Posting this for my excited Twitter followers who asked me to write about yesterday, but I can’t tell you how super exhausted I am.
I am not a morning person so waking up early in the morning terrifies me. I will only do mornings for very special reasons.
Last Tuesday I had to get up at 7 AM for a 9:30 AM call time at Eat Bulaga because my friend Patty Betita invited us to watch the show live. I thought it would be fun. 🙂
On Monday night I tried to sleep early and even popped a Melatonin 3mg. to help me sleep. I didn’t want to take the 5mg. because I might have a hard time waking up.
It didn’t work.
I didn’t fall asleep. I was simply full of excitement, thinking of what to wear.
I invited Dinna, Jujiin and Paulo to come with us. Patty invited her friend Fay.
On Tuesday, 7:30 AM, Jujiin texted that he and Paulo were already at our meeting place in Greenhills.
“What are you wearing?” I asked Jujiin. I needed to know so I could dress similarly.
Okay. I decided to wear…..Comme des Garçons (duh!).
After a quick breakfast for me, our group headed to Broadway Centrum in Quezon City.
I’ve heard that some people line up as early as 3 AM to watch the live broadcast.
Our group arrived at 9:30 and joined the queue entering the studio. We were led to the front of the stage as guests of Direk Bert de Leon, Patty’s friend. You can see Direk Bert seated in front of the stage, while Ian Red (L) of Eat Bulaga preps the studio audience.
Unfortunately Jujiin and Paolo had to take off their hats because hats aren’t allowed, as well as food, drinks, pens, weapons, and cellphones, according to a sign. I had to give up my chocolate baon, but got my cellphone in.
When we got there the dancers were still rehearsing onstage
The staff handed out Eveready flashlights + whistle in case The Big One comes. They also showed a video of what to do in case of emergency and where to exit, sort of like an airline safety video. This made me extremely paranoid and terrified.
We were also given numbers in case of a lottery. LOL. I love Paulo and Jujiin.
I was so close to the stage, here’s what’s on my left
And in front of me. If you watch Eat Bulaga, you would know what the plastic bottles are for 🙂
The dancers rehearsed until 11:30 AM—with just 30 minutes for makeup and change of clothes.
A few minutes to go, Eat Bulaga’s mascot, Baeby Baste, arrived and was fawned over by the dancers.
I don’t normally get starstruck but Baste is really cute!!
Finally Alden Richards came out and the audience went wild
Video by Jujiin Samonte
In person, he looks really young, it made me feel old. He looks like a doll, not a hair strand out of place.
I wish he had less makeup and less hair product. He doesn’t need to look so perfect. There is charm in imperfection.
Also didn’t realize how long the commercial breaks are. In between broadcasts, the audience were allowed to take selfies with the stars. Entertainers would come up to Jujiin and Paulo and ask them what country they’re from (Pasong Tamo)
Next was the Juan For All segment hosted by Allan K, Tito/Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon where they give away lots of prizes to a lucky viewer
Vic Sotto calls the winner
And the most awaited part of the show is Kalyeserye with Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and the three lolas—Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, and Paolo Ballesteros.
You can watch the segment here, and sorry if I look like a fool because I was trying to dodge the camera without being obnoxious. Basically I thought the cameraman would be focusing on smiling audience members so I tried very much not to laugh. (I haven’t watched this episode, so good luck 🙂
The show ended at 2:30 PM, so we were there for five hours. We were super hungry after the show.
My suggestions to Eat Bulaga:
1) Maybe they can offer non-transferable tyvek wristbands as tickets to the show so that people don’t have to stay in line at Broadway. After getting the wristband, the people can go home and freshen up before the doors open at 9:30 AM. Sort of how H&M does it when there’s a special event that requires queueing up.
2) Maybe allow a quick snack for the audience during the long commercial break? Allow water and a light snack, like Oreo cookies or even La Pacita biscuits?? Because the hunger games are a bit much. Just make sure the people really throw their trash on their way out. There must be a way to train them….
3) Wishful thinking for a larger and/or renovated studio and restrooms (can be done during Holy Week when all the stars are on holidays). Eat Bulaga is earning so much now!! Surely they can afford it and the audience deserves it.
PS. After the show our group headed out to Pepper Lunch at Robinson’s Magnolia. It was past 3 PM when Patty received the text from Direk Bert: “Where are you? Would you like to meet Alden backstage?”
Arrghh!!! How I wish we had been there when he texted. Oh well, maybe next time…
But everybody was so nice. Thanks for having us, Direk Bert and Eat Bulaga!!