Grade-school memories and stand fans make Barbie Forteza's 20th birthday memorable

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How Barbie Forteza will celebrate her 20th birthday on July 31: "Basta ayoko mag-stay sa bahay kasi parang buong taon parang nasa bahay lang kami, kahit Pasko nasa bahay lang kami."


Barbie Forteza celebrated her 20th birthday by 'giving back' to the place where she had her "best childhood memory."

Her actual birthday is on July 31, but she decided to have an early celebration at Pagkakaisa Elementary School in Biñan City, Laguna, on Thursday, July 20.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and GMA News, the Kapuso actress related, "Kasi dito po ako nag-elementary talaga, sa Pagkakaisa Elementary School, mula grade 1 hanggang grade 4.

"Bago ako magsimulang mag-commercials, dito talaga ako.

"Naalala ko pa, dito pa rin nagtuturo yung mga teachers ko dati, yung mga advisers ko.

"Sobrang saya, isa ako sa kanila [mga estudyante] dati."


BIRTHDAY CHARITY. The Meant To Be actress marked her "alumni homecoming" with a special gift to her schoolmates.

Barbie said, "Naalala ko yung sarili ko nung bata ako so sabi ko, gusto kong bumalik ulit.

"Siyempre, hindi naman ako pwedeng pumunta dito nang basta basta, di ba?

"Actually, last year ko pa plano kaso ang ginawa ko, yung budget para last year, inipon ko para this year.

"Para maraming mabigyan kasi alam kong maraming classroom kaya ayun, napagbigyan ako ng Artist Center," referring to GMA Artist Center, which has been managing her career for about seven years now.

Barbie donated 26 stand fans.

The Sunday PinaSaya star explained, "Sa isang classroom, sa isang maliit na classroom, dalawa lang yung electric fan namin.

"E, ilan kami, 70 na pupils. Sobrang init, sobrang siksikan kami.

"'Tapos yung upuan namin nun, kasya tatlo pero since ang dami namin, pinagkakasya namin lima sa isang mahabang bench.

"So ngayon, naisipan namin ng Artist Center at ng mga sponsors ko, na mag-donate ng 26 na stand fan sa mga classroom."

 

GRADE-SCHOOL MEMORIES. During the short program, the 19-year-old actress recalled some of her fondest memories as a pupil.

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"Nagkaroon kami dito ng Halloween Ball, pero di talaga kami nagha-Halloween. October lang kasi siya ginawa.

"Pero as in, sound system lang kami 'tapos wala 'tong bubong dati, open lang 'yan," referring to the venue.

She resumed, "'Tapos puro alikabok, sayawan kami nang sayawan. Ten pesos lang ang entrance nun 'tapos may libreng juice, yun lang.

"Mula uwian, party kami diyan hanggang ala-siyete ng gabi."

Barbie was also happy to see her former teachers including Ms. Merly Emma, her class adviser when she was in grade 2.

She quipped, "Wala silang pinagbago at saka lahat sila, tuwang-tuwang makita ako. Hindi nila maalalang binagsak nila ako dati.

"Nung grade 2 ako, kay Ma'am Emma, dun ako nag-top 9, pero grade 1 hanggang grade 4, lagi akong noisy.

"At saka, andito yung best childhood memory ko, nung elementary ako.

"Kasi after nito, nag-commercials na, nag-artista na ako so naging ano na... naging pang-matanda na yung buhay ko.

"Ito talaga yung best childhood memory ko."


BIRTHDAY. For her birthday wish, Barbie mentioned her planned trip to the U.S. this August.

She said, "Siguro ano, finally matupad yung trip ko sa America kasama yung kapatid ko.

"Kasi gusto ko bisitahin yung kapatid ko dun so sana walang maging conflict sa schedule ko."

Barbie also wished for a follow-up project after the successful run of her previous primetime drama series.

"Sana masundan agad yung Meant To Be, sana magkaroon ulit ako ng follow-up project.

"And ayun, thankful ako sa pagiging successful ng Sunday PinaSaya, sa 'ming second anniversary." 

Is she going to have another celebration on the 31st?

The actress said, "Kung wala akong gagawin sa mismong birthday ko, gusto kong mag-road trip kasama ang family ko.

"Siguro punta kami somewhere sa north or dito sa Biñan, maiba lang, makasama namin yung mga kamag-anak namin.

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"Basta ayoko mag-stay sa bahay kasi parang buong taon parang nasa bahay lang kami, kahit Pasko nasa bahay lang kami."

"So gusto ko sa birthday ko, mag-ikot-ikot naman kami."


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