True confession: I only knew about Miss Possibilities Foundation, Inc. because of Alden Richards.

As soon as it was announced that he will be gracing the 2017 Pageant Finals and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show on December 2, 2017, I immediately visited the foundation’s Facebook page to inquire for tickets. It was there that I learned that Miss Possibilities is, to quote from their page, “A pageant for girls with special needs that will show their true beauty. This will help promote self-confidence and awareness for PWDs.” It is also the first of its kind in the Philippines, and possibly the whole of Asia. Although, to be honest, I purchased tickets mainly because of Alden, I didn’t hesitate to do it because I know it’s for a good cause.

Come pageant day, I was surprised when Alden immediately made his appearance at around the beginning of the show.


He was there to present the Inspiration Award to the Maxino family on behalf of Oppo Philippines.

I could’ve left after Alden’s appearance, but something told me that I should stay put. And boy, I’m glad I stayed.

Witnessing this pageant is one of the most inspiring moments of my life. When I learned that some of these girls are even pursuing double-degrees in college despite their condition, I was like… WOW. :whoa: I felt so insignificant after that. As one of the candidates has said in her Q&A: “I can do what you can do… and maybe even better!” And guess what, she did show on her talent showcase that she CAN do it better. It’s such a humbling experience. If being differently-abled means slaying a Mariah Carey song, then I want to be differently-abled, too.

That’s just for starters. Each girl showcased their talents to the best of their abilities. Some of the girls became shy at first, but once they were guided by their family member and/or chaperone, they quickly gained their confidence to show the audience what they’ve got.

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There was a Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show, as well, featuring celebrities such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Pops Fernandez, Carla Abellana, et al walking the runway with the special needs children. The kids and celebs alike fully enjoying themselves onstage was such a lovely sight.


It’s still a competition and there was a winner, but each candidate got an award and were given a crown, sash and bouquet of flowers. I don’t think the girls cared about what award they got; it was evident that all of them were super-happy that they are bringing home a crown. There’s no such thing as sore losers here. If only real life is like that…

My eyes were moist the entire time that the event was ongoing and I’m pretty sure most of it was not because of this eye condition that I’ve been having these past few days. What I took away from watching the Miss Possibilities Pageant and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show are these:

Compassion.
Perseverance.
Encouragement.
Respect.
Hope.
LOVE, in its purest form.

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More photos from this event can be found at my Facebook photo album.

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Second blog entry in a row. And there’s a third one coming up. I’m on a writing mood and I’m taking advantage of it. :hihihi:

I’ve just finished watching Dear Uge: Manang and Me featuring Alden Richards, Odette Khan and Lloyd Samartino. This episode basically proves two things: (1) that Alden Richards is quite capable at being effective in comedy, and I’m going to be fair here and say that his being part of Eat… Bulaga! and Kalyeserye played a huge role for that; and (2) Alden Richards has chemistry with EVERYONE he is paired with, and that includes Odette Khan. (And Eugene Domingo, too, even if they only had one short scene together.) I just love seeing him and Ms. Odette together onscreen. I’m not sure if they’re close in real life, but they truly made the relationship between the Brian and Manang characters very believable. That last part where ‘Manang’ made a surprise appearance for ‘Brian’ and they were hugging as if they truly missed each other? That was just lovely. :drool:

I wish for Alden and Ms. Odette to have a another project together, preferably something longer like a movie or drama.

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Yup, it’s RAIN, ladies and gents.

I have just finished watching his comeback stage at KBS Music Bank and I must say, it seems this album is an improvement – by a mile – from his last album. :thumbup: Though I’m not too fond of Gang because the genre isn’t my cup of tea, but the other two songs that he performed (Sunshine and Again) reminds me of vintage Rain circa I Do and Love Story. His voice is still the same haunting voice that was one of the reasons why I became his fan. As for the dancing, nice to know that despite his earlier claim that he can’t dance anymore, he proved himself wrong and showed that he still has the chops to do it. (Side note: I get amused whenever I see comments to this effect: “For his age, Rain can still dance like that.” Ahm, isn’t he just 35? :ehh: )

Lastly, it’s nice to see him looking fresh and happy again, something that I haven’t seen on him for the longest time. (If anyone gets offended by that statement, please check again which blog are you on right now.) I guess being a family man agrees with him, ‘no? It’s his lifelong dream to have a daughter, after all.

