I couldn’t help but be amazed at the generosity of fans, particularly those from abroad.

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We got a surprise notice from Alden International’s Team SanFo (San Francisco, California, USA) that they have booked an exclusive block screening of Imagine You And Me on its opening day, July 13, 2016. :clap: They’re not even here to watch it on that date, but they booked it, anyway. Hands up to you, Team SanFo! :arrow:

And speaking of generosity… the previous weekend has been super-overwhelming for us. For four consecutive days, Alden International’s outreach programs were featured in top newspapers in the country. We were aware that there will be a press release (I mean, our founder was interviewed and I was asked to provide the photos), but we were not told how many dailies will be involved and how huge it will be.

The one from The Standard is my favorite of them all, because it’s one full page and featured prominently on top of the page is one of the photos I took from the Langkawi event. It’s uncredited, though, but it’s ok. The message behind the photo is more important. :thumbup:

Which brings me to the all the hanash about the press release, because AlDub Nation – or certain parts of it – is all about the hanash. :phew:

I heard that some people were criticizing us for the publicity that was generated from our charity events. They said, if you want to help, just do it quietly.

So… pag tutulong, dapat tahimik. Pero pag mamimintas ng taong wala namang ginagawang masama, keri lang mag-ingay. Ganon ba? :kilay:

First and foremost, we didn’t do the charity for publicity. The outreach programs came before the press release, didn’t they? It caught the attention of the press, not the other way around.

Second: If others are doing their outreach programs quietly, well and good. That’s their choice, and this is ours. Ang importante, pare-parehong may natutulungan. Kesa kuda lang nang kuda sa internet. :neutral:

Finally: take it any way you want, but in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with publicizing your charity works. It creates awareness of the needs of other people. In this case, there is another purpose. Articles like these inform the public on how celebrities like Alden Richards inspire people to do something good. Famous people can create an impact in society just by being famous. It’s not just all about show business.

You know what, guys? Instead of drowning in negativity (which seems to be a regular case for certain parts of this Nation), why not concentrate on something positive instead?

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(Agent P’s Note: Apologies in advance to my non-Filipino readers, as I will opt to use Tagalog in some parts of this blog entry. The ‘feel’ will be lost if I insist on translating everything to English.)

(Part 1 is here.)

The one thing that I have tried and tested in the Alden/AlDub fandom – actually, in any fandom – is the virtue of patience. Everything happens at the right time, for the right reasons. Tamang Panahon, if you will. You will just have to wait for it.

Some of us nearly gave up when Alden was not able to attend the first charity event. Don’t judge; having tampo is perfectly normal, especially for first-time fans (and in this fandom, there are a lot). They are not used to waiting for nothing, unlike veterans like me who have experienced the craziest stuff in the name of martyrdom, este, fanaticism. Actually, I am a veteran fangirl but I still had my share of frustrations in the Alden fandom (see: this rant masquerading as Random Thoughts from way back in January). I just stuck it out because, somehow, Alden always manages to pull me back hook, line and sinker. :hihihi: He is nothing like the other artists I used to follow. I’ve just learned to manage my hopia because, believe me, hopia is abundant in the AlDub Universe.

Last Saturday, hopia became the day’s tagline. The members were hopeful but not expectant because we knew how tight his schedule was that day and he has an early calltime on Sunday. “Baka late na s’ya dumating, ok lang ba?”, we were asked. I replied: we would wait until 4:00am if we have to.

Around 10:30pm-ish, at a restaurant somewhere in Cavite. (Ok, fine, sa Concha’s. No use hiding it, may pictures eh. :lol: ) The door opened, and in came Mama Ten, followed by Alden who’s looking super-extra guwapo in that while polo and a slight hint of that Yago look from Carmela. :drool:

Dead silence from our side, because despite the constant follow-ups of his whereabouts, no one really expected that he would actually come and meet us. :shock: You’d think we would be screaming our lungs out but nooooo…! This is Alden International! Chill mode lang palagi kahit nandyan na si Alden. :lmao:

Then he joined us on the table and got introduced to the members whom he haven’t met yet. Meanwhile, said members… averted their eyes and avoided looking at him.

