No doubt, I have been bitten by the AlDub Fever (or MaiDen fever para mas kilig hihi). Watching their vids (on replay) has become my habit for three weeks now.
It was on the first weeksary of AlDub that I first heard of them from my cousins who are long-time Eat Bulaga/ Kapuso fans. I shrugged it off, as I thought it was just another topic on social media that went trending.
The last (and only) local television show I watched this year was Forevermore (on Iwantv btw, LizQuen fan here!), and other series I usually watch over the net are Suits, White Collar, and NCIS. I was also inactive on social media lately (deactivated fb, deleted twitter and IG early this year), so I literally had no idea what the fuzz is all about. Pero isang linggo na silang kilig na kilig talaga. So then I became curious about this ALDUB.
I was thinking, hmmm ano kaya yang pakulo na yan, masilip nga. So when the weekend came I watched the replay videos of the first weeksary episode.
-(first 5 minutes) Hmm.. yun na yun? ambabaw naman…
-(end of the video) Grabe, sobrang nakakakilig at nakakatawa pala talaga. Panoorin ko nga yung ibang videos.
So there, after attending to my commitments, I wonderfully spent such weekend marathoning for the days I missed, episodes from July 16 to 25 of the Kalyeserye.
I remember being thrilled that Maine Mendoza is on the show because I have already noticed her several weeks from then as that pretty girl on a youtube compilation, dubsmashing ridiculously but flawlessly. I even told my cousins that she had become my Girl Crush because of her wit and antics on her vids.
And Alden Richards… I know I have noticed him somewhere. Then I remembered… he was that guy who played Jose Rizal in Ilustrado (which I failed to watch while it was still on air). Being a history buff myself and having a big crush on Jose Rizal (yeah, I’m that geeky), I became really excited to know more about Alden, especially that I knew how challenging it must be to accurately play someone as iconic as Dr. Rizal. Later on, yung crush ko kay Rizal nahawa na kay Alden. Haha
So after marathoning on the Kalyeserye, I went on to watch ALL the youtube uploads of Maine, and then watched youtube replays of the Magpakailanman and Tunay na Buhay episodes featuring the life of Alden.
So there, I became an AlDub fan first… then quickly after, totally a MaiDen fan. I love them both individually and as a love team.
I went back to twitter with a fresh account to follow @mainedcm and @aldenrichards02, and the other official accounts of Bulaga show, staff and hosts. I became an instant Dabarkads over one weekend. All for AlDub. I even stated in my bio that I do not need followers, I just want to contribute to the daily hashtags among the AldubNation fandom which I am now a proud citizen of. Then I reactivated my FB account to like the Eat Bulaga page in which I become an abanger for the EB upload each night.
My recreation schedule had also drastically changed starting the Monday proceeding that weekend. By 7pm- two hours after work, I see to it that I start watching the That’s My Bae and Kalyeserye segments for that day uploaded on youtube. Last week, I even started to watch the replays of the entire Eat Bulaga show for each day, and I have indeed become a full-fledged Dabarkads by heart. Sadly, the past Saturdays were quite hectic for me due to my commitments, so up to yesterday I have not watched Eat Bulaga on live broadcast just yet. Thank goodness, today is a holiday, so it was my first time to watch the Kalyeserye on TV kanina.
I noticed how AlDub has affected not just me, but a lot of people. On MRT, LRT, schools, establishments, offices, and other public areas with TV, regardless of social status, people are tuning to the AlDub Kalyeserye, be it during the live Eat Bulaga broadcast, or on the news bites at night. I am not saying everyone, but perhaps MAJORITY, including those people in denial pa sa pag shift nila to Eat Bulaga. (Wag na kayong mahiya, in denial din ako nung una, because I used to say na solid Kapamilya ako). Kalyeserye offers so much of good things: laughter, entertainment, life lessons, and kilig vibes. And suspense, oh I love suspense. 🙂 Kaya good vibes everyday, even despite heartbreaking episodes like that of today. Yung bigla ka nalang mapapa smile, so akala ng tao sa paligid mo may love life ka na, pero wala naman talaga at naalala mo lang si Alden at Yaya Dub kasi. 🙂
Sa totoo lang, if old folks have twitter, the number of tweets could be more than what the AlDubNation are contributing to the NW and WW trend each day. Baka triple pa. I wonder if I should make an account for my Lola, who is a big AlDub fan also btw.
I must say that for almost a month now, I have become a fan not only of AlDub but of the entire EB show, especially the folks behind Kalyeserye.
