Alden Richards loves living in the south. The Eat Bulaga! mainstay just cannot imagine himself living anywhere else.
For the longest time, he bore with the daily commute from Laguna to the Eat Bulaga! old studio at Broadway Centrum in New Manila, Quezon City, even when traffic could make travel time two hours each way.
Alden told YES! Magazine in its January 2017 issue, "Sanay na ako e. Kung kaya ko makauwi ng bahay, I will go home."
Since December 2018, Eat Bulaga! has been broadcasting from its new home, the APT Studios along Marcos Highway in Cainta, Rizal, but Alden is still a Laguna boy.
Alden bought the 300-square-meter house-and-lot back in 2014.
He only made a few renovations to the two-storey house, and mainly to its interiors.
According to the actor, the house's facade has a certain charm and uniqueness he likes: "Gusto ko rin i-maintain yung tower, para pag tinanong nila [ng mga tao], 'Saan ba yung bahay mo?' sasabihin, 'Hanapin niyo yung bahay na may torre, muhkang tower siya.'"
As quaint as the tower is, the theme of the house is decidedly modern. All the rooms look "malinis" and "maaliwalas," as Alden wanted from the very beginning.
Among the rooms in the house, Alden paid particular attention to the kitchen, purposefully designing it with his Lola Linda in mind.
As he explained: "Gusto ko iyong kusina maluwag, kasi that's the way she wanted it. Kahit matanda na siya, she's 80, gusto pa rin niya nagluluto.
"Gusto niya maaliwalas na kusina, unlike our kitchen before na masikip. That's the original concept talaga."
All told, Alden said, "I want a house where my family can move around freely and comfortably."
On the second floor is the family room, where Alden and his siblings relax and bond.
There is also a veranda for them to sit, enjoy the view, meditate.
The family room houses the highs and lows of Alden’s life.
In this picture, Alden has gathered the awards and accolades he has received throughout his career. Note the PEP award at bottom right.
Here's the special altar for their late mother, Rosario Faulkerson.
Alden's bedroom is roomy and just as immaculately clean as the entire house.
It is sparsely decorated and follows a clean, no-frills color palette. It is sufficiently lit for this “man cave” prerequisite: a superhero collection of his favorite, Iron Man.
The Kapuso star told YES!, "Ewan ko nga, basta na-in-love na ako kay Iron Man since I saw Iron Man na si Robert Downey Jr. ang gumanap."
Alden is referring to the Marvel Studios film that's credited with resurrecting American actor Downey's film career and with launching the cinematic universe that Marvel comic book fans now enjoy.
Alden wouldn't say he is Iron Man's number one fan, but he does say he idolizes the character of Tony Stark, the alter ego of Iron Man.
Among Alden's most prized possessions is the Our Lady of Lourdes statuette, which belonged to his late mother. It occupies a special niche inside his room.
"Wala pa ako sa mundo, nasa amin na iyan. Mom ko kasi orginally may-ari niyan, 'tapos pina-restore ng grandmother ko. Gusto ko, nasa akin siya."
Overall, Alden is pleased with this property.
He still harbors plans of building his own personal dream home, but he takes pleasure in knowing that this first house he has put together already provides his family the perfect place to be with each other.
Far from the stress of city living, Laguna offers a sense of detachment and serenity—and the Faulkerson residence in particular offers a sense of peace, warmth, and tranquility that no other place can offer.
As Alden told YES!: "Moving into the city was never an option. The south will always be home for me."