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Anuba. Demand kayo ng demand ng moment tapos nung andyan na si Alden, ayaw n’yo namang tingnan. ‘Nlabo, mehn. :rotflmao:

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A flurry of activity followed as Alden allowed us to take solo pics with him, followed by a groufie. Then he signed the Team USA tarp, AIFC ID cards, magazines, t-shirts, gadgets (!!!) and just about anything that could be signed. :hihihi: Thankfully, it did NOT include underwear. :err:

This is now my cue to allocate blog space for my own random fan accounts, because, it’s my blog after all. :P

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I finally was able to give to Alden my latest project, ie., Photobook No. 5: Alden and Yaya Dub | RJ and Maine. He leafed through all of it right in front of us, which is one proud moment for me, of course. (Bubuhatin ko na ang sarili kong bangko kasi wala namang ibang bubuhat kundi ako. :grin: ) I know some of you are curious as to how he reacted to each page; to that I say: HINDI KO PO ALAM KASI NAKATALIKOD SIYA SA AKIN KAYA HINDI KO KITA ANG MUKHA N’YA. Hindi ko naman pwedeng i-assume based on his batok only, diba? Ayan, Tagalog na at naka-boldface at allcaps pa, ha? Pag may humanash na naman, naku naku naku. AIFC Rules be damned. Naka-ready na ang sako at cactus para sa inyo.

I can tell how the members reacted, though. Kinilig lahat, syempre. :hihihi: Especially on that one spread that had previously unpublished photos from The Maine Event. :naughty:

So that’s half of my mission, accomplished. I wonder how will I be able to hand over Maine’s copy of the book? :think:

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When we were about to wrap up, I remembered that I haven’t got my For The Exclusive Use of Alden Richards Pen back. I saw him holding three markers, and I was like, “uh, alin nga dito yung sa akin?” My brain has stopped working by that time so I seriously cannot identify which one was mine. Alden said, “ito” and handed me the smallest one. Yeah, Alden Richards can identify markers by its respective owners. Ibang klase talaga ‘tong taong ‘to.

There was much chit-chat, and I had wanted to ask a lot of questions that were fed to me by my friends on social media. But for some reason, I can’t recall any of them. :aargh: It was so frustrating. Pagkakataon na sana eh! The chat lasted for quite a while as he seemed to genuinely want to talk with us some more (nagkakasarapan ang kwentuhan, ika nga), until it was us who decided to call it a night because he has an early calltime the next day. Hugs and besos were exchanged, then he apologized to us for missing our previous events. And I was like, seriously? :shock: Who does that??? No one. Just Alden Richards. He profusely apologized to the manager and staff of Concha’s for giving them forced overtime, too.

And then he was gone.

When we checked the timer – yes, someone had the sense to set up a timer for the meet and greet :hihihi: – it showed that he spent a grand total of 57 minutes with us. The original plan – not that there was any – was only a few moments. Wow.

As we were packing up, I told my co-AIFC members: “aminin n’yo, nawala ang tampo n’yo, tama?” I received several quips of ‘yes’ in return. :thumbup:

Simple things. They really can bright up a person’s day. :smile:

(c) Agent P/AldenINTL

To that, I say:

Salamat, Ms Weng.
Salamat, Ms Carlites and team (Kakai, Mama Ten).
Salamat, Richard Faulkerson, Jr.

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Before I proceed to Part 2 of ‘Thankful’, I would like to make this special announcement first.

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As mentioned on the poster, Alden International shall be hosting an exclusive block screening of Imagine You And Me on July 15, 2016 at Cinema 3 of SM Light Mall. We’ve been receiving a number of inquiries regarding this event, specifically on the ticket price. Allow me to explain the details here.

1. There will be NO TICKET SELLING for this block screening. This event was made possible through the generosity of Alden International teams from abroad as their way of supporting Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza in their first major project together.