Wally Bayola, who plays Lola Nidora, Dra. Dora, and Duhrizz, is a very versatile actor- he deserves a prestigious award for Comedic Act and more projects exploring his dramatic talents as an actor. Notice that he could actually speak English well as Duhrizz (except for some of his intentional banats distorting his grammar). Wally’s getting back on track is a proof that everybody deserves a second chance at God’s grace; and believe it or not we all do need such grace amid our imperfections. I also find it amusing how Jose Manalo effectively shifts from the third party of Aldub as Frankie A. Arinoli to the narrator/spectator Gas Gas Abelgas. I am also anticipating for Paolo Ballesteros’ potential act as a third party to Aldub (I ship Pao-Den!!!!) which almost happened on an episode that Monday after Yaya Dub had fainted (Saturday ep.); PaoDen would be utterly hilarious! For me, Kalyeserye would not be complete without JoWaPao. I also appreciate how the hosts at Broadway particularly Tito, Vic, Joey, and Allan support the Kalyeserye and fill any dead air, through their funny comments on what’s happening on the other side of the split screen; in fact it was them particularly Allan K who first pointed out the kilig reaction of Yaya Dub on the first day (go VP!). As with the Pres. @sam_yg, I really appreciate his little comments every That’s My Bae segment for Alden about Yaya Dub (recently, he insists on using Maine for portmanteau). I thank the entire team of EB, from the directors and artists down to the crew, staff, janitors and guards; because without them managing the creatives and production, I would probably not be able to encounter EB as a happy fan. I know they are just doing their work, but clearly they do it with sheer determination and professionalism. The hosts, staff and bosses seem to be very supportive and obviously abangers themselves to what might happen next. That adds up to my excitement as a fan.
With Maine Mendoza, I can see the sincerity and genuineness in her emotions as Yaya Dub. Probably because she was sent to the portray the role without any workshops. Ever since watching her youtube vids and reading her blog, I can’t help but feel protective of her (being 3 years older than her). I care for her like I would do for my little sister. We all know the realities of the show business, and she could get hurt along the way. There might be expectations that she might get disappointed about, if not fulfilled ( emotionally, e.g. heartbreak, etc.). At present, there are people who would bash her or give painful remarks… and I can not stand that. I just can’t. I am thankful for EB for bringing forth a person like Maine to us viewers. But am just worried because I know that she has pessimistic tendencies (according to her blog), so although she can handle everything very well, it would still really be great if there are right mentors who could guide her along the way, or if the management would give her ample workshops on skills and character building needed for such an industry. We can see that although her college degree is way too far from her current career, her passion for entertaining has always been there; and she has the talent, looks, and confidence she needs- they just have to be cultivated even more. I love that she has been down-to-earth despite her sky-rocketing fame and high societal status in real life; which reflects how beautifully she was raised by her parents, and loved by her family and friends. EB/ GMA, please take care of my baby girl Maine.
With Alden Richards- As I was watching his Magpakailanman episode, I can’t help but admire him on his love for his mom and respect for his dad. I could relate very well to what he did- foregoing important things in his personal life (even love life and studies) for the sake of his family. Also, his love for his craft of acting and dedication to his job really impressed me, more than his dimples or good looks. Imagine, the guy is working 7 days a week on noon time shows (EB and Sunday Pinasaya), aside from rehearsals and other commitments. Nakaka-inspire lang ng sobra yung kasipagan niya, kaya naman ginagaya ko siya sa pagsisipag… para sa ekonomiya! hahaha. Truly, hard work pays off; and because of his immense love for God (I heard he reads the Bible everyday), he has been blessed continuously with all these love and success. He also seem so modest in answering questions about the real score between him and Maine, because as it is they have not met in person just yet. I could see that he is that kind of a guy who will court a girl after knowing her better in person or a face-to-face friendship; unlike his character in the Kalyeserye who uses only fansigns and split screen moves (Although parang totohanan na yung fan signs nilang dalawa ha, I heard hindi daw scripted yun). I believe that the real-life Alden truly is a good gentleman. True enough though, I am a HOPIA that he and Maine would meet in person, not just to become a romantic item; but so that he could help out Maine (as friend, loveteam or mentor) as she is starting up in the crazy world of show business.
My prayer is for Maine and Alden to continue inspiring people, reminding everyone to work for our dreams just like they did. I pray that being influential persons that they are now, God would use them to share His message of faith, hope and love, no matter how cliche it gets. I pray that above all the success, they would each find their significant place in this world.
I am excited for what might happen next for AlDub, but I am more excited for them as MaiDen. 🙂 But please don’t rush on it, Alden and Maine. As your fans, we respect your pace and space. So, go on and take your own sweet time. Everything will be perfected by God sa tamang panahon. 🙂 For now, go lang and be happy happy! 🙂
P.S. Kinikilig ako sa fact na if they weren’t artists, Maine would pursue being a flight attendant and Alden being a pilot. Parang kahit hindi sa showbiz, meant silang magtagpo sa eroplano. 🙂 *hart hart*
Yans DM, a new avid fan. *pabebe wink*