This blog entry is brought to you by Agent P’s soul which departed her body after Alden Richards tearily uttered these words during the bridge part of God Gave Me You:

“Mga Dabarkads, kung napupuna n’yo po, palagi akong nagpapasalamat. Pero itong kantang ‘to, gusto ko munang ialay ‘to kay Meng. Meng, para sa ‘yo ‘to.”

(Dabarkads, if you noticed, I’ve always been thankful. But for this song, I would like to dedicate this to Meng. Meng, this one’s for you.)
NOTE: Dabarkads = loyal fans of the show; Meng = Maine’s nickname that’s only used by people closest to her


My Top 5 Most Sincere Moments From Today’s Episode of Eat Bulaga:

In order of appearance:

1. The Opening Number

The show started with a close-up of Alden’s face – oh my – and then we saw him preparing for his visit to Yaya Dub’s house. Then we see Yaya Dub ironing her clothes and picking something to wear for Alden’s visit. After that was a montage of random people from the barangays and all over the world doing the Pabebe Wave and partying along with those in the studio, including the hosts, to the tune of the various hit songs that became part of Kalyeserye. It’s like a celebration, not just for AlDub, but moreover for each and every person whose lives have been touched by this phenomenon. It was Eat Bulaga saying THANK YOU to all of us and letting us know that we’re in this together.

A few minutes before that, I was watching the rival show’s opening number. In comparison to the simplicity of Eat Bulaga‘s opening number, it was breathtakingly amazing in all its technical aspects. But all that was literally trumped by a plantsa. Nice try, but not enough to touch the audience’s hearts.

2. The Creative Geniuses of AlDub Nation

Joey De Leon was telling the truth when he Tweeted yesterday that the only guests that they will have for the Saturday show are AlDub Nation.

All through the episode, Eat Bulaga featured the various fan arts inspired by AlDub and Kalyeserye. Songs written for AlDub, graphic artworks, even those manipulated images of Lolas Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora were used as family portraits at the D’Explorer mansion. It is yet another tribute to the fandom by the show. How many television shows would do this, sincerely dedicating an entire show to its audience?

3. God Gave Me You

See: above video. It speaks for itself.

4. Eat Bulaga = Family

Before Alden left the studio, all of the hosts gave him a send-off by either patting him at the back/giving a hug, gave last minute reminders and instructions, and/or gave words of encouragement. Again, it’s like we’re snooping into moments at a family gathering. TVJ, in particular, were like fathers giving their son away on his wedding day.

5. The Letter

While Alden was serenading Maine, it was shown that Maine was ferociously writing a letter. She handed it to Alden before he left the mansion, for which Paolo Ballesteros (as Lola Tidora) playfully revealed that the name written on the card was not ‘Alden’ but his real name, ‘Richard’. :dream: It was a personal note from Maine.

I know that all of us are dying to know what she wrote for him, but for me, I’d rather not. It is something that only the two of them should share.

This post by Alden on Instagram/Twitter should be more than enough. :smile:


How about you, guys and gals? What are your favorite scenes from today’s Eat Bulaga?

I’m pretty sure that we all watch television to be entertained. I mean, it’s a pastime; why would you want to spend your free time getting stressed?

However… how many times have you watched a television show where the hosts literally were just sitting there, having lunch, chatting with one another, giving advice to their younger co-hosts, laughing and having fun with the studio/remote broadcast audience while the cameras were rolling, and the energy just seeped through the TV screen that you ended up feeling like you’re part of it?

This, my friends, is what happened at this afternoon’s episode of Eat Bulaga.

I really don’t know how they did it. Their rival show – and evidently, the rival network, as a whole – has been racking their brains and exhausting their creative energies for tomorrow’s pre-anniversary special/network fans’ day. The rival show has enlisted the network’s biggest stars to make an appearance and their top loveteams to make pakilig for the fans. Meanwhile, Eat Bulaga‘s only counter-attack to an entire TV network is this: declaring tomorrow, September 26, 2015 as National Pabebe Wave Day. Save from asking the whole AlDub Nation to post photos of them doing the ‘pabebe wave’ on social media, we don’t even know what exactly that means. The hosts have been hyping this event since Wednesday, but none of them actually said – or maybe even knew? – what the event really is. It’s genius, actually. If I am the rival show, I would be racking my brains trying to figure out what my competitor is up to. Facing a blank wall would be so frustrating.

Oh, and there’s that whole ‘Lola Nidora allowing Alden to finally visit Yaya Dub at the mansion’ thing which they only announced last Thursday. So that’s all of the rival network’s established loveteams, vs. AlDub. Should be an interesting outcome no matter what it will be.

