ALDUBLoveOnTop The ALDUB Love on Top episode was where everyone watched out for Lola Nidora’s unwanted guest. Lola Nidora is at her wits end. Clueless as to how the diary’s photos were leaked. She thought that her inability to raise enough cash caused the “blackmail photos” to go viral. The riding in tandem’s refusal to talk aggravates Lola Nidora’s paranoia. The viral photos have barely scratched the surface though.

ALDUB Love on Top
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In the ALDUB Love on Top episode, the riding in tandem makes an appearance again. The box they handed over to YayaDUB was smaller. It kinda pacified her as earlier, she was pestering Lola Nidora for a day-off. Even if she is close to throwing a tantrum, Lola Nidora was unfazed. Now that the riding in tandem is back, Lola Nidora found another opportunity to press the pair for questions.

The two men still refuse to talk. They tried to get away. But Lola Nidora blocked their way. She went as far has blocking the road with her torso. (In the ALDUB Love on Top episode, Lola Nidora’s shorts are peeping out of her skirt. An obvious remedy against another “rambutan” exposure) Because they can’t get the motor moving, both men got off the bike and ran. The Rogelios simply held the bike but did not chase the men.

ALDUB Love on Top
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YayaDUB then opened the box. It contained mostly her favorite candies. Non-Filipino viewers are familiar with 2 of the snack variants in the box. Haw Haw and Mikmik were featured on Buzzfeed. Classic snacks that brought the kid out of everyone just like YayaDUB. She immediately picked a little pack of Haw Haw to enjoy. The ALDUB Love on Top episode confirmed everyone’s observation. That it is a love team so wholesome, every yuppie is reminded of their days of Mikmik and Haw Haw.

YayaDUB immediately looked for Alden. Turns out that he’s just waiting for YayaDUB to receive his box of goodies. Lola Nidora did not thank him for the box of treats. But she’s satisfied that it pacified YayaDUB. As YayaDUB and Alden exchanged Dubsmash dibs at each other, another car arrived. That was when the audience was reminded of Lola Nidora’s unwanted guest at the ALDUB Love on Top episode.

ALDUB Love on Top
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

3 bodyguards and a matron hopped off the white car. Lola Nidora’s reactions were heard on the background as the matron tried to make her entrance. Lola Nidora’s paranoia strikes again once she confirmed that her unwanted guest has arrived. It was Donya Tidora, Lola Nidora’s twin sister.

Donya Tidora was non-confrontational despite Lola Nidora’s paranoia. She introduced herself as the younger twin sister. Except that it took 2 years for their mother to labor Lola Nidora. So Donya Tidora ended up getting out of the womb first. Lola Nidora is not happy to see her sister back. The feeling was mutual. The ALDUB Love on Top episode served as an opportunity for Donya Tidora to bully her sister. Lola Nidora’s pent-up emotions against Donya Tidora were reopened.

ALDUB Love on Top
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

As Donya Tidora was already enjoying herself in seeing Lola Nidora squirm, she notices YayaDUB beside Lola Nidora. Such a nice girl based on Donya Tidora’s point of view. YayaDUB may be busy with her little pack of Mikmik. But she doesn’t forget how to be polite. She made a little pabebe wave to Donya Tidora. YayaDUB was appreciative of Donya Tidora’s comments about her.

Fearing that Donya Tidora would start getting affectionate to YayaDUB. Lola Nidora went to business. She accused Donya Tidora of proliferating the photos of her and Hitler. Donya Tidora simply blamed the diary’s loss to Lola Nidora being scatter-brained. “Burara ka kasi!” Donya Tidora said. If Lola Nidora can’t even dispose of her diapers properly, how is she expected to tidy up on the rest of her things? The ALDUB Love on Top episode heated up further when Donya Tidora got her phone and showed the other photos.

