It’s Sunday and I’ve got some time to write this afternoon. But I’ll skip the Sunday Currently post ‘coz I wanted to express my feelings towards yesterday’s phenomenal event, Eat Bulaga‘s Sa Tamang Panahon. Yes, for the record, I was there and I’m proud to be part of a record-breaking history! And I think it’s the tamang panahon for me to share my REAL sentiment about this phenomenon.
Secretly Fangirling and Dealing with Bashers
I’ve been a fangirl once (READ: Sugarfee posts circa 2008-9), but I’ve never been a fangirl of a local loveteam, or any loveteam for that matter. But this AlDub phenomenon hit me hard. Coming from a grieving period after my father’s passing last August, it had been my distraction and inspiration to move on and get by through each day. I gradually saw myself looking forward to tomorrow with a smile on my face. I found a reason to be happy despite all the stress around me. I felt kilig after every episode that I secretly download it before going home from office and replayed every night after work. I found myself following/reading/watching every social media post related to Maine, Alden, and the Kalyeserye. I even created an alternate Twitter account to follow Aldub related accounts and voice out my AlDub opinions and bursts of emotions…secretly.
So I’ve been somehow keeping this fangirling a secret for weeks (or months?) now. Mainly because I’m afraid of being judged and bashed by some “intellectual” people who considers this phenomenon a mababaw thing. Oh c’mon, let’s admit it…we all know someone from our circles who knows about it, somehow gets kilig about it, but still believes it’s nonsense and irrelevant. I’ve been keeping up with this since the day I started to get hooked with KS. I wasn’t proud then, of being a fan of AlDub and religiously following them on social media. But then after yesterday, I realized I’ve got nothing to be shy about. I ain’t hurting somebody else, I’m just making myself happy. So why should I care about what they think? I was afraid of being judged as a low-class fantard but then I realized, me being an avid fan of this local loveteam doesn’t make me any less of a person. I’m still the tax accountant who delivers her job every day. I’m still the person who knows her priorities in life and knows the “relevant national issues” we’re currently facing. As I’ve read from some article, “I don’t think enjoying AlDub implies that you are any less smart… Happiness has little to do with intelligence.” True enough, I guess.
Never Underestimate the Power of ALDUB Nation
Seeing people from all walks of life yesterday at the PH Arena, I was more convinced that I should not be ashamed of this experience. I saw the typical teenage barkadas, families from little kids to lolos and lolas, decent looking men wearing shirts saying “AlDub Lawyer”, TV and advertising executives on the VIP section yet being fans themselves, and of course, the die-hard fans complete with AlDub shirts, posters, and tarpaulins. People were forced to walk almost a kilometer long and fall in line to get in. There was no argument or commotion that was expected of a typical masa crowd. I even heard someone say, “Walang mayaman, mahirap dito. Lahat tayo pipila.” One thing to be proud of about this crowd is that we (yes, me included) were disciplined and organized in queuing for almost an hour outside under the scorching heat of the sun until we had our turn to pass through rigorous inspection (which we also strictly followed what’s not allowed to bring) and get inside the arena. It was physically tiring, but not a single person in line complained about it. That’s when I proved that AlDub Nation is not just a bunch of Twitter addicts that only cares about millions of tweets to trend but a group of civilized, mannered individuals who share a common love not only for Maine and Alden, but also for EB Dabarkads and their cause (READ: AlDub Library Project, Plastic ni Juan, Bayanihan). I am not actively a part of this fandom, I may not join their activities (which by the way includes outreach programs and fund raisings), but I would like to consider myself a part of this FANmily.
The ALDUB EFFECT
And so the show starts. I won’t elaborate more on this ‘coz there’s so many videos and news articles about it. I would like to focus on the highlight of the event, the Tamang Panahon for Maine and Alden to finally be with each other. Of course, what do we expect but to feel that intense kilig all over again. They really never fail to make us happy. We even wish that this could be real, we put meanings to every gesture they do on TV. Even the smallest details, their shoes, the colors of their outfits, their tweets, and even posts from years ago have meanings that connotes destiny and coincidence. Hopia, ika nga. We fantasize of Maine and Alden ending up together in real life. They’re like our future Marian and Dingdong. But still, at the end of the day, its their feelings as Nicomaine and Richard, not ours. We are not in the right position to make their own love story. As the cliche goes, “What’s bound to happen will always find its way.” As long as they give me good vibes and unending kilig moments, I’m happy with it. And I’m happy for them individually. I may not know them personally but I believe they are both good people that deserve all these blessings. I’m proud of what and who they’ve become, especially Maine being the ordinary girl she used to be. See, I’m that big of a fan?! Secretly, though. 😉
And yesterday, they surprised the audience with their first holding hands, first hug, and first dance. Pakshet! Ang lakas maka-fairy tale. So eto na naman tayo, sasabihin na namang kaya tayo nahuhumaling kasi relatable, mababaw, typical Cinderella story, ganon?! OO, it’s the typical Cinderella love story with an ordinary girl ending up with Prince Charming. I won’t explain much about a fan’s feelings regarding this matter, kasi hindi rin naman maniniwala yung mga non-fans and bashers. Basta all I know is that I’m over-the-top happy about this experience. Those eye-to-eye contacts, the holding hands, the tight hugs, Alden’s never-ending akbay and kapit to Maine as if saying “Hey, she’s mine!”, that God Gave Me You moment and exchange of messages, that first waltz without any split screens and barriers, Maine’s galawang breezy and indirect kisses, OMG kinikilig pa rin ako while writing it down. Magical moments indeed! It’s like when fairy tale traversed reality. Yiiiieeee~
Good vibes, good vibes…nothing but good vibes. That’s what it is to me and to thousand other secret and all-out fans. It feeds the soul with happiness that sometimes cannot be achieved with our own boring lives. Me personally, having no love life since the beginning of time and being stressed out by life’s b***sh*t, finds an escape through this phenomenon. I know there will come time that this too shall pass, when our afternoons would be quiet, Thursdays would mean nothing, and Saturdays would go back to the usual hangout-with-friends-if-we-have-time. Seems like I’ve invested more than I should have in this fangirling. The thought of it ending breaks my heart just like a love that didn’t last. So I’ll just choose to live in the moment and feel all the kilig and happiness it brings me these days. Even if this phenomenon ends one day, I’ll forever keep the feeling that I have. I’ll forever cherish the days I got so kilig from Aldub. I’ll forever be happy about choosing to be a fan and dedicate a part of my life for it. Dahil dito, I believed in FOREVER again.
I won’t care about what they say or think about me, as long as I’m happy and enjoying this. Wala na nga akong lovelife kaya ito nalang, pagbigyan nyo na. Haha. Ganun naman pag inlove ka diba? Wala kang pakialam kahit ano pang sabihin nila…basta masaya ka. Kahit minsan alam mo namang masasaktan ka lang din sa huli. HUGOT!
So to my non-fan friends who might be reading this fangirl post (though I know no one is reading this blog, haha), let’s just have mutual respect for every one’s opinions and preferences. To each his own. Love it or hate it. I am an Aldub fan and I’m proud of it. 🙂