July 28, 2016 – ALDUB-MaiChard Experience, It’s all worth it!

My MaiChard Heart will forever be grateful to you @AldenRichards02 & @mainedcm and to July 28, 2016.

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July 28, 2016, Eat Bulaga at Broadway Centrum – So far my most unforgettable experience in my fangirling life.

I slept at 1:30 in the morning, after I watched Direk Pat on Periscope while nakikipagkulitan with Direk at sa mga gising na ALDUB-MAICHARD Nation, literally I  had a hard time sleeping because I was so excited being in broadway today to watch Eat Bulaga live on its #ALDUB54thWeeksary then I woke up 3:30 in the morning, started to prepare cause we have to leave Batangas by 5:30 to head to Broadway Centrum, and because we were all excited and we’ve waited two months for this, we didn’t want to be stuck in traffic. Early bird kami, we were a group of 10, I was with my Wedding Coordination Team.

Waited for quite a long time on the queue, we were seated apart, located on the top-most right and center. We even sat on the stairs just to have a better view of what’s happening on the stage.

We even had our group’s  banner hoping that Alden and Maine could notice or our other Dabarkads especially Ms. A.

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Having that situation, I almost lost hope that I could still find a way to meet Alden and Maine up close to personally give my gift and letter to them. After the show, I asked one of Eat Bulaga’s crew if I could talk to Direk Pat. (since she already noticed me in Periscope with my username @justmemajella I remembered saying, Direk pa groufie naman kami with you po. Please. Hehehe.)

There were a lot of people still on stage taking selfies with the That’s my Baes while I was waiting for Direk Pat to notice me so that I can handover my gift for Alden & Maine but I guess she was so busy with other concerns at the backstage and it took her a while, then I saw Alden going out of broadway through the audience exit. There were other girls in a state of shock upon seeing him too. As in natulala kaming lahat kasi di namin ineexpect na lalabas sya doon kasi a lot of people were waiting for them at the artist entrance. Para s’yang isang apparition “Mala may dumaang Anghel feels.” That was a very close encounter with Alden, he was already rushing to leave broadway with his entourage for his Perfume Collection launch in Market Market, since I already have that chance to give him my gift & letter for Maine and him I grabbed that opportunity.

When he heard me said, Alden, please take this, this gift is for Maine, he stopped, looked back, received the gift & the tarp and said “Ok po, ok po!” with a very gentle voice and all smiles on his face he then said “Thank you po.” Then he left. 😊 That happened so fast, less than 30 seconds I guess, but it will forever be etched in my 💙 No selfie, no picture just a beautiful memory. I’m so happy and overwhelmed, that you took it and have it given to Maine.

To my surprise, when I reached home around 6:30 in the evening, I saw several missed calls from @lindseyuritz and a tweet with this screenshots.

I had mixed emotions, I didn’t know what to do first, should I read the tweets, or call my cousin, or started blogging or should I watch Direk Pat’s periscope. Grabe as in nanginginig ako. Lost for words and thoughts, that’s what I felt pero super happy ako, as in tumatumbling ang MAICHARD heart ko.

This is the card I gave Maine, I took a picture of it before I wrote my letter to her and Alden, and the gift that I chose to give her is something that she can take for her “DINOSAUR”. I care about her, and most especially her concerns about her health. I hope this could help her much that it helped me and all the other women suffering from dinosaur problems every month.

Maine and Alden, you just don’t know how blessed I am to have the chance to see and look after you from afar. To meet you in person is already a bonus. For you to actually take my gift & read my letter is truly one of the best gifts you’ve given me. You are indeed one of my daily dose of happiness in this world full of trials and uncertainties. You are an inspiration, you made me believe in the goodness in people and that love and happiness are the most wonderful thing that we could share. You made me wait for my forever and believe that destiny truly happens.

I assure you that I will be supporting you both in your future endeavours. I will always pray for your happiness, for your safety and more so for your forever and smooth journey in life and career. I will always choose to fight for you and protect you and I will never get tired of shipping for what you know would be best for you.

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I am still looking forward to have that chance to have a picture with you and that chance wherein you could sign the magazine where I have articles written about you and Eat Bulaga. I know our Tamang Panahon will come and will be patiently waiting for that moment.

