Guess who became instrumental in making Annabelle Rama start a collection of designer bags?
Her daughter Ruffa's ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas who then lavished her with expensive bags each time she would visit them in Istanbul, Turkey.
The talent manager also revealed to YES! magazine that she has generous friends, the likes of Dra. Vicki Belo.
To date, she has already lost count of the number of designer bags she owns.
In fact, the master bedroom, which she occupies with hubby Eddie Gutierrez, in their White Plains mansion looks like a shoe-and-bag store.
At the time of the YES! shoot, she said this wasn't her complete collection because some were in their Dasmariñas house, while others remained in their original packaging and had not been used.
Among the branded bags owned by Annabelle : Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and her favorite Birkin by Hermes.
Four years ago, the talent manager already held a private sale for friends and colleagues, who bought 50 of her pre-loved designer bags.
Among her buyers were Grace Lee, Michelle Madrigal, and Jinkee Pacquiao.
Annabelle told YES! that she had to dispose some because they get damaged even if they are kept in their original packaging.
She had to bring some to U.S. for repair.
"Iyong iba, 'pinapagawa ko, dinadala ko sa States. Do'n ko 'pinapagawa, kasi nanghihinayang ako. Sayang, e."
Original story in YES! Magazine June 2012 issue.