If you think you already know a lot about Alden Richards, wait till you read YES! magazine's feature in its April 2013 issue.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) picked 20 interesting details that are sure to elicit more "whoas" and "wows" from the AlDub fans.
1. Alden was already in show business when he had his first plane ride.file photo
His destination was Cebu City. He was invited to the Sinulog Festival in 2011 along with his co-stars on his first soap, Alakdana.
“Na-realize ko na lang after the flight na mukha akong, what do you call this, indio, mangmang, sabik.
“Natawa na lang ako sa sarili ko. The first flight was business class agad, kasi festival nga siya."
2. Alden’s dream is to become a pilot one day.
“That was me, that’s still me,” he confessed, “One of these days, I would like to study kahit aviation lang.
“Going ano pa nga, I want to be an astronaut, e.”
3. He graduated with honors in high school.
That was the first time he felt proud of himself.
4. One of his most embarrassing moments in life happened during their high school commencement ceremony.
"Nadulas ako no’ng high school graduation. Ako na ang next ’tapos naapakan ko ang toga ko."
5. Alden had his first heartbreak when he was in first year high school.
6. As a suitor, he is ma-effort.
“I do big effort talaga,” he stressed, “Kasi, for me, girls are fragile.
"You really have to give girls extra special treatment.
“Especially ’yong mga things like opening the door for them, escorting them as they go down a vehicle or something.
“Big deal ’yon for me, ’yong pagiging gentleman talaga should always come first.”
7. In April of 2008, Alden felt heart-wrenching grief when his mom lost her battle with pneumonia.
“My mom was really a bad smoker,” he said, shaking his head.
“She was having this difficulty in her breathing na parang it’s been regular na, na minsan hindi talaga siya makahinga.”
8. It’s a must that his girlfriend is a non-smoker.
“Since then, I’ve been having issues na with girls who smoke.
“Not naman issues, parang I’m just telling them...I don’t wanna be ’yong pakialamero or something. If I were to have a girlfriend, I would ask her to stop na lang.
“Kasi I don’t want their family to experience what I’ve experienced because of that stick."
9. Alden said he resembles his mom.
He related, “’Yong dimples and then siguro ’yong pagiging very accommodating person.
“Kasi my mom is like that, ‘yong medyo madaldal din kasi ako as you get to know me.
“Madami rin akong kuwento lagi, parang hindi nauubusan ng kuwento.”
10. Alden is afraid of whales.
“The way I see it doon sa documentaries sa TV, they’re so big, malaki pa sa eroplano.
"Then nandoon lang sila, pakalat-kalat sa water.“
11. As much as he can, he goes to church everyday.
Even when there’s no scheduled mass, Alden visits the church to pray.
“Whenever I talk to God, sabi ko, ‘Lord, You have the power to take this away from me, and You alone can do that.
“‘I’m willing to give this all to You if you need me to be with You or something.
“‘Kasi I’m not sure, maybe today or tomorrow, something would happen, mawala lahat.’"
12. He is a very thrifty man.
Alden never goes on spending spree.
“Siguro I wouldn’t spend 2,000 pesos for a pair of shoes, unless it’s gift certificate or sale.
“Sometimes I get myself little gifts, like a new watch, mahilig ako sa watch.
“But that happens siguro once a year.
“Pag nagmo-mall, hindi pa rin ako bibili kung hindi sale.
“My handler nga, minsan nagagalit sa akin. ’Yong shoes ko daw paulit-ulit. Kasi matibay, it’s comfy.
"I have these Skechers boots, two years na sa akin ’yon, ayoko pa ring palitan.”
13. Alden had bad luck joining TV shows.screengrab from GMA
He auditioned for GMA’s reality-based talent competition Starstruck V.
“I didn’t get in,” he revealed, “I just ended up mga bottom 60.”
He auditioned next for ABS-CBN’s reality game show Pinoy Big Brother. Unfortunately, again, he failed to make it to the final list.
14. If his life were to be made into a movie, he wants John Lloyd Cruz to portray him.
15. Alden is also a good cook.mranola.files.wordpress.com
“Specialty ko ’yong adobo.
"Halimbawa, gusto mo’ yong walang sabaw na adobo,’yong may sabaw, ’yong matamis o sakto lang.
“Minsan lechon paksiw, sinigang.”
16. He wants to see the Seven Wonders of the World.easytobook.com
17. Alden hates pa-showbiz answers.
When it comes to his real emotions, Alden clarified that he aims to be as sincere as possible.
“I’m really open about things that are true to me, pero I don’t reveal much.
“I’m not showbiz, I really hate that term.
“Sometimes, whenever interviews come, ’yon ang sasabihin ko.
"‘A, baka po kasi sabihin ng mga tao showbiz ako, pero wala po talaga.’
“Madali naman pong umamin kung meron talaga or if totoo talaga, pero kung wala, huwag na po nating ipilit.”
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Alden’s perennial goal: a better future for his family.
In fact, he is sending his younger sister Riza to college.
19. If he’s given a whole day to go back to how his life was before he became famous, Alden would still like to commute.
The Kapuso host/actor explained, “Kasi before, my first half sa showbiz, I was commuting talaga.
"Bus, ay hindi, tricycle, jeep, bus, and then LRT, then cab papuntang location, then LRT, bus.”
20. He is super appreciative of the support he's been geting from his fans.
For four years now you guys never fail to surprise me, thank you very much for this wonderful pajama party @Aldenatics sobra akong nagulat at sobra ko ring naappreciate ang lahat ng efforts niyo. @naughtynate29 maraming salamat for coming up with this idea at sa pagpapagod for two days straight para maayos to kasama si Rose, Gie at Patt thank you sa inyo mahal na mahal ko kayo alam niyo yan. :) To all the ALDENatics Batangas, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao and San Francisco and Denlies thank you for the cakes and gifts sana magkakasama tayong lahat sa event na to and I love you guys. :) I'm very proud to have such loving, hardworking and enthusiastic fans/friends/supporters/lahat na, I should say I have the best fans in the world. Thank you guys sobrang thank you until next year. I had a lot of fun sobra. Ÿ˜„ #Aldenatics #bestfansintheworld Ÿ‘Â
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“The attention given, it’s heartwarming.
"Masarap ’yong whenever you do mall shows, ’tapos people would go there just to see you.
"Kapag may gustong magpa-picture, talagang kahit nasa sasakyan na ako, bababain ko ’yan, especially ’yong older people.”