The AlDub hug: 21 photos of Alden and Yaya Dub's sweetest 'Tamang Panahon' moments

MANILA, Philippines – It was a moment straight out of a fairytale. Fans of the AlDub (Alden Richards and Yaya Dub, played by actress Maine Mendoza) tandem got their wish to see the lovebirds finally hold each other after being kept apart for so long.

This finally happened at the big event, dubbed "Sa Tamang Panahon," that was held at the Philippine Arena Saturday afternoon, October 24. The event's name referenced character Lola Nidora's  belief that love comes at the right time,

Yaya Dub and Alden's big meeting continues the story arc exploring their courtship. The story forms the kalyeserye, which airs on afternoon show Eat Bulaga.

True to the two characters' cheerful and bubbly personalities, the meeting of AlDub was a romantic affair, but not without a lot of humor and surprises.

Yaya Dub awaited her prince onstage, while Alden slowly made his way to her.

SLOW AND STEADY. Yaya Dub waited on stage as Alden slowly made his way to her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

SLOW AND STEADY. Yaya Dub waited on stage as Alden slowly made his way to her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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But before finally holding each other, the two shared a group hug with Yaya Dub's guardian Lola Nidora, played by Wally Bayola.

"Dumating na hindi inaasahan, binago ang mga buhay natin. Yaya Dub, Alden," said Lola, stepping back to allow them to touch. (What we did not expect has happened and changed our lives.)

THE BIG MOMENT. Lola Nidora introduces the couple and allows them to be together. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

THE BIG MOMENT. Lola Nidora introduces the couple and allows them to be together. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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"Lola, sandali po (wait)," said Alden, reaching out for a group hug between the 3. After a tearful embrace, Lola left them alone.

GROUP HUG. Alden, Lola Nidora, and Yaya Dub all share a hug before the couple could hold each other. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

GROUP HUG. Alden, Lola Nidora, and Yaya Dub all share a hug before the couple could hold each other. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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The crowd, watching with bated breath, erupted in exhilarated cheers as Alden told Yaya his feelings, face to face. 

"Maine, ang tagal kong hinintay tong chance na to, to say that God gave me you. Ang layo na rin narating natin. Dalawang taong naghahanap, and finally nagkita na rin. Salamat sa 'yo," Alden said.

(Maine, I've been waiting for this chance for so long, to say that God gave me you. We've come a long way, two people searching for, and finally finding each other. Thank you.)

ARM IN ARM. Alden and Yaya Dub walk down the stage after Alden confessed his feelings to Yaya. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

ARM IN ARM. Alden and Yaya Dub walk down the stage after Alden confessed his feelings to Yaya. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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The cheers rose to a fever pitch as Yaya, finally allowed to address Alden without obstacles, said this: "Alam mo, pinag-dasalan ko talaga itong araw na 'to. Ganun din naman yung gusto kong sabihin sa 'yo eh: 'God gave me you.' Ang dami na nagbago sa buhay natin, ang daming nangyari, pero ang dami pa rin hindi magbabago. Isa doon, ikaw at ako." 

(You know, I really prayed for this day. I actually just want to say the same thing to you: 'God gave me you.' There are so many things in our lives that changed, so many things happened, but there's also a lot of things that didn't change. One of those is you and me.)

#ALDubEBTamangPanahon so (kilig pa more) in the world @Chantalandere @Senyora @eriverolake pic.twitter.com/tGS4PUkAJe — Chantal Fansclub (@fansclub2015) October 24, 2015

The couple's theme song on the segment is "God Gave Me You" by Bryan White.

The couple finally had their first dance together, in a sweet moment that recalls Cinderella's dance with her handsome prince.

GOD GAVE ME YOU. The couple shares an embrace after telling each other how they felt. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

GOD GAVE ME YOU. The couple shares an embrace after telling each other how they felt. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Here are more photos below.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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DUET. Yaya Dub joins in on Alden's performance of the song 'God Gave Me You' by Bryan White, their theme song. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

DUET. Yaya Dub joins in on Alden's performance of the song 'God Gave Me You' by Bryan White, their theme song. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.

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Dumating na ang pinakahihintay nating "TAMANG PANAHON"! Posted by Eat Bulaga on Friday, 23 October 2015

 

Umaapaw ang KILIG! Posted by Eat Bulaga on Friday, 23 October 2015

 

...then out of the blue... God Gave Me You #ALDubTamangPanahon Posted by Eat Bulaga on Friday, 23 October 2015

 

Even Lola Nidora felt kilig (giddy) watching them. 

Si Lola kinikilig din :)) #ALDubEBTamangPanahon BTS pic.twitter.com/Y1XmwJWCdN — Eat Bulaga (@EatBulaga) October 24, 2015

After the show, Alden posted this Instagram photo thanking the tandem's fans, AlDub nation.

Mula po sa amin ni Maine, maraming maraming maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat ALDUBnation!!! God bless you all at mahal na mahal po namin kayong lahat!!! Tuloy ang FOREVER mga ALDUBarkads!!! A photo posted by Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) on Oct 24, 2015 at 12:49am PDT 

– Rappler.com

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