So this is what it feels like to overdose on Alden Richards.
So this is what it feels like to overdose on Alden Richards.
(This blog entry is a bit late. As usual. Sorry, reality got in the way.)
There’s nothing more awesome than receiving news that you’ve won a contest named “Meet and Dine With Alden Richards”. I mean, my current idol + Food. Nothing could get any better than that.
April 14, 9:15pm. I was startled by a phone call from a seemingly familiar number. I picked it up and got this message:
“Hello, is this XXXXX (my full name)? This is XXX from Cookie’s Peanut Butter. I’m sorry to be calling so late…”
Right then, it suddenly hit me why the number was familiar: it was the same number that I contacted to inquire about VIP slots for their April 22 event at Megamall.
Me, in my head: Shet. Naubusan ako ng VIP slot sa Megamall. Ibabalik pera ko. Parang Boardwalk event na naman ‘to.
The caller continued:
“I would like to inform you that you’re one of the winners of our Meet and Dine with Alden Richards contest.”
Me, in a very small, pabebe voice: “Oh. Thank you.”
I may have sounded too funny because the person on the other end of the line laughed, as well.
You know that ecstatic feeling I had when Ricky Martin did that groundbreaking performance of The Cup of Life at the 2000 Grammys and subsequently winning the Best Latin Performance Award on that same night?
Or that burst of happiness when it was announced that Rain was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World? Well, the first one, anyway.
I’m having that very same feeling now.
Congratulations, Team Alaala! This recognition for the masterfully-crafted docu-drama capped with fine performances from its cast is truly well-deserved.
As for Alden Richards, my heart is bursting with pride at this latest feather on his already colorful cap. But somehow, I knew this would happen. He’s battered and bruised from all the stupid bashing lately – ironically, from within his own fandom… or is it? – and every time such a thing happens, Alden receives a blessing. The universe just works that way.
Greater things are coming your way, Alden. I just know it.
This is probably the randomest of random thoughts I’ll ever write on this blog. My brain needs to reboot for my thoughts to be properly arranged.
I really envy those people who identify themselves as successful professionals (lawyers, doctors, businessmen, etc), thus, are normally very busy people, yet are able to write novel-length commentary about showbiz on social media on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, here I am. A licensed professional who only pretends to be busy once a year yet I struggle to find the time to update this blog.
I envy them so much because, how the heck were they able to find time analyzing every imaginable topic about their idol – or the idol’s onscreen partner – and putting them all in writing? Just writing this random thoughts entry took me about a day, and I barely did anything but sleep and practice my Lenten traditions this Holy Week break.
Then again, I’m only like this because I’ve been overly stressed since July last year due to family matters. My mind and body ache for a loooooong break from everything. But I can’t have that now. Not yet, anyway.
I wanted to avoid commenting about this (non) issue, but I will, anyway. About Alden Richards’ flaunting of his newly-toned abs.
1. To those who still insist that it’s an old photo and he’s still chubby: I can’t tell the details on how I know – because some of you will not like it – but trust me on this. It’s NOT an old photo. He really has a flat tummy, toned back muscles and no man-boobs now.
2. So he posted a shameless selfie flaunting his almost-there physique. So what? He worked hard for it. He has all the right in the world to proudly show it off.
3. You gotta admire an actor who would go at great lengths to prepare for an upcoming project. That shows passion and commitment to his craft. If you call yourself his fan and can’t see the point as to why he has to shape up, then… I don’t really know how you could manage to call yourself his fan.
4. I find it weird that people would fault him for being fit and healthy. I don’t get it. They ridicule his fans – like me, for instance – for being fat, and they also ridicule him for being fit. We can’t win with these people.
5. Then again, these are the same people who profess love for Alden but would campaign for a boycott of his solo projects. Logic and consistency do not exist in their world.
6. As for the morality issue that’s being thrown at him now: guys, don’t even go there. You might regret it. I mean, your idol also flaunts herself wearing skimpy swimsuits on social media. If you’re going to slap the morality clause on other artists, make sure it won’t backfire on your faces.
I recently made a comeback on Twitter. Actually, I’ve been posting photos on Twitter every now and then but they barely get any attention, probably because I haven’t been posting anything that might be perceived as ‘controversial’. I posted a number of photos from Sunday Pinasaya‘s April 1 episode, which included photos of Alden and other actresses (most notably, Sanya Lopez). It couldn’t be helped as they were all part of the Charade of Stars segment of SPS.
Suddenly, I am getting Tweets from bashers again. Woo-hoo! I just don’t understand why they’re so fixated at the Alden-Sanya photos when I also posted photos of Alden with other female stars, ie., Rhian Ramos and Arny Ross.
I did notice two things: (1) as of this moment, I’ve only gotten three negative replies on those posts, a vast improvement from those days when I was inactive on Twitter and some people still ridicule me whenever a few of my private Facebook posts get leaked out (seriously, guys, are your lives that boring that you would actually waste time and effort to screengrab my FB posts, leak them out and talk about me on Twitter?); and (2) I only posted photos without any commentary nor any mention of artists who are not in those photos, yet these people still went out of their way to check my Twitter feed and post scathing comments. Which means they’re just trolls who would spew hatred towards me just because, thus, don’t deserve my time and attention.
But I gave them a few spaces on my blog, anyway, so congratulations to them, I think?
Speaking of Sanya Lopez, I just want to share this short anecdote.
Me and a couple of friends were hanging out backstage by the elevators at the SPS studios last March 4, 2018 when suddenly, out came Sanya, wearing that sexy backless gown that she wore for Charade of Stars. I stared at her, dumbfounded. She’s so gorgeous. Cameras don’t do justice to her real facial features. I have seen Sanya a number of times before but only from a distance. It’s the first time for me to see her that close. I was frozen solid that I failed to snap a photo nor ask for a selfie even if I was holding my phone at the time.
Here’s the thing: the guy who came out the elevator with Sanya stood beside me for a few seconds to check his reflection on the mirror right across from where we stood. It was her brother, Jak Roberto. Whom I snubbed, because I haven’t recovered yet from seeing Sanya up close.
It just hit me right now.
I currently don’t belong to any fan club. I’m not restricted by any rules. I can go back to the old Agent P who writes nonsense commentary on anything again.
And because of recent developments, being a one-sided Alden fan cannot be used against me anymore. I mean, they still can, but it’s not as effective as before. That argument has lost its ‘teeth’.
The only thing that’s holding me back is, I have no time to argue on the internet. I’d rather use my free time to catch up on sleep.
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.