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De­spite the hol­i­day traf­fic jam last De­cem­ber, friends of singer-busi­ness­woman Pops Fer­nan­dez braved the jam­packed roads to Makati to cel­e­brate the 51st birth­day of the coun­try’s Con­cert Queen.

In her short but emo­tional speech that night, Pipay—as her friends lov­ingly call Pops—made spe­cial men­tion of her es­tranged hus­band Martin Niev­era. An ex­cerpt from her speech goes: “I still thank God for Martin… be­cause… thank God we’re still friends and I learned so much from that experience… I’m cry­ing be­cause, the past two few years, siyem­pre madaming pinag­dadaaan.

“But you know, the best part of it is, I have fam­ily that I truly love… and I have so many friends who I can re­ally call friends, di ba? Bibi­hira lang ta­laga yong… Kasi marami tay­ong nami-meet sa buhay natin, tinatawag nat­ing friends…

“And, you all know this, al­most for the past how many years, kayo-kayo lang na­man nai-in­vite ko, di ba? It’s the same faces that you see be­cause you guys are very spe­cial to me. So maram­ing-maram­ing sala­mat.”

Pops’s yearly in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion wouldn’t have been com­plete with­out the loves of her life, sons Ram (left) and Robin (right).

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