Second blog entry in a row. And there’s a third one coming up. I’m on a writing mood and I’m taking advantage of it. :hihihi:

I’ve just finished watching Dear Uge: Manang and Me featuring Alden Richards, Odette Khan and Lloyd Samartino. This episode basically proves two things: (1) that Alden Richards is quite capable at being effective in comedy, and I’m going to be fair here and say that his being part of Eat… Bulaga! and Kalyeserye played a huge role for that; and (2) Alden Richards has chemistry with EVERYONE he is paired with, and that includes Odette Khan. (And Eugene Domingo, too, even if they only had one short scene together.) I just love seeing him and Ms. Odette together onscreen. I’m not sure if they’re close in real life, but they truly made the relationship between the Brian and Manang characters very believable. That last part where ‘Manang’ made a surprise appearance for ‘Brian’ and they were hugging as if they truly missed each other? That was just lovely. :drool:

I wish for Alden and Ms. Odette to have a another project together, preferably something longer like a movie or drama.

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Yup, it’s RAIN, ladies and gents.

I have just finished watching his comeback stage at KBS Music Bank and I must say, it seems this album is an improvement – by a mile – from his last album. :thumbup: Though I’m not too fond of Gang because the genre isn’t my cup of tea, but the other two songs that he performed (Sunshine and Again) reminds me of vintage Rain circa I Do and Love Story. His voice is still the same haunting voice that was one of the reasons why I became his fan. As for the dancing, nice to know that despite his earlier claim that he can’t dance anymore, he proved himself wrong and showed that he still has the chops to do it. (Side note: I get amused whenever I see comments to this effect: “For his age, Rain can still dance like that.” Ahm, isn’t he just 35? :ehh: )

Lastly, it’s nice to see him looking fresh and happy again, something that I haven’t seen on him for the longest time. (If anyone gets offended by that statement, please check again which blog are you on right now.) I guess being a family man agrees with him, ‘no? It’s his lifelong dream to have a daughter, after all.

KBS Kpop’s YouTube Channel has disabled embedding for the videos, but here are the links in case anyone hasn’t seen it yet:

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – INTRO + 깡 – 비 (INTRO + GANG)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – SUNSHINE – 비 (SUNSHINE)

뮤직뱅크 Music Bank – 다시 – 비 (Again – RAIN)

And here’s the official MV for ‘Gang’:

I haven’t listened to the full album yet, so I can’t comment on it. I’ll update this entry – or write a new one – once I get the chance to do so.

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I’ve been starting at my laptop’s screen for the past 45 minutes or so, but I can’t seem to know how to start writing this entry. I’m still reeling from watching the second of Magpakailanman‘s 5th Anniversary Specials entitled Kuwentong Marawi, Sa Mata Ng Isang Sundalo, featuring Alden Richards as Pfc. Jomille Pavia.

One word: BITIN. I want more. :grin:

First of all, for a TV show, the production values are top-notch. :thumbup: The screenplay, cinematography and production design are fit for the big screen. The battle scenes are well-executed; you won’t see as much blood and gore due to the limits of it being aired on Free TV, but the ‘feel’ is there.

As for the story itself, the writer was able to truly present the situation in Marawi in the eyes of a soldier who witnessed all the ugly realities of war: brothers killing each other, women of all ages being sexually violated, even children who sacrificed their lives at an early age because they were brainwashed to do so. The episode was also able to show how war truly affects not just those who are on site, but also the families of the soldiers deployed for battle. It’s something that all of us who are tucked safely in our respective homes do not fully relate to because we are shielded from it. To paraphrase what the character played by Phytos Ramirez said, “isinasakripisyo ang buhay ng isa para makabuhay ng lima” (they sacrifice one life so that five more will live).

Of course, I can’t leave this entry without talking about the acting. :thumbup: I kinda expected this because it’s Alden, but my golly… he still surprises me with the depths that his talent can reach. He started the episode with some light moments, at times even unleashing his expertise at bringing in the kilig. :hihihi: Sorry, I know it’s not about the love story and it’s a big issue to some people in the fandom, but can you blame me? Alden just has that innate chemistry with any on-screen partner and Reese Tuazon is no exception.

Then came the heavier parts, and while I already expected him to do well, Alden was still able to bring his skills to a whole new level. Alden is famous for acting with just his eyes, and he was able to fully utilize that here particularly on those parts where Pfc. Pavia was slowly realizing how unbelievably devastating war is. I always have scenes where the acting makes a mark on me and on this episode, I have two: (1) When Pfc. Pavia saw for the first time the number of innocent civilians who were killed in battle; and (2) when he realized that the kid whom they chanced upon when they arrived in Marawi was a child sniper from the Maute Group. In those scenes, I felt how Pfc. Pavia was terrified, not for his own safety, but because he can’t believe that war could be THAT cruel. In his interview with Ms. Mel Tiangco, Pfc. Pavia was asked what he was praying for while on the battle field. His answer was, he’s always praying that God would forgive him for killing those people because he knows that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘thou shall not kill’. I was surprised at that. One, because the usual human instinct is to pray for his own safety but Pfc. Pavia isn’t like that, which is surprising for someone who used to have a happy-go-lucky lifestyle as shown in the story. Two, because Alden was able to accurately portray that trait of Pfc. Pavia in those scenes that I mentioned above.

