One of showbiz industry's most well-loved personalities, Malou Choa-Fagar—SVP and COO of TAPE Inc. which produces Eat Bulaga!—celebrated her 52nd birthday last night, November 14, at the Penthouse of Imperial Palace Suites in Quezon City. It was the same venue where her 51st birthday party was held last year.
Ms. Malou's actual birthday was last November 12.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was there again, of course, to witness the celebration. Most of the celebrities we saw at Malou's birthday party last year were also present this year.
We shared the elevator ride with Roselle Monteverde-Teo, Direk Boots Plata, and Tirso Cruz III going up to the Penthouse of Imperial Palace Suites.
When we arrived at the party venue, we saw the birthday girl sharing a chitchat with some of her early wellwishers. We immediately spotted Mother Lily Monteverde, Pia Guanio sans boyfriend Vic Sotto, Amy Austria, Ian de Leon with brother Kenneth, director Chito Roño, talent manager Dolor Guevarra, GMA-7 Program Manager Redgie Magno, and PEP and YES! Editor-in-Chief Jo-Ann Maglipon.
Performing on stage was new bossa nova singer Sabrina, accompanied by a live band.
More guests arrived, among them: Pip's wife Lyn Ynchausti; Bobby Andrews and wife Bien Co; directors Maryo J. de los Reyes, Ruel Bayani, Mike Tuviera, and Carlitos Siguion-Reyna with wife Bibeth Orteza.
Also at the party were GMA Films executive Noel Ferrer, Ricky Davao, Gina Alajar, Pauleen Luna, Butch Francisco, Manny Valera, talent manager Alfie Lorenzo who arrived with young actor Prince Stefan, and some members of the entertainment press.
Although Julia Clarete was the last to arrive, she set the evening on fire despite the rain as she rendered rock songs to the delight of everyone.
Before her, those who jammed with the band were Pip, Ian, Ricky, Pauleen, Prince, Gina, and Pia who gamely obliged to the crowd's "heckling." Even PEP Managing Editor Karen Pagsolingan joined the fun, singing her favorite disco ditty, "Dancing Queen."
Malou, wearing a blue and white frock Dorothy Perkins, also took the stage with a "heartfelt" rendition of her favorite song, Dina Bonnevie's "Bakit Ba Ganyan?" According to some members of the Wednesday Group, the birthday girl had been singing that song for the last three birthday parties.
Aside from the music, food and booze made Malou's birthday party a total blast!