2. Our beneficiaries for the screening are the cancer survivors from the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care. You might remember them from the East Avenue Medical Center charity event and the one at Cucina ni Bunso which I covered before on this blog. They are huge fans of Alden and Maine, so we want to give them the opportunity to see the movie for free.

3. We shall also be making arrangements to let our members see the movie with the PH Breast Care members. Again, no ticket selling. This one’s on us. :smile: (Well, Team Abroad, to be specific.)

4. As for the ‘special guests’ part… ako ang special guest, baket? :lmao: Joke lang po, Lola!

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I’m kinda expecting bashers to be making shunga statements like, “o hayan ang AlDogs magpapamigay ng ticket para palabasing blockbuster ang movie!” :chair: Hoy, ang utak, nilikha para gamitin ha. Wag maging tanga. :nono:

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Every day, I see a reason to be thankful for.

Last June 25, 2016, Alden International, in partnership with Sandro Family, hosted its second outreach program for the year. The beneficiaries were more than 370 underprivileged Kinder and Grade 1 students from two public elementary schools in Barangay Langkiwa, Biñan, Laguna.

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Yup, that’s a LOT of kids. :whoa: It was a bit chaotic in spots, but with much effort and cooperation, the program went on smoothly. Food, games and gifts of school packs courtesy of our generous donors were in abundance that no one went home empty-handed. In most cases, they even needed more than two hands to carry everything they’ve got.

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Seeing the smiles on these kids as they received their snacks and school packs, I witnessed how simple things can bright up a person’s day. I am thankful to Alden International for giving us this opportunity to immerse into community projects whilst enjoying our fangirl lives.

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Alden was not able to make it to this event due to his super-busy schedule, but Ms Carlites and team were there to show their support. But it’s not just the kids who did not go home empty-handed. We got lucky, too. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata. ;)

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

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Last June 18, 2016, Alden International, together with DaddyBaeNatics, held its first Charity Event at Tahanan ni Maria, a shelter for the elderly located at Carmona, Cavite. The beneficiaries totaled 36 (10 male and 26 female) with ages ranging from 62 to 92 years old.

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It was a humid and gloomy afternoon but the atmosphere was definitely far from it. It felt more like a family reunion than an outreach program. Members of Alden International entertained them with song, dance and games, while super-talented lolos and lolas regaled us with song and dance numbers, as well. It was a delight watching the grandpas and grandmas who didn’t let their age hinder their life’s passion. Some of them were even more energetic than I am. :hihihi: There’s an enthusiastic lolo who joined AI members as they do the Trumpets Challenge, and another enthusiastic lolo who ‘conducted’ the community singing of Alden’s God Gave Me You.

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Unfortunately, Alden was not able to make it due to prior commitments. He was ably represented by his manager Carlites De Guzman.

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To compensate for his absence, Alden sent a video greeting for the lolos and lolas. The residents only heard the audio because we didn’t have a projector. One of the lolos – who earlier on said that he is a regular viewer of Eat Bulaga – asked, “si Alden yon?” (was that Alden?). We brought the phone to him to let him watch the video greeting. As soon as he saw Alden’s face on the screen, he cried. :cry: My chest started constricting as I saw him in tears so I went to the back to gather my wits and failed to see that another lola also cried when she saw that it was really Alden who greeted them.

Isn’t it amazing how famous people like Alden Richards can touch the lives of ordinary people in the simplest ways? It was just a video greeting; he wasn’t even there, and he got that kind of reaction. Could you imagine if he was there? I suddenly remembered the charity event I attended last January for Alden’s birthday. The only Alden Richards who attended was a tarpaulin bearing his face, and yet the mommies enthusiastically lined up for a photo op.

Here are some scenes from Alden International’s first charity event:

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This is one of the reasons why I’m so glad to be a part of Alden International. Aside from all the opportunities to fangirl, I get to participate in community projects like this where I could experience first-hand that there is still goodness in people. Everyone was more than willing to participate and give whatever support they can, be it material or moral. We were inspired and touched by the happy disposition showed by the lolos and lolas who have found a place they can call ‘home’ in Tahanan ni Maria.

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Happy smiles!

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