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THE 'ALDUB' (KALYESERYE)PHENOMENON


By  Bong Austero -Traffic around certain areas in Metro Manila and other key cities was unusually light last Saturday. There were less people on the road; in fact, most were glued in front of their television sets. No, there wasn’t a Manny Pacquiao fight on. So instead of the usual cheers and boos, there was the intermittent shrieking and giggling as people swooned over the latest pop phenomenon to hit Philippine television: The Aldub romance, representing Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza). In case you have been living under a rock in the last two months, it’s a short segment of Eat Bulaga, the country’s longest-running noontime show. Eat Bulaga people have invented the term “kalyeserye” to describe the segment as most of the action happens literally on the street of whatever barangay the show is doing remote telecast from. On the show, Richards and Mendoza haven’t met physically and are merely shown via a split screen, interacting mainly by lip-syncing snippets of popular songs a la dub smash, and by writing and flashing short messages for each other onscreen. Richards “performs” at the Broadway Centrum Studio and Mendoza out in the streets. Mendoza plays the role of the yaya of the snooty Lola Nidora, who is adamantly against the relationship. The Aldub phenomenon has shattered new records in Twitter and local TV ratings, which has befuddled many. So how do we explain the Aldub phenomenon? READ MORE...

ALSO WATCH SEPTEMBER 5 EPISODE: Eat Bulaga (Problem Solving with AlDub) Juan For One, Juan For All taoed at Barangay Sto Tomas,, Pasig City. WATCH YOU TUBE VIDEO....


Lalong uminit ang television rating ng longest-running noontime show sa GMA-7 na Eat Bulaga! mula nang umarangkada ang kauna-unahan nitong kalyeserye na #KiligPaMore love team nina Alden Richard at Yaya Dub o "AlDub."
Batay sa resulta ng AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Ratings, pinangunahan ng Eat Bulaga! ang afternoon block mula July 28 (Martes) hanggang August 1 (Sabado). Nakamit ng Eat Bulaga! ang pinakamataas na marka ngayong 2015 sa 28.1 percent noong Sabado, (Aug. 1). Samantalang 11.1 percent lang at nasa pang-siyam na puwesto ang karibal nitong programa sa nabanggit na araw. Pinakamababa nang rating na nakamit ng Eat Bulaga! ay 24.6 percent noong July 28, Martes, habang wala sa top 10 shows sa nabanggit na araw ang karibal nitong programa. READ MORE...RELATED ...

ALSO: Lani ready for concert debut at NYC’s Town Hall on Nov. 22


Lani Misalucha promises a roller-coaster kind of concert, with promising tenor Jared Martin (left) as special guest
This just in: Lani Misalucha will make her concert debut at The Town Hall in New York City on Nov. 22, with promising young tenor Jared Martin as special guest. This good news was relayed to Funfare by this section’s NYC correspondent Oliver Oliveros. Founded in 1921, the Town Hall is a non-profit national historic site in the heart of NYC’s theater district, with a lineup that features events ranging from world music, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, show tunes, political humor, theater dance, and more. Sarah Mclachlan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lea Salonga, Elaine Paige and Chita Rivera have performed at the Town Hall. Said Oliver, “Lani is known for her star-turning main showroom concerts on the Las Vegas Strip, which earned her the moniker ‘Siren of the Strip.’ She was named Best Singer (Staff Pick) by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s 27th Annual Best of Las Vegas poll.” Of course, everybody knows that Lani is a seasoned recording artist who is able to scale five octaves and could sing anything in any vocal style. She is that phenomenal, which even prompted two US city mayors to declare not just one but two days (Lani Misalucha Days on Aug. 17 and Dec. 4) named after her. “Her voice is in the realm of Celine Dion…(and) her rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma was a daily showstopper,” noted Las Vegas Review Journal. Added Oliver, “BroadwayWorld.com Music, on the other hand, notes that ‘Lani can easily convey unbridled depth and lustrous contour with just a singular word or a placating, even plaintive, conversational humming of a simple chord progression,’ referring to Lani’s latest studio album, The Nightingale Returns, which she co-produced and recently turned gold.” It’s the same album that Lani promoted when she came home early this year. READ MORE...

