“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
Last June 18, 2016, Alden International, together with DaddyBaeNatics, held its first Charity Event at Tahanan ni Maria, a shelter for the elderly located at Carmona, Cavite. The beneficiaries totaled 36 (10 male and 26 female) with ages ranging from 62 to 92 years old.
It was a humid and gloomy afternoon but the atmosphere was definitely far from it. It felt more like a family reunion than an outreach program. Members of Alden International entertained them with song, dance and games, while super-talented lolos and lolas regaled us with song and dance numbers, as well. It was a delight watching the grandpas and grandmas who didn’t let their age hinder their life’s passion. Some of them were even more energetic than I am. There’s an enthusiastic lolo who joined AI members as they do the Trumpets Challenge, and another enthusiastic lolo who ‘conducted’ the community singing of Alden’s God Gave Me You.
Unfortunately, Alden was not able to make it due to prior commitments. He was ably represented by his manager Carlites De Guzman.
To compensate for his absence, Alden sent a video greeting for the lolos and lolas. The residents only heard the audio because we didn’t have a projector. One of the lolos – who earlier on said that he is a regular viewer of Eat Bulaga – asked, “si Alden yon?” (was that Alden?). We brought the phone to him to let him watch the video greeting. As soon as he saw Alden’s face on the screen, he cried. My chest started constricting as I saw him in tears so I went to the back to gather my wits and failed to see that another lola also cried when she saw that it was really Alden who greeted them.
Isn’t it amazing how famous people like Alden Richards can touch the lives of ordinary people in the simplest ways? It was just a video greeting; he wasn’t even there, and he got that kind of reaction. Could you imagine if he was there? I suddenly remembered the charity event I attended last January for Alden’s birthday. The only Alden Richards who attended was a tarpaulin bearing his face, and yet the mommies enthusiastically lined up for a photo op.
Here are some scenes from Alden International’s first charity event:
Alden INTL 1st Charity Event
This is one of the reasons why I’m so glad to be a part of Alden International. Aside from all the opportunities to fangirl, I get to participate in community projects like this where I could experience first-hand that there is still goodness in people. Everyone was more than willing to participate and give whatever support they can, be it material or moral. We were inspired and touched by the happy disposition showed by the lolos and lolas who have found a place they can call ‘home’ in Tahanan ni Maria.