AlDub: A Breath of Fresh Air

The fad will surely cease sometime, but even when that day comes, we will always be grateful for the opportunity that we have had a breath of fresh air and a source of pure inspiration and emotional bliss.

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Fan boy mode activate.

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And now the social media world has been flooded with posts and tweets on the newest love team sensation. Who could have imagined an accidental split screen experiment will turn out to be one of the most loved, most talked-about love team in the history of Philippine media?

For over two months, AlDub’s fame has reached heights no one has ever expected. Day in and out, men and women, both young and old, unites together to bring AlDub-related hashtags at the pinnacle of the world’s attention (at least in Twitter). As a result of their fame, the newest love team received two TVC offers, and is expected to receive more in the coming days.

This is the power of media, and I reckon, social media. It unites people into a common cause. And in the case of Alden and Maine, it is overwhelming that Filipinos all over the world has stirred the internet in this new “fan-nomenon”. Clearly, this reveals two things: First, we are a nation who loves to be entertained, and second, we value relationships highly. It is a huge bonus that both are present in our beloved KalyeSerye.

In today’s society where relationships can be instant, it is very notable how KalyeSerye teaches us to wait for the right time and perfect moment, sa tamang panahon as they put it. Somehow, KalyeSerye redeems us to be a society who patiently waits for the right time, especially when it comes to romantic relationships.

I happen to read about one snide remark that says million tweets and ratings are not important, what’s important is ‘good vibes’. Whatever ‘good vibes’ mean, I believe the massive support KalyeSerye is gaining right now is more than an indication of ‘good vibes’ it brings to people. But more than that, I am overwhelmed by the values and the lessons the KalyeSerye is inculcating in the minds of its audiences, particularly the younger ones.

In today’s society where relationships can be instant, it is very notable how KalyeSerye teaches us to wait for the right time and perfect moment, sa tamang panahon as they put it. Somehow, KalyeSerye redeems us to be a society who patiently waits for the right time, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. It teaches us to respect, to listen and obey to instructions, to forgive, and to love unconditionally, all within the context of laughter mixed with tears and giggles. Even the very act of pagmamano is being encouraged by the show! Indeed, this is a breath of fresh air!

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Now on their second monthsary, this loveteam continues to soar, and from the looks of it, it seems to be no longer just a loveteam for reel but for real! First time in the history of Philippine noontime show will an accidental loveteam become a true-to-life couple, with all its fandom rallying behind them showering them with support and encouragement. But we can only wish. Ever since its popularity surfaced, AlDub has stirred creativity, wit and talents from people who admire them. How much more when they are already out of their respective characters and just be true with their feelings?

Our beloved KalyeSerye and the characters behind, particularly Alden and Maine, will continue to dominate social media in the next few weeks, or months. The fad will surely cease sometime, but even when that day comes, we will always be grateful for the opportunity that we have had a breath of fresh air and a source of pure inspiration and emotional bliss.

My Take on AlDub: Five Reasons Why We Love Them

Sabi nga, their onscreen love story is purely accidental, unplanned and without script.

I belong to the growing number of Filipinos obsessing over the new loveteam sensation that is spreading influence like wildfire over the internet – the AlDub of Eat Bulaga. Since I cannot watch EB on lunch break, I satisfy myself with the videos going viral on my Facebook newsfeed as soon as I come home. Honestly, catching up with the latest episode is slowly becoming a routine. I am hooked.

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Alden Richards, one of Kapuso’s leading male stars and Yaya Dub, or Maine Mendoza in real life and is known for her funny collection of dubsmash videos, has taken the internet by a storm. Sabi nga, their onscreen love story is purely accidental, unplanned and without script. Pero salamat sa mga Pilipinong sabik na sabik sa kilig, biglang patok ang AlDub.

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Now on their first monthsary, the trending Kalyeserye has already captured not just the hearts of pabebe teens but of OFWs, the jeepney drivers, construction workers, office clerks and call center agents, among others!

Bakit nga kaya? What’s with their on-screen romance na talaga namang nakakahumaling? AlDub got me wondering:

1. We are a nation who values love and relationship too much kaya ganun na lang ang suporta natin. When it comes to love, economic status doesn’t really matter. Ganito rin kainit ang pagtanggap natin kay Maya at Sir Chief noon. We still believe that Cinderella-kind of love stories are still possible, kahit pa against all odds ang kwento. In short, madali lang talaga tayong pakiligin.

We still believe that Cinderella-kind of love stories are still possible, kahit pa against all odds ang kwento. In short, madali lang talaga tayong pakiligin.

2. O kaya naman ay sawang-sawa  na kasi tayo sa mga political issues na meron tayo. Biruin mo, sabay sabay binangga ng AlDub ang usapin ng SONA ni PNoy at True SONA kuno ni Binay. Halos makalimutan na nga natin yung problema sa Scarborough at yung basura ng Canada. Power of Love ika nga. As of writing, di pa sila nagkikita niyan a!

3. Siguro naexcite din kasi tayo masyado na may mga bagong mukha na gaganap sa istoryang talagang gusto natin. Nakakasawa na rin kasi yung paulit-ulit na kwento tungkol sa pagiging kabit at pangangaliwa, gantihan at patayan. Oo nga at mahalaga na may kontrabida at plot twists pa rin para may spice ang istorya, pero dahil napaka-light lang ng ating bagong sensation ngayon, isa itong refreshment sa buhay nating binubusog na ng heavy drama.

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4. Innately naniniwala naman tayo sa forever e, at umaasa pa rin tayo na may forever. Sino ba naman ang pumapasok sa relationship na may prescription period? Kaya nga tuwang tuwa tayo sa AlDub kasi pinaglalaban nila yung para sa kanila, kahit may sumiksik man na Frankie. Tinapatan talaga nila ang mga original Pabebe girls – wala na talagang makapipigil sa kanila.

Di ba ganun naman talaga dapat? Walang script na sinusundan ang isang relationship, at higit sa lahat you can be as natural as you are.

5. Mostly impromptu scenes, di na kailangan halos ng script. Bigyan lang ng plot at character na kailangang ijustify, talo-talo na. Lalo na si Yaya Dub, all natural ang mga expression. Lumalabas ang kilig at pagkakwela. Di kailangang maging conscious sa itsura. Di ba ganun naman talaga dapat? Walang script na sinusundan ang isang relationship, at higit sa lahat you can be as natural as you are. And one more important hugot, their pang-masa setting, sa kalye is where most of love stories flourish and bloom. Di ba nakakatuwa?

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I am a fan, and I enjoin thousands (or maybe millions) of Filipinos united with hashtags and kilig on our very own on-screen couple. Iba to!