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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 29, 2015

Barbie Forteza's Dreams And Wishes As She Turns 18 On July 31

BARBIE FORTEZA turns 18 tomorrow, July 31. But instead of having a grand debut like other showbiz debutantes, she chooses to do something more worthwhile "Kinukulit talaga ako ng GMA Artist Center na mag-debut pero ayoko talaga dahil hindi ko type magsuot ng gown and mag-high heels," she says. "Instead of spending so much for a grand debut na one night lang mangyayari, I'm using the money for a more meaningful thing. I've been celebrating my birthday for the past four years with the patients of the Philippine Children's Medical Center in Quezon City. Now, I'm adopting a private room there for renovation later to be converted to a special room. The proceeds from the use of room later will then go to the charity wards.

Barbie is the first actress to participate in this worthy cause of "adopt a room". The renovation of her adopted room is now going on with the help of Arch. Jose Martinez and Richie Onteco. "Isang plan ko sana for my birthday is to do some traveling abroad, but nauna nang ibigay yan ng GMA-7 when we went to Japan and shot some important scenes for 'The Half Sisters'. Kasama ko ang parents ko and while we were there, nagawa naming makapamasyal on our own and nakapunta pa kami sa Tokyo Disneyland. It was really a very memorable trip."

Another memorable birthday gift for her is the extension of "The Half Sisters". "When we started the show a year ago, akala namin, tatagal lang ito ng one season like other shows, pero na-extend nang na-extend at inabot na kami ng more than one year. As of now, hindi namin alam kung hanggang kailan kami tatakbo sa ere. Our director, Mark Reyes, said basta itutuloy lang namin ito hangga't pinapa-extend kami ng management. It's good magagaling yung writers namin at maraming naiisip na magagandang paraan kung paano gagawing laging interesting ang kuwento. Kamukha nitong Japan episode na nalagyan ng elemento ng human trafficking. Special guest dito si Aljur Abrenica, so don't miss it dahil nangyayari talaga ngayon ang mga sitwasyong ipinapakita rito about human trafficking."

And then, she is also very happy to be part of "Sunday Pinas Saya", which will replace "Sunday All Stars" starting August 9 on GMA-7, 12 noon to 2 PM. She'll be the leader of the Pabibo Girls. To top it all, she has bought a house for her family in New Intramuros Village, QC. They used to live in a condo which they're now renting out to someone else. "We have to get a bigger place kasi lumaki na po ako at dumami na ang mga gamit ko," she adds. "Next dream ko is to buy my own car, a pick up truck sana. May driver's license na ako at sana pumayag na ang parents ko for me to drive my own car."