The more interesting part to me is the fact that, despite going head on against the entire machinery of the rival network and not just the rival show, Eat Bulaga seems to be unfazed. They were so relaxed today. All of the hosts (the ones who were present, that is) became part of today’s Kalyeserye episode, that is, if we can still call it an ‘episode’ because today’s episode did not have a story. It was just the hosts giving advice to Alden on how to go about his official first day of courtship with Maine – I mean Yaya Dub – :razz: , and needling Lola Nidora on how tomorrow’s events are going to unfold.

This is where I realized why I am so hooked on this show. Last week, while Alden and Maine were doing their dating game, we (as in me and my Voltes friends) just threw pillows at each other and danced along to Fantastic Baby every time Maine and Alden got matching answers. Today, the hosts literally just chatted away casually on screen and it felt like we were all guests at a family gathering. It was such a delightful experience.

We are hooked on this show not because we want to topple the competition. We are hooked on this show because we know that we are a part of it.

On today’s episode of #KiligPaMore Kalyeserye: It’s AlDub’s 2nd Monthsary!

And to celebrate this milestone, Alden decided to go all-out and serenaded Maine – yes, MAINE, not Yaya Dub; not once did he mention ‘Yaya Dub’ in the entire duration of the segment – with his song, Wish I Maine, er, May while little kids from the barangay brought her flowers.

But! Before that, Alden reminisced about their first ‘meeting’ on July 16, 2015, and then read her a letter while highlights from their two-month ‘relationship’ were flashed on the screen. The letter was so touching that his voice broke a little while reading, and Maine teared up a little while listening to him.



For the benefit of my non-Filipino friends, I will (try to) translate the letter to English:

Hi Maine, how are you?

Only two months have passed but so many things have happened. There were happy times, there were sad times, there were painful moments. But in all of these, we have learned something. There’s nothing that we couldn’t do as long as we work hard and we love what we’re doing. If there are people who will believe in us, and are believing in us and loving us, why should we give up now?

Our lives have changed. So much. But there are also many things (in our lives) that will never, ever change no matter what.

You already know what I mean. And we both know that whatever paths we take, the right time will come.

AlDub you,

Here’s the video of The Letter, courtesy of Eat Bulaga’s official Facebook page:


I’ve seen many testimonies on social media, saying that they cried while listening to Alden recite that letter. They cried even more when they replayed the video (a minimum of 10 times, per my estimate), and while re-reading that screengrab I posted above. I think, paraphrasing what Alden said, it’s really not just Alden and Maine but the whole AlDub Nation can relate to what the letter said. We’ve been in this together for the past two months. (Omigad, it’s only been two months??? Wow!) We laughed together, we cried together, we got angry together, we died of ‘kilig’ together, we rejoiced in their victories together. Our lives have also changed a lot since AlDub.

As for Alden and Maine: many of us have speculated as regards the future of this couple, not just for reel but also for real. At this point, there’s still a blurred line between Kalyeserye and reality between this two. But one thing I know for sure is this: Alden and Maine’s lives changed drastically when they met. All the blessings they are reaping now, the fulfillment of their dreams, it came with the other person. Whatever happens between them from hereon, Alden and Maine are now part of each other’s lives forever.



For the benefit of my non-Filipino readers, I will translate the quote from Alden to English:

“What’s three or five seconds spent taking photos with (fans)?
What’s three or five seconds spent granting a request for a video greeting?
What’s half a second or one second spent holding (being held by) them?
I will not deprive (the fans) of it because that’s what makes them happy and for them, that’s a big deal already.”

After 10 or so years of following celebrities – ok, one celebrity – who practically run towards the other direction at the sight of a fan with a camera, this is such a refreshing sight. Alden is definitely more than just good looks and oodles of talent. He has a good head above his shoulders and he just reeks of positive energy. I’m loving this guy more and more!

The great news is, this awesome celebrity lives in my country and it will be (relatively) easy to follow him. In a non-stalker fan way, of course.

For the full interview, check out Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP)’s official website.

This post is for my non-Filipino friends who may be wondering what the heck is that ‘AlDub’ thing that have I been posting on social media lately.

Here is a brief glossary of some terms or persons that you will encounter as you know more about this phenomenon:

Eat… Bulaga! – now on its 36th year and still counting, it is the longest running show in Philippine TV history. It is the first and only Filipino TV show to have an international franchise in Eat… Bulaga! Indonesia.

