The Aldub fever

 

 

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Last Friday September 11, my friend Stephanie Arambulo Dela Cruz sent me this photo thru Facebook. You should have seen and heard my reaction. Haha. I didn’t ask for it. Stephanie knew that I had been appreciating “Aldub” for a while because I’ve made a declaration in my Facebook weeks before. Stephanie worked on the first Aldub commercial (McDonald’s), and asked her talents to do me this favour. You can see that both actors were wearing what they wore in the TVC.

I posted this on my Facebook page, got a crazy reaction from fans —  got a lot of questions from people who didn’t know them yet, some mentioned that I was the reason they started watching it. It got over 5,000 likes and hundreds of shares. These numbers mean nothing now. Yesterday, after Yaya Dub’s and Alden’s first date, they broke the internet with over 11 million tweets. Eleven million.

A lot has already been written about the Aldub phenomenon. So I won’t even try to add to the analysis. When I first posted about it in my Facebook page (the day the wall came down), I received some judgement from people who expected “more” out of me. Really, ugh. I also got judged for saying that I’d never watched Eat Bulaga ever before. Seriously. Noontime shows were not allowed in our house because the noise bothered me. All that has changed now. The entire household staff and I watch together! Ok, I may have exaggerated a little. I probably watched Eat Bulaga as a kid during the 70’s. I also said I didn’t know who the Dabarkads were. Of course I knew Tito, Vic and Joey. I knew some of the hosts personally. But to tell you the truth I didn’t know the rest of the gang! I really had to google. Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo’s comedy are completely new to me. And let me tell you, I am now a huge fan! Well, apparently some were upset with me for saying I didn’t know who the Dabarkads were. But just to give some perspective, I haven’t been watching any TV shows lately. And not just Eat Bulaga. I also have never watched an episode of Showtime. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, and I only saw one season of Gossip Girl. I just got too tired that I preferred to catch up on sleep whenever I could. So there… no snobbiness behind what I said. But I must admit, I got a little upset by the reaction that I deleted that post. (Yes, I get that way.)

I think what’s evident is that this Yaya Dub and Alden phenomenon has made converts out of non-viewers. And it’s not just me. I think after this weekend, more of my FB demographic will watch. I usually catch it on the Eat Bulaga Facebook Page before going to bed. After my two-week trip to France, I found myself catching up on episodes I missed. That’s how hooked I got.

 

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I first found out about the Kalyeserye, a segment within Eat Bulaga, where half of the hosts go on remote locations to different barangays, the day after Yaya Dub fainted (in real life during the live show). There was a bit of a debate whether her fainting spell was scripted or real. Click on that link above and you’ll see how real it was. Yaya Dub is Maine Mendoza, a graduate of College of St Benilde who did her internship in culinary arts in New York. Maine became “famous” online because of her crazy Dubsmash hits, like this one…

 

 

Alden Richards is a GMA 7 actor whom I’ve actually met twice before. First time was during the opening of Options Studio Timog (see photo below). A few weeks later, during my guest appearance at the Ryzza Mae Show, he peeked his head into the dressing room and said “Hello, po.” Yes, he said “po.” Mabait na bata, hehe. He was cute and clean and mabango. But both times, he didn’t register well enough with me to get giddy. All that has changed now. I wish I could get invited to Broadway Centrum studios again.

 

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Alden Richards at the launch of Options Studio Timog.

 

My husband wondered why he’d see me laughing my head off. I told him, the Lola characters were hilarious. Jose dancing Mambo Number 5 gets me all the time. I also told him that I was fascinated with Maine Mendoza and how she got discovered by Eat Bulaga via You Tube. They didn’t mean to make the Kalyeserye an #Aldub love story. It was supposed to be just the same segment where they meet real people, interact with them, give them advice, give them prizes. But one day in July, a couple of weeks into the first episode, Yaya Dub was caught reacting with a “kilig” smile when she saw Alden on the monitor. The rest was pure genius. The co-hosts teased the two. The audience reacted positively. The main hosts took a back seat and allowed all this to happen naturally.

I told my husband, and declared in that now-deleted FB post, that this was revolutionary. Again, something that sparked a debate. But I knew early in August that Eat Bulaga had not only created a new genre of local TV — a live series with a bit of improv that included audience participation online and in person — but it would also cause a disruption in the TV network landscape. And we see that happening now, with how the other networks have reacted. Again, 11 million tweets, what can anyone do? It reminded me of how Tagalog-dubbed Marimar also changed the TV landscape.

While most of my FB friends were oblivious to the Aldub craze, one of my friends who is a commercial pilot, sent me this private message. He said he has noticed a change in psyche of some Filipinos he worked with. (And yes, he is the only person who calls me Mare.)

 

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Another fascinating thing about this phenomenon, is that it has sparked so many new creations like songs and art work. Check out these amazing fan art I found online.

 

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Art by Gwendie85

 

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Art by @Natzumiehan

 

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Art by Gwendy85

 

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The reason why I laugh non-stop, the Lolas, played by Jose, Wally and Paolo. Art by @eewlevi

 

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From #ALDUBMostAwaitedDAte, that pugo egg and isaw. Art by @enjelicious

 

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The genius use of the split screen! Art by @enjelicious

 

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The adorable Maine Mendoza. Art by Cheeneetoh23

 

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Art by Felix Cruz.

 

What’s your #aldub story?

 

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  • KUMAGCOW

    The official tweet amount on record is 12.1 Million. We both love #AlDub Ms. Daphne! 😀

    • Anonymous

      There you go. 12.1 MILLION.