ALSO: A hideaway in Baler, Surfing Capital of the Philippines


The weather is perfect for this group of surfers We first heard of the name Donnah Alcantara when her mother Lorli Villanueva would speak of her in relation to Baler in Quezon province, which is known as the surfing capital of the world. It appears that Donnah had left a busy career in Manila as well as in New York when someone introduced her to the art of surfing. But Baler being quite a distance from Manila, even Lorli couldn’t make time from her businesses in New York and Iloilo to visit Donnah. Until one day, Lorli called us, asking if we wanted to go to Baler. Of course, we were eager to join her since Lorli had never before visited Donnah in Baler, while we had been there before as a tourist concerned only with the sights we had been assigned to write about, and didn’t even get to meet Donnah. During this visit, we took advantage of the overnight stay in Donnah’s bed and breakfast place she had built and called Mahdox Surf. We were curious as to what she had left behind in her past career. Donnah was behind the voice of Kagome in ABS-CBN and Hero channel’s very famous animation Inuyasha. “It ran on ABS-CBN and Hero for several years until I believe GMA bought the series in the Philippines and redubbed it. I was in the original Tagalog version” she recalled.
The surfing school in Baler “I was also the voice behind Ran Kotobuki in the animation Supergals. TV shows I have consistently been part of were Biglang Sibol: Bayang Impasibol as young Sylvia la Torre directed by Jeff Jeturian; Calvento Files: Ozone Fire Tragedy as Marvin Agustin’s sister; and Maynila.” READ MORE...

ALSO: People ... are talking about AlDub Nation, more...


PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT  -AlDub Nation
We are not going to play like an analyst since it’s so obvious that the entire country is only talking about the main cast of Eat Bulaga’s “Kalyeserye,” Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza). Two months since they became the hottest property on local TV, AlDub has not shown any signs of slowing down. They amaze people every single day more notable was the record-breaking 5.8 million tweets that elevated AlDub from a fad to a legitimate force to reckon with. -Marimar, Derek Ramsay; PEOPLE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT -ASAP, TITO SOTTO.....READ MORE MORE...


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The Aldub phenomenon

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) By Bong Austero -
Traffic around certain areas in Metro Manila and other key cities was unusually light last Saturday.

There were less people on the road; in fact, most were glued in front of their television sets. No, there wasn’t a Manny Pacquiao fight on. So instead of the usual cheers and boos, there was the intermittent shrieking and giggling as people swooned over the latest pop phenomenon to hit Philippine television: The Aldub romance, representing Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza).

In case you have been living under a rock in the last two months, it’s a short segment of Eat Bulaga, the country’s longest-running noontime show.

Eat Bulaga people have invented the term “kalyeserye” to describe the segment as most of the action happens literally on the street of whatever barangay the show is doing remote telecast from.


Alden Richards has been a co-host of Eat Bulaga for two months already while Maine Mendoza was introduced as Yaya Dub last July 4.

On the show, Richards and Mendoza haven’t met physically and are merely shown via a split screen, interacting mainly by lip-syncing snippets of popular songs a la dub smash, and by writing and flashing short messages for each other onscreen. Richards “performs” at the Broadway Centrum Studio and Mendoza out in the streets.

Mendoza plays the role of the yaya of the snooty Lola Nidora, who is adamantly against the relationship.

The Aldub phenomenon has shattered new records in Twitter and local TV ratings, which has befuddled many. So how do we explain the Aldub phenomenon?

READ MORE...

I think the main attraction of the Aldub romance is that it has brought out our collective penchant for matchmaking, called “tuksuhan” in local culture. We enjoy setting people up for romantic situations and in this particular case, everyone in the show indulges everyone else’s in the game. We’re all having the time of our lives teasing Richards and Mendoza no end, and the two are more than willing to accommodate.

