I wasn't going to blog about my trip to Eat Bulaga yesterday morning, but I had such a great time that I was excited to write about it instead! Thanks to our fellow KTG blogger friend Jazmin from EricJazFoodies , (the crazy husband and wife blogger tandem hehe) as she happens to work for TAPE Inc. She hooked me and my cousins up to watch live on Brodway Centrum for #ALDUB16thWeeksary ! I personally suggested to schedule it on a Thursday because of their weeksary. But we were thinking that it was also possible that Alden Richards would be at the Barangay as well for Kalyeserye to "celebrate". But we still went for it.
Jaz said that even if the show starts at noon, we had to be there before 10AM. So beating the buzzer, we arrived at around 9:20 AM, parked in front of Broadway Centrum (yes, surprisingly there were still a lot of parking slots at that time), then we practically inhaled our drive-thru breakfast from McDo, and by 9:30 AM, we dashed inside Broadway Centrum.
This was the crowd that greeted us. Apparently even if you're on the guest list, everyone has to wait on the first level and wait for the guy holding the megaphone to call your group. They call the group by the contact person who invited you. In our case, it was Jaz. I got a peek of the list and saw that it was a long one! And and each name on that list had God knows how many guests. As they call your group, you'll fall in line. So after what seemed like forever (because we were so excited), we heard "JAZ YAP". My cousins and I shot up our hands excitedly! And after a few seconds, our line was let in. (Later on I observed that around 90% of all these people were actually on the guest list. That's how fully-booked they can get!)
Check Point # 1
By the bottom of the stairs, 2 staffs had the same copy of the guest list, checking each group as we enter. They also gave us Eat Bulaga stamps on our wrists. I felt like I was entering a fun theme park! Which in a sense was true. Then we all headed on upstairs.
Here we go!
But wait! You need to check your bag to make sure you're not bringing in any of the forbidden items:
1.) Anything sharp including pens, and abanico fans.
2.) Any food or beverages including mint candies (This was a challenge for me during at this time because I actually still have sore throat. But I made it through!)
3.) Plus of course the obvious ones like weapons of any kind.
But these were pretty much the big no nos. On the left side of the entrance you will see a package counter where you can leave these items, get a number, and then retrieve it back after the show.
Check Point # 2:
Before entering the very entrance of the East Side studio, you'll get checked by another set of guards to make sure you're clear to go in. And then you'll be greeted by this area where Alden usually hangs out to emote about him and Maine :-)
Check Point # 3
This is the final check point. Just before going inside the studio per se, another guard with a copy of the guest list re-checks your group, and then a production staff assists you to your seats.
I wasn't expecting to be seated in the area where we were led to...
THE VERY FRONT!!!
The stage was literally touching our knees! We were seated on the very right side, which was perfect because this is where all the stars go in and out! AWESOME!!!! See Baby Baste in the backrground hehe.
Pabebe wave! Hello Eat Bulaga!
The very packed Eat Bulaga Studio!
Very few people know this but I used to work as a PA (Production Assistant) in Broadway Centrum for Eat Bulaga way back in 2005 for a couple of months. So thinking about it, this means the last time I was at this very studio was 10 years ago! Wow! No wonder so much has changed already inside the studio. For one, they extended the audience area, which is where we were seated. Before, it used to be just the bleachers on top. There was no elevated satellite stage in the middle as well. The studio, albeit old, still had good air-conditioning. So if you have low tolerance for cold temperature, best to bring a shawl. My nephew Anton wore his jacket the whole time.
Then this guy appeared which seemed like he had one of the best jobs among the EB staff. His responsibility is to orient the audience to always be lively when the show starts, how to clap, what to do for certain segments, and also to keep them entertained while the performers were practicing onstage. He loves doing his Ruffa Mae Quinto impersonation while doing a lot of interactions with the audience.
Each audience of legal age were given these huge numbers. This was for the segment ATM with the Bae, wherein the audiences have a chance to win when your number gets picked.
Everyone was handed their own S.O.S that you can take home after the show. It stands for Sandata On Sakuna. This is not just a handy giveaway, but is for emergency purposes.
A few minutes before the show, they played an instructional video on all the big screens on what to do in case of an earthquake or whatever. They showed which exits each audience group should walk calmly too, etc. I thought it was cute that they used the production staff to point out the exit points, like how a stewardess does before taking off.
LIVE in 3...2...1
And the crowd goes wild!!!!
Finally it was time! Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo, Pia Guanio, Patricia Tumulak, Allan K. and Anjo Yllana came out from the host room and went to the satellite stage to open the show. Pauleen Luna looks breath-taking in person! Pia looks gorgeous and really fit especially considering she's a mother of a 3 year old baby, and needless to say Patricia was really stunning!
Aside from the front-row seats, I would say the next best seats in the house are right by the satellite stage. Because most of the time, the hosts are there.
The rest of the show was kind of a blur. There was Bulaga Pa More with celebrity guests Icee Mendoza and Ate Gay...
And then finally Juan for All, All for Juan Segment wherein KalyeSerye is under! Wooohoooooo!!!!!
Unfortunately, like I said in the beginning, since it was AlDub's weeksary, there's a great chance that Alden Richards would be on site with the Lolas and Maine. So we watched him through the huge screens. It was still fun! ...
...Especially because they finally revealed who the much-awaited "Tia Bebeng" character was. Gloria Romero!!! Galing!
Anyway, Juan for All, All For Juan / KalyeSerye is the part when the cameras show the audiences' reactions while watching. Hence a chance to appear on national television! And because I knew that I won't always get the chance to watch live, I made sure to make the MOST out of it!:
O, HA? ;-) Hahaha! So when you're among the live audiences, make sure you always flash your mega-watt smile, and just show how much fun you're having! ;-) Watch the 7-part video of this episode here.
EB Babe Molly, who also happens to be Richie's friend from way back when :-) And excellent dancer! Super pretty too!
Baby Baste was always running around the studio!
His little bro was also there! :-)
Patricia getting ready for her Happy Birthday segment
Selfie with Patricia! After this shot, she said she liked the camera I was using (Canon D7X). She even held the camera and checked it out. I told her how awesome it was. And she took a mental note of the model number. So yeah in my head we're like BFF now.
Photo with Julia! Thanks Bruce Strong for taking this photo! :-) And thanks Jaz for making endorsing us to him hehehe ;-)
And also of this photo with pretty and flawless Pauline! She seems really nice! :-)
Pauline and Pia chatting. I was a bit bummed we didn't get to take a photo with Pia.
Selfie with Ryan Agoncillo! :-)
Tito Sotto saying Hi to Baste's family
And of course a photo with Bruce Strong hehehe :-) Thanks again po!
After one last segment which was the A.T.M. with the Bae, the show was over. So we rushed to the center of the stage to take a parting shot! Thanks Jaz again for having us on your guest list!!! :-)
Pabebe wave goodbye :')
Photo at the "garden"
Oh, and don't forget to buy your souvenirs!
Aldub shirts are available beside the package counter...
And Preview magazines are on sale by the lobby!