[ALDUB 22nd Weeksary featured image from Eat Bulaga Facebook Page.] The De Explorer entourage with Alden went to Cebu to find Dodong Smash. Quite impressed that despite the Zobeyala’s sisters’ bad blood with Dodong, they let Divina use the Smash family name. [Lola Nidora’s maiden name is Zobeyala. Her full name is Nidora Esperanza Zobeyala viuda de Explorer.] Now that Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB has decided to follow her father to Cebu. Lola Nidora and her sisters, Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora, went with her.
Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora enjoyed arriving in Cebu at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. They were dancing in the middle of a crowd carrying coin banks. It reminded some viewers of some random street dancers carrying any container for collecting loose change. Not that two-thirds of the Kalye’s Angels are street lunatics or anything. But arriving in Cebu did not kill old habits. So they found it sensible to earn from it.
But of course. Apart from the loose change, they enjoyed the warm welcome given to them by the Cebuanos. Donya Tinidora felt it was worth the trip. “Dumayo pa tayo dito para mag-caroling lang tayo.” (We went all the way here to perform carols.) Donya Tidora grabbed the opportunity. “Sayang din yung chance ano? Andito na rin lang naman tayo. G na G pa naman tayo ngayon.” (It would be bad to let the chance pass us by. Especially now that we’re ‘G na G’.) Donya Tinidora asked. “Anong G na G?” Donya Tidora’s answer was clear at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. “Gipit na gipit!” (Totally hard-up!)
The crowd gave not only cash. Donya Tidora discovered some snack. “Ayan! May dried mangoes pa na nagbigay.” (Here. Somebody gave dried mangoes.) It was enough food to get them through the day. All that is left for them to do is look for Lola Nidora and Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB. Donya Tinidora told Donya Tidora to simply count 1 to 5 and they will arrive. “1 2 3 4 5!” And the SUV horn honked at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
Lola Nidora and YayaDUB arrived at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. But in separate mopeds. Lola Nidora was at the backseat of a Rogelio’s moped. And YayaDUB was at the backseat of Alden’s moped. It looked like a pair of riding tandems. YayaDUB was half-excited and half-nervous in the ride. “Grabe! Wag naman masyadong mabilis, Alden. Nakakatakot.” (Damn! Not too fast, Alden. It’s scary.) Lola Nidora almost fell off the moped. So scared, she smacked the Rogelio with her folding fan. Donya Tinidora saw which Rogelio drove the moped for Lola Nidora and smacked him on the head.
Lola Nidora composed herself as she narrated what happened. “Hindi nga mabilis. Pero preno ng preno itong si Rogelio.” (It wasn’t that fast. But Rogelio kept stepping on the brakes.) Donya Tinidora mentioned the more glaring concern in riding bikes. “Wala kayong helmet! Bawal ang walang helmet! Baka madisgrasya kayo ha?” (You don’t have helmets! Having no helmet is prohibited! You met get into an accident huh?) Seems like they forgot to wear them in their rush to reach the area from the airport at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. Donya Tidora appeased Donya Tinidora. “Hayaan mo na. May wig naman siya.” (Let it go. She’s wearing a wig anyway.)
Lola Nidora reasoned out for the rest. “Kasi nga emergency. Nagmamadali lang kami kasi sinamahan ko itong si Maine at si Alden sa kapitolyo ng Cebu.” (Because it’s an emergency. We were in a rush of Maine and Alden from the Cebu Provincial Hall.) Donya Tinidora asked. “Bakit?” (Why?) Lola Nidora shared what they did at the provincial government hall. “Nag-check kami doon kung may tagarito na ‘Dodong Smash’ o ‘Teodoro Smash’.” (We checked if there is a man named “Dodong Smash” or “Teodoro Smash” in their registry.) Donya Tinidora pressed for more info at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. “Ano nang balita?” (Any updates?) There was none. Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB was so disappointed.
Alden tried to console her. “Wag ka nang malungkot. Makikita naman natin ang Daddy mo eh. Yung tatay mo eh. Tatay Dodong.” (Don’t be sad. We will find your Daddy. Tatay Dodong.) Divina snapped out of her sadness and felt a little possessive of her estranged father. “Tatay? Bakit? Tatay mo din?” (He’s your father too?) Alden made light of the situation and referred to Dodong as “future tatay”. It somewhat appeased Divina at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
[I thought they’re not yet a couple as of the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.] Viewers remember hearing about Dodong in detail at the ALDUB Road To Forever episode in the point of view of Divina’s maternal grandmother, Isadora. Dodong allegedly stopped bugging the De Explorer mansion after he was made to believe that the kid he was claiming to be his daughter was just a mere nanny. The moment he learned of the truth, the De Explorer household was already evicted from the foreclosed mansion.
Alden gave Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB his assurance. “Eto lang ang sasabihin ko sa yo. Kahit saan tayo magpunta, Kahit saang parte pa ng mundo yan. Sasamahan kita. Mahanap lang natin yung tatay mo. Promise.” (Here’s all I have to say to you. No matter where we go. No matter which part of the world. I will go with you. Just to find your father.) Divina wanted to be sure. “Promise mo yan ha?” (That’s a promise, okay?) Alden reiterated his promise. YayaDUB pressed for more commitment at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. “Hindi mo kami iiwan ni Lola para hanapin yung tatay ko.” (You’ll never leave us of granny in searching for my father.) Alden again reiterated his promise.
The Kalye’s Angels used what little information is found on Dodong’s letter’s return address as of the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. Donya Tidora remembered the family’s distrust of Dodong all over again. Lola Nidora wondered why Dodong would start looking for Divina again. “Ba’t hahanapin ka ni Dodong? Malaki ka na, Divina. Saka baka iwan mo kaming mga lola mo pag nagkita na kayo di ba?” (Why would Dodong look for you? You’re all grown up, Divina. And you might leave us grannies if you have met, right?) Donya Tidora and Donya Tinidora agreed.
The first time that viewers had an idea why Lola Nidora was so possessive of her nanny was in the ALDUB Love On Top episode. Then Donya Tinidora arrived at the ALDUB Getting Closer episode to discover Divina’s nanny status under Lola Nidora. Now at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. Lola Nidora’s fear of losing Divina returned with Dodong sending the letter. Now that Lola Nidora has addressed her as “Divina” instead of “Yaya” (Nanny), would this mean the end of her status as the household nanny?
Divina denied on any plans of leaving the grannies. “Lola, hindi naman po mangyayari yun. Gusto ko lang naman pong makilala yung tatay ko. Pero hindi ko naman po kayo iiwan.” (Granny, it will never happen. I just want to know my father. But I will never leave you.) It was the same assurance that Divina gave the grannies at the ALDUB Stay With Me episode. Lola Nidora’s trust issues are far from gone even in the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
But Donya Tinidora believed Divina. “Hindi naman tayo iiwan ng batang yan. Natural, gusto lang niyang makita ang tatay niya.” (That kid won’t leave us. Naturally, she just wanted to know her father.) Lola Nidora had to ask one thing from Divina for clarification purposes. “Eh bakit sabi nitong si Alden eh wag daw sasabihin sa amin?” (How come Alden told us that you told him not to tell us?) Alden was startled upon getting mentioned in this part of the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
Divina glared at Alden. Alden was speechless. Divina chose to answer Lola Nidora’s question instead. “Ayoko na pong madagdagan ang iniisip ninyo, Lola. Buti nga po, dinadamayan ako ni Alden eh. Andyan po siya. Tutulungan daw po niya ako po akong hanapin si Tatay Dodong.” (I don’t want to add up to your worries, granny. At least, Alden is consoling me. He’s here. He said that he will help me find my father, Dodong.) At the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. Divina then promised no more secrets. “Hindi na po talaga ako maglilihim sa inyo, Lola. Promise.” (I will never keep any secrets from you, granny.)
Divina offered a pinky swear promise with Lola Nidora to assure her of no more secrets between them. Lola Nidora accepted it. And together they made the pinky swear promise. Donya Tinidora then clarified the grannies’ role. “Sumama kami dito para tumulong na rin sa paghahanap sa tatay mo.” (We went along here to help in searching for your father.) Donya Tidora got worried that Dodong might have sent another letter. “Baka naman sa mansion na naman nag-iwan ng sulat si Dodong ha? Kung kelan wala tayo doon.” (He might have sent another letter to the mansion hu? Just when we are gone from there.) Lola Nidora nipped the worries in the bud and started with the search at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
The De Explorer entourage had a little trouble asking around. Not everyone in the crowd knew Dodong. Donya Tinidora found one woman claiming to be Dodong’s neighbor. She tried to decipher what the woman said as she spoke in Cebuano. “Kapitbahay daw niya si Dodong. Tapos si Dodong mahirap. Tapos nagkasakit daw.” (She claimed to be Dodong’s neighbor. And he’s poor. Then he got sick.) He’s still alive though based on what Donya Tidora understood at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode.
Another woman claiming to be Dodong’s neighbor said that Dodong is now rich. The women that they talked to knew Dodong was poor. It was a rags-to-riches case as it seemed. As to Dodong’s current whereabouts, they were directed towards the barangay captain (loose translation: village chieftain). He looked a lot like Senator Tito Sotto. But nevertheless, Lola Nidora asked directly for Dodong Smash in case he’s a resident of the barangay. No such luck though. But he offered help by letting them check the records at the barangay hall. Lola Nidora let Alden and Divina go while the Kalye’s Angels handle the Sugod Bahay errand.