There’s also the spontaneity factor; the whole thing is not scripted and it is clear that everything is made up as the show goes along. Everyone is improvising and the mishaps and foibles all form part of the show’s charm.

In fact, they stumbled into the “romance” purely by accident; in one episode, Mendoza was caught on cam tickled pink by an on-cam Richards and the audience lapped it up. The show decided to pick it up and made it into the phenomenon that it is today.

It’s also a hit because for once the audience is not at the mercy of scriptwriters and directors who, most of the time, stretch logic too far in local soap operas to the extent that dead people are resurrected and ill-fated lovers become siblings.

Here the audience knows that all the plot complications are just for kicks, that Lola Nidora is a phony (he is a man, for crying out loud), and that everyone is in on the whole charade; there’s a lot of nudge-nudge, wink-wink going on and it’s all part of the deal. Everyone knows that everyone knows that everyone is just pulling everyone’s leg. Everyone can really have fun without the guilt and the second thoughts.

At the same time, the humor is organic. Because it is mostly improvisation, everyone has to mine the situation for laughs and end up bouncing ideas on each other. It’s like watching classic Pinoy stand-up comedy—sometimes they get a bit physical, or end up roasting each other, but all in the spirit of fun.

Because majority of the viewers (and those with the tendency to obsess) are women, younger people, and well, gay men, it is understandable that most of the adulation is directed at Richards.

The shrieks released last Saturday every time Richards is shown on screen must have reached new decibel levels. There’s also the fact that Filipinos really do relate with the señorito-maid complication which has worked in countless hit movies and shows.

I can understand how many women can identify with Mendoza’s Yaya Dub/ugly duckling character. The divides that exist between the two characters on many levels (physical, aesthetics, social, etc) add more spice.

We are a people that find great fulfillment in the classic “langit-ka-lupa-ako,” against-all-odds syndrome. It is rooted deeply in our psyche; we are suckers for Pangako Sa ’Yo, Bilangin Ang Bituin Sa Langit storylines.

 

But we also know the Aldub phenomenon has a shelf life, which explains the many appeals to GMA-7 to delay the meeting between the two for as long as possible. People know that when the lovers meet, it would be downhill from that point on. And finally, the show has wisely turned the whole thing into a multi-media event and of course people are always willing to jump at the opportunity to express themselves in social media.

I am not a fan of noontime shows (like most people, I have an 8-5 job so I don’t really get to watch noontime shows) so I don’t really know why the success of Aldub is being flaunted on the face of ABS-CBN’s Showtime hosts. For crying out loud, the Aldub romance may be new and charming and fun, but it has not elevated the overall quality of noontime shows. But if it is any consolation, at least, on this one, we’re not total victims. For once, everyone’s in on what’s really happening.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Eat Bulaga SEPTEMBER 5 2015 (Problem Solving with AlDub)


URL: https://youtu.be/RK20mc6BRek

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Kilig Pa More!

'AlDub' fever, lalong pinainit ang Eat Bulaga! TV rating August 6, 2015 4:22pm Tags: aldub, eatbulaga

Lalong uminit ang television rating ng longest-running noontime show sa GMA-7 na Eat Bulaga! mula nang umarangkada ang kauna-unahan nitong kalyeserye na #KiligPaMore love team nina Alden Richard at Yaya Dub o "AlDub."

Batay sa resulta ng AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Ratings, pinangunahan ng Eat Bulaga! ang afternoon block mula July 28 (Martes) hanggang August 1 (Sabado).

Nakamit ng Eat Bulaga! ang pinakamataas na marka ngayong 2015 sa 28.1 percent noong Sabado, (Aug. 1). Samantalang 11.1 percent lang at nasa pang-siyam na puwesto ang karibal nitong programa sa nabanggit na araw.

