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AlDub 101: A latecomer’s guide to television’s hottest loveteam
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This post is for my friend Grace has the flu and has to stay in bed.
“Now is a good time to watch AlDub,” she says, but doesn’t know where to start.
Because Grace is a corporate girl. She’s at work at noon and doesn’t know what’s happening on noontime TV.
If you still don’t know what AlDub is about, here’s what you have to know:

1) AlDub is the loveteam of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub.

2) Who’s Alden Richards?
Real name: Richard Faulkerson Jr.
He was a struggling actor who started auditioning and joining talent contests since was a teen. Basically his career was going nowhere until he started hosting a segment in Eat Bulaga. This was Alden before.

Alden Richards

The power of styling: This is Alden now on a good day. (note: very often, Alden/the stylist makes mistakes)

Alden Richards

3) Who’s Yaya Dub?
Real name: Maine Mendoza
She was just a girl who was a closet artista. She started uploading Dubsmash videos that became viral. She was a culinary graduate who had a following before Eat Bulaga discovered her. Eat Bulaga created the role of Yaya Dub, where she plays yaya to Lola Nidora (played by Wally Bayola). She’s not bad looking.

maine

4) AlDub was an accident and unplanned, and this is how it started. Yaya Dub is on location, while Alden Richards is based in the studio, so they don’t see each other for work.
This is the first time they “meet” via splitscreen. Allan K is in the studio and starts teasing them. It is apparent that Yaya seems to have a real crush on Alden. This is also the start of what became known as “pabebe wave.”

#AlDub Day 1: Yaya DUB meets Alden #KiligPaMore

Si Yaya DUB na-distract kay Bae Alden! 😉 #KiligPaMore #PabebeWavePaMore

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Thursday, July 16, 2015

The audience picks it up. Eat Bulaga picks it up. The geniuses behind the show smell a hit, and they play up on the teasing on a daily basis until a loveteam is formed—all by accident. This is the magic of AlDub.
Every Thursday the show celebrates a “weeksary” and every month, a “monthsary.”
Here’s a funny episode that captures the cheesiness and essence of the show. I love the humanity of charity and giving to the poor and making light of their problems.

The couple had a cheesy first date here, which illustrates how crazy and brilliant are the people behind Eat Bulaga

The monumental home visit is here.
I’m going to spare you the lowlights of the show (please skip the amateur performers). You just have to see Alden cry when he sings their theme song.

Part 3 of 5: National Pabebe Wave Day

Inalay ni Bae Alden ang pagkanta niya ng "God Gave Me You" kay Meng… Wala pa rin makakapigil sa kilig!

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Saturday, September 26, 2015

The home visit occurs in a “mansion” very near your mom’s house. Note that Alden and Maine do not really know each other so this like a real date. You can tell she is genuinely kilig. Not sure about the boy if he is acting or he is really into her. You tell me!
This was the best episode ever. I’m so glad I watched it live (with the maids screaming downstairs.) It blew me away.

Pumayag na si Lola Nidora na umakyat ng ligaw kay Yaya Dub! Muling kiligin sa #Kalyeserye! #AlDub

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Saturday, September 26, 2015

5) Alden and Maine are now the most in-demand endorsers earning millions (hello BIR!). Among their endorsements:
Talk & Text, McDonald’s, O+ phone, Zonrox bleach, 555 TUna and counting.
Oh, and Alden’s album is on Billboards Top 10. Yes he sings!

Some say AlDub is the Nora and Tirso of our time and I totally agree. I generally despise love teams and noontime shows, but AlDub brings out my inner maida!!

love team

And that is all you need to know.
P.S. I’m gonna drag you to their movie this December. Get well soon!

A good source for catching up

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JADINE ⚪⚫

Hope you could also watch On The Wings of Love 🙂

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CVS Reply:

wish i had time…

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BRian

Can I be your friend? you are awesome!

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Ana David-Coscolluela

#4 is really what makes AlDub different. For working class folks like me, the segment is short enough to watch when I get home from work. Those Eat Bulaga guys are really brilliant.

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Nice article 🙂

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Arj

What? Not even a mention of their first meeting? The one after their competition in Bulaga pa more? This is blasphemy!

But seriously, you should include that. And maybe also the one where they met again after both being kidnapped. Aldub fan here 🙂

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CVS Reply:

because that whole part is too baduy for me

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Adrian

Thats a great post! Finally get it after weeks of mystery. Its like the Cliff Notes for Manila Love Teams 🙂 Is there a quiz after? You should have an AlDub-YayaDub quiz……with prizes! Wouldn’t that be neat? 🙂 This ‘Love Team’ thing is an education – its like Pinoy Crack! 🙂

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MsKatherineQ

Love this entry, Ms. C! Inaabangan ko rin ang MMFF movie nila. Hope to bump into you in the cinemas on December! Lol!

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Rachel Ac

I so love this kind of TV! I never knew about this love team drama – until you posted it on your site since I don’t live there… Though my guess is that he’s crying cause he forgot the words and there’s so much pressure there by everybody… I hope they take the relationship slow to keep the excitement going. They’re such cuties!

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Miss Maria

I loved your tweets during the mansyon date. Kwela! Sa tingin ko totoo na din yung kay Alden. I watched his previous shows before the Aldub days and during the earlier episodes of Kayleserye and iba talaga ang aura nya ngayon. Blooming to the ninth level siya ngayon ha. I only notice that sa may mga inspirasyon sa buhay pero siyempre pigil muna kasi malay mo hindi pala sila compatible in real life kaya wait and see na lang muna. What do you guys think? [Reply]CVS Reply:October 10th, 2015 at 10:16 PMhe could be inspired but not in love? [Reply]Miss… Read more »

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divasoria

HAHAH! YOU’RE THE BESt!! 😛

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Julie Referson

hi Ms. C…I wonder if you will buy Alden’s album once it’s out? Or just even spare time to listen to the CD if someone give you a copy? 🙂

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CVS Reply:

uhm…. i don’t know yet. haha. but I checked out iTunes….

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oh_fudge

lol! I lovett! also, your tweets during the mansion date were hysterical. I wasn’t watching the show when you were tweeting (it was morning here in Europe and I hate livestream), but I was laughing at your comments. <3 I think Alden was genuinely kinikilig during the kidnapping episode. yung nainingkit yung mga mata nya. kilig na kilig sha nun 🙂 saka yung pink hat na binili nya for Maine during the Bicol pasalubong episode, and the flower petals on the floor saying "Aldub", according to EB staff si Alden may idea non. wala sa script. dapat daw yellow hat… Read more »