  • http://www.celerhinaaubrey.com reigningstill

    Huge Aldub fan here too. Nakakatawa kasi ang nag introduce sa akin sa aldub eh yung janitress namin sa office. She mentioned it to me after doing a pabebe line. Sabi nya di na uso pabebe, Aldub na ngayon. After watching an episode, i got hooked also. Hahahaha! Gusto ko yung values na tinuturo nya. Yung fact na pinaghihirapan ni Alden si Yaya Dub. So old school but a great reminder. :)

    • Anonymous

      yes. so nice.

  • Anonymous

    very nice, no need to analyze and straightforward…i wish i could write like you do! thanks for sharing your thoughts! btw..i am also an OFW

    • Anonymous

      thank you. keep writing.

  • Sowsyalite

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Ms. Daphne. I love the show especially because of the improv part and the camarederie of the cast/hosts feels very familiar, It reminds me of home and my friends. Lola Tinidora’s dance gets me everytime as well :)

    • Anonymous

      You’re so right. They are all really friends.

  • Marianne Bernadette

    like you, Im also team replay coz im working in Malaysia.ive watched all the episodes several times kasi nkakakilig tlga! the first date episode, I did live streaming coz I caant wait for the replay uploads. sa single na gaya ko, hindi lang kilig but it makes u believe that love will come sa tamang panahon. napakaraw ng emotions lalo na si maine. and alden is just so gwapo! wally is superb as well as jose and paolo. dagdagan mo pa ng tawa ni allan, nakakawala ng stress. im a fan of urs since F time. your elegance just inspires me and I love the fact that you are very honest that u dont know them and that now ur a fan makes me admire u more. thank u daphne.. :)

    • Anonymous

      “sa tamang panahon” yes…

  • Maggie

    I tweeted one word during last Saturday’s episode. “Galing”. I am so amused and amazed by the geniuses behind it. I’m so impressed how they are able to really captivate our emotions in the most positive way. I laugh my head off while watching each episode and every time it ends, I always end it by saying the same word: Galing. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Yes agree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/earthlingorgeous MsEarth Rullan

    I also heard that lunch breaks are traffic free in EDSA and that the #AlDub fever reached Manny Pacquiao levels that everything stops when they are on. I love how for a short period of time they make people kilig and happy and believe in forever. Love the fan art!

    • Anonymous

      Really? They should have Aldub updates airing live every rush hour then. Haha. So that we will be traffic-free.

  • Karen Larroza Escalona

    I definitely agree on all the things you’ve said in this blog miss daphnie! I’m one of the batang 90’s na sobrang na appreciate at na hook ng sobra sa kalyeserye not just because of the kilig but more of the moral values you get and being positive at all times. Npka genius because the diversity is there! I’m from a corporate world kaya di ko npapanood ng live at nanonood lng din ako sa EB facebook except yesterday’s episode.

    P.S. Super idol ka po namin ng BFF ko kc nanonood kmi parati ng Urban Zone.

    • Anonymous

      Aww thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Gosh, I don’t know.

    This weekend I watched Heneral Luna and #ALDUBMostAwaitedDate. I loved the message of Heneral Luna. It rocked me to my core. I am so passionate about it.

    Is that what a shallow person is?

    Aldub is pure entertainment. I wish people would stop judging. Right?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing. And yes, I remember your nice comment on FB.

    Agree.. let’s just share our joy. No negativity. No judgement.

  • Anonymous

    agree!

  • Anonymous

    I hope the positivity continues. May it inspire people to do good, be happy, work hard and be excellent.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing

  • Anonymous

    yes they are really funny.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing. sana maging happy ka always.

  • Anonymous

    agree. it’s the whole gang.

  • Anonymous

    There you go, thanks for the clarification.

  • Anonymous

    haha yaaaa.. what’s up with that. “chiwibol” hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Ah ya. Haha. I remember those give aways.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for commenting.

    agree!

  • Jkul

    I’ve never watched philippine shows that much. Maybe OTWOL but only a few eps before i stopped it, not because its not good, but because I’ve never been into romance centered genre. My type of shows are sherlock, game of thrones, walking dead, etc.. That’s why i am a bit mystified or confused at myself as to why i am so into this kalyeserye. I just don’t know how but it always makes me feel good after i finish watching every episode. And it’s the only show i love in PH and I’m not afraid to show or share my posts about it in fb and twitter, because luckily a lot of the people i know also watches it :”) thank god it’s not only me who got the aldub fever

    • Anonymous

      thanks for commenting.

  • aloysius alaiza

    Maine Mendoza is the new SUPERSTAR. I was watching the first date and saw yaya with her dress that she wore. I’ve seen her in a cinderella gown. 2 wedding gowns and semi-type kikay Whatchamacallit cocktail dress during her performance in bulagapamore wildcard edition. but on her first date, i said “WHAT!?” the dress? oh well, she’s still beautiful. then again when i saw the whole dress, it’s knee-top type dress of 60’s or 70’s. it reminded me at first Vilma Santos but i couldn’t find any old photos of Ate Vi. But i found Nora Aunor and Sharon Cuneta old photos with their dress and hairstyle of Ate Vi instead. Ghaaaaad! i think EB is trying to mold or create MAINE as the next SUPERSTAR!

    • Anonymous

      it will be interesting to see how they and she will handle her fame.

      • aloysius alaiza

        see see see!, am i right or AM I RIGHT? HAHAHA! today’s episode (november 7,2015) is hilarious!

    • Cy Sy

      That is a good research right there!!! Nice dress! #we love aldub!!!!! Keep moving hearts!

    • YaYaSis

      ZARA dress

  • Paolo M

    These past few episodes have been the funniest for Yaya.

