As early as Jan­uary this year, news about pos­si­ble AlDub shows in the United States was al­ready cir­cu­lat­ing in Filipino-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly among Fil-Ams who had got­ten hooked on the TV phe­nom­e­non of “Ka­lye­serye,” the Eat Bu­laga! seg­ment that fea­tured the ac­ci­den­tal love team of Alden Richards and show­biz new­comer Maine Men­doza.

The AlDub fans later learned that a show ti­tled KS sa US— mean­ing, Ka­lye­serye in the United States— would be brought to Cal­i­for­nia and New York by April 2017, dur­ing the Holy Week sea­son. Fi­nally, it hap­pened. KS sa US was first per­formed on April 9 at Cal­for­nia’s Pasadena Civic Au­di­to­rium, where the pho­tos on this spread were taken. A sec­ond per­for­mance fol­lowed on April 12 at the Kings Theatre in Brook­lyn, New York.

Happy Box, the U.S. pro­duc­ers of the shows, priced the tick­ets from $80 to $172. The front-row seats re­port­edly got sold out first in both per­for­mances.

The show’s high­light was Alden’s singing of the un­of­fi­cial AlDub theme song, “God Gave Me You.” The U.S.-based fans, known in the Philip­pines as #TeamAbroad, be­came emo­tional when they wit­nessed, right be­fore their eyes, their beloved AlDub re­liv­ing a ma­jor kilig mo­ment that they had pre­vi­ously seen only on TV.•

This al­most-kiss­ing pak­ilig ges­ture of Alden and Maine elicited the loud­est shrieks among the Cal­i­for­nia fans.

The AlDub tan­dem—now also known as MaiChard, a uni-name blended from their real names, Maine Men­doza and Richard Reyes Faulk­er­son Jr.— also ren­dered sev­eral song num­bers, in­clud­ing the duet ver­sion of “Tad­hana,” the theme song of Des­tined To Be Yours ( DTBY), AlDub’s first-ever tele­serye as a love team.

DTBY ended last May 26 af­ter a three­month run on GMA-7. At press time, Alden and Maine were al­ready gear­ing up for their third movie, slated for a lateyear re­lease.

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