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The long wait is over for the AlDub Nation, the fandom that clamored to high heavens (and to Lola Nidora) for Alden and Maine to finally meet sans plywood, sans long table, sans alarm clock and sans any other interruption.
October 24, 2015 will go down in the annals of history as one of the best days in the lives of AlDub Nation. The #ALDubEBTamangPanahon hashtag generated 41 million tweets exceeding by millions the target of 36 million in honor of Eat Bulaga’s 36 years of existence! Now a world record holder of the most tweeted hashtag in 24 hours besting the Super Bowl’s record in 2014. That’s bayanihan among fans and EB Dabarkads and it was amazing! People from all walks of life, from different locations in and outside the country banded together to make this twitter event possible. Pinoys in the Philippines filled the 55 thousand seats in the Philippine Arena creating a seemingly endless sea of people. Such a touching sight to behold! A feat no other fandom in the Philippines had ever done. And Aldub Nation did it with flying colors!
So, what exactly does tamang panahon (right time) for Alden, Maine and the AlDub Nation mean? Is it really the pivotal point of turning the fantasy into reality? Maybe. But many of the fans mistook and misunderstood it to mean as reel to real immediately, and this has become a bone of contention for everybody.
I address this portion here to the fans; tamang panahon granted by Lola Nidora does not give us right to dictate Alden and Maine what to do with their personal and private lives. They may be celebrities, they may be public figures and they may be on the spotlight for everyone to scrutinize but as fans we can never ask them to live for real our fantasies for them. We cannot ask them to live their lives the way we want them to live it. We cannot force them to follow our wishes just because it make us happy at the expense of their own happiness. We cannot be disappointed all the time when they show less giddiness every time they’re on TV. We should not complain to whoever and wherever, most specially on social media that “ay bakit si ganito medyo hindi kilig, bakit si ganyan kulang ng emosyon, bakit si ganito medyo walang gana?”. Nakakalimutan na yata ng AlDub Nation ang sabi Lola, “hindi araw araw pasko, hindi araw araw kilig”. Napaghahalatang kulang pa talaga tayo ng maturity as fans. We should stop reading between the lines when there is nothing between the lines! We should minimize analyzing every little actions and reactions, every gestures and facial expressions coming from them. The past three months should by now have instilled in us the value of patience. Aba! bakit nag tamang panahon lang gusto na natin kalimutan na lahat ng bagay pinagtitiyagaan? Na lahat ng gusto nating makamtan pinaghihirapan?
We as fans don’t have the right to pressure Alden to do the things we want him to do about their budding relationship. We don’t have the right to pressure Maine to accept him immediately. They need to know each other more. Ano ba naman kasing part nang “need to know each other more” ang hindi niyo maintindihan? Ano gusto niyo? isang kanta, isang sayaw sila na agad? Let them be. Let them discover their true colors. Let them know each others likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses, their hopes and desires, their fears and joys, their dreams and wishes. Let them blossom as individuals. Let them enjoy their careers. Let them progress from friends to lovers in their own time. They all have the time in their hands. They are still young and they still can accomplish so much, individually and as a love team. Wag tayo ang magdikta kase at the end of the day buhay nila ang maapektuhan sa mga magiging desisyon nila. Tayo naman as fans dahil pinili nating suportahan sila ng buong puso matatanggap natin ano man magiging desisyon nila, di ba? Why the rush? ‘Ika nga di ba, fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Gusto kaya natin ang magiging consequences pagka ganong madaliin natin sila? If and when they do end up together for real, then we will cheer and we will celebrate their love. It is what we want after all. If they don’t? Well, some good things just ain’t meant to be. Masasaktan tayo. Iiyak tayo. Sasama loob natin. Magmumura tayo. But that’s life. That’s reality. At this point, this may be cliche but true, let us let nature take its course. In their own time, in God’s time, everything will fall into perfect places.
Let the friendship and love story that is Alden and Maine be written in such a way that people will remember it for a long long time for its pureness and genuineness. Allow them to journey towards forever on their own. Allow them private moments and conversations. Allow them to take their time getting to know each other. Allow them to nurture what they have right now. Allow them to cherish the memories they are creating for themselves. Allow them to keep those things that only the two of them do. Allow them to keep secrets. Allow them to be giddy on their own. Allow them the normalcy of falling in love just like ordinary couples falling in love. Allow them to slowly realize that yes, indeed they are fated and destined to be together or otherwise. Allow them privacy, we owe them that much.
For Alden and Maine, whatever will happen will happen. Both of you are inspiration to many. Just remain true and grateful all the time. You got good heads on your shoulders, use it wisely. You still have so much to offer to the fans and we still have so much to give to you both. Enjoy your new friendship, enjoy your careers and enjoy your moments. No pressures. God has a perfect plan for you. Whatever that is, it is slowly unfolding. In the course of fulfilling God’s plan you may take a detour, or may meet a dead end, or may follow a wrong path, may meet someone new or may face some obstacles, but have faith in Him and in AlDub Nation, we got your backs.
We will always be here to support and love you, be it together or individually, in any way we can, in every way we can, every where we can. As high as the sky and as deep as the ocean, that’s how much we love you both.
…pinky swear, sealed, stamped, filed and kissed..I remain a citizen of AlDub Nation.
…leaving you all with this, ponder on..
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.” –Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin)–
Aldub you all.