I love you both. I’m @justmemajella, a Professional Wedding Planner, and I am GEMBSO. We call our FC ALDUB-MaiChard Wedding Planner and Coordinators cause that is what we truly are.

Photo Credits : Eat Bulaga

ALDUB Library Project

ALDUB NATION is not just a nation that tweets. It is a nation that unites, loves, cares, shares, spreads good vibes and makes others happy, doing small things with great love.

I’m a self-confessed Eat Bulaga baby, an avid believer, and I have been their fan for the past 30 years of my life. I’ve seen them do noble things for others, discover new talents, create new segments, make big names in the industry, change lives and touch hearts. I even witnessed the times when they experienced turmoil during 36 challenging years of being on-air. But I never doubted them. I never turned my back on them because I cannot explain why I love them. For me that is already an enough reason why I am still here. My admiration and undeniably strong connection with Eat Bulaga strengthens even more when ALDUB was born. I can’t really explain how it changed me to become a better person. A happier, more positive and more concerned human being. I have been influenced by them to express my thoughts, to encourage others to live a positive life, to just spread good vibes and to make at least one person happy everyday.  I must admit God must have used ALDUB and Eat Bulaga to be instruments in making a lot of people realize that even though their individual acts of random kindness may seem small, collective efforts as a nation having the same goal with unity, nothing is impossible. We can all make the best happen just by doing small things with great love.

I may have missed the chance to be in Philippine Arena during Tamang Panahon that created history, but I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF ALDUB NATION.

ALDUB NATION is not just a nation that tweets. It is a nation that unites, loves, cares, shares, spreads good vibes and makes others happy.

Just one of the many achievements that ALDUB Nation has is the ALDUB Library Project – the fruit of all the hardwork, commitment, donations and participation of everyone during Aldub Tamang Panahon.  The first ever ALDUB Library – Lumban Central Elementary School has been turned over and blessed today, January 21, 2016 in the presence of Alden, Maine, Lola Nidora and Lola Tidora and watched by Aldub nation in line with the celebration of ALDUB’s 27th Weeksary.

Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, Alden & Maine,  EB Dabarkads, you just don’t know how much you have touched the lives of so many Filipinos. Thanks for inspiring more people to help through their own little ways. You taught us to be selfless. You never fail to inspire us, by encouraging us to support such sensible projects with a magnanimous cause. This is indeed a really “humbling experience for the supporters and lovers of Eat Bulaga and AlDub.

There are so many unexplainable reasons up to this very moment why we, Filipinos love Eat Bulaga and ALDUB. But, I must say we have learned to love Eat Bulaga, ALDUB and its Dabarkads because we believe in them, we journey with them and we continuously admire and adhere their “Mabuting Hangarin para sa higit na nakararami.” Let us all remember,  sabi nga nila …“Hangga’t may bata, may Eat Bulaga!”

Mabuhay kayo! Mabuhay tayong lahat. Congratulations Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, EB Dabarkads, AlDub (Alden and Maine) and to the whole AlDub Nation sa buong mundo! We have shown the world the true and real essence of Filipino Bayanihan.- “Isang gawaing may kabuluhan at di makasarili lamang!”

This is just the beginning. Kapit lang. Sama-sama tayo! More to go!

By : Majella Magpantay (@justmemajella)

Photo Credits : Eat Bulaga FB Page.

Everything I Have

holdinghandsAs they say, you can’t give what you don’t have. You can only share something that belongs to you.  In spite of all the challenges, earthly competitions, doubts and the pressure you still manage to prove that you are worth it. You will never waste that chance given to you and you will make sure that for her you will always be enough. You may not be the richest man, or the most powerful, most handsome or the most sought after bachelor, but as long as you have the purest intention to willingly give everything that you have, that is priceless, that is beyond words. That is more than enough for your woman to be forever grateful for having you.

For the guy who has the guts to give his all just for the sake of love, this one is for you.

“Everything I Have” by Clay Aiken

I feel like I never measure up to who you see

Sometimes I think I can’t give you all the love you need

You keep changing everyday

Amazing me in every way.

