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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.

Oct 23, 2015

Aldub's Sa Tamang Panahon Fans Day Show At Philippine Arena On Saturday Is Sure To Break Some Records

THE ALDUB phenomenon has gone truly global as even the Morning News USA website devoted an entire article on them, explaining why their readers frequently see #ALDUB on twitter lately. It says: “The hash­tag #ALDUB, which people all over the world are seeing over and over again as the top trending topic on Twitter, pertains to a Filipino onscreen couple, reel lovers, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards. The two are now considered a power couple that has achieved a global phenomenon. The hashtag was born out of combi­ning Richards’ first name Alden and Mendoza’s screen name, Yaya Dub, which she used in Philippine noontime show “Eat Bulaga.” Their onscreen chemistry can be compared to that of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. Except that Mendoza and Richards are yet to have a movie. What they have is a mini-TV series shown everyday during lunch hour in the Philippines. Nevertheless, the onscreen couple was already dubbed as a global phenomenon by Twitter Asia Pacific and MiddleEast Vice President, Rishi Jaitly, who said they had initially doubted the authenticity of the tweets pertaining to ALDUB but they found out that they were wrong. He said: 'This is such a global phenomenon, as I said, that we had to look internally to make sure that these tweet volumes were in fact authentic. And this is real, this is not a sideshow, this is real media being creative.' ”

All eyes are on ALDUB's "Tamang Panahon" special show (also their grand fans day) on Saturday, October 24, at Philippine Arena that will surely break records. In no time at all, all the tickets to the 55,000 seater venue have been sold out since the show was announced on TV only a week ago. The proceeds will be used for a noble purpose: to build ALDUB libraries in schools all over the country that do not have a library. They will supply books and computers that will help young students to study more diligently for them to have a bigger, brighter future.

Meantime, the story of Yaya Dub has become more intriguing with the revelation of Wally Bayola as Lola Nidora that she is not their real granddaughter as Paolo Ballesteros as Isadora, who claims to be her mom, is not really their sister but just an "ampon" of their own mother. Isadora is actually the daughter of their mayordoma. But Isadora reveals that she's also not the real mom of Yaya Dub but her daughter Ursula, who was impregnated by the mansion's gardener, Dodong, who has so many despicable vices that he was driven away from the mansion even before Yaya Dub's birth.

Ursula died while giving birth to Yaya Dub after being in labor for 3 years at the age of 18 and Yaya Dub was raised by the Explorer Lolas. In fairness to Maine Mendoza, she really acted well in all her dramatic scenes during this episode, shedding real tears as she learned about her origins. Expect more secrets to be revealed sa "Tamang Panahon" at the Philippine Arena this Saturday, especially now that Jose Manalo as Lola Tinidora says it's the right time now for Yaya Dub to know about her real identity. Will her real father, Dodong, suddenly be there to claim his right to Yaya Dub as his legitimate daughter? We'll see!