    My favorite scenes from last week:
    1.) Yaya attempting to eat the locket while Alden was being sweet with his Al Dub U lollipops and at the background you hear Tito quietly say, “may tama dito si Alden?”.
    2.) When she demonstrated how to remove tinga by putting her first inside her mouth, reclining back, and putting her feet up her seat. Kulang nalang exposed beer belly!
    3.) Yaya with Tidora x Regine makeup asking “Mas maganda diba?”
    4.) When Alden laughed during their date because Yaya mimed taking her clothes of when he mouthed, “ang init… mainit..”
    5.) Yaya commiting to her gag so much that she accidentally spat out food in front of Alden.

    This show has so much replay value. There’s a lot to miss, so much is happening at the same time, especially the side commentaries from the sulsuleros Allan and Paolo.

    Madaming nabitin from how short the actual date was but they could always watch in on 0.25x speed on YouTube (“Whitedove HD” has 480p quality KalyeSerye videos) and since sound is disabled in that play speed they could always play Tori Kelly’s I Was Made For Loving You, First Heartbreak, and Beautiful Things in the background. #MaybeIDidThatTwiceMaybeEvenMore

    • Anonymous

      OMG 0.25 speed? How did you figure that out? Haha.

      • Paolo M

        It’s one of YouTube’s new features. It’s at the lower right corner of the video player under Settings (cog wheel button) > Speed. The show seemed like the perfect thing to try it out on since Alden is so hard to read. Mas misteryoso pa kay yaya! Ugh I’m so invested in this show. I don’t really care for TV shows, much less love teams. I’d rather read books or comic books. Pero these two… I don’t even know anymore… I’m already planning to go out on the 25th to watch their movie. Haha!

        • Anonymous

          haha ok. thanks for the info.

  • Loie

    My Aldub story? I’m currently on a business trip in Europe and I can’t wait to get back to our staff house after office hours because I’m sure that it’s also about the same time that EB has already uploaded the video on their FB page! And this morning I’m in the middle of a mall and saw your post and I literally stopped walking just to read it ????

    • Anonymous

      awww :)

  • Vilma Marcelo Cirera

    Such a phenomenon po talaga, first saw Maine Mendoza when she featured in KMJS.Kinabukasan,out of curiousity i watched her in Eat Bulaga.Nakornihan ako!..make face,kulit dance moves….ano kaya un??So i switched my channel and watch uli showtime instead!Pero si hubby natuwa ke Yaya Dub kaya kinabukasan,nood sya uli.Until pinakita si Alden sa audience at kinilig si Yaya.Haha,since then i got hooked w/it?Nakakatuwa talaga kasi KALYESERYE…di sinadya e.Like what joey de leon said,di nila inakala lahat ito,it’s like bumagsak lang daw sa kanila at inalagaan lang nila kumbaga.I wasn’t like this bfore,ung kiligin ng sobra sa artista or loveteams.Pero sa ALDUB?graaabeh!Hinto talaga lahat ng ginagawa ko just to watch.

    • Anonymous

      cute

  • Jonas Jo Piodo

    Being away as a missionary priest here in Germany, i have to listen to the stories of our kababayans here. One of their “stories-chikahan” was about this ship ‘aldub’. Yes i need to be connected with what’s in their minds and hearts and try to impart the values out of this ship. Most children who are GerPhil i met are used to make “mano” and say “po”. And it is evident on kalyeserye, shall i say, asal-kalye which brings positive vibes. To be entertained is a BONUS for me. I always look at the values that the serye wants to impart esp. young filipinos.

    • Anonymous

      Cute… “ship”

      Thanks for sharing.

      • Jonas Jo Piodo

        Forgot to “ship”… i think it’s d = of loveteam. Welcome. God bless.

  • Anonymous

    I can imagine, laughing out loud. Haha.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I reposted it on FB right away.

  • Anonymous

    A very important film. Don’t miss it.

  • Anonymous

    thanks.

  • Filipino Conscience

    My wife who has migraine gets her relief just watching ALDUB in Kalyerserye and subsequent replays in Youtube. I just cant explain that phenom no more …

    • Anonymous

      cute

  • Anonymous

    enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    how nice.

    • DUTERTElangSAPATna

      thank you! :)

  • Anonymous

    yes. nakakatuwa no?

  • Anonymous

    how cute of you and your boss.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how many million tweets next weekend?

    • edlin

      they said target is 15M ????

  • Anonymous

    good vibes :)

    • Glena Reyes

      Yes Ms Daphne! I remember last weekend we were at Eastwood Mall, a flashmob happened and of course everybody is watching at the guy who proposed, when all of a sudden a big guy (tall & more of like a daddy type) behind us said ” akala ko naman sila aldub yan” hahaha. disappointed sya

  • Anonymous

    seriously, it has opened up a whole new world to me…

  • Anonymous

    i thought it was cute.

  • Anonymous

    yes. my 12 yr old daughter told me last month. haha.

  • Anonymous

    no labels. let’s all just be real.

    • Etand Ledesma

      Yeah right

  • Anonymous

    Haha. You just made me laugh out loud all by myself. Haha.

    Re the “fan sign” it was a gift from my friend.

  • Anonymous

    True.

  • Anonymous

    :)

  • Anonymous

    who is sher-nick?

    • rhonskee

      i guess it’s sheryl and romnick ^_^

      • Anonymous

        apparently yes. haha

    • Winny Dungca

      sher-nick.. I think it’s Sheryl Cruz and Romnick Sarmenta..? correct me if I’m wrong..
      just passing by reading Comments… nice blog by the way.. Keep up the goodvibes :)

      • Anonymous

        OMG haha. Ok, I had to google.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for commenting. hi to denmark.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Ingrid. Haha. Lola is so funny.