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything I have

I never dreamed I could ever feel the way I do

I hope and pray I will always be enough for you

 I can only do my best

I have to trust you with the rest

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything I have

I promise I will hold you through the changes and fears

When life seems unclear

And when I can’t be right there with you

I know there’s angels by your side

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything

If I could be the perfect man in your eyes

I would give all I’m worth to be a part of your life

I could promise the world but it’s out of my hands

I can only give you everything… I have

by Majella Magpantay @justmemajella

Wedding Preps In The Eyes Of A Wedding Planner

What a Wedding Planner thinks, feels, and sees in every Wedding she does.

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I never thought that planning a wedding would be this fun and exciting. It makes me stay awake until the wee hours of the morning chatting with brides or grooms in other time zones, answering emails, and updating the nerve-wracking RSVPs not realizing that I still have to sleep and prepare for another hectic day. 

 It makes me wake up  early and look forward to whatever “To do” that I could accomplish every day. Time is very important. Every minute counts. We are given chances to grab, opportunities to take and no second to waste.

As a wedding planner, I have timelines to be followed, guidelines to be observed, deadlines to be met, limitations to be seen and most importantly goals to be realised.  Satisfying and making every couple happy is my major task. I always want to be on the right track. Should not miss anything. I have to be always ready and must be on the go. Must always be up for new challenges; making sure that we are still working within the budget and having some brain-draining sessions just to explore my team’s creativity and think of new and useful ideas for every wedding we plan. From choosing the perfect song for the bridal march, thinking of the designs for the candles and matchboxes, organizing the program and a whole lot more.

 Some people think that a wedding planner/coordinator’s job is so easy. Others would say we are just ushers or helpers at the church and reception. Some of the guests would think we are just ordinary people, I’ve been hearing people calling us “alalay” or “yaya” but I would like to let them know that we are not. We are professionals. We are coordinators. We are the partners of the couple in making their wedding a truly wonderful and memorable one; working hand in hand together with equally professional wedding suppliers.

Imagine how a wedding would be like not having a professional planner to coordinate on that day. How chaotic it could be without us? You might probably see a panicking bride, a stressed mom, a perspiring groom, or a sister who was not able to witness the ceremony because there are so many things that need attention to detail and they have no one to act on it. We, the coordinators take care of it and we implement what is planned. We assume possible circumstances, anticipates urgencies and we are always ready for unexpected situations. Name it, perhaps we had experienced it. From sunny to stormy moments we have to stay put and perform our duties. We always put our hearts in everything that we do. Just like what they say, don’t sweat on the small stuff. Let the professionals handle it.

Let the suppliers do it. Just make sure to hire the right people to make your wedding a success. On second thought we are not fairy godmothers. We don’t do magic. We can only do so much with what the couples give. Wedding suppliers have so many duties to do, hundreds of people to please, and high expectations to be exceeded; and it is not an easy thing. We all need a lot of patience, proper time-management, pure dedication in everything that we do. Every successful event is a fruit of our hardwork. We study, we plan, we strategize, and we execute the event in the best possible way we can. It’s not all about the money. There’s more to it. Sometimes it’s about passion, personal growth and achievements.

But in spite of the tons of work that need to be done, planning my GEMBSO couples’ wedding gives me so much eagerness and satisfaction. It makes me smile and imagine how it would be like on that big day! I always see things in a positive way. Because, I know that I’ve invested so much time and effort to make everything fall into its proper place. I never thought that this would somehow change my attitude towards trusting other people too. I realised that sometimes taking a big risk could also do you good. Working with couples you haven’t seen and with wedding suppliers whom you do not know is somehow stressful just like dealing with different kinds of people with various personalities. But in the course of planning a special occasion I found out that trust and communication are just few of the essential keys for having a smooth sailing wedding preps and a seamless wedding day 🙂 I also gained a lot of friends in the wedding industry and my clients too became my buddies, friends and ‘kumares’ 🙂

Now, having worked with one of the best team I know, My Gembso Team, I just feel that on every wedding I plan and coordinate with my ever-reliable angels, yes they are my Angels. Every detail will be properly taken care of. And to tell you, every wedding is as special as the couple’s love story.

I always look forward to see happy couples, grateful parents, appreciative guests, friendly suppliers and I love to end every event with a happy heart knowing that we were able to make another GEMBSO Event at its finest and beyond.

As I put myself to sleep after every event I planned, my heart is always filled with happiness and heartfelt gratitude to God. Because I know that He was there with me; watching me, and guiding me in every decision I made.

