But the scene-stealer was Rico J. Puno, who talked about two things that night — the rift between Willie and John Estrada, and his upcoming show on TV5.
Addressing Willie, he said: "Mahilig kang mang-away, inaway mo si John. Pero dahil mahilig kang mang-away, nagkaroon tuloy ako ng show sa Wil Productions."
The breakup of good friends John and Willie was witnessed by Willing Willie viewers last January 26.
When Willie found out that John had accepted the offer to host ABS-CBN's noontime show with Randy Santiago, the 50-year-old TV host became upset.
Feeling hurt and betrayed, Willie told John: "Magsolian na tayo ng kandila" and "Maghanap ka na ng ibang best man sa kasal mo!" (CLICK HERE to view video.)
THE WELL-WISHERS. At his birthday celebration, Willie hardly felt John's absence. The party was filled with supporters in and out of the business.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Manny Villar, and former Senator Ernesto Maceda were there. Former beauty queens Gloria Diaz and Ruffa Gutierrez, Kapamilya actor Gabby Concepcion, socialite Baby Arenas, veteran stars Eddie Gutierrez and Daisy Romualdez, Maxene Magalona and non-showbiz boyfriend, Vandolph and wife Jenny, and Rufa Mae Quinto were also present.
Talent manager Annabelle Rama brought her wards—Madrigal sisters Ehra and Michelle, who came with boyfriend Jon Hall, Raymond Gutierrez, Bubbles Paraiso, Carla Humphries, Danita Paner, and Nicole Anderson.
Likewise, talent manager Arnold Vegafria arrived with talents Jessa Zaragoza, Cheska Garcia, Cesca Litton, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Frank Garcia, and Mark Solis.
Sexbomb dancers' manager Joy Cancio also showed up, and even joined Anna Feliciano, the choreographer of WW.Girls, on the dance floor.
Quietly observing the festivities and—from time to time—chatting with his guests, Willie looked unbeaten, confident of weathering any storm.
Is his life complete?
"Hindi pa. Marami pang dapat gawin," he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
How about his love life?
"Hindi pa siya ready. Hurt pa siya," referring to his co-host Shalani.