Alden Richards chose a simple yet meaningful celebration for his birthday this year.
Instead of throwing a grand party, the Kapuso actor opted to dine out with family and friends on his 23rd birthday last January 2.
“Not so grand, kumbaga, kasi dumaan na 'yong Pasko, dumaan na 'yong New Year, masyado nang magastos.
"Personal lang, relax lang muna ang birthday,” said Alden when GMA News and PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed him at his birthday charity event with Habitat for Humanity in Bistek Ville 1, Quezon City, on January 12.
The Ilustrado actor also took time to help clear the debris in one section of the area. It was his second time to volunteer.
“I want to engage more on stuff and causes like these kasi mas may purpose and mas may silbi siya,” explained Alden.
"Workout 'to," says @aldenrichards02 who's currently helping other Habitat for Humanity volunteers in clearing debris in one section of Bistek Ville 1 in QC. #AldenBirthdayBuild @pepalerts @artistcenter
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According to him, it was his personal request to have a “birthday build” when he became one of the organization's ambassadors.
“Noong pumasok ako dito, sabi ko rin, baka puwedeng on my birthday, we could do something for the communities na nagawa na or to build houses.
“For a change naman, kasi most of the time kapag birthday ko, I go to home for the aged, sa mga orphanage.
“Noong pumasok ako dito, sabi ko naman, para maiba since I'm affiliated na sa Habitat, why not help them build houses or kung anuman 'yong maitulong ko rito sa community?
“At least, for a change, mas mapalapit ako roon sa mga home partners ng Habitat.”
The actor promised to continue supporting the activities of the organization as long as his schedule is free.
At present, he's part of the weekly variety show of GMA, Sunday All Stars.
He's also leaving for Rotterdam, Netherlands on January 24 to represent Adol Alix Jr.'s short film Kinabukasan, which will be screened at the Rotterdam Internatonal Film Festival.