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How KathDen’s ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ saved Alden Richards

  • Alden Richards’ career was “saved” by the film Hello, Love, Goodbye
  • Hello, Love, Goodbye is still raking in millions at the cinemas
  • Alden has been hailed as the newest Box Office King

Alden Richards is one of the most talked-about showbiz personalities nowadays. After starring in the Cathy Garcia-Molina film Hello, Love, Goodbye, he has gained a lot more attention from the online world since then.

Many believed that the Kapuso actor was “saved” by the blockbuster film along with his fresh team up with ABS-CBN’s Box Office Queen Kathryn Bernardo.

As of August 24, KathDen’s Star Cinema film has now grossed more than P800 million worldwide almost a month after it opened last July 31.

It is now poised to surpass the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, The Hows of Us, which also stars Kathryn and her reel and real-life partner Daniel Padilla. It earned more than P900 million combined from local and worldwide earnings.

Hello, Love, Goodbye might be just days away from breaking that record and many are now claiming that Alden is the new Box Office King.

Before reaching this overwhelming success, Alden had faced ups and downs during the past years of his career. He was first known as the love team partner of Maine Mendoza in a tandem dubbed as AlDub. They were hailed as a phenomenal love team at the peak of their popularity and were followed by legions of fans. But this did not save their first-ever teleserye Destined To Be Yours from being a flop. It earned low ratings and negative reviews from fans.

In 2018, he made his teleserye comeback through the action-fantasy series Victor Magtanggol. Sadly, the series led Alden to hit the rock bottom of his career as it received the worst reviews from critics and bad feedback from viewers. Alden and the show even became the subject of mockery online, usually criticizing the show’s poor animations and epic fails.

Victor Magtanggol was pitted against the top-rating Kapamilya show FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano which further affected its ratings. The series was rumored to be cut short because of this, but Alden denied this rumors.

Earlier this year, Alden and Maine decided to go on separate career paths to make solo projects. The two still host Eat Bulaga together but won’t be pursuing other projects together.

After his three years of hiatus on the big screen, Alden became part of the mega-hit movie Hello, Love, Goodbye. Playing the role of Ethan in the OFW love story, Alden has been capturing millions of hearts in the cinemas and receiving praises from critics and several personalities.


Director Olivia Lamasan, the head of ABS-CBN’s Creative Department, had expressed her amazement for the actor for being “one of a kind”.

“He is naturally good-natured, talagang mabait,” said the director. “It’s my first time to meet an actor who is eternally grateful. He texts me ‘thank you’ every day. One of a kind talaga.”

Direk Cathy also flaterred him by saying she saw her favorite actor John Lloyd Cruz in Alden in him in this movie.

“Without ano to the John Lloyd fans ha, hindi ko kino-compare pero alam niyo naman na ang aking (batayan) ng actingan ay ang aking panganay na si John Lloyd. Merong mga portions na nakikita ko si Lloydie sa kanya. Meron siyang mga bitaw ng linya na ‘parang si Idan ha.’ Meron siyang bitaw na parang natural. At hindi lang ako nakapansin pati staff ko,” the Blockbuster Director said.

Election lawyer Romy Macalintal was also one of those impressed by the movie.

“OFWs and their families should watch this movie for them to fully realize and feel the sacrifices and hardship experienced by our OFWs to earn, not just for themselves, but for their relatives — mommy, daddy, kuya, ate — with whom OFWs want to share their earnings,” Romy texted Funfare, adding, “The producer of HLG should better start writing and shooting HLG Part 2. My wife Mila and I watched the very entertaining sweet movie and overheard many movie fans, including some nuns in our place, that ‘ang lungkot naman ng ending dapat merong Part 2 agad.’ Then I heard somebody quipped, ‘Baka naman magkita si Joy (Kathryn) at Daniel Padilla sa Canada, tiyak purnada o loser na naman si Ethan (Alden).’ Ang lakas ng tawa namin ni Mila as we look forward to more wholesome movie like HLG,” he said.

Alden and Kathryn recently flew to U.A.E. for Middle Eastern Premiere and special screenings of the hit movie.

The movie is currently having international screenings in several countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea. Hello, Love, Goodbye is also the first Filipino movie screened in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.





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