CELEBRITY DE­BUT

CLAU­DIA BAR­RETTO

YES! (Philippines) - - IN THIS ISSUE - text by gabby reyes libarios pho­tos CULLED from the IN­STA­GRAM ac­counts of nice print pho­tog­ra­phy & var­i­ous ne­ti­zens

Date: au­gust 5, 2017 Venue: white­space manila, makati city

“Last night was a dream.”

That’s what Clau­dia Bar­retto wrote in a post on her In­sta­gram ac­count (@clau­dia) last Au­gust 6. That post, the cap­tion for a blurry photo of Clau­dia with her back to the cam­era, re­ferred to the bud­ding record­ing artist’s 18th birth­day party, which was held the pre­vi­ous night at the White­space Manila events venue in Makati.

In­deed, Clau­dia’s de­but party was a dream. From the beau­ti­ful gowns to the beau­ti­ful guests, from the mod­ern French-in­spired decor to the French food, the party was what ev­ery debu­tante would wish for.

Well-wish­ers feasted on pro­sciutto di parma (Ital­ian dry-cured ham), pap­pardelle al tele­fono (large, broad, flat pasta noo­dles with strings of moz­zarella), seabass fil­let, and braised and grilled US An­gus short ribs.

When it came time to give her thankyou speech, Clau­dia—the youngest daugh­ter of Mar­jorie Bar­retto with es­tranged part­ner Den­nis Padilla— turned emo­tional. “The past three years of my life have been the most im­por­tant years of my life,” she told her guests, “be­cause I reached this sort of sel­f­re­al­iza­tion, aware­ness, and com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing my­self. And I re­al­ized that it wouldn’t have hap­pened if I hadn’t had the ex­pe­ri­ences I had with each and ev­ery one of you.”

The guests, com­posed of fam­ily, friends, and col­leagues from show­biz, ap­plauded her.

Later dur­ing the pro­gram, Clau­dia per­formed her sin­gle, “Stay.” She is said to be cur­rently work­ing on an al­bum, which is be­ing pro­duced by Uni­ver­sal Records Philip­pines and will be re­leased soon.

With a face and tal­ent like hers, Clau­dia Bar­retto will go places, for sure.

All eyes were on Clau­dia when she made her grand en­trance at the party hall. It was a grand en­trance that was both mag­i­cal and breath­tak­ing. When the house­lights of White­space Manila were dimmed and the bright spot­light was shone on the debu­tante, the Swarovski crys­tals on Clau­dia’s ball gown glis­tened like stars in the night sky.

Well-known wed­ding plan­ner Teena Bar­retto took care of the nitty-gritty of the party. Clau­dia, in one of her In­sta­gram posts, ad­mit­ted that if it weren’t for Teena, she would have had a dif­fi­cult time putting to­gether the minute de­tails of her party. Ad­dress­ing Teena di­rectly in her post, Clau­dia wrote: “Thank you for con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing and com­ing up with the best ideas that helped put my in­de­ci­sive self to rest.”

In case you haven’t heard, Teena was the wed­ding plan­ner of Mar­ian Rivera and Ding­dong Dantes, and of Regine Ve­lasquez and Ogie Al­casid.

Clau­dia Is­abelle Bar­retto, whose ac­tual birth­day falls on July 26, en­tered a new chap­ter in her life when she cel­e­brated her de­but in grand fash­ion ten days later, on Au­gust 5, at the White­space Manila events venue on Chino Ro­ces Av­enue, Makati City.

Ear­lier, Clau­dia had a pre-de­but photo shoot (op­po­site page) at Shangri-La at the Fort, a five-star ho­tel in the Boni­fa­cio Global City com­plex, Taguig City. Look­ing poised, la­dy­like, and re­gal, Clau­dia nailed the photo shoot like a pro.

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