The supporting cast also gave credible performances. Special mention goes to Marc Justine Alvarez who played the child sniper. I was seriously terrified when it was revealed that he was with the Maute Group. The kid gave a very effective performance. :thumbup:

All in all, it was an excellent episode and a fitting tribute to the heroism of our brave soldiers. Kudos to director Mark Sicat Dela Cruz and the people behind this Magkailanman episode for a job super-well done. :clap:

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This is a part where I will drop my remarks which are bordering on shallowness. :hihihi: Hey, I’m a fangirl. I’m allowed to be shallow at times, right?

1. There’s only one part that I nitpicked on the episode and it’s this: That scene where one of the Marawi survivors said that it’s her birthday and going home will be a great birthday gift for her. As I have learned from my Muslim friend who’s also an avid Alden fan, Muslims do not celebrate birthdays and particularly those from the Maranao Tribe are very strict about it . :razz: It’s a very minor detail, but I’m a chronic nitpicker, so…

2. I’m not Kapampangan so I really don’t know if they did the Kapampangan dialog and accent right (except for Roi Vinzon who is from Pampanga), but every time Reese Tuazon delivers her lines I could hear my Kapampangan boss talking in my head. So I guess she did well?

3. It’s such a delight to see Alden not sporting his usual gelled hairstyle for once. :hihihi: He looks so hot whenever he removes his helmet. Hey, RJ, it’s been three years. Time to change the hair, maybe?

4. Alden in military garb = :drool: It’s been rumored – and he has expressed desire to accept the role ;) – that he might be playing Big Boss in the local adaptation of Descendants Of The Sun. If this Magpakailanman episode is a look-test for his future participation in the Pinoy version of DOTS, then he certainly passed with flying colors. :thumbup:

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It might look like a slow year for Alden, but I think 2017 is a great year for him as an actor. Let’s see, he had:

1. Franco, a person with autism, for Eat Bulaga’s Lenten presentation, Kapatid – he won a Best Single Performance By An Actor award for this one;
2. Dr. Dalvie Casilang, a doctor to the barrios, for Wish Ko Lang;
3. Jessie in Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko, where he showed his flair in comedy;
4. Boni Ilagan, in the critically-acclaimed documentary Alaala;
5. Pfc. Jomille Pavia for Magpakailanman.

Not bad, right? I mean, we had some (some? :grin: ) issues with Destined To Be Yours but Alden had quite a number of acting highlights in that drama, too.

If things will turn out the way it’s planned to be, I am so looking forward to what’s in store for Alden Richards in 2018. :smile:

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(Apologies to my non-Pinoy readers, as I’ll be writing this in the vernacular.)

Pa-statement lang uli.

Hindi ko na papahabain pa ito. Simple lang naman eh.

Wala akong pakialam kung ano ang gawin nung dalawa sa personal nilang mga buhay. Kung sila, eh di sila. Kung hindi, eh di hindi.

Pero yung pakialaman ninyo ang TRABAHO nila, especially ni Alden… aba teka muna.

Yung hindi lang napagbigyan ang gusto n’yo boycott agad ang sigaw n’yo at mangangampanya pa kayo, hindi ko ata mapapalampas yan. Lalo na kung lagi ninyong sinasabi na FAN kayo ni Alden. :nono: Ang totoong fan, suportado ang artista sa mga CAREER decisions n’ya. Kung hindi ka agree at hindi mo kayang tumahimik (kagaya ko :hihihi: ), pwede namang i-express ang nararamdaman pero in a decent manner at hindi yung parang naghahanap ka pa ng damay. Masakit rin kasi para sa artista na malamang ang mismong fans n’ya, ikinakampanya pang huwag manood ng show n’ya. Kung hindi n’yo kayang gawin yan, might as well leave the fandom at the very least.

Yung laitin ninyo ang buong pagkatao ni Alden, sampu ng kanyang mga mahal sa buhay dahil lang sa hindi na-satisfy ang kilig ninyo, hindi na tama yan. Same goes with Maine, pero mas lenient ang fandom sa babae eh. Siya pwedeng lumabas kasama ng mga kaibigan n’yang lalaki, pero si Alden may makatabi lang sa picture katakot-takot na panlilibak ng pagkatao ang inaabot hindi lang n’ya kundi pati yung kung sino mang nakasama sa picture. May naging love interest lang sa show dahil ‘yon ang hinihingi ng role, halos isumpa n’yo na kahit ginagawa lang naman ang trabaho n’ya. Tama pa ba ‘yon? Gawi pa ba ng nasa tamang pag-iisip ‘yon?

I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again: Don’t let your fanaticism affect your personal life. Mga fans lang tayo. Mga tagapanood. Hanggang diyan lang dapat. Nagpakilig sila at kinilig ka naman, it means they did their jobs well. Kapag hinayaan mong diktahan ng pagiging fan ang buhay mo, masasaktan ka lang. Take it from me. Been there, done that. Kalaunan, pagtatawanan n’yo na lang ang sarili ninyo.

