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When boredom leads to viral videos

UE students Mariella Ramos and best pal Lanirie Caudal became internet sensations when their 5-minute video that made fun of grocery items recently breached the four million view mark. Inset photo shows a video grab of Ramos in action.

UE students Mariella Ramos and best pal Lanirie Caudal became internet sensations when their 5-minute video that made fun of grocery items recently breached the four million view mark. Inset photo shows a video grab of Ramos in action.

by Dennis G. Principe

It was one monotonous day inside a grocery store when Lanirie Caudal decided to make fun of the store’s items with best friend Mariella ‘Yela’ Ramos.

Using her her cellphone, Lanirie or Lanie took one juice drink, focused her camera phone on Yela then uttered the words “Be pahingi nga ng… Sunkist (isang kiss)”, then immediately panned the camera on the item.

The two had a hearty laugh and continued their repartee on other products and ended up with a 5-minute recording with dozen more items which they later on uploaded on their Facebook account.

“Natuwa din po kami sa ginawa namin so naisip namin, baka may matawa din sa makakapanood. At least, makapagbigay kami ng good vibes,” said Lanie.

Little did Yela and Lanie know the video will soon go viral on social media, earning the moniker ‘Grocery Dub Girls’.

“Nagulat nga po kami kasi nung ginawa namin yun, na-bore lang talaga kami kasi yung sinamahan naming classmate, bibili lang daw ng ingredients,” said Yela. “Wala kasi kami alam sa pagluluto kaya po hindi namin alam yung binibili niya kaya ayun, sa items kami naglibang.”

A popular FB page, Filipino Dubs, has uploaded the duo’s video which has garnered 4.6 million views to date.

Among the wisecracks that were appreciated by their viewers was on a biscuit product.

Lanie: ‘Beh… beh… Beh!’

Yela: Ano ba?! Huwag mo nga ako… Nissin! (inisin)

Also a hit was their gag on a line of bottled water.

Lani: Bakit iba iba ang brand, eh pare-parehas naman na tubig yan?

Yela: ‘Hindi, Evian (Iba yan)’.

There are some products which are unheard of but gained attention like a certain milk for pregnant mothers named Prenagen.

Lanie: ‘Dati magkaaway sila noh? pero ngayon, Prenagen (friends again).

Friends who are aware of the potential windfall they may earn from uploading original videos online have advised them to warn other social media accounts who illegally download and post their work.

The two however would rather think about the happiness they bring to whoever sees their videos.

In fact, the two rarely edits their videos and are not keen on putting some refinement on their shoots, reason why their unadulterated laughters are often heard towards the end of every video.

“Ok lang naman po sa amin kasi hindi naman namin inisip na kikita kami sa ginawa namin. Talagang magpasaya lang gusto namin nung ginawa namin yung unang video. na-achieve naman kaya happy na kami,” said Lanie.

Both aged 19, Lanie and Yela are classmates and are taking up Business Management at the University of the East in Caloocan City.

Because of their fun videos, now totalling 13 parts, they have already received offers asking them to compose ditties for their products.

“Marami na po pero pinipili namin kasi yung iba ang hirap gawan. may nag-oofer ng cash, yung iba naman products nila,” revealed Yela. “Nakakatuwa po kasi may naibibigay kami sa magulang namin dun sa pinagkakatuwaan lang namin.”

The Malabon-born Yela admits showbiz offers have already reached them, something which they decided not to entertain at this point of their young lives.

“Priority po namin yung pag-aaral. Yan po kasi ang sinasabi sa amin ng magulang namin na gusto namin matupad,” said Yela.

“Hindi naman kami outstanding sa school. Pero hindi ibig sabihin nun eh hindi na namin ito priority. May mga pangarap kasi kami na sa pag-aaral lang namin talaga nakikita na matutupad namin,” added Lanie.

Lanie hopes to have her own restaurant while Yela wants to follow the footsteps of her aunt Leny who’s had numerous success in putting up different stalls in different malls.

And the question guys out there would like to ask these two cuties?

“Siya po may boyfriend kaya minsan lang magbukas ng FB. Ako ang madalas nagbubukas kasi wala pa akong boyfriend kaya ako na lang nagbabalita sa kaniya,” revealed Lanie of Caloocan City.

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