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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.

Oct 12, 2016

Alden Richards Made Ratings Of 'Encantadia' Soar Higher, Gets Diamond Record Award, To Host Asian TV Awards In Singapore Next Month

ALDEN RICHARDS just received a Diamond record award for his first album with GMA Records which sold 150,000 CD’s and includes the big hit “Wish I May”. Now, his new album, “Say It Again” with “Rescue Me” as the hit single, has also quickly turned gold, prompting Alden to post in his social media account: “Never in my life have I imagined that I’d record songs and release albums. This is more than what I asked for, sabi ko nun ‘Kahit mag-gold lang, kuntento na ako.’ Sometimes faith really does its magic for you when you believe. God really works in unimaginable ways.”

He’s also said to be the reason why the ratings of “Encantadia” suddenly soared after he started appearing in the telefantasya as a Mulawin. Although Alden remains humble and denies it, saying the show is really good that’s why it’s rating better. We won’t be surprised if GMA would now extend his stay in the show.

Now, Alden also holds the singular distinction of being the only Pinoy selected as one of the hosts of the 21st Asian Television Awards (ATA) to be held at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore on Dec. 2. He will be joining Malaysian-born actor Adrian Pang; TV personality Stephanie Carrington; and multi-lingual host Baki Zainal.

Some of the performers at the event are multiple Golden Melody Awards winner JJ Lin and international pop phenomenon Charli XCX. According to its official site, ATA was launched in 1996 and they have been recognizing excellence in programming, production and performance. The winners are determined by a panel with over 60 judges from different countries. The results are tabulated and audited by international auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The awards night will later be aired on December 11, 9.30 p.m. on GMA News TV.