  • Anonymous

    agree

  • akiramavi

    Confession: I am married and loves playing basketball in the streets. I played whoever wants to play with us, whether a “Tambay”, Macho, “Mukhang di pahuhuli ng buhay looks, sorry). Before we start our game, we would talk about the ALDUB phenom and surprisingly all of us can relate and never miss an episode.

    Love your article btw.

    • Anonymous

      thank you

  • Catherine Sangalang

    thank you for posting about this. i’m a late fan. i’ve known since july about the kalyeserye but i only got hooked into it after their first meeting. there are sparks that screams “hindi na actingan ‘to, uy!” the chemistry is there and i hope it will sustain them through the years. let’s all enjoy the ride until it lasts.

    • Anonymous

      sa tamang panahon

  • BeaC.

    My brother works in a luxury cruise,its my obligation everyday to send him d video of KalyeSerye.One time i shared with him d news abt his fav MMA Fighter, He replied with “Wala akong pake!Isend mo na video ng Aldub now na!.”

    • Anonymous

      cute

    • escargotiskuhol

      Hahaha! Tawa ako ng tawa with this! I’m a huge MMA fan myself and can relate with your brother’s reaction 😀

  • Reiel Carina

    And I couldn’t agree more with everything you said, Ms. Daphne! I think AlDub makes us feel we’re like giggling, blushing 16 year olds again! And the Lolas? Well, yes they do make us laugh our heads off like 7 year olds without any care in the world! You just gotta love them!

    • Anonymous

      haha

  • Razel de Castro

    Hi Ms.Daphne,

    First, I would like to commend you on your intellectual insights about AlDub. Your article is indeed a breath of fresh air amidst the common fan-bash in the social media comment threads. Every detail in your article is well thought-of and your observation is cerebral-ly written. Yours and that of Direk Joey Reyes’ are praiseworthy because they are non-biased and it catches and reaches the A readers. Thank you very much!

    I’m currently based abroad and I have no idea how big Aldub is in the Philippines. But what I’m sure is that they are doing something phenomenal in the noontime TV. Because in a short period of time, they already bagged 2 large endorsements, they became household names even here in Qatar, that even churches are including them in preaching, and that even known personalities like you are hooked in the Aldub fever. Kudos to the creative staff of Eat Bulaga!

    Before going abroad, I used to work in the Kapuso network and I got a chance to work with the then-starting Alden Richards. He was well-mannered indeed, very promising actor, and his aura is always shining with optimism. He’s easy to work with, that’s why many are glad that he was given this kind of break. He deserves it.

    And Maine’s happy character and her genuineness made her very appealing to us Filipinos. We all can relate to her; her reaction seeing her crush, her giddiness when her crush is around, and her compassion with her Lola. I instantly got hooked when she blushed upon seeing Alden. I realized, “Hey, that is so me when I get kilig.” Something all of us miss nowadays, that teenager-kind-of-kilig. :)

    I’m 30 and I giddily admit, I’m an ardent supporter of Aldub (hehe) in Qatar. They turned my fan-girl mode on again, which was switched off when Backstreet Boys disbanded. Aldub is my daily dose of kilig.

    And my kwentong-Aldub is all summed up in this video which we made just 2 days ago: (I hope you can check it out. :) )

    https://www.facebook.com/razel.de.castro/videos/vb.559780450/10156107397035451/?type=2&theater

    Again, thank you Ms.Daphne for your cerebral insights about this phenomenal, star-crossed lovers!

    More power to you!

    PS

    I’m a huge fan of F girls since 2000. And my girl-crush until now is Amanda Griffin. It will be awesome if you can send my regards to her. :)

    • Anonymous

      thanks!!!

    • Anonymous

      thanks for commenting. (is this a duplicate?)

      but wow. i appreciate your insights.

    • escargotiskuhol

      Ang cute ng YT mo 😛

  • Elna Smith

    i am an ‘aldub’ convert…thanks to you Daphne. 😉 after i saw your FB wall post i checked it on youtube…grabe tawa ko! :) it is indeed hilarious. i hardly watch tv and haven’t watched eat bulaga since college. ngayon i check it on youtube pag may time. :)

    • Anonymous

      oh no… sorry to have converted you. haha.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Father. You are the second priest to comment.

    Very good insights on the effect of Aldub on Filipinos everywhere.

  • Chadoi Carbungco Montermoso

    Your story is my story. Haha. Funny but I guess a lot of people will share the same “magical” experience. There will be someone who won’t understand this feeling (the main reason I see is that those people are blinded by their loyalty to the other network). But to a person like me, who gives time seeing what various networks offer (ABS, GMA, TV5, etc.), kalyeserye would really mean a change…a phenomenon indeed. :)

    • Anonymous

      thanks

  • BOchok Garcia

    Sinira ng Eat Bulaga prinsipyo ng marami including myself through the Kalyeserye segment and the ALDub Phenomenon………but POSITIVELY po yung tipong di walang ka kwenta kwenta…..Salamat Po……….

    • Anonymous

      oh ok.

  • Kay Toni Ni

    Me and my friends are in this fb chatgroup and we would talk endlessly from the time we wake up until bedtime but still we couldnt get enough of aldub. While some of us are ofws while others are in the Phils yet it bridges time, distance and communication. Some may judge us as corny and jeje but who cares? #walangmakakapigilasamen :)) We enjoy every single bit of it and we look forward watching kalyeserye everyday. Thanks Ms. Daphne for sharing your thoughts. Like a true aldub fan, I enjoyed your post very much. Cheers!

    • Anonymous

      thanks. i enjoyed writing this.