Photos with Hitler barely scratched the surface indeed. Lola Nidora’s dangerous liaisons came to light with Donya Tidora adding fuel to the fire. Using her smartphone, she exposed other compromising photos. Faded pics way back when the family lived in Massachusetts. Pics clandestinely shot with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Photos with the current head monarch of UK, Queen Elizabeth. And photos with communist sympathizer and iconic actor Charlie Chaplin. Even a childhood photo with Frankie’s father, Don Franing. It’s too early to suspect her as some Pinay Mata Hari. Photos don’t prove romantic relationships. But Lola Nidora’s sanity is on a brink.

ALDUB Love on Top
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Lola Nidora is too distracted at this point to stop YayaDUB from calling Alden. Alden happily responded with “Yes?” Alden then brought with him a little cute chubby kids to Dubsmash with him. YayaDUB found the little boy cute herself. She was like pinching the chubby cheeks herself. She waved to the kid that Alden brought with him. Lola Nidora then saw this and accused Alden of having a child. The ALDUB Love on Top episode ended up having a stress relief until Lola Nidora found another misconception to throw Alden’s way.

Lola Nidora chastised Alden for having the nerve to pursue a romantic relationship  with YayaDUB when he already had a son. Alden then clarified that the kid is just his nephew. Not his son. Donya Tidora finally saw Alden and found him cute herself. She almost scolded Lola Nidora for being too hard on Alden. Lola Nidora tried to justify again her stance. Even if Alden managed to send Lola Nidora a gift too. She still wouldn’t budge. At this point in the ALDUB Love on Top episode. Lola Nidora gave Alden another challenge. She wanted pili nut snacks straight from the Bicol region IMMEDIATELY. She wanted them the next day. Alden agreed and promised to deliver on time.

ALDUB Love on Top
Source: Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Donya Tidora then remembered the purpose behind her sudden arrival. She is about to reveal Lola Nidora’s secret. It was basically the main purpose behind the arrival. As she was about to reveal what Lola Nidora’s secret is, the ALDUB Love on Top episode goes into cliffhanger mode. That dang cliffhanger mode!

Lola Nidora did not specify how many pili nut snacks she needed. It seemed like a generic challenge. How much pili nut-based goodies can Alden take from Bicol? Most of the updates (spoilers included) are found on the Eat Bulaga Facebook Page. So like their page for real-time updates and replays like the ALDUB Love on Top episode. Follow them on Twitter too @EatBulaga.

With Twitter parties and the rest of the social media world getting swept up with the ALDUB Love on Top episode. Things are sure to look brighter now for Alden and YayaDUB. It would only be a matter of time before Lola Nidora’s facade would be broken down until she has no more ego left. The Philippines Web is sure to document any updates and observations regarding the ALDUB phenomenon. So following us on our social media accounts would be much appreciated. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

A Filipino is the new National Guide for the Raelian Movement

Veteran theater actor Kuya Manzano is the New Philippine National Guide for the Raelian Movement. He will be in charge of events, meetings and other leadership roles required in the Philippine contingent of the Raelian movement. A relatively new ideology, it promotes the belief that ancient aliens came on Earth and became ancestors of the human race.

A Filipino is the new National Guide for the Raelian Movement.
Source: Philippine Raelian Facebook Page

According to Kuya Manzano’s website, humans are descendants of ancient aliens. It was a radical concept of intelligent design. And it was a theory that developed from research done on ancient writings attributed to pre-historic societies. The divine being is alluded to as the Elohim. The word “Elohim” was a Hebrew word that was translated as “individuals who originated from the sky”. These individuals were mistaken by the earliest settlers as gods as they came down from the sky. It also served as a stark contrast to Biblical references claiming that “Elohim” means God. They believe that the last prophet is the founder of the Raelian movement himself, Maitreya Rael.

Most of the ideologies associated with the Raelian are controversial. One of them is the Pro-Swastika movement. After World War II, the swastika has become associated with Hitler’s Nationalist Socialist Party, Nazi for short. It was originally a symbol of prosperity. Hitler’s propaganda team knew of that. But ever since then, even after the war, the swastika still brings forth negative memories from this symbol. Hence the initiative by the Raelian movement to “Rehabilitate the Swastika”. To bring it back to the days when it really meant peace and prosperity, not bigotry and genocide. Read more about the Pro-Swastika Movement by clicking here.

