For the benefit of my non-Pinoy readers:
“Kaladkarin” is a verb meaning “drag”, but when used as a noun, it means “always on the go”. For purposes of this blog entry, I’m using Kaladkarin as a noun.
Just by perusing the contents of this blog from the beginning, you would know that I’m a true-blue kaladkarin. If given the chance, I would be willing to travel at great lengths – sometimes, even fly to another country – just for the sake of fangirling. I have somewhat retired from it for a while, but now that I’m active in the Alden Richards fandom, my kaladkarin nature has come back.
Last night was no exception.
Around 3:00pm, our AIFC head messaged me if I want to do a set visit at Alden and Maine’s filming location with some of our members. Of course, I said ‘yes’. Kaladkarin nga, ‘di ba. However, she was later informed that the location is at a hospital, hence, security is pretty tight and only a few people will be allowed within the premises. Thinking that it’s settled that we won’t be going anymore, I just shrugged it off.
Later that night as I was just getting started with dinner, another AIFC admin informed me that (1) some of our members are already at the filming site (Alden and Maine have been there as early as 5pm); (2) said filming site is about 15 minutes away from my house; and (3) another member is still on her way from faraway Makati, so if I feel like going, I could still make it.
Here comes the dilemma: (1) I was just about to start dinner, and I wanted to really savor it (sinigang na baboy, inihaw na tilapia, green mango salad at ice cold Coke kasi, teh!); (2) it’s already past 8pm; (3) after dinner, I still have to do the dishes, get dressed up and grab whatever photographic equipment I could carry at the last minute. What if Alden and Maine have already left by the time I get there? But my AIFC friends were like, “Ate Pau ang lapit mo na, chance mo na ‘to!” (Ate Pau, you’re already near the venue, this might be your chance!) I’m also deliberating on whether I should bring the photobooks for Alden and Maine, but I was told that according to on-site updates from our members, there were already quite a number of fans waiting at the hospital parking area and most of them are Maine fans. Since my prime consideration is how to give the photobook to Maine (I have more opportunities to meet Alden), I figured that I probably wouldn’t be able to squeeze myself into her throng of supporters. I realized later on that I should’ve brought Maine’s photobook, at the very least. I’ll tell you why later.
After a quick shower, I grabbed Blackie Lou and stuffed it in my bag, told my mom that I’m going out for a bit (at the ungodly hour of 8:30pm) without telling her the details, and went straight to the filming location. Which should’ve been 15 minutes away, but freakin’ traffic at Meycauayan intersection cost me 30 minutes additional travel time (seriously, whose bright idea was it to add a 2-feet wide island on an already narrow highway??? ) and I got seriously stressed. What if shooting is over before I get there? With my luck lately, it just might happen.
Luckily, it didn’t. They were still filming when I reached the site.
So we waited. And waited. We were given a choice: go up the actual filming location and get a short meet-up with Alden, or wait ’til it’s over and get a longer meet-up? Care to guess what we chose?
The waiting time wasn’t too bad, though. We were loitering around near Maine’s van when her brother Dean got out. My AIFC friends said ‘hello’ to him; he said ‘hello’ back. Then Jaja of AIFC was like, “Dean, si Agent P oh” and I was like, no way I’m getting introduced to Dean Mendoza this way. You see, I was exchanging messages with Dean last week because of this photo from Sunday Pinasaya that I posted on Instagram.
He was asking for the untagged, unfiltered copy, which I sent to him along with a few other pics from that same show. He posted one of them on his own Instagram.
So when Jaja sort of made the introduction and I saw that Dean was like, I swooped in and said, “ako yung nagsend sa ‘yo ng pictures the other day” (I was the one who sent you those pictures the other day). That’s when he realized who I was and said, “ang gaganda po ng pictures n’yo” (your pictures are good). I swear, gusto kong sumarabe. We chatted some more about how he’s probably getting bored waiting for his sister (hindi pa naman daw) and his own “career” at Sunday Pinasaya. He even told us about his PopTalk appearance and his experience filming it. He’s such a nice kid. It was a very casual chat that I didn’t even attempt to ask for a photo-op because it would ruin the mood. I kinda wished that I brought the photobook to give to Maine through Dean, but who would’ve thought that we’d get to chat with him oh-so-casually for a long-ish time?
Around 12:00mn, Maine’s shoot was over and she left before Alden. We didn’t bother her anymore as we were told that she’s not feeling well. Besides, the throngs of her fans were already surrounding her.
We were told that Alden still has one more scene to film so we waited some more. So did the throng of fans, who apparently, aren’t just Maine fans. When he finally finished and it’s time for him to go, he was still surrounded by a very persistent crowd. Not to mention that he’s already super-tired so the planned longer meet-up didn’t quite happen.
We stood from a considerable distance and waited for him to finish taking selfies with the crowd. When he started walking his way towards his car (with the throng still around him), Mama Ten saw us and was gracious enough to guide Alden to the side so that he can meet Alden International properly. But the throng still followed him so yeah, that’s not gonna happen. Our members did manage to take a few selfies and asked him to sign our tarp. Oh, but before that? Here’s what happened.
AIFC approached Alden, and in the process I got blocked by someone who’s not with our group. I was like, hell no, you’ve already had your time, this is OUR time. I dodged around her but Alden already had turned the other way to take selfies with AIFC members. Then he saw me, so he turned around again, made beso to me and said…
“Uy, Agent P.”.
Why is it that I get extremely nervous whenever he calls me “Agent P”?
(Actually, this is the first time he called me “Agent P” to my face. But I gathered from my AIFC friends who had a chance to meet him in previous weeks that Alden referred to me as “Agent P” when they talked to him. Medyo scary talaga ha.)
So he took selfies, signed the tarp, then Leysam was like, “thank you!” (euphemism for “it’s time to go!”) and I still haven’t got a selfie yet! Oh. hell. no. I did not wait until almost 1:00am to get nothing! (Well, not entirely nothing; he made me beso and called me Agent P, for chrissakes) In true Agent P fashion, I said something really stupid again in the presence of a famous person. He was about to walk away, so I said:
“Ako, walang selfie???” (I don’t have a selfie???) – with pout, for full effect. Chos.
He turned back – again! something that I made Alden Richards do twice in a span of 5 minutes #proudmoment – and said:
“Siyempre, meron!” (Of course you have one!)
He took my phone, angled it properly (we were against the light) and took a couple of selfies with his arm around my shoulders.
Sometimes, tactlessness has its benefits.
I still think that the highlight of my night was the chat with Dean, but when I looked back at this whole short but sweet moment with Alden, I think we have a tie.
Just a side note:
I sometimes chuckle at how Alden International is very different from all fan clubs that I know, my previous FCs included. We would go to events, but we don’t go gaga over making our presence felt. Hindi papansin, to be exact. Our mantra has always been, “that’s what zoom lens are for.” (Wait, that’s just my mantra.) If we get a moment with artistas, fine, thank you very much. If we don’t, we just shrug it off and move on.
The above story of how we patiently waited for our turn is a good example. This one is the other:
This was from last week’s taping of Sunday Pinasaya. While waiting for the next segment, the artistas decided to roam around the floor to take selfies with the audience. Some of the fans who were at the bleachers ran towards the stage. Alden International? Stayed seated and just watched.
Maybe it would be different if Alden was still there, but it only shows how “choosy” this fan club can be with the people we want to take selfies with.