Tito, Vic and Joey (TVJ) – the main hosts of Eat… Bulaga! for the past 36 years, the comedy trio comprised of Tito Sotto (now a Senator, hence the nickname, ‘Tito Sen’; ‘Tito’ means ‘uncle’ in Filipino); Vic Sotto, brother of Tito and also goes by the monicker ‘Bossing’; and Joey De Leon. They usually act as the studio panelists (whenever they are present) while the remote segment is ongoing.

Juan For All, All For Juan – hereafter to be referred to as ‘Juan 4 All’, it is the segment of Eat… Bulaga! where they go on remote broadcast to various barangays (villages) in the country to give out prizes to deserving winners, particularly those who are financially stricken. The Kalyeserye is part of this segment.

Kalyeserye – a portmanteau of the words “kalye” (street) and “serye” (series), it refers to the improvisational drama series aired on live TV within the Juan 4 All segment. It’s being called so because half of the drama setting is literally being done on the streets.

Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros (aka. JoWaPao) – hosts of the Juan 4 All segment, these three also portray various supporting characters for the Kalyeserye. Wally Bayola, in particular, plays Senyora Nidora Zobeyala vda. de Explorer (aka Lola Nidora; ‘Lola’ = grandma, but some of you regulars here already know that ;) ), the ‘villain’ between the star-crossed lovers in the series. (Yes, Lola Nidora is played by a man.)

AlDub – stands for ALden Richards and Yaya DUB, the romantic leads of the Kalyeserye.

Yaya Dub/Maine Mendoza – the main female character whose full name is Divina Ursula Bukbokova Smash, she is the caregiver of Lola Nidora (hence the ‘Yaya’ title; ‘Yaya’ means nanny or caregiver) who fell in love with a guy whom she only sees through split screen on the TV monitors. As of today, Yaya Dub only speaks via Dubsmash as Maine Mendoza, the actress who plays her, was known as the Dubsmash Queen of the Philippines prior to joining Eat… Bulaga! (She still is, actually). We might be hearing her actual voice soon. Hopefully.

Alden Richards – one of Eat… Bulaga’s regular hosts, the be-dimpled Pambansang (National) Bae is the other half of the AlDub couple. He is the man on the other side of the split screen. Recently, aside from Dubsmashing, he also communicates with Yaya Dub/Maine through written notes passed via split screen.

Allan K – one of the Eat… Bulaga! hosts who also mans the studio panel whenever one of TVJ is absent. He is credited for being the first person to notice and comment on live TV that Yaya Dub is smitten by Alden Richards, hence, the birth of the AlDub couple and Kalyeserye.

Pabebe – to put it simply, ‘pabebe’ means aegyo. (How fortunate it is that most of the international readers of this blog come from the K-drama/K-pop community, hence, I don’t need to explain further.) Therefore, ‘pabebe wave’, the small wave that is the AlDub couple’s trademark, simply means ‘aegyo-style waving’.


To explain it briefly, Kalyeserye began as a simple prank made by the Eat… Bulaga! staff on Maine Mendoza because they heard that she has a crush on Alden Richards. They made Alden sit on the audience area and focused the camera on him as Maine was doing her Yaya Dub thing on the other side of the split screen. (Note: Alden is stationed at the studio, while Maine is stationed at the barangay where Juan 4 All is on remote broadcast.)

I have been racking my brains trying to figure out how to explain how it all began. Fortunately, some really blessed souls have come up with English-subbed clips of the July 16, 2015 episode of Juan 4 All where Yaya Dub (sort of) met Alden, which eventually led to the birth of the AlDub and Kalyeserye phenomena. :whee!: That certainly saved me a lot of time and brain cells. *whew!* :lol: Watch the clip below:

The subbing group has uploaded the first 4 days with English subs on their YT channel, so do check them out if you want to indulge in more AlDub goodness.

And do it soon, because AlDub may soon become MaiDen (Maine and Alden). ;)

After a few episodes of the two of them flirting via split screen, it somewhat evolved into a story that mainly revolves around the two (literal) on-screen lovers who are being prevented from meeting each other in person by Lola Nidora. Various characters and drama series stereotypes have been introduced and incorporated throughout the series. It was Joey De Leon who eventually labeled it as ‘Kalyeserye’.

Aside from its popularity on social media (so far, they hold the record for the most number of Tweets posted within 24 hours in the Philippines at 5.6 million) and insanely high TV ratings for a noontime show, the Kalyeserye has been gaining much praise from various sectors of Philippine society for its ability to fuse entertainment with values education. Despite its comedy roots, the characters – Lola Nidora, in particular – also impart moral lessons for today’s youth, such as the value of patience and hard work, especially in forging romantic relationships.


Any questions, clarifications and violent reactions? Feel free to post them at the Comments section below. :smile: