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It’s Showtime insider speaks up: "Pastillas Girl is scripted"
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A staff member of It’s Showtime reveals that the ‘Twitterserye’ portion revolving around Pastillas Girl’s search for love and making peace with her past is apparently all for show.



In an exclusive interview with Manila Link, one of the staff behind ABS-CBN’s noontime show—identity and gender withheld for obvious reasons—confirms what some have been speculating all along: that the story surrounding ‘Pastillas Girl’ Angelica Jane Yap was fabricated to win back the ratings they have been losing to Eat Bulaga’s AlDub.

“We had to do something, eh,” said the staff member. “Siyempre, tingnan mo naman, tinatalo na namin sa ratings yung show na running for almost 40 years na, ‘di ba?”

“Then AlDub came along. Trending lagi, ibang klase! Kahit kami pinapanood namin backstage, kung pano na kami natatalo,” added the anonymous staff member with a chuckle. “We did what we had to do. Labanan pa din ‘yan, kahit ano pa sabihin namin, nina Vice, [or] Joey De Leon sa TV. Kailangan pataasan ng ratings talaga.”

The said staff member shared how they witnessed the AlDub phenomenon overpowering them, and the realization that they needed to do something to regain the noontime audience’s attention.

They then went into detail how they managed to put up an answer to the phenomenal love team.

"Ang ginawa namin, ginaya namin. Kumuha kami ng viral din, ‘yung may following na din. Ayan, si Pastillas. Pinag-guest sa AdVice, binigyan ng story.”

“We added pa-kilig, the works. ‘Yung tipong masasabi nu’ng fans nila na ‘Uy, ginagaya ‘yung idol natin. Tingnan nga natin kung anong kalokohan ‘to’, ‘yung ganu’n. Effective naman, kita mo, ‘di ba? Nakuha namin ‘yung attention nila, kahit nega. At least, nag-te-trending na din kami!”

“Sabi nga, eh, ‘Bad publicity is still publicity.’ ‘Yun ang ginawa namin.”

As of writing, the hashtag #ShowtimeKapamilyaDay generated 6.12 million tweets on micro-blogging site Twitter, still a far cry from their rival #ALDubEBforLove's 20.6 million on Saturday, September 26.

Friday’s episode of It’s Showtime featured Pastillas Girl and her best friend, Karen, who allegedly stole the former’s boyfriend—the story that is said to have inspired the Pastillas recipe video and made everyone sympathize with 21-year-old Angelica.

Here’s where the staff member drops the bomb.

“Syempre kung ‘di namin i-e-explore ‘yung back story kuno, eh ‘di walang mangyayari sa’min. So gumawa kami ng kwento. Iniwan kunwari siya ng boyfriend, inagaw ng best friend, ganyan. The classic tale of the best friend and the boyfriend.”

“Ganyan gusto ng mga Pinoy, eh. ‘Yung may drama. Dalawang babaeng nag-aagawan sa iisang lalake. Nababaliw sila sa ganyan.”

It can be recalled that Angelica’s so called ex-boyfriend was also invited to the show on a previous episode to talk and get some closure.

We also asked the staff member about the truth behind the “open letter” that recently made its rounds on Facebook, containing revelations about Pastillas Girl.

“Wala kaming alam, sa totoo lang. The producers talked to her about the pregnancy daw, kung ano talaga nangyari du’n sa boyfriend. Sila lang nakakaalam. ‘Di na lang in-address para ‘di na masyadong kumalat.”

“Ang masasabi ko lang is hindi ‘yun ‘yung boyfriend niya talaga. Ini-scout lang namin ‘yun. ‘Di naman mahirap maghanap, lahat gusto ng exposure sa TV,” they explained with another chuckle.

What about Karen, the best friend?

“Kami lang din kumuha sa kanya. Basically, lahat scripted,” confirmed the staff member. “As in, lahat.”

Despite all this, our anonymous source maintains there is nothing wrong with what they are doing.

“Like I said, we just did what we had to do. It’s still business after all. Kailangan namin ng ratings, kailangan mapag-usapan para kumita. Hindi lang kami ang gumagawa nyan.”

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6 comments
  1. How amusing. People within the right state of mind won't believe that the story they are doing behind the so called "Pastillas girl" is real anyway. So those arguing that it can't get any more realistic than this segment are definitely lost in the world of social fantasy. Anyone who has truly undergone such pain and agony will surely learn from it and abstain from looking for a remedy at the expense of the feelings of other person. One more thing who in the right mind will look for true love in the world of social media? It has the word superficial love written all over it.

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  2. I knew this was all BS. People always think about the money and business crap. I don't know about Aldub, but I hope THEY know what they're doing ajd are doing it willingly and without hesitation, unlike this Pastillas girl. Complete BS.

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  3. It's very obvious naman. Ewan ko ba sa mga naniniwala na di scripted yan. Iba kase sa atin sa sobrang fan ng show or artist kahit na mukhang niloloko na tayo support all the way parin nagpapaka ipokrita na lang. They keep on saying it's not scripted,pero 1 month na nakalipas still searching parin? Kamusta na trabaho nila? May kita pa ba sila..just what like the girl said she have to work muna for her brother. Meaning may talent fee na..umaarte na! Eh di scripted. Period.

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  4. Kawawa naman ang tao pinapaikot ng showtime. Mga walang hiya! Magsara na kayo!

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  5. kayo na rin nagsabi na busimess yan, di sana umisip sila ng mas ikagaganda ng programa nila kasi ang EB nung time na namamayagpag ang IS tahimik sila at patuloy lang sila sa programa nila. wala silang sinabing masama sa kabila at nag-isip ng mas ikagaganda ng programa nila hanggang sa dumating ang ALDUB at boom nagtuloy-tuloy na. dapat ganon lang, healthy competition lang kasi sa ginawa nila sila rin ang nasira sa ginawa nila...ngayon na may bago silang mga parehang pwedeng sumikat din, hawakan nila ng maayos para hindi matapos agad ang career at worst baka lumipat yan sa 7 kapag mali ang pag-handle nila sa mga iyan...

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  6. Desperation move. pera pera lang a no.

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