By : Majella Magpantay                                                                                       @JustMeMajella

 

1st Christmas with ALDUB 2015 – One For Keeps! #KiligPaMore

This Christmas is so different from the past Christmases that I had for the past 12 years. Ever since I graduated from College, I have been so busy and as a Wedding Planner I usually don’t have much time during December because of weddings or events. It’s my first time to do something unusual. But it made me happy. Yes I am happy and I am proud! Do you still remember the last time you actually did something for the first time? Was it worth it? My answer, YES it’s really really really worth it.

It’s actually my first time to watch an MMFF movie on Christmas Day, where there are a lot of people from all ages who go to the mall to watch as well. Going to SM Batangas at 8:30 in the morning to catch the first screening of MyBebeLOVE #KILIGPAMORE in SM CINEMA 3 that was shown at 9:30 am was quite a challenge. But since I am a self-confessed proud ALDUB Fan together with my sister and friends, we were ready for whatever challenge that may come our way. We are like any other members of the ALDUB Nation “WALANG MAKAPIPIGIL SA AMIN!” Caps lock para intense! We got the tickets, chose a good seat, lucky us we have E-PLUS cards for express lane and we were spared from the long queue of moviegoers for MBL. Fantastic si Bibi! The odds are ever in our favor.

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Seeing some familiar faces of neighbors, relatives,  friends, and even those I did not know gave me so much positivity. Some moviegoers went there with their families, with their children, with their grandparents, with their friends, with their partners, with their AlDubarkads and some came in solo but one thing I am sure of nobody ever felt alone inside. It feels like we all knew each other. When someone said “Grabe Sya, or Grabe Sila!” everyone reacted too. And when someone shouted Regine! the rest said…. Whooooooooh! Ala Lola Tidora! We may not know each other but we, the ALDUB Nation has our own language to communicate. The atmosphere inside the cinema was so high, it feels like TP days, everyone was excited, giddy and super kinikilig! Can you just imagine a room filled with hundreds of people that only radiate good vibes and happiness. While we are waiting for the movie to be shown I heard a lot of people said “Di pa man nagsisimula gusto ko na agad ulitin!, Iba talaga ang ALDUB, ang #MyBebeLove pinapasaya tayo.

Then I realized, as human we don’t really need much in order to be grateful and happy. We just need a few to satisfy our simple wants and enjoy life’s simple joys. In times of hardships, problems and challenges we just need something that can make us smile or give us a good laugh even just for a while. For the past 23 weeks ALDUB has always been there for us and through their movie we got a bonus from AISING. We are so lucky, we are spoiled nation anyway!

Congratulations Direk Joey, Bossing, Aiai, to ALDUB Alden and Maine and all to the hardworking and dedicated members of the production team of #MyBebeLOVE everything that you have done, all your efforts, time, and creativity that you put in this movie was well-appreciated. You have come up with a really good piece that the whole ALDUB Nation will thank you for. You have made our Christmas 2015 extra special by giving us an extraordinary gift to enjoy. Your success is also ALDUB Nation’s success, and together we will continue to work hand in hand to make this world a better and happier place to live in.  We are committed to support you in every endeavor.

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For me, now is the only Christmas that I never felt lonely that I still don’t have a love life. I have been fervently praying to God for Him to give me the right man for about a decade or so. But when ALDUB came into the picture they made me believe in tamang panahon, destiny, forever and true love. I personally believe that LOVE will come unexpectedly, it may not be this year but I must say, I will always have a great memory of Christmas 2015. Thanks to ALDUB this year is really one for keeps!

Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS to EAT BULAGA DABARKADS, AISING, ALDUB NATION and to ALDUB (Alden & Maine) Wishing that you also to have a great CHRISTMAS to remember! Let us continue to spread LOVE, radiate GOOD VIBES and share HAPPINESS! Let us not forget that the real reason for this season is our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s us thank God for He has been so good to us and we have so many blessings to be thankful for.

 

By : Majelle Magpantay
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Photo Credits : MyBebeLove Twitter and Eat Bulaga Facebook Accounts.

Remembering Lola, Grandma, and Nanay! – #Thank YouPoLola

It has been over a week since the AlDub ‘Ang Tamang Panahon’ concert occurred and every time I watch the video on youtube, I always get emotional.  I have been consistently crying on that particular moment when Lola Nidora is finally giving Alden and Maine the freedom to express their admiration, feelings  and love without any restrictions. ‘Tamang Panahon’ journey has not been easy but the wait is truly worth it.

