What a blast we all had at the birthday bash of my BFF Buboy (best friend forever Cesar Montano) at his resto Bellisimo on Scout Rallos Ext. in Quezon City. Even if there were some celebs present, there was nothing “showbiz-y” about the party.
It was an intimate gathering of Buboy’s family and close friends. We goofed around freely since we knew we were in the company of people who would neither judge us, nor take offense. Ricky Davao, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Duncan Ramos, Alvin Anson, Bayani Agbayani and Noel Cabangon gamely jammed with the birthday boy. “Tuloy Pa Rin Ako” is Buboy’s “national anthem” these days. The lyrics sum it all up for him:
Wala ring mangyayari kung pag-isipan pa
Maghihintay na lang kung sino man iyon
Dapuan ng puso ko, tuloy pa rin ako.
Ang langit ay bumubughaw, sabi niya, “Sumulong ka na”
Nasasama ako sa mga puno, habang ang ulap ay ngingiti
Wag ka sanang maawa, wala ka nang magagawa
Mabango pa naman ang simoy ng hangin, maglalalakad
Tuloy pa rin ako
Life goes on indeed for Buboy. He’s not about to sing “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.”
After the hullabaloo about his separation from Sunshine Cruz, Buboy has kept his head, spirit and hopes up. He can now look back without bitterness, and look ahead with a smile in his heart.
As the laughter crackled, the wine flowed and the music played, love surrounded us that fun-filled night. Aside from Buboy’s birthday, we also celebrated the true joys of friendship. I thank God that you were born, BFF, and changed my world for the better!
PERSONAL: Happy birthday to my superwoMOM whom I miss every day. Please remember her (Inday Badiday) in your prayers. And birthday cheers to the inimitable Johnny Litton!