In the newest chapter of Alden Richards’ and Maine Mendoza’s showbiz journey, they are whisked away by Mega magazine to faraway Morocco for a reinvention that is sure to cast a love spell on their fans.
By Apo Española. Photos by Ralph Mendoza, styling by Rex Atienza
There’s a concept in animation called the “uncanny valley”: as a character increases in human likeness, so do the feelings of familiarity and empathy towards it. Mapped out as a graph, that emotional response is a line on an upward trajectory. But the “uncanny valley” is the sharp dip that the line takes right before the point of ordinary human appearance: it represents the discomfort people feel towards a subject that appears almost—very close to, but not quite—real.
Nobody in PeopleAsia was surprised when Alden Richards (along with Maine Mendoza) was hailed as the “People’s Choice” awardee for this year. But everyone in the team was definitely ecstatic. After all, the newly crowned Prince of Noontime TV has finally come to claim his rightful place in the pages of the magazine.
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