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Wally Bayola on Lola Nidora, ‘AlDub,’ Maine Mendoza

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Wally Bayola on Lola Nidora, ‘AlDub,’ Maine Mendoza
Wally says he's overwhelmed by the support his character has gotten from fans

MANILA, Philippines – Three months since the start of the hit AlDub Kalserye on Eat Bulaga, comedian Wally Bayola says he’s still surprised by the amazing feedback from audiences, thanks to the accidental tandem of Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza and Alden Richards.

Wally, who has been hosting the “Juan for All, All For Juan” segment with Paolo Ballesteros and Jose Manalo, said he’s also thrilled about the success of his character Lola Nidora.

In an interview with Pep, Wally said that it felt good to be recognized, but what matters most to him is that he can make people laugh.

Yun ang malaking reward sa amin. Nakakapagpasaya kami ng taong malungkot, may sakit. (That’s the big reward for us. We cheer people up, those who are sad, who are sick.)

Yun na ang malaking reward.” (That’s the great award.)

In an interview aired last August on Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, Wally said that they were surprised by the feedback they’ve been getting, especially from other parts of the world. 

Natutuwa kami na inaabangan pala talaga nila, minsan-minsan iniisip namin bawat isa na hindi kaya na maraming nalulungkot kaya maraming gusto tumawa?” (We’re happy that people really look forward to seeing us. Sometimes we think that are there many people who are sad, that’s why they want to laugh?)

Wally said that he patterned Nidora after actress Celia Rodriguez and Jaclyn Jose.

Lola Nidora and second chances

SECOND CHANCE. Wally he will never waste the chance given to him again. Screengrab from Instagram/@walterjamesbayola

In the same Pep interview, Wally said that of all the characters so far he played, it was Nidora who’s had a special moment. Aside from Nidora, Wally also plays 3 other characters – Doctora, Nidora’s granddaughter, Duhrizz, another granddaughter, and Rihanna the housekeeper.

In the beginning, many were annoyed at Nidora’s participation as she was always in the way of Yaya Dub and Alden’s love. However, people slowly began to like her, particularly for her words of wisdom.

Excited na si Lola Nidora sa pagbisita nila sa broadway bukas! Mga dabarkads excited na rin ba kayo? #KiligPaMore #AlDub #Kalyeserye

Posted by Eat Bulaga on Thursday, October 1, 2015


Hindi na masyadong galit sa dalawa [Alden at Yaya Dub]. (She’s not really angry at the two anymore.)

Parang pumapayag na siya. Marami na ang nagmamahal kay (She’s starting to be more agreeable. Many of the followers love her) Lola sa AlDub Nation.”

The mega success of the kalyeserye is a huge comeback moment for Wally. In 2013, a sex video of Wally with a dancer from Eat Bulaga went viral. The show’s management asked him to take a leave afterwards. (READ: Wally Bayola on life after the sex video scandal)

In 2014, he made an emotional comeback in the show, saying he has learned his lesson. 

Wally told Pep: “Masaya ako, lalo na sa mga mentors ko, yung mga unang-unang sabi ko na hindi ko sasayangin yung chance na ibinigay nila. (I’m very happy especially with my mentors, I said I wouldn’t waste the chance they gave me.)


In a separate Pep interview, Wally was asked for his reaction to the chemistry between Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards.

GUARDING YAYA DUB. Wally as Lola Nidora with Paolo Ballesteros and Jose Manalo watching Yaya Dub and Alden. Photo from Facebook/Eat Bulaga

Sa tingin ko sa kanilang dalawa, kung iisipin natin, sa tatlong buwan na araw-araw ganun ang ginagawa mo, pakilig, siguro may chance talaga na ma-develop na ganun,” he said. (I think with the two of them, if we think about it, in the 3 months that they see each other, that they make everyone giddy, there is a chance things will develop.)

Wally said that he has asked Maine about her true feelings for Alden. However, he said that Maine prefers to keep quiet.

Who is your favorite kalyeserye character? Any favorite piece of advice from Lola Nidora? Let us know in the comments below. –



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