IN PHOTOS: The people who made Gabbi Garcia's debut memorable

by Anj Sampayan
Dec 9, 2016
Gabbi Garcia promises to act more "ladylike" now that she is already 18 years old.
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Adding to the glamor and grandeur of Gabbi Garcia's 18th birthday celebration was her star-studded guest list.

Dubbed #SincerelyGabbi, the Kapuso star's special night held on December 6, four days after her actual birthday, was indeed memorable, thanks to these people who trooped to the Manila Marriott Hotel's grand ballroom.

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Jason delos Reyes did her makeup, while Mark Rosales was in charge of her hair.


Floral and event designer Teddy Manuel transformed Gabbi's debut venue into a modern Zen.

In a previous interview, the Kapuso actress said she wanted her theme to be "very minimalist."

Gabbi added, "So ayun, it's simple, it's sincere, it's something intimate."

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According to Teddy, the Encantadia star's tablescape had equadorian roses, viburnum, calla lilies, and pine leaves.


A toast with her parents and older sister Alex.

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Christian Bautista serenaded the debutante with one of his hits, "The Way You Look At Me."


Gabbi's second dance was her grandfather Vicente Lopez.

Also included in her 18 roses were...

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Pancho Magno, who is playing Hitano, one of the soldiers of Lireo's Kingdom in Encantadia.


Carlo Gonzales, who's playing the role of Muros in Encantadia.

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Rocco Nacino is playing Aquil in Encantadia.


Andre Paras, who reprised his dad Benjie Paras's role as Wahid in Encantadia.

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Christian Bautista returned to the stage as one of the 18 roses.


Fellow Sunday Pinasaya star Kim Last

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Gardo Verzosa worked with Gabbi in the 2015 show Let The Love Begin.


Rodjun Cruz, who is Paopao in Encantadia

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Avery Paraiso, who is playing Kahlil in Encantadia


Prince Villanueva starred in the defunct show InstaDAD with the debutante.

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Neil Ryan Sese is Asval in Encantadia


Tom Rodriguez also dropped by to be one of Gabbi's 18 roses.

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Half of the GabRu love team Ruru Madrid was Gabbi's 17th rose.

Though he wasn't her escort, the two were inseparable that evening.


Of course, the privilege of being Gabbi's last dance belonged to her dad, Vince Lopez.

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Ruru surprised the "lady of the night" with a song number.


Donita Rose was the night's host.

She was also one Gabbi's 18 candles...

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...which included Gabby Eigenmann.

The two became close on the set of weekly drama InstaDAD.


Fellow Encantadia stars (L-R) Glaiza de Castro, Sanya Lopez, and Kylie Padilla wished their co-star all the best.

The Sang'gres were also part of Gabbi's 18 candles.

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One of her 18 treasures was Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera who gave Gabbi a pair of shoes.

Marian, who plays Inang Reyna in Encantadia, came in a twinning "power suit" with her husband Dingdong Dantes.


The debutante showed her rocker side through this mash up of "Come Together" and "Royals" while playing the guitar.

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The debutante blowing her 18 candles.

The six-layer cake was courtesy of Honey Glaze Cakes.

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PHOTO/S: Anj Sampayan
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