#ALDUBBattleForACause Seeing ALDUB today proved to be a challenge. It turned out to be a tougher challenge than Alden had been doing (maybe). He has gone through hell and high water, emphasis on water, to be with YayaDUB. Apparently, it gets tough even for some fans like me. And now I see myself writing this account first before going through the episode recaps.
5 September 2015. The day that gave hope into seeing ALDUB finally meet. One of the founding fathers of Eat Bulaga, Mr. Joey de Leon, tweeted a few snippets as to what may happen on this day. I woke up thinking that I could finish a few recaps and then go into liveblogging mode for the ALDUB Battle For A Cause episode. Then I learned late that TARELCO (Tarlac Electric Cooperative) had scheduled their power interruption today. Sabotage? It is hard to tell. They have been accused of getting the power lines shut down at crucial moments in soap operas before. So having their power interruption scheduled on 5 September 2015 can be a major bummer.
So what’s the next option available in seeing ALDUB on TV then? Since there would be no electricity where I am at the moment. I had to go to Tarlac City. I had to buy some computer supplies anyway for archival reasons. (Yes, reasons) I don’t know which establishment had an open television for public viewing. But I checked the “kabisera” for an open TV airing Eat Bulaga. And so I hopped off to the CityWalk. There was a Cignal booth in front. There were several young students crowded in front of the TV. Confirmed. This Cignal booth is airing Eat Bulaga. Lola Nidora was getting the same trolling phone calls at the time that I arrived.
Seeing that it’s not yet Wild Card time. I went around the vicinity first to buy the supplies I initially planned. Bought some of my medication. Ointment/cream as opposed to Lola Nidora’s chewables. I even found time to have some dessert. I risk not watching Alden’s performance for the Wild Card battle. But I knew that much of the hysteria will start after YayaDUB’s performance. Seeing ALDUB together is a far-fetched idea as of this point. But hopefully I get to catch the replay.
And so I got back to the Cignal booth. Commercials. Then commercials. Then Eat Bulaga. One of the personnel assigned at the Cignal booth changed the channel to It’s Showtime. The stunned viewers thought he was just trolling. Then his fellow Cignal personnel/attendant snatched away the remote and switched the channel back to Eat Bulaga. Not sure if the previous Cignal booth attendant hated YayaDUB or what. Later he was trolling the viewers “Scripted yan! Scripted yan!” (It’s scripted! It’s scripted!) So it became evident that he’s anti-ALDUB. (Sir, if you have a problem with people watching ALDUB, find your own TV. You work at Cignal anyway. It will not be hard for you to do) The other Cignal booth attendant clutched the remote tightly so his companion can’t switch channels again. (And all along I thought, only SKY Cable has issues with ALDUB)
This is where the local ALDUB fans managed to keep themselves civilized. They ignored the trolls. A behavior that I found easy to follow eventually as nobody wanted to make a scene. Beside the Cignal TV was a couple of booth attendants. Behind the ALDUB fans watching the developments on TV were a bunch of blue collar workers yelling “FIBA na! Manonood pa kami!” (It’s FIBA time! We want to watch!) Maybe they can’t find another TV that aired the 2015 Jones Cup. A basketball tournament where the Philippine National basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, got included. All of this noise and the ALDUB fans were just glued to the TV screen. Not everyone is into the ALDUB craze. And sadly, some folks try to exercise their false sense of superiority by mocking the ALDUB fans. But ALDUB just stayed. The moment seeing ALDUB exchange glances occurred, it was all worth it.
It was thrilling to see ALDUB finally meet. Seeing ALDUB live on TV was worth the trip. Surely, Lola Nidora threw a monkey wrench again. Or in this case, a couple of tarps. More on the details on the next articles. Recapping a full week about ALDUB would keep us preoccupied for the weekend. Don’t forget to like their official Facebook page, Eat Bulaga. Replays of previous episodes are found there.
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