So this is what it feels like to overdose on Alden Richards.
So this is what it feels like to overdose on Alden Richards.
Current topic on Twitter within my fandom: Someone commented something along the lines of “hindi ka makakalapit kay Alden kung hindi ka kasali sa fan clubs na malapit sa manager n’ya” (you can’t have a moment Alden Richards unless you’re a member of a fan club that’s close to his manager).
Not to make buhat my bangko or anything – pero magbubuhat na rin ako ng bangko – I think I am among the many who can attest that such statement is not true?
I do admit, though, that at one time I complained on this blog that Alden and his management only acknowledges one fan group. But this was at the time when there was only one official fan club in the Alden fandom, anyway. Things have changed drastically since then, and we have to give credit to his management for taking the initiative to change that notion.
But even prior to that, I have been on the receiving end of Alden’s generosity when it comes to fan service. Fans with no fan clubs have been telling stories about their close encounters with Alden. Here’s mine.
1. Wish I May Album Launch. My first close encounter with Alden. Actually, my first time to see him in person. I was still Team No Group then. Although my only ‘moment’ with Alden was during the photo op with three other strangers, I’ll never forget the way he tightly shook my hand and said, “thank you” as if I did something remarkably life-changing to him.
2. Wish I May album tour at The District, Imus, Cavite. I was already with Alden Nation then, but his management did not know who we were. We just took chances with Leysam, who graciously allowed us to meet Alden backstage and I was able to personally hand over the first of many photobooks to him. We didn’t even ask for a photo op; it was them who suggested it.
3. Wish I May album tour, SM City Marilao, Bulacan. I got the shock of my life when Alden recognized me even after more than a month of not seeing me. I don’t think he recognized me as being from an FC. Also, as at that time, his manager still did not know who we were.
4. Alden Nation post-birthday celebration and charity event. Admittedly, this event was pre-arranged with Madam Carlites but it was mainly for scheduling purposes. She still did not know who we were; we’ve never met prior to this. Still, Alden took some time off his busy schedule and showed up at our event. He even has a family matter to attend to on that day, but his 15-minute stay as agreed upon got extended to more than 30 minutes.
5. Alden International launch. Still, the single greatest moment of my fangirl life. Trivia: did you know that on this day, I still wasn’t officially a member of AI? I was merely a commissioned photographer at the time. Yup, believe it or not. I only became an official member after the event. Posted on this entry is the proof that Alden already knew who I was prior to AI’s launch. Trivia 2: I only officially met Madam Carlites the Monday after the launch.
6. Random scene at Solenad 3. – This moment isn’t exactly mine, but I witnessed it. An impromptu meet-and-greet session at Solenad 3’s valet parking booth. Those people didn’t belong to any fan club, for sure.
So you see, you don’t need to be ‘close to’ or ‘favored by’ Madam Lites just to be allowed to approach Alden. Everyone is free to do so. Heck, there was even a time when I lamented the fact that I belong to an officially recognized Alden FC but the bashers and two-faced fans get more close encounters and “moments” with him.
Here’s a lesser-known fact: I’m not currently a member of any fan club but I still have my “moments” with Alden.
It’s just downright ridiculous that some people would utter inane statements like that when it’s fully documented on social media that Alden is very generous with his time when it comes to interacting with fans and non-fans. His excellent fan service not hearsay; it’s fact.
Aftermath: #ThankYouFor30 Cebuana Lhuillier 30th Anniversary Concert – Davao
20 October 2017 – USEP Gymnasium, Davao City
This blog entry is almost a week late. 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.
Today, October 17, marks the second anniversary of the time I plucked myself out of fangirl retirement and became an active supporter of Alden Richards.
Those two years have been a roller coaster of ups, downs, and lower than downs. Frankly speaking, there had been many, many times that I seriously considered going back to retirement because I felt that it’s not worth all the aggravation anymore. This is supposed to be a stress-reliever, after all. If the one that’s supposed to free you from stress has become the source instead, you should stop doing it.
But then, I looked at this photo that I took about a week ago when I was cleaning up my room. These pretty much summed up my entire journey as an Alden fan, so far.
I remember browsing through the photos once again and reading Alden’s messages on each book (all of it are signed except for the Eat Bulaga one which I hastily handed over to him during the Wish I May tour at SM Marilao, back when he only knew me as, “yung sa Imus!”). It was then I realized that I’ve come a long way in such a short period. My ‘career’ as Agent P may be in a coma at the moment, but I’m kinda enjoying the relative peace and quiet that I have now.
I may be alone in this journey – most of the time, anyway – but it’s all good. I’m still here.
Dateline: September 17, 2017. Around 8:23 PM.
Location: Valet parking area, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
The following is an eyewitness account from yours truly, Agent P.
So there’s this guy called Alden Richards. He was casually walking towards the valet parking booth of Solenad 3. A group of about 7 or so teenagers, all male, touting a cellphone attached to a selfie stick, approached him and asked for a photo op. He gladly obliged.
He reached the parking booth and waited for his ride. While doing so, the mall guards – again, all male – asked for solo photo ops. Then came the valet drivers. And a few other guys, some of whom are senior citizens, who were also waiting for their rides asked him for selfies.
Then came a couple of women. And a family. As in the entire lot. All requested for selfies, which he graciously granted.
It was an instant Meet and Greet session.
Before we knew it, a respectable crowd has already swelled at the valet parking booth. All vehicles that passed by had their windows rolled down, with the passengers flashing their cellphones to take a photo. This was on a Sunday night and Solenad’s parking lot was full. On my peripheral vision I saw other people from a distance – men, women, families of all ages – rushing towards the parking lot to have a glimpse of Alden. They probably heard from the others that he was there.
Unfortunately, his ride has arrived and he has to go. But not before stopping to grant a couple more selfies before boarding his car.
Today, I took a peek at posts on social media and saw some people calling him ‘laos’ (a has-been).
Well excuuuuuuuse me.