I’ve been out of touch with anything Korean these days. To be quite honest, I never expected that the one who would push me back towards it is this guy.

A bit of back story: since I’m more in touch with local entertainment these days – Kapuso Network, to be exact – I’ve been hearing a lot about this breakthrough Phil-Kor production called My Korean Jagiya, starring Heart Evangelista-Escudero. The network has been hinting that Heart’s leading man is a Korean idol, and people have been guessing who this idol will be. The two most popular guesses are Lee Joon (I don’t know why?) and Alexander Eusebio (because UKISS, and he’s been here many times before both with the group and as a solo artist). Yesterday, the network has made a formal announcement and yep, it’s him! Alexander Lee (Eusebio)!

Those who have been reading this blog before the Alden era would know that I have been extensively following Xander since the UKISS days. I have a long history with this guy. It is but natural that I will be following his new journey as an actor in a Philippine-made drama. I’m already excited about My Korean Jagiya, and knowing that Xander is the male lead made me anticipate it even more. :thumbup: Congrats, Xander, and welcome back to the Philippines! And advanced Happy Birthday, too!

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I’ve been on a roller-coaster ride since the latter part of 2016. I guess it’s just fitting that my birthday this year is like a roller-coaster ride, too. Heck, it’s the day after my birthday, and I’ve ridden a roller coaster of emotions the entire morning until noontime. :aargh: I hate my job. Sometimes.

As I reflect on how the year has been, I realized that everything that has happened to me particularly in the last two months comes with a lesson. That being, to borrow a line from a certain phenomenal star, not everyone who approaches you is true to you. I had to learn it the hard way, but I guess lessons like that really must be applied harshly to get the maximum effect.

The great thing is, I learned in the past few days/weeks that despite the growing number of people who seemed to have learned to dislike me, there are also more people who love and care for me regardless of who I am and what I have become, with some of them I haven’t even been in touch with for the longest time. They’re just there, waiting to welcome me with open arms. All I got to do is holler.

And to those who judged me, well… I can’t do anything about that. I say what I say and do what I do and I take full responsibility for it. Your understanding and perception of what I do or say is all yours.

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Since I celebrated my birthday by being, once again, a trending topic on socmed because I took a selfie with Alden in public :rolleyes: I just want to say a few things before I end this blog entry:

1. I’ve never talked about it openly since I didn’t feel the need to, ie. until recently: I am no longer a part of any Alden Richards fan club. I haven’t been one since the latter part of May 2017. I now fangirl on my own.

2. Since we’re on the subject, I’d also like to clarify that I was NOT, and never have been, a founder or main admin of any Alden Richards fan club. I am merely a member who was always designated as the ‘on-camera talent’ since none of the other FC members wanted their faces to be publicized. As this round face of mine has been on camera before in my previous fandoms, I am sort of the default choice. So again, quit referring to me as that person who formed that FC for whatever purpose.

3. And while we’re on the subject, may I just ask: why do some people keep on looking for me at Alden United? I am not, and never have been, a part of AU. :shrug: Don’t look for me at any fan club, for that matter. I personally know, and are still friends with people from different FCs, but I am no longer a member of any of it.

4. If anyone thinks that those nasty comments that were posted on IG about me yesterday made me mad or sad, well sorry guys. :lol: I haven’t laughed like that for the longest time, and that comment thread was my source of entertainment during my long travel time to and from work yesterday. :lmao: So I guess I owe those people for keeping me amused?

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Do I still need to put a link on this? The news is everywhere. Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo are getting married this October. :clap:

And my poor BiKyo heart doesn’t feel bad at all. :hihihi: I mean, I’ve already made my peace when Rain got married early this year. Having Hye Kyo married, too – and to a man I “approve” of, no less (duh, as if they need the fans’ approval :lol: ) – is just the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Yeah, yeah, I do seem to remember that in my review of Descendants of the Sun, I mentioned that I only got buddy vibes from SJK and SHK. I guess it’s because I was on cautious mode then, having been badly burned by BiKyo. I tried my very best never to ship any onscreen couple since then. Yes, that includes AlDub, for which I am thankful now that I didn’t fully immerse myself in that pairing. I would’ve been a total nutter by now if I did.

Anyway, I digress.

Because practically all of my BiKyo friends have become KiKyo shippers after DoTS, I’ve been constantly updated with the latest happenings on Song-Song behind the scenes even if I’ve been out of touch with Korean entertainment these past two years. I should say that today’s big news came to no surprise to me when it broke this morning. We’ve been monitoring the events since the Bali issue and we sorta have seen it coming. We just didn’t expect it to be this abrupt.

