The poolside of Imperial Palace Suites vibrated with fun,laughter, singing, and dancing during the celebration of GMA-7 program managerRedgie Magno's 40-something birthday last night, January 7.
Only a few were invited, but all the guests surely knewhow to party. As soon as the jamming session was opened by multi-awarded actor RickyDavao with the English and Tagalog versions of "That's All," the frenzied atmosphere quickly set in.
The hilarious remarks of the hosts that evening, columnist-talent manager Jun Nardoand entertainment editor Dondon Sermino, had thesmall group roaring with laughter.
Among the showbiz personalities at the party were: RegalFilms' matriarch Lily Monteverde who greeted veteran actor Eddie Garcia with a bearhug, and GMA-7's women force headed by senior vice president for entertainmentWilma Galvante, with vice president for entertainment Marivin Arayata, assistantvice president for drama Lilybeth Rasonable, and assistant vice president foralternative productions Gigi Santiago-Lara.
Eat Bulaga!'s ladychief Malou Choa-Fagar, talent managers Douglas Quijano, Annabelle Rama, andManny Valera, and movie directors Chito Roño, Maryo J. delos Reyes, and MacAlejandre also joined in the fun.
The celebrator, who's behind the successful TV series of Kapuso network's primetime block, was personally greeted by SenatorJinggoy Estrada, who also attended her party last year; Tirso CruzIII, who came with his son Bodie and daughter Djanin; Yllana brothers Jomariand Anjo, with wife Jackie Manzano; Karla Estrada, who arrived solo; and ABS-CBN actor John Estrada, who brought his ladylove PriscillaMeirelles.
Latecomers were Bobby Andrews, who showed up with wifeBienne, and Richard Gomez.
Tita Redgie or Ms. Redgie, as she is called by mostcelebrities, was a picture of happiness and contentment.
Given the high ratings of the shows she handled—Mulawin (2004), Darna (2005), Asian Treasures(2007), Codename: Asero (2008),to name a few—the lady who began her career in television as a production assistanthas come a long way.
Ms. Redgie told PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal), "Passion ko na ito, alam mo...Ito yung legacy na iniwan sa akin ni HelenVela, na sa sobra kong mahal yung trabaho ko, mahirap i-admit pero minsan masnabibigyan ko ng priority yung work ko over my family..."
She used to be the executive producer of the Sunday afternoonprogram Loving Yours, Helen.
And even if the birthday girl spends more time on the set than at home,she's thankful that she's blessed with three wonderful kids: Pancho Angelo,Regine Noelle and Albert Gerald.
She related, "Thanks to God naman, na-raise ko naman ang mgaanak ko [nang maayos]. Dalawa na yung graduate ko, isa na lang, yung bunso ko...Asa single mom, [parang] ang hirap gawin, di ba? Pero yun ngang mga nasa showbiz-showbiz,they tell me na ‘dapat bigyan ka ng pedestal kasi mahirap yun...'
"Yun lang yungpasasalamat ko sa Diyos, kasi binigyan ako ng mga anak na hindi ako magkakaroonng problema. Even though I'm a working mom, siyempre, hindi ko mabigay yung 100 percentko sa family, and yet they understood."
She has a wonderful family, a good set of friends, a job sheloves. Does she still find the need for a birthday wish?
The program manager of TotoyBato, upcoming TV series of Robin Padilla, paused for a few seconds beforesaying, "For my family, good health. Yun number one, eh, good health. At saka secondary,related sa work...[sana] ma-settle ko yung mga ipo-produce na mga shows sa 2009. AndI work hard naman para maging successful ang lahat ng mga shows ko."
To that, her closest friends say, "Amen."