December 26, 2015
AlDub Glossary for Beginners
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you’ve probably heard of the love team that has been sweeping social media and the advertising landscape. The split screen romance of Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza has captured the imagination of millions. The noon time series has been on for five months now and has shown no signs of slowing down. The two stars are currently promoting their movie for the Metro Manila Film Fest, using their daily series as vehicle for the promotions.
The series, which is mostly improvisation, and where the lines between reel and real are constantly and deliberately blurred, has also given rise to an interesting glossary of terms. You will find these mentioned on Twitter, Facebook and other media where the love team’s adventures are discussed. To those only starting to watch and read up on the AlDub, here are some terms and concepts that could help you catch up on the continuing Kalyeserye.
- AlDub – the amalgamation of the names of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub. Their followers are collectively known as the AlDub Nation.
- Bungalow – What the Yaya Dub’s Lolas refer to as the Philippine Arena where the Tamang Panahon event was held last October 24, 2015.
- De Explorer Sisters – The guardians of Yaya Dub. They are Lola Nidora, Tidora and Tinidora.
- Dubsmash – The phone application used by Maine to lipsynch or dub various voices and characters. The medium was also incorporated into the Kalyeserye as both characters occasionally Dubsmash songs to each other.
- Floorwax – Refers to slipping, or unintentionally revealing one’s true feelings.
- Funnywalain – A play on the word “paniwalain” or being gullible. The term has been used throughout the series since November.
- GV – Good Vibes. The feeling that the show wants to promote among the audience.
- Hindi ako na-orient – a running joke within Kalyeserye that had its origins in another show, Sunday Pinasaya, where Alden was pranked by a call from Maine. A surprised Alden exclaimed that he wasn’t oriented about the phone call. It has henceforth referred to any situation where the characters are caught by surprise or when events happen outside the script.
- KS – short for Kalyeserye, the continuing love story of Alden and Yaya Dub/Maine that’s set in different barangays
- Laguna, Bulacan – Laguna is where Alden lives in real life. Bulacan is where Maine lives. These places have become running jokes in the series as each character tries to invite the other to visit their respective homes.
- MaiDen – the amalgamation of the names of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards.
- Mansyon – Where the Lolas and Yaya Dub live. As of writing, the house was seized by the grandmother of Alden after the Lolas failed to pay their debt.
- Monthsary – Observed by the two every 16th of the month, to mark the day they met, July 16.
- Oxygen – Often demanded by fans of AlDub who, after intense scenes involving the two main characters, seem to run out of breath.
- Pabebe/ Pabebe Wave – the iconic reaction of Yaya Dub to Alden Richards when they first saw each other via split screen on July 16, 2015. The hand wave involves small movements, made to appear very demure or reserved.
- Regine! Woooooh! – Popularized by Poalo Ballesteros’ character Lola Tidor, it is an expression taken from Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. Usually denotes a feeling of great joy.
- Riding in Tander – the motorcycle-riding duo that often act as messengers or delivery service for the characters
- The Rogelios – The three bodyguards of Lola Nidora, all named Rogelio
- Siomai – Started out as an inside joke between the two main characters. Is actually a game where one tries to avoid looking at the siomai hand gesture.
- SS – short for split screen, the visual device where Alden and Maine originally interacted through the Dubsmash of songs and through Fan Signs. The device continued even after they were already allowed to talk.
- Takdang Panahon – The day when Yaya Dub/Main is supposed to give her “YES” to Alden. It has not been announced when.
- Tamang Panahon – October 24, the day when the two characters were allowed to see each other without any restrictions.
- Wag Ako – Alden’s terse response to a seeming challenge by Maine. The term has been used to connote seriousness in relationships.
- Weeksary – Observed every Thursday by the love team since July 16 falls on the said day.
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One Comment on “AlDub Glossary for Beginners”
ProfesoraYna says December 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm
Maybe you can add chiwibol, “asawa ni?”, and gasgas’ “opo”