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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.

Aug 2, 2023



BARBIE FORTEZA turned 26 on July 31 and she had many birthday celebrations. 

She had one on the set of her new TV series, then another one for her fans and supporters at a pizza parlor, and on the day of her birthday itself, a very intimate one with her parents and boyfriend Jak Roberto in a steak house.

Barbie has a lot of reasons to celebrate as her career is truly on a roll with her having so many current projects. 

She has a new series that reunites him with David Licauco after their hit pairing as Filay (Fidel and Klay) in “Maria Clara at Ibarra”. 

This is “Maging Sino Ka Man”, a TV series remake of the hit Sharon Cuneta-Robin Padilla movie. 

Then she has two new movies no less. First is “That Kind of Love”, which also pairs her with David.

This is produced by Pocket Media Films and was partly shot on location in South Korea. 

Her second movie is a project produced by GMA Pictures, to be directed by Derrick Cabrido, who’s also directing a true-to-life thriller with Piolo Pascual.   

Barbie is also very successful as the endorser of Ishin gluta food supplements and its variants.

But the biggest project of Barbie that is now to be completed is her own family’s home in an exclusive village in Quezon City, where her BF Jack Roberto and sister Sanya Lopez also reside.

As pf now, she and her family are just renting a house in another QC village.  

“We’re all excited ng family ko,” she says. “Formal turn over na lang ng aking dream house ang hinihintay namin. 

"I’m super proud of it kasi galing talaga yung house and lot mula sa sariling paghihirap ko.

"I promised to all my friends na iimbitahan ko silang lahat sa house blessing kasi gusto ko talagang makita nila ang bunga ng mga trabaho ko.

"Ang dami kong talagang dapat ipagpasalamat kay Lord for all His blessings in my life and career.”

Meantime, GMA Network is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that “Maging Sino Ka Man” will be a crowd pleaser for all viewers, not only for Barbie-David or Barda love team fans. 

Barbie will recreate the role of Sharon Cuneta as Monique while David will reprise Robin’s role as Carding. 

Supporting them are Juancho Trivino as Gilbert (originally played by Edu Manzano), Rain Matienzo as Barbie’s best friend, Mikoy Morales as David’s sidekick, Jean Garcia, George Estregan Jr., Jeric Raval and Faith Da Silva. 

This will be under the direction of Enzo Williams.