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“Wala naman po, dati pa naman po ay hindi kami nagpo-focus doon at alam namin na healthy competition lang ang nangyayari.  Wala naman kaming masasabi sa sinasabi nilang labanan namin ng It’s Showtime. Mahirap po magsalita kasi dati naman tahimik lang kami, manalo man o matalo.  Ang ginagawa lang po namin ay trabaho lang po.”

We dropped by at Zirkoh (Tomas Morato), on a Tuesday night to interview Wally Bayola, now popularly known as Lola Nidora of Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye.  We were just wondering how the comedian took all the loads on his shoulder. He works daily, from Monday to Sunday. Aside from his daily noontime show, he has a gig three times a week at Zirkoh, PinaSaya on Sundays (not to mention some special shows), and shooting for commercials. And the cast of Kalyeserye is included in the MMFF 2015 entry of Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas in Pabebe Love.
With all these activities, we would like to think how lucky Wally is for having so much work. And we believed in the saying that everything happens for a reason, and here’s what the comedian has to say, “Kumbaga, parang bumabawi lang kasi hanggang ngayon ay nagpapagamot pa ako sa anak ko, eh.  Leukemia po ang karamdaman tapos, mga iba kong anak, nag-aaral pa.  So, mahirap.  Ayaw ko din naman i-sacrifice ‘yung edukasyon ng mga anak.  Naka-chemo therapy siya monthly at mayroon pa siyang monthly check-up. Very rare kasi kaya ngayon, ni-refer na siya sa neurologist. Mahirap talaga kaya ayaw kong tumigil sa pagta-trabaho para sa financial support ng mga bata,” he shared.
He admitted that he is not choosy in accepting projects, as long as he has all the energy to do it.  He doesn’t want to depend financially from his relatives because he understand they are not from a wealthy clan.

“Alam ng Diyos na talagang wala akong maasahan ng iba kundi ‘yung pagtatrabaho lang talaga. Wala naman kaming business na tipong mapagkukuhanan o family namin na hindi naman talaga mayaman.  So, ayun!” he stressed.

With the kind of workload he has, day and night, we are just wondering how many hours of sleep does he get?
“Sina-sacrifice ko na lang ‘yung imbes na gigimik ako o tatambay, inuuwi ko na lang po.  Talagang ipinapahinga ko na lang, Dalawang oras, malaking bagay na sa akin na tulog at pahinga,” he shared.
As Lola Nidora, how does he shift character?
“Sa Bulaga naman kasi ever since, napagkakatuwaan lang namin po na palaging naka-character ako. Sa dami ng character na ginawa ko magmula pa noong mga Arwana pa, Blackie Lou, naglo-lola na ako, naglo-lolo.  Si Lola Nidora siya ‘yung nabigyan ng moment. Doon siya sumikat pagkatapos nasamahan pa ng AlDub kaya talagang bumongga ang Lola Nidora. Kasi ‘yung Lola Nidora ay parang nagre-reflect sa kanya ‘yung mga dating lola na mahihigpit.  Sabagay ngayon, naging mabait na si Lola,” he narrated.
Wally disagreed with us when we said that he is the most popular in the Kalyeserye and the one who stand-out in the said segment. “Aaay, hindi po! Hindi po, parang kumbaga ay may chemistry kaming lahat. Hindi puwedeng ako lang kasi kailangan ko si Jose, si Paulo kasama sina Alden at Yaya Dub. Lahat kami ay mayroong particiapation kasi kung ako lang hindi po, mahirap po. Oo, may nagsasabing carry ko ‘yung monologue ko but still, lahat kami ay may particiapation,” he added.
He revealed that when they started the said segment, as if they were just playing because they don’t have a script to follow, only a brainstorming with their head writer.  But when they started the Kalyeserye, they have to follow many plots and twists from Monday to Saturday.
“May sinusundan kaming plot na kung ano ang puwedeng mangyari, kumbaga, kailangan kasi paunti-unti, pero pag Sabado kailangan may mangyayari. Bongga talaga dapat,” he shared.

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On their rivalry with It’s Showtime regarding noontime supremacy, Wally admitted that they are not after of the competition; but if there is, it must be a healthy one.
“Sabi nga sa kabila, wala naman talagang labanan. Si Vice ay kasamahan namin ‘yan sa sing-along. Magkakaibigan naman kami n’yan.  Naghiwalay lang kami sa trabaho sa TV at parehong noontime pa. Gusto naman naming lahat ay magpasaya.  Everybody deserves to be happy.  Kaya nga, pinagdadasal ko po palagi na bago kami sasampa ng entablado ay makakapagbigay kami ng ngiti sa mga taong may pinagdadaanan, makapagbigay ng pag-asa para masaya ang buhay,” he added.
We enjoyed talking with this funny man because he talks with sense. We learned that he’s a product of a theater group way back in Bicol.  “Hanggang nag-college sa tulong ni William Espejo na siyang nag-develop sa aming mga talent.  Nagamit ko ‘yun dito sa Manila hanggang hinawakan ako ni Mamo Andrew de Real ng The Library, at ngayon nasa Eat Bulaga po ako.  So, lahat parang may koneksyon, nagamit namin lahat ‘yung natutunan namin sa teatro,” he recalled.
Walter James Bayola in real life is from Naga City. So we asked him if in this coming 2016 election will it be difficult for him to choose his candidate for vice president, since four of the vice presidentiables are from Bicol.

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“Wala pa naman po at hindi natin masasabi na baka may aatras o mag-give way.  So, ngayon lahat mga Bicolano, siyempre, sinusuportahan namin tulad ni Ma’am Leni na close po sa amin noong may banda kami.  Close po din sa amin ang namatay niyang asawa na si Jessie Robredo. Si Senator Honasan po taga amin ‘yan, na kaibigan niya si Senator Chiz.  Magkakasama kami niyan,” he explained.
For the presidentiable, he wants a strict and orderly president to run the country. “Dapat mahigpit at istrikto na derecho, kasi halos lahat naman ay may pagkakulang.  Sa isang departamento ay may maraming problema kaya siguro kahit anong tibay o tatatag ng isang presidente kung hindi lahat ay magko-cooperate, wala talagang mangyayari,” he stressed.
On campaigning for a candidate, he said that all of them at Eat Bulaga are free to endorse their candidate, but the only problem is time because there will be conflict with their prior schedules.  “Okey naman po kami ni Jose, ang problema lang ay ang may matatamaan kaming schedule kaya hindi kami puwede. Mayroon na pong nag-inquire sa amin kaya lang depende ‘yun sa manager namin na si Ma’am Malou Fagar, hindi po kami ibibinigay agad kasi mayroon po kaming prior bookings. So, hindi namin uunahin ‘yung politiko,” he ended.

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