In spite of various projects that continue to come his way, Alden Richards admits he has not been cushioned from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most celebrities and as a business owner, the GMA Network star is experiencing how the invisible enemy has taken a toll on various industries.
Alden talks about these matters in the documentary Lockdown: Food Diaries, produced by GMA Public Affairs and airing on 27 September.
The docu is a glimpse into the lives of workers in the food sector and highlights their courage and determination as they work to keep the supply chain running.
Lockdown: Food Diaries is Alden’s first project since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. The TV special was shot after Metro Manila was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Alden and the show’s production team had to deal with the challenges of shooting under MECQ, making sure that they followed all the protocols of taping on location.
The actor — recently named as the Department of Health’s (DoH) Anti-COVID-19 Awareness Campaign Ambassador — notes the new normal way of stepping out of the house: “Before COVID, we only had to secure things like wallet, bag and car key whenever we left the house. Now we are used to wearing a mask, a face shield and bringing alcohol to sanitize the hands.
In the docu, Alden discusses “quarantine-born” food items and looks at how the pandemic has made a dent on the food industry, taking note of how Filipino ingenuity always arises amid adversity.
Alden also takes viewers to his restaurant and shows them the changes he had to implement.
He says: “This is my quote every day: the only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.”