A Filipino is the new National Guide for the Raelian Movement.
Source: Philippine Raelian Facebook Page

Another controversial concept associated with the Raelian movement is the GoTopless movement. The GoTopless movement is a US-based contingent of the Raelian. It claimed to be promoting equal rights for men and women. If men have the constitutional right to go bare-chested in public, the same constitutional right should be given to women as well. According to their website, GoTopless.org, “Free your breasts! Free your mind!”

Kuya Manzano participated in the GoTopless event by wearing a bra. It served as a visual commentary. If women’s nipples get censored, men’s nipples should be censored too. The bra served as a statement on how double standards came in when it comes to laws about breast exposure. He also hoped that the successful topless parades in New York and California would eventually be duplicated in the Philippines.

A Filipino is the new National Guide for the Raelian Movement.
Source: Kuya Manzano Facebook Page

While the debate between young earth creationists and evolutionists have yet to be settled. The Raelian movement in the Philippines under the leadership of Kuya Manzano would keep on espousing the extraterrestrial-based teachings. These discussions occur on their monthly meetings. Everyone is welcome to join in for a clearer understanding of the movement.

The events and monthly meetings are regularly posted on the Philippine Raelian Facebook page. Click “Like” to be constantly updated with the latest news about Raelian members and activities all over the world. Upcoming meet-ups would also be shared in the same page. For more info about the Go Topless movement, like their official Facebook page, Go Topless. Of course, like the Kuya Manzano Facebook page for coordinated updates with the Philippine Raelian Facebook page.

Interesting updates regarding events in the Philippines, from the eccentric to the conventional but just as fascinating. You’d find them here on The Philippines Web. Follow us on our social media accounts for real-time updates. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive: Fan Art Twist

The ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive approach was the most predictable twist in the hit noontime segment #KiligPaMore. This seemed like a response to the elitists. They found themselves riding their high horse. They used today’s hashtag #ALDUBTuloyAngForever for the sake of dismissing ALDUB as dumb entertainment. If this is dumb entertainment, why did the most creative minds contributed to the paranoia that Lola Nidora is already suffering from?

ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive
Source: Don Simoun Ibarra Facebook Page

True. Lola Nidora is a fictional character in the hit KalyeSerye. But knowing how much of this skit is dependent on adlibs. It would mean letting the fans have a say in the story flow. Not entirely dependent on the fans though. But the element of letting the ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive factor work meant speaking in behalf of the hottest love team today in defense. Because Eat Bulaga has been in business long enough to know which tweets deserved attention. And which tweets are just desperate for attention. In this vein, conspiracy theorists surrounding Lola Nidora’s diary started chiming in their speculations.

What started as an ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive effort got embedded into the interesting narrative. Everyone is free to speculate the contents of the diary. And Lola Nidora’s reaction to the alleged throwback photos that went viral confirmed some of the speculations that proliferated online. Lola Nidora may be a lot older than she actually is. That does not mean she’s spared from being suspected of having a wild past. Not that it’s a bad thing. But apparently Lola Nidora is embarrassed of her past.

Fanning the flames further in the ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive effort was the attention given by major news outlets. GMA news programs like 24 Oras, Saksi and Balitanghali would constantly include ALDUB updates in their daily entertainment news. Philippine Daily Inquirer has written a front page article about the ALDUB phenomenon. Even about the alleged Lola Nidora throwback pics. All outlets managed to credit most of these photoshopped pics to Don Simoun Ibarra.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive
Source: Don Simoun Ibarra Facebook Page

Don Simoun Ibarra is a self-confessed ALDUB fan. He is proud to be part of the ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive effort. He granted an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer regarding his works. Most of the lessons found in the hit KalyeSerye are partly concealed. Just like his identity. And just like how Lola Nidora had to keep reminding YayaDUB to restrain herself. No matter how much she liked Alden. She’s making things too easy for Alden. Sometimes, the wanting is sweeter than the having.

