Friday, February 6, 2009

And here I profess my love for a local soap opera.

Warning: After you’re done reading, if you don’t know me, you’ll think I’m normally like this, which means you get the wrong impression. If you do know me personally, you’ll probably be having second thoughts about how well you really do.

This is how serious I am about this.

Here’s the announcement:

I am currently obsessing over the sexiness that is Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzales Dantes III, better known as “DingDong” Dantes. Why he went from a cool soap opera star-quality name to the sound of a doorbell, I’ll probably never know. But from this obsession, my dedication to watching episodes of his new primetime television show Carlo J. Caparas’ Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang has spawned.

Its from the wrong show, I know. BUT ITS THE SAME PEOPLE, so shut up.

It's from the wrong show, I know. BUT IT STARS THE SAME PEOPLE, so shut up.

He is supposedly part of E!’s list of Sexiest Men of 2008, or something like that, and supposedly at number 3! I say supposedly because, despite endless Googling, I could never find the official page for this. Just blogs saying it is so, the way I’m doing now. But he is hot, have I mentioned that yet?

And his co-star Marian Rivera, well, she’s Marian Rivera! I’m a straight girl, and I often find myself awestruck at how pretty her face is.

So we’ve established that I like watching these 2 pleasant-looking people. I mean, who doesn’t like watching pretty people? Never mind if the show would be crappy and lame.

Or at least pretty CLOTHES.

And as long as the clothes are pretty, too.

The network bombarded itself with plugs and teasers for the show. The title was so much fun to say — “Hey let’s watch Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang!” — And to me, it was mysterious, not knowing what the hell a tadyang was. And when I found out the name of the show translated to “‘The Woman Who Came From My Rib,’ by Some Dude We’re Supposed To Know.” You know, like the whole Adam & Eve thing, (except that’s by a Dude That Everybody’s At Least Familiar Of). I came to the well put-together conclusion of “Ooooooo interesting.”

Weeks and weeks of teasers, and weeks and weeks of promos followed.

Later on, I’d almost forgotten about the show, but lo and behold, fate had it in for me. I boarded a bus on Monday night for an hour-long trip. The TV was staticky but watchable. And it was on GMA 7. And it was — gasp! — the very first episode of Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang, and it had just started! The first scene was an overly gratuitous couple minutes, pointless to the plot, but probably “crucial” for most viewers like me, of the protagonist, Homer (DingDong), emerging from the shower in nothing but a towel around his waist, shaving, brushing his teeth, wiping his sexy chest off.

That was it. I’M IN! (Goes to show, boys aren’t the only ones who can be brainless twits sometimes.)

A few episodes later, and I’m relieved to say it’s not at all crappy. It has the usual flaws — some bad acting, some bad cinematography, some lame directing. But it isn’t as gaggingly horrible as, say, any show with Kim Chiu’s dreadful acting. It’s bearable, and actually entertaining for the right reasons! But just enough so that there’s still enough for me to make fun of a la Twilight. Yay!

We still don’t know who the hell this Proserfina person (Marian) is, why she only shows up at night, why she has so many secrets, and what they actually are. I don’t know either why Homer suddenly went all highschool cheeseball over her. I have yet to find out why a lot of them are named after characters in Greek Mythology; I hope there’s an actual story behind that, and that it’s not just an attempt to sound cool.

Oh, and if Marian Rivera really is dating DingDong Dantes — Girl, why the hell would you deny that?!



This is honestly going to be the second time I’ve only ever really followed a Philippine soap opera. The last one ran for far too long and somewhere along the way I missed one episode and couldn’t understand the next. So, alas, I had to let it go. It was hard, but I’ve moved on. To Carlo J. Caparas’ Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang!

Watch the show and be jologs with me — GMA 7, around 9 pm on weeknights. ;)



  1. Teka ang tadyang ay “rib”? Alam mo, I thought it meant waist or hip or any bone that was near that. I commented on your Facebook as well, I was pleasantly surprised again by your preferences these days. Haha.

    Comment by anna oh — Saturday, February 7, 2009 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  2. There’s a jologs bone somewhere in our tadyang. LOL.

    IMHO, GMA 7 has poor styling so I don’t expect a lot of pretty clothes in the series. And I’m so sick of Marian-Dingdong loveteam. It makes me want to hurl…although they do look pleasant.

    But I agree with you about Kim Chiu’s acting. Never liked her. She reminds me of Olive Oyl.

    Nope, won’t watch. Sry.

    Comment by KC — Monday, February 9, 2009 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  3. On the 1st paragraph: why the effort to distance yourself from an image of a soap opera loving girl?

    Comment by Ade — Monday, February 9, 2009 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  4. @Anna O: I asked my lola who is more knowledgeable in the Filipino language than I. Tadyang is rib daw. :P

    @Celine: I know! I haven’t found a local show anywhere that had good stylists! But Dingdong Dantes is DingDong Dantes! Haha. He can make anything look styled. @_@ And hindi pa ko sawa sa loveteam nila eh… I mean, it’s not like I ever followed any of their other shows. :P

    @Ade: Because I’m not. This is like my first time after like… 10 years almost. I’m still coming to terms with my kajologan.

    Comment by Jewel — Tuesday, February 10, 2009 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  5. They’re freaking everywhere. I tell you. I noticed it from the time I started working. My colleagues were local showbiz fans so that’s why I know.

    I’m going to let you like this one. As long as Marian Rivera doesn’t dance.

    Comment by KC — Tuesday, February 10, 2009 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  6. Ding Dong’s a really nice guy (and kalog) to boot too. I had the pleasure of meeting him once or twice and he was very much a down to earth human being. None of the airs of the other artistas put on. :)

    Comment by Jonas Diego — Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  7. Mahaha, I saw the billboard somewhere and I had to ask Luis what a tadyang is. “Rib” he said. I was surprised.

    This shit should be Youtube-d, like Dyosa and Lipgloss,

    Comment by Helga — Saturday, February 14, 2009 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  8. Haha. KC’s right, they’re everywhere these days. And I thank them for not letting Marian dance this time around. I used to think Dingdong’s head looks smaller than his body but he seemed to look more in proportion recently. I still haven’t watched an episode of this soap and I’m curious what the story is. :)

    Comment by anna oh — Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @ 11:17 pm | Reply

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