Pinakamababa nang rating na nakamit ng Eat Bulaga! ay 24.6 percent noong July 28, Martes, habang wala sa top 10 shows sa nabanggit na araw ang karibal nitong programa.

READ MORE...

Nagsimula ang Aldub tandem noong July 16 nang biglang ma-conscious si Yaya Dub (o Maine Mendoza) nang makita nito sa tv screen na pinapanood siya ni Alden.

Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni Wally Bayola, aka Lola Nidora, na nalaman nila na crush talaga ni Maine si Alden kaya hindi na siya nagtaka kung biglang na-conscious si Yaya Dub.

Inihayag naman ni Alden na hindi niya inasahan na magiging mainit ang pagtanggap ng Eat Bulaga! dabarkads sa AlDub love team kaya naman labis ang kaniyang pasasalamat sa mga manonood.

Para sa buong detalye ng AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Ratings (July 28-August 2, 2015), bisitahin ang Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph).

Panoorin muli kung papaano nagsimula ang lahat ng #kiligpamore:


PHILSTAR

Lani ready for concert debut at NYC’s Town Hall on Nov. 22 FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 12, 2015 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus1 0


Lani Misalucha promises a roller-coaster kind of concert, with promising tenor Jared Martin (left) as special guest

This just in: Lani Misalucha will make her concert debut at The Town Hall in New York City on Nov. 22, with promising young tenor Jared Martin as special guest.

This good news was relayed to Funfare by this section’s NYC correspondent Oliver Oliveros.

Founded in 1921, the Town Hall is a non-profit national historic site in the heart of NYC’s theater district, with a lineup that features events ranging from world music, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, show tunes, political humor, theater dance, and more. Sarah Mclachlan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lea Salonga, Elaine Paige and Chita Rivera have performed at the Town Hall.

Said Oliver, “Lani is known for her star-turning main showroom concerts on the Las Vegas Strip, which earned her the moniker ‘Siren of the Strip.’ She was named Best Singer (Staff Pick) by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s 27th Annual Best of Las Vegas poll.”

Of course, everybody knows that Lani is a seasoned recording artist who is able to scale five octaves and could sing anything in any vocal style. She is that phenomenal, which even prompted two US city mayors to declare not just one but two days (Lani Misalucha Days on Aug. 17 and Dec. 4) named after her.

“Her voice is in the realm of Celine Dion…(and) her rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma was a daily showstopper,” noted Las Vegas Review Journal.

Added Oliver, “BroadwayWorld.com Music, on the other hand, notes that ‘Lani can easily convey unbridled depth and lustrous contour with just a singular word or a placating, even plaintive, conversational humming of a simple chord progression,’ referring to Lani’s latest studio album, The Nightingale Returns, which she co-produced and recently turned gold.” It’s the same album that Lani promoted when she came home early this year.

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Lani Misalucha Live in Concert will be presented by JB Entertainment Productions, in cooperation with TFC. The concert covers a wide range of music from Billboard hits to Whitney Houston to opera arias. Oliver said that Lani will be accompanied by a five-piece band and four soulful female backup vocalists, under the musical direction of Lorrie Ilustre. The full-length concert promises to showcase a mix of high and low octaves, intricate tempo variations, a few dance moves and a little comedy.

“This is the first time I am going to perform in a major concert in New York City, whose fast-paced energy is so inviting,” said Lani. “It is going to be a rollercoaster type of a show. You don’t really want to go to a concert to listen to depressing songs, do you? You want to dance, you want to laugh and you want to cry at the same time. We want the audience to enjoy; we will keep them entertained.”

Part of the proceeds from the concert will benefit ABS-CBN’s Bantay Bata Foundation, which supports child abuse victims in the Philippines, and the Filipino-American Community Development Center of Ocean County, Inc. (FCDC), a nonprofit that helps preserve Philippine culture and heritage.

