Cunning, Provocative and Masterfully done- These phrases came to mind after I’ve witnessed the Preview of MButterfly last September 12, 2018 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.
Produced by Tony-winning producer Jhett Tolentino and directed by no less than Kanakan Balintagos, MButterfly finds its way back to Manila after its first staging at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater , UP Diliman.Reprising his role as Song Liling, RS Francisco recalls that it is one major role that definitely solidified his acting capabilities under now Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa who directed it in the 90’s when RS was just 18 years of age alongside Behn Cervantes as Gallimard.
As RS recalls it, he said that he was at first reluctant to take on the role of Song Liling but with the help of his mentors finally decided to give the role a try.Later on, he didn’t realize that he would have the chance to do it again hence the 2018 re-staging of the play.Playing alongside RS is Frenchman Olivier Borten as Rene Gallimard, Pinky Amador as Helga, Norman McLeod as Toulon , Lee O Brien as Marc/Pinkerton , Mayen Estanero as
Ms. Shin , Maya Encila as Rene/Pin up girl and Rica Nepomuceno COpera Singer).The stage was superbly done and space was maximized.It is indeed a task done tastefully as the play requires it.
RS never lost the spark. Every movement of his hands, every nod, every wink was exquisite.
Indeed if there was one thing that stood out in his performance was the fact that he can engage the audience in the way he entices and lures them in his character as Song Liling- cunning, deceptive, gentle yet boldly strong.
Borten on his part did his role with intricacy- every action on point whilst ensuring that the flow of his acting is kept cohesive.I was pleasantly surprised with Lee O’ Brien as transitioning from the big screen on stage requires quite some adaptability. I am impressed by Maya Encila as Rene.This beautiful young lady definitely knows her angles and knows how to act boldly with finesse.
Overall, I love the fact that the main essence of MButterfly has been kept but putting quite a twist at the end kept me wanting more.They were able to bring about something new to the table and to me that was quite a bold move- timely and relevant so to speak.I loved the elaborate costumes and the excellent way how the props were brought together on stage with coherence ( thanks to the people wearing black costumes) who made each scene transition seamless.
Would I watch it again? I will for sure as it is able to present something that the Pinoy audience could truly be proud of .I am sure that when David Henry Hwang sees it, he will be at awe of
one of the best plays he’d ever written.The subject of espionage is interesting because it present a struggle- as to how a plan can be carried out without getting caught.And what better way to do it than mimicry- the act of blending in to make sure that you get to survive in tricking the enemy.
If you’re looking for something creatively done, something that would keep you wanting more, I suggest you head to the Maybank Performing arts Theater and watch MButterfly. The play runs from September 13, 2018 until the 30th of September.
For the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Bossing Vic, the birthday celebrant himself, is joined at the KalyeSerye commentary panel by Boss Joey and Ruby. He first saw Donya Tinidora’s replacement players warming up. “Ngayon na ba yung sportsfest?” (Is the sportsfest today?) Boss Joey slightly confirmed it. He’s more concerned about Donya Tinidora upon seeing her arrive. “Nag-tape na kaya ito? May nipple tape ka na?” (Has she used tape? You got nipple tape now?)
Donya Tinidora’s answer was not heard that clearly. The audio was somewhat choppy at first at the remote location at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. It was already audible once she started talking to the replacement team. “Stretching, boys. Ayan, ready’ng ready na yung team ko. Mayamaya susunduin na tayo. Para sa sportfest.” (We are so ready of my team. Later, they will pick us up. For the “sportfest”.)
Bossing Vic heard Donya Tinidora’s pronunciation mishap. “Ngayon ba yung sportfest?” (Is the “sportfest” today?) Donya Tinidora kept up with her mishap. “Opo. Ngayon yung sportfest.” (Yes. The “sportfest” is today.) Bossing Vic enjoyed the mind games with Donya Tinidora at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Isa lang yan di ba?” (It’s only one, right?) Donya Tinidora replied. “Isa lang, bossing. Pagka marami SPORTSFESTS. Pag isa, SPORTFEST lang.” (Just one, bossing. If it’s plural, it’s “sportsfests”. If it’s singular, it’s “sportfest”.)
Bossing Vic changed the topic instead. “Ready na ba yung mga bata mo?” (Are your boys ready?) Donya Tinidora was confident. “Naku. Gagalingan nila. Nasan na ba sina ate?” (They will be great. Where is elder sister?) Bossing Vic switched the topic back to the sportsfest. “Asan na yung mga kalaban?” (Where are your competitors?) At the ALDUB HBD Bossing. Donya Tinidora had to clarify the venue. “Wala pa, bossing. Papunta pa lang kami dun. Malamang kami lang.” (They’re not here. We’re just about to go there. It might just be us.)
Ruby saw the jersey that the team wore. “Lola, basketball ba yan?” (Granny, is that for basketball?) Donya Tinidora explained. “Iba iba.” (Their gear is for all sporting events there.) Bossing Vic heard another VST & Company song playing at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ayan na! Ayan na! Ayan na!” (Here she comes! Here she comes! Here she comes!) Donya Tinidora immediately greeted Lola Nidora upon her arrival.
Lola Nidora was dancing while walking towards Donya Tinidora. Bossing Vic saw how Lola Nidora tried to be refined. “Wow! Si Lola!” Donya Tinidora went sarcastic again. “Ate. Dahan-dahan ang sayaw. Mapaanak ka.” (Careful in your dancing. You might end up giving birth.) Lola Nidora’s dance teaser at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode was half-refined, half-safe. “Ano ba ginagawa nyo?” (What are you doing?)
Donya Tinidora stated the obvious. “E di nag-stretching.” (Stretching exercises.) Bossing Vic thought the grannies were not appropriately dressed for the sportsfest. “Pambihira. Di man lang kayo nag-sports bra.” (My goodness. You didn’t even bother wearing a sports bra.) Boss Joey made it sound worse. “Oo nga eh. Di nga naka-tape eh.” (Yes indeed. They’re not even wearing [nipple] tape.) Donya Tinidora knew that Boss Joey was still referring to her at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Wala na. Matanda na pag nagte-tape eh.” (No need. We’re really that old the moment we decide to use tape.)
Lola Nidora then greeted Bossing Vic a.k.a. Marvic Sotto. “Marvic! Happy birthday.” Bossing Vic replied. “Salamat po, lola.” (Thank you, granny.) She then complained. “Itong si Tinidora. Tawag ng tawag. Nagre-rehearse ako eh.” (It’s Tinidora. She kept calling me. I’m trying to rehearse.) Bossing Vic was curious at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ano po nire-rehearse nyo?” (What are you rehearsing?)
Lola Nidora chose to play it safe. “Eh siempre. Hahabol kami diyan sa birthday party mo, di ba?” (Of course. We’d try to make it to your birthday party, right?) Donya Tinidora agreed. “Oo naman. Kaya eto. Kumpleto na ang mga players ng team WORK IT.” (But of course. So here. The players now form the Team WORK IT.) At the ALDUB HBD Bossing. Lola Nidora didn’t get where Donya Tinidora got the team name. “Anong team WORK?” (What team WORK?)
Donya Tinidora explained. “Yan ang tinatawag na teamwork. Kasi nga tulong-tulong sila para maitayo itong ano natin. Sama sama silang nagtrabaho. Kaya team WORK ang tawag.” (That’s what you call teamwork. Because they worked together to build this [team]. That’s why it’s called Team WORK.) The moment Donya Tinidora finished her explanation at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Rihanna’s “Work” played in the background.
Boss Joey’s infamous toilet humor eventually returned to Eat Bulaga when he saw the jersey’s label. “Ano ba yung EB? Ba’t di nyo pa kinumpleto? Eat Bulaga Athletic Club?” (What does EB stand for? Why not complete it? Like Eat Bulaga Athletic Club?) [In case you didn’t get Boss Joey’s joke at the ALDUb HBD Bossing episode, congratulations.] Bossing Vic’s reaction wasn’t seen much though.
Lola Nidora just turned to Donya Tinidora. “Teka. Yung susuotin mo mamaya sa party ni Marvic. Ayos na ba?” (Wait. How about your dress for Marvic’s party later? Is it done now?) Donya Tinidora is proud of her dress for the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Last week pa nakaayos ang damit ko para kay Marvic. Okay na okay na yan.” (My dress for Marvic was already prepared way back last week. It’s more than okay now.)
Donya Tinidora temporarily forgot about the sportsfest. “Halika na. Pumunta na tayo. Baka di tayo umabot sa birthday ni Bossing.” (Let’s go. We might not make it to Bossing’s birthday.) Lola Nidora ended up thinking more about Divina. “Nasan na ba si Divina?” (Where is Divina?) Donya Tinidora was clueless at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Hindi ko nga alam. Yung muse natin.” (I don’t even know. She’s our muse.)
Lola Nidora chose to think lightly of it though. “Sabi nagbibihis lang daw yun. Kasi pinapaayusan ko yung apo natin. Siempre. First time na magmu-muse sa sportsfest yun.” (I was told she’s just getting dressed. I had our grand-niece made up. Of course. It’s her first time to be muse at the sportsfest.) Alden appeared on the other monitor shortly while DUBsmashing to VST & Company’s “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko”. Half-DUBsmash and half-singing in an effort to learn the lyrics. He then greeted the grannies present at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Hello, lolas.”
The grannies greeted him back. After an exchange of pleasantries at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Alden had to ask them. “Makakaabot po ba kayo dito? May sportsfest pa po kayo.” (Will you make it here in time? You still have a sportsfest [to worry about].) Lola Nidora still plans to keep her commitment. “Basta mamaya. Hindi pa kami makakapunta diyan. Ayus-ayusin muna natin itong sportsfest.” (Just later. For now, we can’t go there yet. We’d handle getting into the sportsfest first.)
Alden was worried. “Lola, aabot po ba kayo?” (Granny, can you make it?) Donya Tinidora had a different understanding of Alden’s question at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ano ba ang tinatanong mong aabot? Aabot pa ba kami o ano?” (What exactly are you trying to ask? Would be live long enough to make it or what?) Alden had to rephrase his question. “Aabot ba kayo sa Broadway po?” (Will you make it to Broadway Centrum?)
Lola Nidora is still hopeful. “Aabot naman siguro kami. Siempre ayaw naming mawala sa celebration ni Marvic.” (I think we can make it. Of course, we don’t want to miss Marvic’s celebration.) Alden then started looking. “Lola, nasan po ba si Divina? Hindi ko pa po nakikita.” (Granny, where is Divina? I haven’t seen her.) Donya Tinidora just waited for the cue at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Tutal nabanggit mo. Lalabas na yun.” (Since you mentioned. She’d be out in time.) Alden got excited.
Lola Nidora started counting nonchalantly for Divina to arrive. Alden reasoned out. “Magre-rehearse pa po kasi kami eh.” (We have yet to rehearse more.) Divina was soon seen at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. DUBsmashing “Oh. I’m thinking about her.” After some lines, she paid respect to the grannies. “Lola, sori po. Napatagal po ako ha?” (Granny, I’m sorry. I ended up taking longer than usual.)
