ACTOR Alden Richards said he is in show business not to compete with anyone but with himself and to provide a better life for his family.
Three years since his debut project "Alakdana" on the Kapuso channel, things have changed for the better for the 22-year-old Pampanga native.
He recently worked opposite GMA Primetime Queen Marian Rivera in drama series "Carmela" and will co-host upcoming talent reality show "Bet ng Bayan" with Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez.
Aside from his well-received programs, Alden is now tagged by many as the Kapuso Primetime Prince, following the lead of Primetime King Dingdong Dantes.
In a recent interview with the actor, he said that he is happy that people get to appreciate his craft in the business, but he does not want fame and popularity to get to his head.
He is keen to remain humble and approachable, the same way he started in the industry.
"Hindi ako tumatanggap ng kung anong title. Hinahayaan ko na ang tao ang magsabi. Hindi ko pwedeng i-claim and wala akong karapatan," he said.
"Kung ano man yung narating ko ngayon ay dahil sa paghihiram ko din, sa sakripisyong ginawa ko din sa buhay ko. Lahat ng pag pupuyat, dugo't pawis, ito ang reward noon," he added.
Although he ended in the Top 60 of artista search "Starstruck" in 2009, which named Steven Silva and Sarah Lahbati as Ultimate Male and Female Survivors, Alden is currently biggest name of that batch and ahead of some of his contemporaries in the business.
With this comment relayed to him, Alden just smiled and said he's thankful that he was given another opportunity to prove himself in the entertainment industry. He said it pays to wait.
"Marunong ako maghintay. Hindi ako nagde-demand sa GMA dahil nagsisimula pa lang naman ako. Mas alam ng GMA kung ano ang ibibigay sa akin na project. Hindi ako mamimili kasi for me sign of weakness yun na pipiliin mo lang kung anong kaya mong gawin. Yung mga hindi ko nagagawa, yun ang gusto kong ma-experience tulad nitong 'Bet ng Bayan'.
He said the journey, which led him to where he is now is not a walk in the park. He sacrificed his education, decided not to commit to a romantic relationship, and spent less time with his family.
"Hindi ko napagpatuloy yung pag-aaral ko dahil sa time. Yung love life, hindi naman sa binibigyan, pero hindi ko siya priority ngayon and yung sa family ko, wala ng time halos, minsan wala na akong time sa sarili ko."
But the reward, according to Alden, is tenfold.
"Yung rewards naman yun after ng sacrifices, bawi naman. Naghahanap ako ngayon ng bagong bahay and apartment for negosyo, andiyan yung kotse, mag graduate yung sister ko next year and nakabili na ako ng farm."
The said farm is his 2.4 hectare land in Lemery, Batangas.
"Ngayon may mahogany doon. May manga din and langka. Ang family ko talaga ang nag advice sa akin na magandang investment and real estate and yun ang sinunod ko naman. Thankful talaga ako."
Asked if he gets tired with long hours of work and busy schedule, Alden replied: "Dumarating din ako sa time na pagod ka na. May dark times na feeling mo lahat against sa iyo and wala kang kakampi but dasal lang talaga. Prayers yung nakakapagpatatag sa akin and yung drive to improve our daily lives, yung sa family ko, to endure all the hardships in life para sa kanila.” (Sunnex)