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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.

Jun 6, 2018

Alden Richards Trains Hard For Action Scenes In His New Solo Show, 'Victor Magtanggol', An Action-Fantasy-Drama That Will Air On Primetime

ALDEN RICHARDS is understandably glad and excited with his new acting project, “Victor Magtanggol”, since his last one, “Destined to be Yours”, seems ages ago. But fans of his AlDub love team with Maine Mendoza are up against it. This is just to be expected as they don’t want Alden to be separated from Maine.

But what can they do? Maine herself has declared she doesn’t really want to do teleseryes and seems to be contented enough with her exposure in “Eat Bulaga”. The AlDub fans are now bashing any new leading lady who’d be paired with Alden.

They’re also are threatening to boycott Alden’s show, but who cares? They’ve already proven that they don’t really have that much of a clout when “Destined to be Yours” had to be terminated on the air as it’s not rating as well as expected. They’re all bark, but no bite, so Alden and his new leading ladies need not worry at all.

But who is Victor Magtanggol? Alden himself replies: “Si Victor Magtanggol ay isang simpleng tao na nabigyan ng isang extraordinaryong misyon sa buhay na masusukat ang lahat sa buhay niya: pagsubok sa pamilya, pagsubok bilang kapatid, pagsubok bilang kaibigan, lahat.”

Alden didn’t think twice accepting the project since he has been dreaming of doing something like this. “Natuwa ako at naexcite kasi yung puso ng character naramdaman ko agad nung binasa ko pa lang yung first week ng script,” he said.

Since the project is close to his heart, Alden is very involved in the story and is happy to collaborate with the creative team to make it relatable to viewers.

“The message that the show will deliver sa manonood is something very timely, talagang napapanahon, mapupulutan ng ispirasyon at kumbaga ay magiging aspirational.”

He also revealed that the program Victor Magtanggol is full of drama, action and adventure which mirrors the lives of every Filipino. But some quarters allege it’s just copied from “Pedro Penduko” which will be done as a movie by James Reid.

“That’s not true. Malayong-malayo ito roon. Nang binigay kasi sa akin ang ‘Victor Magtanggol’ and then diniscribe ang character niya, ang lakas ng koneksyon sa mga Pilipino. So yung mga Pilipino na may prinsipyo, yung pag inatasan mong gawin ang isang bagay ay paninindigan nila. Gusto natin kapag pinanoood ng mga Kapuso natin si Victor Magtanggol, they will see themselves in him. Maraming action scenes so I really worked out sa gym to prepare for this and also trained in parkour free running and obstacle course para mas maging maliksi ang movements ko.”