(Note to Filipino residents in New York and neighboring cities: To buy tickets [$48-$138], call 732-929-3909, 201-388-1927, 646-644-1412, 845-520-1908, or 914-309-9564; visit ticketmaster.com; or visit the Town Hall box-office at 123 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y.)

Lito Legaspi back then: With Susan Roces in Lab na Lab Kita, his first-starring picture and (right) also with Susan in the 1962 comedy Susan, Susay, Susie with Jose Mari (left) and Eddie Gutierrez (center). — Photos from the collection of CELSO DE GUZMAN CAPARAS

Throwback Saturday: The ’60s glamour boy turns 74 I can ‘t believe that Lito Legaspi has just turned 74 last Thursday, Sept. 10. He doesn’t look his age and can pass for a much older brother of his sons Brando, Zoren and Kier.

A few days earlier, I saw Lito and Zoren playing father and son (what typecasting, ‘no!) in the new hit Kapuso soap Marimar. They looked good together. You could see where Zoren got his looks.

Lito admitted that at Sampaguita Pictures, he didn’t become as big a star as Romero Vasquez, Jose Mari and Eddie Gutierrez. But, after he was introduced in Lover Boy (with Jose Mari in the title role), Lito did bag glamour-boy roles in a few movies (Pitong Kalbaryo ng Isang Ina, etc.) until he was promoted to stardom in Lab Na Lab Kita with no less than Susan Roces as leading lady.

“That was after I did Pitong Pagsisisi,” recalled Lito who was later paired with Liberty Ilagan as a love team. “Liberty has remained a good friend up to this day.”

When he turned freelancer in the early ‘70s, Lito became the reluctant “king” of sex flicks after he starred (with Merle Fernandez and Tito Galla) in the classic Uhaw (followed by Hayok, with Jose Feliciano’s Once There Was a Love as the haunting theme song).

“I did those movies because I needed the money to feed my family,” Lito now said. “I wanted to be recognized as a serious actor but I didn’t really get the chance to prove myself,” adding, “my only regret is that I wasn’t able to work with Manong Gerry (de Leon, Liberty’s father) although I met him several times. He advised me to study the Stanislavsky’s ‘method acting’ and to read the book Actor Prepare.”

Up to now, Lito is applying what he learned from that book.

“I go to the set prepared mentally, emotionally and physically,” shared Lito, “with my dialogue verbatim in my mind.”


PHILSTAR

A hideaway in Baler LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 11, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


The weather is perfect for this group of surfers

We first heard of the name Donnah Alcantara when her mother Lorli Villanueva would speak of her in relation to Baler in Quezon province, which is known as the surfing capital of the world. It appears that Donnah had left a busy career in Manila as well as in New York when someone introduced her to the art of surfing.

But Baler being quite a distance from Manila, even Lorli couldn’t make time from her businesses in New York and Iloilo to visit Donnah. Until one day, Lorli called us, asking if we wanted to go to Baler. Of course, we were eager to join her since Lorli had never before visited Donnah in Baler, while we had been there before as a tourist concerned only with the sights we had been assigned to write about, and didn’t even get to meet Donnah.

During this visit, we took advantage of the overnight stay in Donnah’s bed and breakfast place she had built and called Mahdox Surf. We were curious as to what she had left behind in her past career.

Donnah was behind the voice of Kagome in ABS-CBN and Hero channel’s very famous animation Inuyasha. “It ran on ABS-CBN and Hero for several years until I believe GMA bought the series in the Philippines and redubbed it. I was in the original Tagalog version” she recalled.


The surfing school in Baler

“I was also the voice behind Ran Kotobuki in the animation Supergals. TV shows I have consistently been part of were Biglang Sibol: Bayang Impasibol as young Sylvia la Torre directed by Jeff Jeturian; Calvento Files: Ozone Fire Tragedy as Marvin Agustin’s sister; and Maynila.”

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“It was not easy for me juggling my education and TV appearances because I was enrolled in an elite girl school in the Philippines run by nuns, and they do not encourage their students in TV exposure.”