Donya Tinidora felt proud. “Yan ang aming muse.” (That’s our muse.) Divina was apologetic. “Nag-ayos pa po kasi ako eh. Okay po ba hitsura ko, lola?” (I had to fix myself. Do I look good, granny?) Lola Nidora was pleased. “Maayos naman. Hindi naman masyadong maikli.” (You look neat. You skirt wasn’t that short.) Divina had to ask Donya Tinidora too at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Hindi naman masyadong maiksi?” (Wasn’t it too short?)
Donya Tinidora commented. “Tamang-tama lang yan, Divina. At siguradong ikaw na ang mananalo ng Best Muse diyan sa sportsfest. Tandaan mo yan. Di ba, Alden?” (It’s just right, Divina. And surely you’d win the Best Muse Award at the sportsfest. Right, Alden?) Alden was so mesmerized at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. He ended up DUBsmashing to Elvis Costelo’s “She”.
Donya Tinidora had to repeat the question. “Tinatanong kita di ba? Kung siya ang mananalo.” (I’m asking you, right? If she will win.) Alden had to regain his composure. “Lola. First time ko po kasing nakitang magdamit pang-muse si Divina eh.” (It’s my first time to see Divina in a muse outfit.) Divina asked Alden at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Bagay ba?” (Does it suit me?) Alden replied. “Oo naman.” (Of course.)
Divina was proud of the label on her outfit that says “MUSE”. It was Donya Tinidora’s idea. “Halata bang muse siya. Baka hindi mahalata. Kaya nilagay na namin yung muse.” (Isn’t it obvious that she’s the muse? They might not notice it. So we attached the muse label.) Alden then had to ask at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Lola, sinong escort?” (Who would be escorting her?)
Donya Tinidora mocked her pronunciation again. “Hay naku. Si X-Men. Walang Xcort. Lahat na yan.” (Some X-Men. There would be no “xcort”. [Anyone from the team will do.]) Alden then turned to Divina. He reminded her of a question that Boss Joey and Bossing Vic gave them at the Sugod Bahay segment. [Long before the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. The Sugod Bahay segment has been a segment separate from the KalyeSerye segment.]
Boss Joey knew that one question that Alden and Divina find difficult to answer. So he gave them tips to answer “Yes.” “No.” or “Maybe.” using their hand gestures. These tips came handy at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. It was Alden that had to throw the question. “Ito, ito o ito?” (This [eyes for yes], this [nose for no] or this [lips for maybe]?) Divina pointed her left eye.
Alden realized how tough it was for Divina. So he helped her out. “Sabay tayo.” (Let’s do this together.) Boss Joey then counted. “1, 2, 3.” Alden and Divina pointed towards their respective eyes. Boss Joey then got the gist. “Okay naman pala.” (So it’s okay now.) Now at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Donya Tinidora was either playing it dumb. Or she has more colorful questions in mind. “Ano ngayon yung tanong? Pareho kayong nagturo sa mata.” (Now what is the question? You pointed both your eyes.)
Now it’s the question that either Alden and Divina didn’t say. Alden chose his words well at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Alam na po namin yun, lola. Yun na po yun.” (We already knew, granny. That’s it.) Lola Nidora noticed more how the movements complimented their facial expressions. “Alam nyo. Yes plus yes equals oo.” (You know. Yes plus yes equals yes.) It made Donya Tinidora think.
Alden then tried swinging the topic back to the sportsfest. “For sure, kung sinong makakalaban mo sa sportsfest na yan, olats na yan.” (Whoever you’re gonna face on the sportsfest would lose to you.) At the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Divina somewhat agreed. “Oo nga eh. Pero mas okay sana kung nandito ka ano? Para ikaw yung escort.” (Yes indeed. But it would be better if you’re here, isn’t it? So that you’d be escorting me.)
Alden is still worried though. “Pano yan? Makakaabot ba kayo dito? Birthday ni Bossing. Siempre yung surprise natin di ba?”(How now? Can you make it here? It’s Bossing’s birthday. It’s about our surprise, right?) Bossing Vic talked away from the mic to avoid interrupting Alden and Divina at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. But he is still heard in the background. Divina replied. “Oo. Makakaabot kami. After parade, pupunta na kami diyan.” (Yes. We will make it. After the parade, we’d go there.)
Alden is known for being talkative. But he tried not to share too much at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Sayang. Pinaghandaan pa naman natin yung surprise natin. Yung gagawin mo? Never mo pang ginawa yun.” (It would be a pity [if you didn’t make it]. We prepared real well on our surprise number. What you’re about to do? You’ve never done that before.)
Bossing Vic was too excited to keep from commenting away from the microphone. It’s the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode after all. [HBD Bossing is short for “Happy birthday, Bossing”.] Divina assured Alden. “Mamaya. Pa-polish natin. Sandali lang naman parade.” (Later. We’d polish it. The parade won’t take that long.) Bossing Vic then said [still away from the mic]. “Ngayon na.” (Do it now.)
Alden’s reminders to Divina were endless. “Sige. Sayang yung ni-rehearse mo kundi matutuloy. Dun pa naman sa …. Kung aabot.” (Okay. What you rehearsed would go to waste if it won’t push through. Especially on the part where …. That is, if you would make it.) It made Divina self-conscious at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Baka mapahiya na naman ako. As usual.” (I might be embarrassed again.)
At the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Alden kept the reminders going. “Basta tapusin nyo agad yung sportsfest ha?” (Just get the sportsfest done and over with, okay?) Divina was confident. “Oo. Siempre. Di kami puedeng mawala sa birthday ni Bossing.” (Yes. Of course. We can’t miss Bossing’s birthday.) Lola Nidora had a sad situation in mind. “E di magpapatalo tayo. Para tapos na agad.” (Then we let ourselves lose. So that it’s over.)
Divina was against it. “Hindi. Hindi po ganun, lola. Parade lang po. Tapusin lang po natin yun.” (No. Not that, granny. Just the parade. We’d just finish the parade.) Donya Tinidora was already impatient at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ano na? Tuloy pa ba natin ito? Halika na. Umalis na tayo.” (What now? Shall we push through with this? Come on. Let’s go.)
The entourage is ready to go when Lola Nidora spotted Alden’s shirt. She thought Alden’s shirt has the same statement as that of Divina. Divina then tried to read it. “Music is my …” Boss Joey mocked his pronunciation. “BIBE.” Alden then finished the statement on his shirt worn at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “… Is my vibe.” Donya Tinidora supported Boss Joey’s mocked pronunciation. “May bibe.” (There is a duck.) [When “bibe” is read as /bee-beh/, it sounds like a Filipino word for “duck”.]
Divina pushed the mocked pronunciation even further. “Ako BIBE niyan.” (I’m his baby.) Alden retorted. “Of course.” Donya Tinidora failed to finish her line after a car horn honked off. Boss Joey started looking for Ging Ging at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Turns out to be a barangay tanod with a letter. “May pinapaabot po si Chairman.” (A letter for you from Chairman.)
Divina asked what is it for. Apparently it’s for the sportsfest. “Basahin ko na, lola, ha?” (Let me read it, okay?) Boss Joey prompted Divina to start reading at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Divina obliged. “Sa mga kalahok ng taunang sportsfest, mawalang-galang na po. Nais naming ipaalam na pansamantalang hindi muna matutuloy ang nakatakdang palaro.” (To the participants of the annual sportsfest, pardon for being rude. We’d like to inform you that the upcoming games are temporarily postponed.)
The grannies were aghast. Divina continued at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ito ay dahil sa hindi inaasahang pagbabaha sa covered court kung saan sana gaganapin ang sportsfest.” (This is due to the unexpected flooding at the covered court where the sportsfest is supposed to be held.) Alden forgot to keep track of his words. “Ayos. Baha.” (Cool. There’s a flood.) [He should have been a little more considerate with his words.]
Donya Tinidora found it odd. “Ang init-init. Bumabaha?” (It’s scorching hot. Flood?) Divina continued reading at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Nagulat nga din po kami. Gaya ng sabi ko, hindi ito inaasahan.” (We were just as startled. Like what I said, this is unexpected.) Donya Tinidora complained. “Eh papano na yan? Handang handa na yung teamwork natin.” (What now? We’re all set for the teamwork.)
Alden was still too happy to contain himself. “Lola, ayaw nyo yun? Makakahabol kayo dito?” (Granny, don’t you like it? You can make it here.) Turns out that Divina isn’t done reading yet at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Relax lang po. Matutuloy pa rin naman ang ating palaro sa Lunes, 2 May 2016. Kaya mag-ready pa rin kayo.” (Please relax. The game would still push through on Monday. So remain prepared.)
Divina went on. “Sa ngayon maaari nyong ituloy ang anumang lakad tulad ng pagdalo sa birthday party.” (For now you may go to your other appointments like attending a birthday party.) It was enough to make Bossing Vic happy at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Okay ka, Chairman!” (That’s cool of you, Chairman!) Alden can’t help but think who could Chairman be. “Sino yan?” (Who could it be?)
Boss Joey heard it as well. “Malinaw ha?” (It’s clear, huh?) Donya Tinidora retorted. “Tuloy pa rin ang pagdalo ng birthday party. Sure na ba yan?” (We’d still go to the birthday party. But is that already sure?) By some stroke of improv hilarity, the letter replied as read by Divina at the ALDUB HBD Bossing. “Sure na. Paggalang, Chairman.” (It’s for sure. Respectfully yours, Chairman.)
Divina realized it too. “Lola, nakalagay po. Sure na. Sumasagot din.” (Granny, it’s written here. It’s for sure. And it replies.) Alden found it hilarious at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Ibang klase yung letter na yan.” (That letter is something else.) Alden turned his attention to the grannies. “So, lola, postponed. E di makakapunta na kayo dito.” (So, granny, it’s postponed. It means that you can make it here.)
Donya Tinidora’s sadness somewhat lessened though. “Okay naman ako kahit baha.” (I’m fine despite the flood.) Lola Nidora couldn’t contain her happiness though. “Ibig sabihin makakapunta na tayo sa birthday ni Marvic!” (It means we can finally attend Marvic’s birthday party!) Big Bang’s hit song “Fantastic Baby!” started playing in celebration. The crew danced only briefly before the truck horn honked off. Ending Act 1 of the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode.
As Lola Nidora’s entourage scampered their way to the van. Ging Ging rushed her lines before she gets left behind at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. “Hindi na po tuloy ang sportsfest. Kaya tuloy na po kami sa birthday party ni Bossing. Abangan nyo po kung anong mangyayari sa birthday ni Bossing. Babay!” (The sportsfest didn’t push through. So off we go to Bossing’s birthday party. Watch out what will happen to the party. Bye!)
And so the final part of Eat Bulaga’s birthday special was opened with Boss Joey de Leon providing some trivia about his collaboration with Bossing Vic Sotto. Not many viewers of the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode knew the VST & Company formula. Bossing Vic would compose the music. While Boss Joey would write the lyrics.
