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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 15, 2016

Alden Richards Prepares A Special Christmas Number In GMA's 'The Magic Of Christmas' This Sunday, Will Soon Tape Their Primetime Soap, 'Destined To Be Yours'

ALDEN RICHARDS won big in the recent Awit Awards. His album with GMA Records, “Wish I May”, got the Album of the Year Award and Diamond Record Award and he was named the Most Downloaded Artist of the Year. His hit song, “Wish I May”, was named Most Downloaded Song of 2015. “I really want to thank all my fans who supported and bought the album and downloaded the song,” he says. “Sana, maging ganito rin ka-successful ang second album ko with GMA Records na ‘Say It Again’.”

Alden is really on a winning streak as his first international hosting assignment at the recent 21st Asian TV Awards held in Singapore International Convention Center got a lot of acclaim. He looks so relaxed in the company of more experienced co-host Adrian Pang of Singapore, Korean American TV host model Stephanie Carrington, Malaysian TV host Baki Zainal and Chinese dance Fiona Su. They were all surprised because the audience reaction inside the convention center was overwhelming and he got a lot of fans rooting for him when he walked on the red carpet.

When asked by Adrian Pang how he feels about being a successful young actor, he replied: “Well you know, being young and being given this opportunity to make people happy in everything that you do, you just basically have to give love in return. Love your job. Love the people who give you support and basically, you just have to be yourself, have fun with what you’re doing and keep the faith.”

Later on, the people handling the awards night told him: “We’ll love to have you back next year.” It’s really good that Alden got a lot of positive feedback for his hosting because it’s so sad that the Philippines didn’t win a single award that night. Michael V was there as a best comedy actor nominee but he, too, went home empty handed.

Meantime, AlDub fans will be pleased know that the first Alden-Maine Mendoza teleserye, titled “Destine to Be Yours”, will be taping soon. This is slated to be shown early next year, under the direction of Irene Villamor, who helmed the hit rom-com “Camp Sawi”. Maine plays an activist who does all kinds of job to earn money for her family, with Janice de Belen as her mom and Gardo Versoza as her dad.

Things get complicated when a big company wants to build a skyscraper in their hometown, with Alden as the architect in charge. Maine wants to protect their environment and resist Alden and his company. Playing Alden’s mom is Lotlot de Leon, with Ina Feleo as his aunt and Boots Anson Roa as his grandma. Sheena Halili plays Maine’s best friend while playing the contravida is former beauty queen Koreen Medina, who’s also part of Starstruck Season 6. Meantime, don’t miss Alden and Maine when they do a special production number in the GMA Christmas Special, "The Magic of Christmas", to be shown this Sunday on SNBO. Don't miss this wonderful treat to put you in the right holiday mood, with Kapuso stars springing some wonderful surprises to make your Christmas truly merry and bright.