It’s 2018, and Alden Richards is being bombarded with hate posts due to accusations that (1) he’s a bad person because he said some cuss words off-cam (the Eat Bulaga one is technically off-cam); and (2) because he called someone ‘gaga’ in such a way that did not fit their definition of a manly-man-voice, they concluded that he’s gay.

First of all: WOW. Allow me to pause for a few moments while I laugh my head off in amusement. Thank you.

Second of all: really? He’s being maligned on socmed for these reasons? What century are we in?

With regard to the cussing issue: In the first place, contrary to what the bashers are saying, he did not utter those words in anger. Certainly not towards a child.

Secondly, ‘kingina’ and ‘gaga’ aren’t really cuss words.

Lastly, wow naman, ang lilinis n’yo ah. Hindi kayo nagmura, ever? Really? :kilay: And why should that be your sole basis in judging a person? Why should anyone be judged in the first place?

Per my experience in the real world, the most vicious persons are the ones whom I’ve never heard utter a single cuss word in public. I’d rather choose a person who utters cuss words on a regular basis but are, generally, decent human beings than people who never cussed (or, at least, not openly) but are too quick to place harsh judgment and even convince other people to join them in spewing vitriol towards another person for no apparent reason other than sheer hatred.

As for the gay issue…

Ahm, really? Being gay is still an issue? I am appalled that in this day and age, and in a country like the Philippines which culture is more accepting of the LGBT community than most Asian nations, there are still people who use the word ‘gay’ as an insult. :nono:

Alden Richards is an artist. We idolize artists because of their craft and their work attitude (and, in most cases, their physical appearance :hihihi: ). Unless you idolized him because of his sexual orientation – really, who does that? – his personal preferences are none of our business.

I can say this with conviction, though. I can’t go into details, but I know that this guy is 100% NOT gay. :scholar: He’s actually a typical straight guy. I mean, which gay man would unabashedly wear the same pants more than twice? :hihihi:

That’s not my only basis. And no, the way he talks nor his hand gestures aren’t my basis, neither.

Alden isn’t perfect. Nobody is. But that’s exactly the reason why people like us, his fans, are drawn towards him. Alden Richards is a HUMAN BEING.

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One Fun Day With The Bae at EK
Alden Richards’ birthday celebration with his fans

Enchanted Kingdom – 06 January 2018

Alden Richards is truly one of a kind.

How many artists do you know who would go to the extent of organizing a big birthday celebration that is open to ALL of his fans – not just the ones with fan clubs – at a huge theme park with unlimited fun rides the whole day, with the first three hours exclusively for the attendees; a buffet lunch – yep, you read that right!; a photo op with the artist; a souvenir T-shirt; and capping it all off with a free concert?

I honestly can’t think of anyone else who has done this.
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For the first time since I started this blog and has been posting an annual retrospective of the year that passed, I am at a loss for words.

To say that 2017 was a roller coaster of ups and downs, both on my fangirling side and my personal side, is a total understatement. On the fangirl side, I started the year with a bang (a TV appearance) that quickly turned to a whimper (I got bashed into fandom oblivion and I haven’t recovered since). Midway through the year, I entered a new phase: the no-group phase. I was on a fandom limbo of sorts, which quickly turned into non-limbo. I’m not making sense, am I. :shrug: :lmao: What I’m really saying is, I thought my fangirling days with Alden Richards was over, but it wasn’t. It just went underground. Where it’s more fun. Haha!

Then, towards the end of the year, certain events ruffled the entire fandom and it made things much more interesting. I’m quite curious as to how things will pan out (which we might find out in a few hours, when Eat Bulaga resumes its live broadcast). Who knows, I just might go back to mainstream fangirling again. Not that anyone else is interested…

On the other side of my fangirling life: my Korean ship went total Titanic and they got married in 2017… to other people. :lmao: Fortunately, I’ve already moved on to other things when it happened. It became much easier to accept.

On the personal side, my career – as in my day job – in 2017 ended on a very high note with the unexpected promotion that I received on the last quarter of the year. But that last quarter also proved to be difficult as my family faced a very tough challenge, ie. both my parents getting seriously ill at the same time. :sad: I nearly spent Christmas and New Year at the hospital taking care of my mother (my father was hospitalized the week prior to that) but by the grace of God, we were discharged two days before New Year. Both of them are now recuperating at home and while they still have to undergo therapy and continuous medication, the fact that the entire family was able to welcome 2018 together at home is already a huge blessing. I truly thank the Lord for that. :pray:

The final few days of 2017 sent me a clear message: life will throw us challenges and adversities, but if we are steadfast in our faith and never give up, everything is going to be fine. It’s time to face the new year with a heart full of hope and positivity.

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For someone who’s at a loss for words, I certainly wrote a lot, ‘no? :hihihi:

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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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