For “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko”, Boss Joey already had the lyrics while Bossing Vic already has the music done. All that is left for them to do is put them together. Boss Joey then sung “Ikaw Ang Aking Mahal” for his special performance at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. Lola Nidora and Donya Tinidora then appeared to play the ukulele. Turns out that they were the opening act for Bossing Vic’s wife, Ms. Pauleen Luna.
What was the surprise of Alden and Divina at the ALDUB HBD Bossing? Divina had a cocktail dance as Alden channeled his Sunday PinaSaya alter ego, DJ Bae. It was followed by a dance number. A swing performance to the tune of VST & Company. And since it was The Boss’s birthday. Boss Joey put Alden and Divina on the spot. Their answer was simple. Divina rubbed her eyes. Alden in turn touched Divina’s right eye. It can finally be said. Or can it be?
Some conspiracy theories have started working overtime in analyzing the eye/hand movements seen at the ALDUB HBD Bossing episode. But does it matter? The succeeding episode recaps might reveal something. So like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. There would be more recaps to be posted. We’d be expecting you.
Lola Nidora was shown at the beginning of the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode watering the plants. She sang some Aegis lines in antipation of the hit rock band’s guesting the next day. Upon hearing the small talk in between the KalyeSerye commentators. Lola Nidora turned to greet them. Later, she was distracted by upbeat music blaring in the background.
It announced the arrival of Donya Tinidora and Rogelia. Lola Nidora saw their outfits. “Bakit ganyan ang hitsura nyo? At bakit kayo magkasama?” (Why do you look like that? And why are you together.?) Donya Tinidora didn’t find anything wrong with their appearance at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Eh ano ba ang masama? Kasi itong si Rogelia. Alam mo naman, ate. Sumama sa ‘kin sa Zumba. Very conscious ako sa aking health. Di ba?” (So what’s wrong? Well here is Rogelia. You know him, elder sister. He went with me to Zumba class. I’ve been very conscious about my health.)
Lola Nidora ended up asking about him too. “Kumusta naman ito?” (How did he do?) Donya Tinidora replied. “Nagpabida dun yan.” (He showed off.) Rogelia ended up happily sharing what happened at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Lola, sobrang nag-enjoy po ako at sumayaw ako ng bonggang bongga.” (Granny, I enjoyed so much and danced fabulously.)
Lola Nidora felt awkward. “Sumayaw ka dun?” (You danced there?) Rogelia continued. “Yes, lola. Reyna ako dun.” (Yes, granny. I’m the queen there.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Donya Tinidora mentioned the reaction at the gym. “Natatakot sila sa ‘kin. Kala nila nagbabayad na ko ng lalaki. Hindi nila alam. Babae din ito.” (They feared me. They thought I pay men now. Unbeknownst to them. Rogelia is a woman too.)
Lola Nidora asked for the dance moves. “Patingin nung Zumba. Papano yung Zumba? Ikaw, Tinidora. Kung saan saan mo dinadala ito.” (Let me see the Zumba moves. How were the Zumba moves? Tinidora, you’ve been taking him to places.) Donya Tinidora justified herself. “Aba! Sumama eh!” (He’s the one who went with me!) Rogelia then showed off his Zumba stuff at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
Bossing Vic himself was so impressed at Rogelia’s movements. “Matindi ito, lola.” (He’s extremely gifted [as a dancer].) Lola Nidora was almost dumb-founded. “Parang gusto ko rin mag-Zumba.” (It’s as if I’d like to try Zumba sessions too.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Bossing Vic almost wanted to try it too. “Oo. Tirik ang araw. Nagzu-zumba. Ganda!” (Yes. Zumba sessions at high noon. Brilliant!)
Donya Tinidora found Rogelia very effeminate in dancing. In a good way. “Lambot ang katawan di ba?” (Very fluid movements, aren’t they?) Rogelia finished his dance at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Maganda ba, lola?” (Was it nice, granny?) Donya Tinidora was very pleased. “Oo. Very good.”
Donya Tinidora felt good. “Nakakasigla talaga ang katawan yan. Ehersisyo. Ika nga.” (Exercise. It’s good for the body. As they say.) AT the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora was reminded of something regarding Rogelia’s performance. “Parang pinakuluan itong may tinidor ano? Natutuwa naman ako at nagba-bonding kayong dalawa ni Rogelia.” (He’s so malleably soft. He’s like boiled meat with a fork. I’m glad you’re going along with Rogelia.)
Donya Tinidora had to admit though. “Kinakabahan na ako, ate.” (I am nervous, elder sister.) Lola Nidora turned to Donya Tinidora again. “Bakit ka naman kinakabahan?” (Why are you nervous?) Donya Tinidora tried to deflect the topic at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “May bago ka na namang hobby.” (You have a new hobby.)
Lola Nidora replied. “Wala. Dinidiligan ko lang itong mga halaman. Kasi alam mo naman ang init ngayon, Tinidora. Kung tayo’y hirap na hirap. Papano na itong mga halaman? May buhay din ito. Pati mga hayop.” (Nothing much. Just watering the plants. You know how hot the weather have gotten. If we are having difficulty. What more for the plants? They have life too. Even the animals.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Bossing Vic replied. “Correct.”
At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora continued her Earth Day lecture. “Dapat pinapainom natin sila ng tubig. Kasi alam mo ba? Happy Earth Day to you. Ang ibig sabihin ng Earth Day. Pinapaalala niya sa araw na ito. Dapat iniingatan natin ang planetang Earth. Dahil isang beses lang ito mangyari sa isang taon. Pero dapat, araw araw nating pinapangalagaan ang kalikasan.” (We should let them have water. Because you know? Happy Earth Day to you. Earth Day means. That we should take care of planet Earth. Because this [occasion] only happens once a month. But we should take care of nature everyday.)
Donya Tinidora agreed with Lola Nidora. “Kaya nga. Mahalin ang kalikasan.” (Indeed. Love nature.) Lola Nidora reflected at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Nakakalungkot. Lalo ngayon, Tinidora. Makikita mo yung init. Ang sobrang sakit na ng init.” (It’s sad. Especially now, Tinidora. You’d experience the heat. It’s sickening.) Donya Tinidora agreed again. “Ay talaga. Mainit talaga. Nakakapangit yan.” (For real. It’s hot. It makes you ugly.) Lola Nidora thought. “Lukot lahat ng mukha.” (Everybody’s wrinkly.)
Alden arrives on the other monitor. Lola Nidora acknowledged Alden’s arrival at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Eto lang ang hindi lukot ang mukha.” (Here’s the only one without any wrinkles.) Alden greeted them. “Hello, lolas.” Lola Nidora greeted him back. “Hello, pogi pogi.” Alden exchanged some pleasantries with the grannies at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
Lola Nidora talked more than Donya Tinidora though. “Pagod ang lola mo. Nag-Zumba kasama si Rogelia.” (Your granny [Tinidora] is tired. She went to her Zumba session with Rogelia.) Alden observed at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Si Lola. Napapadalas ang exercise.” (It’s granny. She’s exercising more often.)
Donya Tinidora justified her newfound fascination for fitness fads at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Kelangan yan, Alden. Sa edad namin. Kelan ka pa mage-exercise? Pag nakahiga na? Wala na. Kelangan hanggang kaya mo, go! Go! Go!” (It’s a must, Alden. In our age. When do you expect us to exercise? Once we’re bed-ridden? It’s a goner. You have to do it while you can.)
Lola Nidora went back to commemorating Earth Day. “Alden. Happy Earth Day. Sabihin mo diyan sa kapareho mong kabataan na ingatan ang kalikasan. Pangalagaan araw-araw ano?” (Tell your fellow youth to take care of nature. Nurture it everyday.) Alden heard Lola Nidora clearly at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Opo. Sa katunayan nga po, lola. Nag-usap na po kami ni Divina. Nagpaplano na po kami ng mga ALDUB Trees. Tree planting for the environment.” (Yes. Actually, granny. I have talked to Divina.)
Lola Nidora liked the planned project. “Maganda yan.” (That’s nice.) Alden didn’t give any date yet. “Malapit na malapit na po yan, lola. Inaayos na po namin.” (It’s coming very soon, granny. We’re still making arrangements.) Donya Tinidora liked Alden’s plan too at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Maganda yang naisip nyo.” (Your concept is nice.)
Alden added. “Lola. At saka yung mga dabarkads din. Puedeng sumali sa min pag natuloy yung planting. Ia-announce po namin yan.” (Granny. The fellow hosts [at Eat Bulaga]. They may join too once it gets pushed though. We’d be announcing it soon.) Lola Nidora could only imagine years after the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. In case the ALDUB Tree planting project pushes through. “Meron yung pag lumaki na yun. Yan yung ALDUB Tree.” (Once it grows. People will refer to it as the ALDUB Tree.)
Alden imagined it too. “Maraming maraming ALDUB Trees po, lola.” (Lots and lots of ALDUB Trees, granny.) Donya Tinidora wanted to join too. At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora then remembered their outfits. “Masusuot na natin, Tinidora. Yung pang-hiking natin. Matagal na nating hindi nasusuot yun.” (We can finally wear them. Tinidora, we’d finally use our hiking gear. It’s been so long since we last wore it.)
Donya Tinidora liked it. Later at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora noticed Alden getting pre-occupied. “Bakit humahaba yang leeg mo? May stiff neck ka ba?” (Why are you stretching your neck? Do you have a stiff neck?) Before Alden could reply. Donya Tinidora beat him to it. “Hindi. Jumi-giraffe na naman siya. Giraffe hanapin.” (No. He’s stretching like a giraffe again. Looking for someone.)
Alden tried to answer the grannies. “May nami-miss po ako. Nasan po?” (I miss someone. Where is she?) Donya Tinidora replied. “Hanapin mo. Nandyan lang yan. Baka na-misplace mo lang.” (Look further. She’s just there. You just misplaced it.) Alden’s place at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode was a main obstacle for him. “Lola, wala ba diyan sa likod?” (Granny, isn’t she there at the back?)
An SUV car horn was heard honking at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora chose to reply to Alden. “Try harder.” Divina was then shown from behind a plant. She looked pissed. “Ayan ka na naman eh. Hinahanap mo na naman ako. Bakit ba lagi mo akong hinahanap, Alden? Bakit parang kapag wala ako? Kapag wala ako sa tabi mo? Lagi mo akong hinahanap?” (There you go again. You’re looking for me again. Why do you keep looking for me, Alden? Why whenever I’m not around? Whenever I’m not by your side? You’re always looking for me?)
Divina seemed annoyed. “Ganyan ka na ba talaga, Alden? Ha? Ano? Pag di mo ko nakikita? Maghahanap ka na lang kung saan saan? Lagi mo kong hinahanap. Nakakainis ka.” (Have you always been like that, Alden? What? What? Whenever you don’t see me? You’d keep looking anywhere? You’re always looking for me. You’re irritating.) It’s a far from happy hi/hello that Alden expected at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
Donya Tinidora thought Divina is being her capricious self again. “Sobra siya, ate. Kausapin mo yan.” (She’s too much, elder sister. You talk to her.) Divina repeated her complaint. “Nakakainis na eh.” (It’s irritating.) Lola Nidora didn’t know who to ask at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Ano nangyari dito?” (What happened here?) Donya Tinidora replied. “Ewan ko. Kausapin mo yan.” (I don’t know. You talk to her.)
Divina continued with her rant. “Andyan lang naman ako, Alden, eh. Kung saan ssaan ka pa kasi tumitingin eh.” (I’m just there, Alden. You keep looking elsewhere.) Alden tried too diffuse her foul mood at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Asan ka ba?” (Where are you?) Divina replied. “Andyan lang naman ako sa puso mo eh.” (I’m just there in your heart.) Donya Tinidora sensed where this is going.
Alden sensed it too. He started matching Divina’s mood. “Divina, bakit? Masama ba?” (Why, Divina? Is it a bad thing?) Donya Tinidora braced herself for the lovers’ quarrel brewing at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Alden almost raised his voice. “Makinig ka sa akin.” (Listen to me.) Divina replied. “Nakikinig ako.” (I am listening.) Alden continued. “Masisisi mo ba ako ha? Na lagi kong hinahanap ang tinitibok ng puso ko?” (Can you blame me? If I keep looking for the one that my heart beats for?)
Allan K saw Divina smile again. “Nangiti ka, Meng. Nahuli ka.” (You smiled. You were caught. Divina tried to keep her smile from being seen. She just tried to DUBsmash without smiling instead. Alden waited for her to stop DUBsmashing first at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode before continuing. “Ngayon mo sabihin sa akin kung masama ang ginagawa ko.” (Now tell me if what I’m doing is a bad thing.)
Divina answered him. “Alden, oo. Masama. Alam mo kung bakit? Kasi nandyan lang naman ako sa yo eh.” (Yes. It’s a bad thing. Because I’ve always been there.) Divina was almost repetitive here at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Alden kept on appeasing her though. “Pero, Divina. Hindi ka mawawala sa puso ko. Itong mga matang ‘to, Divina. Ikaw lang ang gustong makita.” (But, Divina. You were never lost in my heart. These eyes, Divina. You are the only person they want to see.)
Alden and Divina ended up having another DUBsmash exchange before their lines go repetitive. [I know this is improv. But that’s exactly why it’s meant to be spontaneous. Not repetitive at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.] Alden tried to pinch Divina’s nose despite the split screen situation. Divina ended up sneezing close to the plant.
Lola Nidora snaps out of her frustration and slams her fan down. “Kung mag-aaway kayo sa harap ko. Tigilan nyo na yan, Alden.” (If you’re going to bicker in front of me. Stop this.) Alden and Divina were startled. Alden had to ask Lola Nidora. “Lola, bakit po?” (Granny, why?) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora was close to her neurotic self.
Lola Nidora still tried to speak. “Ba’t kayo nagkakaganyan? Nagsisigawan kayo sa harap ko. Parang sinasabi nyo na mali ang decision ko sa tamang panahon.” (Why are you doing that? You are raising your voices in front of me. As if you’re telling me that I made the wrong decision at the ALDUB EB Tamang Panahon event.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Alden had to cover for Divina. “Lola, acting lang po.” (We’re just acting.)
Divina confirmed Alden’s hunch. “Acting lang po yun, lola.” (It’s just an act, granny.) Alden had to appease Lola Nidora this time. “Maghunos-dili po kayo.” (Take hold of yourself.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora replied. “Bakit? Uma-acting din naman ako.” (Why? I’m acting too.)
Alden heaved a sigh of relief. “Lola, nakakadala kayo ah. Grabe kayo sa amin ha? May phobia po ako sa mga ganung mukha nyo.” (Granny, I get horrified. You’re too much when it comes to us. I’ve developed a phobia with that kind of facial expression of yours.) Lola Nidora immediately covered her face at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Hindi na. Hindi na. Hindi na.” (Enough. Enough. Enough.)
Donya Tinidora somewhat shrugged it off. “Nagulat kayo.” (You’re startled.) Alden continued. “Kala ko po babalik yung dating Lola Nidora. Yung paghihiwalayin po kami ni Divina.” (I thought the old Granny Nidora will be back. The one that would separate us of Divina.) Donya Tinidora chose to be her sarcastic self at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Alam nyo. Kayong tatlo? Pag-uuntugin ko kaya kayo.” (You know. The three of you? I’m bump all 3 of your heads.)
Lola Nidora then tried to calm Donya Tinidora down. “Ikaw naman. Kagagaling mo lang ng Zumba.” (Please. You just got back from Zumba class.) Donya Tinidora wasn’t that upset though. “Ginugulat nyo akong dalawa. Me palobo-lobo ka pa ha?” (You too startle me. You even got some balloons.) Lola Nidora thought it’s a good thing at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
Alden lightened up the mood with Divina. “Lumobo pa yung ilong mo.” (You blew your nose.) Divina reasoned that it’s part of the act. [Frankly, this part of the pseudo-workshop is bordering on acting therapy. The ALDUB Aking Mahal episode is unscripted. What do you expect them to say? They are vying for authenticity. So be it if it betrayed their emotional state of mind.]
After the pleasantries were exchanged at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Divina told Alden. “Yung ano kanina? Ano lang yun ha?” (The [act] awhile ago? It’s just [an act].) Alden can sense the authenticity in the lines though. “May karga ha? Kinabahan akong very light.” (It’s a loaded performance. I got slightly worried.)
Divina insisted that it’s just a workshop phase. “Hindi. Acting lang yun. Ito naman. Alam mo naman yun di ba?” (No. It’s just acting. Come on. You already know that, right?) Alden almost felt bad at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Sobra ka na eh.” (You’re too much.) Donya Tinidora could only comment. “Naglalambingan lang pala kayong dalawa.” (So you’re just trying to be sweet to each other.)
Divina kept up with her reasons. “Nagpa-practice lang po kami, lola. Okay po ba? Convincing po ba?” (We’re just practicing, granny. Was it okay? Was it convincing?) Alden was quick to answer at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Oo. Akala ko may nagawa akong masama talaga.” (Yes. I really thought I have done you something wrong.) Lola Nidora then gave her feedback. “Convincing. Nagulat si Alden sa ‘yo.” (Alden was shocked with you.)
Donya Tinidora gave her feedback too. “Pero alam nyo? Mas maganda yan kung ang acting nyo. Ako magtuturo sa inyo.” (But you know? It would be lovelier if your acting. If I will teach you.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora had to push Donya Tinidora. “Turuan mo ang mga bata. Kasi malapit nang mag-shooting ng pelikula ito. Yung praktisado talaga.” (Teach the kids. They’re about to shoot their film. Train them well.)
Donya Tinidora had to orient Divina at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Ikaw naman, Divina. Alam mo naman ha? Actingan na ito. Yung naituro ko. Dapat mata mata lang gumagana rito ha? Mata lang ang nangungusap. Punong puno ng emosyon. Kalmado.” (And you, Divina. You already know. This is acting. Things that I have taught you [keep them in mind]. Work only the eyes. Only the eyes should be making statements. Filled with emotion. Calm.)
Lola Nidora found that tough. “Ganun ba yun?” (Is that so?) Donya Tinidora confirmed it. “Oo. Mata lang ang gumagana.” (Yes. Only the eyes are working.) Alden had to ask Donya Tinidora. “Patingin naman po.” (Please let me see.) Donya Tinidora even gave them a reference at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Parang si Nora Aunor. Pag umaakting, punong puno.” (Just like Nora Aunor. Whenever she acts, it’s so packed.)
Alden remembered Lola Nidora at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Feeling ko po si Lola Nidora, kaya yung mga ganung acting.” (I think Lola Nidora can come off with that kind of acting.) Lola Nidora thought otherwise. “Di ko kaya yan.” (I can handle that.) Alden egged her on. “Lola, patingin nung acting. Mata lang.” (Granny, let me see your acting. Just the eyes.) Alden must have referred to Lola Nidora’s wide-eyed expression consistently seen even in episodes prior to the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
Donya Tinidora prodded Lola Nidora. “Pakita mo, ate.” (Show them, elder sister.) Lola Nidora eventually relented. She delivered her own lines consistent with the Earth Day theme at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Tingnan nyo. Ang init init na. Bakit di tayo magtanim ng puno? O mag-swimming? Mag-outing? Para hindi ganito ang pagmumukha natin.” (Look. It has gotten so hot. Why don’t we plant trees? Or go swimming? Go on an excursion? So we don’t look like this?)
Donya Tinidora liked it. “Ganda. Maganda. Nakita nyo yun? Nakita nyo?” (Lovely. Lovely. Did you see that? Did you see that?) Divina said yes. Bossing even commented at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Kitang kita namin. Naninilaw yung mata oh. Ba’t di ka magpatingin, lola?” (We saw it clearly. Your eyes are a little yellow. Why don’t you have a check-up, granny?)
Donya Tinidora somewhat agreed. “Baka kelangan mo ng pang-hepa na rin.” (Maybe you need to have some check-up for hepatitis too.) At the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Lola Nidora immediately thought. “Siguro nasobrahan ako ng pang-maintenance. Sa puso ano?” (Maybe I had too much of that maintenance medication. For the heart, isn’t it?)
Donya Tinidora had to tell Lola Nidora. “Inom ka ng inom ng pang-maintenance. Atay na yang inaabot mo.” (You keep taking your maintenance medication. It has affected your liver.) Divina had to tell her too. “Hinay hinay lang kasi, lola, sa chiwibols.” (Take it easy on the chewables, granny.)
Eventually at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. Donya Tinidora had to bring the workshop back on Alden and Divina. “Heto na. Mag-eksena na tayo. Sabik na sabik kayo sa isa’t isa. Nami-miss nyo na ang isa’t isa. Nasa ibang bansa si Alden. Tapos pinipilit mo nang umuwi.” (Here we go. Let’s do a scene. You are longing for each other. You miss each other. Alden is out of the country. Then you [Divina] pressure him to go home.)
Lola Nidora is confident of Divina’s skills at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode. “Naku. Ito pang apo natin. Fast learner ito.” (Oh my. Our grand-niece. She’s a fast learner.) Divina checked if she understood the instruction. “Mata lang po, lola.” (Just the eyes, granny.) Allan K tried asking Donya Tinidora for specifics. “Nagmamakaawa. Nagagalit. Na pauwi na. Ano?” (Begging. Mad. That someone’s going home. What expression exactly?)
Donya Tinidora chose to summarize what she wanted. “Basta kailangan na niya umuwi. Miss na miss eh. Siempre pag miss na miss. Malambing yan. Nakikiusap.” (That he needed to go home. They miss each other so much. Of course whenever there is longing. There will be sweetness. Begging even.) Divina heard the instructions given at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
It must have been one of the toughest acting challenges for Alden and Divina so far. Lines are okay. But they take the attention away from the eyes. So Donya Tinidora eventually discouraged any lines. It helped a lot that it’s split-screen because the focus would be on their faces. So at the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode, it’s a headshot of Alden and Divina making their eyes act.
They had difficulty acting without lines. Sometimes Lola Nidora was asked to act through her eyes again. Still no lines. Divina even occasionally put the microphone close to her eyes to make them “talk”. Nice touch. And the approach to be serious was there. It served as a nice anticipation for the live workshop to be expected after the ALDUB Aking Mahal episode.