KBS Kpop’s YouTube Channel has disabled embedding for the videos, but here are the links in case anyone hasn’t seen it yet:

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – INTRO + 깡 – 비 (INTRO + GANG)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – SUNSHINE – 비 (SUNSHINE)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – 다시 – 비 (Again – RAIN)

And here’s the official MV for ‘Gang’:

I haven’t listened to the full album yet, so I can’t comment on it. I’ll update this entry – or write a new one – once I get the chance to do so.

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I’ve been starting at my laptop’s screen for the past 45 minutes or so, but I can’t seem to know how to start writing this entry. I’m still reeling from watching the second of Magpakailanman‘s 5th Anniversary Specials entitled Kuwentong Marawi, Sa Mata Ng Isang Sundalo, featuring Alden Richards as Pfc. Jomille Pavia.

One word: BITIN. I want more. :grin:

First of all, for a TV show, the production values are top-notch. :thumbup: The screenplay, cinematography and production design are fit for the big screen. The battle scenes are well-executed; you won’t see as much blood and gore due to the limits of it being aired on Free TV, but the ‘feel’ is there.

As for the story itself, the writer was able to truly present the situation in Marawi in the eyes of a soldier who witnessed all the ugly realities of war: brothers killing each other, women of all ages being sexually violated, even children who sacrificed their lives at an early age because they were brainwashed to do so. The episode was also able to show how war truly affects not just those who are on site, but also the families of the soldiers deployed for battle. It’s something that all of us who are tucked safely in our respective homes do not fully relate to because we are shielded from it. To paraphrase what the character played by Phytos Ramirez said, “isinasakripisyo ang buhay ng isa para makabuhay ng lima” (they sacrifice one life so that five more will live).

Of course, I can’t leave this entry without talking about the acting. :thumbup: I kinda expected this because it’s Alden, but my golly… he still surprises me with the depths that his talent can reach. He started the episode with some light moments, at times even unleashing his expertise at bringing in the kilig. :hihihi: Sorry, I know it’s not about the love story and it’s a big issue to some people in the fandom, but can you blame me? Alden just has that innate chemistry with any on-screen partner and Reese Tuazon is no exception.

Then came the heavier parts, and while I already expected him to do well, Alden was still able to bring his skills to a whole new level. Alden is famous for acting with just his eyes, and he was able to fully utilize that here particularly on those parts where Pfc. Pavia was slowly realizing how unbelievably devastating war is. I always have scenes where the acting makes a mark on me and on this episode, I have two: (1) When Pfc. Pavia saw for the first time the number of innocent civilians who were killed in battle; and (2) when he realized that the kid whom they chanced upon when they arrived in Marawi was a child sniper from the Maute Group. In those scenes, I felt how Pfc. Pavia was terrified, not for his own safety, but because he can’t believe that war could be THAT cruel. In his interview with Ms. Mel Tiangco, Pfc. Pavia was asked what he was praying for while on the battle field. His answer was, he’s always praying that God would forgive him for killing those people because he knows that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘thou shall not kill’. I was surprised at that. One, because the usual human instinct is to pray for his own safety but Pfc. Pavia isn’t like that, which is surprising for someone who used to have a happy-go-lucky lifestyle as shown in the story. Two, because Alden was able to accurately portray that trait of Pfc. Pavia in those scenes that I mentioned above.

The supporting cast also gave credible performances. Special mention goes to Marc Justine Alvarez who played the child sniper. I was seriously terrified when it was revealed that he was with the Maute Group. The kid gave a very effective performance. :thumbup:

All in all, it was an excellent episode and a fitting tribute to the heroism of our brave soldiers. Kudos to director Mark Sicat Dela Cruz and the people behind this Magkailanman episode for a job super-well done. :clap:

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This is a part where I will drop my remarks which are bordering on shallowness. :hihihi: Hey, I’m a fangirl. I’m allowed to be shallow at times, right?

1. There’s only one part that I nitpicked on the episode and it’s this: That scene where one of the Marawi survivors said that it’s her birthday and going home will be a great birthday gift for her. As I have learned from my Muslim friend who’s also an avid Alden fan, Muslims do not celebrate birthdays and particularly those from the Maranao Tribe are very strict about it . :razz: It’s a very minor detail, but I’m a chronic nitpicker, so…

2. I’m not Kapampangan so I really don’t know if they did the Kapampangan dialog and accent right (except for Roi Vinzon who is from Pampanga), but every time Reese Tuazon delivers her lines I could hear my Kapampangan boss talking in my head. So I guess she did well?

3. It’s such a delight to see Alden not sporting his usual gelled hairstyle for once. :hihihi: He looks so hot whenever he removes his helmet. Hey, RJ, it’s been three years. Time to change the hair, maybe?

4. Alden in military garb = :drool: It’s been rumored – and he has expressed desire to accept the role ;) – that he might be playing Big Boss in the local adaptation of Descendants Of The Sun. If this Magpakailanman episode is a look-test for his future participation in the Pinoy version of DOTS, then he certainly passed with flying colors. :thumbup:

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It might look like a slow year for Alden, but I think 2017 is a great year for him as an actor. Let’s see, he had:

1. Franco, a person with autism, for Eat Bulaga’s Lenten presentation, Kapatid – he won a Best Single Performance By An Actor award for this one;
2. Dr. Dalvie Casilang, a doctor to the barrios, for Wish Ko Lang;
3. Jessie in Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko, where he showed his flair in comedy;
4. Boni Ilagan, in the critically-acclaimed documentary Alaala;
5. Pfc. Jomille Pavia for Magpakailanman.

Not bad, right? I mean, we had some (some? :grin: ) issues with Destined To Be Yours but Alden had quite a number of acting highlights in that drama, too.

If things will turn out the way it’s planned to be, I am so looking forward to what’s in store for Alden Richards in 2018. :smile:

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(Apologies to my non-Pinoy readers, as I’ll be writing this in the vernacular.)

Pa-statement lang uli.

Hindi ko na papahabain pa ito. Simple lang naman eh.

Wala akong pakialam kung ano ang gawin nung dalawa sa personal nilang mga buhay. Kung sila, eh di sila. Kung hindi, eh di hindi.

Pero yung pakialaman ninyo ang TRABAHO nila, especially ni Alden… aba teka muna.

Yung hindi lang napagbigyan ang gusto n’yo boycott agad ang sigaw n’yo at mangangampanya pa kayo, hindi ko ata mapapalampas yan. Lalo na kung lagi ninyong sinasabi na FAN kayo ni Alden. :nono: Ang totoong fan, suportado ang artista sa mga CAREER decisions n’ya. Kung hindi ka agree at hindi mo kayang tumahimik (kagaya ko :hihihi: ), pwede namang i-express ang nararamdaman pero in a decent manner at hindi yung parang naghahanap ka pa ng damay. Masakit rin kasi para sa artista na malamang ang mismong fans n’ya, ikinakampanya pang huwag manood ng show n’ya. Kung hindi n’yo kayang gawin yan, might as well leave the fandom at the very least.

Yung laitin ninyo ang buong pagkatao ni Alden, sampu ng kanyang mga mahal sa buhay dahil lang sa hindi na-satisfy ang kilig ninyo, hindi na tama yan. Same goes with Maine, pero mas lenient ang fandom sa babae eh. Siya pwedeng lumabas kasama ng mga kaibigan n’yang lalaki, pero si Alden may makatabi lang sa picture katakot-takot na panlilibak ng pagkatao ang inaabot hindi lang n’ya kundi pati yung kung sino mang nakasama sa picture. May naging love interest lang sa show dahil ‘yon ang hinihingi ng role, halos isumpa n’yo na kahit ginagawa lang naman ang trabaho n’ya. Tama pa ba ‘yon? Gawi pa ba ng nasa tamang pag-iisip ‘yon?

I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again: Don’t let your fanaticism affect your personal life. Mga fans lang tayo. Mga tagapanood. Hanggang diyan lang dapat. Nagpakilig sila at kinilig ka naman, it means they did their jobs well. Kapag hinayaan mong diktahan ng pagiging fan ang buhay mo, masasaktan ka lang. Take it from me. Been there, done that. Kalaunan, pagtatawanan n’yo na lang ang sarili ninyo.

Things are not what they really are when it comes to showbiz. Kaya nga tinawag na SHOW BUSINESS eh. Kahit ilang beses pang sabihin ng mga artista na nagpapakatotoo sila, may certain limit pa rin yan na itinitira para sa personal nilang buhay. Bilang mga taga-hanga, wala tayong karapatan na manghimasok sa kung ano man ‘yon. Kung minsan, mas mabuti pa ngang wala na lang tayong alam.

PS: Some people might say that I had the nerve to say these things when I did the same thing to my Korean idol years ago. :think: First of all, I’m not sure if it’s the same thing. But if it is, eh kaya ko nga nasasabi ito. I’ve been there.

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