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Alden Richards’ birthday celebration with his fans

Enchanted Kingdom – 06 January 2018

Alden Richards is truly one of a kind.

How many artists do you know who would go to the extent of organizing a big birthday celebration that is open to ALL of his fans – not just the ones with fan clubs – at a huge theme park with unlimited fun rides the whole day, with the first three hours exclusively for the attendees; a buffet lunch – yep, you read that right!; a photo op with the artist; a souvenir T-shirt; and capping it all off with a free concert?

I honestly can’t think of anyone else who has done this.
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True confession: I only knew about Miss Possibilities Foundation, Inc. because of Alden Richards.

As soon as it was announced that he will be gracing the 2017 Pageant Finals and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show on December 2, 2017, I immediately visited the foundation’s Facebook page to inquire for tickets. It was there that I learned that Miss Possibilities is, to quote from their page, “A pageant for girls with special needs that will show their true beauty. This will help promote self-confidence and awareness for PWDs.” It is also the first of its kind in the Philippines, and possibly the whole of Asia. Although, to be honest, I purchased tickets mainly because of Alden, I didn’t hesitate to do it because I know it’s for a good cause.

Come pageant day, I was surprised when Alden immediately made his appearance at around the beginning of the show.


He was there to present the Inspiration Award to the Maxino family on behalf of Oppo Philippines.

I could’ve left after Alden’s appearance, but something told me that I should stay put. And boy, I’m glad I stayed.

Witnessing this pageant is one of the most inspiring moments of my life. When I learned that some of these girls are even pursuing double-degrees in college despite their condition, I was like… WOW. :whoa: I felt so insignificant after that. As one of the candidates has said in her Q&A: “I can do what you can do… and maybe even better!” And guess what, she did show on her talent showcase that she CAN do it better. It’s such a humbling experience. If being differently-abled means slaying a Mariah Carey song, then I want to be differently-abled, too.

That’s just for starters. Each girl showcased their talents to the best of their abilities. Some of the girls became shy at first, but once they were guided by their family member and/or chaperone, they quickly gained their confidence to show the audience what they’ve got.

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There was a Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show, as well, featuring celebrities such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Pops Fernandez, Carla Abellana, et al walking the runway with the special needs children. The kids and celebs alike fully enjoying themselves onstage was such a lovely sight.


It’s still a competition and there was a winner, but each candidate got an award and were given a crown, sash and bouquet of flowers. I don’t think the girls cared about what award they got; it was evident that all of them were super-happy that they are bringing home a crown. There’s no such thing as sore losers here. If only real life is like that…

My eyes were moist the entire time that the event was ongoing and I’m pretty sure most of it was not because of this eye condition that I’ve been having these past few days. What I took away from watching the Miss Possibilities Pageant and Celebrity Inclusion Fashion Show are these:

Compassion.
Perseverance.
Encouragement.
Respect.
Hope.
LOVE, in its purest form.

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More photos from this event can be found at my Facebook photo album.

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Aftermath: #ThankYouFor30 Cebuana Lhuillier 30th Anniversary Concert – Davao
20 October 2017 – USEP Gymnasium, Davao City

This blog entry is almost a week late. :slaphead: Apologies for the delay; family matters and getting inflicted with the flu after the Davao trip got in the way. But I know that a few people have been waiting for me to blog this, so here it is.


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Aftermath: Nam Joo Hyuk Private Stage [Close-Up] Fanmeeting in Manila
23 September 2017 – Kia Theater, Quezon City

True confession: I attended the Nam Joo Hyuk fanmeeting without knowing who Nam Joo Hyuk is. :shutup: I mean, I know who he is, like what dramas he’s starred in. But that’s just about it. I’ve never seen any of his dramas. So when I say I didn’t really care about the guy, it’s because I don’t know him at all.

You may ask: why did you spend good money for this fanmeet if you don’t care about him? Three reasons.

(1) Blogging purposes. My longtime blog readers know this. I usually spend good money even on Korean artists that I’m not a fan of just so I’ll have something to put on this blog aside from my usual subjects;

(2) I missed covering K-pop/K-drama events. So why, you may ask, did I not spend that good money on Korean artists that I at least know, like G-Dragon and Taeyang? Actually, I asked that several times, myself; :slaphead: and

(3) My Voltes friends (aka. my friends from the Rain/K-entertainment fandom) are going, and I really missed them a lot. This is really more about me reuniting with friends rather than the actual event itself.

However… Right now, I admit that I’m super-glad that I went to this fanmeet. I didn’t expect much because, as I’ve said, I didn’t really care about Nam Joo Hyuk. But after seeing how he is with fans, I decided that I like him. :thumbup:


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Aftermath: ‘San Juan Para sa Marawi’ Benefit Concert
September 20, 2017 – FilOil Flying V Centre

A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to witness the best and the brightest in Philippine Music perform in one stage for a good cause.

Ms. Celeste Legaspi. Mr. Basil Valdez. The CompanY. Esang De Torres. Under the helm of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. All for the benefit of the survivors of the Marawi Siege.

It was truly one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Save for Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose which was sung in three languages (Filipino, French and English), it was an all-Original Pilipino Music repertoire. It was lovely listening to these classic Filipino songs and realizing the beauty our music then. The lyrics were pure poetry, and the melody was exquisite. We don’t get that much often these days. :sad:

The show kicked off with a rendition of Vehnee Saturno’s Awit Sa Marawi, sung by Esang De Torres and The CompanY. The CompanY was wonderful, as expected. But I was pleasantly surprised at Esang. The girl has raw talent which has improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to her theater training and constant guidance by her The Voice Kids coach, Ms. Lea Salonga.


I have always loved Ms Celeste Legaspi’s voice. She has such a hauntingly pure tone that’s pleasant to the ears, and she still possesses solid, powerful vocals despite her age. Also, she’s such a delight to photograph. Her facial expressions and her body language are so camera-friendly. :hihihi:


The whole show was eargasm personified, but my most favorite number of the night has to be Basil Valdez’ version of George Canseco and Louie Ocampo’s Ikaw. I’ve known that song to be originally sung by Sharon Cuneta, then revived by Regine Velasquez. It was only now that I learned that the real original version was by Basil Valdez, and his version was simply the BEST of the lot. It was… BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful.

Concerts nowadays usually showcase special effects, complicated staging and choreography, and/or vocal acrobatics. Sometimes, it’s wonderful to take a break from all that and see something that focuses more on just the music. I’m very thankful that I was able to still experience something like this, and for good cause at that.

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