AlDub ‘Kalye Serye’ Airs Live from Doña Sisang’s Home
Manila, Philippines—On last Saturday’s episode of the phenomenally popular “Kalye Serye,” a soap opera-musical parody, on noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga,” the show’s bida kontrabida Lola Nidora, played by Wally Bayola in drag, gave permission to Alden, male lead character played by Alden Richards, to finally court Yaya Dub, female lead character played by Maine Mendoza, in the former’s sprawling mansion.
Occupying a whole block on Broadway Avenue in New Manila, Quezon City, a stone’s throw away from “Eat Bulaga’s” TV studio, LVN Pictures’ matriarch Doña Sisang de Leon’s mansion made a perfect location for the “akyat-ligaw” scenes between Alden and Yaya Dub.
Doña Sisang’s mansion AKA Lola Nidora’s opulent home was designed by National Artist Pablo Sebero Antonio, which was inspired by 1930’s Spanish Mediterranean houses in Palm Beach and Beverly Hills, California.
Architect Antonio, who also designed the White Cross Orphanage (1938) in San Juan and the Manila Polo Club (1950) in Makati, was known for his simple and clean structural designs, which perfectly adapted to the tropical climate in the Philippines.
“Buildings should be planned with austerity in mind and its stability forever as the aim of true architecture, that buildings must be progressive, simple in design but dignified…,” the renowned architect once said.
The AlDub (short for Alden, Yaya Dub) love team was born out of “Eat Bulaga’s” “Juan For All, All for Juan” segment, which has lately become a “Romeo and Juliet” offshoot, where Lola Nidora keeps the young lovers away from each other.
Its episode last Saturday reached nearly 26 million tweets from fans who used the hashtag #ALDubEBforLOVE on Twitter.