Alden Richards builds homes to celebrate another year of blessings

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


GMA Artist Center’s Prince of Primetime Alden Richards marked his 23rdbirthday by taking part in a build-a-home project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that aims to build comfortable homes and create a sustainable community, where he took part in the clearing operation and contributed in making the work progress a bit more efficient.

Last January 12, Alden went to Habitat’s adopted community in Quezon City and expected to be part of the construction of houses. However, he was assigned to clear out the debris from the site that hindered the walkway of the people.

“I told one of our speakers, parang nabitin ako kasi ‘yung ginawa kong task, simple lang eh. ‘Yung debris ililipat lang from Area A to Area B,” the Kapuso star explained.

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He was able to finish early, so he asked to help more in the construction process. He felt that he needed more things to accomplish.

“What the speaker said was delightful. It hit me, she made a point. It’s not how, o kung gaano kalaki yung tinrabaho mo, kung gaano kahirap, kung gaano ka napagod. It’s more on kung ano’ng nagawa mo. You made a difference, you helped in your way, na kahit papano kung hindi ka tumulong malamang marami pang debris doon sa site na ‘yon na dinadaanan ng tao. So in a way, sabi ko, tama nga naman. It’s the amount of effort that you gave, and not how hard the task is,” shares Alden.

On the exact day of his birthday, January 2, he did his usual routine of going to the gym, having lunch with friends, and having dinner with his family. He planned his special day to be nothing grand because he designed this whole month to be a different kind of celebration.

“The moment I woke up on January 2, I felt oozing positivity. I was filled with positivity which I didn’t know where it was coming. Maybe, it’s because I’m contented with my life, and I’m very much happy with everything that’s happening. This, for me, is the most positive birthday that ever happened for the past few years,” the Kapuso prime actor happily exclaimed.

This positivity encouraged him to see to it that helping charities will be an annual thing for his birthday. In fact, he is still looking for more outreach programs to take part in before he leaves for Europe for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. (GMA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 22, 2015.

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