And despite having a sketchy past, Alden and YayaDUB never used it against Lola Nidora to let their happiness prevail over her pride. YayaDUB still respects her as her employer and pseudo-surrogate parent. And Alden respects her as an elderly woman with whom YayaDUB is still employed with. Lola Nidora is the closest person that she has to a parent. Or so the story implies. While subtlety is not exactly what this KalyeSerye is known for. Fans like Don Simoun Ibarra appreciate the old-fashioned parenting that Lola Nidora imposed on YayaDUB. Getting into ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive mode allows everyone’s interpretation affect the story’s direction.

ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive
Source: Lola Nidora Facebook Page

Now even other Facebook pages have joined in the fun. They offered their fan art as storyline material for the KalyeSerye crew to use. Eat Bulaga, especially Maine Mendoza herself, were so impressed with the photoshopped images. And the fact that it featured different eras infused knee-slapping humor into pure, unadulterated creativity. Good thing Don Simoun Ibarra applied watermarks on the images. Give credit to where credit is due.

Interested to see more images? Like his official Facebook page, Don Simoun Ibarra. And follow him on Twitter @DonSimounIbarra. He surely had a lot more to offer other than his photoshopping talent. You’d appreciate the biting commentary that comes with the images too. Like Eat Bulaga’s Facebook page too. The ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive initiative would definitely keep this KalyeSerye interesting.

Now that the fans are now included in the ALDUB KalyeSerye Interactive brainstorming process. There would be more reasons for this website to keep writing about it for the next weeks. It would be great to hear from you through our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. Much appreciated.

ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever: Bye Frankie

#ALDUBTuloyAngForever The ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode served as an opportunity for Frankie to leave. Just like in most primetime teleseryes. Villains get a decent exit. Oftentimes a graceful exit. He may have almost redeemed himself when Duhrizz was bullying YayaDUB. But knowing how he almost got away with buying a bride really, really established a pockmarked reputation for him. Then again the Filipino audience is one of the most forgiving audiences in the world. More on that later as Lola Nidora’s worst fears are confirmed.

ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever

 

To our beloved readers that only learned about the ALDUB phenomenon today, a little refresher. Lola Nidora once demanded money from Alden Richards before she agrees that he meet YayaDUB in person. Alden doesn’t have enough money to do so. Lola Nidora then had YayaDUB arranged in marriage with her family friend Frankie Arenolli. Frankie can pay the money that Lola Nidora needed. Once Lola Nidora’s schemes got revealed in the ALDUB Against All Odds episode, she failed to get the money. The cash could have helped Lola Nidora redeem the lost diary. But no. It was in the ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode where some of the leaked photos were shown.

Lola Nidora is out for damage control. She went into blame game mode again. Blaming Alden for the lost diary and the leaked photos. Frankie then chastised Lola Nidora for blaming Alden again for what went wrong in her life. He then told her the hard truth. That there is no one else to blame on what happened to her but herself. He was a few words short of saying that her diary should have been her responsibility. And he sure knew what he is talking about. He almost got milked for cash for Lola Nidora’s selfish ends. Lola Nidora then shut up. The ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode did its share of presenting the righteous side of Frankie.

ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever

Lola Nidora had big reasons to really get paranoid about leaked photos. While everyone is still guessing her real age. Photos of her with infamous dictator Adolf Hitler revealed the shady connections that she had in the past. What was she doing in Germany? Why is she among his acquaintances? By this time, history nerds knew that not all of people that mingled with Hitler committed suicide. People that can live without his political party chose to live. In the ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode, Lola Nidora’s concept of “forever” makes you go suspicious

Another photo that made it harder to guess Lola Nidora’s age was at a dinner party. It seemed like a stolen shot showing former US President John F. Kennedy with his wife, former first lady Jackie Kennedy. On a table behind them are Lola Nidora and her date for that dinner party. She’s been with Hitler and decades before that she was with the Kennedys at the White House. Lola Nidora has explained in episodes prior to the ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode where her money came from. Old money. But how old? And what kind of business is she into exactly to merit the kind of riches she once enjoyed? It’s the past that YayaDUB was too young to remember.

ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever

Frankie is having difficulty in saying goodbye. Alden and YayaDUB are too preoccupied with their Dubsmash beats and signboards to pay attention to him. Being the kind-hearted nanny that YayaDUB is. She then asked Alden to let Frankie say goodbye for the meantime. Alden simply gave YayaDUB the thumbs up sign. This allowed Frankie to say goodbye to everyone else. As he doesn’t see himself coming back. He asked to hold YayaDUB’s hand  for one last time. YayaDUB agreed without looking at him directly in the eye.

Frankie then turned to Alden. He asked to take care of YayaDUB. Later he addressed everyone 2-million-strong Twitterverse. He slyly mentioned that they will regret wishing for the wedding to go bust. He said goodbye to Paolo and then to the Rogelio’s. Later he ordered the Rogelio’s (right after saying goodbye to them) to help him with his luggage. The ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode really showed how conflicted Frankie turned out to be.

ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever

Now while Lola Nidora has let Frankie go, it still will not be a walk in the park for Alden. She is still in possession of the coffee table book bearing the Countdown to Tamang Panahon. And she almost pinched YayaDUB for giving in too easily to someone like Alden. She still thinks that Alden had it too easy. Before Lola Nidora could reveal the next challenge for Alden, her phone rang. As she tried to convince the caller to cancel her trip to where Lola Nidora lived. The ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode goes into cliffhanger mode.

Another character perhaps after the ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode? Lola Nidora is one full bag of secrets and lies. As the contents of the diary gets spilled, the ALDUB nation has yet to see. How will it affect everyone involved in the story? Any reason can be a convenient excuse for Lola Nidora now. But the only way to stop the hypotheses and wild guesses is by tuning in regularly to Eat Bulaga. Monday to Saturday at noontime only on GMA Network. Like their official Facebook page to catch the ALDUB Tuloy Ang Forever episode replay. 

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ALDUB Social Media Frenzy

With the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy going full steam, it comes with downsides. Some tweets or posted statuses on Facebook go bold in critiquing in the ALDUB phenomenon. Some would go as far as calling it a fad or a flash in the pan. Some of the fiercest ALDUB fans then end up reacting in defense of their beloved love team. Soon it escalates into a verbal war and the party is ruined.

ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @AlDubOfficial_

The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy got almost everyone active online but are unaware of ALDUB. Some are pissed off. Others are clueless. And the harsh reality of how some fan groups just go extra “territorial” on Twitter seeps through the surface. Then again this is social media. A place where people bask in their anonymity in order to say whatever they refuse to be responsible for. A place where foul language and atrocious behavior get away because there are no suspects with which to flag online. People can flag accounts or usernames. But the person behind those accounts can simply open another account. Or change IP address and do what they do best. To troll.

But what’s even sadder is how some of the ALDUB devotees let the worst of them get over. The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy has become the new hotbed for trolls to provoke fans to act on their worst behavior. They enjoy the kind of mind control they could impose on people that admire a couple that they hate. It then prompted ALDUB fan accounts to remind the rest of the fans why ALDUB existed. Because everyone found common ground in ALDUB.

Some of the worst effects of the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy involved new characters like Mark McMahon. He played the role of Dr. Tan-Ning. While it was mentioned in the ALDUB is for Real episode article that he has lackluster acting skills compared to the people around him. It’s a critique on the acting talent. More like lack of it. Not on the person. Commenting on the performance without having to go personal can go possible. Unfortunately, the way Dr. Tan-Ning was presented as extra touchy and affectionate towards YayaDUB immediately pushed the ALDUB nation into protective nurturing mode. It seems as if they are more affected than Alden himself.

ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @MaineAlden16

Fanaticism can be blinding. Everyone already knew that. But every human being has 2 brains (rational and emotional). Everyone knew between right and wrong. Between civilized and uncivilized. It just so happened that most still go the reactive route. The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy displayed who are reactive instead of proactive. People read or listen to reply, not to understand. And in this aspect, understanding is still crucial instead of reacting the soonest time you can simply because you want to be the first to comment. Surely, the surge of tweets helped in establishing a new record on Twitter – more than 2 millions tweets as of this writing for the hashtag #ALDUBAgainstALLODDS. But it’s not an excuse to just tweet whatever comes into your mind. It infuses some bad rep into the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy.

For others still clueless as what to tweet, they just retweet. Retweets factor into the trending statistics anyway. Retweeting can be a way for agreeing with other people’s thoughts. Others retweet images or screenshots of official statements that go beyond the 140-character-limit. Others are cautious about what to tweet. They end up tweeting some suggested behaviors when tweeting while using ALDUB-related hashtags. The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy may have occasionally slowed down the internet because so many people are tweeting at the same time. But it gives them time to browse through all of the tweets. Some end up becoming helpful pieces of advice on what to tweet next.

ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @WralphEvan

Others have used the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy as an outlet of their creativity. With emotions on “beast mode” (a jargon unique to the ALDUB nation perhaps). Some ended up posting fan art that featured ALDUB. @jaysonDMX has become one of the most featured graphic artists on social media. His ALDUB fan art could rival most teleserye title cards. Others like @WralphEvan capitalized on most fans’ need to rescue YayaDUB. Hence the OPERATION SAGIP-YAYA infographic tweet. It could have been the most badass way for ALDUB to prove his worth to Lola Nidora. Then again, the Eat Bulaga creative department had other plans.

Now, several ALDUB fan accounts on social media have united to announce the hashtag of the day. The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy was so intense. They tweet even on a Sunday now. And true to the culture of positivity promoted among the ALDUB fan groups. The official hashtag last 23 August 2015 was #EBThankYouForALDUB. It was one of the most heartwarming hashtags proliferated. Most viewers are enamored with the ALDUB love story unfolding right before their eyes. And most of them made sure to thank the main driving forces behind the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy. Wally Bayola already received a deluge of tweets praising his performances for the ALDUB Keep The Faith episode and ALDUB Against All Odds episode. Now a hashtag is dedicated to the Eat Bulaga program as a whole.

ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @MaineAlden16
ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @MaineAlden16
ALDUB Social Media Frenzy
Source: @officialaldub16

The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy is far from over. And much of the credit goes to Eat Bulaga indeed. They know how to keep this love story interesting. They manage to pull out all of the stops to keep everyone at the edge of their seats. Some love team manage to amass a following online or on TV. But not all tandems have the broadcast machinery and creative genius found in Eat Bulaga. Until now, conspiracy theorists are still debating whether YayaDUB’s collapsing incident was real or reel. It doesn’t matter. People are still talking about it now. Even when YayaDUB did not pass out when the wedding was pushed through. And with the Philippine National Police getting exposure in the ALDUB Against All Odds episode, it’s on. The ALDUB Social Media Frenzy has officially changed the way people view Philippine entertainment.

Send your thanks to everyone involved in the massive success that is the ALDUB Social Media Frenzy. Follow and tweet YayaDUB (@mainedcm), Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) and Eat Bulaga (@EatBulaga). Like the official Facebook page of Eat Bulaga to catch the replay of the ALDUB Against All Odds episode.

