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Alden: ‘Working with Bea is good pressure’

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Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards is confident they were able to meet the expectations of the public with regards to the quality and content of the Philippines version of “Start-Up.” Even if he was unable to watch any of the playback when they were taping the show, Alden said they have a good show based on the audience reaction to the trailer of “Start-Up.”

“We have something that we are very proud of. We cannot blame the fans who have high expectations for the show since they fell in love with the Korean version of ‘Start-Up.’ For them what is important is their love for the Korean show. And they would want to see that the Pinoy version of ‘Start-Up’ is worth their while,” said Alden at the media conference of “Start-Up” held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Cinema 2 of Robinson’s Galleria.

Alden also added that is it also timely for the Philippines to have its own version of Sandbox. “Sandbox is a tool for people who have dreams, for them to have a backbone. We can dream big but we need people who can help us and guide our paths so we can put into action our dreams. Sandbox is a good tool for Filipinos who aspire to be somebody who can help and guide them to fulfill their dreams,” the award-winning actor shared.

Alden first worked with Bea Alonzo in an endorsement shoot in Bangkok. He was very vocal that he is a fan of the tandem of Bea and John Lloyd Cruz and it’s his dream to work with Bea in a project.

“Just like ‘Start-Up’, dreams become a reality. You get what you wish for. Working with Bea in ‘Start-Up’ puts good pressure on me. I never had a scene in Bea where she didn’t know her lines by heart,” said the Kapuso actor.

“With the way she handled her scenes, I can’t afford to take it easy. I have to give my best always. Bea showed great effort and gave her 100 percent in every scene, in every taping day. I have to match her energy and enthusiasm.”

Alden describes Bea as “fun to be with.” When they first worked together in Bangkok, they talked for four hours straight yet they didn’t run out of topics to discuss.

“I am very happy, same with the whole cast of ‘Start-Up’, for the opportunity to work with Bea.”

“Start-Up” premieres on GMA Telebabad on Monday, Sept. 26.


The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino announced the nominees for the 45th Gawad Urian.

Vying for Best Picture are “Big Night”, “Ang Historya ni Ha”, “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon”, “On The Job: The Missing 8”, and “Walang Kasarian ang Digmang Bayan.”

For Best Director, the finalists are Joselito Altarejos (“Walang Kasarian ang Digmang Bayan”), Lav Diaz (“Ang Historya ni Ha”), Lawrence Fajardo (“A Hard Day”), Carlo Francisco Manatad (“Kun Maupay Man It Panahon”), Erik Matti (“On The Job: The Missing 8”) and Jun Robles Lana (“Big Night!”).

Leading the list of Best Actress contenders are Charo Santos-Concio, (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon), Donna Cariaga (Rabid), Elora Espano (Love and Pain in Between Refrains), Kim Molina (Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending) and Yen Santos (A Faraway Land).

The Best Actor trophy is being contested by John Arcilla (On The Job; The Missing 8), Christian Bables (Big Night!), Paolo Contis (A Faraway Land), John Lloyd Cruz (Ang Historya ni Ha), Dingdong Dantes (A Hard Day), Francis Magundayao (Tenement 66), and Shogen (Gensan Punch).

The Best Supporting Actress contenders are Dolly de Leon (Ang Historya ni Ha), Lotlot de Leon (On The Job: The Missing 8), Eugene Domingo (Big Night!), Jay Valencia Glorioso (Rabid), Mae Paner (Ang Historya ni Ha), and Shella Mae Romualdo (Arisaka).

For the Best Supporting Actor category, the list include John Arcilla (Big Night! and A Hard Day), Ronnie Lazaro (Gensan Punch), Sandino Martin (Walang Kasarian ang Digmang Pambayan), Dante Rivero (On The Job: The Missing 8), and Dennis Trillo (On The Job: The Missing 8).

Ang Manunuri is the oldest critics group in the country and gives out the Gawad Urian annualy. Its members are Gary Devilles (Chair), Shirley Lua, Gigi Alfonso, Laurence Marvin Castillo, Butch Francisco, Mike Rapatan, Anne Frances Sangil, Nic Tiongson, Roland Tolentino, and Tito Genova Valiente.

The awards night, to be done online, will be held on October 27.

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