ALDEN RICHARDS

Of fairy tales and answered prayers

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“I prayed for this moment to come in my life but I didn’t expect it would come this fast,” says Alden Richards

“I prayed for this moment to come in my life but I didn’t expect it would come this fast,” says Alden Richards

Alden Richards may be Yaya Dub’s handsome prince charming, but for the 23-year-old superstar, Philippine TV’s favorite and phenomenal fairy tale is the “overwhelming” answer to his prayers.

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Just under a week since he and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza filled up the humongous Philippine Arena at Eat Bulaga’s “Tamang Panahon” concert, Alden revealed he had long been storming the heavens for his career to take off.

Though he had always been considered a prized talent by GMA Artists Center since his early days with GMA Network, Alden humbly acknowledged it was not until the accidental love team of “AlDub” was born in July over the country’s longest running noontime show that his career truly turned around.

“I prayed for this moment to come in my life but I didn’t expect it would come this fast, [and in this way],” the country’s most famous male celebrity of the day confessed. “Dati ang press con ko isang table lang, ngayon, wow! Ang dami n’yo uuuy!” he added with humor as he mimicked one of Lola Nidora’s trademark punchlines.

Alden added that even his family and management are overwhelmed by the sudden turn of events, which resulted in what he described as the last “three marvelous months” of his life and career.

Besides breaking TV ratings, worldwide Twitter records, and most recently, selling out concert tickets in three days lightning speed, Alden, on his own, has projects, offers and deals coming out of his ears.

Not one for false modesty, he neither downplays nor brushes off any of his “blessings.” Asked just how many companies have signed him on to endorse their product at his latest launch as brand ambassador on Thursday, Alden gratefully counted eight.

“That includes this one,” he said at the stage of oral glutathione brand Snowcap’s grand event for him.

“My management respects me enough to ask me whether I would like to endorse a product or not, and I make the decisions which ones to accept,” Alden continued. “Like this one, tinanggap ko siya hindi dahil sa whitening, pero dahil ang glutathione ay anti-oxidant talaga. Benefit lang niya ang pangpapa-puti so pang-dagdag ito kumbaga sa multi-vitamins that I would normally take.”

Next asked to comment on a report over entertainment website Pep.ph that concert producer Joed Serrano had offered him an eight-digit talent fee to do a Valentine’s show in 2016, Alden, again unaffectedly replied, “Hindi pa po lumalapit pero madali naman po kaming kausap kung may offer pong ganon.”

Admitting he is a workaholic, Alden, however, said he deliberately draws the line on endorsing candidates for the coming national elections. He declared he believes showbiz and politics do not—and should not—mix.

“Hindi po totoo na may politician na nag-offer ng P100 million for my endorsement,” he clarified a supposed rumor. “Personally, I really don’t want to endorse anyone kasi iba po itong showbiz sa politics.

Sa first two months of AlDub meron na pong nag-offer [na candidate],” he admitted, “pero for me dito nalang tayo mag-focus sa showbiz.”

When someone quipped, “Kahit P200 million tatanggihan mo?”

Alden smiled and politely answered, “Opo.”

It seems that the heavens indeed are listening to Alden’s prayers, what with well-guided decisions he has made in his sudden rise to fame.

Recalling his Arena experience on October 24, Alden shared, “Last Saturday, pagpasok ko ng Arena nakatalikod kasi ako. Naririnig ko lang yung sigawan ng mga tao. Tapos nung umikot na ako and nakita kong punong-puno, kinilabutan ako. Totoo ba talaga ito? Kami ba talaga ni Maine ang pinunta nila?”

Amid all the success, he keeps in mind, “Mahilig talaga tayong mga Pilipino sa mga titles [‘hottest love team,’ ‘hottest male celebrity] pero at the end of the day, I always remember that it is how you are as person that counts.

“Kaya habang inaangat ka nang inaangat ng tao, tuloy-tuloy lang dapat yung pagpapaka-baba,” he rounded up.

His prayers now?

“Sana wag na po kami pabayaan ni Lord, even my loved ones, dahil tuloy tuloy ko pong gagamitin ang blessings ko to inspire others.”

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