Alden shares take­aways from lat­est docu spe­cial

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Alden Richards has been on a roll lately with var­i­ous projects com­ing his way. But this does not mean that the star has not been af­fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic him­self. Like most celebri­ties and as a busi­ness owner, he ex­pe­ri­enced how this in­vis­i­ble en­emy has taken a toll on var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

This is why Alden can re­late to his up­com­ing project with GMA Public Af­fairs. Air­ing 3:45 p.m. to­mor­row on GMA Net­work, “Lock­down: Food Diaries” is a doc­u­men­tary that of­fers a glimpse into the lives of work­ers in the food sec­tor and high­lights their courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion as they put their safety on the line just to keep the sup­ply chain run­ning.

“Lock­down: Food Diaries” is Alden’s first project since the lock­down that in­volved on-lo­ca­tion shoots. Since the spe­cial was shot af­ter the metro was placed un­der the mod­i­fied en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine (MECQ), Alden and the show’s pro­duc­tion team had to deal with the chal­lenges of shoot­ing, mak­ing sure that they fol­low all pro­to­cols of tap­ing on lo­ca­tion.

Alden, who was re­cently named as Depart­ment of Health’s Anti-COVID-19 Aware­ness Cam­paign Am­bas­sador, notes of ev­ery­one’s new nor­mal way of pre­par­ing to go out. “Dati noong wala pang COVID, ‘pag aalis ng ba­hay lagi lang nat­ing sine-se­cure mga dadal­hin ‘yung pitaka natin, bag, susi ng kotse. Ngayon, nasanay na tayo na may face mask, face shield, al­co­hol.”

In the docu, Alden fea­tures quar­an­tine food trends. From burnt cheese­cake to ube cheese­cake, and sushi bake, he sam­ples these quar­an­tine-born food items. But be­yond tak­ing a bite of these sump­tu­ous treats, Alden looks at how the pan­demic has made a dent on the food in­dus­try, tak­ing note of how Filipino in­ge­nu­ity arises amid ad­ver­sity.

Be­ing a restau­rant and food chain fran­chise owner, Alden also shares how his busi­nesses suf­fered and how he adapted to the changes.

“Nagka­roon lang ng cer­tain ad­just­ments and sched­ul­ing,” he says. “Kasi para sa amin, mas im­por­tante yung staff more than nung in­come ng mga restau­rants namin. Kasi hindi na­man po kami kikita kung hindi din dahil sa mga taong nag­ta­tra­baho at naghi­hi­rap ev­ery day.”

Alden takes view­ers to his restau­rant and shows them the changes they had to im­ple­ment to deal with the new nor­mal. These in­cluded mak­ing sure the area has foot mats, dis­in­fec­tion zones, log­book for con­tact trac­ing, check­ing of body tem­per­a­ture, pro­vid­ing guide­lines to dine-in cus­tomers, and ob­serv­ing phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing.

In do­ing “Lock­down: Food Diaries,” Alden also found in­spi­ra­tion from peo­ple who piv­oted amid the pan­demic. He said they have shown him how no one should let the pan­demic dic­tate our lives but in­stead en­deavor to push our­selves fur­ther so that we can rise above the sit­u­a­tion.

“Saludo po kami sa inyo at binibi­gyan ninyo kami ng in­spi­rasyon na huwag sumuko sa la­ban ng buhay ngayon. Dun ta­laga natin makikita na yung mga Pi­noy, hindi ta­laga ma-pride. Gagawin natin la­hat para mag-sur­vive, para maka­pag­sus­tento sa mga ma­hal natin sa buhay. Ako, ito yung quote ko ev­ery day: ‘The only dif­fer­ence be­tween a good day and a bad day is your at­ti­tude,” he says.


‘The School Nurse Files’ now stream­ing on Net­flix

Quirky fan­tasy se­ries “The School Nurse Files” pre­miered yes­ter­day on Net­flix. Ahn Eun-young (“Train to Bu­san” star Jung Yu-mi) is a school nurse who has spe­cial pow­ers to see su­per­nat­u­ral Jel­lies that are in­vis­i­ble to ev­ery­one else. She dis­cov­ers dis­turb­ing oc­cur­rences at her new school and solves these mys­ter­ies with the help of Clas­si­cal Chi­nese teacher Hong In-pyo (Nam Joo-hyuk).

The Jel­lies are in­vis­i­ble blobs of greed which are un­leashed when In-pyo ac­ci­den­tally breaks their con­tain­ment seal in the school base­ment. Eun-young faces the great­est chal­lenge of her life when she bat­tles these su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures. For­tu­nately, she dis­cov­ers that In-pyo has a spe­cial en­ergy that recharges her pow­ers and pro­tects her. With the help of the man who had been the cause as well as the cure, she wages war against the Jel­lies to de­fend the school and the stu­dents.

In-pyo is cu­ri­ous by na­ture and he read­ily steps into this fight to help. As the grand­son of the school founder, he is ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing it. There is hu­mor­ous ten­sion be­tween these two awk­ward char­ac­ters who are thrown to­gether by cir­cum­stance and must be­come a com­plete and ef­fi­cient jelly-fight­ing team in the process.


Eu­ge­nio ‘Gabby’ Lopez III re­signs as ABS-CBN Chair­man Emer­i­tus

Eu­ge­nio “Gabby” Lopez III ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion Thurs­day for per­sonal rea­sons as Chair­man Emer­i­tus and Direc­tor of ABS-CBN Cor­po­ra­tion. He also ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion as direc­tor of ABS-CBN Hold­ings Cor­po­ra­tion, Sky Vi­sion Cor­po­ra­tion, Sky Ca­ble Cor­po­ra­tion, First Philip­pine Hold­ings Cor­po­ra­tion, First Gen Cor­po­ra­tion, and Rock­well Land Cor­po­ra­tion ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

He ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the trust of the stock­hold­ers as well as to his co-direc­tors and se­nior man­age­ment for the priv­i­lege of hav­ing served with them over the years.

At the or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing held Sept. 24, the Board of Direc­tors of the Cor­po­ra­tion ac­cepted with re­gret the res­ig­na­tion of Lopez.

“We thank him for his ded­i­ca­tion and lead­er­ship in ex­pand­ing and trans­form­ing ABS-CBN be­yond tele­vi­sion through the years. Just like his fa­ther, Eu­ge­nio ‘Kap­i­tan Geny’ Lopez Jr., Gabby is a vi­sion­ary and a com­pas­sion­ate leader driven by his love for the Philip­pines and the Filipino peo­ple. He would al­ways tell the men and women of ABS-CBN that be­ing a part of the net­work is not a job, but a call­ing.”

“We re­spect his de­ci­sion, of­fer him our full sup­port, and ex­press our sin­cer­est grat­i­tude for the tra­di­tion of in­no­va­tion, na­tion­al­ism, and public ser­vice that he cul­ti­vated in the minds and hearts of all Ka­pam­ilyas, past and present. We shall con­tinue the jour­ney that he and his fa­ther be­gan as we re­main in the ser­vice of the Filipino.”

Also on Thurs­day, the Board of Direc­tors elected Mario Luza Bautista, 66, as Direc­tor of the Cor­po­ra­tion to fill the va­cancy cre­ated by the res­ig­na­tion of Lopez.

Bautista has served as the Gen­eral Coun­sel of the Com­pany and a mem­ber of the Board of Ad­vi­sors of the Com­pany since 2011. He is also a Board Ad­viser of First Philip­pine Hold­ings Cor­po­ra­tion, a Found­ing Part­ner of the Poblador Bautista and Reyes Law Of­fice, and has been its Man­ag­ing Part­ner since 1999.

He grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Arts De­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts from the Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity in 1975. Bautista ob­tained his Bach­e­lor of Laws De­gree from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines in 1979 and ranked sixth in the Bar Ex­ams that year.

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