Aftermath: “One Fine Day With The Bae” – Alden Richards Live in Singapore
24 July 2016 – Kallang Theater, Singapore
I’ve done a lot of crazy things as a fangirl. I’ve traveled all the way to another country to watch my favorite foreign artists, at times even doing insane stuff like booking two hotels (one for stalking the artist and one to store our luggage), or flying on very short notice (as in the very next day we got confirmation that we were granted access to the event).
I do believe that the thing that I did last weekend was the most insane, to date: I flew all the way to another country just to watch the show of an artist that I see in the Philippines on a regular basis, anyway.
Do I regret it? Hell NO, not a single bit. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life as a fangirl, and I’ve had a lot. Continue reading
I was supposed to blog about our adventures in Singapore last weekend (yes, it’s long overdue; sorry, I had to fix some important stuff at my day job first), but after last night’s Boardwalk event, I feel that I should write about it first.
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I went to the launch of Alden Scents by Boardwalk, thinking it’s just going to be another event that I’m going to cover for Alden International and my blog. Little did I know that I will witness a transition of sorts in the Alden Richards fandom. A dawning of a new day, if you will.
I have been covering Alden’s events for almost a year now, and this is the first time that I’ve seen numerous fan clubs bearing Alden’s name converging en masse in a single event. And no, I’m not just talking about the AlDub FCs.
I think everyone knows by now that for the longest time, it has been observed in the fandom that Alden Richards only has one fan club. Last night, that ‘myth’ has been debunked. Off the top of my head, I counted at least four individual Alden Richards fan clubs in attendance at the Boardwalk event. That was such a welcome sight. His fandom is growing. Cheers to that!
Or, spray perfume on that. Whatever.
Alden must be really happy to have enumerated many fan club names instead of just a few. Even if he didn’t mention Alden International. Di bale, RJ, yung biglang tumayo ako nung bumaba yung lightboard ng isang FC at nakita mo ako sabay, “Ate Pau!” sapat na sa akin yon. Oo kinilig ako. Minsan-minsan lang mangyari yan. hahaha~!
Before the rabid AlDub fans come rushing in and lecturing me about being one-sided or whatever, gusto ko lang sabihin [at Tagalugin] na hindi ko po kayo iniitsa-pwera. Gusto ko lang talakayin ang sitwasyon sa fandom ni Alden.
But since I mentioned it, I would also like to commend the Maine FCs who supported the event even if Maine is not part of it. Hindi libre ang tiket pero ang dami nilang pumunta ha! I’m super-happy that the individual FCs have finally decided to band together and show that AlDub Nation can be united if we wanted to, all for the love of Alden and Maine. I hope this is just the beginning and will continue on for the good for the fandom.
1. May I just commend the FCs in front of us who fangirl-ed responsibly by not flashing their lightboards in the entire duration of the event? I’m still having nightmares from that awful Great Wall of Lightboards from the premiere night of Imagine You & Me that as soon as I saw them piling in at the row in front of us with their lightboards in tow, I was like, OH. HELL. NO. If I end up not seeing Alden because I got covered by lightboards, there will be bloodshed!
Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Well, basically because the people behind us (who, from what I’ve eavesdropped , will be seeing Alden in person for the first time) started complaining, but the girls with the lightboards were very careful and would only flash it if necessary instead of how it used to be wherein certain fans would even lift it higher as if they intentionally wanted to cover the people behind them. I guess that era is gone, too? I hope so.
2. I got random flashbacks of ‘praying mantis’ moments circa K-pop era whenever someone would steal a kiss and/or a hug from Alden. It didn’t help that the Boardwalk event was hosted by Kring Elenzano-Kim, who was a staple at K-pop gigs.
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3. I road-tested my new toy – a replacement to the one that got stolen at the IYAM premiere – at the Boardwalk event. I forgot to change the color settings to fit my preferences (I usually go for vivid colors), but so far, I am SO loving the new cam. I got it at a price that is even cheaper than the current market price of Blackie Lou in the Philippines, but the new toy – whom I named Changi because I bought it at Changi airport – is of a higher model. It has 40x zoom, as compared to Blackie Lou’s 30x. Hence, I should be re-naming the tagline of this blog to “Notes from The 40x-zoom distance.”
See the sample shots below:
…and the ones that I’ve uploaded on Instagram, like this super-cute bibi-faced one:
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!
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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.
Flashback to what I was doing on July 17, 2015: I celebrated my birthday through a staycation at a hotel with my Voltes friends, and I was telling Charity – who happens to be the original Alden Richards fan among us in Voltes, as in dates back to Alakdana days pa – that her ‘anak’ (she calls Alden her anak-anakan) was trending on social media because of something wonderful that happened at Eat… Bulaga! the previous day. At the time, I was already on fangirl retirement. I had no idea that from that point forward, I will find myself being plucked out from that self-imposed retirement and be sucked in deeper and deeper into the Alden Richards fandom.
One year ago, I had no idea that I will be spending my birthday week attending four – yes, FOUR – screenings of his movie; three of which in his presence, and two of which in super-close proximity. It would’ve been four out of four, pero sabi siguro ni Lord, “hoy Agent P, abuso na yan. Give chance to others.” I was feeling a bit down that I didn’t get to celebrate my actual birthday with Alden when he didn’t make it at the PEXers BS, but then something wonderful happened: I won something at the raffle, and that something happens to be something that I really need for my Singapore trip next week: a small luggage. Not to mention that I had so much fun at the BS. Not bad. Not bad at all.
One year ago, not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I will be receiving two video greetings from the guy. What the heck; a week ago, I was just thinking, “meron kayang magmamagandang loob na humingi ng video greeting kay RJ para sa birthday ko?” Whadya know, all I asked was one. I was given two, and it was super-personalized. And one of them was given in my presence. I should not complain, at all.
All of this happened because I took his photos. That’s it. Amazing, right?
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful year. Here’s to a more fruitful, enjoyable and sana, hanash-free year ahead. (Pero asa pa sa last part; abusado ka na, Agent P!)
To be given an opportunity to share happiness to those who need it most is a wonderful blessing.
Last Friday, Alden International held its special, exclusive block screening of Imagine You & Me for the benefit of breast cancer survivors from the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. The event was made possible through the generosity of AI Teams from abroad, with the cooperation of AI Teams from the Philippines. It was free and exclusive; meaning, there was no ticket selling and no corporate sponsors. It was organized simply to let the cancer survivors, whom we have discovered to be fans of Alden and Maine in an earlier outreach program, to enjoy the movie and, hopefully, ease the difficulties of dealing with their condition.
Alden Richards took time out from his very busy schedule to join us at the screening. He gave a short but heartwarming speech about how his position as a celebrity can help bring a little joy to those in need.
Alden and his team also sat down and enjoyed the last 30 minutes of the movie with the cancer survivors, AI members and guests. His father, Richard ‘Daddy Bae’ Faulkerson, Sr. and his cousin April Peñaranda also graced the event with their presence. Ms April even donated some specially-made ‘bibi’ pouches which we raffled off after the screening.
After the movie, the ever-kind-hearted Alden stayed some more to take photos with the cancer survivors and all attendees.
Ms Aubrey Carampel of GMA News and Public Affairs covered the event (and – dare I say it? – she cried at the more dramatics parts of the movie ) and conducted a short interview with Alden.
Everyone went home with huge smiles on their faces. Those two hours spent enjoying the movie, coupled with the nearly one hour spent with Alden Richards, will truly be one precious moment that the cancer survivors will treasure in their hearts. As for us at Alden International, we are truly blessed that we were given this opportunity to pay forward the kindness that Alden has shown to us, his loyal supporters.