[Featured Image for ALDUB Bucket List from Eat Bulaga Facebook Page.] This ALDUB Bucket List is based on a conversation I had online about ALDUB. Some of them are sympathetic to Erik Matti’s “Demand for better films” adage. And there is this segment of the ALDUB fanbase claiming that My Bebe Love is a little too “light-hearted” for love team with a popularity caliber as that of ALDUB.
Now that fans are starting to speculate on MaiDen (Maine and Alden) projects suggested. I thought of throwing in some suggestions too. I would not limit it to KDrama though because honestly. I am so outdated with KDrama (or any Korean pop culture circa 2015). So some Latin American influences would be thrown in for good measure. I will not limit the ALDUB Bucket List to drama either.
If you’re looking for a credible romantic-comedy acting vehicle for Maine Mendoza in your ALDUB Bucket List. Amanda O is the way to go. Amanda O is an Argentinean internet television series that was once aired in the defunct GMA sister channel, QTV. It was dubbed in English when it was aired here. It is about self-centered, narcissistic, stuck-up, fame-hungry, spotlight hugging actress with the screen name Amanda O. It’s also one of the fascinating attempts to apply magic realism in a Latin American telenovela.
By the time Amanda meets her love interest, she has already suffered the consequences of an alcohol-induced, half-assed wish to be NOT Amanda O. Must have been the overwhelming consequences of fame after getting stuck on the bad end of her superstar complex. And this is why it worked so well as a comedy. Alden’s role as her love interest? A mechanic living in some bodega with not much access to the outside world because he’s some hipster oblivious to contemporary pop culture. In short, someone who have never heard of Amanda O before. A clear “contrapelo” to the cult of personality that Amanda O immersed herself in. Inside jokes are easy to inject in a ALDUB Bucket List entry like this.
ALDUB Bucket List Mi Gorda Bella
(Released on GMA Network as “Tabatina”)
In other countries, it was released as “My Sweet Fat Valentina” because the lead character is named Valentina. It’s basically a story that discussed the pitfalls of being a fat girl and having image-conscious relatives. At first it seemed like these “evil” relatives bullied her for being fat. But her aunt, Olympia, is one money-hungry gold-digger ready to kill relatives for inheritance purposes. (So much for marrying into the family.) Relatives include Valentina. She orchestrates a plan to poison Valentina while framing her own son, Orestes, to save her own skin. You already see where this ALDUB Bucket List entry’s twist is going, right?
It’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It pushes Valentina to get into a slimming program. She pushed herself to a figure that would make her unrecognizable even to Orestes, her crush, cousin and one of the few BFF’s she ever had in the household. In case there is one character in this ALDUB Bucket List entry that is closest to beloved grand-aunt, Donya Tinidora, it’s Valentina’s spinster aunt.
Laura Esquivel’s novel was already adapted into a critically-acclaimed movie of the same title. In fact it was an entry in the 65th Academy Awards (a.k.a. Oscars) for Best Foreign Language film from Mexico. Most netizens may not have realized this. But this is basically one of the first literary works that contained “hugot”-based recipes. Where is the “hugot” aspect in the recipes? The lead character, Tita de la Garza, is neither a writer nor an artist. But she expresses her feelings best when cooking. And the novel is written like a diary that contained recipes. The stories behind the recipes served as the meat of the story. It’s the kind of plot that I know would elicit mixed reactions. But Maine Mendoza’s Culinary Arts degree came to mind as I picked this entry into the ALDUB Bucket List.
Adapting this into a teleserye meant capitalizing on the focal points that the film version missed. Changing some of the recipes to fit the Filipino culinary environment is inevitable. Also, not all of the recipes mentioned elicited negative feelings like rejection and bitterness. Sure, elements of the conventional Latin American telenovela are seen here. Like the diary and the overbearing parent similar to the conflicts that Lola Nidora faced in the KalyeSerye. But never before has the kitchen and a cookbook/diary ever been crucial tools to get the plot moving forward. The diary not only becomes an interesting reading material for Tita’s indirect descendants. It becomes a legacy in their collection of family recipes. One problem I had in including this in the ALDUB Bucket List though is the ending. I will not spoil that for you even if I have read the book myself.
Adding some suggestions in our ALDUB Bucket List is a little tough. If GMA is planning to taking the Mexican entertainment business model of reviving TV series every 10 years or so. Full House might fit the bill. It was the rumored business decision behind the 2015 MariMar remake. (Technically, it’s 8 years since the 2007 MariMar remake.) Nevertheless, whether it is true that Full House is one of the series to be considered for Maine and Alden. I would include it here since I have watched the Korean version in full.
To fans unfamiliar with Full House, it’s about Jessie losing her house to some complicated mishap. When the house got auctioned in the market, Justin ended up buying it. An issue of house ownership ensues. Fast forward to Jessie’s desperate attempt to reclaim her house that got auctioned by mistake and she’s married to Justin. It wasn’t a marriage for convenience. That alone became the source of the most hilarious situations in the story. With Maine and Alden having almost mastered the art of physical comedy in the hit KalyeSerye, you understand why KDrama enthusiasts would bring this to our ALDUB Bucket List.
The main challenge here would be presenting Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards in several years. Plus an attempt to present a period avatar of their respective characters. Their time as high school students, struggling young urban professionals and eventually as adults (plus their Hermit Kingdom era avatars) would mean featuring them in different time frames. The Korean version is already a remake of an old Korean folk tale. Hence the period outfits. So having this transposed in the Filipino setting might mean a few adjustments again. Since the other draw of My Sassy Girl was the music, it can be a good repository of the ALDUB Songwriting Contest entries that made it to the finals. Also, physical comedy becomes a factor again. Hence an instant inclusion into our ALDUB Bucket List.
Speaking of an ALDUB Bucket List, here is a collection of the previous ALDUB-related articles for your backreading pleasure. Apologies for the episode that I missed.:
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Looking for bars in Manila in Google can produce varying results. You’d be surprised at how some bars have gone mobile. Let that serve as a clue to the list assembled below. Besides, what really is the goal of looking for bars in Manila in your choice of search engine? You’re looking for a place to party like last minute cancellations that you can exploit. That meant a space for you to party. It may only be very close now to the holidays. But bars in Manila listed here are viewed to be still existing as of this writing. So check out which bar may suit your planned event.
Located at Westlife Building, 107 West Ave, Quezon City, Black Kings Bar X Cafe is also known for staging double header events. Art-related double header events, that is. Back on 18 December 2015, they had some independent films shown. Several independent alternative bands also played. Now Black Kings Bar X Cafe is one of the few bars in Manila found on Facebook displaying food-related promos and price lists on social media. Well, not the whole menu and the whole nine yards. You need to call them up at (Globe) 09055566964 for the rest of the details. Besides their next event, “Define: Open Mic”, is slated for 2 January 2015. Calling in to reserve your slot is highly recommended.
Most regulars view iChill Theater Cafe as a campus-friendly coffee shop. It must have been its strategically located spot at the university belt in Sampaloc. But due to its venue at the second floor that also hosts karaoke parties, inclusion into our list of bars in Manila follows naturally. With a fully consumable option of P1400 per hour, karaoke enthusiasts find an intimate venue for them to sing the night away. The other option for their karaoke party though is a P600 corkage fee. Orders of food and drinks would then be billed separately from the P700 tab. Call 521-0056 for more details.
No upcoming events as of this writing, but still operating under its new name Revamp Carwash Cafe. The address, BLK 135 Lot 29 Mindanao Ave extension in Quezon City, may be a familiar spot for some living in that area. The joint used to be called Funky Monkey Bar and Grill. Under the new image, it has started to cater to patrons of independent OPM bands. Their last event fund-raiser, “MUSIKABULUHAN”, featured one of the underrated (and underexposed) indie rock bands Quezo. It’s one of the bars in Manila you’d like on Facebook to keep yourself updated for the next indie jam in store.
Bars in Manila
Now we head to one of the familiar party spots in Quezon City – Tomas Morato. The Vanity Club is one of the bars in Manila as of this writing with an event that says a lot about its clientele. And that would be on 2 January 2016 entitled “Fifty Shades of Saturday”. Their promotional materials found online went straight to the rates. VIP couch rates refer to the fully consumable food and drinks. Details can be viewed by clicking here. Once you have chosen a package, simply call them up at (Globe) 09178632028, (Smart) 09085340624 and at (Sun) 09322438448. Look for Ms. Nikki.
Also located in Tomas Morato. 1009 Tomas Morato Ave cor Scout Madrinan St, Quezon, City, Metro Manila to be exact. And they have a New Year countdown party in store for New Year’s Eve (NYE) revelers around the metro. In case they haven’t found a place to party around the bend, that is. Their NYE party features the beats of Playboy PH’s DJ Janice Dizon. There will be Bacardi Bottles sold at only P999. Selected buckets of beer go for as low as P300 a bucket. A bucket means 6 bottles per serving all night.
Valkyrie is one of the bars in Manila belonging to that upscale spot at Bonifacio Global City. 9th Ave corner 36th St, Uptown Bonifacio to be exact. Right in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Valkyrie takes pride in their EDM (electronic dance music for starters) that gets played along with hiphop music. Reservations are a must as this is one of those packed bars in Manila accustomed to taking in reservations. Hit ‘em up at 09176808888 and see what deals do they have for you.
Located at 5th Ave 26th St, The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. Imperial Ice Bar promises to throw “the dopest countdown party” (their choice of words on their Facebook page, not ours) come 31 December 2015. That’s a few hours from now. But who knows how many spots are still there waiting for you? You can call them at 09175428831. Besides, if you’re quite familiar with the beats of Mc Ron Thug, DJ Nina, Jeb Tizon and Funk Avy, it would be worth showing up for the New Year countdown.
Ever bothered by how hard it can get to some bars in Manila due to this “dress code”? There is at least one day in the week where Club Haze Manila allows you to chill out. They called it the ChillOut Sunday. It’s that one day of the week where there is no dress code and no door charge. Any reservations or inquiries can be thrown in once you contact them through their mobile number 09179318444. They can also be reached through their landline number 808-8080.
Do you have a spot instead of a bar with which you can party despite having the budget? Luna Vida Mobile Bar is might be the right bar for you. Their Facebook page has enough photos giving you an idea how they roll. In fact, their Facebook page is one of the most innovative marketing-wise. They use apps to display their rates and packages, their booking form and (gasp) a referral fee program. View details here. It’s pretty loaded with information needed by events organizers and party planners to match their planning needs. If you are a bar hopper invited in one of the events co-organized with Luna Vida, all that is left for you is to show up and booze it up.
Looking for a bar meant planning not just for the NYE party but for bookmarking. That is in case you’d like to explore the wilder side among bars in Manila. It would definitely be a blast if you would start following us on social media. Who knows when would we be writing about bars in Manila again. Get in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter. We’d be expecting you.
You may have read or heard about ALDUB. But where is Manila? The crew that surrounded ALDUB throughout its 2015 run may not be limited to Manila. But most of their activities are concentrated in Manila. You may have seen some episodes where the parks of the city of Manila are featured on the background. But apart from being the heart of the Philippines almost literally, what else should the world know about Manila.
Where is Manila if the map of the Philippines would be used? When it is mentioned that it is almost literally at the heart of the Philippines, there is some truth to it. The mainland island, Luzon, has covered almost half of the archipelago. If the Philippines is a human body, you can spot the heart of the country. On whether it has something to do in helping the government decide in the past in declaring it as the Philippine national capital is not clear.
Tourists would usually ask where is Manila because going to the other tourist destinations in the Philippines would often be described by adding the distance between it and the city of Manila. For example, the beaches that you’d like to tour are located on the mainland and you would coming from outside the country. The starting point would usually be at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (Disclaimer: Other tours start at the Clark International Airport. So check your travel itinerary in case it doesn’t include tourist hotspots in Manila itself.)
Business travelers on their way to the business districts of Makati or Ortigas would surely find their flights’ destination at Manila. Tourists that would prefer starting the trip in Manila first would then discover a city whose colonial past is now in ruins. What is left of the ruins have become an idyllic tourist attraction in itself. It partly explained why some tourists called Manila (or the Philippines, for that matter) as a Latin American city lost in Asia. Then again, where is Manila as they read from some Onion article if a cacophony of Latin American influences is mashed-up with baroque European architecture?
Manila is a beautiful kind of mixed bag. If you would like to be specific as to its location, it’s at 14° 35′ N, 121º 00 E. It is essential when you are interested in knowing where is Manila. Wikipedia referred to it as a “densely populated bayside city”. Then again, that is why most tourists would rather have Manila as their starting point when touring the Philippines. You may have heard about the world-famous sunset view by the bay. It’s an all-time classic. Keeps on bringing over the lovebirds for the ultimate romantic view.
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[ALDUB Better Half Featured Image CTTO @OFCALDUBStaker.] The ALDUB Better Half episode opened with Donya Tinidora tending to their barbecue stand. Like YayaDUB at the ALDUB Pagbangon episode, she had trouble selling the sticks of barbecue. “Anong oras na? Wala pang bibili.” (What time is it? Looks like nobody bought any yet.) She then ate one of the newly-cooked skewered meat. But unlike YayaDUB, Donya Tinidora sold them for only Php2 per stick. She didn’t have trouble selling them. But she had trouble finding customers who knew how to pay. She chased one non-paying customer away before he gets another stick.
Donya Tidora is then shown on the other end of the stall. She found her mani-pedi skills profitable. While Donya Tinidora had cute pigtails. Donya Tidora had a little ribbon and some hair rollers. Perhaps undecided as to how to keep up with her appearance now that they had to do whatever will get them money. It’s almost like a hand-to-mouth existence as of the ALDUB Better Half episode.
Donya Tinidora is cranky again. “Ang hirap. Php90.50 pa lang ang kinikita ko rito.” (It’s hard. All I earned so far is just 90 pesos and 50 centavos.) Donya Tidora then reached to her earnings for the day for comparison. “Ako nga, Php95 pa lang eh.” (All I have is 90 pesos.) “Pambihira! 95? Nagpapa-pedicure ka? Nagme-makeup ka? Nagkukulot ka? Puro kalyo na yang kamay mo? Yan pa lang ang kinikita mo?” (Damn! 95? You do pedicure? Makeup? Curling hair? Your hands have blistered? And that’s all you earned?)
Donya Tidora is at her diplomatic self albeit tired. “Eh may dalawang hindi nagbayad. Yung isa nagmamadali. Kaya kalahati lang. Hindi ko na naayos. Kasi itong sa akin – Kagandahan 3in1. Meron nang kulot. Me mani at saka pedi. Murang-mura. Php30 na nga lang.” (Well 2 of them were unpaid. One was in a hurry. So she paid only half. I didn’t get to fix it anymore. My package is called Kagandahan 3in1. Curling hair. Manicure and pedicure.) For Boss Joey, it almost looked like some class picture [with one woman’s foot on Donya Tidora’s lap] at the ALDUB Better Half episode.
Donya Tinidora showed the ALDUB Better Half episode as a cautionary tale for the viewers. “Kaya nga sinasabi namin sa inyo. Ingatan ninyo mga pera ninyo.” (That’s why we’re telling you. Take care of your finances.) Since their resident “dabarkads” Sam YG is at the KalyeSerye commentary panel now, he emphasized a financial option he is very familiar with. “Ang taong gipit, sa Bumbay kumakapit.” (A man in need runs to the nearest Indian moneylender.) Immigrants from India earn in the Philippines on the side by lending money at shark rates. A fact that Donya Tinidora addressed. “Ay naku! Mas malaki ang tubo sa Bumbay.” (Oh no! Interest rates with the Indian are too damn high.)
Shortly, Lola Nidora arrives on piggyback. No SUV horn to announce her arrival in consistency to their sudden fall from grace. Too tired to walk, one of the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio carried her on his back at the ALDUB Better Half episode. Following them closely is Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. She DUBsmashed Wham’s “Last Christmas”. She herself looked disheveled and unkempt compared to her grand-aunts.
Lola Nidora then told the Rogelio to put her down. The Rogelio that carried her is now too poor to wear the usual blue barong. But he wore a sando. Turns out that Lola Nidora has her own effort at earning money too. “Nagtitinda kami ng sampaguita.” (We were selling sampaguita garlands.) The Chanel bag is still with her at the ALDUB Better Half episode. But among her personal belongings, it now contained the garlands that she sold on the street.
At the ALDUB Better Half episode, the Zobeyala sisters a.k.a. The Kalye’s Angels are still coming to terms to their newfound poverty. But Lola Nidora thought that the CCC invitation she got from a Christmas event organizer might be their eventual ticket out of poverty. Now the House of De Explorer may have fallen figuratively. But Lola Nidora still has enough connections to help her make their next endeavor work.
CCC stands for the Christmas Caroling Competition. Prizes include cash and house-and-lot. Perfect for homeless people like them in need of a roof above their heads. [On why the Eat Bulaga Dabarkads hasn’t suggested taking them in for the meantime would put a crimp on the plot. Remember what the crew is originally intended for. And that is for the Sugod Bahay errand.] Lola Nidora found a choreographer that would be helpful in getting their win clinched. A choreographer she calls a friend at the ALDUB Better Half episode. GMA Network’s resident choreographer Ms. Geleen Eugenio.
Ms. Geleen’s introduction served as a reminder of some of the dance moves that she popularized way back in the 80’s. While it was Ms. Maricel Soriano who rose to fame dancing “Rico Mambo”, her dance routine was choreographed by Ms. Geleen. One of the dance moves she contributed to the Starstruck franchise was also acknowledged. Soul Control’s “Chocolate”. Of course she also helped choreograph some OPM hits like Marian Rivera’s “Sabay Sabay Tayo” (Let’s Dance Together). It helped Lola Nidora present the credentials of Ms. Geleen to viewers not familiar with her watching the ALDUB Better Half episode.
The obvious joke had to be revisited at the ALDUB Better Half episode. Donya Tinidora later reappeared wearing a baseball cap and some hip hop clothes instead of the homey duster and hair rollers that are seen on Donya Tidora and Lola Nidora. It then highlighted how she looked so much like Ms. Geleen. Donya Tinidora’s reaction was, as always, sarcastic. “Bakit kayo nagdala ng salamin dito?” (Why did you bring a full-length mirror here?) It resulted in an impromptu dance showdown with their alleged long lost sister. [Not many viewers of the ALDUB Better Half episode knew that Jose Manalo is a skilled dancer. No wonder his alter-ego served as the character closest to his personality dance-wise.]
Donya Tinidora is already familiar with Ms. Geleen’s “greatest hits”. “Marami pang ibang pinasikat yan ano? Pero sigurado hindi niya kaya ito.” (She has popularized [lots of dance hits] right? But for sure, she can’t dance this.) Donya Tinidora’s signature hits hit the floor. Lou Bega’s “Mambo No. 5” and JLo’s “Let’s Get Loud”. 2 of the hits that automatically snaps Donya Tinidora into dancing in any KalyeSerye episode that she’s been into. No ladders though at the ALDUB Better Half episode. Donya Tidora later had to stop Donya Tinidora. “Tama na, Tinidora. Wala kang panama diyan.” (Enough, Tinidora. You don’t have anything to outperform her with.)
Donya Tidora went straight to business in asking Ms. Geleen. “Ano nga pala ang music natin?” (What would our music be?) Ms. Geleen thought of something energetic. “Dapat trendy at fresh.” This was in contrast to Donya Tinidora’s opinion of her new look. “Mukha akong tomboy na gurang.” (I looked like some aged butch lesbian.) And so they went straight to practicing their moves at the ALDUB Better Half episode.
Warm up was okay. Only Lola Nidora had trouble catching up to the steps. Donya Tidora is in her lady-like self. And Donya Tinidora? Well, she’s being herself. Ms. Geleen then had to put YayaDUB in front of the group. It’s conventional dance routine of having the most energetic member in front. But Ms. Geleen had to check first what can she do. And she asked YayaDUB to dance to check if any adjustment as early as the ALDUB Better Half episode. “Subukan mo, Meng, anak.” (Try dancing on your own, dear.)
YayaDUB then danced part of the lessons that Ms. Geleen shared and part of what she had been dancing way back in the pre-ALDUB days. She was bursting with energy. There was so much energy at the ALDUB Better Half episode. Donya Tidora had to remind her to curb the enthusiasm. Donya Tinidora is still perplexed at how similar she looked compared to Ms. Geleen. “Kamukha ko talaga.” (I really looked like her.) It seemed as if Donya Tinidora’s change of outfit just confirmed everyone’s observation.
Lessons include tactics on how to project onstage. Donya Tidora liked the lessons. She’s just concerned if they can even win with the lack of enthusiasm on Lola Nidora’s part. “Galing ha? Feeling ko pagdating ng contest, talo tayo. Ayaw sumayaw ni ate.” (Looks great. I can feel that once it’s contest time, we’d lose. Elder sister won’t dance.) Lola Nidora attributed her lack of energy to her health issues. “Hiningal lang ako.” (I just ran out of breath.) But once Dawin’s Dessert plays, Lola Nidora’s energy is restored at the ALDUB Better Half episode.
Later, Lola Nidora gave some specifications on their costume for their upcoming performance at the CCC. “Ang gusto kong costume, yung outrageous. Ayoko ng simple! Ayoko ng may mga totoong may hayop.” (I’d like our costume to be outrageous. I don’t want it simple! I don’t want live animals either!) The grannies may have never joined any of Eat Bulaga’s “Pa More” series. But she clearly wanted to win this competition as early as the ALDUB Better Half episode.
Alden wasn’t around at the ALDUB Better Half episode. But he would call through YayaDUB’s phone to ask them if they ever need anything. For the ALDUB Better Half episode, all they need is water per YayaDUB’s instruction. “Magdala ka ng tubig kasi practice nang practice dito.” (Bring over some water since we keep practicing here.) The sessions have yet to be intense. It was then revealed that it’s an unpaid gig for Ms. Geleen as a choreographer. A stint some showbiz insiders call as “X-deal”.
Consultancy is included for Ms. Geleen. “Dapat yung may ilaw ilaw. Para Christmassy.” (There should be some lights. For a Christmassy feel.) There was some pressure on YayaDUB after learning that the contest would be on a Thursday. That would be the ALDUB 23rd Weeksary episode. Ms. Geleen got the basics handled though. “Kumare, may blockings tayo ha? Baba muna yang pamaypay nyo. Sino priority natin?” (Friend, we have blockings okay? Put down your fans for the meantime. Who’s our priority?) The grannies then placed YayaDUB in front. Ms. Geleen positioned YayaDUB in the middle.
The KalyeSerye commentary panel enjoyed watching them at the ALDUB Better Half episode. That is until Donya Tinidora chided Allan K. “Kinakalaban mo ba kami?” (Are you challenging us?) Allan K said no. Donya Tinidora then dared Allan K to prove it. “Ipakita mo. Hindi kayo puede sa grupo namin.” (Show it. You can’t be in our group.) Ms. Geleen has taught the means and the hinge so far in her dance routine. So Allan K tried to dance based on what the panel saw on their monitor.
Donya Tidora somewhat joked Allan K. “Balita ko, emotional dancer yan.” (Rumor has it that he’s an emotional dancer.) Allan K tried remembering the means and the hinge though. Donya Tinidora knew of a different rumor. “Ibang means naman ang gusto mo. May sapatos ang means mo.” (You like a different “means”. Your “means” have shoes.) The track “Shake Body Body Dancer” played for Allan K to accept Donya Tinidora’s challenge at the ALDUB Better Half episode. Donya Tidora liked Allan K’s impromptu performance. “Ang galing ni Roderick.” (Roderick’s dance is great.) [Roderick Paulate was another TV host-actor who looked so much like Allan K.]
Sam YG was then dared to dance at the ALDUB Better Half episode too. He then danced Patricia’s track at the ATM With The Baes’ segment at Eat Bulaga. When it was Boss Joey’s turn to dance, he was already close to the dining room backstage. Allan K then commented on the short dance that Boss Joey performed. “Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng sayaw na may walling.” (I never saw a dance skit with walling moves.)
YayaDUB can dance. But she’s disturbed that Alden hasn’t arrived yet. It turns out that she sent Alden out on an errand. YayaDUB didn’t expect Alden to take more time than needed. “Alden, nasan ka na? Lola, kanina pa kasi yun. Pano kung may nangyaring masama kay Alden? ALDEN!!!!!!” (Alden, where are you? Granny, he’d been out since awhile ago. What if something bad might have happened to Alden?) She was inconsolable. The ALDUB Better Half episode ended without Alden.
