IN PHOTOS: Celebrity guests attend grand Julia Barretto debut

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IN PHOTOS: Celebrity guests attend grand Julia Barretto debut
Kim, Matteo, Daniel, Megan, Marjorie, Claudine, and more
Megan Young and Julia Barretto. Screengrab from Instagram @meganbata

MANILA, Philippines – Celebrity friends and guests gathered for debutante Julia Barretto’s 18th birthday party at the Makati Shangri-la Tuesday, March 10. (IN PHOTOS : Julia Barretto preps for grand debut)

Among those who attended were Enchong Dee, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Iza Calzado, Kim Chiu, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, and Erich Gonzales.

Also seen were TV journalist Karen Davila and lawyer Lorna Kapunan.

Iñigo Pascual served as Julia’s escort for the night.

Also in attendance was Julia’s father, Dennis Padilla. Matteo Guidicelli and Robi Domingo served as hosts. 

Julia’s 19 candles are: Dani Barretto, Claudia Barretto, Patita Tumpalan, Erich Gonzales, Alora Sasam, Natalia Ortega, Nicole Barretto, Cris Navarro, Marissa Kalaw, Pokwang, RB Chanco, Lala Flores, Denise Heredia, Coy Barretto, Ella Pangilinan, Liz Uy, Janella Salvador, Liza Soberano and Maja Salvador. 

As to why 19  candles, Julia said it someone might not be able to make it.

Her 18 roses meanwhile are: Dennis Padilla, Matteo Guidicelli, Rayver Cruz, Enchong Dee, Khalil Ramos, Robi Domingo, Sam Concepcion, Dominic Roque, Leon Barretto, Mark Barretto,John Barretto, Cholo Barretto, Jason Soong, Mark Soong, Miguel Barretto, John Sweet Lapus, Enrique Gil and Iñigo Pascual.

Tim Yap posted photos as well of the debutante and some of the guests.


“Flew back for this lady: happy 18th @juliabarretto! Happy to see you bloom into the young woman that you’ve become. #JustJulia #JuliaTurns18.”


Shanghai surprise: with my favorite @chinitaprincess surrounded by @bcbench @mr_enchongdee @migspastor at #JustJulia #JuliaTurns18.”


“Close to perfection: love these women who are just beyond beautiful. At @juliabarretto‘s 18th with @lucytgomez & @missizacalzado at #JustJulia.”

Comedian Pokwang, who was part of Julia’s soap Mirabella came with her daughter to the party.


Megan poses with Julia.


“Happy happy birthday to you baby girl @juliabarretto  First worked with this lovely lady on the set of Kokey and she was only 11 then! Now you’re 18!  #JustJulia,” she wrote.


Julia also had photos with Daniel Matsunaga and Ella Cruz.




Raymond Gutierrez comments about the celebrant’s smile.


“What a nice smile… And Julia looks pretty amazing too. #JustJulia @juliabarretto,” he captioned.

Photographer Mark Nicdao posted these:


“With my kids!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY juls!! #justjulia,” he wrote.


“We’re complete!!!!!!”

Star Magic handler Monch Novales posted an Instavideo of Julia and Iñigo, who serenaded the actress.


“It is one of my favorite songs @iminigopascual #justjulia @juliabarretto,” Monch said.

On Instagram, actress Mylene Dizon shared a photo of her and Claudine Barretto. the two worked together before in a teleserye.


“Good to see you again, Angeline @claubarretto #SaDuloNgWalangHanggan #SallyThatGirl #JustJulia,” Mylene wrote.

Julia’s sister Dani shared this photo with Laureen Uy.

“Happy birthday baby girl!!#JustJulia,” Dani wrote.



Star Magic shared a photo of Kim Chiu, Alex Gonzaga and Aina Solano.


Talent manager Arnold Vegafria shared this:


“#JUSTJULIA … With the mom of the debutant @marjbarretto,” he wrote.


Actress Janella Salvador shared this:

“In our desperation to post an update NOW, here’s a far away but still beautiful Julia. Happy 18th! #shameless #JustJulia,” Janella wrote.

Star Magic shared more photos of the guests.


@enriquegil17 #JustJulia.”


“@sam_concepcion #JustJulia.”


@coleengarcia #Billy #JustJulia.”

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez shared a photo of Julia taken by friend Joy Ortega as she entered the room in her gown by Michael Cinco.


Happy birthday beautiful @juliabarretto May all your dreams come true! Photo by @joyrortega #JustJulia,”Ruffa wrote.

One of the guests Marissa Kalaw posted a photo of Julia with aunt Claudine Barretto who gave the debutante a warm embrace.


“#JustJulia,” the caption read.

Here are other photos of the guests.


Dad Dennis Padilla wishes Julia all the best in her career #justjulia @beautiful@18.”


@seriousblack_ (Daniel Padilla) #JustJulia.”

@bernardokath #JustJulia,”

Hair stylist John Valle also posted a photo of him with Kathryn and Daniel:


“Arrival of Ms Karen Davila, Ms Joy Ortega and friends #guests #justjulia #beautiful.”


“Attorney Kapunan #justjulia #beautiful@18”


@mr_enchongdee #JustJulia”


@marjbarretto in her Inno Sotto gown #justjulia #beautiful@18″


@mateoguidicelli one of tonights hosts #justjulia @beautiful@18″


“Ms @missizacalzado #justjulia #beautiful@18″


@iminigopascual #JustJulia.”


“@meganbata #JustJulia.”


“@chnitaprincess #justjulia #beautiful@18.”


Also spotted were Julia’s grandparents Miguel and Inday who had their picture taken with Julia’s mom Marjorie.


The grandpa and grandma of Julia #JustJulia #juliabarretto.” 

The party is a big day for Julia, who, as part of the famous Barretto family, is part of showbiz royalty. (READ: All eyes on Julia, Barretto family for grand debut)

During a press conference for her debut, Julia said she was optimistic about an improvement in the relationships between her family members. 

“I can’t force anything to happen. Parang hindi naman tama na magpilit ng tao. It’s my special day, I want everybody to be there. If that’s the reason kung bakit magkakaayos ang lahat, then good,” she said.

(It’s not right to force people. It’s my special day, I want everybody to be there. If that’s the reason why some things will be ironed out, then good.) 

There’s a long-running estrangement between Julia’s aunt Claudine and Julia’s mom Marjorie, and aunt Gretchen. But everyone seems determined to make this day special for Julia, who turned 18 March 10, and will also graduate from high school later this month. –

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