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Breakfast with Alden Richards, Part 5
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“Where did you get your shirt?” I asked him.
“A gift from a fan,” said Alden.
He said his house is filled with gifts from fans, and letters.
“Who opens them?”
“I do.”

Breakfast with Alden Richards

I noticed his watch—a simple white-strapped watch, nothing fancy. I like that. It shows his simplicity.
I saw the rosary on his wrist.
“I love your rosary. Are you Catholic?”
“My family and I were baptized Catholics,” he said. “I still hear mass and pray the rosary. Four months ago, Miss Kuh Ledesma brought me to CCF (Christ’s Commission Fellowship). I’ve been going there ever since. I’ve even brought my family there. I like it because I’m treated like a regular person. To be honest, I’m allergic to special treatment.”

(Kuh and Alden worked together on a show called Bet Ng Bayan, a singing search, where Alden was a co-host of Regine Velasquez and Kuh was a judge, along with Lani Misalucha and Louie Ocampo.
According to Kuh Ledesma, Alden was “very ready to accept Jesus Christ as his savior.”
Alden’s first visit to CCF was four months ago after coming back from a show in the US. He says his life turned around after that.)

Dinna and I noticed how clean he eats—from the way he plates his food to the way he manages to do an interview while eating. He seems really at ease with himself.

What’s your favorite food?
“I love laing. One of my favorite provinces in the Philippines is Bicol. So whenever I’m there, I make sure that I eat laing because it’s really authentic. I also like bopis. Where do I eat this? Sa mga carinderia. Whenever I see a carinderia and I am hungry, I always say, ‘Let’s eat bopis.'”

“What is bopis?” I asked.
When Alden mentioned innards and lungs, I kind of zonked out. I cannot imagine, hehe.

Breakfast with Alden Richards

How do you stay healthy despite your busy schedule?
“I eat healthy. My cousin is a chef. She cooks for me every day. She brings the food to Eat Bulaga from Monday to Friday. That’s five days. Saturdays and Sundays are cheat days. Usually, I try to stay away from carbs. I eat mostly protein, fiber and veggies. I can’t live a day without eating veggies and fruits. Ito nga, cheat day na ito (points to his plate).”

Driving to work relaxes him. He does this every day and drives to Eat Bulaga all the way from Laguna.
“I have a driver but I like driving,” said Alden. “It’s my therapy. Like most guys, I love cars. I usually drive to work with my driver and personal assistant Tenten.”

“Do you have plans of moving to the city, closer to work?” I asked him.
“I’ve lived in Sta. Rosa all my life,” he said. “My heart will always belong to the South.”
Before I could ask what he plans to do with all his earnings, Alden said they are building a new home.
“Yung first house namin, we had to leave kasi binabaha, so we have to transfer. Now, I am having a house built near Nuvali,” he said.
I was glad to hear it.

What’s a typical day like for you?
“I’m up around 6:30 on regular working days. Then I go to the gym somewhere in Alabang where I alternate CrossFit and lifting weights. Then I drive to Eat Bulaga. The afternoons are usually for photo shoots, interviews, shoots for TVCs. If I don’t have work, I’d rather go home. The rare free afternoons I’ve had in the last four months were spent at home.”

I heard you like dogs.
“I do! I love dogs. I have two: a two-year-old Husky and a five-month-old Pinoy (like an askal).”

RJ

What do they call you at home?
“RJ. I am Richard Faulkerson Jr.”
He explained that his father Richard is half-American while his late mom is Filipino. He has two other siblings who also live at home—a brother (who has graduated from college) and a girl (who is graduating this schoolyear).

What is something you’d like to do that you can’t do now?
“I would love to travel; to live for a month like a local in another country. Maybe Egypt or India. I would like to be a backpacker and mix with the local people, eat the food they’re eating. In college, we went to Bataan for an immersion and stayed with a family. We ate their food, slept where they slept.”

Alden took up Management at De La Salle Canlubang but didn’t finish because of work. He said the school is offering him a scholarship just so he could graduate. But even if Alden is very busy with work, he hopes to finish college.

This is when I nearly died: when Alden looked at me and said, “Nabasa ko pala yung mga tweets and blog mo about my outfits.”
I checked his eyes for traces of anger, but only saw big doe eyes. I started to sweat under my jacket and took it off.
Wooooh! — Regine
I started to fan myself with my hand. Drink water. Calm down. I couldn’t hear what he was saying. I got nervous and tried to hide behind Jujiin.
Alden was saying something and I interrupted him.
“Alden. Let me explain.”
Alden looks at me. The room is silent.
“Alden. I love you. I wouldn’t watch Eat Bulaga if I didn’t love you. I would not watch if you weren’t in it. I really think you’re cute and I just want you to look your best.”
“I understand,” he said. “I really don’t mind.”
“Listen, if I didn’t care you can wear whatever you want. But I care.” I heard myself mumbling.
That was when I decided I wouldn’t say anything bad about him anymore. You will not see me tweet crazy things about his outfits.
That was when I really liked him. To be able to look at me and tell me honestly, “I’ve seen your tweets.”