  • inaortaleza

    Hi Ms Daphne, I am an avid fan of yours

    • Anonymous

      thank you <3

  • inaortaleza

    Allow me to join the discussions. I can only watch new time shows on week ends, but these are seldom. It’s inspiring to know that somebody like you is so Pinoy and so down-to-earth. The ALDUB phenomenon has also been a household topic. We are all hooked, I get to watch it at night on You Tube, and the magic is really fascinating. The Pinoy values are very evident.

    • Anonymous

      thanks

  • Rhea Najera-Marcellana

    I tried watching it and looked for the “kilig” but failed I find Wally and Jose really funny though.

    • Anonymous

      it is what it is.

  • Anonymous

    The Kalyeserye is indeed a phenomenal. It reminds me of Marimar (Mexican Telenovela), Meteor Garden (Taiwanese Drama) and Autumn in my Heart (Korean Drama) which changes the Pinoy viewing habits and redefining the way how our local dramas should be. If those time that social media is fully utilised, I bet it will also be trending.

    Now we have Kalyeserye, our very own (not sure if this is first in the world since I tried to search Google of any shows abroad that has the same genre but failed) that we can be proud off, that we started something like this. This what we can call the merging of social and mainstream media.

    Nice article Ms. Daphne

    • Anonymous

      thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my. Please be careful in Syria. Always

  • Anonymous

    your craft is so adorable!!

  • Anonymous

    yes maybe…

  • Anonymous

    wonderful

  • Anonymous

    thanks

  • Anonymous

    nice. but please keep reading too.

  • Anonymous

    i had the same observations and reactions.

  • Anonymous

    oh haha. hope she still talks about school. :)

  • Anonymous

    yes apparently.

    before my time. (in the philippines). hahaha.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. I think their LT was already in cold storage when you started your career with ABS-CBN. :)
      My wife and I loved your F show BTW.

      • Anonymous

        thanks haha

  • Anonymous

    thanks for commenting

  • Anonymous

    wow awesome. you bought a new TV?!!!

    • Anne

      Yes, Daphne I bought a new TV for the love of ALDUB and Kalyeserye! And now I’m enjoying Kalyeserye every lunch break with nothing to worry.

  • dave beltran

    Great great observation po.. loyal EB viewer/fan here! nakasanayan ko na po manood ng eb habang nag lalunch since early 90’s pa ata.. kahit nga po nung time na wowowil ba yun? ang lahat ng tao.. nakikipag away pa talaga ako sa mga kaibigan ko kasi kantyawan na pag napag usapan ang EB at kabila..hehe dati ako lang mag isa naka abang sa aldub pero after nung kinuwento ko sa mga kasama ko dito sa bahay mga pinag gagawa ni yaya dub na impluwensyahan ko na din sila manood at mas updated pa sila ngayon sa mga whereabouts and upcoming projects ng aldub. dahil din po sa aldub nag uusap na kami ng asawa ko during and after the episode..na dati talaga imposible mangyari kasi puro away lang.. at medyo na bawas2xsan na rin ang fight of the titans :-)

    • Anonymous

      thanks

  • dodong

    I was born and raised in the PH but have been living in Chicago for 28 yrs now. For a very long time I had been out of touch with Philippine TV until a few years ago when I decided to get GMA Pinoy TV and discovered Aling Maliit (Ryzza Mae Dizon) in EB. After about a year of enjoying Ryzza and various EB segments such as super sireyna and suffer sireyna (hillarious), I stopped watching again because I do watch a lot of US TV (mostly reality-based) and just couldn’t fine time to continue watching GMA. Then about 3 months ago, I discovered the pabebe girls viral video on YouTube and when I saw Lola Nidora and Yaya Dub’s version of it (super funny), I became instantly hooked to the Problem Solving segment of EB. And then I witnessed the Alden stare and the creation of AlDub and Kalye Serye in almost real time (delayed telecast here) and I knew and felt that it was something special. Now I find myself in the reverse situation and have been glued exclusively to GMA and oblivious to what’s happening in US TV. I absolutely love AlDub, EB, and Kalye Serye that almost all my FB postings are now about them (wala kayong paki at walang makakapigil sakin haha). To sum it all up, it took an AlDub for me to create a Twitter and Instagram account. That’s the kind of impact it had on me. Thanks for the article and have a good day :)

    • Anonymous

      thanks

  • YaYaSis

    maine is such a ball of positive light, anything she does is magic! fresh and genuine, she is a love energy that nobody can deny. can totally change you, yeah, revolutionary!

  • Anonymous

    May I ask saan ka sa China? I’m in Beijing and a big ALDUB fan, too! 😀

    • Anne

      Hello Sagnad, I’m based in Xiamen in Fujian Province quite far from Bejing. Sana pde tayo makagawa ng fans club dito sa China kaso nga lang sobrang layo natin. From Xiamen, konti lang kami na fans ng Aldbu kasi most of my friends don’t have the Philippine satellite tapos mabagal pa yung VPN kasi nakablocked nga yung FB at Yoututbe.