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The storm stayed outside the Broadway Centrum building as the Kalye’s Angels arrived at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora are in the complaining mood again. “Ano ba ginagawa natin dito?” (What are we doing here?) They didn’t consider themselves prepped up to face the KalyeSerye commentary panel. Lola Nidora scolded them. “Wag nga kayong reklamo nang reklamo!” (Stop complaining!)
Donya Tidora emphasized the point though at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Tatlong araw na tayong hindi naliligo. Nagpapalit lang tayo ng mga damit.” (We haven’t taken a bath for 3 days. We just change outfits.) Donya Tinidora thought it was worse for her though. “Buti nga kayo, nagpapalit ng damit! Ako nga hindi ako nagpapalit ng ano eh. Ng medyas ko eh.” (At least you change your outfits! I haven’t changed my …. My socks.) Lola Nidora tried to calm down her sisters. “Hayaan nyo. Kahit tatlong araw na tayong hindi naliligo, nagpapalit naman tayo ng damit at nagtatawas naman tayo.” (Never mind. Even if we haven’t bathed in 3 days, we change our clothes and we use deodorant.)
Donya Tinidora still hasn’t accepted their newfound poverty status. She appreciated the vehicle service. But it was way below her expectations. “Bakit naka-tricycle pa tayo?” (Why use a tricycle?) Donya Tidora went into further detail in complaining at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Oo nga. Sabi ni Alden, may service siya. Tapos ayaw ko pang sumakay sa service. Ang hirap-hirap sumakay sa tricycle.” (Yes indeed. Alden said that he has vehicle service. And I don’t like the service [that Alden sent over to pick them up]. It’s hard to get on the tricycle.)
Lola Nidora insisted on accepting their current status to her sisters. “Kayong dalawa! Nang masanay naman tayo na mag-commute!” (The two of you! We need to get used to commuting!) Donya Tinidora was defiant at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Pues! Hindi ako masasanay!” (Well! I will never get used to this!) Donya Tidora explained it better than Donya Tinidora though. “Pano kami masasanay? Nakasakay kami dun sa harapan ng driver?” (How will we get used to this? We rode in front of the driver!) Lola Nidora tried to put sense in Donya Tidora though. “Bakit dun ka kasi naupo?” (Then why did you sit there?) Apparently, the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio occupied the space inside the tricycle that could have been the sisters’ spot.
Lola Nidora then prodded Donya Tinidora to start climbing the ladder. As the Kalye’s Angels entered the premises, the Broadway Centrum crowd was shown wearing head ornaments similar to the grannies’ floral head pieces. Alden himself welcomed them at the top of the stairs and paid his respects. “Salamat sa pagpunta.” (Thank you for coming.) The ladders helped in keeping Donya Tinidora distracted from her complaints for the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. Lola Nidora chastised her for her fetish.“Akyat ka nang akyat pag nakakakita ka ng hagdan eh. Wala nang tugtog.” (You keep climbing every time you see ladders. The music has stopped.)
Alden then asked as he assisted the grannies on their way in. “Bakit po kasi ayaw nyong magpasundo?” (Why don’t you want to be fetched by our vehicle service?) It was Lola Nidora’s decision at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. So Alden asked the question directly to her. Lola Nidora is too tired to explain to Alden and snapped back at her sisters. “Bakit ako?” (Why me?) Donya Tidora sensed that Lola Nidora didn’t like being the scapegoat again. She answered in behalf of Lola Nidora. “Bayaan mo na yun. Mainam na yun para masanay kaming mag-commute.” (Never mind. It would be better for us to get used to commuting.)
Donya Tinidora then diverted her question to Alden. “Bakit nga kami nandito?” (As I said, why are we here?) Alden had to ask them first where is YayaDUB. Lola Nidora answered. “Nasa ekswelahan, Alden. Ang sabi ko, dito na dumirecho sa Broadway. Wag kang mag-alala. Parating na yun.” (Alden, she’s at school. I told her to go straight here to Broadway [Centrum]. Don’t worry. She’s on her way.) In a minute, Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” played in the background confirming YayaDUB’s arrival at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.
YayaDUB took the front route and ran straight to the stage. The ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode showed more obviously how going to the stage can be done 2 ways. And YayaDUB took the shortcut. She immediately went onstage and greeted the audience. She then paid her respects to the present KalyeSerye commentators Allan K, Bossing Vic and Boss Joey de Leon. Then she asked them. “Nakita nyo po ba si Alden?” (Have you seen Alden?
Boss Joey didn’t answer the question. But he looked at Bossing Vic instead. Bossing Vic then answered. “Si Alden? Kaaalis lang. Hindi mo ba nakasalubong?” (He just left. Didn’t you meet him on your way?) Somewhat disappointed. YayaDUB decided to leave. “Sige po. Uwi na po ako. Hindi po eh.” (Okay. I’d go home. I didn’t [meet him on my way here].) She was about to leave when Bossing Vic told her that he had seen the grannies instead. So YayaDUB asked the audience present at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.
Overwhelmed with sadness, YayaDUB then decided to stay onstage. “Matutulog na lang po ako dito.” (I will just sleep here instead.) The KalyeSerye commentary panel felt bad for her. Before YayaDUB dozes off. Boss Joey called out to Alden. Alden’s voice was then heard at the background. “Meng, andito ako, Meng.” (Meng, I’m here.) YayaDUB quickly got up and asked. “Asan ka?” (Where are you?) Alden answered. “Dito sa likod.” (I’m at backstage.) YayaDUB then bid the KalyeSerye commentary panel goodbye.
YayaDUB ran backstage to find Alden. Alden then surprised her. “Andito ako!” (I’m here!) YayaDUB screamed in shock. Allan K then sensed how the shock was real based on YayaDUB’s scream at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. She then paid her respects to the grannies and complained to Alden. “Nakapagod ako kakatakbo. Ikaw naman! Ginulat mo pa ako! Pagod na nga ako eh!” (I got tired from running. And you! You shocked me!) Alden then asked the obvious to YayaDUB. “Nagulat ka ba?” (Did I surprise you?) YayaDUB’s sarcasm kicked in at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Hindi. Hindi ako nagulat.” (No. I wasn’t surprised at all.)
It was then YayaDUB’s turn to ask what’s up. Alden shot back with the question as to what is the day’s occasion. YayaDUB answered based on what she remembered. “Wednesday ngayon. Baclaran Day.” (It’s a Wednesday. Baclaran Day.) [Baclaran is the more known name of the Redemptorist Church in Metro Manila. It is packed to the rafters with Catholics attending the Holy Mass every Wednesday.] Alden then emphasized the date – 16 December 2015. YayaDUB knew something about every 16th of December though. “Simula nung Simbang Gabi.” (First Day of the Rooster Masses.) [She referred to the 9 Novena Masses before the Christmas Eve Mass at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.] Alden again said no.
YayaDUB tried to remember. And she thought that it’s only 9 days before Christmas. Alden looked a little annoyed. “Wala. Ayoko na.” (Enough of this.) Before Alden could walk farther away, YayaDUB caught up to him and finally let down her act. “Saka, siempre. 5th monthsary natin. Eto naman o. Makakalimutan ko ba yun?” (And of course, it’s our 5th Monthsary. Come on. Will I ever forget that? ) Donya Tinidora gave Alden a soft nudge towards YayaDUB. Albeit distracted with Donya Tinidora’s antics. YayaDUB greeted Alden a Happy ALDUB 5th Monthsary. Alden thanked her for finally recognizing the occasion.
YayaDUB then gave Alden her for their ALDUB 5th Monthsary. Instead of the usual letter, it was a pink card. Alden responded by giving her a blue card. It was a cute exchange. But Alden reminded YayaDUB that the contents are “For your eyes only”. Before the BFF couple gets carried away. Donya Tidora then asked Alden. “Hijo, ano bang ginagawa namin dito? Hindi naman kami kasali dun sa monthsary nyo.” (Son, what are we doing here? We’re not included into your monthsary.) Lola Nidora thought of paying respects to the KalyeSerye commentary panel first. “Magbigay pugay muna tayo kina Marvic.” Donya Tinidora is happy again at the thought of meeting 2 of the founding fathers of Eat Bulaga. Donya Tidora went along despite the embarrassment of being unbathed for days.
And so the grannies met again the KalyeSerye commentary panel. Donya Tinidora is so fond of Bossing Vic. A kiss on the hand is not enough. Lola Nidora is more than happy to see an audience wearing lacy head ornaments too. “May mga amiga tayo doon.” (We have friends there.) Donya Tidora went with her to join the audience for some photo-op with the fans. YayaDUB and Alden were then left on Alden’s den talking. [It’s one of the episodes that showed Alden and Maine finally having their own world to share hence the adage “May sariling mundo”.]
Donya Tidora called out to Donya Tinidora. The audience present at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode were fond of her too. Donya Tinidora didn’t feel like joining them though. “Hindi ako basta-basta nakikipagkaibigan.” (I don’t make friends that easily.) Soon, Donya Tinidora joined her sisters in selfie opportunities with the ALDUB Nation. With the grannies preoccupied. YayaDUB and Alden found ways to DUBsmash and talk to each other in between tracks. Sorry, ALDUB Nation. They have their own world now. So whatever they discussed might remain off the record.
Bossing Vic can’t help but comment. “Ito namang dalawang ‘to! Magkatabi na. Nagda-DUBSmash-an pa!” (These two. They’re already beside each other. And they’re still exchanging DUBsmash tracks.) Lola Nidora agreed. Now even Bossing Vic is intrigued. “Ano ba talaga ang ginagawa nyo rito, mga lola?” (What are you really doing here, grannies?) The triplets were clueless. Alden sent them over at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode without any idea what their participation will be.
Alden and YayaDUB then went out onstage to clear the mystery. Bossing Vic had to say his mind about something obvious though. “Bat’t parang amoy baul dito?” (How come it smelled like some old chest box here?) Donya Tinidora somewhat chastised Bossing Vic. “Wag mong anuhin yun! Ganun talaga! Hindi kami naliligo!” (Stop paying attention to that! It’s how it is! We don’t bathe!) Lola Nidora then prodded Alden to answer since it’s already Bossing Vic himself asking at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.
Alden then explained. “Meron po akong sorpresa sa inyo, mga lola. Since na-stress po kayo these past few days, nakita ko po kung gaano yung paghihirap nyo nung pinaalis po kayo sa mansion. Saka naghanap po kayo ng mga bahay. May treat po ako sa inyo ngayon.” (I have a surprise for you, grannies. Since you were stressed these past few days, I saw how hard it was for you when you were kicked out of the mansion. And you’re still looking for a house. I have a treat for you today.) He then asked the grannies to close their eyes to guide them to his surprise at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.
Donya Tinidora’s sarcasm kicked in. She is willing to close her eyes. But it reminded her of something else. “Parang sasali kami sa fraternity naman.” (It’s like we’re getting into some fraternity initiation.) Lola Nidora got Donya Tinidora’s drift. “Baka hazing ito ha?” (This might be some hazing stint.) Alden said no. YayaDUB guided the grannies as Lola Nidora held her arm. She guaranteed them that they will like this treat at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. Upon reaching the spot backstage, Alden prodded the grannies to open their eyes.
It was a spa treat for Lola Nidora, Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. Lola Nidora was so happy at the treat. She hugged Alden. “Alden, maraming salamat. Mabuti na lang at hindi ka talaga nagmana sa lola mo ano? Napakabait mo sa amin.” (Thank you very much. It’s really good that you did not inherit your grandmother’s attributes. You were so nice to us.) Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora were just as thankful. Alden used this opportunity to apologize for what his grandmother, Donya Babah, did. He then reiterated how his love extended to her immediate family. “Lahat po ng mahal ni Yaya, mahal ko rin.” (Everyone that nanny loves, I love them too.) As the grannies sat down, Alden excused himself with YayaDUB.
Alden and YayaDUB then sat on the spot where YayaDUB smiled at Alden. This time they did it together. There wasn’t much on the reminiscing side at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary though. [Besides, the height of Lola Nidora’s most evil days are found at the KalyeSerye’s first month on Eat Bulaga.] YayaDUB asked for Alden’s permission to lay her head on his shoulder. Of course, Alden allowed her. It didn’t even last a minute as Alden DUBsmashed Brian White’s “God Gave Me You”.
Later Alden led YayaDUB on stage to relive that “God Gave Me You Waltz” that they performed at the ALDUB EB Tamang Panahon special episode. It was followed by the almost hip hop dance that they shared at the aforementioned episode. And since they are reminiscing on the things that happened at the ALDUB EB Tamang Panahon special episode. Alden then asked YayaDUB to stand in the middle of the stage to see what else does she remember as of the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode.
