It seems that ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime is pushing to build its own YouTube sensation via Pastillas Girl.
Angelica Jane Yap in real life, Pastillas Girl first appeared on the noontime show asking advice from Madam Bertud, portrayed by host and comedian Vice Ganda, who saw her on YouTube making a batch of pastillas while badmouthing her cheating boyfriend.
The same video was shared from YouTube to Facebook and viewed by thousands of Filipinos since she appeared on the ABS-CBN noontime show. A few days later, Pastillas Girl was back on TV with the hosts of It’s Showtime promising they will help her search for the right man who will love her truly and honestly again.
Thus, the search for Pastillas Boy was launched in Twitter, resulting to the show’s very own “Twitterserye.” So far, the show has chosen three boys to pit against each other and prove their worth to Pastillas Girl.
They are Topher, a member of last week’s studio audience; Jess, who flew in from Bacolod; and Evan, also from Twitter, who have all expressed interested in getting to know Pastillas Girl.
However, Filipinos viewers were quick to react that the move is obviously the network’s response to phenomenal YouTube star Yaya Dub, or Maine Mendoza of Eat Bulaga’s “Kalyeserye” on GMA Network.
Even Eat Bulaga’s pillar host, Joey de Leon, took to his personal Twitter account (@AngPoetNyo) to post his reactions.
He said, “WE CAME, THEY SAW, THEY COVER…VERSION! #ALDUB2ndMonthsary #EatBulaga.”
“Para sa atin, Show love and understanding pa more. Para sa iba, isip-isip pa more pag may time.#EatBulaga #ALDUBForTALKNTEXT @EatBulaga”—read another tweet from the veteran comedian.
Meanwhile, pep.ph reported that according to a survey by AGB Nielsen Philippines conducted among Mega Manila households, YayaDub and loveteam Alden Richards still ruled the airwaves when Pastillas Girl began her search for Pastillas Boy on September 14.
It’s Showtime had an eight percent rating, while Eat Bulaga registered viewership at 32.1 percent.