Fans in general, tend to really push for reality even if we know that it is only for “reel.” We always hope that whatever onscreen romance our idols have, translates to real life – making the “kilig” even greater.
When Kalyeserye began there were a lot of talk whether Alden was just “acting” or if what he shows in TV was true. I myself blogged about this. Maine was vocal about having a crush on Alden so it was really a big question. Alden was a very quiet and reserved guy. He wasn’t showy or as funky as Maine was. They were a sudden hit, a phenomenon and the thought of it not being real became very touchy. They were a lot of comments, doubts, and bashing. Some went as far as saying that he was just using her for his career. I felt bad for him to be honest. There was so much pressure. And with everything happening so fast for them, you can’t help but wonder what’s goin on in his head. He was very vocal in saying that his priority was his family and his career. So it really can’t be denied that people were intrigued about what the real score was.
But in spite of all that Alden remained steadfast, elegant, courteous – a true gentleman. He handled the pressure like a pro. He took things one day at a time. He didn’t give in. He still offered each day to God and took baby steps. Even during the infamous “Japan trip” where it was like the entire Fandom was put to a test, he was great. People kept on hurling stuff at him but he was just honoring his commitments guys. Something that he had even before KS and yet people attacked him. But Alden? through the late nights, the exhaustion, he still made an effort for Maine. He vowed that he will come back and that he will make it up to Maine – which he did.
And as I have said, all throughout this endeavor, what made me like and respect Alden more was that he truly embodied the essence of a gentleman. He was a good role-model for all the boys, even the men. He would always make an effort. He always showed respect. And though Lola Nidora have given them liberty, he was not one to abuse it. He always acknowledged Aldubnation – always offering up his success to the fans. He had such a great work ethic. And Both he and Maine have not let the success get over their heads.
20 weeks have passed. So much has happened. And I am happy to say that I have seen Alden change. As Maine blossomed and embraced Showbiz, Alden has transitioned. Gone was the serious, reserved guy. What we see know is a jolly, no holds barred guy. He isn’t afraid to look goofy on camera. He isn’t ashamed to give out cheesy pick up lines nor is he frightened to wear his heart on his sleeve sometimes. His eyes would disappear cause his smile was effortless. He was like a new person. Some people say that Maine have rubbed on him. Some people said that he has finally fallen for her. Whatever the real reason is, I am happy for him because he finally opened himself more. People were just too excited. But this time, things happened at their own pace and watching it was a real joy.
As I watched today’s episode, I admired him even more. I saw how much he had respected Maine. Many times when two people get comfortable it changes. But for Alden, he never faltered. I saw how he protected her. Yes people would tease that, “Hey, he has his arm around her!” But look closely. He did that to shelter her from the screaming fans. “Hey he’s hugging her!” but it was because he appreciated her or wanted to comfort her. Another would comment, “Look they’re holding hands!” But if you do a replay it would be Maine that was leading on and he just followed her. People would say “He’s staring at her!” but his look was always of admiration and awe.
During the EKstreme Ride, he checked on her harness, asked how she was feeling. The way he hugged her when he saw how rattled she was. The way he helped her put her shoes on. Come on guys can you honestly tell me that this was an everyday thing that you experience haha peace! (My heart flipped when I watched. So jealous!) There was always a REAL concern and that was very honorable. If he was still just acting, why would he need to do these things? He wanted to make Maine feel special because she is. He gave her respect and importance. And love? Maybe that too 🙂
I hope guys would take a page from his book. Being a gentleman never goes out of style. The simple things like asking her if she wanted something to drink, or offering your jacket when she feels cold, or giving your arm as she takes a step to make sure she doesn’t fall down.. (reminds me of something hmmm haha). Sometimes it’s even as simple as respecting her and not being just all talk but living your words. It is treating her right. Being a gentleman doesn’t need having fancy clothes or giving expensive gifts nor does it entail being handsome. Being a gentleman is not only about chivalry but also about being honest and kind.
So to you Alden keep up the good work. Maine is truly a princess – a one of a kind girl and I applaud you for treating the way you do, cared for, respected, and valued. You also never cease to always put God in the middle of everything in your life. A real gentleman nowadays is a rare find. Don’t ever change ok? 🙂
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