YayaDUB then corrected Alden nicely. She shifted to a different spot onstage. Alden then emphasized the importance of the days involving Maine Mendoza at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Alam mo actually. Mahalaga yung July 16. Pero ang pinakamahalaga yung June 19. Yung araw na nag-audition ka for Eat Bulaga.” (Actually 16 July 2015 is important. But the most important is 19 June 2015. The day you auditioned for Eat Bulaga.) YayaDUB felt touched. “Naiiyak tuloy ako.” (I feel like crying.)
Alden explained the importance of 19 June 2015. “Naalala mo? Kasi hindi naman mangyayari lahat ng ito kung hindi ka nagpunta dito para mag-audition. Tama?” (You remember? Because all of these events won’t happen if you didn’t come over to audition. Right?) When asked how does she feel, [Maine] was at a loss for words. “Hindi ako makapaniwala na … Ayun! Naiiyak na ako!” (I can’t believe that … There! I feel like crying!) She had mixed emotions at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. Until now, everything still felt overwhelming. Alden then approached her for a big hug.
Alden then shifted to a role-playing session with [Maine] for the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. He pretended to be the Eat Bulaga executive Jenny Ferre in charge of auditioning Maine Mendoza.
“Pangalan?” (Name?) “Nicomaine Mendoza po.” “Tagasaan?” (From where?) “Taga-Bulacan po.” (From Bulacan.) “Ilang taon?” (Age?) “Twenty po.” “Marunong ka bang kumanta?” (Can you sing?) “Hindi po.” (No.) “Marunong ka bang sumayaw?” (Can you dance?) “Hindi rin po.” (Neither.) “Marunong ka bang umarte?” (Can you act?) “Hindi ko po alam eh.” (I don’t know.) “Ano alam mong gawin?” (What can you do?) “Magpapangit po at saka mag-DUBsmash.” (Make myself ugly and DUBsmash.)
Alden then revealed one of the tasks that Ms. Ferre asked [Maine] to do at her audition. “May ipapagawa ako sa yo. Kunwari walang audience. Magsisa-sisahan ka nga?” (I would ask you to do something. Pretend there is no audience. Try acting like Sisa.) [Sisa is a literary character from the socio-political novel “Noli Me Tangere” known for the psychotic fits.] Her answer surprised Alden. “Nahihiya ako.” (I’m shy.) Alden didn’t hide his shock at her remark.“Wow! Ngayon ka pa nahiya? (You now feel shy?) Alden then boosted her confidence at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode by pumping up the crowd.
Alden knew it would be easy for [Maine] to do. “Sisa lang. Mag-improvise ka.” (Just Sisa. Improvise.) She revealed that the only lines she made in doing it then were limited. “Eh Crispin Basilio lang ang sinasabi ko nun eh.” (All I ever said was ‘Crispin Basilio’) [Crispin and Basilio are Sisa’s sons. Losing them pushed her to schizophrenic psychosis.] Alden then realized that [Maine] still remembered. “Naalala mo.” (You remember.) With this, [Maine] rehashed her audition piece last 19 June 2015 for the audience to witness at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. After her impromptu performance, Alden pumped up the crowd again to applaud her.
Alden then approached [Maine] for a hug. He can’t help but comment. “Grabe! Sabi nila, ako daw yung iyakin. Ikaw pala yun.” (Damn! They said I cry easily. It turned out to be you who cries easily.) She explained the tears. “Eto naman. Siempre. Yun ang nagpabago ng buhay ko ano?” (Come on. Of course. That day changed my life.) Alden assured her that it’s not a bad thing. “Alam mo. Wag kang magalala. Parehas naman tayo eh.” (You know. Don’t worry. That makes us two.) She then focused on the 16th. “Kaso nga lang nangyari yun nung July 16.” (The thing is it all happened on July 16.) She then revealed at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode the bracelet she wore. It has the number 16 engraved on it.
Alden invited her back to their spot. [Maine] somewhat protested. Alden assured her that everything will be fine. “Hindi na kita papaiyakin.” (I won’t make you cry.) Alden and [Maine] then returned to where they sat. Allan K used this opportunity in the ALDUB 5th Monthsary to ask them. “Dalawa kayong sasagot nito ha? Bahala kayo kung sino mauna sa inyo. Ano ba ang naramdaman mo nung una kayong magkita sa split screen?” (Both of you should answer this, okay? It’s up to you who answers first. What did you feel when you first saw each other on split screen?)
The first ALDUB episode was then replayed right where YayaDUB did the Malaysian DUBsmash. It was also where she forgot that her character is supposed to be meaner/bitchier than Lola Nidora. And it was Allan K who really pointed out how YayaDUB felt conscious at Alden’s presence. Allan K then told Alden to answer first at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. “Kasi before, natutuwa talaga ako sa DUBsmash nung sumikat siya. Nagda-DUBsmash na rin ako before. So naghahanap talaga ako ng mga tao na nagda-DUBsmash dito sa Pilipinas.” (It’s because even before [July 16], I am really entertained at DUBsmash when it got famous. I DUBsmash too. So I really looked for personalities that are into DUBsmash here in the Philippines.)
In this part of the ALDUB 5t Monthsary episode, Alden addressed Maine’s DUBsmash origins. “Just so happened, nakita ko yung kay Maine. Hindi ko naman akalain na ganun siya kagaling mag-DUBsmash. So natutuwa ako kapag pinapanood ko siya. And then hindi ko in-expect na darating siya dito sa Eat Bulaga. So nagulat ako. Kasi bago pa rin ako. Bago pa rin siya nun. Natuwa po ako.” (Just so happened that I saw Maine’s clips. I didn’t expect her to be that good at DUBsmash. So I was entertained watching her. And then I didn’t expect her to come over here at Eat Bulaga. I was shocked. Because I’m still new here. And she’s also new. I was happy.)
[Alden was referring to his stint at Eat Bulaga as a regular host or “dabarkads”. He was months ahead of Maine Mendoza. While he has been in showbiz for more than 5 years now, most of it was spent in soap operas and GMA-produced variety shows. He may have stopped appearing in soaps. But he wasn’t jobless for so long. Fast forward to the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode. And he has found his most successful team-up so far.]
Allan K then turned to YayaDUB. By this point in the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode, it has become obvious that Maine Mendoza is the toast of the episode. She then answered the question as Maine. “Gulat po. Kitang kita naman po di po ba? Tapos siempre kinilig ako. Kaya po hindi ko mapigilan ang ngumiti.” (I was shocked. Isn’t it obvious? The of course I felt giddy. So I failed to suppress my smile.)
Allan K then addressed how the gesture broke the character of YayaDUB. “Hindi ka man lang ba nag-isip na parang ang layo nito sa character ko? Ang yaya, mas mataray sa lola.” (Haven’t you thought how far it would be from the character? The nanny is supposed to be bitchier than the granny.) Maine admitted the adjustments made for what turned out to be the first ALDUB episode. “Hindi ko nga po napigilan eh. Kaya tinatakpan ko po ng abaniko.” (As I said, I failed to suppress it. So I covered myself with my folding fan.)
Alden then addressed what everyone present at the ALDUB 5th Monthsary episode as the main force behind ALDUB. Allan K himself according to Alden. “Actually kundi mo naman kami tinukso. Ikaw din eh. Promotor ka rin.” (If you weren’t chiding us [we will not be a love team]. You wanted it too. You pushed for this.) Allan K had to speak for himself. “Eh kinilig din ako. Anong magagawa ko?” (I felt giddy too. What can I do?) The ALDUB 5th Monthsary ended up looking like a fans day be default since even fans threw in their questions to the couple.
What lies ahead with the House of De Explorer nowhere near redemption? What new adventures await Alden and YayaDUB in 2016? The upcoming episodes in Eat Bulaga for this week might cover some recaps too. It meant something for us to look forward to as well. With this in mind, might as well follow us on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
Interested to participating in activities in Manila? There is no shortage of things to do around the metro. In fact there is so much to do. You just get clueless as where to start. You also end up getting confused as to which event to go to first. And it usually boils down to 2 things – time and logistics. How soon can you make it to the event? And how far is the area from where you live? Our list of activities in Manila would then include companies with events that just ended in anticipation of their next gig.
Starving for Art at DITO Bahay ng Sining is one that you can find useful. Their last gig was held last 12 December 2015. Anyone with artistic inclinations can finally express themselves in any way possible. Spoken word. You own musical composition. A monologue. Or a cover of your favorite musical theater track. The poster attached has the mobile numbers for you to contact. If you need an outlet for your creative juices, DITO is where it’s at regarding activities in Manila.
If the performing opportunities at DITO Bahay ng Sining are a monthly thing, iChill Theater Cafe would let you perform on the open mic daily. Like everyday you feel like grabbing one of the suggested activities in Manila listed here that doesn’t give a beginning or end date. Everyone appreciates the open mic here at iChill Theater Cafe. It gives customers an opportunity to sing their heart out using karaoke clips found on their laptop.
The free WiFi made it possible for them to search some random karaoke clip on YouTube and use it for the open mic opportunity. That’s the versatility and creativity done in no time. For the major karaoke events though, the second floor would serve as the more private and more intimate to sing your heart out. The magic sing karaoke equipment found on site gave customers more choices too. Call 521-0056 for more details like promos and package deals up for grabs.
Outbreak Manila just concluded the year with their final event for 2015 last 5 December 2015. No date and time announced yet as to their first gig for 2016. But getting in touch with Outbreak Manila the soonest time possible would open 2 opportunities for you. One is to participate in their zombie run.
Think of it as a fun run with zombies. No time limit is set in one the best activities in Manila ever conceptualized. But participants are given flags that serve as “lives”. The zombies that chase you will run after your “lives”, if you get the drift. Any runner with no “lives” or flags left before reaching the finish line are out. Those who make it to the finish line with at least 1 flag left qualify for prizes.
The second opportunity is the obvious one. Becoming one of the zombie chasers yourself. Weeks before the Outbreak Manila event last 5 December 2015. A workshop entitled Zombie School was held for aspiring zombies. This means learning how to scare runners without being too physical on them. No announcement yet as when would the Zombie School be reopened in case there would be openings for the next Outbreak Manila event.
The venue of the Zombie School is only announced to aspirants that sent their email and link to video of their best zombie impersonation. If runners and zombie enthusiasts alike are already bracing themselves for the next events despite no date announced, why not for you? Think of it as the most grueling yet challenging among the activities in Manila listed here. Liking their Facebook page and subscribing to their online newsletter would mean instant alerts in case there are new events for you to sign up for.
Now how pumped up can you ever get with activities in Manila like these? Chances are there would be more events and activities to cover. But you’ll never know when would the next analytical article be out unless you follow us on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
Listing places in Manila meant a possibility of discovering something about the Philippine capital that other tourists may have missed. If you haven’t been to Manila, this is a good time to explore the city. From the parks to the historical sites and places to dine. There is so much to discover and rediscover about this city that some travel guidebooks may have missed. Ready to get a renewed look?
iChill Theater Cafe is one of the few places in Manila where the original Spanish version of the twin best-sellers Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo are found. Both novels are written by national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. A theater cafe that occasionally serves as an art gallery. It soon housed a library that challenged the level of thinking of visitors that hung around here. It isn’t surprising to find this theater-themed cafe by the university belt area. An ideal place to take advantage of the budding liberal arts education coupled with a warm environment to welcome students and book lovers alike.
Places in Manila
Literally translated as “walled city”, much of the fortress once found in Manila is still around for tourists to roam around with. It has a certain European look that fascinates tourists local and foreign. It must have been the churches, the cobblestone sidewalks and museums that lined up the streets. Modernity has arrived Intramuros through the bamboo bikes that give you an option to bike around the vicinity. It cannot be helped as Intramuros alone is more than a handful that you can take.
History nerds would take pride in walking around here. It is the closest thing that they could get to embracing the Hispanic era that clutched the archipelago for 3 centuries. Most sites that are preserved are aligned with some of the best maintained gardens in the area. Various statues are found around here as solid proof of the colonial past that overstayed its welcome. Not that it’s a bad thing. Intramuros won’t be one of the top places in Manila if people authorized to maintain it did not do a good job at doing so.
