Alden Richards loves living in the south.
Even if his daily commute to and from Broadway Centrum in New Manila, Quezon City could take up to two hours or more with the city traffic, the Eat Bulaga! mainstay couldn't imagine himself living anywhere else.
“Sanay na ako e,” he told YES! magazine in its January 2017 issue.
“Kung kaya ko makauwi ng bahay, I will go home.”
Alden bought this two-story, 300-square-meter property back in 2014.
He only made a few renovations—mostly its interiors—in the house.
According to the actor, the house’s facade has a certain charm and uniqueness to it.
He remarked, “Gusto ko rin i-maintain yung tower, para pag tinanaong nila [ng mga tao], ‘Saan ba yung bahay mo?’ sasabihin, ‘Hanapin niyo yung bahay na may torre, muhkang tower siya.'”
The theme of the house was decidedly modern, because Alden wanted all the rooms to look “malinis” and “maaliwalas.”
Alden’s Lola Linda liked the contemporary vibe, but if she could have her way, she would prefer to add a few antique pieces into the mix.
Alden purposely designed the kitchen with his Lola Linda in mind.
He said, “Gusto ko ‘yong 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.
“I want a house where my family can move around freely and comfortably.”
On the second floor, Alden built a family room where he and his siblings could relax and bond.
There was also a veranda for them to sit, enjoy the view, and meditate.
The family room housed the highs and lows of Alden’s life.
Near the family den, Alden gathered all the awards and accolades he had received throughout his career.
Here's the special altar for their late mother, Rosario Faulkerson.
Alden’s bedroom was just as roomy and immaculately clean.
It was sparsely decorated, followed a clean, no-frills color palette, was sufficiently lit, and bore this “man cave” prerequisite: a superhero collection with Iron Man as his favorite.
“Ewan ko nga, basta na-in- ove na ako kay Iron Man since I saw Iron Man na si Robert Downey Jr. ang gumanap,” the Kapuso star told YES!, referring to the Marvel Studios film that resurrected the American actor’s film career and launched the cinematic universe that Marvel comic book fans now enjoy.
But Alden wouldn’t exactly tag himself as Iron Man’s number one fan.
He simply idolized the character of Iron Man—or Tony Stark, as comic book fans know him.
But among Alden's most prized possessions was the Our Lady of Lourdes statuette, which belonged to his late mother.
He remarked, “Wala pa ako sa mundo, nasa amin na ‘yan.
“Mom ko kasi orginally may-ari niyan, 'tapos pina-restore ng grandmother ko.
“Gusto ko, nasa akin siya.”
Overall, Alden was pleased with this property.
Even though he still has plans of building his own personal dream home, this house already provides his family the perfect place to relax, bond, and create memories.
Far from the stress of city living, Laguna offers a sense of detachment and serenity—and the Faulkerson residence offers a certain sense of peace, warmth, and family that no other place can offer.
Alden told YES!, “Moving into the city was never an option.
“The south will always be home for me.”