ALDEN Richards is happy that GMA-7 has brought back the historical drama he did, “Ilustrado”, where he got to portray our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. You can watch it streaming on GMANetwork.com. The series has 20 episodes and won best drama series in the PMPC and Catholic Mass Media Awards. Alden himself won best drama actor in the Star Awards for TV.
The show has an all star-cast and supporting him are Kylie Padilla as Leonor Rivera, Eulza Valdez as his mom Teodora Alonzo, Solenn Heussaff as Nelly Bousted, Max Collins as Consuelo Ortiga, Jaclyn Jose as Conchita Monteverde, Glaiza de Castro as Gregoria de Jesus, Ricardo Cepeda as his father Francisco, Marco Alcaraz as his brother Paciano, Polo Ravales as Venchito Monteverde and many more.
“I’m really proud and honored that I was able to do this show and now, everyone can watch it streaming,” says Alden. “It’s a painless way to learn history. Nagpapasalamat ako sa GMA sa pagbibigay nila ng halaga sa kasaysayan, kasi naniniwala ako sa kasabihang ‘Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makararating sa paroroonan.’ Dito sa GMA, we give importance to history at gusto naming ipakilala sa mga susunod na henerasyon ng mga manonood ang katapangan at kadakilaan ng ating mga bayani. Dito sa GMA, hindi lang tayo proud to be Kapuso kundi proud to be a Filipino rin.”
Other historical shows that GMA Network has uploaded for streaming are “Amaya” with Marian Rivera, “Indio” with Bong Revilla, “Katipunan” with Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio and the docu-drama about martial law, “Alaala”, which won an award at the New York TV Festivals and also stars Alden Richards as activist writer Bonifacio Ilagan, supported by Gina Alajar, Bianca Umali and Rocco Nacino.
It may be the season of the corona pandemic that crippled the entertainment industry but Alden is one of the few fortunate stars who remains to be so busy. He’s seen on TV every day as host of “Eat Bulaga” and “All Out Sundays”. He also remains to be a much sought after endorser. His new TV commercial with Bea Alonzo has just come out and he now has four new more endorsements.
He’s also been chosen by the Dept. of Health to be their endorser for their BIDA Campaign against the corona virus. He says: “BIDA stands for B - bawal ang walang mask kapag lumalabas. Letter I - i-sanitize ang mga bagay at iwas hawak sa mga bagay sa labas. Letter D - dumistansiya ng one meter sa ibang tao and that's physical distancing na pino-promote naman talaga ng DOH ever since the COVID-19 started. Letter A - Access for the right information about the virus. Ang dali kasi ng access sa fake news ngayon, so it's really important for us to remember na we always have to rely on official institutions na makapag-announce ng mga bagay hinggil sa pagprotekta sa atin at 'yung laban natin sa COVID-19.”