Ethel Booba was expecting nothing more than a simple celebration for her 43rd birthday last December 17.
In fact, she hardly had any plan the day before. In a vlog uploaded on Ethel's YouTube channel, it was revealed she simply told her partner Jessie Salazar, "Isahan na lang para isang gastusan na lang."
Ethel, who is on her seventh month of pregnancy, was talking about announcing the gender of their baby and celebrating her birthday in one go.
But unknown to the birthday girl, his boyfriend had something grander up her sleeves.
In the vlog, Jessie's preamble was, "...di niya alam, kasi sabi niya sa akin, pag nag-uusap kami, di pa siya nag...di pa siya nag-aano...di pa siya nagchi-children's, parang children's party.
"Hindi niya naranasan nung bata siya, so yun, nagkuntsaba ako ng mga relatives saka mga kaibigan niya.
"So sana, maganda yung kalabasan."
The video segued to Ethel and Jessie talking inside a car.
He asked had she ever had a children's party when she was a kid.
The comedienne replied, "Walang mga ganun-ganun nga. Wala namang akong pang-contribute. Merong mga ano pa iyan, entrance fee."
Jessie threw in, "Hindi mo alam yun," then continued, "Nung mga six, seven, eight years old ka...hindi mo nasubukan?"
Ethel said, "Hindi. Wala."
Their conversation also revealed that Ethel, as a kid, sold plastic.
She recounted, "Oo, sa palengke. Saka bagoong, medyo malaki-laki na ako.
"Balut, nagtinda rin kami nun. Kami din ang kumain, nakakaloka."
The scenes leading to Jesse's surprise were caught on video. Here are the scenes as seen on video:
Ethel was led to a dark place, and climbed three floors.
But upon reaching the doorway, she is greeted by a "Happy Birthday Song."
(The venue turns out to be a fast-food restaurant, where people close to her led by her mom Emy Gabison waited for Ethel.)
Touched by Jessies's surprise, she is heard saying, "Oo, hindi pa ako nakaka-experience ng ganito."
In her speech in the short program, she thanks Jessie, "Salamat sa effort," then suddenly jokes, "Magkano kaya yung babayaran ko dito?"
Talking to Jessie, she says, "Walanghiya ka, may paganyan-ganyan ka pa."
The crowd laughs as Ethel continues to talk about the party expenses.
Turning to the party host, she asks, "Baka puwedeng i-sponsor na lang ito? Ano ba dito pag ano, bayad agad?"
The patry host answers, "Hindi, Ma'am, after po."
Ethel remarks, "Omigod. Kapa pala pinag-withdraw mo ako kanina...Ako pala ang na-surprise."
Jessie laughs and says, "Salbahe ka."
Then, he asks Ethel to prick the balloon he is holding.
On her second try, pink confettis fly out .
She jumps, while the crowd exclaims, "It's a girl!"