On this eve of National Pabebe Wave Day, I went back to the most memorable KalyeSerye episodes. I really think this was ALDUB/KalyeSerye’s defining moment: When Maine Mendoza as Yaya DUB (short for Divina Ursula Bukbokova Smash or DUBSmash where she first gained online popularity and discovered by Eat Bulaga) — decided to approach the camera (which an ordinary noob would never have the guts to do) and did an improv “Twerk it like Miley” showdown with her real-life crush Alden Richards. At that moment, she unknowingly redefined local tv entertainment.
Of course she got a lot of help from the pabebe wave exchanges (which Maine also “invented” just an episode earlier), the first flying kiss, and their undeniable splitscreen chemistry. Plus, there were the hilarious adlibs of the entire EB Dabarkads who mercilessly heaped half-meant barbs on Maine. But notice, she was with 7 other artistas here, mosyly seasoned comedians, and all males (though the incredible Wally Bayola was in drag), and yet she held her own. She was the anchor of this episode and she nailed (and enjoyed) every minute it, based on the number of chuckles from master henyo himself Joey De Leon, the infectious giggles of Allan K., and the boisterous laughs of Jose Manalo and Paolo Ballesteros. In one sequence, I even thought she schooled them all on Improv. It was here that I became a fan, obviously.
This was THE game changer for Philippine entertainment, I tell you.
If you have not seen a single episode and you’re one of those “pa-intelektwal” outrightly dismissing AlDub as shallow just because it has gotten so huge you concluded it must be dumb and stupid, please come down from your high horses and give this 5 minute video a try, and leave a comment if it did(or not) give you context on why Aldub is taking this nation by storm and sweeping us off our feet… 5 minutes lang ang hinihingi ko but you are free to search the other episodes if you feel you need more evidence (or you’re simply on a laugh trip mode).
Just to be clear, to me ALDUB may just be a TV network’s product. But it’s not Alden’s handsome looks or his dimples and flawless skin that swooned me or enamored me most to this crazy thing called “Pag-ibig sa Tamang Panahon”. In my opinion, it’s Maine who’ve set all of these in motion, she was the proximate cause. Maine is really the one responsible for this insanity. And we infinitely love her for being who she is and how she has turned all our lives upside down. Wow, fantastic baby!