Alden Richards is one of the fast rising actors and models in the Philippines. He is well-known for his playful portrayal of a romantic gentleman in the GMA Network noontime show Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye segment.
Real Name: Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr.
Nickname: Alden, RJ, Chard, Tisoy
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Father: Richard Peralta Faulkerson, Sr. from Manila
Mother: Rosario Reyes from Pampanga
Siblings: 1 brother and 1 sister
Height: 1.8 m (5’11”)
School: Paco Catholic School in Manila
High School: Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima High School
College: De La Salle Canlubang in Biñan City, Laguna.
Course: Business Administration
Alden does not have any girlfriend. His loveteam with Maine Mendoza is only for the show but they are not in a romantic relationship, at least for now. In an interview with the Inquirer newspaper, he revealed that his priority is helping his family secure a brighter future. When the time comes, he is hoping to have a girlfriend who is undertanding and supportive.
Before joining the world of showbiz, Alden participated in the local male beauty pageant in his hometown. He won as Mr. Santa Rosa (Ginoong Sta Rosa) in 2009 and went on to compete in the provincial level (Ginoong Laguna 2010) but he did not win. His mother encouraged him to become an actor though he wanted to become a pilot.
When his mother died in 2008, Alden did not want to disappoint her so he auditioned to join GMA’StarStruck 5 in 2009 and ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010 reality shows but he was rejected in both shows. Undaunted, he auditioned again for a role in the soon-to-be-launched GMA drama Alakdana. This time lady luck was kinder to him and he got the leading man role opposite Louise de los Reyes. From that time on, there was no looking back. He worked hard and got good reviews for his performance. Many more TV and film projects followed and as he became famous, he also got many product endorsements.
Alden appeared for the first time on television via Alakdana which was aired in 2011. That same year, he also starred in two other programs: Reel Love Presents: Tween Hearts and Spooky Nights. Since 2015, he became a regular performer in the daily Eat Bulaga and Sunday Pinasaya. In 2017, he appeared for the first time opposite his love team partner Maine Mendoza in a drama series entitled Destined to be Yours. So far, Alden has already performed in more than 35 television shows.
Alden’s first movie project is Tween Academy: Class of 2012 directed by Mark Reyes. It was followed by “The Road” where he played the teenage serial killer. In total, Alden got 11 movie projects, the last one was Meant To Beh released in 2017.
In 2011, Alden received the Golden Screen TV Award for his breakthrough performance in the drama Alakdana. for the same show, he was given the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award by the 59th FAMAS Awards and the Amazing Male Newcomer by the 1st every Yahoo! OMG award. To date, Alden already brought home more than 50 awards and nominations, the latest of which is the Male Recording Artist of the Year given by 49th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards.
Scandals and Controversies
There was this persistent rumor that Alden had a lovechild with a non-showbiz girl. He vehemently denied having fathered a child. In another incident at a mall, he was accused of leaving his fans in haste. He explained later that he did not want a commotion since there were so many people around.
Alden got a McDonald’s franchise and construction of the site is on-going. He hopes to open his fastfood restaurant by May, 2019. He had asked his sister to manage it while he is busy with his showbiz engagement.
See also: Top Actors from the Philippines
1. https://entertainment.inquirer.net/312915/for-2019-alden-wants-challenging-projects-and-a-love-life – retrieved 1-16-2019
2. imdb.com – retrieved 1-16-2019