      • kungfupandah

        Don’t worry. Parating na ako. Wahaha. Told the condo to have cable switched from abs to gma

  • Anonymous

    I will read it. Thanks for the link! 😀

  • dinhsvenz

    I’m an OFW for a decade now. I spent my first 8 years of that in China wherein I had no access to anything with our local TVs and whatnot. So I had no idea who are the current artistas and the latest teleseryes, that even when I go home once a year, it wasn’t as appealing to me as it used to be. Perhaps, I got bitten by the travel bug that I would rather go somewhere than watch TV at home. Then last year, I was “stuck” in New York (because I was waiting for a job offer in Brazil) with my Pinoy family that my 75 year old Lola did nothing but watch TFC all day long. That’s when I got hooked to “Forevermore”. Kinilig ako ulit! But after the series, I didn’t watch anything anymore. Personally, ayoko din ng mga negativity and sad stories as your friend said. Then I moved to Brazil, June of this year, nawala na naman ako sa Pinoy TV radar, and I was completely fine. But my FB page keeps on showing me feeds about #AlDub. At first, I thought it’s one of the super OA Pinoy fad lang sa FB. But I got more curious na kahit mga “desente” friends ko ng hashtag na din, that I finally asked my sister one day. She explained the whole thing and suggested that I can keep up from the beginning sa FB page ng Eat Bulaga. Ever since, yun na ang daily dose of laughter ko. More than the kiligan, I really watch it because of the lolas. Iba ang level ng patawa nila– not rude or offensive and certainly not bullying (if you know what I mean). So I guess, yun din ang isa sa mga kinagigiliwang panoorin ng mga tao and why it’s getting a lot of attention.

    Today, I saw on their FB page na ang dami nang Pinoy ngsubmit ng pabebe wave…I’m not usually participating in things like this…pero bilang isang fan na fan ng #AlDub I will show them some Brazilians doing the “pabebe wave”! hahaha

    • Anonymous

      thanks

  • escargotiskuhol

    I just stumbled upon your blog and enjoyed reading this. I’ve been a long-time fan of yours since you started and am really glad you’re an AlDub fan since the early days. I’m impressed by how accurately you’ve predicted that this will become big! Kudos and onwards to 20M tweets today!

    • Anonymous

      amazing

  • escargotiskuhol

    I love this fanart!

    • van.essa

      There’s more actually. I even made fan crafts for the three Lolas, Riyanna, Duhrizz and one Rogelio. :3

      • Danny Cruz

        pls post. thank you.

  • joyce

    I never followed any PNoy love team. Never, until ALDUB came along. I got hooked with this feeling.

  • Bambhie

    Hi Daphne, Just like you I also like the Lolas especially Jose with his or let me say “her” (to that) Mambo No. 5 I can’t stop laughing. Have you seen the episode last Saturday? It will make you really laugh and shout! hahaha… very nice entry.

    • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

      yes. I watched 2nd date!!!! Jose was hilarious.

  • Mean V.

    Hi,
    So glad I found a forum of thoughtful, civilized, happy folks who share the joy and laughter that ALDUB has brought. I am a closet-Aldub fan, with probably one closet door open.

    Friends whom I thought would not judge, are aware of my ‘obsession’. However, I try not to post anything about ALDUB on FB because I’m not sure what type of discussion it would trigger on my timeline as I’ve seen on others. I have a lot of ‘sosyal’, academic, very serious, and ‘intellectual’ friends, and also those who consider themselves the opposite.

    I live in NJ with a European husband and my American-raised kids so there’s no Tagalog spoken in my house. We watch a lot of Public TV, BBC, Netflix and Amazon; mostly British sitcoms and dramas. Also Broadway shows, plays and even opera.

    Then came ALDUB! Not sure how I found out but I got hooked after I saw days 1-10 on youtube. It started with the Lolas and the LOLs they brought out in me. Then the ‘kilig’ started to hit me. I recently subscribed to GMA so I could watch them properly. I also started to feel so happy after watching that I have become nicer to my husband, LOL.

    My husband has started watching as well since he has caught me laughing and giggling many times. Even if I cannot translate every word (some are so parochial and play on Tagalog words), he will be chuckling because the comedy is also very physical. It reminded him of vaudeville or pantomime in England. We both thought the concept is so different and refreshing . What a genius creative team!

    And the second date? My husband found himself laughing so hard especially when the ‘slutty’ lola (Jose) rolled on the floor, strict lola kept on measuring, and lola Regine kept on swooning. Lola Nidora is also his favorite, an absolute gem of comedic and stage talent. Wally is a great stage actor, IMO.

    My husband also kept on grinning over the ‘kilig’ moments, even commenting that Alden was not acting anymore and had fallen hard for Maine. (He said Alden looked so dazed, not knowing what hit him. And that trained actors would not be sweating buckets. But the reel or real Question is for another story.)
    He also thought that Maine is so lovable, and has great comedic timing and expression, akin to Julia Louis Dreyfuss from Seinfeld (if you’ve seen it).

    Funny because I was trying hard to explain to him what ‘kilig’ meant. (“A combination of giddiness, giggling, and breathlessness!”). And yet I saw him in a ‘kilig’ state.

    BTW this week-end, I’m off to see the opera ‘Spoliarium’ in NYC to feed the other side of me. But because I don’t want to miss the kalyeseye, I just ordered a DVR so I can record EB this Saturday. Just to make sure that whatever bad or sad feelings the opera would stir in me, the kalyeserye would pull me back to the joyful place of feeling 17 again, and again!

    Thanks again. I’m so grateful and glad to be part of this happy ‘nation’! What a wonderful gift to our stessed, sometimes jaded, real-lives!

    • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

      What a wonderful comment. You captured exactly what I meant to convey.

      I really don’t like labels. And it’s hard to explain to non-viewers why I like watching this segment. I say, it’s just entertainment. But it’s a revolutionary form of entertainment. The bottom line is that it really makes me laugh. Yesterday’s Zumba lessons of Tinidora was a hoot!

      And it’s great that you’re watching the Spoliarium opera. I haven’t seen that. But I did see Noli Me Tangere opera last year. http://daphne.ph/four-shows-in-9-days It was beautiful.

      Thanks for reading. Hope you stick around.

      • Mean V.

        Hi, thanks for your response. I appreciate it!
        I just want to share these thoughts, a different perspective on this phenomenon:

        After hearing Maine sang ‘Cry’, I searched and watched ‘A Walk to Remember’ on Amazon.
        For some reason, I got overcome with emotions and cried.