The countdown to ALDUB’s first movie together is made less excruciating by these workshops. Would it risk slipping in some spoilers? The episode recaps might reveal Easter Eggs about the ALDUB movie. So might as well keep track of them by liking our Facebook page, The Philippines Web, and following us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
The ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode opens with Donya Tinidora capitalizing on the Cuando Cuando Cuando’s notoriety. Halloween is approaching. So might as well have a pseudo-contest involving her army of zombies. To increase the fear factor that the zombies possess. Donya Tinidora had them masked with Alden’s faces first. Whether she intended this for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary or not, only Donya Tinidora knew.
It kept the KalyeSerye commentators amused for awhile. Donya Tinidora’s organizing skills revealed the party-going skills that she put into good use. Besides, knowing the issues that hounded Lola Nidora at no end. Donya Tinidora had to keep the party going. Or in this case, get the party warmed up for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Donya Tidora stayed close to help Donya Tinidora present the Cuando Cuando Cuando in a “positive” light. (At least they don’t ask anymore when the respective corpses died.)
Finally, Lola Nidora arrived to the tune of Dawin’s Dessert along with YayaDUB. She went straight to the mic. “Nagulat kayo ano? Akala nyo impostor! Ako ang kapatid nyo!” (You were shocked, weren’t you? You thought it’s some impostor! I am your sister!) Donya Tidora laughed it off. “Akala ko contestant.” (I thought it’s a contestant too.) With YayaDUB now present, one of the KalyeSerye commentators, Senator Tito Sotto, shared with her the good news perfect for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary.
An Italy-based Filipino artist named AG Saño painted a mural with YayaDUB’s face as peg for mother nature’s face as reported by Philippine Daily Inquirer. (Philippine Daily Inquirer was one of the top broadsheets in the country.) Senator Tito used his tablet to show to the camera the mural that has YayaDUB’s face on it. YayaDUB was so happy. She DUBsmashed “Happy” in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. This also prompted the Broadway Centrum crew to highlight other sketches. It was some ALDUB Nation inhabitants that sketched them.
Donya Tidora then directed her attention to Lola Nidora. “Naku, ate. Tingnan mo hitsura mo ngayon. Parang meron ka nang clue about sa bahay ni Lola. Ang saya saya mo na eh.” (Elder sister. Look at how you look now. It seems like you already got a clue about granny’s house. You look happy.) Lola Nidora can’t tell if Donya Tidora is being sarcastic or clueless. She pointed to her face. “Masaya na ba to?” (You call this happy?) She looked exasperated though at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. “Hindi ko maalala yung lugar. Kung saang lugar yung bahay ni Lola.” (I don’t remember the place. On which place is granny’s house.)
Lola Nidora had trouble remembering the house. She and her sisters were very young when they last went there. “Isipin mo. Almost 80 years na. 80 years ago na yun. Paano nating maaalala yun? Wala naman dun sa diary na nakasulat.” (Think about it. It’s almost 80 years. That was 80 years ago. How can we remember that? It’s not written on the diary.) In the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Lola Nidora was quick to blame the diary’s thieves. “Kasalanan ito ng nagnakaw ng diary. Kulang-kulang ang pahina. Hindi ko tuloy alam kung saan hahanapin ang bahay. Itong si Yaya problemado din nga. Hindi na nakakatulog to eh.” (It’s the diary’s thieves’ fault. Pages are lacking. I don’t know anymore where to locate the house. Nanny is problematic too. She could not even sleep.) YayaDUB agreed by DUBsmashing Queen’s “I Want To Break Free”.
Donya Tinidora appeased YayaDUB. She assured her that everything would be fine. “Tayo pa ba? We are the Kalye’s Angels!” Donya Tidora advised Lola Nidora. “Ate, alam mo. Ang mabuti pa itago mo na yung diary. Baka mamaya mawala pa ulit yan.” (Elder sister, you know. It would be better for you to keep the diary. It might get lost later.) Turns out in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode that the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio held it. One of them handed it over to YayaDUB. She handed it over to Lola Nidora. She had the diary’s bag handed over too.
Lola Nidora tried to put the diary in the Chanel bag. It was at this point in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode that the riding in tandem appeared. The one at the back snatched the diary away from Lola Nidora. Both Lola Nidora and YayaDUB chased the riding in tandem. It was easy for them as the motor only went around them. As expected, the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio reacted much later. But they managed to corner the riding in tandem. Particularly the masked guy holding the diary. Donya Tidora almost joined in the melee. But she could only scream. Donya Tinidora stayed seated while telling everyone around her to chase the riding in tandem.
The masked guy put his hand forward as if surrendering. He still held the diary though. Lola Nidora took advantage of the masked guy’s stance and retrieved the diary. It almost resulted in a showdown by the covered court at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. With him cornered, he revealed himself. It was Alden Richards. Lola Nidora almost had a heart attack. “Alden naman, hijo!” (Alden, please, son!) YayaDUB was beside herself. But she could not bring herself to beat Alden. So she beat up the other half of the riding in tandem.
Lola Nidora scolded Alden. “Alden, wag ka naman nagbibiro ng ganyan!” (Alden, stop kidding around like that!) Boss Joey de Leon then asked YayaDUB. “Ano, Yaya? Lalaban ka?” (What now, nanny? Are you going to fight?) YayaDUB can’t bring herself to beat Alden still. Donya Tidora would occasionally beat Alden with her folded fan. Donya Tinidora would push Alden around. Often towards YayaDUB. Later she pushed YayaDUB too. “Ikaw, bata ka! Lumayas ka na nga!” (And you, kid! Get out of here!) And YayaDUB got pushed towards Alden at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. Alden removed his jacket and started paying his respects to the grannies.
YayaDUB was clearly caught off guard at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. Everyone was so happy. Senator Tito was so carried away with the developments. He ended up pushing Allan K a little too hard sideways. “Ba’t ako ang tinutulak mo?” (Why are you pushing ME?) Senator Tito apologized quickly. Alden then greeted YayaDUB. “Happy Weeksary”. YayaDUb replied. “Happy Weeksary”. Boss Joey can’t help but comment. “Weeksary pala. Hindi maayos yung beso-beso. Parang dinunggol lang eh.” (It’s the weeksary. The kiss wasn’t very neat. It looked pushed.) That’s when Alden remembered the preparations he made for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary.
Alden went back to his stuff. To celebrate the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Alden gave each of the grannies flowers. Donya Tidora was speechless. Donya Tinidora was thankful for another bouquet. “Hay salamat! May malalagay na naman ako sa altar.” (Thank goodness! I have something for the altar again.) Alden returned to his stuff and pulled out a box. “Eto yung nakalimutan kong ibigay nung Saturday.” (This is what I forgot to give last Saturday.) It was the box of roses he was supposed to give YayaDUB before giving her the lost shoe. YayaDUB thanked Alden for the roses. Alden went back to DUBsmashing Brian White’s “God Gave Me You”.
Alden set another surprise for YayaDUB. “Sandali lang, Maine. Siempre di naman ako papayag na basta basta lumagpas ang 15th Weeksary natin. May sorpresa ako sa yo.” (Wait, Maine. Of course I won’t allow that the 15th Weeksary pass us by. I have a surprise for you.) After sensing Alden needed extra manpower, YayaDUB called on the Rogelio Rogelio Rogelio. Donya Tinidora blurred the lines between reel and real again at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Meng, totoo ka. Wag mo kaming lokohin.” (Meng, you’re being yourself. Don’t dupe us.) One of the Rogelio put the box of roses away for the meantime.
With the help of the other Rogelio. Alden set the table for him and YayaDUB. He even helped YayaDUB sit down on her chair. Lola Nidora felt a little resentment. “Tingnan mo itong mga batang ito! Kakain sila. Tayo manonood lang.” (Look at these kids! They will eat. We will just watch.) Donya Tinidora calmed Lola Nidora down. “Pabayaan na natin, ate.” (Let’s let them, elder sister.) Alden appeased them though at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary celebration. “Kasama rin po kayo, mga lolas.” (You’re included too, grannies.) YayaDUB seconded the motion for Alden. “Lahat po tayo dito. Weeksary po natin ito.” (We’re all in this together. It’s our Weeksary.)
Donya Tinidora could only ask how. “Pano naman kami kakasya diyan?” (How will we fit there?) Lola Nidora still felt left out at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Diet kami.” (We’re on a diet.) For the food, it was the Cuando Cuando Cuando that helped Alden carry them on the tables for ALDUB and for the grannies. Of course, the course included YayaDUB’s favorite snack, “isaw” (grilled chicken intestines). Alden and YayaDUB shared the “isaw” as he DUBsmashed to Jay-R Siaboc’s “Hiling”.
Alden then asked YayaDUB. “Kumusta, Maine?” (How are you, Maine?) YayaDUB replied. “Okay lang. Ikaw?” (I’m okay. You?) Alden had a follow up question. “Nagulat ka ba?” (Were you surprised?) YayaDUB was suppressing her laughter at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Lola Nidora was seen from behind fanning YayaDUB. Donya Tinidora got some water for YayaDUB. “Hindi pa kumakain, nabubulunan na.” (She hasn’t eaten yet she’s choking.) YayaDUB thanked her for the water. Alden wiped off some sweat from YayaDUB’s forehead. Only to smell the same sweat he swiped off her forehead. All YayaDUB could say to Alden’s question is. “Hindi ako na-orient.” (I wasn’t oriented.) This was an obvious retort to Alden’s “Hindi ako na-orient” claim at the Sunday PinaSaya episode last 25 October 2015.
Alden then remembered handing the keys over to Lola Nidora. It was the set of keys that he found at the ALDUB Key To Forever by the dump. Lola Nidora was very thankful for the gesture. Donya Tidora noticed how YayaDUB can’t look straight to Alden’s face. She then egged her to look at Alden. “Tingnan mo si Alden. Ba’t sa iba ka nakatingin?” (Look at Alden. How come you’re looking elsewhere?) YayaDUB tried to talk. “Nagulat po kasi ako eh. Di ako na-orient.” (I was startled. I wasn’t oriented.)
Alden asked YayaDUB. “Hindi ka rin na-orient?” (You weren’t oriented too?) Donya Tinidora reminded them to stay on the script.“Hoy! Aktingan muna! Wag kayong magpersonal ditong dalawa! Me sinusundan tayo o!” (Hey! Act your roles first! Don’t go personal you two! We have a script to abide by.) Before YayaDUB could at least answer in their ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Alden commented. “Ikaw kasi nung Sunday eh.” (You started it last Sunday.)
Allan K asked for another eye contact between YayaDUB and Alden. YayaDUB slightly.agreed for the sake of the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Isa lang po ha?” (Just one, okay?) And she stared at Alden. Alden complained a little though. “Ang bilis naman!” (That was quick!) So YayaDUB tried staring longer into Alden’s eyes. Later, both of them felt awkward. Alden almost got the goblets tumbled on the table. Allan K observed the almost awkward staredown too. “Hindi sila makatingin ng derecho. Nagme-make face sila.” (They can’t look straight. They’re making faces.)