Dinna kept checking the time. It was almost 11 AM when we decided it was time to take photos with the helpers.
They were over the moon. And let me tell you, every time Alden does the pabebe wave, his face transforms into cuteness. It’s like magic.

Pabebe wave with the maids

He wanted to meet Nora, our cook, who is being treated for DCIS. Not a dry eye in the house when he hugged her.
Before Alden left, he made bilin: “Alagaan niyo si Ate Nora.”
Please pray for her.

Alden comforts Nora

With Patty Betita and Fay Lao

Patty, Alden, Fay

With Cibo staff

With Margarita Fores staff

More photos were taken with the maids, the neighbor’s maids, our driver.
Then Alden was set to go. He invited me for a photo op. I declined.
Alden looked confused.
“Not me, I don’t like pictures of me,” I explained.
He hugged me instead. Like three times. We made beso. And then he was gone.

When Alden left, I had three servings of champorado with five tuyo. It was past 11 and I was starving. I can’t remember the last time I had champorado. The maids also sat down to eat.

The maids having brunch

We all stayed for hours just talking about what happened. Nobody bothered to watch Eat Bulaga—we were still high on his visit.
At one point I had to step out and sit by the stairs just to have a moment. Everything felt like a dream. A good dream.
Five days later we’re still not over it.
I have had celebrities in my house, but never had the feeling of wanting to keep someone.
He’s like a puppy dog or a Polly Pocket. You just want to keep him.
I cannot imagine how Maine feels. (We didn’t ask about her out of respect. No personal questions.)

For now, I just want to thank Dinna, Ira, Sam, Tenten, and the powers that be for bringing him here.
Thank you Cibo for the great service as always.
Thank you Jujiin and Paulo for the wonderful video.
Thank you Patty and Direk Bert for having us at Eat Bulaga.
Most of all, thank you Alden!

P.S. I’m going to have a special giveaway very soon. Please watch for it.

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  • Mary Pearl

    Yung feeling na habang binabasa mo, maiimagine mo lahat at parang nandun ka din! Parang nalalasahan ko din yung Adobo Flakes! God bless Ms. C! Thank you!

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  • grace face

    he kinda looks like your ben

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  • Bambhie

    Ms. C I was really laughing so hard when Alden told you that he have read your tweets and comments about his outfit (I have read it too that’s why I was laughing sooo hard) but one thing I like about him is accepts criticism positively and with much respect and Ms. C i loveee you soooo much you love your maids so much and treats them like they belong to your fam. Thanks for this post. What’s the giveaway? Is it Alden? Unahan na to hahaha

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  • Wow parang he’s so patient and mabait. He seems to really have what it takes to become a longtime success in this business.
    And, omg. My family back home lives near Nuvali. I should go home more often. Haha.

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  • CVS

    thank you for noticing!
    the painting is by Crajes of Barcelona

    http://chuvaness.com/crajes-a-tear-come-true/

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  • teachandteeth

    Is Alden the special giveaway? Lol

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  • My goodness. Nakakatawa sa part na you died. HAHAHA! epic!

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  • maggie

    Oxygen please! Thank you very much Ms. C for sharing this experience with us 🙂

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  • Doodles

    I cried. Love you both alden and Ms C!

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  • frazzolino

    Little Alden.

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    CVS Reply:

    may future

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  • Hi @chuvaness!
    Thanks for sharing…
    And let me just say what I tweeted to you earlier…
    I think that Alden is sensible enough to know the difference of constructive criticism, bashing and judgmental comments…
    And by how you explained yourself it is very apparent that you only have good intentions like most of his fans, supporters and admirers… So I personally don’t mind if you still comment about his styling or whatever since tbh nature na po ata ng babae ang mamintas eh hahaha kidding aside, we want what’s best for him right? So yeah…
    That’s what caught my attention in your series of blogposts about your breakfast with Alden and I just had to you know comment about it…
    And as I said on twitter…
    Who would move on and get over an experience with an angel that quickly, noh?!

    Goodmorning and Happy Sunday!

    @tikisoka on twitter

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  • Rachel Ac

    I couldn’t believe you didn’t know what bopis is! Hehe.. its one of those dishes that you ‘have to’ order when you visit the Philippines 🙂

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  • Considering I’m not really a fan of the Aldub series, I like Alden already based on this post! Can’t help but feel happy for everyone, and get a little teary-eyed. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • Lorellie

    Oh wow, inintay ko munang matapos ang series ng posts about Alden in your blog Ms C. Thak you for letting us experience, in a way, what it’s like having Alden in your house. You’re a cool boss!

