Agent P’s Note: This should have been the third installment of my Alden Richards Birthday Celebration blogs. But after everything that I witnessed yesterday, I feel that this one is the most important among the three, thus, it should be given utmost priority.
Yesterday, Alden Nation had its first outreach program for its “Alden Nation Cares” project at the East Avenue Medical Center for the benefit of the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. The beneficiaries of the foundation are breast cancer patients. This served as our club’s sort of post-birthday celebration for Alden Richards who turned 24 last January 2.
I arrived quite late at the event because I still had my day job to take care of first (yes, I do have a day job; I am not just your resident photographer/blogger/bitch). To be honest, I sorta expected a laid back event because our attendees are cancer patients. I totally did not expect to find a roomful of highly energetic ladies who, despite the tell-tale signs of ongoing treatment, are more than happy and excited to see the official photographer finally showing up because they couldn’t wait to have their photo taken with Alden Richards.
Make that, Alden Richards’ life-size tarpaulin banner which one of our members thankfully brought to the event.
The enthusiasm was comparable to the photo op portion of Alden’s album tours. I AM NOT KIDDING. The way these ladies behaved, one would think Alden himself was there. Some doctors and hospital staff actually passed by and asked if Alden was there.
When we had a Trivia Game, the attendees demonstrated their expertise on everything Kalyeserye/Alden/Maine to the extent that one of them was even feeding us questions like, “what is the exact date when Alden started showing signs that he has fallen for Yaya Dub?” (I seriously don’t know the answer to this question.) Do I still need to point out that all of them are avid fans of the show and of the AlDub tandem?
I didn’t know this because I came in late, but I found out from the closing remarks of the rep from the Philippine Breast Care Foundation that the beneficiaries actually didn’t know that the group who will be doing the outreach for the day would be Alden Nation. So when they entered the room and saw the Alden Nation banner and Alden’s tarp, they were ecstatic, to say the least. On the other hand, Alden Nation was also not aware that the beneficiaries are huge fans of the show. This was one of those ‘hindi kami na-orient!’ scenarios that turned out great for both parties. I can see from the huge smiles of the attendees that they were having so much fun. On my part, I drew inspiration from their strength and courage in battling with their illness. They participated in our parlor games with so much energy and enthusiasm, and they were so competitive! In between activities, they would even dance at the slightest beat of Dessert or Twerk It Like Miley or Fantastic Baby. I am not ill (or at least I hope I’m not), but I definitely cannot match the energy that they had. I just fed off all the good vibes coming from them.
Later on, we were given a tour of East Avenue Medical Center’s Breast Care Center and that’s when we fully realized why the patients are so well-versed with everything Kalyeserye:
Apparently, the patients spend their waiting time during treatment and/or check-ups watching Eat… Bulaga! According to testimonies of some of the patients, Kalyeserye is their source of joy and AlDub is their happy pill. They forget about their illness whenever they watch Kalyeserye. Critics of the show always point out the shallowness of the concept and call us fans all sorts of degrading names, but how can anyone argue with the simple joy that it brings to people who are battling a terminal disease?
In the course of our event, the patients constantly asked us if we could help them with a simple request: an opportunity to watch Eat… Bulaga! live at the Broadway studios and see the EB Dabarkads (especially Alden and Maine) in person. I told them on my closing speech (I don’t know why I’m suddenly the club’s spokesperson along with being the official photographer and on-camera talent ) that we cannot promise anything – it’s still the show’s call, after all – but we’ll try. I don’t know if anyone from TAPE, Inc. will get to read this blog, but this is the internet so I’ll just throw this one out and hope that it will reach them. It’s a simple request, but I know that it will bring a ton of happiness to these ladies whose embattled lives become a little bit brighter because of Eat… Bulaga! and AlDub.