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Sunday PinaSaya featuring Marian Rivera

Adding comedy into a noontime variety show like Sunday PinaSaya is hardly new. Eat Bulaga has been doing that flexible format for 36 years and running. On different channels using an ever-changing range of hosts that can host and get into comic mode as well. But they never did it on a Sunday. So while Sunday PinaSaya may be delving into familiar territory. They get shown on TV on a day that Eat Bulaga is not around. (No ALDUB because ALDUB rests on the seventh day)

Sunday PinaSaya
Source: Sunday PinaSaya Facebook Page

Before Sunday PinaSaya came along, let’s analyze the background of Sunday noontime programming. It turned out to be very challenging for GMA Network. After their own musical variety show Sobrang Okay Pare (SOP) folded, they went the classy route in Party Pilipinas. Infusing technology into the camera shots, putting a theme into every episode and even getting radio DJs like Gino Quillamor and Rico Robles to host the program. In short, an effort to be glossier than its competitor, ABS-CBN’s ASAP. Then Party Pilipinas eventually relented to the SOP format which is basically based on ASAP’s format. Then it went defunct. Several conspiracy theories were born after its cancellation. Something this article would not delve into anymore. Sunday All Stars then replaced Party Pilipinas using a format by the defunct That’s Entertainment. It got cancelled too. Weeks before the rumored cancellation, everyone’s question was “What program will replace the replacement then?”

Enter Sunday PinaSaya. The word “PinaSaya” in Sunday PinaSaya is basically a mash-up of “Pinas” (short for Pilipinas) and “Saya” (happiness). One of the first confirmed hosts was Marian Rivera. Then the rest of the co-hosts were announced. Ai Ai delas Alas, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Alden Richards, Julie Ann San Jose and Joey Paras. It became clear that the new show will be comedy-based. Improv theater will be infused into the musical numbers. It was also revealed that it is not produced by GMA Entertainment. It will be produced by TAPE Inc. The same company behind Eat Bulaga and the defunct show Diz Iz It. So there was an initial rumor that Sunday PinaSaya might be Diz Iz It 2.0; a last ditch effort to face stiff broadcast media competition. Outside the respective fan bases of Marian Rivera, Alden Richards, Julie Ann San Jose, Barbie Forteza and the tandem of Jose and Wally, there is skepticism in the air. How does Sunday PinaSaya take on veterans that have been on ASAP for decades now?

Sunday PinaSaya
Source: Sunday PinaSaya Facebook Page

It became apparent that at this point, television programming became more about the audience and less about the competition. ASAP does its own thing. It worked for them. They have developed an audience. How about Sunday PinaSaya? The audiences that the roster of hosts have gathered are substantial enough to get them to watch Sunday PinaSaya. Marian Rivera can still work even with a bulging preggy tummy. Julie Ann San Jose still  can work a crowd. Of course, everyone knew the kind of following that Alden amassed through the ALDUB phenomenon. Then Jose and Wally have been as versatile as they can get with all those years doing improv comedy at Eat Bulaga. Ai Ai delas Alas has top-billed comedy concerts even when she used to be at ABS-CBN. They are called strengths. They are factors that helped in differentiating them from the competition. While copying formats is okay, if it is inconsistent with what you can do best, why force it?

And so the segments at Sunday PinaSaya included musical numbers. Hashtags like #SPSKantawanan and #SPSLaughterRules really emphasized that it’s a comedy musical variety show. Then goes the twist that the audience is waiting for. There’s an element of musical theater in the song numbers presented on Sunday PinaSaya. One of the opening skits in the Sunday PinaSaya episode dated 16 August 2015 featured some songs of the iconic pop rock band Eraserheads. The lead character in this skit was Rico. He was portrayed by Gerard Napoles (that hilarious guy from Rak of Aegis). Songs that helped push the narrative were “Tindahan ni Aling Nena” (Ms Nena’s Store), “Ligaya” (Joy), “Pare Ko” (My Dude) and “Toyang”.