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Adjacent to Intramuros is Fort Santiago. It often gets mentioned in Manila tourist guidebooks as the site where Philippine national hero was imprisoned prior to his execution by firing squad. There is a haunting quality to the surroundings. As if a reminder among places in Manila that served as a grim reminder of all the Filipinos that risked jail time in their quest for freedom.
Some passageways looked like tunnels. There are even some cells that reminded tourists of the period films set in Europe. The Philippine Department of Tourism even refurbished some areas significant to its most important prisoner ever. It is one of the places in Manila that easily comes to mind when exploring the final hours of Rizal.
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Once known as Bagumbayan, it was renamed Rizal Park. If Fort Santiago served as Rizal’s death row prison, Rizal Park was home to Rizal’s place of death. At the heart of this park lay the remains of the late hero transferred from his original burial site at Paco Park. Soon, other monuments paying homage to other national heroes like Lapu Lapu are found in this park. Among the places in Manila, this serves as the main site of commemoration rites during Rizal’s death anniversary dated way back in 30 December 1896. Done once a year, it has become the ground zero for government officials to welcome foreign dignitaries interested in remembering one of the greatest Asian heroes of the 19th century.
Places in Manila
After spending all day roaming the places in Manila listed here, you take a much deserved rest waiting for the sunset. An area lined up with cafes and bistros. Much of the problem lay in picking a spot with which you can get a better view of the sunset. It’s the kind of sight best enjoyed with family and friends. Anyone special in your life that you can take by the bay would be great too. A very romantic view to set the mood indeed.
Who would have realized places in Manila would assemble a simple itinerary on your first visit in the city? You can start at any point mentioned in this article. Knowing them is the first step to an enthralling journey. More insights on Manila to come in the following week. So might as well click “Like” on our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
[My Bebe Love Featured Image from My Bebe Love Twitter Page.] Before I get stuck in the My Bebe Love pandemonium that comes with the Metro Manila Film Festival. I finally watched My Bebe Love at a Block Screening that is closest to where I am located. It was at SM Tarlac where I enjoyed the film for 2 reasons. Being a fan of Direk Joey Reyes. And being an ALDUB admirer. If you have been watching Tagalog movies often enough, you may be familiar with the kind of comedy films Direk Joey is known to direct. So seeing a film that he directed with Vic Sotto, Ai Ai Delas Alas, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza meant seeing his work in a genre he’s very good at.
I would do what I can to avoid spoilers. The trailers that My Bebe Love released managed to avoid spoiling the fun for the rest of us. For a light-hearted romantic comedy, it is self-aware, just like the hit KalyeSerye. You get to realize that once you hear Ms. Corazon Tala-Tala (portrayed by Ms. Ai Ai Delas Alas) mention it.
My Bebe Love features 2 love stories. Vito Carillo (portrayed by Vic Sotto) and Corazon Tala-Tala. And Dondi (portrayed by Alden Richards) and Anna (portrayed by Maine Mendoza). These two love stories intertwine well into the plot, you don’t mind anymore if you can’t tell which is the subplot and the main plot. Bottom line is one story will not be possible without the other. Whatever loophole you noticed story-wise in the trailer will be filled once you get to watch the film itself.
What made My Bebe Love different from most of the MMFF entries that Vic Sotto as a producer sent over? It has very little reliance on slapstick. The story is intelligent enough to know that it has actors and actresses that can handle their characters without relying much on the slapstick that Bossing Vic’s movies are known for. Very little meaning the slapstick is limited to a centenary birthday celebrant and her effeminate gay son. Maybe a little slapstick is applied on the character of Delas Alas too in terms of addressing her long face. But the character Vito is also referred to as having a long face. [Vito’s long face doesn’t make him any less attractive though.] In the story, they made it one of the possible foreshadowing signs for Vito and Corazon to hit it off.
My Bebe Love can easily be chopped into 3 Acts. Act 1 would refer to the relationship that blossomed between Dondi and Anna. Act 2 pointed out the relationship that evolved positively between Vito and Corazon. Act 3 is where both couples try to find solutions to the unwanted side effects that the subsequent relationships got into. And at My Bebe Love, the term “relationship” becomes a safe term to use. 3 consecutive dates or more does not make a relationship official. But it can be awkward to address once one of the parties start asking “Ano ba tayo?” (What are we?) In the middle of this entertaining romantic comedy, there is a hard truth that needed to be addressed before a relationship becomes fun again.
Age is also addressed as a factor. Sure. The adage “Age doesn’t matter” gets mentioned too. Vito didn’t want his daughter Anna to get into a relationship because he found her too young. And Corazon didn’t feel like getting into another relationship again because she found herself too old. So what is the title “My Bebe Love” good for if this is the case? Because being in love is less about your age and more about your emotions.
This brings us to one positive attribute to the characters at My Bebe Love. There is less justification to the things they did. It happened. People fell in love. They threw caution to the wind. And so be it where their decision takes them. This is why most of the scenes that elicited the kilig don’t seem forced. They don’t look like they’re thrown in the film for the sake of eliciting positive reactions from the audience without having to look like fillers. It fuels the build-up needed to make characters believable. Also, it makes the audience feel extra sympathetic for them.
I already expected the story at My Bebe Love to be wholesome. As a producer, Vic Sotto (and his co-producing outfit, OctoArts Films) have always catered to the general patronage crowd. The only instances where the sexual aspect of love is explored is in the morning after “mistake” between Vito and Corazon and Vito’s meeting with his friend (portrayed by Joey de Leon). Vito’s friend only mentioned Vito’s need for a sex life though to avoid risk of prostrate cancer and other side effects of living the sexless lifestyle. And the least wholesome word used to get the point across is “tumbong” (loose translation: crotch).
For the skeptics who cast doubts on whether an effective love story can survive without the “adult” scenes that involved Vito and Corazon. Watch Dondi and Anna. They’re not teens. And they don’t act like teens. Anna need not be a teen to look like she’s about to pee in so much “kilig” while talking to Dondi on the phone. There is no age limit when it comes to “kilig” (or giddyness, if you like). Either you feel it or you don’t. This is where it becomes evident how Maine Mendoza’s acting skills resonate more in romantic comedy like My Bebe Love.
Are Dondi and Anna extensions of their roles as Alden Richards and YayaDUB? Truth be told, no. Both characters are young urban professionals who got attracted in each other. Both of them are employed in cosmopolitan jobs that earned by a little nepotism. While it would be tough to separate ALDUB from the characters that they portrayed in My Bebe Love, the efforts to disappear into their roles is astounding. Dondi comes across as the preppy nephew too polite to confront his aunt. But not too timid to pursue Anna comes across as the upper-class kind of a spoiled brat complete with an Americanized accent when speaking English. But not too snobbish to ignore the charms of Dondi.
What made My Bebe Love unpredictable is the absence of antagonists. Yes, it’s one of the few movies of Direk Joey where the story unfolds in itself without the need for any kontrabida. The characters alone are flawed enough to cause conflicts within the story. Not all romantic comedies can pull off that kind of feat. When you have “pabebe” characters in My Bebe Love, some complications arise by itself. Meaning any solutions at hand is within the protagonists’ hands too. A realistic approach to falling in love is in facing the problems yourself in order to find solutions.
For fans of Direk Joey Reyes, it’s his best rom-com work in years ever since “May Minamahal”. For fans of Ms Ai Ai Delas Alas, it’s her best rom-com so far. For fans of Bossing Vic Sotto, definitely his best MMFF entry in years. For fans of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, it’s the perfect way to debut as a love team in Philippine cinema.
Definitely the kind of light-hearted entertainment to go for the holiday season. See it while you can reserve seats. Like My Bebe Love’s official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @MyBebe_Love. Both social media accounts post lists of cinemas where My Bebe Love is still showing. Book now while tickets are still up for grabs.
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[ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo Featured Image from Eat Bulaga Facebook Page.] Anticipation over finding Teodoro Smash a.k.a. Dodong is at a fever’s pitch at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Bad blood between Dodong and the Zobeyala sisters caused records like photographs to be misplaced on Divina’s maternal relatives’ part. More like deliberately misplaced. If Lola Nidora can go as far as turning Divina into the household YayaDUB Smash for the sake of keeping her away from Dodong, that meant obliterating Dodong’s existence from Divina altogether.
Alden and Divina were by the entrance watching the rain fall. 2 open fluviophiles contemplated on what this search can bring to their lives. Alden had not so pleasant memories of the rain though. He used this to break the ice at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Alam mo kung ano ang naaalala ko sa ulan dati? Yung ikakasal ka kay Frankie. Tapos alam mo kung ano ang weird nun? Ang lakas ng ulan pero maaraw.” (You know what do I remember about the rain before? That was when you were about to marry Frankie. Then you know what else is weird then? It was raining hard but it was sunny.)
Divina remembered the wedding too well way back in the ALDUB Against All Odds episode. “Oo nga. Nakita ko yung sikat ng araw nun.” (Yes. I saw the sun beams then.) Alden then went straight to the question at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Pero handa ka na ba talagang makilala ang tatay mo?” (But are you really ready to see your father?) At this point in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode, Divina had apprehensions. “Kasi alam mo, yun lang ang wish ko ngayong Pasko eh.” (Because you know, it’s my only wish this Christmas.)
Alden got a little miffed as if expecting a different answer. “Yun lang ang wish mo? Yun lang?” (That’s your only wish? Only that?) Alden got a little distraught and ended up DUBsmashing his own song “Wish I May”. Divina replied by first DUBsmashing “Wish” by Donna Cruz and Jason Everly. Then by comforting Alden. It seems like Alden and Divina had reached a level of comfort in talking to each other. They didn’t know whether to DUBsmash or just speak at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Once the DUBsmash exchange is done and over with. Divina straight up asked Alden. “Ano yan? Ba’t nagtatampo ka?” (What the heck? Why are you upset?) Alden let out his complaint. “Sabi mo yun lang ang wish mo eh.” (You said that it’s your only wish.) Divina just laughed it off since Alden looked cute while trying to look sad. “Sus! Yun lang pala. Siempre wish ko rin na wag tayong mag-away. Ano ba? Na sana lagi tayong magkasama. Wag tayong magkalayo. At saka siempre, wag tayong susuko. Ganun. Alam mo? Di bagay sa yo ang ganyang hitsura. Hindi bagay sa yo. Ngumiti ka na. Di bagay sa yo lungkut-lungkutan.” (Jesus! So that’s all. Of course I also wished that we won’t fight. What? That we will always be together. That we won’t part. And of course, that we won’t give up. That’s how. You know what? That look doesn’t suit you. Doesn’t suit you. Smile now. Pretending to look sad doesn’t look good on you.) So Divina cracked a joke again.
“Anong fries ang nakakagulat?” “Ano?” “SurFRIES!” “Ako meron. Drums ka ba?” “Bakit?” “Kasi pag wala ka, nawawalan ng beat ang puso ko.” “Anong toes ang namboboso?” “Ano?” “Bus TOES.”
Alden had to be blunt about some jokes though. “Di ko alam kung tatawa ako o ano eh.” (I don’t know whether to laugh or what.) Divina justified the jokes though at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Pinapasaya na nga kita. Pero ano kaya tingin mong hitsura ng tatay ko ano? Sabi kasi nina lola sa akin, matipuno daw. Malaki daw ang katawan.” (Here I am trying to make you laugh. But in your opinion, how did my father looked like? Granny told me, he had a muscular frame. That he had a big body.)
Alden then flexed his muscles. Divina reacted a little sarcastically. “Tatay ba kita?” (Are you my father?) Divina then continued. “Malaki daw ang katawan. Tapos guapo. ‘Tay?” (He was said to have a big body. Then handsome … Father?) Alden tried to ride on the joke. “Ako? Ako pala yun? Hindi. Hindi puede. Ano to?” (Me? Could it be me? No! No way! What the heck?)
Divina then voiced out the biggest speculation on perhaps the biggest proof of blood relations sought in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Magaling din kaya siya mag-DUBsmash? Dun ako pinakanaiintriga eh. Kung magaling din ba siya mag-DUBsmash.” (Could he be good at DUBsmash too? That’s the most intriguing part for me. If he’s great at DUBsmashing too.) Divina knew her father’s full name is Teodoro Smash. The “Smash” part of his name got her thinking.