YayaDUB greeted Alden again. “Happy weeksary. 15 weeks na tayo.” (We’re already at 15 weeks.) Alden added. “And counting.” Since Donya Tinidora came a little later into the KalyeSerye, she asked what weeksary is celebrated in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Ano ba yang sine-celebrate nyong weeksary? Mag-on na kayo? Nalilito ako.” (What is that weeksary that you’re celebrating? You’ve become a couple? I am confused.) Lola Nidora answered no. Donya Tidora answered. “15 weeks na silang magkakilala.” (They know each other for 15 weeks now.)
Lola Nidora chastised Alden for the prank at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Ikaw, nagbibiro ka pa kanina. Akala ko yung riding in tanders. Wag kang nagjo-joke ng ganyan. May sakit ang lola.” (You and your pranks awhile ago. I thought it’s the old riding in tandem. Don’t make a joke out of it. Granny is sick.) Alden apologized. “Opo. Pasensiya na po.” (Yes. I’m sorry.) Lola Nidora emphasized the importance of the house keys found. “Kasi alam nyo ang susi na ito? Ito ang makapagbubukas ng bahay ni Lola.” (You know these keys? These will open Granny’s house.) Everyone danced in joy.
Everyone except Lola Nidora. “Bakit kayo sayaw nang sayaw?” (Why do you keep on dancing?) YayaDUB and Alden replied. “Masaya po kami.” (We are happy.) Lola Nidora wasn’t angry but worried. “Masaya? Hindi pa kasi tayo dapat nagsasaya. Kasi nasa atin na ang susi. Hindi natin alam kung nasaan ang bahay ni Lola.” (Happy? We should not be happy yet. Because we have the key. But we don’t know where is Granny’s house.) Donya Tidora spotted how many sticks of “isaw” Alden has eaten in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. Alden just replied. “Gutom po ako eh.” (I am hungry.) Donya Tidora then asked for a DUBsmash combo from Alden and YayaDUB.
YayaDUB and Alden then dished out 3 of the most requested DUBsmash hits. The angry Malaysian clip. The Busta Rhymes clip. And the pabebe girls’ clips. Later, YayaDUB was shown pinching Alden. Once they turned around, they saw Lola Nidora and Donya Tinidora feasting on the food for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. (Next time, Alden, give the grannies their space. Or you’ll lose your shared space with Maine to them.)
Donya Tidora was quick to remind her sisters. “Hoy, mga ate! Date nila ngayon. Weeksary nila.” (Hey, elder sisters! It’s their date. It’s their weeksary.) Lola Nidora justified herself. “Eh makikain na rin tayo.” (Then let’s dine with them.) Boss Joey had to comment about the ALDUB 15th Weeksary mini-banquet too. “Kaya pala pinababayaan nyo yung dalawa.” (No wonder they just let the couple be.) Senator Tito even saw which food the grannies almost ate up. “Muntik nyo nang ubusin yung swahe eh.” (You ate almost all of the prawns.)
After the Sugod Bahay errand, the grannies found YayaDUB and Alden pointing to the sky. It was as if they were star-gazing (at high noon). Donya Tinidora found it more like a scene from a moviehouse. With the grannies back. Donya Tidora asked the ALDUB couple on the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Dahil 15th weeksary ninyong dalawa, may message ba kayo sa isa’t isa?” (Because it’s your weeksary, do you have a message for each other?) YayaDUB and Alden played rock-paper-scissors first to see who goes first.
Alden won and he chose to speak first at the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Maine, Happy 15th Weeksary. Sana magtuloy-tuloy na to sa forever.” (I hope this would go continuously until forever.) YayaDUB could only reply. “Shy type po ako eh.” (I am the shy type.) YayaDUB tried to say her piece. But she got a little distracted with Lola Nidora laughing too hard away from the camera.
YayaDUB tried to compose herself as she greeted Alden back. “Happy 15th Weeksary. Thank you sa surprise ha? Na-surprise talaga ako. Sana magtuloy-tuloy na to.” (Thanks for the surprise. I really got surprised. I hope this would go continuously until forever.) Donya Tinidora snapped at YayaDUB. “Ginaya mo lang eh.” (You only copied what he said.) YayaDUB insisted that it’s true. “Hindi. Totoo naman kasi.” (No. It’s true anyway.) Donya Tinidora pressed for more. “Yung galing talaga sa yo.” (A message that really came from you.) YayaDUB was persistent. “Hindi. Totoo yun.” (No. It’s true.) Lola Nidora chimed in to get YayaDUB talking from the heart for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. “Yung galing talaga sa yo. Mula sa puso mo.” (A message that’s really from you. From your heart.)
The pressure was too much. YayaDUB ended up blurting out a line from the Pabebe Girls. “Tama na yan!” (Enough of that!) Donya Tinidora was persistent as well. “Yung totoo. Yung totoo talaga. Hindi yung ngayon lang.” (The truth. Really the truth. Not one you just pulled off today.) With all grannies (and KalyeSerye commentators) prodding YayaDUB, she spoke again. “Alden, thank you sa surprise. Sobrang nagulat ako na nandito ka. Happy ako. Sana magtagal pa ang ALDUB. Magtagal pa tayo.” (Alden, thanks for the surprise. I was so surprised that you’re here. I am happy. I hope ALDUB lasts longer. I hope we last longer.)
Boss Joey prodded Alden to answer. Alden held out his pinkie finger for the pinkie swear and said “Promise”. And so together they made the leveled up pinkie swear to heart for the ALDUB 15th Weeksary. With this. Donya Tinidora threw the tough question. “Paano dumating ang pagkakataon isa sa inyo magbabago? Papaano nyo aayusin yan?” (What if one of you changes? How will you fix that?) Alden was proactive. “Siguro po walang magbabago sa amin.” (I don’t think anything will change between us.) Donya Tinidora wasn’t satisfied with his answer. It pushed Boss Joey to coach Alden. “Ang magbabago lang sa yo, apelido mo.” (The only thing that will change is your last name.)
YayaDUB quipped. “Apelido ko po yata magbabago.” (I think my last name will change.) Alden though stuck to his answer.“Siguro po lahat magbabago. Pero kami hindi.” (I think everything will change. But not us.) With this. Boss Joey shifted his attention to YayaDUB in the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode. He addressed her as Maine. “Kung magbabago ang apelido mo, anong gusto mo?” (If your last name will change, what would you like?) Senator Tito even made her choose. “Mamili ka. Richards o Faulkerson?” (Pick one. Richards or Faulkerson?) YayaDUB replied. “Kung ano po ang mas bagay. Siempre yung totoo.” (Whichever fitted me better. Of course, the real one would do.)
The ALDUB 15th Weeksary was overall a feel-episode. It was also a nice clarification to the kind of relationship that Alden and YayaDUB had so far. So Donya Tinidora’s role as the person with all the questions served as a tool for everyone who caught on the ALDUB fever late. Once you follow Eat Bulaga on their social media accounts, all the data you need for catching up will be found there. Most episode replays are found on Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page. Feedback and suggestion may be sent to them through their official Twitter account @EatBulaga. Then you’d realize that you are never too busy for ALDUB.
The road to granny’s house (more like the grannies’ granny’s house) is upon us. And only those who managed to keep tab of everything until the ALDUB 15th Weeksary episode will get to guess what happens next. Recaps would still be found here at The Philippines Web for your pleasure. All that is left for you to do is like our official Facebook page, The Philippines Web. And follow us on Twitter @pinasamazing. We’d be expecting you.
#ALDUBTheBigSurprise Everyone is excited to learn of Lola Nidora’s surprise for ALDUB’s third monthsary. Donya Tinidora herself has ran out of questions to ask Lola Nidora in an effort to get her revealing the blue folder’s contents. And everyone is excited to see ALDUB again in the same episode. Even if seeing them in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode would mean going back to split screen mode.
ALDUB The Big Surprise episode showed Donya Tinidora seated away from Lola Nidora. Donya Tinidora is fed up with Lola Nidora’s minds games. But she stayed around just to hear what the surprise really is all about. Lola Nidora knew how irritated Donya Tinidora had gotten. But she doesn’t care. She even put the blue folded in chain and lock to make sure that no one knew its contents. And she doesn’t trust Donya Tinidora enough to show it. Also, Lola Nidora had to wait for YayaDUB to return at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
A car horn sounded off just outside the home where Donya Tinidora and Lola Nidora sat down. The crew had to show who hopped off the charcoal grey car. Lola Nidora is still paranoid about Isadora spying around them. It turned out to be YayaDUB. Fresh from Cebu. Too bad the freshness did not rub off on the vegetables she brought from Cebu at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. The vegetables were sent over by their aunt Bebeng.
Of course, Alden was the happiest at seeing YayaDUB back. (Whenever he is allowed to talk, he ends up calling YayaDUB as Maine.) This served as an ample opportunity in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode to switch back to their DUBsmash exchange. They clearly missed each other. Donya Tinidora was even chiding YayaDUB for her facial reactions upon seeing Alden again. Janet Jackson’s song “Together Again” best summed up everything that the ALDUB couple felt for each other.
Lola Nidora happily asked YayaDUB if ever she had seen Alden’s DUBsmash covers of her greatest hits in the ALDUB Third Monthsary episode. YayaDUB implied that she did. Because of this Lola Nidora requested Alden and YayaDUB to DUBsmash together at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. This included the DUBsmash clip that YayaDUB used in the first time that she smiled. (More like distracted, breaking character as the originally snobbish YayaDUB of the now defunct segment EB Problem Solving.)
YayaDUB was very impressed with Alden’s newfound DUBsmashing skills. So now that she’s back at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. YayaDUB deemed it fit to reclaim her greatest DUBsmash hits. This time with her better half in the ALDUB tandem, Alden Richards. Because of this they also did the Busta Rhymes DUBsmash skit and the Pabebe Girls DUBsmash skit at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. It helped Lola Nidora buy time for the big surprise that she’s been teasing for days now.
Lola Nidora was so entertained with the new DUBsmash tag team. That she taught them a new way to do the pabebe pinky swear. At ALDUB The Big Episode, it looked like a smooth mashup of the pabebe pinky swear and the pabebe heart. YayaDUB and Alden immediately learned the new way to do the pabebe pinky swear. It is safe to say now perhaps that Lola Nidora’s strictness has worn off.
YayaDUB and Alden high-fived each other for a job well done at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. YayaDUB then later asked for a kiss. For which Alden happily obliged. Lola Nidora then shared how happy she felt at seeing the kids this sweet. To think that they have been away for so long. Meeting each other in person did not cool down the warmth of love based on Lola Nidora’s observation.
Lola Nidora verbalized her thoughts based on this observation. And it can be safely assumed as commentary on long distance relationships too. “Dahil sa kanilang pagkakalayo, nasaksihan ko kung paano nasaktan at kung paano patuloy ang buhay nila. Ang sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, pag may bumigay sa kanila, marupok. Pero tingnan mo. Nanatili silang matibay para sa isa’t isa.” (Because of the separation, I witnessed how hurt they got and how they moved on with life. I told myself, if one of them gave up, it’s weak. But look at them. They stayed strong for each other.)
