I came across this video sent to Alden International’s founder by Ogie Diaz who had breakfast with the people from Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. the day after our block screening (Agent P’s note: before anyone comes in with their network-rivalry hanash, I would like to inform all of you that Ogie Diaz is a member of the Board of Directors of PH Breast Care and is our contact person for the foundation). Dala-dala pa ng mga taga-PH Breast Care yung souvenir mugs ng IYAM sa mga bag nila.
I think everyone is aware that Alden International’s block screening was free, right? We did not sell tickets. We had generous members from Team Abroad who acted as major sponsors in order to allow our beneficiaries to see the movie for free. Some of us contributed a small amount (equivalent to one movie ticket) to cover for everyone’s snacks and giveaways for our honored guests from PH Breast Care, Inc. Nakakatuwa, kasi sobrang na-appreciate pala nila ang munti naming regalo sa kanila.
Alden’s statement per Ms Aubrey Carampel’s interview at Chika Minute was so on point. A small gesture can mean so much for people like the cancer survivors who only want a small reprieve from what they are going through.
Here’s a little behind-the-scenes chika about our block screening:
As soon as the details of the BS were confirmed – which was what… a few days after the release date of Imagine You & Me was announced? – we sent out formal invitations to Alden and his management team. That’s already a given. But here’s an amusing story of how Daddy Bae and Cousin Bae ended up attending the BS, as well.
The night before the BS, our representative from Team Canada sent a private message to Daddy Bae to inform him of our block screening. At first, Daddy Bae was not sure as he had a few appointments that day. At the last minute – and when I say ‘last minute’, I meant just before lunchtime of Friday, July 15 – Daddy Bae confirmed his attendance, but said that he might stay only for a few minutes (which was more than perfectly fine with us). He arrived at exactly 5:05pm, went straight to the photobooth and took photos and had chit-chats with our beneficiaries.
The ‘few minutes’ that Daddy Bae has promised eventually turned into watching the full movie with us, plus the meet and greet after the movie. We totally did not expect that. Thank you po, Sir Richard!
As for Cousin Bae April, we had sent an invitation in advance, but she also did not confirm until that very same morning that she will join us at the BS. She came in halfway through the movie because of the traffic, but she also stayed until the meet and greet. She even donated ‘bibi’ pouches for the raffle. Thank you, Ms April!
And as I’ve mentioned on my blog entry about the screening, Alden came in at the last 30 minutes of the movie. We had a short program where he gave an inspirational speech, then he saw the last 30 minutes of the movie with us, and then had a photo and Meet/Greet session with all of the attendees. Thank you, Alden!
I should mention that nearly all of those who were at the BS had no idea that Alden, nor Daddy Bae, nor Ms April, are coming that night. Only the admins knew that Alden has confirmed (although, with the traffic situation and the knowledge that he has a full schedule that day, we’re still not sure until he actually showed up). And as I’ve written above, Daddy Bae and Ms April did not confirm until the very last minute.
Actually, the fact of the matter is, Alden had no idea that his dad and cousin are coming; Daddy Bae also had no idea that his son and niece are coming, and April had no idea that her uncle and cousin are coming. It was one big surprise family reunion.
Nakakatuwa lang na nagkagulatan silang tatlo na pare-pareho pala silang nandoon.
It was truly a one-of-a-kind night to remember and to treasure in our hearts.
At the risk of being bashed for saying this, I feel that I should somehow say something.
This is not an official statement, whatsoever, from my group. I am writing this in my personal capacity as a blogger and a supporter of Alden Richards.
I came across some posts/comments from Alden’s bashers, accusing him, his family and/or his management of being ‘mahigpit ang pangangailangan’ kaya raw pala attend nang attend ng block screenings. He came to both of our block screenings without receiving anything in return from us, so parang may mali, somewhere?
I am reacting because, as far as me and my group are concerned, THAT ACCUSATION IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE.
Alden came to our block screenings – both the one by Team Sanfo last July 13 and the one for the cancer survivors last July 15 – out of his own free will. He stayed for nearly an hour on both events and conducted Meet and Greets with no compensation whatsoever. OK, baka sabihin hindi na naman naintindihan kasi English, kaya Tatagalugin ko na po.
LIBRE PO ang pagpunta ni Alden sa block screenings ng Alden International. Tigilan n’yo na po ang pamba-bash sa kanya dahil wala po syang ginawang masama. Gusto lang po n’yang magpasaya ng mga tao, na tunay namang nagawa at nagagawa pa n’ya. He doesn’t deserve all your mean comments.