Lola Nidora said, “Mas masarap ang mga bagay na pinaghihirapan natin, mga bagay na hindi pinipilit, hinihintay ang tamang pagkakataon, dumating ng di inaasahan, binago ang mga buhay natin. Yaya Dub, Alden, “Eto na ang Tamang Panahon.” In this photo, Alden and Maine hugged Lola Nidora to express their appreciation for the freedom, trust, support and love that she gave them.

The Emotional Lola and Apo

When Lola Nidora said that she will no longer be a ‘Malaking Hadlang’ I saw that her intention was so pure and I felt the sincerity of her heart. I strongly believe that there is no Lola who would think of bad thoughts for her grandchild. There is no Lola who would wish her grandchild to be hurt, to be  brokenhearted, to be on the wrong path. All the Lolas would only want to see their grandchildren happy, well-loved and taken cared of.

Though sometimes our Lolas are mostly misunderstood because they are strict and have a lot of rules and ‘pangaral’ they are still there to love us, protect us and understand us unconditionally. We just have to learn to appreciate their presence while we still have them around. Lucky are the ones who have this privilege. I encourage you to spend more time with them, show them some care, give them extra ounce of kindness and a dose affection, these mean so much to them. Make them feel loved, appreciated, respected and needed too. We will always be our Lola’s little ‘Apo’. They can never outgrow the thought that we are also getting old. In their eyes will always be a kid who needs guidance with a little ‘kurot’ sometimes.

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I just miss having my Lola around. I miss having her. She was there to watch over me, to listen to my stories and to take care of me like a spoiled little child. I miss the times when she used to ask me how my day went; what I want to have for snack or lunch. I miss listening to her stories, her teachings, oh! I just miss her. I miss my Lola Pining. Sorry I am a certified spoiled grandchild and my cousins know that. No one can object, I am our Lola’s favorite.

Sadly, she was gone too soon. She passed away when I was nine years old due to severe sickness. I cannot contain the tears that I shed in a  bucket when she went away. When I heard about the news, I knew life will never be the same again.

Whenever I see other girls with their Lolas, I can’t help but feel the emptiness I have  in my heart. The feeling of longing for her presence; she could have seen my little achievements and I know she would have been so proud of me.

For those like me who no longer have a Lola, the best thing that we can do right now is to just look up and say a silent prayer to  let them know how much we love, appreciate and miss them. Let us also not forget that even once in our lifetime we were so blessed to have them.

By : Majella Magpantay @justmemajella

Photo Credits : Thanks to Gwendy Gale of Gwendy Gale Photography

Eat Bulaga’s Advocacy And The Legacy TVJ, ALDUB And EB Dabarkads Have Instilled In Us, Filipinos.

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Eat Bulaga! – A famous household name, “Bukambibig ng bawat Pinoy” – the more appropriate description. It is the longest running noontime show on television that has been with us for the past thirty-six challenging years. Eat Bulaga has touched the lives of Filipinos all over the world in more ways than you can imagine. EB is not just an ordinary show. Eat Bulaga has a perfect combination of great hosts with versatile talents too. For its viewers, watching EB has become a habit, like you’ve never want to miss any episode. Watching Eat Bulaga for the past three decades has made a lasting impact in our lives. TVJ and EB Dabarkads are not just hosts, “Pamilyang Pinoy” considers them as family.

eb_1Today, even more Filipinos are getting hooked to this “pinag-uusapan at kaabang-abang” na noontime show. Eat Bulaga also paved the way for the discovery of various talents that made a name in the entertainment industry. Though it seems so natural for Eat Bulaga to make their audience laugh with tears and help them fulfill their dreams via EB’s various segments – Little Miss Philippines, Bulagaan, Pinoy Henyo, Bulaga Pa More, Juan for All, All for Juan : Bayanihan of d’ Pipol, and KalyeSerye just to name a few, Eat Bulaga’s pursuit to giving joy doesn’t end there.

