Monday, October 2, 2017

Alden Richards Shares His Heartbreaking But Truly Inspiring Road to Success

Alden Richards was born Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr. on January 2, 1992 in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. He is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson, Sr. of Ermita, Manila and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga. He has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. Richards is of American descent through his paternal grandfather, whom he has never met personally.Growing up, Richards wanted to be a pilot.

He studied high school at Paco Catholic School in Paco, Manilaand Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima High School where he graduated. He studied but failed to finish a business administration degree at De La Salle Canlubang in BiƱan City, Laguna.

He tearfully recalled his humble beginnings: 

Walang wala ako noon..

Her mother Rosario, died of pneumonia in 2008. Her dying wish was for Alden to pursue an acting career. 

To support his family financially and to fulfill his mother's dream for him to be an actor, Richards decided to join various male beauty pageants in Laguna and worked as a part-time commercial model. 

He holds the titles Ginoong Sta Rosa 2009 and Ginoong Laguna 2010. He also tried to be in the reality television shows StarStruck and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010 but both auditions failed. He also appeared on a television commercial for a multivitamins product.

The second-floor of his brand new house holds a framed photo of Rosario which is placed on a side table and an urn that bears her ashes and a sketch of Rosario can be seen hanging on the wall as well.

Alden shared with YES! magazine that part of the reason his mom was cremated was because the family at the time of Rosario’s death couldn’t afford to bury her remains in the cemetery.

He could recall his dad Richard resigning from his job just so he could receive his separation pay, which the family later used to cover the funeral services for Rosario.

He only got his big break two years later when he was cast as Joma Perez in Alakdana. And from that point forward, the blessings and opportunity in his life continued to knock on his door up to this day.