        Then it dawned on me why I am (and maybe a lot of people) are hooked.
        Somewhere in a distant, hidden corner of ourselves, is Yaya Dub.
        She is the ‘every girl’, the girl we were or hoped to be; or some girl we once knew.

        The popular funny friend of the cheerleader, the seatmate who was secretly in love with her best friend, the nerd who fell for the school jock, the 17 year old who never got flowers on Valentines Day, the one who was left behind.

        She is also the girl who went off to UP and became a physicist, who left for Harvard to be a lawyer; the Mindy Kaling; the Taylor Swift; and even the one whose heart broke and became the first woman president.

        She is the ‘every girl’ who got away, and soared!

        “The entire world is a great collection of memoranda, that she did exist, and that I’ve lost her” – Wuthering Heights

        • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

          very nice

  • Jam

    and i just finished reading everyone’s comments. who does that?

    • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

      haha

  • Patrick M. Gonzalez

    Ms Daphne,

    This is about social divide.

    1. Disclaimer, hanga ako sa yo dahil sa epekto sa yo ng Eat Bulaga, na you said too loud for you.

    2.Ito opinion ko baka makatulong hehe

    3. Sino ka?

    – ikaw yung educated middle class na may pa cute na comments sa isang bagay na hindi mo alam dati

    – akoy original fan ng Bulaga since 79

    4. Sino kayo?

    – kayo yung akala sa sarili ay kaiba sa mga naunuod ng Eat Buaga, kayo yung galit sa jeepney driver na bastos magmaneho at walang modo, kayo yung gusto mawala nag squatters sa mundo pero mabait naman pag naimbitahan sa munting bahay nila sa parola tondo

    – ako yung jeepney driver at squatter

    5. Sino ka?

    – ikaw yung senyorita ng mga taga san mateo , mabait naman pag gipit si yaya at magaling makisama , may puso sa mga security guards na nagbubukas ng pinto ng bank pag dumarating ka

    – ako yung yaya at security guard

    6. Sino kayo?

    – kayo yung may kaya na maka influence ng buhay ng maraming tao

    – ako yung natutuwa na you have initial interest sa istoryang ito

    Sana magkita tayo.

    • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

      Patrick,

      Maraming salamat sa pag sulat mo dito sa blog ko. Mag-Tatagalog ako kahit hindi perpekto. Pasensya ka na at hindi ako nagaral sa Pilipinas. Hanggang Grade 7 lang ako dito. Sa ibang bansa ako nag high school at unibersidad. Pero ngayon mas marunong na ako mag Tagalog kasi matagal na din ako dito at ang mga anak ko ay kailangan mas magaling sila sa Tagalog.

      Unang una, naiiyak ako sa mga sinabi mo. Hindi yung iyak na na-o-offend ako dahil hater or basher ka. Naiiyak ako kasi alam ko ang sinasabi mo. Ramdam na ramdam ko ang sinanabi mo.

      Oo isa akong tao na may-ari ng bahay, na may mga kasambahay at may driver. Sobrang grateful ako sa kanila at tinutulungan nila ako kasi ang dami kong anak at wala kaming kapamilya dito. Malaki ang tulong nila sa akin.

      Mataas ang pinag-aralan ko. Hindi ko kinailangan bumalik dito sa Pilipinas dahil maganda ang buhay namin sa bago naming bayan (mahabang quento yan, so please huwag mag husga or generalize kung bakit umalis kami). Pero pinili ko lumipat dito sa Pilipinas pagkatapos ko makuha ang degree ko sa Canada – hindi para pumasok sa broadcasting or maging sikat. Iba ang kwento ko.

      Alam mo ba na tumira ako sa isa sa pinaka mahirap na probinsya sa Pilipinas nung 90’s? Isang taon ako tumira sa Guimaras upang maging Project Manager nang isang programa na funded ng gobyerno namin sa Canada. Pinadala ako dito para i-manage ang environmental and urban planning ng bagong probinsya na iyon. Hindi ako ignorante sa buhay ng mahihirap na Pilipino. Nung bata pa ako (20s), ang goal ko ay medyo ambisyosa… gusto ko meron akong input sa society. Sabi ko “Whatever it is I do, I want to make a difference.” Medyo naive yon. Kasi ano ba naman ang magagawa mo sa isang program lang na ganon. Pero ginawa ko sya. Wala pang internet or cellphone no’on. So napakahirap no’on. At wala akong pamilya sa pilipinas.

      Nung nagkaroon ako ng opportunidad magtrabaho sa ABSCBN, nawala ako sa focus ko. Hindi broadcasting ang pinag-aralan ko. Isa akong grad ng Urban Planning at Art History sa pinakamataas na unibersidad sa Canada. Pero dito, walang pumansin sa edukasyon ko. Kinailangan ko mag umpisa sa una – naging reporter ako, producer, saka ako naging TV host. Mahaba ang quento na ito…

      Pag nag po-post ako ng picture ng masisikip communidad sa Maynila na puno ng “squatters”or kung ano man, hindi ko ito ginagawa para i-wish tanggalin sila. Meron po akong propesyonal na goal – ito ang hanapan na ng solusyon ang over-crowding sa maliliit na lugar. Lalo na yung lugar na flood-prone. Gusto ko lang ng mahusay na diskusyon at attention para mayroon na magawang solusyon.

      Alam ko ang iniisip mo. Na na-cu-cute-an lang kami sa Aldub. Medyo ganoon nga. Pero natutuwa talaga ako na meron attempt ang management ng show na mag-contribute sa social change. So yung pag fundraise nila para sa libraries- nagustuhan ko talaga yon.