Lola Nidora knew what she’s talking about. Alden was not around for almost 2 weeks prior to ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. He was able when Isadora’s letter reached Lola Nidora. When YayaDUB practiced for the EB Dabarkads Pa More Grand Finals “Mabuti yan at nanatili kayong matatag. Walang bibitaw. Walang susuko. Kaya nga naisip ko na ibigay na ang sorpresa.” (It’s good that you remained strong. No one should let go. No one should give up. So I thought of finally giving the surprise.)
Even the KalyeSerye commentators present – Senator Tito Sotto, Bossing Vic Sotto, Boss Joey de Leon and Allan K – can’t hide their excitement at ALDUB The Big Surprise. Alden was like some dizzy top trying to find his place in his den. He doesn’t even know whether to sit down or remain standing. Donya Tinidora was finally relieved. She even asked Alden. “Ready ka na ba, Alden? Sumagot ka, hijo!” (Are you ready, Alden? Answer, son!) Alden was doing the thumbs up sign. [Apparently, there is no microphone close by for him to talk.]
Lola NIdora had to ask YayaDUB too. “Ikaw, Yaya, ready ka na rin ba?” (How about you, nanny, are you ready?) Donya Tinidora was so excited that she was pissed off at another sermon. Lola Nidora justified the short sermon she started prior to opening the blue folder. That she prayed long and hard for this decision to be finalized, resulting to ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Lola Nidora still has her apprehensions. But there is no turning back. So she continued with what Donya Tinidora called “sermon” in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.”Yaya, hangad naming mga lola mo ang kabutihan mo. Hangad naming matuto ka sa maraming bagay. At matagpuan mo ang karapat-dapat sa yo sa tamang panahon.” (Nanny, we your grannies wanted the best for you. We wanted you to learn in many things. And for you to find the right person in the right time.)
Lola Nidora then turned to Alden at ALDUB The Big Surprise. “Alden, marami akong pagsubok sa yo. Pero lahat ng yon ay para sa kabutihan mo. Para maturuan kang magsikap. Para makamtan ang mga bagay na gusto mo. Para pahalagahan ang mga salitang pagtitiwala. At paghintay sa tamang panahon.” (Alden, I have put you into many tests. But all of that is for your own good. For you to learn how to be diligent. For you to achieve everything you wanted. For you to pay importance to the word trust. And waiting for the right time.)
As Lola Nidora continued, a montage of the toughest tests that Alden went through was shown at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. “Ang tatlong buwan na nakalipas ay higit pa sa tatlong taon na punong-puno ng luha, pag-ibig at mga aral sa buhay. Bawat araw, hindi natin yun pagsisisihan. May mga nagagalit. May mga kumokontra. Ang mahalaga ay ang layunin natin. Na mahanap ang tama. Tamang landas. Tamang panahon. Tamang pagkakataon. At tamang simula. Nagsisimula pa lang tayo, Yaya at Alden.”
(The three months that passed outweighs the 3 years filled with tears, love and lessons in life. Every day will not be regretted. Some are angry. Some are against it. What’s important is our purpose. To find the right thing. The right path. The right time. The right opportunity. And the right beginning.) Lola Nidora was also in a contemplative mood upon looking back. Perhaps a subliminal admission in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode that she may have gotten too far.
Donya Tinidora would occasionally interject in Lola Nidora’s lines. “Kung dati, MH ako sa buhay nyo-” “Ano namang MH?” “Malaking Hadlang” (If in the past, I was a MH to your lives-) (What MH?) (Big obstacle.) “Gusto ko pa ring maging MH sa inyo.” “Ano namang MH yan?” “Mabuting Hangarin.” (I still want to be MH to you.) (What MH is that this time?) (Good intentions.) Lola Nidora seemed like she’s killing time in telling Alden and YayaDUB what they already knew. But sometimes, it looks like self-talk in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. That she had to constantly remind herself that there isn’t anything anymore for her to worry about.
Lola Nidora continued. “Maganda ang hangarin ko. Minsan nga lang masama ugali ko.” (My intentions are good. Sometimes, my attitude is bad.) Donya Tinidora was quick to respond. “Minsan lang ba?” (Is it only sometimes?) Lola Nidora justified her very strict stance at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. “Eh kasi naman. Kung naging maluwang ako sa inyo at pinabayaan ko kayong magkilig na lang araw-araw, hindi siguro ganito kalalim ang pagpapahalaga ninyo sa araw na ito. Lalong-lalo na sa mga nararamdaman ninyo.” (Then again. If I was lenient towards you and I let you just go giddy everyday, your level of importance towards this day won’t be as deep. Especially for your feelings.)
Lola Nidora does not apologize shifting back to her strict self though. “Andito pa rin ako na lola ninyo na kukurot sa inyo pag alam kong mali ang ginagawa nyo. Pero ngayong alam kong nasa tamang landas kayo, nasa likod lang ako.” (I am still here, your granny that would pinch you if I know that you’re doing something wrong. But now that I know you’re in the right path. I am just behind you.) And with this, Lola Nidora prepared for the blue folder to be opened at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
To give Alden and YayaDUB an idea of the blue folder’s contents. Lola Nidora sent Alden a box of cupcakes with letters on them. YayaDUB has a box of cupcakes with letters to arrange too. Once Alden and YayaDUB arranged the letters, it formed 2 separate words. Alden formed the word “tamang”. YayaDUB formed the word “panahon”. This gave them a clue to what ALDUB The Big Surprise is.
Lola Nidora explained herself after Alden and YayaDUB were done with the cupcakes. “Bumilang kayo ng pitong araw mula ngayon. Mula ngayon, pitong araw. Yan ang ikapitong araw ay sa October 24. Yun ang itinakdang tamang panahon.” (Count seven days from now. From today, 7 days. The seventh day from now is October 24. That is the assigned right time.) Everyone was so happy. YayaDUB jumped with joy with Donya Tinidora. Alden entered 2 rooms at the Broadway Centrum to share the celebration at ALDUB The Big Surprise.
Alden even went to the Eat Bulaga studio audience to jump around with the rest of the ALDUB Nation in jubilation. Some fans were hugging Alden in happiness too. After everyone had their fill of happiness. Donya Tinidora was quick to ask for specifics in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. Boss Joey de Leon motioned the audience to sit down and listen to what Lola Nidora had to announce in detail.
Lola Nidora mentioned how she loosened up the previously applied restrictions. “Dahil may tiwala na ako sa kanila. Ang mga bagay na hinahadlangan ko. Sa tamang panahon, shut up na ako. Pero wag na wag lang nilang sisirain uli ito.” (Because I trust them enough now. The things that I prohibit them from doing. Upon the right time, I shut up. But they should never ruin it again.) No more 1 foot distance between Alden and YayaDUB as confirmed in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Donya Tinidora asked for further specifics. “Puede na silang sumayaw? Kumanta? Magsasalita na si Yaya?” (They may dance? Sing? Nanny can talk then?) Lola Nidora said they may in the right time. Allan K then asked “Puede na silang maghawak-kamay?” (They may hold hands?) Lola Nidora only repeated her answer to Allan K at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. Donya Tinidora’s next question was then thrown. “Eh saan naman gagawin ito? Baka naman sa Broadway o kaya sa mansion?” (Where will this be held then? It might be at Broadway again or at the mansion?)
Lola Nidora sheepishly shared the venue where the right time is scheduled to occur. “Pinayagan ko na kasi dati si Alden na bumisita sa mansion noon. Pasensiya na kayo. Iimbitahan ko kayong lahat sa bungalow namin.” Boss Joey was skeptical upon hearing the word bungalow. “Eh ang dami nito eh!” (But they are so many.) To think that Lola Nidora invited the ALDUB Nation to celebrate with Alden and YayaDUB. Allan K agreed with Boss Joey. “Milyones ito, Lola.” (These are millions, granny.) Lola Nidora then reached for the key to finally open the blue folder.
Donya Tinidora tried to help her out in opening the blue folder. With Lola Nidora opening the folder, she made it official. “Magkita-kita po tayong lahat sa bungalow po namin sa Philippine Arena.” (See you at our bungalow at the Philippine Arena.) And so the big surprise referred to in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode was the 55,000-seat strong Philippine Arena. A big venue indeed for all inhabitants of the ALDUB Nation that wanted to celebrate with Alden and YayaDUB. Boss Joey himself was overjoyed that he repeated “Philippine Arena!” with full conviction. Everyone from YayaDUB to Donya Tinidora to Alden to the Eat Bulaga studio audience was dancing around.
The blue folder contained the Philippine Arena’s photo. Allan K had to ask Lola Nidora if this is for real. Boss Joey was amazed at Lola Nidora’s bungalow. Donya Tinidora then asked how will the inhabitants of the ALDUB Nation reach the venue. “Papaano sila makakadalo diyan?” (How will they get there?) As everyone awaited the details regarding ALDUB The Big Surprise seven days from now. Lola Nidora’s other projects were mentioned coinciding with the right time to finally allow the ALDUB couple to go free to love one another.
Lola Nidora explained some features that come with the ALDUB-related celebration at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. “Dito sa payak na bungalow natin. Isa pa itong pinagisipan ko ng mabuti, Tinidora. Ipinagdasal at ninais kong mag-iwan ng magandang alaala. Ang pagkakaisa ng ALDUB Nation.” (Here in our simple bungalow. I have another plan that I thought long and hard, Tinidora. I prayed for it. And I wanted to leave a good memory. The unity of ALDUB Nation.)
Lola Nidora thought of connecting this project with the Eat Bulaga Plastic ni Juan project. (She earlier mentioned it at the ALDUB Meets TVJ episode.) “Ang tamang panahon ay panahon ng bayanihan. Ang mga alaalang papakinabangan ng mga kabataan at ng maraming henerasyon. Gusto kong makakita ng maraming ALDUB libraries.” (The right time is the time for cooperation. Memories that the youth and future generations will find useful. I want to see many ALDUB libraries.) The details for the ALDUB Library Project are on the next pages of the blue folder at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
YayaDUB and Donya Tinidora helped in turning the page. Here, 3 of the beneficiary schools are photographed. Lola Nidora continued. “Gusto kong makakita ng maraming ALDUB libraries sa buong Pilipinas.” (I want to see many ALDUB libraries in the entire Philippines.) The October 24 event served as Lola Nidora’s own fund-raising project. “Hindi lang tayo magkakaisa at magsasama-sama para sa milyon-milyong tweets. Kundi pati na rin sa libo-libong bata na ating matutulungan. Yan ang tunay na pag-ibig. Pag-ibig sa kapwa.” (We will not only be united and gathered together for the millions of tweets. But also for the thousands of children that we end up helping. That is true love.)
