The preparations are lavish and her guests are expected to be the most popular stars in showbiz. But Julia Montes’ birthday wish when she turns 18 on March 19 is something money can’t buy. She wants to spend her special day with her German father.
Julia has never met her father, whom she believes lives in Australia. He and Julia’s mother, who is deaf and mute like the actress’ dad, used to be pen pals.
“Sana makasama ko yung dad ko. Pero mukhang malabo siya sa mismong birthday ko. So, in the future na lang, iyon na lang ang wini-wish ko. Sana ma-meet ko siya in God’s time,” Julia told reporters during her birthday press conference in ABS-CBN compound on Thursday, March 14.
Julia knows it’s impossible for her father to attend her debut party this soon, but she hasn’t lost hope she’ll meet him and share her success with him.
“Six days to go, medyo alanganin na siya pero hindi pa rin ako nawawalan ng hope. Magsa-start pa lang ang new chapter ng life ko. Pwede ko pa siyang makita sa next chapter.”
How would she react if her dad surprises her on her birthday?
“Hindi ko alam kung ano magiging reaction ko. Kasi masaya na ako na makita siya kahit from afar. Feeling ko buo na ako after that. Kasi kahit na anong achievements or saya ng family ko, may something na kulang pa rin,” Julia replied.
The Kapamilya actress added that that she has limited news about her father, who is said to be sick.
“Wala po talaga akong balita. Yung last time na nakausap namin yung best friend ng dad ko, sabi may family na raw and may sakit daw. Hopefully now, kasi ilang years na rin, sana wala ng sakit,” Julia said.
Her debut, to be held at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City, will have a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. Julia’s escort is her “Walang Hanggan” leading man Coco Martin. Although Julia knows who most of her guests are, she’s in the dark about just what kind of surprises await her on her birthday.
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“Masusurprise talaga ako kasi hindi ako masyado nagtatanong kung paano ang flow, yung song list. Para masurprise ako kung ano yung feel that night, lahat ng idea ko, hindi ko masabi, pero alam nila.”
Her close friends from showbiz and relatives will comprise Julia’s 18 Roses, 18 Treasures and 18 Tulips. Among the celebrities expected to attend are John Lloyd Cruz, Richard Gomez, Sam Milby, Paulo Avelino, Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil, Dawn Zulueta, Kathryn Bernardo, Denise Laurel, Janice de Belen, and Susan Roces.
Even if she’s been in the limelight for years, Julia still feels uneasy at the thought that all eyes will be on her for her big day.
“Kinakabahan ako sa mga sasabihin ng tao and kung ano yung mangyayari. Kahit ako masu-surprise.”
Julia admits turning 18 requires maturity and big responsibilities. And she looks forward to a new chapter in her life and changes in her career.
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“Sa mature roles, nai-enjoy ko na nabibigyan ako ng mga mabibigat na roles kasi kaliangan kong mag-isip. Magresearch. Nachachallenge ko ang sarili ko and natututo ako from my directors. Nai-excite ako sa mga projects. Grateful naman ako sa ABS-CBN na kahit mature roles, alalay pa rin sila. Medyo natatakot ako sa 18. Kasi kapag sinabi nila na 18, legal age na, mas malaki na ang responsibilities. Pero nai-excite ako kasi bagong chapter.”
Julia will wear three Pepsi Herrera gowns. Matteo Guidicelli and Robi Domingo will host her party.
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