It has become an annual tradition for some stars and showbiz personalities to reserve the second Wednesday of November for Malou Choa-Fagar, whose actual birthday is November 12.
Last night, November 13, Malou's well-wishers, especially those who needed a break from the daily grind, headed to the penthouse of Imperial Palace Suites on Timog cor. Tomas Morato Avenues, Quezon City.
It's that time of the year when stars, movie producers, TV executives, and entertainment writers let their hair down and chat like there's no tomorrow.
Maricel Soriano, former talent but still a good friend of the celebrator, was spotted chatting with GMA-7's vice president for entertainment. Could they be discussing a possible project?
Meanwhile, Christopher De Leon and Tirso Cruz III had the chance to catch up on each other's lives. They were eventually joined by Jose Manalo, who grinned and nodded at the remark of YES! magazine Managing Editor Anna Pingol, "Wow, levelling ha with two of the country's greatest actors."
Bibeth Orteza, Ali Sotto, Lyn Ynchausti, Sandy Andolong, and Pia Magalona—together with TV executives Redgie Magno and Gigi Santiago-Lara—were, at one time, seated at the same table. The popular topic that night was the Yolanda onslaught.
Talent manager Popoy Caritativo, a good friend of Tita Malou (as she is fondly called), also dropped by.
The "VIPs"—Susan Roces, Senator Grace Poe, Tony Tuviera, producer Marichu Maceda, and talent manager June Rufino—ensconced themselves in the function room.
Talent manager Dolor Guevarra was heard saying, "Malamig dito, e. Hindi maingay."
The "bagets" went about their own thing in a jamming session, which was opened by Allan K and Julia Clarete.
The two Eat Bulaga! co-hosts dished out "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and "Always."
Ciara Sotto, who came with husband Joe Oconer, also held the mic and sang Madonna's "Borderline" and "Crazy For You."
Bibeth's son Rafa—who is currently playing Rizzon in the local production of Grease The Musical—sang a solo, then a duet with Ciara and another with Julia.
Christopher and Sandy's son Gab rendered his version of "Englishman in New York," which was followed by "Wonderwall," in which he shared the stage with Raymond Gutierrez and Rap Fernandez.
Hosts Jun Nardo and Dondon Sermino quipped, "Wow, puro mga anak na ang ka-jamming ni Tita Malou ngayon." (Raymond is the son of Eddie Gutierrez and Annabell rama, while Rap is the son of the late Rudy Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino.)
So, when PEP had the chance to talk to Tita Malou, our question was, "What's your secret to looking young?"
She smiled, "I leave my stress in the office and I sleep long hours talaga."
When asked about her birthday wish, she quickly said, "help for typhoon Yolanda victims... Yung sa Tacloban, sana ma-resolve na ng gobyerno."
Her other well-wishers: Ryzza Mae Dizon, Ricky Davao, Phillip Salavador, Iza Calzado, Anjo Yllana, Roderick Paulate, John Lapus, Keempee de Leon, Ruel Bayani, Ruby Rodriguez, Steven Silva, Phillip Lazaro, Pancho Magno, Sam YG, and Butch Francisco.