Lola Nidora’s purpose in getting the ALDUB Nation involved is simple. “Sharing is caring. Sa bawat ticket na mabibili ninyo. Lahat yun. 100% ay para sa pagpapatayo ng mga ALDUB libraries sa buong Pilipinas.” (For every ticket your buy. All of it. 100% is for the construction of ALDUB libraries in the Philippines.) The ALDUB Nation present at the Broadway Centrum started chanting “Eat Bulaga! Eat Bulaga!” in support of Lola Nidora’s ALDUB Library Project at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Lola Nidora also took the opportunity to somewhat reply to everyone that blamed the ALDUB phenomenon for the alleged indifference to socially-relevant issues. “At yan ang patunay na hindi lang tayo kilig. Tayo ay may mabuting hangarin.” (And that is the proof that we are not all about being giddy. We have good intentions.) Eat Bulaga found ALDUB The Big Surprise episode as a platform to launch their educational advocacy.
Boss Joey de Leon then somewhat broke character from being a KalyeSerye commentator in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. To that of being a spokesperson for Eat Bulaga as a program. This is in consistency to his status as one of the founding fathers of Eat Bulaga along with the Sotto brothers. Senator Tito Sotto and Bossing Vic Sotto. It was a brief confirmation to what Lola Nidora has already revealed. “Isa po ito sa pinakamalaking kaganapan sa aming palatuntunan na Eat Bulaga sa loob ng mahigit tatlumpu’t anim na taon. Sa Tamang Panahon.” (This is one of the biggest events in our program Eat Bulaga after more than 36 years – In The Right Time.)
Allan K continued where Boss Joey left off. “Be part of ALDUB history. Get your tickets at Ticket World outlets.” As he went further with the details, the monitor displayed the details that Allan K read. Bossing Vic then announced that tickets are also sold right in Broadway Centrum itself at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. But only until 6pm for that day. In a few minutes though, the Ticket World website is already down. So the rest of the KalyeSerye commentators mentioned other outlets. Inhabitants of the ALDUB Nation may frequent the said outlets.
Allan K repeated what he said at the ALDUB Battle For A Cause episode. “Do not underestimate the power of the ALDUB Nation.” Alden wrote on his clipboard. “ALDUB Nation Unite!” Lola Nidora seconded Alden’s clipboard message by saying “ALDUB Nation Unite!” She then made the pabebe pinky swear combo with YayaDUB at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
As everyone was having fun, another SUV horn was heard from outside. Donya Tinidora was again aggressive. Lola Nidora was again paranoid. Later the camera panned over the same woman with long shiny hair. She was shown talking to a woman who looked like YayaDUB from behind. The YayaDUB doppelganger was then shown handing some wads of cash to the spying woman with the shiny hair. The spying woman left as soon as she received the cash in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Bossing Vic speculated that it might be a ticket sale transaction. Donya Tinidora was amused at the possibility of seeing scalpers this early. “May nagbebenta na. May scalper na agad dun ah!” (Someone’s selling. Scalpers are already there!) Later the YayaDUB doppelganger was shown. Donya Tinidora confirmed everyone’s suspicions. It’s Isadora making her presence felt in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Lola Nidora told YayaDUB to stay behind her and Donya Tinidora. Isadora made her entrance to the tune of Los del Rio’s “Macarena”. Donya Tinidora quickly prepared the chain in defense of YayaDUB and Lola Nidora. Boss Joey reminded the sisters to calm down as the one who arrived is their sister too. (Paolo Ballesteros’ neck tattoo was a dead give-away. Then again, he’s the King of Transformation. His neck tattoo at ALDUB The Big Surprise is just a minor clue to the actor playing Isadora.)
Isadora’s opening statement was simple if not content. “Tinidora, na-miss kita.” (Tinidora, I missed you.) Donya Tinidora nonchalantly replied. “Ganun din kami.” (Same with us.) YayaDUB was visibly scared that Isadora might snatch her away just like how Lola Nidora told her. Isadora was just actually waiting from the outside. “Kanina pa ko nasa labas. Inulan na ko doon.” (I’ve been outside since awhile ago. I got rained.) After realizing that Donya Tinidora is not that angry. Isadora approached her for a hug at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Donya Tinidora hugged Isadora back. “Parang hindi ka tumatanda ha?” (It seems like you don’t age.) Isadora found it easy to explain that sort-of ageless face. “Alam mo naman ako kasi wala akong problema. Hindi ako namomroblema.” (You know me since I don’t have problems. I am not problematic.) Isadora’s striking resemblance to Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB was undeniable in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. Still, YayaDUB found her intimidating.
Isadora made an indirect comment supporting her previous statement. “Isa lang naman ang laging may problema diyan eh. Kaya ako laging maganda.” (There is only one person out there always with the problem. That’s why I’m always beautiful) Isadora then DUBsmashed a line from the Jim Carrey starrer flick “Bruce Almighty”. Lola Nidora’s face was expressionless in contrast to YayaDUB’s perplexed face at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. Isadora further declared her “territory” by DUBsmashing Nicki Minaj.
Donya Tinidora clearly saw the similarities. “Siyang-siya. Ikaw na ikaw talaga ang anak mo. Matagal na kayong hindi nagkikita. Pero walang nagbago sa atin. Magkakapatid pa rin tayo ha?” (Very much like her. You really look like your daughter. It’s been a long time since we last met. But nothing has changed between us. We’re still sisters.) Donya Tinidora then turned to Lola Nidora. Lola Nidora is stuck in stony silence. Senator Tito found Lola Nidora stern throughout Isadora’s arrival at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Isadora tried getting close to Lola Nidora. Lola Nidora stopped her midway though. Isadora tried to break the ice. But Lola Nidora was astute in her cold treatment to her prodigal sister. Isadora wondered about her first meeting with Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. “Hindi mo ba ko ipapakilala kay Divina?” (Aren’t you going to introduce to me to Divina?) Lola Nidora instead asked. “Bakit ka bumalik?” (Why did you come back?) Isadora tried to reply using a DUBsmash clip at ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Boss Joey repeated the question again to make Isadora answer properly. [Where can you see a TV series where the commentators are allowed to ask the very characters that they are watching ALDUB The Big Surprise episode?] In the midst of suppressed laughter. Isadora tried to compose herself “Hija, Divina, …” Before she could continue, Lola Nidora cut her off. “Isadora, nasabi ko na ang tamang panahon.” (Isadora, I already told her the right time.) Isadora then faced Lola Nidora in order to face Divina. “Ate, gusto kong makausap si Divina.” (Elder sister, I want to talk to Divina.)
Lola Nidora then turned to Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. “Yaya, magmano ka at akapin mo ang lola mo.” (Nanny, pay your respects and embrace your grandmother.) It was a twist that the KalyeSerye commentators were stunned to hear in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. YayaDUB did as she was told. YayaDUB then cried. Isadora spoke while embracing Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. “Matagal ko na tong inantay, hija.” (I waited for so long for this moment, dear.)
Isadora let go of Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB to take a closer look at her grand-daughter. “Ang laki-laki mo na. Magkahulma pa yung mga mukha natin.” (You have grown so much. And we have the same facial features too.) Donya Tinidora cut them off. “Ang akala ko ikaw ang nanay ni Yaya.” (I thought you are nanny’s mother.) Isadora addressed the issue head on. “Isa yan sa mga nililihim ko na gusto kong linawin sa inyo. Pero natutuwa ako na dumating na ang tamang panahon.” (That is one of the secrets that I would like to clarify with you.) Isadora’s arrival sparked another surprise in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode.
Boss Joey asked Donya Tinidora for clarifications about the latest revelation in ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. Donya Tinidora is back at her role as the asking lady. This is understandable since Lola Nidora had too many secrets revealed by now. If Donya Tinidora and Donya Tidora themselves don’t know enough about Lola Nidora, what more for everyone else who’s not Isadora?
Isadora had to explain herself to Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. “Matagal-tagal ko nang panahon na hinintay ito na makabalik dito sa Pilipinas. Humanap lamang ako ng tamang panahon para humarap sa yo. Masaya naman ako para sa yo. At naging masunurin ka sa yong mga lola. Kaya marami kang biyayang natatanggap.” (I’ve waited for so long for this moment to return to the Philippines. I only looked for the right time to face you. I am happy for you though. And you have been obedient to your grannies. That explains all the blessings you’re getting.)
Lola Nidora cut to the chase. “Bakit ka pa bumalik, Isadora?” (Why did you come back, Isadora?) “Ate, bumalik ako para-” (Elder sister, I returned to-) The truck horn honks to signal the end of ALDUB The Big Surprise episode. The KalyeSerye commentators are annoyed again. But not as much as when Senator Tito was throwing the chairs around the studio a few days ago.
What clarifications are in store with Isadora’s return to the Philippines? What is it in for her that YayaDUB learned of the truth behind her birth mother? Tune in to Eat Bulaga. Monday to Saturday at noontime. Like Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page to catch ALDUB The Big Surprise episode replay.
And don’t miss the chance to watch Eat Bulaga’s special Saturday episode “Sa Tamang Panahon” at the Philippine Arena. Click here to buy tickets while supplies last. Check out other outlets mentioned in the episode replay to get hold of tickets for the October 24 event. Further episodes will also be recapped here. So 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.
China made another scathing accusation against the Philippines, saying the latter’s three-part documentary on the West Philippine Sea issue is “misleading and also deceiving the general public” and sustained “battle in between the Chinese and also Philippine people.”.
Beijing’s newest criticism was sparked by Manila’s docudrama collection, the very first part of which, entitled Karapatan sa Dagat (Maritime Civil liberty), was aired throughout the Philippines’ awareness of Independence Day last June 12. In a statement posted on the China Foreign Ministry web site Monday, the ministry’s spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “The Chinese side is highly dissatisfied with the groundless objection by the Philippine docudrama which ignores the truths and also puzzles best and incorrect, as well as is deeply concerned about the sitting Philippine government’s hyping up of the South China Sea concern and fueling of battle in between the Chinese as well as Philippine people. “By deceiving and also deceiving the public, the Philippines stories to get compassion as well as play the “target.” “Nonetheless, history brooks no denial and also realities no construction.
It is the Philippines that induced the relevant disagreements with China in the South China Sea as a result of its adoption of an expansionist policy in the South China Sea in blatant infraction of China’s sovereignty and also civil liberties and also interests.”. A Reuters record stated the Philippines had claimed the docudrama was planned to inform its individuals and also to rally public assistance behind federal government plans and also actions. Regardless of its rough allegations, China stated Beijing as well as Manila continues to be “long-lasting good friends as well as neighbors,” and that “China as well as the Philippines could have appropriately solved the South China Sea concern through friendly arrangement.”.
China’s statement, however, seemed to oppose its actions on the disputed sea lately with its significantly assertive posture in the possibly energy-rich South China Sea, building fabricated islands in locations over which the Philippines and other nations have rival claims. “The Chinese side urges the sitting Philippine government to put initially the reciprocal relations and regional peace and stability, comply with the fad of the moments including peace, growth, and participation as well as the typical ambition as well as expectation of both individuals, quit provoking confrontations in between the two people, stop all careless words and also acts, come back to the best track of settling conflicts with negotiation as well as appointment, as well as collaborate with China to secure the typical relationship between both people as well as local peace and also security.”.
China’s Foreign Priest Wang Yi said on Sunday (June 27) that if China transformed its location on claims over the South China Sea, it would shame its ancestors, while not confronting infringements of Chinese sovereignty there would certainly shame its youngsters.