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Annabelle Rama strikes again
By MJ Felipe
The Bench underwear and denim fashion show last Friday stirred a lot of questions and intrigues and one of them involved Richard Gutierrez. Reviews about the event highlighted its "not-so-grand" finale with Richard Gutierrez walking down the ramp. And immediately after the show, Richard's Mom, Annabelle Rama, expressed her dismay with the turnout, when she surprisingly visited a press conference along Tomas Morato.
She shared with a number of press people how disappointed she was when Richard came out on stage. She didn't like the fact that Richard's name was not flashed on the big projector screen. She also wasn’t impressed with his make-up too.
Richard's performance was compared to Dingdong Dantes', and the latter faired better and gained more applause from the crowd. Even Dingdong's real life sweetheart Karylle, was so pleased with what he showed, and said "Well, sa totoo lang sobra akong nastress today. Nagpagupit ako, nagpakulay ako ng hair. Pero siyempre one month din niyang pinaghandaan ito, so I'm very proud na ang ganda-ganda ng reaction. Pinakamalakas na tilian sa crowd. O diba?" We found out from a source that Richard didn't have time to workout, since they just arrived a few days from
When Richard was done walking the ramp, everyone was expecting Piolo to appear last, but he was a no show just like co-Kapamilya star John Lloyd Cruz. Piolo had a TVC shoot that day that was booked way before the fashion show was scheduled while John Lloyd finished a couple of more scenes in his movie with Sarah Geronimo, A Very Special Love.
The day after the show, text messages were passed to a number of people saying that Annabelle allegedly worked on Richard's appearance to be the show's finale. More rumors kept on coming and even said that Annabelle allegedly threatened Bench that she will pull out her son if he's not going to be the finale. Annabelle then even mentioned to some members of the press, that they didn't want to renew their contract with the clothing line anymore because another brand is getting Richard. She said it was just Douglas Quijano, manager of Richard Gomez, Jomari Yllana and John Estrada - famous Bench image models, who appealed to her and asked her and Richard to stay.
ABS-CBN.com actually caught up with Annabelle at the Bench Blackout backstage last Friday and asked her how she liked Richard's performance. The bisaya stated that she was happy with her son’s performance. "Proud ako sa anak ko. Maganda ang pinakita ni Richard, proud ako sa ginawa niya." Little did we know, she was dismayed and was set to unleash another headlining story.