Things are not what they really are when it comes to showbiz. Kaya nga tinawag na SHOW BUSINESS eh. Kahit ilang beses pang sabihin ng mga artista na nagpapakatotoo sila, may certain limit pa rin yan na itinitira para sa personal nilang buhay. Bilang mga taga-hanga, wala tayong karapatan na manghimasok sa kung ano man ‘yon. Kung minsan, mas mabuti pa ngang wala na lang tayong alam.

PS: Some people might say that I had the nerve to say these things when I did the same thing to my Korean idol years ago. :think: First of all, I’m not sure if it’s the same thing. But if it is, eh kaya ko nga nasasabi ito. I’ve been there.

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I’ve been trying to control myself from discussing anything about that loveteam and that fandom for the longest time. But there’s something that I’ve been itching to get off my chest since yesterday and I won’t be able to rest until I do so, so here it is.

The incident with the Thai host and Alden Richards brought out the worst in this fandom. I thought the fantards have already crossed the line with bashing established artists in our country, but nooooo…! Apparently, they can outdo themselves. The bashing, the ridiculing of random people who just happened to interact with either Maine or (especially) Alden has gone through a whole different level. It has gone international.

How embarrassing. :hopeless:

You see, it’s not even about whether Alden is telling the truth about being single or not. It’s about presenting the entire Philippine netizenry in the spotlight as rabid, immature ones who would attack anyone for doing her job, ie., do an interview with a guest and relay the results of that interview to the audience.

It’s about putting someone whom they vowed to support – after all, they’re AlDub fans, aren’t they? Al and Dub? – into a situation where his credibility is now being questioned, and at an international level at that. Newsflash: He IS single. Contrary to Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye Wedding episode and what the delusional pa-hopia fan accounts tell you about secret weddings and stuff, Alden is not married so technically, he is single. Come to think of it, didn’t Maine also declare that she is single in that Periscope webcast that she did with Team Banana? Just because Alden said it in an interview in Thailand, it’s different? How so? Actually, Maine’s statement should hold more weight because it was said on a PERSONAL chit-chat with her friends and the fans. In Alden’s case, the Thai host was right: he could’ve said it to please the Thai fans. If you know how it is with Asian celebrities, you’d know that it’s normal to hear them say, “I’m single” even if in fact, they’re not. It’s just a standard PR thing.

Ok, assuming that he is in a real-life romantic relationship with Maine. How about informing the Thai host respectfully? It’s a classic case of shooting the messenger. For doing her job, she was called all sorts of names, to the point that she had to defend herself and, eventually, gave more ammunition for Alden’s bashers to put a dent on his credibility. It may be too much of a scenario at this point, but it’s possible that it could lead to Alden losing opportunities not just locally but also overseas. For who would want to work with someone whose (supposed) fanbase attacks anyone he interacts with just because his loveteam partner is not in the picture?

Now the entire Internet world has labeled AlDub Nation as an embarrassment to the country. Is that something that we could be proud of?

This has been going on for the longest time, and it has turned to worse. This has to STOP. Right. Now.

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I used to be a downright delulu fan of BiKyo (note to those who are new here: BiKyo is the shipper name for Rain and Song Hye Kyo). I was worse than ADN during those times. :grin: I learned a lot from that episode of my fangirling life, one of which is to never be too engrossed with shipping an onscreen pair, to the point that your own life gets affected by what they do with their own lives. Because once the ship goes down, it would really hurt. I’ve been there. I don’t want to go through that again. Not only does it hurt, it’s also downright embarrassing once you look back and see how silly you once were. :hihihi:

I’ve written this many times during my BiKyo days, and it has become too similar with the current situation on AlDub so I want to say it again: Whether you are a shipper/believer of the tandem or just a one-sided fan, it all boils down to the same thing. We are just fans. Their lives do not depend on us, in the same manner that we should not let our personal lives be affected by what our idols do with their lives. Enough of demanding that they should be together all the time and not even consider working with other people for reasons as mundane as, “kawawa naman ang mga seniors/OFW/may sakit”. I mean, COME ON. :rolleyes: If that’s what Alden and Maine really want, then so be it. But to force them to stay within that small bubble because the lives of some of their fans depend on it? That’s not right. They already provide us entertainment on screen; that should be more than enough.

It’s so unfair that these artists have to be responsible for the lives of hundreds, millions of other people. What about their own lives? Don’t they deserve to be happy, too?

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Of course, there are those who understand, and are perfectly OK with just supporting their work as artists and not meddling with their personal lives. Unfortunately that faction is composed of mostly silent supporters, thus, perceived to be the minority and are not influential enough to be heard by the powers-that-be.

Dear powers-that-be: the fact is, (1) the noisy “majority” are not bringing in the goods anymore. They used to, but that was two years ago. Things have changed. The current situation isn’t healthy anymore for everyone concerned; (2) the silent, but steady supporters are fed up. Try listening to them for a change.

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If this blog entry sounds like one big mess of random thoughts, it’s because it IS one big mess of random thoughts. Kaya nga #mema ang title eh. :P

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