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After 59 weeks and 349 episodes, the phenomenal “kalye-serye” portion of noontime show “Eat Bulaga” on GMA 7 bid goodbye to its fans on September 3.
“The Kalye squad! Mamimiss namin kayo, hanggang sa muli!” said Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub, in her Twitter account and posted a photo of the serye’s stars and production staff.
On Sept. 3, the segment started with Richards and Mendoza reminiscing the good times with the De Explorer sisters Lolas Nidora (played by Wally Bayola), Tidora (Jose Manalo), and Tinidora (Paolo Ballesteros).
The on-screen sweethearts were then preparing a despedida for the lolas who were leaving for the US.
Lola Nidora gave them words of advice and wisdom. She told Alden to take care of Maine.
The four characters then boarded a van and waved at the people in the area. “We shall return,” said Lola Nidora.
It ended with the words “The End” flashed on the screen. The portion finally ended with the words “kalyeserye shall return.”
On the couple’s 59th week-sary episode last Sept. 1, Mendoza finally gave Richards her precious “yes” on live television.
In July 2015, the live mini-show brought the phenomenal tandem of Mendoza and Richards as split-screen lovers in the show.
In one of the most-talked about rivalries on television, the kalye-serye became a social media sensation when it figured in a twitter war with a rival noontime program.
AlDub reigned supreme when they smashed twitter records against “It’s Showtime” that featured the four love teams of ABS-CBN who appeared in the sixth anniversary celebration of the Kapamilya show at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Sept. 26, 2015.
That episode which showed the first “akyat-ligaw” of Richards to Mendoza broke new record with 25.6 million tweets.
The hashtag #AlDubEBforLOVE did not only break record but it doubled the previous record held by
#ALDUBMostAwaitedDate with 12.1 million tweets posted on Sept. 19 in an episode that featured the first date of Richards and Mendoza.
On October 24, the screen sweethearts held a benefit show that would help build libraries nationwide at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Dubbed “Sa Tamang Panahon,” the noontime show raised P14 million in ticket sales for the library program.
AlDub also became one of the most-sought endorsers in the country. They debuted in a blockbuster film called “My Bebe Love,” an entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.