Dolor Guevarra celebrated her 56th birthday on December 2 and gathered a roomful of VIPs at the Milky Way restaurant on Pasay Road, Makati City.
Tita Dolor, a formidable showbiz matriarch whose wards include Susan Roces, Eric Quizon, Carmina Villarroel, and Sheryl Cruz, hosted an intimate yet lavish dinner for her closest friends.
Mother Lily, who arrived with daughter Roselle Monteverde-Teo, was in a party mood and gaily quipped, "Wala bang dancing?" Tita Dolor replied, "Walang program-program. Kanina, may blowing of candles lang pero inunahan pa ako ng anak-anakan ko. Ang highlight ng birthday ko ay pagkain. Kain ka lang, Mother. Masarap lahat dito. Tikman mo [ang] hito at pansit. Iyong cake, decadent chocolate cake iyan, kaya kuha ka."
Senator Jinggoy Estrada came earlier that evening and turned the night livelier for Tita Dolor, who said, "Patawa siya nang patawa rito sa table at 'di naman kami matigil sa katatawa!" It is not generally known, but the son of former President Joseph Estrada is an engaging storyteller who has great timing.
Other personalities from the political arena who graced the birthday dinner were Congressman Chiz Escudero with wife Christine, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay, and Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco with wife Michelle. Not able to make it was Congressman Ronaldo Zamora, but he sent a huge bouquet of flowers, according to Tita Dolor's husband, Direk Boots Plata. Again, it is not generally known, but Dolor has become a friend to these opposition politicians because she has faithfully joined Susan Roces-Poe in many political get-togethers and rallies in the past.
Susan, the celebrator's most-prized talent and close friend, came with daughter Mary Grace Llamanzares and son-in-law Neil. She was among the first to arrive and the last to leave. The king of comedy Dolphy, diamond star Maricel Soriano, the livewire Gretchen Barretto, TV empress Korina Sanchez, and columnist Ricky Lo were also among the well-wishers. The latter was, at some point, in deep conversation with the high-profile oppositionist Chiz Escudero and guests looking in couldn't help but ask, "Are they talking about politics or showbiz?"
Other names in the guest list included Tita Dolor's fellow showbiz veterans Manay Ethel Ramos, Manay Lolit Solis, and businesswoman Shirley Kuan; local showbiz grand dames Manay Gina de Venecia, Marichu Maceda, and Armida Siguion-Reyna, who came with son Carlitos and daughter-in-law Bibeth Orteza; GMA-7 bigwigs Malou Choa-Fagar and Redgie Acuña-Magno, among others.
As it is in showbiz parties, where everyone knows everyone. The party was a lot of conversation, laughs, gossip, and feasting. And as everyone in showbiz knows, Tita Dolor is a fun birthday celebrant and an even more fun party host. On her 56th, she proved to be more of the same!