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Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl


Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to those who could not relate/ do not know/are annoyed by everything Aldub. If you are not the intended audience, feel free to skip this post. 😀

(I titled this post Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl just because I like the sound of it. I use it on my Twitter before Saturday episodes begin haha. But I don’t think it’s super accurate because I’ve never been in the “closet” about my being a fan and I’ve always embraced my inner jologs.)

Anyway, for everyone into or curious about Kalyeserye, who got over that awfully cute and funny episode last Saturday? I, for one, could not move on. Walang magmu-move on! Hahaha. Since I’m still feeling high over that episode (seriously, I think I watched it 5-6 times and then I had to show the replay to my parents who were out-of-town last Saturday), I decided to just blog about it! Before I begin, here are my fave tweets from Saturday’s Twitter party:

And… I was sorta part of the 25+ million tweets last Saturday. I contributed maybe 25 tweets? Hehe

I don’t know why some people seem surprised that I watch local TV shows. I do; I love local TV just as I appreciate foreign series. I had a schoolmate in UP whom I’ve known for years who was really surprised when she found out that I watched Forevermore! Well, duh, I love TV. I majored in media arts and one of my most favourite media is TV. That should have been a no-brainer.

Let’s talk about Kalyeserye. Since we are an Eat Bulaga family (is there such a thing?), I was able to witness how Maine (Mendoza) got into the show and, later on, got accidentally paired with Alden (Richards). And the rest is history. I was hooked!

Some jumbled thoughts that I haven’t found the time or energy to organise:

1. My brand of humour

JoWaPao Kalyeserye

hate the insulto-comedy bar style of comedy. Hate is such a strong word, but I do hate it. I just find it so tasteless, tactless, and unnecessary. Which is why I always preferred EB’s brand of comedy. I love the effortless comedy Jose, Wally, and Paolo (JoWaPao) offer that does not need to offend anybody!

2. Breaking the fourth wall

I love it when a show breaks the fourth wall as a device for comedy, and even though Kalyeserye often uses this (for example, when they tease Wally about having to switch characters so often), even if it’s already predictable, it never gets old!

3. Chemistry! Sparks!


And speaking of breaking the fourth wall, the chemistry between Alden and Maine is so undeniably strong. One of the things that make Kalyeserye specially appealing is how it blurs the line between real and reel. I remember my mother saying, “Ang ganda pero ang gulo-gulo. Di ko na alam saan ang totoo at saan ang scripted!”

4. No harm in watching

I can’t count how many posts/updates I’ve read over the weekend saying that people shouldn’t spend so much of their time watching or obsessing over a TV show. Let me remind you that we all have 24 hours in a day. I’m sure you spend a chunk of your day for leisure or relaxation. I don’t see how watching a TV show for 2 hours should be different. I can’t see why you should be offended.

(If you think millions of people laughing over comedy is new or something we should worry about, you have a problem.)

5. Good vibes!

Hmmm, maybe they should try watching an episode. It’s overflowing with good vibes! I actually feel energised after watching. Maybe it’s because of the kilig factor? I also love the comedy, though!

6. Twitter party

Twitter parties are so fun because most of the tweets are actually intelligent! I’m not saying fans of other love teams are not intelligent (then again, how should I know when this is the first time I truly adored a love team — after Rico & Claudine?), but try reading through Aldub tweets and you’ll see stuff from works of art and musical compositions to TV show critiques (my thing!) and intellectual & social discourse! Promise!

EDIT: And I get to interact and bond with people whom I haven’t talked to in a long time e.g. my brods and sisses from my college frat/soro.

7. The writers are just brilliant


You’ve got to give it to the creative team of Eat Bulaga. From spotting a potential pair-up, developing a story, and sustaining its momentum? That’s one heck of a task! I love how Kalyeserye either makes a really obvious parody of usual teleserye elements (like kidnapping) or do something really unpredictable (like the plywood!). I can imagine the labour that goes into every single episode to build up suspense for a special weekend episode. And they have to do it every single week without fail! I also like how the episodes allow the actors to improvise and just be themselves (further contributing to number 2).

Man, I wish I could write for TV!

8. Alden!!!

Alden Richards

And last but not the least, while I adore Maine, I’m really liking Alden’s clean personality. That’s where his appeal lies: aside from his good looks, it’s easy to see him as someone we know or could have known in real life. Many girls see a potential husband in him, while some see a brother in him. In my case, walang biro, I totally see my partner’s heart in him (which was confirmed by Sarah, my work colleague, who had the pleasure of interviewing him on TV) and I see a young man who can be a role model for many kids like my son. #SonGoals! His childish wackiness reminds me of my high school boy barkadas. I don’t know; he truly seems like someone everybody gets along with!

And, yeah, let’s get real. He’s such an eye-candy. He’s two of my crushes (Rico Yan and Lee Min Ho) combined! Lucky Maine!

