GMA Tween Star BARBIE FORTEZA turned sweet 16 two days ago (July 31), and yesterday (August 1) her GMA Artist Center family headed by Simoun Ferrer and David Fabros arranged a surprise birthday party for one of their most bankable young star.

Here’s a video of BARBIE entering the function room:

Aside from GMA Artist Center, some of Barbie’s friends from the media and the entertainment industry were there to greet her.   The surprise party was held at the Luxent Hotel in Timog, Quezon City.  GMA Heartthrob KEN CHAN hosted the event.

SIMOUN FERRER, AVP and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing of GMA Artist Center wished Barbie a happy birthday and said that he is so happy that he was able to work with a very talented young star like Barbie.

Barbie Forteza with Simoun Ferrer
Barbie Forteza with Simoun Ferrer

DAVID FABROS, Talent Development Head of GMA Artist Center said that Barbie is a very unique artist.

Ken Chan, Barbie Forteza and David Fabros
Ken Chan, Barbie Forteza and David Fabros

“Happy birthday, you are a very unique artist, nasabi ko ‘yun the very first time that I saw you.  Marami kang kayang gawin, lagi kita tini-tweet everytime na nagpapatawa ka nahuhulog ako sa silya.  You are so mature, kahit na you’re still very young madami ka na naiintindihan sa buhay.  Always keep your youth, take time to enjoy friends, family and your work – huwag magmadali.  Do not forget gratitude, lahat ng kabaitan ng mga tao ay doon nagmumula.”  David said.

The BARBIENATICS also attended the event and one of her fans even gave her a collage of pictures as a remembrance.

The Birthday Girl with the Barbienatics


It’s really amazing how Ken Chan is handling the whole hosting stint for the surprise birthday party for Barbie.  We just can’t help but imagine after seeing the two young stars together on one stage that they could make an excellent on-screen couple: BARBIE and KEN – just like the Mattel dolls hehe.

Well anyway, back to regular programming… Ken also invited the parents of Barbie (Mr. Tony and Imelda Forteza) to give some birthday message to their daughter.  Barbie’s father was already in tears even before he could say the word ‘happy’ in happy birthday (dads are usually that emotional) while her mom was more composed but still very much emotional in giving her message for their young lady.

“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Barbie.  Alam kong lumang linya na yung isa siyang mabuting anak, pero yun po talaga si Barbie – isa siyang napakabuting anak.”  Her mom said.

The day was really all about surprises!  One by one Barbie’s friends in the industry started coming –  MIGUEL TANFELIX, JOYCE CHING and also Barbie’s first on-screen partner JOSHUA DIONISIO.  Barbie’s friends from MCA, Flawless, UniSilver and many others were also there to celebrate with her.

Miguel, Ken, Joshua, Barbie and Joyce

With Joyce Ching

With Joshua Dionisio

If you’re asking where is DERRICK MONASTERIO during the party?  Well, it was his birthday that day so understandably he couldn’t be there even if he wanted to and also, he and Barbie already celebrated their birthdays together last Wednesday (July 31).

BARBIE said that the two of them rode the MOA EYE, which she said was her most terrifying experience because she’s really not that keen with heights and then they watched Wolverine together, played at Timezone, ate and had some Yogurt after.  She gave derrick an Armani Belt while the young gentleman bought her a wonderful bracelet.  She was wearing the bracelet yesterday.


Here’s a list of Barbie’s Birthday Wishes:

For Career

“Thankful ako sa GMA, wish ko lang na sana they would test my totality as an actress at hindi lang ilagay sa aking mga comfort zones, gusto ko sana mag try ng iba’t-ibang mga roles.”

For Friends

“To Derrick and the whole cast of AnnaKareNina, sana magtagal pa ang aming mga friendship.”

For Family

“Sana makayanan pa ng mga magulang ko na samahan ako sa mga ginagawa ko.”

For My Sister

“Sana ayus s’ya lagi at safe.”

For myself

“Sana wala ng problema, puro happiness lang and no more issues.”



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