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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 27, 2015

Alden Richards 'Panhik Ligaw' Episode With Yaya Dub Has Record Breaking Ratings And Tweets That Would Be Hard To Top

ALDEN RICHARDS couldn’t hold back his tears while singing “God Gave Me You” live, as requested by Lola Nidora when he formally visited Yaya Dub in Lola’s mansion. Alden dedicated it to Meng (the real nickname of Maine Mendoza) and it’s obvious he was so touched as there’s no doubt his involvement in the AlDub love team boosted his popularity to high heavens since they were paired with each other more than two months ago.

It’s kilig galore as Alden steps on the mansion carrying flowers not only for Yaya Dub but also for Lolas Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora. He was politeness personified as he even took off his shoes before entering the mansion. When Yaya Dub finally appeared, she seemed so shy and can’t look at Alden straight. There were times the lolas were pushing so they’d get closer to each other. When it’s time for merienda, they even played Trip to Jerusalem to determine where each one would sit. Alden sat at the head of the table with Yaya Dub on his left.

The lolas left to give them privacy and get to talk, sing and eat their merienda of pancit palabok and cake. They got to take their photos together, along with Rihanna, the mansion’s housemaid also played by Wally Bayola who has become so amazingly adept in playing multiple roles.

When Lola Nidora returned to say she’ll have a nap, it’s time for Alden to say goodbye. Yaya Dub gave him a letter she wrote then later screamed: “This must be love!”

No doubt the whole “first date” episode is very successful. It’s so overloaded with commercials and we can hear the TAPE cash register ringing oh so merrily. AlDub also ruled twitter. This “panhik-ligaw” episode will no doubt be praised again by CBCP as it fosters the old good values of courtship where a man visits the lady he’s courting at home and is courteous enough to please her guardians. As we all know, most young people today have easy relationships that started only through Facebook or texting.

When “Eat Bulaga” ended at 3 PM, it has already generated 12.1 million tweets for #AldubEBforLove and #AlDubMostAwaitedDate. But as we write this column, we’re told that it has accumulated a whopping 24 million so far! We doubt if anyone else could top that!