Sunday PinaSaya
Screenshot from Sunday PinaSaya Episode dated 16 August 2015

For “Tindahan ni Aling Nena”, Wally played the role of store owner Nena. For “Ligaya”, Julie Ann San Jose served as Rico’s titular love interest. For “Pare Ko” Jose Manalo played the role of Rico’s friend whom he confided his problem. For “Toyang”, Valeen Montenegro played the role of Toyang, Rico’s new love interest. It was like a karaoke musical complete with adlibs from Gerard and Jose. It also tugged at the heartstrings of the loyal Eraserheads fanbase. And since it was one of the first episodes that Sunday PinaSaya aired. Instead of transitioning to commercial. It transitioned to the next skit which featured Ai Ai delas Alas as a nouveau rich matron. Joey Paras played the role of her maid with stiff upper lip tendencies. Teen actress Barbie Forteza joins her in this segment.

Of course, Marian Rivera herself ends up with a segment here on Sunday PinaSaya. Judge MD. It was an obvious wordplay on “judge” and the initials “MD”. Rarely does it happen that one is a judge and also an MD (medical doctor). Also MD is a reference to Marian’s married name, Marian Gracia Dantes. It doesn’t include music either. But it contained a lot of physical comedy. It can easily be viewed as a parody of the conventional barangay intervention. Much of the laughter comes from the antics of the people needing intervention – Havana and Cheena. (Havana was played by Boobay. Cheena was played by John Feir. Both are in drag). Jose Manalo plays the judge’s sheriff. So adlibs are expected again. Ai Ai de las Alas even made a cameo. Reacting on how it seemed like both complainants have issues with mangoes and pointy chins. It was basically a no-holds barred improv skit for everyone to enjoy. Knee-slapping laughter all the way for Sunday PinaSaya.

Sunday PinaSaya
Source: Sunday PinaSaya Facebook Page

So did GMA make the right decision in outsourcing the Sunday noontime slot to tape? And make way for Sunday PinaSaya? Yes. Comedy used to be GMA’s strength under their entertainment brand, GMA KiliTV. Now GMA’s situational comedies are only Pepito Manaloto, Ismol Family and Vampire ang Daddy Ko (My Dad is a Vampire). The rest of the comedy is supplanted by Eat Bulaga and The Ryzza Mae Show. There is a market for comedy that is not tapped enough. If Sunday PinaSaya worked now, why haven’t they thought of it before?

There goes the tricky aspect of the creative process. It’s like facing an adhesive wall and throwing whatever creative concepts you have in mind until something sticks. And to some extent, it meant focusing on your own resources instead of being too preoccupied with what the competitor is doing. Copying ASAP is never a guarantee that GMA can steal the audience away from them. So what gives? Going a little scripted with some improv theater thrown in might work. And it did. The Saturday Night Live format may be applicable in the Philippine musical variety genre after all. And soap stars like Marian Rivera get to do something light and enjoyable like Sunday PinaSaya.

The musical variety show is not an alien concept anymore to Marian Rivera. Remember her weekly musical variety show “Marian”? It had a good run of two seasons before its graceful exit. Not every program gets that opportunity. Her exposure to Eat Bulaga’s Juan For All All For One segments on-the-road also exposed her talent in improv theater. Jose can throw any line her way and she would always have a ready retort just as funny. And it’s one of the deceptively easy strategies of improv. Marian Rivera’s experience in “Marian” may not be applicable yet as she keeps an eye on her pregnancy while staying physically active. But her comic timing infused into comic skills worked well in Sunday PinaSaya.

Sunday PinaSaya
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It became a win-win situation. GMA found a unique competitive advantage by tapping an underrated market. And Marian Rivera found a way to work again without sacrificing sleep. She may be less mobile compared to her pre-pregnant days. But she can still host and act her way to viewers’ hearts. The Twitter trending statistics supported what most observants view as a recipe for a good start for Sunday PinaSaya. And they have only started so far.

Intrigued at how Sunday PinaSaya can keep up to the increased positive feedback? They have verified social media accounts with which you can dig more stuff and updates. Like their official Facebook page, Sunday PinaSaya. And follow them on Twitter (@SundayPinaSaya) and Instagram (@GMASundayPinaSaya).

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