Jolina Magdangal gets 'apology' from Mark Escueta at her 40th birthday party

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Mark Escueta apologizes to Jolina Magdangal for all the "kasinungalingan" he had to make while organizing his wife's surprise party for her 40th birthday.


Jolina Magdangal was surprised by a belated celebration for her 40th birthday yesterday, November 7, at Cove Manila in Paranaque City.

Jolina's husband Mark Escueta, with the help of the actress-TV host's manager Perry Lansigan, mounted a 1990s-themed party.

Jolina turned 40 last November 6.

Jolina Magdangal is photographed beside her butterfly-themed five-tier cake.
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Up to the moment she entered the venue, Jolina had no idea she was attending her own party.

A surprised Jolina Magdangal entered Cove Manila, thinking that Mark brought her to a family dinner.
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She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters who came to her party, "Wala akong kakutob-kutob at all!"

Apparently, Mark told Jolina that they would be having a family dinner at Okada Manila.

"Merong dinner, merong dinner yung tita niya. Ngayon ko tuloy naiisip!

"Kasi nagba-vlog kami, e. E, gusto kong i-explain bakit kami nasa Okada.

"Sabi niya, huwag mo na lang sabihin kung bakit tayo nandito. Okay, pero wala akong ano.

"Pero sabi ko noong papasok na kami dito, sabi ko, 'Bakit ang lamig ng kamay mo?'

"Sabi niya, 'Ang lamig, e.' 'Ah, okay.'

"Wala talaga akong alam! Sabi ko pa kanina, 'Parang late na, di pa ba tayo bababa? Nagugutom na ako.' May mga ganun pa akong hanash!"

Jolina Magdangal got teary-eyed upon watching messages from some of her friends, together with her husband Mark Escueta, who was responsible for the surprise.
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This was the reason Mark apologized to Jolina when he gave his message to his wife.

He told Jolina, "For tonight, bukod sa 'Happy Birthday,' gusto ko lang mag-sorry sa lahat ng kasinungalingang sinabi ko in the past few weeks.

"Noong sinabi kong may meeting kami ng manager ng Rivermaya, ka-meeting ko si Perry. Noong sinabi kong magpapalipad ako sa Wildlife, ka-meeting ko uli si Perry at si Teena [Barretto, events planner] para sa party na ito. Sana na-surprise ka!"

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Jolina Magdangal poses for a photo with husband Mark Escueta after the program.
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When it was Jolina's turn to deliver her speech, she revealed her misgivings about mounting a huge celebration for her 40th birthday.

She said, "Hindi ko talaga naiisip na mag-party kasi natatakot ako, baka walang pumunta. Hindi ko alam paano ko iga-gather dahil yung iba hindi ko na nakakausap, hindi ko alam kung may time pa sila, and hindi ko alam paano ko sasabihin na, 'Uy, mag-party naman tayo.'

"Kasi minsan, sobrang busy ng lahat so wala talaga akong kakutob-kutob kasi hindi ko na inisip na magbi-big party."

Jolina then thought of starting to reconnect with good friends so that she can finally celebrate her 50th birthday with a huge party.

"Sabi ko nga kay Mark, siguro pag fifty na ako, mula ngayon na forty ako, talagang ire-reconnect ko na yung sarili ko doon sa mga friends, para pag fifty na, as in bongga na.

"Pero hindi na ako [yung] pagtungtong ng fifty na nandito kayo.

"Thank you sa time kasi alam ko yung time, hindi madali para sa mga ganito, and nabibigyan ng time pag mahal mo yung isang tao.

"And thank you sa pagmamahal kasi dito napapatunayan talaga kung sino yung mga totoong kaibigan at saka sino yung mga totoong nagmamahal sa iyo."

Jolina was visibly surprised by the party.
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Jolina's Daddy Jun gave her a bouquet of flowers.
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JOLINA'S GUESTS

After the short program, Jolina mingled with her close friends and workmates who made time for the party.

One of Jolina's guests was her perennial on-screen partner Marvin Agustin.

Jolina hoped that their plans of doing a reunion movie will finally materialize in 2019.

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Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal gave each other a hug.
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Were Marvin and Jolina already talking about their reunion movie?
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(L-R) Marvin and Jolina with the latter's manager Perry Lansigan
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Jolina's party was also attended by her past and present workmates in ABS-CBN: Magandang Buhay hosts Melai Cantiveros and Karla Estrada, Your Face Sounds Familiar contestants Nyoy Volante and Jay-R, and Jolina's Ang TV co-stars Lindsay Custodio and Nikki Valdez.

Magandang Buhay hosts Karla Estrada and Melai Cantiveros
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Karla Estrada wished that Jolina will have her life's "kaligayahan and katahimikan," while Melai Cantiveros said, "Ako ang wish ko sayo Momshie Jols is more milk to come and comeback concert!"
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(L-R) John "Sweet" Lapus, Nikki Valdez's husband Luis Garcia, Nikki, Jolina, Marvin, Melai and her baby Mela.
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Jolina was flanked by Ang TV co-star Lindsay Cusodio and husband Julius Caesar Platon.
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Nikki and Jolina have been friends for 25 years.
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Jay-R brought along his fiancée Mica Javier.
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Sweet and Marvin
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Jay-R, Nyoy Volante, Karla Estrada, and Mica Javier were joined by Jolina's non-showbiz friends.
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Jolina's "kapatid" from PPL Entertainment, Inc., the talent management company that manages her career, also came.

Kapamilya Ejay Falcon and Kapuso Angelika dela Cruz
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Max Collins and Sunshine Dizon had a good time chatting with each other at the party.
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Angelika, who worked with Jolina in Esperanza (1997-1999) and Mundo Mo'y Akin (2013), was one of the early birds.
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Mika dela Cruz with her Ate Jolina
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PPL artist Paul Salas was also at the party.
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After Jolina's Daddy Jun and Mommy Paulette thanked everyone who attended the surprise party, they gave their daughter a warm hug.

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What is Jolina's wish now that she's 40?

"Yung health, kasi sinasabi ko nga minsan, ang corny pakinggan yung sinasabi na, 'I wish you good health.'

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"Pero pagka pala parang sumasampa ka na sa may edad ka na, important na pala talaga yun.

"'Tapos minsan parang napapaisip ka, kung kailangan mo talagang pag-igihan or pag-ingatan yung health mo, totoo e. So yun lang yung iniingatan ko talaga."

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