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  • Amy Uy

    From the first moment the maids swarmed all over him to the last hug (3x) and beso, the song kept playing in my mind… Fantastic, baby! Dance, woohoo…! Great story, great series! It’s like Alden went to the mansyon to visit the yayas, only this time it’s for real 🙂

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  • Shirley Anne Simon

    Ms. C I have always been a fan of your blog for so many yrs now.. And you always make me smile with your posts esp when you treat your kasambahays as part of the family…Anyone who has the pleasure of being personally close to you is blessed for having a very humble friend.. You are blessed because your truly deserve it.

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  • Mick Villota-Soe

    Wow!!! Ms.C congrats you have made your helpers so happy, and thank you for sharing this 🙂

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  • Miss Maria

    Will comment more later but napaiyak ako Ms C. I loved all the questions you asked him

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  • watchamaculit

    nakakainggit, nakakainis, kaloka! waaahhhhhh!

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  • Jay Lozada

    SO white and clean his shoes! I <3 Alden. :*

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  • Vanessa Cornel

    ive been reading your blog since way back pa and never really expected na you will be a fan of Aldub and Eat Bulaga! but this is really nice…thank you po for sharing!! more power to you po and wishing you more blessings to come!!! 🙂

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  • Wah, Ms. C.. medyo natense ako while reading that part where Alden told you that he has read your tweets about his outfits! Pero grabe, he’s super nice talaga.. and very humble! Kaya he truly deserves all the blessings that he’s getting now 🙂

    P.S. Every time I watch kalyeserye, I always find myself lurking at your twitter account, waiting for your tweets.. parang waiting for your approval, haha (I reply pa nga sometimes!) Stay hilarious & awesome, Ms. C!

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  • isy`

    Thank you for sharing! I wake up and check your blog for the updates ! You don’t disappoint , feeling ko ang saya saya ng buong household nyo for days!

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  • anabanana0211

    Nakaka-inggit naman! Your kasambahay is lucky to have you Ms. C!

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  • erika

    ang saya-saya basahin nito kahit 1:30am na!

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  • Toshi Witheringwater

    I love this blog series, Ms. CVS!!!! Alden’s “Tamang Panahon” has come after being relegated to the side lines for such a long time. I hope his management team & his network will be able to exhaust his potential as an artist and help maintain his popularity. And, I hope as his star continues to rise, he keeps his feet planted on the ground. I admit I am a Kapamilya but I admire Alden because of his patience & perseverance, and he’s only one of two Kapuso artists that I love (the other being Regine Velasquez). Thank you for sharing your experience with Alden, and I give you props for hiring THE Margarita Fores & Cibo for catering your breakfast meeting with Alden. Virtual hugs!!! Wooooohhhhh!!!!

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  • Marose

    Such beautiful story Cecile. I haven’t seen Aldub and i only follow thru your blog. I hope he remains as humble as he is. Your maids are adorable.

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  • chinabird

    Near Nuvali?!!!Nakow Ms. C, baka makita ko sya sa Pepper Lunch!!!hahaha…. you always have a special way of making people feel loved and important, that’s why you are blessed!

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    CVS Reply:

    i do hope he brings his family to Pepper Lunch Solenad 3. i mentioned it to him. Sana ma try nila

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    chinabird Reply:

    with all the food places opening in Nuvali, my niece wouldn’t go anywhere else na, we had to trek to ATC before,she also studies in DLS-Canlubang and she says Thank you for making her the happiest 16yr old by making her beef pepper rice super reachable kasi daw nasa “kanto” lang namin..heehee

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    CVS Reply:

    yay!!

  • Lee

    The adobo flakes falling off your mouth, wanting to keep him, and that Regine reference. HAHAHA! Teka, hanap lang akong lupa sa Nuvali.

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    Lee Reply:

    Also, baka kaya he wore CDG! Coz he read your tweets pala. A+ for effort!

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    CVS Reply:

    i figured that too. *kilig*

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    Lee Reply:

    Haha cute! To be fair, his outfits are improving na. Woooooh!

  • lawyermum

    I forgot to say this but you shouldn’t stop giving advice on the way he dress. you’re right.. you care.. i don’t want him to be baduy either.. sayang ang good looks nya. besides, you were not bashing him, you were just critiquing his clothes!

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    อัลวิ่น ซูตาเรซ Reply:

    agree! please continue giving him advices. i think he appreciates them.

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  • Ching C.

    i love it!!!! sana ang giveaway.. si Alden!!!!

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  • besYS

    Oh, I love you Ms. C, and you too Dinna! 😄 Thanks again!
    I love Alden more! ❤️ I pray for his good health. Best of everything. Such a nice person, Kudos to your parents & siblings!
    See you hijo! 😄

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    besYS Reply:

    Teka pala. Ms. C, si Ate Nora same person ba dun sa “tawaran portion” mo during Yolanda?
    Thanks! 🙂

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  • wanderingmeekay

    “At one point I had to step out and sit by the stairs just to have a moment. Everything felt like a dream. A good dream.” -> LOVE THIS MS C! Le sigh.

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  • kathy cruz

    I was like woohhh too… so happy for part 5.. this one like blog gone teleserye too.. thanks again Ms.C..

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