Simple joys.

Yesterday started out pretty bad. It’s the Annual Malfunctioning Printers and Corrupted Files Season at work, meaning, our printers would act up and/or our USB thumb drives would suddenly get infected and delete everything we’ve been working on just as we’re scrambling to beat our deadlines. :aargh: It always happens every year; this year, I belong to Team Corrupted Files. My thumb drive got infected by a worm when I inserted it to our secretary’s computer so that I can print a report. I literally saw my files getting wiped out, and when I tried recovering them, the thumb drive got corrupted. I spent the entire day trying to salvage whatever I can but the more important files were gone. :cry: So now I’m back to square one.

Then I went home, logged on to the internet, and the first thing I saw on top of my Twitter timeline is this Tweet from Alden Richards’ sister Riza Faulkerson:

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:shock: My heart stopped. I can recognize that photo anywhere. The thing with taking photos a certain way is that at first glance you can already tell if it’s your work or not. It’s one of the photos I took from Alden’s Wish I May album launch.

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I included it in the first photobook that I gave Alden last November 15, 2015 at The District, Imus, Cavite. In this case, Riza took a photo of that page and posted it on Twitter.

This moment, coupled with Maine’s gift to AlDub Nation and AlDub at Tonight With Arnold Clavio totally negated that horrible day I had yesterday. :whee!:

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In other, totally unrelated news:

I haven’t been in touch with Korean entertainment lately, so it’s only yesterday that I learned that Song Hye Kyo’s Descendants of the Sun will be competing head-to-head against Rain’s Please Come Back, Mister. As if I haven’t been already heavily stabbed, ruined and destroyed by that ship. :cry: Why, universe? Why???

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Oh happy day!

Agent P’s Note: This should have been the third installment of my Alden Richards Birthday Celebration blogs. But after everything that I witnessed yesterday, I feel that this one is the most important among the three, thus, it should be given utmost priority. :smile:

Yesterday, Alden Nation had its first outreach program for its “Alden Nation Cares” project at the East Avenue Medical Center for the benefit of the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. The beneficiaries of the foundation are breast cancer patients. This served as our club’s sort of post-birthday celebration for Alden Richards who turned 24 last January 2.

I arrived quite late at the event because I still had my day job to take care of first (yes, I do have a day job; I am not just your resident photographer/blogger/bitch). To be honest, I sorta expected a laid back event because our attendees are cancer patients. I totally did not expect to find a roomful of highly energetic ladies who, despite the tell-tale signs of ongoing treatment, are more than happy and excited to see the official photographer finally showing up because they couldn’t wait to have their photo taken with Alden Richards.

Make that, Alden Richards’ life-size tarpaulin banner which one of our members thankfully brought to the event. :hihihi:

(c) Agent P/Alden Nation

The enthusiasm was comparable to the photo op portion of Alden’s album tours. I AM NOT KIDDING. The way these ladies behaved, one would think Alden himself was there. Some doctors and hospital staff actually passed by and asked if Alden was there.

When we had a Trivia Game, the attendees demonstrated their expertise on everything Kalyeserye/Alden/Maine to the extent that one of them was even feeding us questions like, “what is the exact date when Alden started showing signs that he has fallen for Yaya Dub?” (I seriously don’t know the answer to this question.) Do I still need to point out that all of them are avid fans of the show and of the AlDub tandem?

I didn’t know this because I came in late, but I found out from the closing remarks of the rep from the Philippine Breast Care Foundation that the beneficiaries actually didn’t know that the group who will be doing the outreach for the day would be Alden Nation. So when they entered the room and saw the Alden Nation banner and Alden’s tarp, they were ecstatic, to say the least. On the other hand, Alden Nation was also not aware that the beneficiaries are huge fans of the show. This was one of those ‘hindi kami na-orient!’ scenarios that turned out great for both parties. I can see from the huge smiles of the attendees that they were having so much fun. On my part, I drew inspiration from their strength and courage in battling with their illness. They participated in our parlor games with so much energy and enthusiasm, and they were so competitive! In between activities, they would even dance at the slightest beat of Dessert or Twerk It Like Miley or Fantastic Baby. I am not ill (or at least I hope I’m not), but I definitely cannot match the energy that they had. I just fed off all the good vibes coming from them.

(c) Agent P/Alden Nation
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Later on, we were given a tour of East Avenue Medical Center’s Breast Care Center and that’s when we fully realized why the patients are so well-versed with everything Kalyeserye:

Apparently, the patients spend their waiting time during treatment and/or check-ups watching Eat… Bulaga! According to testimonies of some of the patients, Kalyeserye is their source of joy and AlDub is their happy pill. They forget about their illness whenever they watch Kalyeserye. Critics of the show always point out the shallowness of the concept and call us fans all sorts of degrading names, but how can anyone argue with the simple joy that it brings to people who are battling a terminal disease?

