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Alden Richards shares takeaways from latest docu special

Actor Alden Richards has been on a roll lately with various projects coming his way. But this does not mean that the bankable star has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic himself. 

Like most celebrities and as a business owner, the Kapuso star experienced how this invisible enemy has taken a toll on various industries. This is why he can relate to his upcoming project with GMA Public Affairs. 

Alden also found inspiration from people who pivoted amid the pandemic. (Inset) ‘Lockdown Food Diaries’ is Alden’s first project since the lockdown that involved on-location shoots.
Alden also found inspiration from people who pivoted amid the pandemic. (below) ‘Lockdown Food Diaries’ is Alden’s first project since the lockdown that involved on-location shoots.
Airing on Sunday, Sept. 27, Lockdown: Food Diaries is a documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of various workers in the food sector and highlights their courage and determination as they put their safety on the line just to keep the supply chain running.

Lockdown: Food Diaries is Alden’s first project since the lockdown that involved on-location shoots. And since the special was shot after the metro was placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Alden and the show’s production team had to deal with the challenges of shooting, making sure that they follow all the protocols of taping on location.

The 28-year-old actor, who was recently named as Department of Health’s Anti-COVID-19 Awareness Campaign Ambassador, notes of everyone’s ‘new normal’ way of preparing to go out: “Before the pandemic, whenever we would leave the house sine-secure mga dadalhin ‘yung pitaka natin, bag, susi ng kotse. But now, face mask, face shield, and alcohol are already part of the things we carry with us.”

In the docu, Alden features quarantine food trends. From burnt cheesecake to ube cheesecake, and sushi bake, he samples these “quarantine-born” food items. But beyond taking a bite of these sumptuous food items, Alden looks at how the pandemic has made a dent on the food industry, taking note of how Filipino ingenuity arises amid adversity.

Being a restaurant owner and a food chain franchise owner, Alden also shares how his businesses suffered and how he adapted to the changes. 

“We had certain adjustments and scheduling. For us, we wanted to take care of our staff more than thinking of the income our restaurants generate. Kasi hindi naman po kami kikita kung hindi din dahil sa mga taong nagtatrabaho at naghihirap every day,” he says.

Alden takes viewers to his restaurant and shows them the changes they had to implement to deal with the new normal. These included making sure the area has foot mats, disinfection zones, logbook for contact tracing, checking of body temperature, providing guidelines to dine-in customers, and observing physical distancing.

In doing Lockdown: Food Diaries, Alden also found inspiration from people who pivoted amid the pandemic. He said these people have shown him how no one should let the pandemic dictate our lives but instead endeavor to push ourselves further so that we can rise above the situation.

Lockdown: Food Diaries airs on Sept. 27, 3:45 p.m. on GMA Network.

Topics: Alden Richards , Lockdown: Food Diaries , COVID-19 pandemic , GMA Public Affairs
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