Aftermath Report: Alden Richards “Upsurge”
Kia Theater – 27 May 2017

It took me a while to gather my thoughts before I was able to write this blog entry. I was contemplating on how I should write this: should I give a blow-by-blow account? Should I nitpick on the technical aspects? Should I be lazy and post my comments in bullets? Should I just post a photo gallery to be safe? :think:

As I was choosing the material that I will post on this entry – a task that involves sorting through 2,370 photos :aargh: – I realized that a blow-by-blow account nor a concert review will not do justice to the entire experience.

The concert that I went to on May 27, 2017 was not a concert. It was a testimonial. A testimonial to the life, so far, of one Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr., known to majority of the public as Alden Richards.
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I’ve been out of the loop with everything Korean for the past year and a half, but this is the one thing that I’ve been looking forward to ever since Rain started hyping about it.

Those flawless dance moves. That haunting voice. And that cute surprise at the end. This is Vintage Rain, the Rain that most of us loved. He’s back, bitches. :arrow: The fact that the song is produced by Psy is an added bonus.

It’s just sad that this is just a single and is not even a part of a mini-album. I wanna hear more!

Welcome back, Jung Ji Hoon. :clap:

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For someone who’s admittedly not a singer, this guy has truly gone places. :clap: Congratulations, RJ! I’m proud to say I contributed about 10 units to that award. hahaha! Kidding! :lmao: Here’s to the next Diamond!

Speaking of the next Diamond…

Yesterday, Alden launched his 3rd album (his second under GMA Records) entitled Say It Again. And yesterday was one of, if not the most surreal moment of my life as a fan of Alden Richards. Yes, even more surreal than the single greatest moment of my fangirl life.

Last year’s Wish I May album launch basically also launched my “career” as an active fan of Alden Richards. It had a lot of ‘firsts’: my first time to see Alden in person, my first time to cover his events, my first time to cover an event seated on a Lazy-Boy chair. :hihihi: That sort of thing. I had hoped to experience the same thing this time at the Say It Again launch; unfortunately, things were a bit bleak in the days leading to the event. For one thing, the venue is different and the new venue has no Lazy-Boy chairs. :P Secondly, I didn’t have the same contacts then as I have now. We had very little time to build connections, so we ended up doing it the hard way: by lining up just like everyone else.

Or so I thought.
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