In the course of our event, the patients constantly asked us if we could help them with a simple request: an opportunity to watch Eat… Bulaga! live at the Broadway studios and see the EB Dabarkads (especially Alden and Maine) in person. I told them on my closing speech (I don’t know why I’m suddenly the club’s spokesperson along with being the official photographer and on-camera talent :wall: ) that we cannot promise anything – it’s still the show’s call, after all – but we’ll try. I don’t know if anyone from TAPE, Inc. will get to read this blog, but this is the internet so I’ll just throw this one out and hope that it will reach them. It’s a simple request, but I know that it will bring a ton of happiness to these ladies whose embattled lives become a little bit brighter because of Eat… Bulaga! and AlDub.

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Scenes from the Walk of Fame.

Sorry for the late posting. Day job got in the way. ;)

Question of the Day: Why is it only now that Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros and Alden Richards were given ‘stars’ at the Walk of Fame when these four (especially Jose and Wally) have been popular celebrities for quite some time? Especially since much lesser stars have been honorees in the past years?

Then again, Gabby Concepcion is also one of this year’s honorees. If there’s someone who should have been there a long time ago, it’s him.

I was able to catch this year’s unveiling of the Eastwood Walk of Fame where Team Kalyeserye, ie., Alden, Maine and JoWaPao were among the inductees. Unfortunately, Alden did not make it because he needed to rest (FINALLY!!!) but seeing Maine up close and in person for the second time (the first being Tamang Panahon) totally made up for it. Even if it means seeing her in person for just a few precious seconds.

(c) Agent P

I initially positioned myself at the main tent, but a friend called me up to say that it would be better if we watch the festivities at the place where the stars are (by ‘stars’, I meant the Walk of Fame stars, not the people/celebrities). This friend has attended previous Walk of Fame events and know how things will go (although she did also say that things were different in previous years; for example, in previous years, there were no barricades separating the stars from the audience). So I moved my butt from the tent – with a huge sigh of relief, if I may add, because I cannot take all the baseless chit chat around me any further :shutup: – and went to the place where the stars are. What I found? Was this.

(c) Agent P
(c) Agent P

Yep. They were still in the process of constructing the stars. :shock:

In fact, the honorees were already being presented at the main stage, and the Eastwood crew were still doing last minute touches to the stars:

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You just know that this is a Kuya Germs event when you see a shining, shimmering, splendid veil being used to cover the stars.

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A few minutes later, the honorees came in one by one. The first we saw was Eula Valdez, with Kara David and Harlene Bautista.

(c) Agent P
(c) Agent P

Then came the still-gorgeous Alice Dixson, along with Sunshine Dizon and Rocco Nacino:

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More stars came in, and then… Bellestar Dancers! OMG, it IS indeed, a German Moreno show.

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It just sucks that the Bellestars came in along with Gabby Concepcion, who was mind-numbingly handsome that I failed to take a decent photo. Argh! :aargh:

And then… without much fanfare, this lovely woman came running in like a playful child who outsmarted her guardians.

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Wait… I think she did outsmart her guardians. It looked like she ran away from her horde of bodyguards because after the initial shock, all of a sudden she was covered by about a thousand burly men who totally blocked our view even if we’re behind a glass panel and we totally would never be able to do any damage to Maine. :bop: I learned from my friends who stationed themselves at the main tent that these bodyguards also formed a human barricade as she approached the stage. It’s like even Kuya Germs was not allowed to see her. (I’m exaggerating, but maybe not so much.) I know they were instructed not to let anyone touch her, but are we also not allowed to see her? WTH was that??? :nono: #MedyoOA ha.

So basically, when they removed the shining, shimmering, splendid cover to unveil the stars, this was what I was able to capture:

(c) Agent P

Well, I got a decent shot of Maine’s brother, at least.

Fortunately, I was able to spot her holding two trophies before she was buried under all that Rogelio. At least I got my ‘kilig’ fix for the night.

(c) Agent P

And even more fortunate, I was able to get one decent shot of the super-beautiful Maine Mendoza.

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The very petite Maine wore a simple outfit, simple accessories, simple styling, but my golly, she SHONE brightly among the stars. There’s just something about her that draws attention towards her.

By the way, the horde of security was only for Maine (and, I assume, for Alden if he was able to make it). Maine left earlier than JoWaPao, and when she left, the battalion left with her. Although from what I gathered later on, it was quite understandable that they were given that kind of security. The crowd only reacts whenever Team Kalyeserye gets mentioned or makes an appearance. They nearly ignored the other honorees. I also gathered that nearly everyone at Eastwood was looking for Alden.

