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Take a look back at Alden Richards‘ humble beginnings, achievements and accomplishments. It’s incredible to see how much Alden Richards has changed through the years:
He starred in different roles in Alakdana, Tween Hearts, One True Love, Carmela, The Road, and currently the live Kalyeserye segment of Eat Bulaga!
In May 2013, he released his debut album, Alden Richards (EP), under Universal Records.
Alden Richards was born on January 2, 1992 in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. He is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson Sr. (born July 3, 1966, Ermita, Manila) and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga. He was a Business Administration student of De La Salle Canlubang in Biñan City, Laguna. He is a Paconian and studied at Paco Catholic School in Paco, Manila during high school before he became an actor.
Richards decided to try his luck in show business by joining various male pageants in Laguna and worked as a part-time commercial model. He holds the titles Ginoong Sta Rosa 2009 and Ginoong Laguna 2010. He also auditioned for StarStruck and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010 under his real name, but failed to be a part of both reality shows. After passing the auditions, he changed his stage name to Alden Richards and was launched as an actor for GMA Network on the afternoon soap, Alakdana playing the role of Joma, a disabled man. He was paired with also then up-and-coming actress Louise delos Reyes. He also signed a 5-year contract with the network. In 2011, he became a part of the successful teenage series, Tween Hearts and also starred in its film adaptation Tween Hearts: Class of 2012. He also performed on GMA Network’s Sunday variety shows Party Pilipinas and Sunday All Stars. He graced two episodes of Spooky Nights in Singil and in the Christmas episode of Spooky Nights as Elmer. Richards was praised by critics with his performance as a psychopath in the movie The Road. By the end of 2011, he played Gobi in the box office hit movie Ang Panday 2which is an entry at the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. Richards was also praised by some entertainment writers for his friendliness and his remarkable performances, predicting that he will be the next big star of GMA Network. Richards was awarded as the 1st Filipino Amazing Male Newcomer in the first Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards in 2011. He also won as Best New Actor in the Golden Screen Awards in the same year. Richards played a supporting role of a thief named Rico on the primetime series, My Beloved headlined by Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. He also acted on the episode UNOS (Calamity) of the fourth season of a Holy Week special, Tanikala, presented by Christian Broadcasting Network. Richards appeared in his first lead role on a primetime TV series with One True Love which premiered on June 11, 2012. It is about the enduring power of love between two people from two different walks of life. In this series, he was once again paired with his love team Louise delos Reyes. According to GMA Network on their press release, the extension was due to its phenomenal ratings success over its rival program since it premiered. Richards who played “Tisoy” is a poor guy who is in love with a rich girl. Viewers and critics praised Richards with his performance in the TV drama. According to him, the series was his biggest break in the industry. Richard’s earned his first Best Actor nomination for One True Love in the 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards. The story of Richards’ life was featured on drama anthology, Magpakailanman aired in March 2013 wherein he portrayed himself. In the same year, Richards and Delos Reyes joined together once again in the GMA Network melodrama series entitled Mundo Mo’y Akin with actresses Sunshine Dizon and Angelika dela Cruz. It is a family drama that follows a compelling storyline exploring the insatiable quest for beauty and wealth. The characters find themselves ensnared in a game of deceit and betrayal, and will stop at nothing to gain power and prestige. Richards’ portrayal on the show earned him another nomination at the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards. Richards debuted as a singer through the #SummerCrush episode of the Sunday noon time show, Party Pilipinas. He launched his first single, “Haplos”, a revival ofShamrock’s hit song which surfaced in My Music Store and iTunes on April 5, 2013. The self-titled debut album, Alden Richards, under Universal Records, was released on May 26, 2013. The track “Haplos” was used as soundtracks on his primetime show Mundo Mo’y Akin. Meanwhile “Di Na Mababawi” and “Sa Aking Tabi” were used as theme songs for the Filipino-dubbed version koreanovela My Daughter, Seoyoung and morning drama With a Smile respectively. He was featured as Myx Celebrity VJ for the month of June 2013. Richards was nominated in the “Best Performance by a New Recording Artist” category in the 27th Awit Awards. On the 6th Star Awards for Music, Richards was nominated for “New Male Recording Artist for the Year” while his self-titled album was nominated for “Album Cover Design and Concept of the Year”.
Bye Bye love handles. ? #belofatfreeze @victoria_belo @belobeauty A photo posted by Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) on
In 2014, Richards was paired with GMA Network’s primetime queen Marian Rivera in the TV series Carmela. His song “Naaalala Ka” from his self-titled album, served as the ending theme for Carmela. He also starred in a short film entitled Kinabukasan with the Philippines’ superstar Nora Aunor. Close to the end of 2014, he had another TV series produced by GMA News and Public Affairs entitled Ilustrado. He played the coveted role of Filipino national hero, Jose Rizal.
In 2015, Richards became a part of the Philippines’ longest running noontime variety show, Eat Bulaga!. He is currently appearing as a co-host in the segment That’s My Bae. His popularity has further skyrocketed not only because of the daily TV exposure as a mainstay co-host, but also because of the formation of an accidental love team between him and his Eat Bulaga! co-host Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza.
On August 13, 2015, Richards signed a recording contract with GMA Records. Richards’ second album, Wish I May, was launched on October 17, 2015 in SM City North EDSA Cinema 11. The album contains at two original songs and renditions. The first single, “Wish I May,” is an original composition by Agat Obar-Morallo and was released earlier for online downloading and streaming on September 2015.
Pleass grab a copy of Style Weekend. Salamat po. ??? A photo posted by Alden Richards (@aldenrichards02) on
On 2015, Richards together with Maine Mendoza, collectively known as AlDub, appeared on several television advertisements for McDonald’s Philippines, TNT, Zonrox Plus Thick Bleach, and Bear Brand Adult Plus.
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