Alden then assured her that her dad is handsome. “Guapo yun. Alam mo kung bakit? Kasi maganda ka eh.” (He’s handsome. You know why Because you’re beautiful.) Divina was so thankful for the compliment. Alden didn’t forget the reminders though for the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Pero wag kang iiyak mamaya ha? Pag nakita mo ang tatay mo. Alam ko matagal na panahon kayong hindi nagkita. Pero eto yung moment na dapat happy lang kayo kasi nagkita na kayo finally. Walang iyakan.” (Don’t cry later okay? Once you see your dad. I know it’s been a long time before you finally meet each other. But this is the moment where you should only be happy because you have finally met. No tears.)
Divina took Alden’s advice at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Sige. Susubukan kong maging masaya.” (Okay. I would try to be happy.) Alden affirmed Divina’s decision. “Isa yun sa mga pinakamagagandang regalong matatanggap mo … Bukod sa akin.” (It will be one of the best gifts you will receive …. Apart from me.) Divina kind of heard Alden. But she isn’t sure if she heard him right. “Ano? Ano? Ano? Bukod sa yo? Ikaw talaga.” (What? What? What? Apart from you? Oh you stop you.)
Alden apologized. “Sorry. Binuhat ko na naman ang sariling bangko ko.” (Sorry. I lifted my own bench again.) [“Binuhat ko na naman ang sariling bangko ko” is a Filpino idiomatic expression about boasting one’s self to other people.] Divina didn’t mind Alden’s gesture. “Hindi. Ikaw talaga. Siempre ikaw talaga Christmas wish ko.” (No. Really. Of course you’re really my Christmas wish.)
Alden tried to crack a joke again at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. But Divina’s phone alerted with a message from Dodong. [I thought nobody had Dodong’s number.] Divina then relayed Dodong’s message. “Papunta na raw siya dito. Antayin natin. Medyo na-traffic lang daw. Naku kasi umuulan eh.” (He said that he’s already on his way here. We just have to wait. He just got stuck in traffic. That’s the problem with the rain.) Alden and Divina later sat at the top of the ladder to wait.
Later in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Lola Nidora and Donya Tinidora arrived. They wore dusters this time instead of the almost corporate-looking Sunday dresses. But the hair ornaments are still there. They were accompanied by the Rogelios who no longer wore the blue barongs. Donya Tinidora had to ask Lola Nidora what are they doing at the Broadway Centrum again. Lola Nidora explained. “Ang sabi sa kin ni Divina eh dito daw sila magtatagpo.” (Divina told me that they of her father will meet here.)
Donya Tinidora found it embarrassing to be at the service of Broadway Centrum again. “Alam mo nahihiya na ‘ko ha? Lagi na lang tayo dito. Dati naimbita tayo. Tapos ngayon dito magkikita. Hindi kaya nakakahiya na sa mga dabarkads?” (You know I already feel ashamed of the courtesy. We are often here. We’ve been invited before. Now they will meet here. Isn’t it already embarrassing to the ‘dabarkads’?) Lola Nidora didn’t mind. Donya Tinidora was excited though.
Donya Tinidora had no idea what Dodong looked like. She only learned of Divina’s true parentage from Lola Nidora. “Ano ba talaga ang hitsura ni Dodong? Wala bang kapiktyur piktyur man lang?” (How does Dodong look like? Didn’t he even leave any picture whatsover?) In the ALDUB Getting Closer episode, Donya Tinidora dispelled Donya Tidora’s misconception that she is Divina’s mother. But Donya Tinidora took care of Divina as an infant despite not knowing her origins. Now a spinster and childless as of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Divina is the closest that she had to a daughter.
Only Lola Nidora and Isadora [through the ALDUB Road to Forever episode] knew how Dodong looked like. Lola Nidora tried to describe how she remembered Dodong. “Gaya na nasabi ko dati, makisig yang si Dodong. Matipuno. Kulot.” (Like what I’ve said before, Dodong is manly. Muscular. With curly hair.) There is no assurance though if he still looked the same. It would be the first time in years for them to see him again. This time at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Lola Nidora chose a spot backstage to give the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio (minus one absent) their Christmas bonuses.
The Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio pledged not to leave Lola Nidora through a fan sign. As of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode, the closest these men got for a dialogue was a song. Then a fan sign where they pledged their loyalty to the grannies. Donya Tinidora knew why the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio are staying. “Kasi wala namang kukuha sa inyo.” (Because no one else would hire you.) Whatever the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio lacked in efficiency, they made up in loyalty. No wonder Lola Nidora easily outsmarted them in getting her cash back to pay her debt to Donya Tinidora.
Alden and Divina then arrived. They found the grannies at Alden’s den. All of them then waited by the hall for Dodong. Divina then informed them of Dodong’s SMS. “Si Tatay daw po papunta na.” (Father is already on his way.) Lola Nidora had to ask how Divina felt as of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Ano ang pakiramdam mo?” (How do you feel?) Divina was honest enough to admit her mixed emotions. “Kinakabahan po ako eh.” (I am nervous.) Lola Nidora didn’t know what else to tell Divina. So she turned to Donya Tinidora.“Tinidora, kinakabahan daw siya.” (She’s nervous.)
Donya Tinidora’s sarcasm kicked in again. “Wag kang kabahan. Hindi ka naman kasali sa contest.” (Don’t be nervous. You’re not in the contest.) Divina felt too nervous to say the least. “Parang nahihilo nga po ako eh.” (I feel nauseous.) Lola Nidora called on Alden. “Alden, nahihilo!” (She feels nauseous!) Alden didn’t have a folding fan in hand. So he tried to fan Divina with his own hands.
Lola Nidora tried to appease Divina at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Wag kang mahilo. Alam mo. Gusto kong maging masaya ka lalo ngayong magpapasko. Kaya lakasan mo ang loob mo.” (Don’t be nauseous. You know. I want to see you happy this Christmas. So be strong.) Donya Tinidora confirmed how nervous Divina is. “Ninenerbyos lang yang bata.” (The kid is just nervous.)
Lola Nidora reminded Divina not to be nervous for one simple thing. “Saka bakit ka naman kakabahan? Tatay mo yun.” (Why will you be nervous? That’s your father.) Donya Tinidora understood though that it will be the first time Divina will see her father. Alden agreed. Divina tried to calm herself as everyone else tried to calm her too.
An SUV car horn was heard from outside. This time, Lola Nidora got more nervous than Divina. She almost collapsed. Almost. Because Alden catched her in time. There were no bodyguards unless the hiphop dancers are THE bodyguards. If Dodong has really hit the bigtime, then this entrance proves it. There was a van with dancers. It was followed by a sports car with blinkers at the bumper. It’s the kind of arrival the Kalye’s Angels are not accustomed to. And Donya Tidora is not around to see these at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
The grand entrance made Divina doubtful if this is her father. “Lola, tatay ko po ba talaga yan?” (Granny, is that really my father?) Dodong had a reputation for being a bad boy. But this entrance is the hiphop kind of bad boy. Donya Tinidora is skeptical if this is Dodong’s entourage. “Sabi maraming utang yan.” (It was said that he had a lot of debts.) Alden found the sports car impressive. He also told Donya Tinidora how some neighbors at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode relayed that Dodong has gotten rich. But no one is prepared to see this kind of rich look.
The track then was changed to Drake’s “Hotline Bling (You Used To Call Me On My Cellphone)”. The man from the sports car hopped off with the camera at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode not showing the man’s face. He wore a pair of yellow Nike shoes and denim jeans torn at the knees. He wore what looked like a football jersey for a top with several chain necklaces and a blue jacket. He looked like some character that walked out of a hiphop music video. [Halfway through the entrance, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola were already suppressing their laughter in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode upon learning who arrived.]
The entrance alone really got the grannies skeptical. They were expecting someone rich. But not this rich. Or maybe not the thug kind of rich. Lola Nidora then remembered the entrance. “Justin Bieber! Justin Bieber!” It made Alden just as nervous as Divina. The thug-looking man quickly climbed the stairs leaving his dancer/bodyguards at the parking lot.
Divina has become skeptical the moment Lola Nidora yelled “Justin Bieber!” “Tatay mo ba yan?” (Is that my father?) The man would stop in between “dance numbers” to wait on the dancer/bodyguards. He then arrived in front of the De Explorer entourage with his own entourage. Donya Tinidora almost choked in laughter as Lola Nidora just looked on with Divina and Alden. Half a minute later and the man’s face was revealed at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. The KalyeSerye commentary panel then howled in laughter.
Despite the hunch, Donya Tinidora was polite enough to ask who are they. The man didn’t answer her. Instead, he turned his gaze on Divina. Divina felt uneasy. But she tried to verify the man’s identity. “Tatay Dodong?” (Father?) The man refused to be called “Tatay” though by waving his hand. He almost hyperventilated. “Hinihingal pa ko. Sandali.” (I’m still gasping for air. Wait.) He tried to finish his sentence but the music played again at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. This time, the De Explorer entourage danced too.
The man then continued after regaining his breath. “Don’t call me Tatay Dodong. My name is Daddy Dod. D-O-D, bro.” The street name got Lola Nidora skeptical. But she had to ask for Donya Tinidora’s help at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Tinidora, amuyin mo nga kung naka-shot.” (Tinidora, check if he had a few shots.) Lola Nidora had good reason to doubt if this man is drunk. The man who introduced himself as “Daddy Dod” continued. “My daughter. You’re my homie.”
Divina wasn’t prepared for this. Daddy Dod then asked for a hug. “Give me a huggie.” [Good thing he didn’t say “Give your Daddy some sugar, baby girl” or some folks might have taken him literally.] Divina was so shocked. She passed out. Alden was right behind to catch her at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Lola Nidora then called on the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio for help. Delirious, she kept uttering beneath her breath. “Tatay! Tatay! Tatay!” She was half-conscious as Alden held to her.
Daddy Dod didn’t expect Divina to fall into a seizure. “What happened?” Donya Tinidora tried to explain. “I don’t know. She’s … She’s sleeping right now.” She’s too nervous to even think of the right words to say in English. Lola Nidora had some chewables left to give Divina. Daddy Dod tried to wake up Divina too. “Hey! It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s your Tatay Dodong.” He resorted to the name Divina knew in order to wake her up at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Lola Nidora could still hear Divina mutter “Tatay! Tatay! Tatay!” She had to ask Donya Tinidora what happened. Donya Tinidora herself is distraught. She ended up speaking in broken English. “Nabigla! Nabigla! She bigla! She bigla!” Lola Nidora wasn’t distraught enough to confront the man called Daddy Dod. “Bakit naman kasi? Ikaw ba talaga si Dodong? Tingnan mo. Natakot si Divina!” (Why oh why? Are you really Dodong? Look. You scared Divina!)
The man cut the thug jargon and spoke to the sisters. “Ako talaga si Tatay Dodong. Hindi mo ba ko namumukhaan?” (I am really Dodong her father. Don’t you recognize me?) Donya Tinidora found him familiar once he started speaking in Tagalog. “Si Dodong nga. Bakit one-sided ang hair mo? San ka ba nanggaling?” (This is Dodong. How come your hair is just one-sided now? Where have you been?) Before Dodong could answer, the music played again.
Even Alden had trouble waking up Divina. Everyone had to wait for the commercial break and the Sugod-Broadway to end before going back to the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. The storm raged outside the Broadway Centrum hence no Sugod Bahay errand for the meantime. Once Divina has regained consciousness. Lola Nidora talked to her. “Bakit ka ba nangingisay-ngisay? Meron ka bang ibang nararamdaman? Wala ka namang sakit na ganyan eh.” (Why did you have a seizure? Are you feeling something else?) Divina didn’t say much. “Lola, nagulat lang po talaga ako kanina.” (Granny, I really was just shocked awhile ago.)
Alden assisted Divina. Lola Nidora told Divina to keep her composure. The last time Divina fainted was at the first wedding ceremony she had with Frankie. The main difference though is that Dodong did not have a pockmarked face like Frankie. Because of this seizure. Lola Nidora found Divina passing out as something odd. So she just called Dodong out at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Drake’s “Hotline Bling” hit the floor again, prompting Dodong and his crew to come out. Donya Tinidora found Dodong’s entourage as too flashy. “Pag lalabas, may backup lagi?” (Every time he comes out, the backup comes along?) Dodong’s dance moves are similar to a turntablist’s routine in pubs. Senator Tito immediately got why Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB collapsed again. “Magkaroon ka ba naman ng tatay na ganyan?” (Having a father like that?)
