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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.

Apr 13, 2020


JASMINE CURTIS SMITH celebrated her 26th birthday on April 6 just by herself and with her two pet dogs.

She wasn’t able to fly to Melbourne, Australia to see her Ate Anne’s daughter, Dahlia Amelie, in person, and also to spend her birthday there. But she ended up staying put just here in Manila because of the lockdown.

She wasn’t even able to spend her birthday with her non-showbiz BF Jeff Ortega, who’s based in La Union.

“Nag-video call naman kami,” says Jasmine. “And he wrote me a nice message which says: “Happy birthday to my bb! I wish you all the best in life.

"Always dream big and keep your head up. Praying things would get better soon, so we can enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day like in this photo of you. Love you lots!”

How about her Ate Anne?

“Nag-face time naman kami ni Ate Anne and our family in Australia. Ang cute ni Baby Dahlia, so lovable!  I myself baked my own birthday cake dahil walang mabilhan. I showed it to them and they sang the birthday song for me. It turned out, may cake din pala sila para sa akin and naiyak nga ako when I saw it, with a lighted candle pa.”

Jasmine plays Dr. and Sgt. Moira Defensor in “Descendants of the Sun” and now that they have stopped taping while we’re on a lockdown, she misses all their company.

“Noong birthday ko, andami nilang bumati sa akin, led by Dingdong Dantes as Capt. Lucas and Rocco Nacino as Sgt. Diego Ramos. We continue our communication through texting and social media and we’re all eager na nga to return back to work to tape new episodes of ‘Descendants of the Sun’.

"We're all praying they discover na the antidote for the virus para matapos na itong health crisis na ito worldwide."