Barbie Forteza was blown away when she entered the ballroom of Luxent Hotel in Quezon City on the afternoon of August 1.
The young Kapuso actress had no idea that she was going to attend her own spa-themed party, which her management team from GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) had prepared for her 16th birthday.
“Sobra, wala talaga akong alam na may ganito!” she exclaimed as she made her way to the small stage, greeting her guests and fans along the way.
“Ang sabi sa akin may pupuntahan daw na event, parang client presentation, para sa GMA-7.
“Iyon pala ito and dadatnan ko. Grabe, wala akong kaalam-alam talaga. Sobra, sobrang na-surprise niyo talaga ako. Thank you, thank you sa inyong lahat.”
Her actual birthday was on July 31, which she got to spend with her family, together with her “best friend” and onscreen partner Derrick Monasterio, having an intimate dinner to cap the day off.
“Lumabas lang po kami nila Mama, nila Papa. Family lang tapos si Derrick,” she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media in an interview during the party.
MORE BIRTHDAY SURPRISES. Barbie, who is touted as one of GMA-7’s biggest teen stars, never had a big bash for her birthday. That gave GMAAC’s David Fabros an idea to do something extra special for their “baby girl.”
As part of their birthday surprise for the actress, David and fellow GMAAC executive Simoun Ferrer announced that there will be another party for the young actress at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.
“Last year, doon na po ako nag-spend ng birthday ko sa Philippine Children’s hospital kaya gusto ko sana iyon iyong gawin ko every year, na doon na ako mag-spend ng birthday ko every year.
“Para kasi ano, e, noong last year, noong doon ko ginawa iyong birthday ko, sobrang natuwa talaga ako sa mga bata na parang kahit meron silang mga sakit na-appreciate nila.
“Feeling ko kahit sa dalawang oras na iyon, nakalimutan nila na may sakit sila.”
David and Simoun also revealed that Barbie will soon be launched as the newest ambassador of the Haribon Foundation, a non-government organization focused on protecting the environment.
When asked how she feels about the news, Barbie exclaimed, “Ngayon ko lang din po nalaman na gagawin nila akong ambassador, pero thankful ako sa Haribon dahil hindi ko talaga alam na iyon ang ibibigay ninyong gift sa akin.
“Napakagandang gift na makapag-serve ako sa environment natin. Iyon iyong pinakamagandang gift na hindi lang para sa akin, para din sa ibang tao.”