      Kasi alam mo ba na hindi naman ako nakahiga lang sa aircon buong araw. Minsan lumalabas ako sa buhay ko at gumagawa rin ng activities na sa tingin ko ay ikabubuti ng maraming Pilipino. Parte ako ng isang organisasyon na nagbigay sa akin ng boses para makausap ang mga nanay at mga bata at ma-encourage sila na maging malusog at safe. Nakarating na ako sa mga squatter area sa Metro Manila at ibang ciudad, sa lugar na nasira ng bagyo gaya ng Davao Oriental (typhoon Pablo) and Tacloban (Yolanda) at sa lugar na may giyera gaya ng Maguindanao at Cotabato.

      Minsan no’on pag nag-iikot ako sa mga communities naririnig ko ang mga tao nanunuod ng noontime shows. Naiinis ako kasi feeling ko dapat may natututunan ang mga tao at nagtratrabaho at sinesweldohan ng maayos. Bakit puro showbiz entertainment lang? Nakakapikon din no’on kasi hindi naman ako kilala ng mga tao na binibisita ko. Kasi hindi ako lumalabas sa telebisyon nga nag-Tatagalog. Pero si Vice Ganda kilala nila. At si TVJ. Iniisip ko — kung ang mga sikat na artista lang sana ay mag take-on ng isang advocacy at gamitin ang kanilang kasikatan para maka “make a difference” ay siguro pwede ma-improve ang sociedad. Tayo ang may pinakamataas na rate ng breast cancer sa region. Tayo ang pinakamabilis tumaas na rate ng HIV. Walang bayad ang maging spokesperson ng isang advocacy… pero naman ang impact ay napakalaki. Kaya nga no’ong nakita ko na mag-tatayo ng library ang Aldub, naniwala ako na meron namang positive effect ang kasikatan nila. Sana madaming projects ang magawa nila. Pero sana din, ang individual na tao ay magsikap.

      Mahaba na ito.

      Gusto ko lang sabihin na sa mundo kung saan ako lumaki, walang senyorita, walang elitista, walang driver at walang security guard. Lahat pare-pareho. Sana dito ganoon din. Wala nang social divide.

      Oo nga pala – Wala pa akong nakaka-away na jeepney or trycicle driver. Safe at mabagal ako mag drive. Pero I admit na noon mas bata pa ako ay umiinit ang ulo ko sa mga bus driver. Gusto ko sila awayin. Dahil ang delikado nila at nakakatakot sila. Sana masolusyonan na yang public transit issue na yan.

      Salamat Patrick. Pag nakita mo ako, mag pa-bebe wave tayo.

  • Valenzuela Mae

    Im an OFW from Dubai..and this is my first time n mahook sa isang love team…because sobrang strict ang parents ko news and EB (minsan bawal pa) lng allowed sa bahay na panuorin…grabe ung kilig electricity na nabibigay nila..even during office hours (8am Dxb Time) Naka-Live stream na ko :) pra good vibes ang feeling ko buong araw… :)

  • Aina Cataleva

    11M have been surpassed since the time of writing. From 11 to 25 to 41M in tweets. They now have 6 commercials and 7 front magazine covers. This is seriously a global phenomenon. Everything they’re associated with become hot ticket items. From lipstick to sneakers to shirts.

    My addiction (yes, I’m on Step 1: Honesty) started when my office mates kept bugging me to watch Kalyeserye because according to them, my humor is so Eat Bulaga that they can’t believe I haven’t gotten back to watching it after so many years. I too, like most who commented, am a fan of Game of Thrones and OTNB. The only time I switch to local channels is when I read something that GMA-7 covered in the news. I never (note – NEVER) surf thru other Pinoy channels simply because I feel everything that comes out on other channels are just copies of what GMA-7 has, or is already doing. No offense intended. (Jessica Soho for me is a genius, that’s all)

    Anyway, as of writing, I have done 3 marathon rounds of Kalyeserye and there is no end in sight for me ever repeating the cycle. I’m addicted to it, and I personally felt the change in me. I now see the old me, before I got into the Corporate world, and before everything got serious. I was able to salvage my almost-ended 8 year relationship, and am now laughing at almost everything that comes my way, including office issues. And that’s all because of this wonderful gift that God gladly bestowed on Eat Bulaga and the creators and cast of Kalyeserye.

  • Astrud Magdalena Perez-Ignacio

    I’m 35 years old and my first words were Eat Bulaga. Haha! Just kidding. But might as well coz my hippie of a dad was a huge TVJ fan. Before I made a conscious decision of what to listen to Iskul Bukol full album would be blaring in the background. So I grew up to be a loyal TVJ fan – Iskul Bukol to Todas to what have you. But just like you, I never watched local channels too which started when I was in college because none of the shows appealed to me. I would reprimand my lil girl whenever I hear her sing charachara.. Haha! But after I gave birth last May, we got home to find out that somebody tampered with the cable line outside. So I’m stuck with channel 7 because I’d rather watch eat bulaga than anything. It was problem solving with doctora dora and no kalye serye yet. Jose, Wally and Paolo were my favorite! I was hooked. Then kalye serye happened, my lil girl and I were addicted to it. We’d watch it at noon and watch the replay again on facebook. We get a lil sad when it’s Sunday because there’s no eat bulaga. So now that I have two kids, my 5 year old girl says nothing but Babala! And when my 5 month lil boy reaches the tamang panahon when he would utter his first words, I would be thrilled if it were Mama, stoked if it were Papa and majorly shocked yet totally proud if it were Eat Bulaga. Haha!

    • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

      cute story

      • Astrud Magdalena Perez-Ignacio

        Haha thanks daphne!

  • http://daphne.ph Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment!