Be careful what you joke about. It just might happen.
Saturday, around 2:00pm. We were lining up for the Pampanga leg of Alden Richards’ Say It Again album tour at Marquee Park in Angeles City. The guidelines said that only 400 CD buyers will be given ‘seat stubs + photo op stubs’ for the show. The rest can still buy a CD and get a photo op, but they won’t have seats. The line was already quite long when we got there, so somewhere along the way I joked that, “what if it’s finally my turn to get the CD and they tell me, ‘sorry ma’am, we’ve already reached the quota and you didn’t make it’?” I swear, there will be bloodshed!
A few hours and much chaos after that: Me and a few other people from various Alden fan clubs (among them members of Alden International, Alden United and Aldenatics Taguig, around 20 people all in all) were lining up for the photo op with Alden. Just as Jho from my FC was about to enter the stage area, one of the guards blocked it off and said the magic words: “admin po muna” (the mall admins will have their photo op first). After the mall admins had their photo op, we saw Alden being led down the stage, meaning that the photo op is over.
Now waitttt a minute. What the hell was that???
Look. We did everything that their rules told us to do. We queued early. We bought the CD. We silently took our designated seats even if it’s already far from the stage. We endured the rain. We were promised a photo op for the simple reason that we bought the CD and we got it early enough to be included in the magic 400. Why were we denied of our right to have our photo taken with Alden?
It’s just a few people left, just enough for last two batches. We heard someone say that the fans were getting wild so they had to stop the photo op, but they were already wild much early in the night and security did not do much about it. In fact, at some point I found myself right there on front row center because nobody bothered to control the people at the back from approaching the stage. The queue for the photo op was about to end, and only then did they decide that the crowd was getting too wild that they have to halt the proceedings?
Give me a freakin’ break. I’m sorry, but that was totally unacceptable.
Some people might say: “hey Agent P, it’s not like you people haven’t had a photo taken with Alden before!” That’s not the point. We are PAYING CUSTOMERS. As paying customers, it is our right to demand what we have paid for.
Midway through the photo op, the event host even announced that those who still haven’t bought a copy of the CD can still do so and they can still join the photo session. If they’re going to make announcements like that, they have to make sure that they will accommodate EVERYONE. The thing is, they haven’t even finished taking photos of the Magic 400 and yet they are inviting more people who, apparently, will end up getting a false promise, anyway. Just like what happened to us.
It’s only fortunate that the ones who got this bad end of the deal are FC members who are smart enough to know that it’s not Alden’s fault that it happened and he shouldn’t be blamed for it. Imagine if among us were fans who will be seeing Alden for the first time. I couldn’t fathom how disappointed they will be.
I’m probably the only person who will be noisy about this incident. But I am blogging about it not only because I want answers but also because the people in charge should know. And hopefully, for Alden’s sake, they will avoid this situation from happening again.