After the Sugod Bahay errand, the Kalye’s Angels checked if Alden and Divina are back. Divina held a folder where Dodong’s name was written. And it was because he had a record for misdemeanor. “Nakipagaway dahil kulang lang ang sukli? Bakit ganun?” (Got into an argument due to lack of loose change? Why?) It was consistent to the negative image Divina was fed with. Divina doesn’t understand how Dodong got misdemeanor record if not many people in Cebu knew him as of the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. “Bakit walang nakakakilala sa kanya rito?” (How come nobody knew him?) It wasn’t clear either how long he had been in Cebu.
Alden tried to distract Divina from her disappointment. “Wala ka bang naaalala ngayon?” (Don’t you remember anything today?) Divina tried to remember. But she is distracted. Alden tried to make Divina remember further. “Kahapon monthsary. Thursday ngayon.” (Yesterday was our monthsary. Today is Thursday.) Divina then snapped out of her disappointment with the search. “Weeksary pala natin. Sorry sorry.” (It’s our weeksary.) Alden and Divina then greeted each other a Happy ALDUB 22nd Weeksary.
Alden brought out his surprise for Divina. A pack of otap [flaky sugar-coated cookies native to Cebu and a hit local delicacy]. “May surprise ako sa yo. Actually nauna na ko rito. Binili kita ng otap.” (I have a surprise for you. I actually bought it ahead of time here. I bought you some otap.) He helped Divina open the pack. Divina then shared the otap with Alden to celebrate the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary.
Divina prepared a gift for Alden too. She brought couple shirts with the words “I LOVE CEBU” in front and gave one to Alden. Alden then suggested adding some letters at the bottom of the shirt. “Puede ring I LOVE M-A-I-N-E.” Divina then suggested adding the letters on Alden’s shirt too. “I heart T-I-S-O-Y”. Alden then thought of another pickup line for Divina at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. “Sana scientist na lang ako.” Divina found the opening line familiar. “Alam ko kung bakit pero sige. Bakit?” (I already know that but go ahead. Why?) Alden continued. “Para ikaw na lang ang LAB KO.” (So that you will be my LAB.)
Both Alden and Divina then wore the t-shirts. It fitted perfectly. Divina then took a selfie of them wearing the shirts. She had it uploaded on her account [@mainedcm] in minutes. It’s the kind of behavior that made one of the KalyeSerye commentators at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode, Ryan Agoncillo, ask Allan K. Allan K then relayed the question. “Nagtanong si Ryan. Itong pinapanood natin, aktingan pa ba ito?” (Ryan asked. This thing we’re witnessing, is this still acting?)
Alden had another surprise for Divina. One that fitted the singing culture that Cebu is known for. “Teka. Since nandito na rin tayo sa Cebu. Alam naman natin na maraming magagaling na singer dito. May kinutsaba ako.” (Wait. Since we’re already here in Cebu. We know that there are several great singers here. I hired someone.) The hired vocalist then sang a cover of Martin Nievera’s “Be My Lady”. Alden took the opportunity to waltz with Divina at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. Soon the song transitioned to the traditional Cebuano song “Usahay” (Sometimes). It made Allan K sing too.
Divina appreciated the consecutive surprises at the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary. “Ikaw talaga. Napasayaw tuloy ako. Pero happy talaga ako na nandito tayong dalawa.” (You and your surprises. I end up dancing along. But I’m really happy that we are both here.) Alden and Divina a.k.a. YayaDUB were getting sweet with each other again when Lola Nidora caught up on them. Lola Nidora wasn’t upset. Just speechless. It took awhile for her to comment on what she saw. “Hara-harana pa kayo ha?” (There was even some serenade huh?) Divina explained to Lola Nidora. “Kasi weeksary po. Nag-effort pa si Alden.” (Because it’s the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary. Alden poured a lot of effort.)
Shortly, Donya Tinidora arrived. She held the another folder from the barangay chairman. Separate from the folder that Divina was reading earlier in the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode. She told Divina to read the other stuff written there. “Andito sa loob ng folder. “Mukhang maso-solve na ang problema mo. Eto pa ang pinahabol ni chairman. Nandito ho sa loob ng folder. Basahin mo, Yaya.” (Looks like your problem is about to be solved. Chairman had it forwarded in time. Here in the folder. Read it, nanny.)
Divina saw the details she missed. “Eto po may isang brgy sa report. Pinaalis si Dodong Smash sa apartment dahil di daw nakakabayad renta.” (Here is another misdemeanor report. Dodong Smash got evicted from the apartment because of failure to pay rent.) Alden then asked. “Nasan siya?” (Where could he be?) Divina continued with the rest of the report. “Aalis na sila sa barangay. Sa Davao na naninirahan.” (They will leave the barangay. [Dodong Smash] now lives in Davao.] With this discovery, the truck horn honked signaling the end of the ALDUB 22nd Weeksary episode?
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