Annabelle Rama, talent manager slash mother to very popular showbiz siblings, celebrated her 58th birthday on October 28 with a star-studded dinner, fashion show, and the re-launch of her talent management company.
She wanted a coat-and-tie affair and members of local showbiz generally obliged, arriving at the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, dressed to the nines.
It was also the re-launch of the former Royal Era Management, renamed Royale Artists Management (RAM), and most of its talents were there to perform, save for Heart Evangelista and Pops Fernandez.
Three major networks and several newspapers and magazines covered the affair, as the guest list promised the attendance of a veritable showbiz who's who.
Leading the luminaries were Queen of Philippine Movies Susan Roces, who came with daughter, Grace Poe-Llamazares, the newly appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chief.
Other guests included soon-to-wed couple Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, husband and wife Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, as well as Tirso Cruz III and wife Lynn who came with their children Bodie and Dyanin, who are also now in showbiz.
Also in attendance were actors Phillip Salvador, Mark Herras, Tonton Gutierrez, and Jay Manalo, plus Belo Medical Group heiress Crystalle Belo, perfume brand and entrepreneur Hayden Kho, Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, Century Tuna's Ricardo Po and partner Trisha Panlilio.
The castaways of Survivor Philippines were well-represented, including Aubrey Miles, Ervic Vijandre, Ahron Villena and Moi MArcampo. Annabelle's son Richard Gutierrez is the host of the show. Meantime, the final ten of TV5's Star Factor made their first public appearance at the event. Annabelle's daughter Ruffa Gutierrez is in the show.
Fellow talent managers present included June Torrejon, Shirley Kuan, Dolor Guevarra, and Girlie Rodis.
Seen celebrating with Annabelle were GMA-7 producers Annette Gozon Abrogar and Joey Abacan, and Regal Films' matriarch Lily Monteverde.
Before the show, the guests had dinner in numbered tables. Then the lights dimmed, as host and RAM talent Arnell Ignacio opened the show with the song "It Had to Be You" and a comic spiel.
Annabelle's granddaughters Lorin and Venice (Ruffa Gutierrez's kids with Yilmas Bektas) performed song numbers. Lorin sang Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" while Venice did Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me."
The main event was a fashion show that introduced the RAM artists who came in three batches.
The first group was composed of JC de Vera, Danita Paner, Arci Munoz, sisters Ynna, Anykka, and Alyana Asistio, Kristel Goodwin and Jay Aquitania.
The second batch, led by 1999 Miss Universe first runnerup Miriam Quiambao, was made up of TJ Trinidad, sisters Michelle and Ehra Madrigal, siblings Bubbles and Paolo Paraiso, John Hall, Assunta de Rossi, and Dina Bonnevie.
The third batch was the Gutierrez clan made up of Elvis, Rocky, and Ritchie Paul Gutierrez, a solo spot for Raymond Gutierrez, and last but not least, Richard and Ruffa Gutierrez.
Raymond and Ruffa interviewed RAM talents, some of whom performed song and dance numbers.
The evening was full of surprises: Pilita Corrales sang a song with her signature backward dip, Annabelle's husband Eddie Gutierrez did an Elvis Presley medley, and the birthday lady herself sang the kundiman "Ako'y Pobreng Alindahaw."
Annabelle also produced Spotlight, a magazine/catalogue of her talents.