Looking back to what Eat Bulaga, Tito, Vic and Joey, and the EB Dabarkads have been doing through the years, I can’t help but wonder, How did EB maintains its popularity to its millions of viewers and yet it has managed to gain an incremental number of followers everyday? Suddenly, I realized what sets them apart from the rest. It is because the people behind Eat Bulaga have real genuine hearts, “may PUSO”. EB has the kind of heart that is truly “Pinoy”, a heart that you will be proud to have.  A heart that gives hope to the helpless. A heart that has the courage to be resilient in spite of the never-ending trials. A heart that cares for the less fortunate. A heart that listens to the society. A heart that humbly shares its blessings. A heart that is not self-seeking. A heart that forgives and most especially a heart that appreciates and gives back.

Eat Bulaga never fails to help our less fortunate brethren with the special projects that it has launched. Education is one of EB’s many advocacies. Eat Bulaga believes in the importance of education and thought of projects that can help alleviate the problems in our society. Do you still remember the thirty Eat Bulaga Excellent Students (EBESt) scholars? As of today, two batches of scholars that are composed of thirty poor but hardworking students were sent to school by Eat Bulaga.

First batch was launched in 2009 and graduated 2013. To show EB’s unwavering support to the EBest Scholars, Eat Bulaga also helps them go through with their College Education. The second batch of EBESt scholars was launched last 2014. Here is a video of Eat Bulaga Best Excellent Students Awardee Graduation 1st Batch of EBest Scholars. EBest Scholars 2009 – Batch 1 Here is the video of the launching of the second of batch of EBESt Scholars EBest Scholars 2014 – Batch 2

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Have you also heard the “Isang Lapis, Isang Papel Project”?  This was Bossing Vic Sotto’s Birthday Anniversary wish. Isang Lapis, Isang Papel ProjectBossing Expressing his thanks to EveryJuan

            “Ito lang ang wish ni Bossing sa kanyang birthday, ang sama-sama nating pagbabayanihan upang makatulong sa pagtupad ng mga pangarap ng mga mag-aaral na nangangailangan.”

Eat Bulaga had The EB Classroom Project where they built classrooms and libraries.Part 1 : EB Classroom Project Turnover – Lakdayan Elementary SchoolPart 2: EB Classroom Project Turnover Lakdayan Elementary School EB Classroom Project : Silid Aklatan/Silid Kaalaman – Unzad Elementary School Brgy. Unzad, Villasis, Pangasinan  June 17, 2011

Eat Bulaga also had EB – Ryzza’s Classroom Project wherein she auctioned her  dresses for this cause. “Ang mga maiipon sa bibilhin niyo, gagamitin sa feeding program ng ilang mag-aaral sa Pampanga.  Dahil bawal ang gutom, dapat busog!” – Ryzza Mae Dizon

Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for All, All for One, Bayanihan of d’ Pipol” segment hosted by Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros, also known as JoWaPao, the new generation of TVJ shows the true purpose of Eat Bulaga — to relentlessly help less fortunate Filipinos and to give happiness to every Juan who supported them throughout the years. Part of this segment is the “Plastic ni Juan Project, where they collect plastic bottles then recycle into armchairs and donate to different  schools around the country. For years they have helped thousands of students, schools and barangays throughout the Philippines, “mula Batanes hanggang Jolo.”

The “Kalyeserye” entitled #KiligPaMore was also launched July of 2015 a segment that teaches good and traditional Filipino values and lessons about love. In line with birth of the phenomenal love team AlDub, (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, aka Yaya Dub), Eat Bulaga has been even more blessed. Eat Bulaga continues to dominate the ratings in its daily noontime slot. It is also evident with the obvious growing number of TVCs   and sponsors who have put their trust to EB. As they say, 2015 is the rebirth of Eat Bulaga, a stronger, a better, a more meaningful Eat Bulaga offering “mas masaya at mas makabuluhang panood.”

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Together with AlDub, the AlDub Nation was born. A nation that makes EB and AlDub trend everyday with at least 7-digit number of  tweets. This nation is the only Fandom that received an Achievement Award for spreading “KalyeSerye” values online through inspirational posts and tweets. It continuously breaks records in history one of which is the 25.6 million tweets for #ALDUBEBforLove and they are also planning to break their own record of tweets for the upcoming Tamang Panahon Celebration. TicketWorld also announced that The Tamang Panahon Event had the highest ticket sales accumulated for just a day.

