Jolina Magdangal, 40, admits asking herself: 'Important pa ba ako?'

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Jolina Magdangal admits how totally clueless she was about her surprise birthday bash, held last November 7, at Cove Manila in Okada Hotel.


Jolina Magdangal couldn't believe how she was feted such a lavish surprise party to celebrate her 40th birthday.

The star-studded affair was held on November 7, at Cove Manila in Okada Hotel.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked her: Was she really clueless about all the plans that her hubby Mark Escueta was hatching behind her back through all that time?

“Wala, wala, wala,” she confessed.

Jolina said she had no reason to suspect anything. After all, she didn't notice anything odd about Mark's behavior.

She narrated, “Mula noong plinano niya ito, regular lang ang kilos niya.

“Sanay ako sa kanya na buong araw, kahit nasa telepono siya kasi ang business niya, nasa telepono.

“Yung mga kausap niya, palaging nasa phone at wala talaga akong kakutub-kutob at all.”

THE PLAN

The original conspirators for the birthday surprise were Jolina's manager, Perry Lansigan, and DJ/host Jhaiho, a self-confessed Jolina fan since way back.

It was only much later when Perry and Jhaiho asked Mark to join them. Of course, they were not surprised to know that Mark was cooking up his own surprise plans for his wife.

The idea, which started unfolding as early as January of this year, was that the family would have a dinner in Okada with Mark's balikbayan aunt.

Jolina continued, “E, 'tapos tamang-tama, yung Tita Nina raw, merong room na biglang nag-back out.

“Ibinigay na sa amin kasi birthday ko. So ako naman, basta may time, kung saan man tayo, tara!

“'Tapos, biglang half day lang ang Magandang Buhay, 'tapos bukas, after lunch pa.

“Pero, hindi pa rin ako nagkakutob kasi sabi ko, ganun naman talaga, may mga ganyan naman kaming schedules.

“Kaya sabi ko, perfect timing talaga.”

With the cat finally out of the bag, Jolina realized why her manager “acted” as if he wasn't enthusiastic about her birthday at all.

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Did she feel any tampo toward him?

“Hindi naman, pero nagtataka lang ako. Parang isang flower lang yung nasa bahay,” she recalled in jest.

MISGIVINGS

Jolina admitted that being a milestone year, she actually thought of organizing a party, but her fears dampened her plan.

She said, “Natatakot akong magplano kasi baka walang pumunta.

“Hindi sa walang pumunta na walang-wala, ha, kumbaga ayoko na kasi nung, 'Sige na naman, birthday ko 'to.'

“Parang naaano kasi ako na busy ang lahat.

“Kaya sabi ko kay Mark, 'Papa, igu-grupo-grupo ko na lang. Baka mas intimate pag ganun.'

“Hindi ko alam kung naisip niyang ganun din or ganito.

“Pero I’m sure after nito, igu-grupo mo pa rin.”

As soon as she entered the party venue, Jolina's thought balloon was, "How Mark managed to pull this off?"

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She remarked, “Alam niyo, pagpasok ko kanina, hindi ko na naisip ang sarili ko.

“Sorry ha, hindi ko na naisip na espesyal ako ngayon pero iniisip ko, paano ko siya gagantihan ng surprise?

“Parang sobra, parang...ewan, hindi ko alam. Sa mag-asawa ba, ganun talaga?

“E, ako pa naman magaling, nangungutob ako. Nagpi-fish ako.

“Pero sabi ko nga, kapag pala tumutungtong ka ng 40, puwedeng hindi ka na lang nag-e-expect.

“Parang wala lang, wala na 'kong gusto.

“Parang nahihiya pa nga ako nung nandoon ako kanina. Meron akong ano na nakatingin silang lahat.”

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A DREAM FULFILLED

In hindsight, because of her surprise party, Jolina felt fulfilled that she finally got the celebration she had always dreamed of.

"Siyempre, nag-isip ako na sana magawa ko 'to.

"Pero ni-let go ko talaga ang feeling na yun kasi nga, medyo hindi talaga ako sure at hindi ko alam paano.

"At saka, ayoko kasing ma-disappoint.

"Ayokong makatanggap ng text na, 'Mars... kapatid... kasi may ganyan.'

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"So feeling ko, ma-a-achieve lang ito kung hindi ko alam at hindi ako nag-aasikaso.

"Ma-emosyunal akong talaga kapag mga ganyan.

"Kaya sabi ko nga kanina, tatandaan ko kayo habang buhay, kasi, iba talaga kapag nagkakaedad ka na.”

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

HIGHLIGHTS

One of the highlights of her birthday bash was seeing old friends, including her former love-team partner Marvin Agustin.

"Alam mo, nakakatuwa talaga.

"Noong makita ko siya kanina, natuwa ako kasi, parang nakaka-miss din si Marvin, e.

“Mabait siyang talaga,” she exclaimed.

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MIDLIFE CRISIS

In her speech, she mentioned the words “midlife crisis.”

We asked her to elaborate on what she meant when she talked about that.

“Hindi ko kasi alam kung ano ba ang feeling ng midlife crisis kaya sabi ko, yun na ba ito?

“Parang minsan nalulungkot ka ba, hindi ko alam kung ano ang feeling ng nalulungkot ka ba, important ka pa ba? May mga ganun.”

So how does it feel to be 40?

She clarified, “Hindi ko inaano na 40.

“Mula nang magkaanak ako, parang huminto na dun ang edad ko, totoo yun.

“Wala na kong inaano na edad.

“Ang iniinda ko yung pakiramdam ko. Minsan masakit na ang tuhod, e, siyempre, kapapanganak lang.

“Hindi naman ako sporty na tao.”


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