In the summer of 2007 I wrote in my Friendster blog (back when, all together now—it still wasn’t spammed by invites for golden shower orgies in Ortigas!) something about the ill-fated show Dayuhan. Or more appropriately, how I thought it was a childhood hallucination when I was 8 years old, as there is absolutely nothing about it on the internet, and no one I know ever has a recollection of the damn thing. It got a couple of replies, with Mike S. saying, “No, you haven’t imagined that shite”. Dayuhan is a show starring a bunch of young actors led by Hero Bautista as a young alien who has the power to inflict pain on anyone, by removing his thick-rimmed glasses and glaring menacingly at the person, with the background sound effect going “TUTUTUTUW! TUTUTUTUW!” This was in the early eighties, and it could very well be the predecessor of that other alien show, Roswell.
Strangely, years after I’ve abandoned the Friendster blog I would still get notified thru email that there are a couple of new comments. This is a sign that there still isn’t a lot of Dayuhan material on the internet, and that whoever’s looking for references is directed to Friendster, which is sad in so many levels. One of the commenters introduced herself as one of the kiddie stars of the show. I don’t remember her role as she described it, because truly I could only remember Hero and the evil girl whose sound effect was always a much louder, much baseline karindihan TUTUTUTUW!!! TUTUTUTUTUW!!! to illustrate her much higher level of destructive powers. Obviously this is a sign that if the major networks have run out of fairy tale and local comic book materials to put their spin on, they should just do a remake of Dayuhan. But they couldn’t call the show Dayuhan because it sounds boring, instead they should call it, all together now, TUTUTUTUW! TUTUTUTUW!!!!