Which made us wonder what exactly were the other honorees thinking while being basically sidelined from all the rabid attention given to Maine and Team Kalyeserye?

You think I was kidding about the other stars being sidelined, albeit unintentionally, by Team Kalyeserye? Here’s one proof: when Maine’s battalion left, it was then that we realized that right in front of us was one of the super-popular young stars from the rival station: Enrique Gil.

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He’s been there all along, and we didn’t notice. I actually thought he missed out on the Walk of Fame, being Kapamilya and all. Yun pala ayun lang sya sa harapan ko. Enebeyen.

After the honorees have left, the barricades were removed and the public may now take photos of/with the stars. That is, if you can manage to squeeze yourself in.

(c) Agent P
(c) Agent P

It’s like a scene straight out from The Walking Dead: the photo-opportunists are the horde of walkers and those two stars are the victims. What’s more annoying is that none of the horde wanted to leave in order to give way to the others who also wanted to take permanent residence at the Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza stars.

So permanent resident na kayo sa stars ng #AlDub, ganern? #aldubdejavulove #pasingitnamaaaan

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That would’ve been a really cool address, though. Alden Richards-Maine Mendoza Stars, Eastwood City Walk, Libis, Quezon City. :hihihi: (Beside Jhake Vargas. hahaha!)

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Best. Weeksary. Ever. (so far)

Dear internet service provider,

Thank you for making my reaction to yesterday’s 18th Weeksary of AlDub so late.

I hate!
Agent P

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Three things I want to say about yesterday’s Kalyeserye episode, featuring AlDub’s 18th Weeksary:

1. Whoever cast the Russian model Alina Bogdanova as Cindy Kournikova, the latest antagonist to the AlDub Saga, got extremely lucky. There had been several misses in casting minor characters (unfortunately, that includes Ai Ai Delas Alas who seems to be having difficulty catching up with Kalyeserye’s improv nature) but this one? They got lucky. So far, she was able to deliver what the character had intended to portray. And for a supposed villain, she’s actually lovable. Kinda like Jose Manalo as Frankie Arenolli, whom we couldn’t help but love even if he’s in the way of our beloved couple.

2. The past two episodes have brought out the genius that is Maine Mendoza. :arrow: She was especially on a roll yesterday. The things that she said and did were just comedy gold. :lmao: To paraphrase the Tweet of one of Joey De Leon’s children, we are all witnesses to the blossoming of Maine Mendoza as a comedian. If I may add, she has blossomed into a drop-dead gorgeous young lady, too. She was pretty even before, but she’s just so beautiful now. A picture of a person so much in love… may I say, just like her onscreen partner? :dream: #bringoutthehopia #walangbasaganngtrip

3. Just when everyone thought that the kilig will be gone or at least lessen after Tamang Panahon… well, we’re all wrong.

AlDub has left the building, though. We’re ushering in The Age of MaiChard. :naughty: :drool:

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Bae and Bae-by.

I was at Eat Bulaga again last Monday and since it’s already my second time – second time in two weeks, and to think this used to be just a dream for me that I still can’t believe it’s happening – I decided to stop observing and just enjoy it. And take photos, of course. :smile:

The first gallery is dedicated to the cuteness overload that is Bae Alden and Bae-by Baste. :drool: I always look forward to this part of ATM With The Baes (aside from Laglagan Wars with Sam YG, of course) because Baste is just too cute for words. The first time I was at the studio, Alden and Baste were covered by the TV crew so I only was able to take a pic of them via the TV monitors:

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I had a better vantage point this time, so I took the opportunity to just keep on clicking. :smile:

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Bae Alden and BaeBi Baste

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Of course, I couldn’t resist clicking away every time Alden is on the main(e) stage, hence, this gallery:

Alden Richards - Eat Bulaga November 9, 2015

We already know that real men wear pink. But these pics only prove that really good-looking men look gorgeous in pink. :dream: Note that Alden was also wearing pink the week before.

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BONUS: you know how the kids (Baste, in particular) would play around the main(e) stage during commercial breaks? Well, last Monday, these two ‘kids’ played with their new toy at the main(e) stage during commercial break, oblivious of the audience watching them.

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Yup, that’s Ryan Agoncillo and Alden Richards playing with their go-karts (or whatever that’s called) during commercial break.

Toys for the Big Boys

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BONUS 2:

I found it so amusing that my group (AlDub/Maiden PEXers) was practically the only ones among the studio audience who squealed in delight when we saw the flowers that Alden sent Maine for the first 100 days of AlDub. Apparently, we were the only ones at the studio who knew the reference behind the yellow flowers + carnations.

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