Alden Richards
Alden Richards

By Ricky Calderon

“Ramdam ko ang kasikatan pero ayokong siyang ramdamin sa puso at sa isip dahil ang lahat na nangyayari ngayon ay dahil kay Lord.”

The “Pambansang Dimple ng Pilipinas” has his hands full. Since he joined Eat Bulaga as guest co-host (supposedly only for a month), he found himself in whirlwind.
When the “The Twerk It Like Myley” dance contest (which had its grand finals recently) became a hit, it sent Alden Richards’ cuteness factor to the highest level. Then came the phenomenal “kalyeserye” segment with Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza in real life), and that made his popularity stormed to heights, and he himself could not imagine.
“We didn’t expect this would happen,” said Alden of his zooming popularity and the AlDub tandem. “The staff of Eat Bulaga, all of us were very happy. We don’t know the magic that has made the “kalyeserye” click with the people. Siguro po ‘yung idea lang na nag-uusap kami ni Yaya sa dubsmash pero nakakapagsaya kami ng mga tao.”
Alden said that he and Yaya Dub don’t talk, even before they go on-air. The writers would just give them guidelines on what will happen on the “kalyeserye” for the day. There is no script at all.
“Parang binibigyan lang nila kami ng two pieces of bread tapos kami na ang bahalang maglagay ng palaman,” he told Mel Tiangco when he was interviewed in Magpakailanman last Saturday, for the replay of his story. But he would want to give credit also to Wally Bayola (who plays Lola Nidora and Duhrizz), Jose Manalo (Frankie Arinolli) and Paolo Ballesteros, and Yaya Dub, who contributed to the fun.
“We were all pleasantly surprised with the reaction we got. Kahit ‘yung nag-isip ng segment na iyon, nagulat sa naging resulta,” Alden related.
The “kalyeserye” is just a segment of Eat Bulaga for the “Juan for All, All for Juan.” When Yaya Dub was added as a character as yaya to Lola Nidora, she gained public interest. And when the staff learned that Yaya Dub has a crush on Alden, they thought of making them meet via split screen. It sparked, then became a wild fire. And it has continued since then.
“We are very thankful and happy for the reactions of the fans. They always tweet and we are always trending every day. First time ko mag-trending araw-araw,” said Alden. The AlDub fans broke their own twitter record with a more than six million tweets with the hashtag #AlDubThe Abduction last Saturday. The AlDub fans were in a beast mode, tweeting as if there is no more tomorrow, to make sure that AlDub nation sets a new mark in twitter world.
“Siguro, on my part, naisip ko na baka iyan na ang gusto ng mga tao. Pero itong sa amin, onscreen loveteam lang talaga and ‘yung mga ginagawa namin sa segment, we do it on the spot. Wala kaming script. Kaya siguro siya nagwo-work,” he said.
Why does it work? “Kasi this is Alden. This is not Jerome or Tisoy. Ito ako talaga. Kaya siguro very light lang ang dating sa mga tao kasi katuwaan lang talaga when it started,” he replied.
He said he is just enjoying what is happening in the “kalyeserye.” There are many surprises as the drama on the streets unfold every day, and that excites the loveteam, as well. It’s the unpredictability that adds more spice to the story. And now, that Alden and Yaya had met two weeks ago, but only to be separated by a wall when they failed to fulfill their promise to Lola Nidora, the plot thickens.
Last Saturday, it was revealed that it was Duhrizz (also played magnificently by Wally Bayola) who planned the kidnap and then there was Yaya and Alden so close, even touching with each other (while blindfolded), sent everyone watching in another kilig moment, but only left many people crying.
He considered it a blessing to have been taken as one of the host of Eat Bulaga, the longest running show in the Philippines. “I can only say that I am already a regular of Eat Bulaga pag umabot ako ng five years sa show. I am just a guest co-host for now, but I am very happy with the opportunity. Not all stars will get the chance to be part of a big show like this. It’s really a blessing for me,” said Alden.
“Ramdam ko ang kasikatan pero ayoko siyang ramdamin sa puso at isip dahil lahat ng nangyari ngayon ay dahil kay Lord,” he stressed. “And I am very thankful sa EB kaya kung ano man ang nire-require ng sitwasyon handa akong ibigay kasi, sa mga fans, at sa mga sumusuporta sa AlDub. Utang na loob ko sa kanila iyon. I am much thankful sa kanila.”
But Alden is still hoping that he will be able to do a “teleserye” despite his busy schedule with the noon-time show, and the new Sunday noontime variety show, Sunday Pinasaya.
“Iba naman po ang Eat Bulaga. Iba ang Sunday Pinasaya. Siyempre iba pa rin po ang pag-arte. Yun po kasing pag-arte, puso ko po iyon, kaya gusto ko pa rin po gumawa ng teleserye,” insisted the young actor.
Incidentally, Alden is part of the filmfest movie in December, featuring Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas, to be directed by Joey Reyes. And his album under GMA Records is selling like hotcakes. And his two TVCs with Yaya Dub (McDonald’s and TNT), are now out.

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