In a chance encounter with Wally Bayola—the funnyman who famously plays the old fashioned and wisdom-filled guardian of Maine Mendoza’s Yaya Dub in Eat Bulaga’s phenomenal “Kalyeserye”—The Manila Times learned that his concern for this year’s breakout star goes well beyond their skits on screen.
“Nakakaawa din yung bata kasi nakakapagod din talaga ang mga commitments niya ngayon,” shared Wally in an ambush interview at Zirkoh Bar in Quezon City.
Besides Maine’s daily on location live broadcast with Lola Nidora and the latter’s sisters Tinidora (Jose Manalo) and Tidora (Paulo Balesteros), her sensational love team with Alden Richards—a.k.a. “AlDub”—has landed a string of endorsements and TVC shoots, as well as a 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival movie, My Pabebe Love: #KiligPaMore with Vic Sotto and AiAid delas Alas.
“Minsan sabi niya [while on location], ‘Kuya Wally, 6 a.m. na kami nag pack up; pagod na pagod ako, parang hindi na ako makatayo ng matagal,” Wally related. “Sabi ko naman, ‘Maine, just in case hindi mo na kaya tapikin mo lang ako.’ Pero eto na, nung nakita si Alden, biglang sumigla!”
The comedian, who got his big break on TV from Vic Sotto together with his tandem Jose Manalo, also told The Manila Times he goes as far as reminding the 20-year-old dubsmash artist to eat more and to eat better.
“Sinasabi ko lagi, ‘Kumain ka ng maayos,’ hindi naman kasi palakain,” Wally shook his head just as concerned parent—or yes, lola—would. He further describes Maine as a quiet girl, but a comedienne with lots of potential.
“Komedyante talaga yung bata. Hindi naman naming tinuturuan pero nasa tiyempo magpatawa,” he added.
Now if the studio cameras of Eat Bulaga hadn’t panned the camera on Alden smiling at the antics of Yaya Dub one fateful day in July, the original tandem the noontime show had actually planned was only for Lola Nidora and her dubsmashing yaya.
“Nakakagulat talaga ang nangyari, at nagapasalamat ako na nasali ako sa phenomenon na ito,” Wally acknowledged. Naguusap din kami ni Maine tungko sa nangyari sa career niya. Pero ngayon, hindi pa din nag-si-sink sa kanya ang lahat. Pero ang alam niya, at ang alam naming lahat, hindi Eat Bulaga, hindi GMA 7 ang gumawa ng lahat ng ito. Yung Dabarkads talaga,” he said using the noontime show’s term of endearment for its supporters. “Yung mga tao talaga, kaya ang laki ng pasasalamat namin sa kanila.”
Outside the AlDub love team, the latest news on the “original” tandem of Lola Nidora and Yaya Dub is that they have been invited as guest speakers to the Catholic Social Media Summit organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on October 10 to 11 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for the positive values they continue to impart on the show.