It’s just so amusing that Rain and Hye Kyo had to get married (to different people) on the same year. Way to bookend the BiKyo Journey, guys. :thumbup:

Congratulations and best wishes to the most beautiful couple I’ve ever seen. :dream:

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Aftermath: Boardwalk Shares ‘Shirt Up And Be Counted’ Event
30 June 2017 – Fisher Mall

Last Friday, I officially ended my hiatus of almost half a year from active fangirling. I actually thought that I’d be on retirement for good, as I suddenly have to do things on my own now. Apparently, the universe doesn’t want me to stop yet. So here I am.

It all started when Boardwalk posted the announcement for the Boardwalk Shares event on 15 June, around 10pm. I saw it about 15 minutes after it was posted. They said that we could join a promo where participants can get a chance to have a photo op with Alden, either in groups of five or a solo one-on-one pic with him. All we have to do is to make the required purchase.
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It’s been a while since I last wrote a commentary or reaction about things that interest me. Two reasons: (1) no time – surprise! I’m actually busy with real life, for a change. :lol: (2) I kinda enjoyed the relative peace and quiet I got from hibernating away from social media.

It took one topic that REALLY ticked me off for me to get out of hibernation. See, that’s the one thing about me. I get all pumped out to write when I’m pissed. :evil:

I haven’t religiously watched Eat Bulaga’s Juan For All (J4A) segment for the longest time. (Do I still need to explain why?) Nowadays, I only watch EB for Music Hero and Pinoy Henyo, and Broadway Boys on Saturdays, and whenever Baste is onscreen. The rest of the time, I only get to see bits and pieces of it. The June 24, 2017 episode of J4A was one of the rare times that I got to sit down and watch it in its entirety. I guess there was a reason for that, and I know now why.

At that episode, Alden Richards told a story about his shenanigans as a 16-year old boy living in that barangay where they were at for J4A. The gist is that, he stole money from his grandma – Php10,000 in total – which he used to pay for the school bus and to treat his friends at school. He admitted it to his Lola Linda when he was questioned about the missing money (they were the only two people living in their house at the time, so there’s no other suspect but him), which led him to being deported back to their hometown in Laguna.

As I was watching it, I admittedly felt that he will be bashed for telling that story. I mean, this is a person who gets bashed for things he did not even do. That shouldn’t come as a surprise.

When I checked for reactions on socmed regarding that episode, I was pleasantly surprised that save for the ‘usual suspects’ on Twitter and Instagram, EB’s regular viewers who posted comments on their official Facebook page basically did not care so much about him telling that story. Majority were more concerned about the continued absence of Jose Manalo from the show. :err: The few ones who did comment about that part even applauded him for telling this embarrassing story on National TV because it only proved that Alden, perfect as he may seem, is just human like the rest of us. They completely got the point.

It is utterly and completely disappointing that the PR arm of Alden’s home network are the ones who did not get the point. :nono:

The one I posted here is the latest Tweet/article regarding this topic. GMA’s official socmed account posted a similar Tweet and article yesterday that basically tackles on the ‘stealing’ part and did not stress Alden’s point: that what he did as an adolescent was not right and he was punished for it, so don’t emulate what he did. They totally missed the opportunity to impart the lesson behind the story. They composed a Tweet that’s just for clickbait without considering its effects on the image of their own contract artist. And to tell you frankly, posting stuff like that when they’re the artist’s official PR arm only gave more ammunition for his bashers to malign him. Thanks to that Tweet, Alden is now officially known to his bashers as a kleptomaniac. :hopeless:

Their Twitter admin deleted the tweet, but I guess they’re not done being a PR nightmare yet because just moments ago, they Tweeted that thing I posted above which sounded even worse than the one they posted on Saturday. :hmf:

Seriously, GMA-7. Why are you doing this to your most prized talent? Is he too “nice” for you (which, in PR speak, somewhat equates to being boring) that you just had to create trouble for him to be more click-baitable? It’s unbelievable that what was supposed to be Alden’s main defenders became the ones who handed out the bullets for his bashers to shoot him some more. Tsk tsk. :hopeless:

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Here’s my take regarding Alden and his ‘kupit’ story:

So it turned out, my idol isn’t perfect. Surprise! He’s a normal person who makes mistakes, after all. :P

Seriously, though. Stealing isn’t right. It never was, never is. But what matters more for me is, did he learn a lesson from the mistakes he committed nine, ten years ago? Did he do anything to correct it? What kind of a person he is NOW?

I’ll leave those questions for you, my readers, to answer for yourselves.

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