Dodong still addressed Lola Nidora in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode as “Senyora”. Lola Nidora then turned to Divina. “Divina, akapin mo tatay mo. Dodong, eto ang anak mong si Divina.” (Embrace your father. Dodong, here is your daughter, Divina.) Divina is still skeptical. “Kayo po ba talaga ang tatay ko?” (Are you really my father?) Dodong sounded hurt. “Bakit ba ayaw mong maniwala na ako ang tatay mo?” (Why won’t you believe that I am your father?) It was far from a Star Wars scene father-and-child reunion. But at least Divina gave Dodong a piece of her mind. “Eh mas bagets pa po kayo sa kin kasi eh.” (You act way younger that I do.)
Senator Tito is skeptical too. “May ebidensiya ba?” (Is there any evidence?) Lola Nidora spoke to confirm Dodong’s identity. “Yan ang anak mo, Dodong. Dalagang-dalaga na.” (Here is your daughter, Dodong. She’s all grown up.) Lola Nidora can verify Dodong’s identity since she’s one of the folks who stopped him from taking Divina away from the mansion. And he’s also the biggest reason behind Lola Nidora’s clingy tendencies. Dodong admitted that he almost failed to recognize his daughter too at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Divina then moved forward to hug Dodong. But the doubts remain. “Kayo po talaga tatay ko ha?” (You’re really my father?) Dodong’s thug accent returned. “Of course, man! You’re my homie!”
Donya Tinidora herself was so perplexed. She almost collapsed at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode too. Instead, she ran to the nearest ladder for comfort. Lola Nidora clutched to her chest in shock. “Hotline Bling” played again bringing out Dodong’s minions. Donya Tinidora almost slapped a few of them to send them away. But her palm didn’t hit any cheeks. Divina tried to talk to Dodong to break the ice. “Tagal pong hinintay ko na makasama po kayo.” (I waited so long to be with you.)
Divina then tried to tell Dodong something. “May ipapakilala nga po pala ako sa inyo.” (I would like to introduce you to someone.) When Dodong asked who. Divina called on Alden to move to her right side. “Alden, dito.” (Here.) Alden quipped. “Nasa likod mo na ko, nilipat mo pa ko.” (I’m already behind you, and you moved me.) Divina then formally introduced Alden to Dodong. “Tatay Dodong, si Alden po. Kaibigan ko po.” Dodong just got reunited with his daughter and now she introduced him to her “friend”.
Now it’s Dodong’s turn to be skeptical. “Sigurado kang kaibigan lang?” (Are you sure he’s just a friend?) Divina said yes and she’s sure of it. Red flags were raised once Alden addressed Dodong as “Tay”. Dodong didn’t say much. But they shook hands of Alden hard enough for Alden to wince later at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Dodong blamed it on his blings. [Too many rings.] He then asked Divina again. “Kaibigan lang talaga to ha?” (He’s really just a friend huh?) Divina said yes.
Lola Nidora may have recognized Dodong at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. But his overall look really made it hard for Lola Nidora to verify Dodong’s identity. So she had to ask. “Dodong, nagtataka lang ako. Bakit parang ang daming nabago sa itsura mo? Dati maskulado ka. Mukhang hindi ka na nakakapag-gym. Tapos yung buhok mo, kulot. Anong nangyari diyan?” (I wonder. How come so much has changed in your appearance? You used to be muscular. It seems like you don’t go to the gym anymore. And your hair used to be curly. What happened there?) [Boss Joey was heard in the background laughing at the “maskulado” comment.]
Alden even commented on the price tag still hanging on Dodong’s jacket. Dodong had an explanation for the tag. “Yan ang uso. Para alam nila na bago yung jacket.” (That’s the trend. So that people will know that the jacket is knew.) Lola Nidora noticed even Dodong’s new hairstyle. “May pa-bangs-bangs ka pa.” (You even got bangs.) Dodong confirmed the story that the grannies got in Cebu about him getting sick. “Alam nyo, Senyora, nagkasakit ako. Malubha po yung naging sakit ko. Nangayayat ako. Hindi ko na naibalik yung katawan ko. Pati yung dati kong buhok ay dumirecho dahil sa sakit ko. (I got sick. It was severe. I lost weight. My old physique wasn’t restored. Even my old hairstyle wasn’t restored.)
The more obvious change that Lola Nidora commented on was Dodong’s appearance at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Malaki talaga ang pinagbago mo. Mukhang asensado ka na.” (You really changed a lot. It looks like you have gotten rich.) Dodong then explained his main source of income. “Pagkalipat ko po sa Davao, nagpatayo po ako ng negosyo. Isawan.” (Upon moving to Davao, I built up a business. Grilled chicken intestines.) That made Lola Nidora understand Divina’s favorite food despite growing up in the mansion. “Kaya pala mahilig sa isaw si Divina.” (Now I know why Divina likes grilled chicken intestines.)
Dodong found gold in chicken intestines. Business was good. And as of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode, he was opened branches abroad. His grilled chicken intestine business now boasts of 150 branches. Dodong’s reason behind the newfound industry was simple. “Ako po’y nagsikap para pagdating ng araw, anak, maipagmalaki mo naman ako.” (I worked hard to that once the day comes, my daughter, you will be proud of me.)
Since Donya Tinidora won’t shut up. Dodong raised another shred of evidence. The Malaysian DUBsmash clip played and he DUBsmashed with Divina. Donya Tinidora and Allan K found the similarities to be impressive. They even did the Pabebe Girls’ DUBsmash. Version 1 and 2. Divina was happy to discover the DUBsmash genes. “Sa inyo ko po pala namana ang pagda-DUBsmash ko.” (I got my DUBsmash skills from you after all.)
Dodong was happy to see Divina believe him at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Divina, ano? Naniniwala ka na?” (What now, Divina? Do you believe me now?) Divina agreed. “Opo. Sapat na po yung mga pruweba.” (Yes. The proof is enough.) Dodong then asked Divina one thing. “Basta patawarin mo ako, Divina, ha? Sa mga pagkukulang ko.” (As long as you forgive me, Divina huh? For all of my shortcomings.) Divina didn’t harbor any ill feelings toward her father after all. “Matagal ko na po kayong napatawad, ‘Tay. Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa inyo kasi kayo po ang nagbigay ng buhay sa akin.” (I have forgiven you way back then. I also thank you since you gave me life.)
Divina was so happy. Her DUBsmash skills went full blast in the vein of Maricel Soriano from “Filipinas” and Nora Aunor from “Himala”. She then teared up. Dodong asked what happened. Alden then tried to interpret Divina’s DUBsmash. “Sabi po niya, masaya raw po siya kasi natupad na po yung Christmas wish niya.” (She said that she’s happy because her Christmas wish finally came true.)
Dodong can’t help but notice the level of closeness Alden had to Divina. “Sandali. Parang kilalang kilala mo itong anak ko.” (Wait. It is as if you know my daughter a little too well.) Alden gave that innocent look to Dodong and to the audience present at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Dodong turned to Divina. “Sabi mo kanina eh kaibigan lang.” (You told me awhile ago that he’s just a friend.) Divina maintained her stance. “Kaibigan nga po. Close lang po kami.” (We ARE friends. We’re just close.)
Dodong pressed for more info. “Anong ibig sabihing ‘close’?” (What do you mean by “close”?) He then directly asked Alden. “Nanliligaw ka ba sa anak ko?” (Are you pursuing my daughter?) Alden just smiled. Lola Nidora pushed Alden closer to Dodong. Alden then stood by Dodong’s right side as Divina stayed on Dodong’s left side. Upon sensing that Alden can’t answer Dodong’s question. Donya Tinidora exclaimed. “Oo! Nanliligaw yan!” (Yes! He’s on the pursuit!) Before Donya Tinidora reveals anything. Alden exclaimed at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Opo! Opo! Opo!” (Yes! Yes! Yes!)
Lola Nidora and Allan K simultaneously scolded Donya Tinidora. Donya Tinidora didn’t like Alden being so slow in Dodong’s presence. “Ang tagal eh.” (He took so long.) Boss Joey prodded Alden. “Sagutin mo, Alden.” (Answer him, Alden.) Alden then came forward with his request.“Magpapaalam na rin po ako sa inyo, Tatay.” (I would like to ask your permission, Father.)
Dodong was aghast at Alden for calling him “Tatay”. Even Divina wasn’t prepared for Alden addressing Dodong as “Tatay”. “Tatay? Tatay mo?” (He’s your father?) Dodong just learned that Alden is pursuing Divina and he called him that. “Tatay na kaagad? Di ba puedeng Tito Tito lang muna?” (Calling me father so soon? Can’t you call me “Tito” for the meantime?) [“Tito” means uncle in Filipino. But it’s also the informal version of “Sir” in addressing a man old enough to be one’s father or uncle as implied by Dodong in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Once in awhile, Tito is used as a nickname.]
The other “Tito”, Senator Tito [full name: Vicente Sotto III; nicknamed as “Tito”] reacted. “Pamangkin ka ba?” (Are you his nephew?) Dodong was quick enough to ask Alden another question. “Isa pang tanong. Mahal mo ba ang anak ko?” (Another question. Do you love my daughter?)
Alden took long to answer again at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Dodong decided to cut him off at this point in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Wag mo sa kin sabihin. Sabihin mo dito sa anak ko. Hindi naman ako ang nililigawan mo eh.” (Don’t tell me. Tell my daughter. I am not the one you’re pursuing.) He then pulled Alden to be with Divina.
Alden looked straight to Divina’s eyes. “Divina Ursula Bocbocoba Smash. YayaDUB. M-A-H-A-L-K-I-T-A.” Dodong didn’t like the way the declaration was done at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Divina didn’t like Alden resorting to codes either. Dodong then pushed Alden to fix his statement. “Ano ibig sabihin nun?” (What does it mean?) Alden then answered. “I love you.” The ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode was the first episode where Alden told Divina “I love you” instead of “ALDUB You”.
Divina found it different to hear “I love you” instead of “ALDUB You”. “Ngayon ko lang yan narinig sa yo.” (That’s the first time I heard that from you.) Dodong got more that what he expected from Alden.“Ano to? Talagang sa harap-harapan ha?” (Really huh? Right to my face huh?) Alden apologized to Dodong. “Sorry po.” Divina apologized to Dodong too. “Sorry po, ‘tay.” (Sorry, Father.) Allan K tried to defend Alden and Divina. “Inutusan nyo eh.” (But you commanded them.)
Donya Tinidora then busted them. “Lagi kaming ginaganyan ng dalawa na yan. Naku.” (They always do it in front of us.) Senator Tito was impressed with Alden’s courage. “Binitawan sa harapan.” (Uttered upfront.) Dodong then turned to Divina. “Ikaw, tinatanggap mo ba-” Donya Tinidora quickly cut Dodong off upon realizing the pattern of questioning. “HINDI PA!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!! HINDI PA IKAKASAL!!!!!” Dodong may be no minister authorized to officiate a marriage. But Lola Nidora is more than thankful for Donya Tinidora’s alertness at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Then she chastised Dodong.
It snapped Dodong back to reality. No wonder Lola Nidora suspected if Dodong was sober at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Dodong then pulled Divina aside for a little reminder. “Anak, wag mo muna sasagutin yan ha? Wag maging mapusok ha? Katulad ng nangyari sa ‘min ng nanay mo. Hindi pa kami handa noon. Kaya kami pinaghiwalay noon ni Senyora Nidora. Dahil away kami nang away. Kaya naging basagulero ako.” (Child, don’t say ‘Yes’ to him for now huh? Don’t let the hormones prevail okay? Just like what happened to us of your mother. We were not ready then yet. It caused Senyora Nidora to break us up. Because we kept on quarreling. So I ended up becoming vagabond.)
Donya Tinidora gave Lola Nidora the stink eye upon confirming the story straight from Dodong himself at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Divina assured Dodong that history will not repeat itself. “Naku, wag po kayong magalala, ‘tay. Maghihintay pa po siya ng matagal na panahon bago ko po ibigay ang matamis kong ‘Oo’.” (Don’t worry, father. He would have to wait a long time before I give him my sweet “Yes”.) Alden was eavedsropping and ended up agreeing with Divina. “Totoo po yan.” (It’s true.)
Donya Tinidora scolded Alden. “Wag kang makinig. Naguusap yung mag-ama.” (Don’t eavesdrop. Father and daughter are having an intimate conversation.) Dodong snapped quickly at Alden. “Ikaw ba kinakausap?” (Am I talking to you?) He still has that temper after all these years. Even Divina scolded him. “Wag ka nga. Dun ka.” (Shut up. Stay there.) Donya Tinidora herself got irritated at Alden’s behavior in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Sabat ka nang sabat eh.” (You were interrupting them.)