One way to give back and celebrate the overall success of AlDub, Lola Nidora, portrayed by Wally Bayola announced on Eat Bulaga’s October 17, 2015 episode of “Kalyeserye”, that the most awaited “Tamang Panahon” is bound to happen on October 24, 2015, Saturday at The Philippine Arena – The world’s largest indoor arena that has 55,000 seating capacity. #TamangPanahon will come to reality exactly 100 days after the birth of Aldub, – July 16, 2015.

eb_2“Tamang Panahon” is not just for the “Kalyeserye lovers” – Alden and Yaya Dub. It is for the whole AlDub Nation too. Lola Nidora has invited the AlDub Nation to be part of this historical event, EB’s biggest extravaganza ever. To make it more meaningful, she encourages everyone to join them by buying tickets to be able to watch the show. Lola Nidora said that 100 percent of the ticket sales will be used for building “ALDUB LIBRARIES”, Eat Bulaga’s latest project in cooperation with the whole AlDub Nation. Just a few hours after the announcement, tickets were selling like hotcakes and almost sold out over the weekend. This goes to show that the AlDub Nation is not just a nation that tweets. It is also nation that helps, shares, cares and supports projects with a noble cause for the benefit of many. The power of the united AlDub Nation and Eat Bulaga will exceptionally show the real essence of “Bayanihan”. “Isang gawaing may kabuluhan at di makasarili lamang!”

aldub nation             Since the real number of AlDub Nation is not just equivalent to 55,000 people, there were several petitions through tweets and FB posts from the AlDub Nation worldwide those who consider themselves as #TeamAbroad #TeamBahay and #TeamReplay asking of other ways to help. They have been calling the attention of Eat Bulaga hosts Tito, Vic and Joey, other EB Dabarkads, Alden, Maine and EB producers and staff. There were also tweets asking the help of the sponsors of EB as well. In response to this plea, Eat Bulaga and Tape, Inc. incooperation with BDO one of their sponsor banks an Account for ALDUB has been set up to receive monetary donations from all over the world. Isn’t it heartwarming to see a real worldwide “bayanihan” in the making?

Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, Alden & Maine, and EB Dabarkads, you just don’t know how much you have touched the lives of so many Filipinos. Thanks for inspiring more people to help through their own little ways. You taught us to be selfless. You never fail to inspire us, by encouraging us to support such sensible projects with a magnanimous cause. This is indeed a really “humbling experience for the supporters and lovers of Eat Bulaga and AlDub.

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There are so many unexplainable reasons why we, Filipinos love Eat Bulaga. But,  I must say we have learned to love Eat Bulaga and its Dabarkads because we believe in them, we journey with them and we continuously admire and adhere their “Mabuting Hangarin para sa higit na nakararami.” Let us all remember,  sabi nga nila …“Hangga’t may bata, may Eat Bulaga!”

Congratulations Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, EB Dabarkads, AlDub (Alden and Maine) and AlDub Nation! This is just the beginning. More to go!

PS : During “Tamang Panahon” Charity concert of AlDub last October 24, 2015 held at The Philippine Arena, there were 55,000 people who gathered and partied with the whole AlDub Nation and EB Dabarkads. Worldwide Bayanihan was so evident. Aside from TeamArena who watched the show live the TeamBahay, TeamAbroad and TeamReplay watched from different parts of the world through Live Streaming via YouTube, on their television sets, mobile phones, and via Pinoy TV simultaneously. This Tamang Panahon episode of Eat Bulaga got a rating from AGB Nielsen in Mega Mla 50.8% audience share of 82.8% vs its competitor 5.4%/8.8%. The highest among all of Eat Bulaga’s episode for the past 3 decades. Almost fourteen million pesos were raised through ticket sales alone. There were also donations sent by OFWs and other Filipinos who were not able to buy tickets. BDO facilitated an account for ALDUB through Tape, Inc.’s account. The accumulated number of tweets for #ALDubEBTamangPanahon reached 41 million. There was an official statement by Rishi Jaitly from Twitter about this.

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aldub_tweet2 : Majella Magpantay ( @justmemajella)

Photo Credits : Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

Finding Love and Forever sa #TamangPanahon.

love1Do you believe in love and forever? Have you found it? Are you still hoping and praying that it will be a reality sa Tamang Panahon?

