Ano Ba Meron sa AlDub
The AlDub craze has taken over the country and it has even started to spill over to the rest of the world. The record-shattering 12.1M tweets last Saturday caught the attention of international celebrities.
To be honest we haven’t really been following the show. In fact we often dismissed it as something “gimmicky” and “brain draining”. However since we really wanted to understand what the rabid fandom was all about, we binged on all the episodes in one go. During that day we rode a roller coaster of emotions but for the most part it was hours upon hours of just being “kilig”.
We know that a lot of you haven’t watched it yet and you probably don’t want to read about it here on Unbox but we just want to take this opportunity to try to explain the “madness” about it from our POV. So for those who are just here for gadgets, apologies in advance. But as a historic moment in social media, please do allow us this chance to try to make sense of it all.
This is how we saw it. Take note that we don’t claim to be AlDub experts so we probably missed out on a few key moments in the story. We just want to try to explain and come up with some sort of crude timeline.
Yaya Dub’s Debut on Eat Bulaga
Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza debuted on Eat Bulaga as the helper of Lola Nidora (played by Wally). For the first few episodes Yaya Dub was very “masungit” and “suplado”. She never really spoke on the show but instead used various songs in Dubsmash style to communicate. Prior to Eat Bulaga Yaya Dub was an online sensation for her Dubsmash videos.
Here’s the video of her debut on Eat Bulaga. Skip to the 7:15 mark to be able to go to the moment she first gets out of the car.
When Yaya Dub Met Alden
Fast forward several episodes and we find Yaya Dub with Lola Nidora in the segment. The camera pans to Alden Richards who’s sitting in the audience and they do a split screen showing both of them. Yaya Dub’s “suplada” and “masungit” facade crumbles and she literally gushes.
In the talk of TAPE Senior Vice President for Creatives Jenny Ferre at the IMMAP Summit, she revealed that they knew that Maine had a crush on Alden (prior to them meeting or seeing each other) so they asked Alden to sit down with the audience. The spark was definitely there.
“We saw an opportunity to tell a story.” – Jenny Ferre, TAPE SVP for Creatives
When Things Started to Get “Real”?
The episodes continued on with Alden and Yaya Dub flirting but never actually seeing each other. Eat Bulaga used the split screen and Dubsmash to great effect. The mystery and the “totoo ba talaga to” thing going on made viewers crazy. In the episode below the “kilig” factor was turned up to insane levels as the line between REAL and REEL blurred completely.
There was an instance where they ALMOST saw each other but it didn’t push through. However several episodes later it happened. And the #AlDub Nation broke Twitter.
When They First Saw Each Other
This moment was so intense that someone made a fictional account for the “PLYWOOD” that separated Alden and Yaya Dub. The account made an official statement (WHUT) saying that it wasn’t his fault and it was Lola Nidora who set everything up.
Anyway, this segment ends with Yaya Dub being KIDNAPPED (WHUT).
The Second Time
Yaya Dub was kidnapped by the granddaughter (or daughter we forget) of Lola Nidora. During the whole fiasco Alden is also caught and this is where they see each other for the second time. The AlDub Nation broke Twitter once again. We can’t blame them. The emotion on the faces of the two were so real (kung hindi man ang galing nila mag acting, hehe).
Their 2nd Monthsary
Fast forward several episodes and we have the “second monthsary” of AlDub. This is where things are taken to a whole new level with the line between what’s real and fiction just totally disappearing. Panoorin niyo yung buong to at kung wala kayo maramdaman, manhid kayo. 😛
The Date Which Had 12.1M Tweets
And this is the episode that really broke Twitter. Their first date where they saw each other for the third time.
So what’s our final verdict? (Lol parang gadget review lang)
After watching all the episodes so far, we have to admit that we’re fans of the show. We will probably keep on watching it until the mystery, “kilig”, and the fun is there. Love is universal. It doesn’t mean that when you enjoy AlDub, it follows that you aren’t an intelligent person. It just means that you still have a heart.
Our recommendation? Take the plunge and watch it. Let that heart beat a little faster and maybe you’ll remember the magic of romance and the incomprehensible mad feeling of falling in love. 😛