Young actress Barbie Forteza has revealed that she and Derrick Monasterio plan to spend the day celebrating the 16th birthday of the actress together.
Forteza will be celebrating her 16th birthday on July 31 and she has told the Philippine Entertainment Portal that she and Monasterio already have plans for the occasion.
“Siguro po, doon po ulit kami sa Philippine Children’s Hospital—doon din po ako nag-birthday last year. Mas okay na rin po na yun na talaga ang maging regular kong charity,” Forteza told the entertainment industry site.
According to her, she is not too fond of throwing parties because she prefers to relax now. That’s something she cannot do if she organizes a party because she will have to entertain all her guests, she said.
“Kasi po, kapag party, mag-e-effort pang pumormal. Alam mo yung hindi ka kumportable sa birthday mo at, pagkatapos, lahat ng tao, ie-entertain ko? Parang gusto mo lang magpahinga,” she said.
Furthermore, she revealed that she and Monasterio may just go out to watch a movie and eat for her birthday. Monasterio celebrates his own birthday on August 1.
“Siguro ano lang, manonood ng sine, kasama ko si Derrick, bilang birthday na rin naman niya kinabukasan. At saka sa birthday niya kami makakalabas kasi Thursday yun. E, Wednesday, taping, so siguro manonood na lang kami ng sine, kakain sa labas. Yung mga ganoon lang siguro at hindi bonggang party,” Forteza said.
Asked if this could be considered a birthday date, the young actress balked.
“Hindi naman date, kasi palagi na rin naman kaming lumalabas nito. Kung available si Krystal [Reyes] at saka si Joyce [Ching], why not, isasama na rin naming,” she said.
Forteza, Monasterio, Reyes and Ching are all starring in the GMA 7 remake of Anna Karenina.
Asked what she wants for her birthday, she said that all she wants is “time” and not material things. “Siguro time—time na lang para ma-spend ko ang birthday ko nang maayos.”
This prompted PEP to ask if the young actress feels she is overworked to which she agreed.
“Kasi, bukod sa araw-araw, as in literal na araw-araw na taping ng Anna KareNina, meron pa akong Sunday All Stars,” she said. However, she does not plan on getting a lighter workload.
“Kung nagre-relax ako, wala akong [budget], wala akong [ganito] [pointing to her Prada sunglasses]. So work work muna tayo,” the actress said with a laugh, PEP reports.
“Actually, gusto ko naman lahat, gusto ko naman ang trabaho ko ngayon. Light lang sa set magtrabaho. Sa Sunday All Stars, ayokong umalis kasi nakakatuwa ang grupo ko—determinado silang manalo. Kaya nakakahiyang mag-absent sa Tropang Trending… si Mark Bautista po ang leader naming,” she added.
Now that she is turning 16, the actress was asked whether she feels she is now a lady.
“Depende po sa mood ko. Feeling ko, kahit na magsi-sixteen na ako, may mga time pa rin na feeling ko, bata pa ako. May panahon na ang feeling ko, twenty na ako. Yung ganoon,” she said.