Last Sunday, Annabele Rama aired her disappointment with the Kapuso network for pitting the free birthday concert of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes on the opening day of her son’s movie with Star Cinema, “For the First Time.” The issue was even supported by the megastar Sharon Cuneta, the mother of KC Concepcion who is Richard’s leading lady in the movie.
Sharon said on national tv:
“You started a good thing, actually, the two of you. But you can only really do as much as you can, di ba? Ako din nag-ano, Tita, hindi ko alam kung sino ang nag-arrange nun [birthday concert of Dingdong and Marian] dahil marami pa namang kaibigan natin doon [GMA-7]. Pero hindi ko alam kung sino mismo. Parang sinabayan yata ng libreng show?”
“Kasi si Dingdong Dantes, mahal na mahal ko yung batang ‘yan. We’ve done a movie [Magkapatid], I call him my baby brother. Lahat naman tayo sumusunod lang sa inuutos sa atin, di ba? Even si Marian who’s very beautiful. Walang ano diyan sa mga bata, we’re all employees sa station so we follow. Pero nagulat lang ako, parang bakit halatang-halata naman, sabi mo nga Tita, Wednesday? Kasi sabihin natin isinasabay sa opening day ng For The First Time, na pagka kumita naman ‘to…”
KC attempted to stop her mom by saying “World Peace. World Peace.”
Some of the press people called Sharon “The Negastar” after the show was aired.
At the premiere night of “For the First Time” last Tuesday, Annabelle refused to talk about the issue for a while. The premiere night was attended and supported by both Kapamilya and Kapuso stars. It was star-studded and very successful.
Now in an interview with a major broadsheet, Annabelle Rama is name-dropping “Wilma Galvante” as the “culprit” for her “sabotage” theory. Annabelle remarked that Ms. Galvante has never been fond of his son Richard and she’s the one who scheduled the birthday concert of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes on the same day as the opening of the Star Cinema movie.
“Sabotahe!” Rama said in the interview. “Sa umpisa pa lang magkagalit na talaga kami ni Wilma. Si Annette and Felipe Gozon lang ang may gusto kay Richard.” Atty. Gozon is the president of GMA-7 while his daughter Annette is the president of GMA Films.
Annabelle lamented the lack of support of Richard’s mother studio. She added, “Tinapatan nila ang lahat ng TV appearances ni Richard sa ABS-CBN. Kung may utak siya [Galvante], dapat naisip niyang this is Richard’s movie.”
Wilma Galvante aired her side by issuing a statement regarding the issue. She said that the reason why they chose August 27 for the “Let’s Celebrate” concert is simply because that’s the only available date presented to them by the Araneta Coliseum management. And although Marian and Dingdong’s birthday were in the earlier part of August, this week is their only available time for a concert since the two had a series of shows outside the country.
Apparently, the GMA executive has warned Annabelle via replying to the stage mother’s text messges that the content of her messages are prone to a lawsuit.