On TV, Donnah was also the voice of ABS-CBN. As far as TV commercials are concerned, Donnah did Ginebra San Miguel — Barangay Ginebra where she played the lead role; and Vaseline Shampoo as lead endorser alongside Willie Revillame’s ex-wife Liz Almoro.

Donnah recalled, “There are quite a lot of things that are similar between us siblings, but I guess the one that would make me quite different from them is my passion for the arts. I did not only concentrate on acting but extended into other areas of the arts such as design where I, in fact, finished a degree in Interior Design. That, I practiced in New York before the world trade bombing, the event, however, was quite traumatic as I lived right in New York City and worked downtown where all the chaos happened that fateful day. It made me decide on returning to the Philippines, continue with my acting career and do business.

“I have been very involved in the arts since I was little. I have pursued Fashion Design, gotten involved at a very young age in selling jewelry and purses out of my creations. I paint, dance and sing professionally. My sisters are doing all sorts of different wonderful things as well. Girlie is a senior accountant in New York, Denden a scientist in New Jersey, Sibyl an actress and producer in New York, Ate Girlie a professor in Germany, Penny a real estate broker and Kuya Butch a restaurateur. Each one got some artistic bug from Mama, but I guess I was the one who has a need for it in order to live.”

Added Donnah, “Everyone’s been dreaming of making it to Baler but of course, since we all live in different places, it is not easy to get our schedules together to find one date for everyone. They all look forward to visiting very soon, they envy all the photos I post on social media. Plans have been consistent, I know they will be visiting Baler soon. ”

(E-mail your comments to bibsyfotos@yahoo.com)


MANILA STANDARD

People ... are talking about: AlDub Nation By MST Entertainment | Sep. 10, 2015 at 05:30pm

People ... are talking about ....



AlDub Nation

We are not going to play like an analyst since it’s so obvious that the entire country is only talking about the main cast of Eat Bulaga’s “Kalyeserye,” Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza). Two months since they became the hottest property on local TV, AlDub has not shown any signs of slowing down. They amaze people every single day more notable was the record-breaking 5.8 million tweets that elevated AlDub from a fad to a legitimate force to reckon with.

Marimar

The second local adaptation of the popular Mexican telenovela registered the highest debut ratings of any primetime show year to date according to AGB Nielsen. Its pilot episode’s rating was even higher than KathNiel’s Pangako Sa’Yo debut on primetime. The Megan Young-starrer prime soap, of course didn’t just make ratings record during its pilot telecast, is also consistent being the most watched evening show.

Derek Ramsay

The Kapatid star is still a reliable talent either on the small screen or the big screen. The sexy movie called Ex with Benefits, which Derek stars in, sizzled at the box office earning P8 million on its opening day. The reviews from fans and film critics are favorable as well. Now, it doesn’t matter whether Derek plays almost the same characters over and over again, what’s cool is that people don’t get tired of him portraying expected roles.

.... are not talking about

ASAP 20

Why the sudden change in the format? Are they trying to bow down to its rival, which is a new comer to begin with? ASAP is known for its format and segments that reflect global pop culture and trends but with the recent change, the show just looks trying hard. Obviously, Sunday Pinasaya did not just create noise and buzzes, it’s making huge tidal waves enough for ASAP people to feel threatened (very threatened).

Tito Sotto

In a recent interview, the politician and showbiz personality said he wouldn’t allow AlDub to be politicized by not allowing Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza attend any political sorties including his own. Isn’t his presence in Eat Bulaga already a blatant way of politicizing? Why is he is in the show in the first place. Isn’t he supposed to be in his office doing his job as a public servant?

Julia Barretto

Is she a baddy in real life? We can only guess. Julia has been a favorite topic on social media for her not so friendly attitude towards other young female stars including her being a snob even to her fans. It doesn’t help that she gets bad press and the fact that she comes from a clan known for bashing their own members. Probably this is the reason why Julia can’t get enough public support for her TV and movie projects.


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