Everyone has his or her own version of how a love story begins. There are people who believe in love at first sight. Some say love begins with one hello, others with a simple smile.  For some, love starts with a cup of coffee or a pint of ice cream, while for others a shared appreciation of food, a bucket of popcorn while watching a movie or simply just enjoying each other’s smalltalk while eating isaw, kwek-kwek or fishball at the neighborhood’s ‘tindahan sa kanto’ could spark something special.

For AlDub,  it all started accidentally through a split screen ‘kalyeserye’ that instantly had a worldwide following,  giving people an unexplainable feeling of ‘kilig’ and happiness.  Some really believe that it was “MaiDen Heaven” because it seems to have an “AlDub-vine” intervention and everything just fell into place at the right time.

aldubCollageLove is everywhere. It can be found in the office, in school, in theaters, hallways, malls, even in a busy two-way street. It can also be found in castles like the ones in fairytales where prince and princess meet. You can find love in the most unexpected places. People confess finding love in shallow waters, on mountaintops, in an island, in a desert, or even in cold snowy places. A simple plywood, locket, alarm clock, hanky, flagpole, basement, straw, gym, tree, long table, theme park, mansion, rally, parking lot, garden, library, or a noisy canteen are all witnesses to love’s grandeur.

You can fall in love on a cruise, aboard a plane, a train, bus, jeepney, motorbike or any type of vehicle. Name it. Love makes travelling worthwhile no matter how bumpy the ride is. For AlDub, the various Barangay’s “Kalye“ or the different streets in the Philippines and the whole ALDUB Nation watching on television everyday are the witnesses on how AlDub’s blossoming on cam love story unfolded. People even get confused whether it is just on reel or for real, this is quite obvious when Alden and Maine unconsciously go out of character and often teased by the hosts, “Acting-an lang ‘to uy!”

Love has grown with time and the evolution of technology. Some found love through having Phone pals and pen pals, others through radio signal communication. But now Love transcends through the development of other social media platforms. A wrongly sent text message can lead to love. Some took the effort to find love by just swiping to the right.  A simple status update in Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram  can also mean a profession of love. Other apps also became instruments to bring lovers together even those who are million miles apart.  From snail mails, fan signs, fax, cards, emails or mails of whatever kind, one thing’s for sure – love is always found.

This may sound a cliché but most people say that one way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Some meet love in the kitchen. One cooks, the other lovingly savours the food. Love is also in music. One writes the song, the other sings. Love can be found on the dance floor, like two individuals swaying to love’s fantastic tempo. Love can be in the hospital; one is the patient, the other one is the caregiver breathing life to the other. Love can be on the radio, a DJ and an avid listener just might end up falling in love. Love can be in the courtroom. The defendant and the accused may just patch things up.

In all honesty, love can be found in the most unexpected place and time, not knowing that the love of your life is already there usually unnoticed because you could have been to busy finding love. Can you imagine how magical it is for love to get into someone’s system freely?  Only the heart knows how and it would be so hard to explain.

Love nowadays is expressed differently; it can be done through the help of Internet, social media apps, or can even be broadcasted live Via Satellite. Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye that features AlDub showed us that chivalry is not yet dead. They exemplified to us the importance of Filipinos’ traditional values on “panliligaw, paninilbihan and panunuyo”. It teaches us to be patient, to wait, to be hopeful and prayerful. It inspires everyone to believe in the real power of love. Though lovers have to go through different trials and sacrifices they are still eager to deal with it   just to profess unconditional love with their purest intention.

There are so many instances where you can find love. You can wait or search for love but in the end, there’s only one thing that’s true. I believe that whatever your story is, there is one God behind it. He is the one who writes your very own love story. He is the one who creates the main characters, who happens to be you and the one whom He made just for you. He writes the plot, chooses the setting, and makes sure that love finds its way to you.  Just believe in #tamangpanahon when God is ready to give you your forever.  

For those like me who have not yet found the love of their life, just live each day with the will to follow your heart’s desires and just be happy. I know that God only makes sure that in His perfect time your paths will cross whichever road you’ll take.

#MayForever #TamangPanahon #IsangTaongParaLangSayo #KapitLang

By : Majelle Magpantay ( @justmemajella )

Note : Photos are from Eat Bulaga Facebook Page