Alden Richards was reminded of his own grandmother when he saw Lola Alberta in the Juan For All, All For Juan segment of Eat Bulaga yesterday, June 9.
Lola Alberta, who is now 81 years old, lived in a small room in an apartment. Her relatives send her a small allowance and to augment this, she washes dishes at a carinderia to earn P100 a day.
Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola gave a cash prize to Lola Alberta but Alden promised her one more thing:
“Nay, kasi may lola din po akong kagaya niyo. Para di na po kayo naghihirap maghugas ng pinggan...para hindi po namamanhid ang kamay niyo, ako na po magpapadala sa inyo ng additional allowance po buwan-buwan para makatulong sa inyo po.
"Para pag maubos man po [ang sustento], meron pong buwan-buwan na allowance, Nay. Tulong na rin po,” said Alden, who was at the studio at that time.
Lola Alberta cried upon hearing the financial assistance to be given by the GMA-7 actor.
Jose Manalo praised the Pambansang Bae by saying, “Si Alden po pag nakasama niyo iyan, sa likod ng kamera, ay mabait na bata po talaga. Kasama namin madalas iyan. Maraming humihingi ng tulong sa kanya...pag lumapit si Alden, walang dalawang salita, iaabot niya [ang tulong sa] nangangailangan hangga’t kaya niya.”
Earlier tonight, June 10, Alden became a trending topic for his portrayal of Jose Rizal in Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko.
Here are some reactions of fans to Alden's appearance as Jose Rizal:
"last sunday si Maine, ngayon naman si Alden...sana next week magkasama na. Walang masamang mangarap"
A netizen also posted a throwback scene from Ilustrado wherein Alden performed a song for his beloved.
Get a glimpse of the Spanish soldiers in this clip: