There was a time perhaps, when the first known fact one has about actor Alden Richards is that he was one half of the iconic love pairing Al-Dub, with fellow TV personality Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza. While the sheer brand recognition power the tandem got from what started out as a mere impromptu team-up on the GMA7 noontime variety show “Eat! Bulaga” was a big boon to their careers both Alden and Maine have also managed to strike out as individuals. Richards particularly just came off from a blockbuster pairing with Kapamilya star Kathryn Bernardo in “Hello, Love, Goodbye.” Now the actor just got major award props from South Korea.
As GMA News tells it, Alden Richards just added to his overseas accolades when he won the Asian Star Prize in the 2019 Seoul International Drama Awards. The awarding ceremony was held at Kyung Hee University in the South Korean capital on Wednesday, August 28. As the East Asian country is increasingly popular for its export of popular entertainment including TV dramas, in return the SDA awards are the South Korean entertainment industry’s own kudos to the best in TV drama productions around the world.
With regards to what Alden won in Seoul this Wednesday, the Asian Star Prize is a non-competition honor that is given for worldwide TV production excellence outside of the nominated TV series for other categories in the Seoul International Drama Awards. This year the prize was awarded to two TV personalities, with Alden Richards winning alongside Japanese actor Miura Haruma, who figured in several J-dramas and films based on popular manga series like “Gokusen” and “Kimi ni Todoke.” For his part, Alden remarked on the special nature of his Asian Star Prize, seeing as he received it on the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and South Korea.
“It’s such an honor to receive this award,” stated Alden Richards on his acceptance speech. “Being a Filipino, I am humbled and grateful to be recognized in the international scene, along with so many amazing and talented artists.” As of this occasion, Richards has joined the ranks of fellow Filipino stars Dennis Trillo and Gabby Concepcion as winners of the SDA Asian Star Prize. “As actors, it is always our hope to make more people happy and inspire them with our passion. Kamsahamnida!” said Alden to cap off his speech.
Aside from his new Asian Star Prize award, Richards has also had the honor of receiving a Silver Medal from the 2017 New York Festivals, for excellence in acting as part of the martial law docu-drama special “Alaala” on GMA7.
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