Maine Mendoza celebrated her 22nd birthday more than once.
On March 3, her actual birthday, she was given a birthday special on Eat Bulaga!.
On March 5, she had an intimate dinner with family and friends in Manila Hotel.
On March 21, fan clubs SMB Maine & ALDUB MaiChard United organized a birthday bash held at The Tent of Acacia Estates.
For the latter, the birthday girl made a grand entrance in a red haute couture gown by Jo Rubio.
The main detail was the dramatic skirt inspired by a rose, which, according to designer, perfectly represents Maine, "a Lovely Girl who blossomed into a Phenomenal Star of her Generation."
In an exclusive interview with Rubio, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned that he finished the raspberry-colored gown in two weeks.
He added, "I have a strong affinity to roses, and I wanted to do something fresh and original for her."
The gown was a gift from Maine's mom, Mrs. Mary Anne Mendoza.
Was he given free rein to work out his designs?
Rubio replied, "I presented three design options. The designs were submitted to her mom and her sister.
"This particular design was chosen..."
How was Maine as a client?
"Maine was very simple and down to earth. She did not have any special request, she was quite shy when we dressed her up for the event.
"That is why we were ecstatic when we saw her surprised reaction. I was honored and grateful that she loved the gown."
The fit was perfect. The design emphasized her curves. What was the Kapuso star's reaction when she saw it?
Rubio wrote, "She was surprised. She told us, 'Isa to sa mga kakaibang gown na nasuot ko.'"
Given Maine's following on social media, some fans and fashionista may want to replicate the Rose gown, how much does it cost?
Rubio politely replied, "I hope you wouldn’t mind if I would not answer this question."
He ended, "I do not have plans in replicating the gown publicly or divulge the price."