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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 21, 2016

Alden Richards Joins 'Encantadia' As Lakan. Here's Hoping His Presence Will Help Boost The Ratings Of The Show

ALDEN RICHARDS is so lucky. For a non-professional singer, his album, “Wish I May”, has achieved 8 times Platinum according to GMA Records, who has found a real gold mine in him. Not even true singers have reached that kind of status. No wonder he is now all set to release his next album, “Say It Again”, on October 10. Its first single, “Rescue Me”, is now available and it’s fast becoming a favorite of radio listeners. Before this, Alden will hold his first show in London on October 2 as part of GMA Pinoy TV’s promo tour.

Last night, his fans who have long been clamoring to see him on a primetime show were pleased as his character, the winged Mulawin called Lakan, finally appeared in GMA-7’s primetime hit, “Encantadia”, as part of the new changes instituted in the show. Director Mark Reyes that the remake or retelling parts have ended and, starting this week, “Encantadia” will start its sequel of all new stories and characters.

Alden as Lakan will be an ally of the Sanggres in their fight against the villains, Glaiza de Castro as Pirena and John Arcilla as Hagorn. Will Alden’s added presence in “Encantadia” help to boost the show’s ratings? We will find when the next results of the ratings come out.

We’re told Alden’s part will be with the show for the next three weeks. After that, GMA will be preparing his own primetime soap opposite his reel and real life girlfriend, Maine Mendoza, geared for an early 2017 telecast. Meantime, you can still continue to watch their love team as hosts of “Eat Bulaga”.