Dodong reiterated the need to talk to Divina. “Respeto naman oh! Tatay ako oh!” (Show some damn respect! I am the father!) Alden’s attempt at improv at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode through adlib is commendable though. “Naririnig ko po kasi naka-mic kayo.” (I can hear you since you got microphones.) Dodong emphasized his name by smashing his fist on the KalyeSerye commentary panel’s table. Almost scaring Allan K to reply. “Respeto naman oh. Host ako dito.” (Show some damn respect. I’m a host here.)
Dodong had to ask the obvious as early as now in his renewed bond with Divina. “Teka nga. Eh bakit kanina, parang dikit na dikit kayo?” (Wait a minute. How come awhile ago, you seem inseparable?) Divina staved off any apprehensions Dodong had. “Tatay, wala lang po yun. Close lang po kasi kami. Wala pong ibig sabihin yun.” (Father, it’s nothing. We’re very close. It doesn’t mean anything.) Alden was shown in the background trying to silence the audience present at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Dodong then reiterated his curiosity by explaining himself.“Nililinaw ko lang. Mabuti na yung malinaw.” (I just want to be clear. Clarity is good.) Dodong then changed the topic to tell the truth to Divina. “Anak, may ipagtatapat nga pala ako sana sa yo.” (Child, I need to tell you something.) Before he could continue, he got teary-eyed. It worried Divina. Donya Tinidora got a little amused with Dodong in this part of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Ganito pala umiyak ang hiphop.” (So this is how hiphop men cry.)
Dodong continued. “Divina, nakapag-asawa na rin ako. May stepmother ka na. Hindi ko lang siya nakasama ngayon kasi nagaasikaso ng ating mga negosyo.” (I have remarried. You now have a stepmother. I am just not with her now as she is preoccupied with our businesses.) Divina wasn’t prepared to have a stepmother.. He then reached to his pocket to show his wedding picture to Divina and to the rest of the viewers of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Divina was disappointed upon seeing her stepmother’s picture. “Tay naman. Ano ba naman …?” (Father please. What the …?) Divina’s voice trailed off at the sight of her stepmother at Dodong’s wedding photo. “Tay! Ang dami-daming tao, Tay!” (Father! Of all the people, Father!) Allan K had to get close to Dodong at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. Senator Tito stood up to stop Allan K from pestering Dodong. “Lumayas ka diyan!” (Get out of there!) Boss Joey stood up too. But he talked to Divina. “Kaya humihingi ng kapatawaran.” (This is why he’s asking for forgiveness.)
Donya Tinidora then remembered Isadora’s story. Could Dodong be back to his fortune-hunting ways? Donya Tinidora then gave her thoughts in Dodong’s second marriage. “Alam mo, Dodong. Ginamit mo lang gandang lalaki mo. Mayaman siguro yan.” (You just used your charm. Maybe she’s rich.) Senator Tito agreed with Donya Tinidora. “Malamang. Ano? Shinatgun ka niyan?” (That’s possible. What? She used a shotgun on you?)
Donya Tinidora believed there is no way in hell that the woman can ever get a good man to marry. “Kasi kung normal yan, di mo naman magugustuhan yan eh.” (Because if he’s normal, he will never like that woman.) Allan K muttered “Bastos!” under his breath at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Donya Tinidora was enjoying the sarcasm at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “Tingnan mo nga. Ang sagwa ko na. Mas masagwa pa yan ha?” (I mean look at that. I already look awful. And she’s worse, right?) Divina’s question scared Donya Tinidora further. “Tay, may anak po ba kayo sa kanya?” (Father, do you have a child with her?) Donya Tinidora could only imagine how the kid could look like. Dodong said there was none. “Hindi na siguro siya magkakaanak dahil 110 years old na siya.” (I don’t think she’d ever have children because she’s already 110 years old.)
Since Dodong has remarried and found new fortune. Lola Nidora had to ask what else is he here for. “Dodong, bago ang lahat, bukod diyan sa asawa mo, ano ba talaga ang sadya mo?” (Before anything else apart from your wife, what are you really here for?) Dodong’s motive wasn’t so hard to explain. “Eh kasi, Senyora, bilang ama, gusto kong makita ang aking anak. At saka may nakapagbalita sa akin. Napaalis daw kayo sa mansion.” (Well, Senyora, as a father, I want to see my child. And somebody told me. You were evicted from the mansion.) The mere mention of the mansion got Lola Nidora and Donya Tinidora tearing up at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Dodong continued. “Gusto ko sanang makatulong.” (I would like to help.) Lola Nidora’s pride and Donya Tinidora’s advice prevailed. “Wag na, Teodoro. Kaya namin ang buhay namin” (No need, Teodoro. We can handle our lives.) Albeit confused, Donya Tinidora decided to keep their pride in case Dodong would jack up the help offered. Lola Nidora called it pride. Donya Tinidora wept on the side thinking of the pride that they had to put up at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
Dodong’s priority is still his daughter. So he kept the offer for Divina’s sake. “Kung ayaw nyo pong tanggapin ang tulong ko, kahit kay Divina na lang ang iaalay kong tulong.” (If you don’t want to accept my help, I will still offer help for Divina’s sake.) Lola Nidora accepted knowing that Divina has resumed her studies. It became evident that unlike Divina. Lola Nidora has not moved on from the past. Maybe because it’s easier for Divina now to move on at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode with Alden around.
An SUV horn was heard at the Broadway Centrum. It was Donya Babah. Lola Nidora’s day is officially ruined at the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. After Cindy’s revelations at the ALDUB Pagbangon episode. Lola Nidora knew how merciless Donya Babah can get. It made Alden feel awkward again. And since Donya Babah reveled at the sight of the Zobeyala sisters in dire straits, she formally announced the House of De Explorer to be up for sale.
Donya Babah immediately found Dodong attractive. Dodong is willing to buy the mansion. Donya Babah is willing to sell the mansion to Dodong at first if he is willing to date her. Dodong didn’t bite the bullet though. As of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode, the mansion’s market value has been appraised to Php200 million. And Donya Babah has found a buyer who called her on the phone. Dodong matched the caller’s offer at Php400 million. Donya Babah’s contact then tripled the offer at Php600 million. With this offer, Donya Babah left.
Dodong felt bad at not buying the house. Apart from Divina, the House of De Explorer is the only memory left for Dodong of Ursula. Dodong seemed loaded with cash. But Donya Babah is loaded with rich friends as she bragged on the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. It was then revealed that Dodong was leaving too. “Sorry, Divina. Sayang. Kaya ko pa naman bilhin ang mansion para sa inyo. Di bale. Babawi ako sa yo. Aalis ako nang matagal na matagal. Hindi na ko babalik.” (Too bad. I can buy that mansion for you. Never mind. I will make it up to you. I will be leaving for a very long time never to return.) Donya Tinidora interpreted it as an attempt to not revive the character.
Dodong’s flight is scheduled the night of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode. “I have a flight to New York for my business trip. Ang gusto ko lang sana magkita tayo bago mag-Pasko. Anak, Merry Christmas.” (I just want to see you before Christmas.) With this he DUBsmashed Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Ngayong Pasko” and Martin Nievera’s “Christmas Won’t Be The Same Without You”. Divina replied by DUBsmashing Aiza Seguerra’s cover of “Pasko Na Sinta Ko”. Dodong then asked Divina to “Forgive me. But don’t forget me.”
Dodong then turned to Alden. Alden then called him “Tatay” again. Dodong corrected him and left instructions. “Alagaan mo mabuti anak ko ha?” (You take care of my daughter, okay?) Alden said yes. And since Dodong’s appearance in the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode might his only appearance in the KalyeSerye. Questions followed in almost rapid succession. The only question where Alden said no is the book launching part.“Ikaw ba? Kaya mong buhayin ang anak ko? Masipag ka ba, Alden? Marami ka bang raket? Marami ka bang mga ribbon-cutting? Mga book launching? PAGCOR?” After Divina invited them all for a group hug, the truck horn honked off. Signaling the end of the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode.
With Lola Nidora and Donya Tinidora turning down Dodong’s offer for help, how long can the family pride keep them from another financial disaster? And with the mansion’s auction not turning out good for Dodong, how else can the De Explorer mansion be reclaimed? Tune in to Eat Bulaga. Monday to Saturday at noontime. Like Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page to catch the ALDUB Ang Pagtatagpo episode replay.
The House of De Explorer is still far from getting reclaimed. Donya Babah’s other client outdid Dodong’s offers. Who else can be just as interested in getting the House of De Explorer? More episode recaps to come here. All that is left for you to do is follow us on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
What to do in Manila when you have a bucket list to fulfill? Whether you’re an expat exploring Manila and the adjacent cities, you would find worthwhile things to do in your stay here. Quite a storied territory, really. Some travelers would use the term “Metro Manila” instead. But for the most part, Manila would be discussed in this article. In case you find more food joints featured, let this writer welcome you again to Manila. Populated by people who love to eat.
Paper Moon Cafe is becoming one of the hot spots for dessert enthusiasts in the metro. With branches at Glorietta 3 (Makati) and at Trinoma (Quezon City). It must have been the sweets and the caffeinated beverages that matched the entree. Then you realize that most of the sliced cakes served here are layered crepe cakes. If you are used to having some crepes for merienda, then you can easily imagine crepes on top of each other filled with cream and served in cake form. And you can take home some treats for your family or as gifts to relatives and friends. Highly recommended gift boxes are the meringues formed out of ground almonds.
What to do in Manila when you’re craving for big servings of beef brisket and samgyupsal? Drop by Hwagso-Ga. It’s almost like a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant that foodies and Korean cuisine enthusiasts would really go for whenever the cravings kick in. For only P499, you get to order beef brisket or samgyupsal UNLIMITED. Unlimited servings are no longer limited to just rice in some fast-food joints. It’s also a highly recommended place to get into to give Korean cuisine a try. Matches big appetites well to guarantee value for your money.
Now the nightlife is explored. What to do in Manila when you want to hang out with friends over some beer? Dakota Cabin Cafe becomes the ideal hangout joint. It may have initially attracted the expat crowd. But even locals have started coming in the moment word-of-mouth got around about the fast and efficient service along with the tasty bar chow like Pork Medallions and Chicken Kiev. Because you gotta admit that bar chow still makes the difference when drinking the night away. Beer is served in buckets [6 bottles per bucket priced between Php300 and Php400].
Just when you thought board games have gone passes in the age of DOTA, you find Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe. It’s probably the best place for you to kill time with fellow board game enthusiasts. Seeing the shelves packed with the latest and the greatest choices, you get a tough time estimating all those sets. According to Ludo, it’s more than 700 games to choose from.
So it’s practically drop [that card] until you yourself drop. Once in awhile, themed parties are also found here like “Talk Like A Pirate Day” and “Impossible Astronaut Day”. Events that fitted certain board games found here. In between board games are beverages and snack items for you to choose from. With main attraction events like the 24-Hour Gaming Marathon, the next thing you gotta worry about is planning your bladder breaks in between.
What To Do in Manila
iChill Theater Cafe
What to do in Manila when your theatrical pursuits kick in all over again? You come around iChill Theater Cafe. Unleash your inner theater geek by going to the open mic opportunity. It’s highly encouraged. iChill would give snack treats to brave souls that dared accept the open mic challenge. Deliver a speech, crack a joke or better yet, sing any pop ditty and earn some nibblers or dessert. It depends on what is available that day. The second floor also serves as an ideal place for KTV, lectures or workshops. There is an all-consumable option at Php1200 per hour. And a corkage fee of P600 per hour option in case you’d like to get billed for the food and drinks separately. This applies to any event booked at iChill Theater Cafe.
iChill Theater Cafe is located at Dos Castillas St, Sampaloc, Manila. Just nearby UST Hospital behind McDo Lacson Ave. Call 521-0056 for more instructions on what do to in Manila. Deals and promos plus the updated menu are found at their official Facebook page and Twitter account for you to like and follow respectively.
Quite a food-based list of things to do around Manila and the adjacent cities isn’t it? It isn’t the last article to tackle the various activities around the metro. And it definitely won’t be the last. Because choosing what to do in Manila meant mostly eating and enjoying time with friends. In this vein, it would be highly advisable to follow us on our social media accounts. Like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.