Lorin Gutierrez, the elder of Ruffa Gutierrez’s two daughters with Turkish businessman ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas turned 16 last August 3. But she had a belated Coachella-themed birthday bash, held at the Whitespace Manila events place in Makati last Saturday, August 31.
The party’s lavish setup and guestlist could rival a debutante’s ball. But Ruffa says she’s decided to throw her daughter a grand party because she’s never had a big one after her seventh birthday and also because she’s convincing her to just travel on her 18th birthday instead of throwing another big party.
“Kasi si Lorin at Venice their last big birthday was when they were seven years old,” Ruffa told pikapika.ph during a quick chat at Lorin’s party.
“Hind naman kami every year nagpa-pa birthday nang ganito kalaki. As a matter of fact, last year si Lorin, we only had burgers na lima lang kaming guest sa San Francisco [California].”
Ruffa went on: “Ito na nga sabi ko kay Lorin, dapat pag 18th birthday niya mag-biyahe nalang siya,” “Wag na siya mag-debut kasi no’ng una gusto niya talaga mag-debut pero nakita niya kung papaano... ang stressful talaga. Actually wala naman talagang stressful... guest list lang. Alam mo naman ang mga Filipino, last minute nagka-cancel, last minute pupunta.”
It was Lorin, who was wearing a white two-piece glittery dress by designer Rosenthal Tee during her party, who thought of the Coachella music festival theme so that it’s less formal and just so they won’t need to worry about seating arrangements.
“So, mabuti na ’yong ganito na walang seating arrangement kasi pag may seating arrangement, nakaka-stress diba?”
Ruffa gigly noted that during her time, party themes weren’t a thing. (She had her debut at the Coconut Palace in Manila, while her 17th birthday was held at the former Ciudad Fernandina in Greenhills, San Juan.)
“Ano lang tayo noon, e, steak ’tsaka tsika-tsika,” compared Ruffa laughing.
[According to Wikipedia, Coachella, which full name is the “Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is an annual music and arts festival held in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley. The annual event—held three consecutive weekends in April—features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, pop, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures.”]
The big celebration for Lorin’s 16th birthday was also Ruffa’s way of thanking her daughter for being such a good kid and studious kid.
“I’m very proud of Lorin kasi she just finished pre- college course sa UCLA. She took up Economics. Ang importante sa akin ’yong pag-a-aral niya. So, natutuwa naman ako na mataas ang grades niya, straight A student siya. And nakikita ko talaga na very excited siyang mag-aral.”
[UCLA is University of California, Los Angeles.]
At this point, Lorin, who’s only in junior high school, hasn’t made up her mind yet as to what college course and in what country she wants to spend her college years.
“Well, iniisip niya kung magko-college siya sa Amerika, sa Canada, sa Europe or baka dito nalang. So, marami siyang options.”
Asked, if at 16, Lorin is already permitted to entertain suitors, Ruffa, the mom, says: “No. Hindi naman ako kasing taray ni Mommy [Annabelle Rama] na pala-away, pero dapat 18 [years old] pa rin siya. O, diba maghintay siya hanggang 18. Sabi ko kay Lorin wag siyang magmadali kasi lahat ng nanligaw sa akin noong araw medyo, ‘Ewww!’ Gano’n na ako sa kanila ngayon.
“Sabi ko, the first boy that you’re gonna meet, we always want him to be our last but in reality it doesn’t happen. So, dapat sa kanya maging hardworking muna siya, mag aral siya.”
Ruffa admits though that compared to her, Lorin is “mas mabait.” But only because she is raising her in a less strict environment that the one she grew up in.
“Oo kasi hindi naman ako kasing-higpit ng mommy ko noong araw. Actually, I play both a cool mom and at the same time I have to be strict.”
As for herself, Ruffa says she’s happy that her new teleserye with ABS-CBN is already grinding.
“Excited na ako kasi ’yong soap [opera] naming, na-delay na nang na-delay—Love Thy Woman. Iba na ang casting. So I’m very excited kasi we’ve resumed already and they just reshooting the scenes and then papasok na ako. Magte-taping na kami. Tig- one day na taping.”
But when asked about the status of her heart, she laughingly walked away.
“Wag na natin pag-usapan...O, teka, makikipagtsikahan na ’ko [sa ibang bisita]!”
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