I would add something about Kalyeserye teaching society good morals as it is now perceived, but the truth is that the show has just evolved to include these morals. They weren’t there in older episodes (remember how Lola Nidora forced Yaya Dub to marry Frankie for money?) and just emerged in the more recent ones. Which is perfectly fine because it shows how the writers saw an opportunity to use its popularity for good! I have to be honest, though, and admit that it was never one of my original reasons why I like watching Kalyeserye. But it sure is a good icing on the cake!

Now, let the waiting game for the new episode begin. 😀

PS: You should have seen my 50-something and 60-something parents while they were watching the replay this morning. They were giggling like teenagers the entire time!

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  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac September 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I like these two, although I don’t follow kalyeserye. I only get to watch them on videos that I see in my news feed. Anyway, what I like about Maine is that she really is an intelligent girl who has genuine talent. I like the humility in Alden that he acknowledges that Maine was the reason for his success, despite the latter being new to the industry.

    • Reply Maan September 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      True. I don’t know ha pero Alden really seems like a good guy. Maine also seems like someone I would want my son to introduce to me haha!

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty September 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t watch the Kalyeserye because my minis are too busy hugging the telly around this time (while I work, haha). What I don’t get, however, is why there’s a network war (and fan-wars). Yun yung nakaka-bad vibes on Facebook and Twitter. I also feel offended when people ask me if I watch it, I say no, and they immediately brand me as “pa-sosyal.” 🙁

    • Reply Maan September 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      What, ano daw? Anong connection? I hate the network war too. It’s so useless! People, it’s perfectly fine to watch shows from different channels. (I admit that I’m really an Eat Bulaga girl though haha!)

      • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty September 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

        True yan! I’ve heard comments like “Pa-sosyal ah!” (in my face ha) just because I haven’t joined the AlDub wagon. I don’t even care who watches what kaya nakakagulat. Ang sa akin lang, I’m just interested in something else.

  • Reply Rhoda Fajardo September 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Kalyeserye is my guilty pleasure too. And I also like the kind of humor Lola Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora brings. It’s so spontaneous and I love the screen interactions between Yaya Dub and Alden. #AlDub is in a bad rap lately coz of the self-righteous elitists in social media. But who cares right? AlDub is entertaining and stress-relieving.

    • Reply Maan September 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Super good vibes diba! I agree, it’s a stress-reliever talaga. But what about those “self-righteous elitists”? Hindi ko alam yan eh.

  • Reply Dulce September 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    hindi ako super fan but i watch kalyeserye. at first, out of curiosity. but then naging fan na rin eventually. totoo nakaka.good vibes lang, super funny, and kilig! tawang-tawa lang talaga ako kay wally kahit ano pang character nya dito. haha

  • Reply Charm Jumalon September 29, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I’m a Kalye Serye addict too! I alos joined the Twitter Party last Saturday and contributed maybe, 200 tweets. Haha ^-^

    Alden is super pogi talaga. I’d have to agree that he’s my #SonGoal too

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey ★ September 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    A huge Kalye Serye fan here too. And I agree on everything you wrote. Lakas maka good vibes and ang genuine lang ng mga reactions nila. Plus I love that with this love team, you’ll look forward sa mga meet ups nila. Parang mas nakakatuwa. Medyo nakakaumay na din kasi yung mga love teams na laging magkasama. Atleast this is something new. 🙂

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos September 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t watch Kalyeserye pero sa dami ng nagpopost sa fb about them, nakakapanood din ako lols. I love them as a pair, sana totohanin nila hehehe.

  • Reply Charley's Mommy September 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I’ve heard so much about this although Im not a fan. This is such a good read though. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Martinez邱碧玉 (@xoxoMrsMartinez) October 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Okay, ang gwapo talaga ni Alden! Parang batang Aga Muhlach lang ; )


  • Reply JenniferVillanueva October 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hehehe! Nakakatuwa naman ang post na ito. Tama naman di ba what aldub is advocating to the public is modesty and our traditional conservative culture.. I applaud them for keeping it up!

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy October 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t watch this but I do try to get updated from news articles just so that I’m still “in”. Hehehe! Alden is such an eye candy! I love his dimples! He does look like Rico Yan!

  • Reply edel October 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve seen this particular episode that you posted and really, this pair makes a lot of people happy including the airline staffs where I bought my tix to Cebu. Its my first time to watch AlDub also and there’s an overall feeling of ‘kilig” while watching them 🙂

  • Reply Ruth October 12, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I love AlDub and I admit that I’m a fan. But lately, it’s starting to get boring or wala lang si Alden? Anyway I’m glad I found another AlDub fan in you. 🙂

    • Reply Maan October 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      I feel that way, too! Miss ko na sya!

  • Reply Louisa October 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I’m not a fan myself but have nothing against those who are. Have to say it is a phenomenon! 🙂

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