PEP EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) Annabelle Rama: “Kawawa ang mga anak ni Nadia.”

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Royal Artists Management Inc.—which is run by Annabelle Rama—has 25 talents, including Alyanna Asistio and Anykka Asistio. Of her 25 talents, 23 are "happing-happy," says the lady boss before adding, "Bakit lahat ng iba kong talents ay mahal na mahal naman ako?"


“Bakit ako inaano ng child abuse?”

In a phone interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday, April 20, Annabelle Rama talked about giving jobs to the daughters of Nadia Montenegro even if, initially, the former was hesitant to take them in as talents.

“Bakit hindi ma-appreciate yun?

“Kasi, nabasa ko dito sa PEP na kinakawawa ko anak [niya], hirap na hirap na sa manager nila…”

The Gutierrez matriarch runs the talent agency, Royal Artists Management Inc., which manages the careers of her children Ruffa, Richard, and Raymond.

Annabelle continued, “Bakit ang mina-manage ko 25 [talents], yung 23, haping-happy sa career nila?

“Nagkaroon sila ng sariling bahay, kotse. May trabaho sila ngayon. Nakabili sila ng lahat ng gusto nila.

“Bakit lahat ng iba kong talents ay mahal na mahal naman ako?

“Bakit siya [Nadia] reklamo nang reklamo?

“Bakit ba itong mga anak niya, hindi naman superstar anak niya, bakit magiging kawawa?”

WHO’S KAWAWA? In 2010, at the birthday celebration of Annabelle, Alyanna and Anykka Asistio were formally introduced as talents of Royal Artists.

The controversial talent manager claimed it was Nadia’s daughters who first approached her.

“Ang dami kong mina-manage, talagang hindi ko sila tatanggapin as talents kasi sa tingin ko, baka hindi ko mapasikat, baka hindi ko mabigyan ng trabaho.

“Pero ginawan ko lang ng paraan para lang talaga mabigyan ng trabaho ang mga bata kasi gusto raw mag-aral ng mga bata.

“Gustong nilang makabili ng mga gamit. Bigyan daw nila ng pera yung mga Papa nila.

“So, yung mga bata ang kumausap sa akin kaya tinanggap ko.”

Annabelle was able to score a contract for the two young ladies with TV5.

Things were going well until Nadia—the talent manager alleged—began pointing out a few things.

The wife of Eddie related, “Yung tungkol sa reklamo niya, ito yun.

“Pag nagsasayaw ang anak niya sa show, bigla siyang nagwawala agad, na bakit ang anak ko katabi ni ganyan, bakit ganito, bakit ganyan?

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“Sabi ko, ‘Alam mo, Nadia. Yung anak mo, hindi sikat. Magpasalamat tayo na naihahanay siya dun sa mga Alex Gonzaga…’

“Magpasalamat ka kako na naisali dun anak niya. Huwag na siyang magreklamo. Gusto niyang maging starring, makita sa front…

“'Hindi pa naman mabangong pangalan niyan, e,’ sabi ko.

“Yun kami nagka-diskusyon.

“Kasi, ‘You have to accept it, ang anak mo, wala pang pangalan. Nag-uumpisa pa lang iyan.'

“So yung umpisa, puro extra, puro extra, background nina ganito, background nina ganyan, mga sikat na artista—siyempre, maiintindihan ko yung mga ganyan, di ba?”

Another matter they discussed: “Yung kinikita ng mga bata.”

“Ang sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Nadia, puwede ba ibigay mo sa kanila? Kasi kawawa yung mga bata, nagreklamo sa akin, na kung magte-taping daw sila, ang mga baon lang daw, 500 [pesos] lang.

“Kinakausap ko siya kaya nagtampo iyan [Nadia] sa akin.”

She also revealed that Nadia’s eldest allegedly asked Annabelle’s secretary to help her open a bank account.

“Nagpasama si Ynna sa sekretarya ko mag-open ng account. Ang kalahati, nilalagay niya sa account na sarili niya, ang kalahati, sa account nila ni Nadia.

“Si Alyanna, umiyak iyan, tumatawag sa akin, hihiram siya ng pera…”

“Hindi alam ni Nadia yung ginagawa ng anak niya dahil takot lahat sa kanya.”

Now, Annabelle cannot understand why she’s being slapped with charges of child abuse when “yung sa dalawang bata, pinapatrabaho niya, siya ang kumukuha ng pera nila…

“Kawawa ang mga anak ni Nadia.

“Pero pinapalabas niya, kawawang mga anak niya.

“Pinapalabas niya sa lahat, sa ano, sa buong bayan, napakasama kong tao, kinakawawa yung mga anak niya.”

DAISY ROMUALDEZ. Annabelle believes that Nadia is not alone in her battle.

“Silang dalawa ni Daisy Romualdez ang nagplano nito, e…

“Pero nung tinanong ko si Danita [Paner], si Danita nag-deny sa ‘kin.

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“Sabi niya, ‘Hindi ako sumusuway sa ‘yo, ha, kasi nasama akong princess sa TV5. Nung pumasok ako sa showbiz, tatlo agad show ko, Tita. Akong mag-renew sa iyo…’

Daisy—according to Annabelle—was supposed to file a complaint against her, and has been giving advice to Nadia.

Annabelle claimed she has a witness who overheard Daisy and Nadia talking about the “taong-bayan na mag-ano sa kanya [Annabelle],” and with former advising the latter, “Magsuot ka ng puti, puro luha, puro anak, puro anak” during hearings.

She sounded sure when she said, “Pinagtutulungan ako ng dalawang iyan, e.”

At present, Annabelle still stands as the talent manager of the kids involved.

“Napakasama kong tao… Itigil na daw… Ba’t ako titigil? Wala naman akong ginagawa sa anak niya, ano’ng ititigil dun?

“Ako ang naghanap ng trabaho sa kanila, ba’t ako tatanggalan ng komisyon ko?” she said.

Other than the fact that the two are still bound to a contract, Annabelle said, “Hindi ako nag-umpisa ng away.”

THE LAWYERS’ STATEMENT. Meanwhile, the Calleja Law Office—the firm representing Annabelle—issued a statement yesterday, April 20, asserting that “there was no child abuse.”

Atty. Connie Aquino and Atty. Howard Calleja wrote:

With regard to the recent resolution of the Quezon City fiscal’s office to dismiss the charge for child abuse filed by Ms. Montenegro against our client Ms. Anabel Rama, we abide by the Honorable prosecutor’s decision and welcome their ruling specifically on the child abuse charge , as it clearly reflects our client’s innocence in the said matter.

With regard to Ms. Montenegro’s statement that she intends to present new witnesses—that is well within her right or prerogative to do whatever pleases her. But again it must be reiterated that it is not the number of witnesses that matter in the end but only the truth. And the truth has already prevailed that there was no child abuse.

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As clearly stated in the resolution, our client as talent manager is only tasked with the duty to procure assignments and projects for Ms. Montenegro’s children , but decision making as to whether to accept these projects or to make them work for certain hours is still lodged with Ms. Montenegro.

All other allegations that she made in her statements which are unsupported by any evidence are all baseless and hearsay.

With regard to the libel cases still pending, it is likewise our client’s right to file the proper motion for reconsideration with regard to the said cases; However, we would like to reiterate that the said libel charges are merely an offshoot of the principal case for child abuse. And now that the principal case has been dismissed, we are confident that these charges will likewise be eventually dismissed.


The site has already scheduled an interview with Nadia this coming week.

It has also sent word to Daisy through her daughter Danita. PEP is open to publishing whatever statement she may have.


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